Creative Envy

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 11:56 pm
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1. I am a sucker for a good bag, but normally I go for very graphic ones. Bags that are bright, patterned, and unique. I’ve decided that it’s high time I get a ‘big girl’ purse. Not that I don’t still love all my quirky satchels, I do. But I love this one by Fossil. I “tried it on” in the store and it’s a great shape, size and fits under my arm nicely. It’s also got that pattern flair…but on the inside.

2. Yeah, yeah, I already have an iPhone. But I call it the dinosaur of iPhones because it’s a first generation. And anyone who is familiar with Apple stuff, everything gets outdated pretty much within 6 months after buying it. It’s super annoying but I have accepted that’s how they roll. Needless to say, I am still on The Edge network and it is like being on an old school dial up modem if I want to look something up online and there’s no Wi-Fi to access. My contract is up for renewal so I can get a “deal” on one of the newer models. My friend said I should wait till next summer for the next generation. If you know me, you know patience is not one of my qualities. Therefore, I’d love to have one of these iPhone gift cards that Apple is pushing to upgrade.

3. Stocking stuffer! I was recently at my friend’s house in Cleveland and she had this Mentha hand soap by C.O. Bigelow. I have tried the uber tingly Mentha chapstick (whew, that’s strong) but had never seen the hand soap (that store is dangerous for me so I stay away). It smells great and is very refreshing on your hands.

4. This one is already happening, I just need to pull the trigger on my renewal. I have posted before about Uppercase Magazine, but it is truly one of the best magazines to come into my life. It’s like Janine Vangool personally came knocking on my door and said, “Carrie, what would YOU like to see in a magazine?” and then just delivered it to my doorstep every three months. Thanks for starting this, Janine!

5. I am on the hunt for a proper winter coat. Not necessarily this one (I just picked it because of its pretty silhouette and have no clue if it’s even warm). The problem is, I have some requirements that make it all but impossible. Here’s what I want: interesting silhouette (see above), made out of a material that won’t easily pill or attