Creative Envy


GROSGRAIN.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 9:01 pm
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A blog by an artsy craftsy, penny pinching, party planning, playdating, fashion finding, sci-fi loving, stay at home mommy who always keeps her sewing machine plugged in and loves all things cute!

This is how Kathleen Dougherty of Grosgrain describes her awesome blog. Kathleen is an amazing seamstress and is constantly making clothes for her little girls. Beyond that though, she actually GIVES her items away FOR FREE to lucky readers who directly link to her posts! I can’t even imagine; I truly admire that but am not sure I would be able to part with these creations. Look how lovely and darling they are (not to mention this woman knows how to take some wonderful pictures).

recital frock

recital frock

downtown holiday jacket and pant

downtown holiday jacket and pant

Marie Antoinette gown (!!!!!!)

Marie Antoinette gown (!!!!!!)

make believe frock

make believe frock

garden party frock

garden party frock

African safari shorts

African safari shorts

And my personal favorite:

summer by the lake swimsuit

summer by the lake swimsuit

Kathleen has also started a small online shop to start selling some of her fashions. These reversible skirts are really inspiring me to come up with something similar for my nieces for Christmas but in a heavier fabric for the winter in upstate New York. You know, within the next week. Oops!

Reversible Bird Seed Skirt in Lemongrass by Grosgrain

Reversible Bird Seed Skirt in Lemongrass by Grosgrain

You can read more about Kathleen and Grosgrain in the latest issue of Small Magazine.




POM POM.
Monday, December 1, 2008, 6:49 pm
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Along with my effort to buy all Christmas presents from independent retailers, I am also trying to “go green” in my gift wrapping by using the existing stash of paper I have as well as re-purposing other items like paper bags, etc. I had been thinking of creating some kind of bow out of a Target bag because of the fun red bulls eyes on it but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Well, my idea has been validated by Creature Comforts (via Design Sponge). I found this post last week that gives step-by-step instructions on how to make a pom pom gift topper out of a plastic grocery bag; more specifically, one from Target.

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I’m one of those people who keep most of my plastic bags just in case (I do have a dog and no backyard, after all, but let’s not go there) so I’m sure there are plenty of different patterns/colors to pick from. I love when other people figure things out for me!



GONE CANARYING.
Saturday, November 15, 2008, 6:41 pm
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Today and tomorrow Tiny Canary is taking place here in Columbus. I went this morning (yeah, I was the first in line….well, at least at first but that’s another story) and browsed around for a little over an hour. It was pretty great but I do have to say I think last year seemed to have more vendors. Or rather, more vendors that had items I was interested in. We kinda breezed through all the tables pretty quickly which was a bummer.

This tote was my only purchase today but I absolutely love it and am satisfied even though I thought I’d do some more damage. It’s from Basho Apparel and while I realize I could probably make one myself, I had to have this one. And as C pointed out, I already have enough stuff on my to do list so just go ahead and buy it. I love the color combination and it’s made of this heavier wool felt material There were only two left and this was the only one with the fun patterned handles so I had to snatch it up. I think it will eventually become my knitting bag but over the next week or two it will serve as my purse. I may have to sew a snap into it though.

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I have seen Basho before. I purchased this and this from them when they were here for Craftin’ Outlaws a few months back. They are based out of Yellow Springs, OH and their stuff is pretty great. They also had some scarves for sale that were calling my name but I held off. Hopefully they’ll post some in their Etsy shop soon.



MATTHEW SPORZYNSKI.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 9:29 pm
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Since I’m apparently one of the only girls my age who does not read Real Simple magazine, I’m a little behind on the sensation of paper sculptor extraordinaire Matthew Sporzynski. This man is super talented. His work is featured monthly on the section dividers of Real Simple.

Matthew Sporzynski

Matthew Sporzynski

The meticulousness involved with his sculptures is crazy. Everything you see in these photos is made of paper.

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I think this one might be my favorite (from HOW magazine):

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From Simply Stated:

Matthew usually has about two weeks to create his paper sculptures before they have to go in front of the camera, and he works until the very last minute, even while the sculptures are being shot. “You have to keep working on them until they don’t look like garbage anymore!” says Matthew, admitting that his sculptures are “far better received than I perceive them myself. I see the flaws.”

Breathtaking.



T MINUS 7 DAYS.
Saturday, November 8, 2008, 10:54 am
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I have been counting down to this year’s Tiny Canary Indie Design Market for months and it’s so close I can taste it! Next Saturday and Sunday, November 15 & 16 from 10am to 6pm independent artists will be selling their wares at Junctionview Studios here in Columbus. Come out and support them!

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I went in 2007 and did some serious damage. It’s a great place for unique gifts (get that Christmas shopping started) but to be honest, everything I bought was for myself despite my good intentions. There’s some great juju in that building for two glorious days and I left last year’s wanting to be one of the vendors and part of that indie community. Someday….

2007 Tiny Canary

2007 Tiny Canary

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ROYAL BUFFET.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 9:25 pm
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Like most things I discover, I also found out about Royal Buffet through Holly at decor8. It is Mollie Green’s Etsy shop filled with sweet décor items made from clipped vintage papers. I especially love the garland and the butterfly wreath. Again, file this away in the “duh, why didn’t I think of that” drawer. But Mollie obviously has a knack for pulling it off and presenting it effectively through beautiful photos. Her prices are really reasonable given the hand work that must go into each piece.

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Mollie’s work really has my gears turning for my Christmas decorations this year. I’m thinking about making my own garland for my tree; I just don’t know what it will be made of yet. Honestly, I love the felt ball garland Crate & Barrel has this year and I saw some beautiful metal floral garland at Sobo Style last weekend, which would actually work great year round on a fireplace mantel or something (sorry, couldn’t find a picture).

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Crate & Barrel felt garland

I think it’s time to make over my tree’s look. I’m so over the current coordinating ornaments I’ve been using year after year. They are navy, burgundy, forest green and pearlized white. Snore! And so not me at all! What was I thinking? Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of matching ornaments, I’m just thinking of foregoing traditional ones all together and doing something a little different. Stay tuned.



CAKIES.
Saturday, November 1, 2008, 11:24 pm
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Yet another hero to add to my list: Rubyellen over at Cakies. I found this lovely blog via Oh Happy Day this morning and I have been browsing through its archives for hours on and off throughout the day. So yeah, it’s a keeper.

Rubyellen is insanely talented and is basically living my dream life. She is married to (if she doesn’t mind me saying) a very dreamy, hip man, has two adorable girls, is a sewer/crafter extraordinaire, stays at home to take care of her family while at the same time maintaining a successful Etsy storefront. This sounds like complete bliss to me and I seriously do daydream about such a life.

Rubyellen and her lovely family

Rubyellen and her lovely family

Beautiful Mum Wool Felt Crown - from the Cakies Etsy shop

Beautiful Mum Wool Felt Crown (modeled by True) - from the Cakies Etsy shop

Beyond all the cute treats in her Etsy shop, Rubyellen is constantly coming up with original outfits and play things for her two daughters, True and Brave (yes, those are their names and I think they rock).

a walking dress she made for Brave

a walking dress she made for Brave

a jumper she made for True

a jumper she made for True

urbanwear she made for brave

urbanwear she made for Brave

urbanwear she made for true

urbanwear she made for True

The way in which Rubyellen presents her handmade treasures to the blogosphere, both in words and through photography, is endlessly inspiring. Yeah, I know, I’m gushing. But you will too when you see all this busy lady is accomplishing on a daily basis. I don’t know how she pulls it off while wrangling two toddlers.

the family dressed as Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween; you MUST read her story and see the accompanying pictures

the family dressed as Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween; you MUST read her story and see the accompanying pictures

another great story. she made a fabric mushroom to be used as a pincushion and it resulted in more mushrooms for True to play with and a mushroom picking jumper for her to wear

another great story. she made a fabric mushroom to be used as a pincushion and it resulted in more mushrooms for True to play with and a mushroom picking jumper for her to wear

One of my favorite things about Rubyellen is the décor she has chosen for her daughters’ bedrooms. They are so unique. What I love is that these little girls will be able to grow into them. They aren’t all contrived or overly “kid-ified” if you know what I mean (like a room pulled straight from the Pottery Barn Kids catalog). They are eclectic but still kid-friendly and really allow for her girls to have the perfect playground for whatever is in those little imaginative minds of theirs. She and her husband take great care to make sure most of the items are either from flea markets, antique stores or are DIY projects and sometimes it takes time to find the perfect item. Rubyellen writes:

Though it seems everything will always be a slow process for us because the things we like are not at just any one store. We have to patiently and frequently scavenge through flea markets looking for the absolute perfect pieces, though it may take awhile, we like it this way. Each piece will then have a story and a previous life, it makes it all more special.

True's bedroom (I've already added that poster to my wish list. I love it.)

True's bedroom (I've already added that poster to my wish list. I love it.)

True's bedroom accents

True's bedroom accents

True's bedroom accessories

more of True's bedroom accents

Brave's bedroom

Brave's bedroom

Brave's bedroom accessories

Brave's bedroom accents

Oh yeah, and beyond the darling things she makes for kids, she also dabbles in more adult items like this Free People inspired purse she made out of a vintage tablecloth.

Get the pattern to make your own here (project list? check!). Speaking of which, Rubyellen was September’s featured blogger on the Free People blog. You can read the interview here.

Obviously, there’s so much more I could talk about when it comes to Cakies but I’ll just leave you with one more awesome project. Look at this growth chart!

Here’s a link to the original entry if you’d like to read how she made it. But please be sure to check out her entire blog because there is so much inspiration packed into one place. Thanks, Rubyellen!

Photos courtesy of Cakies and the Free People blog.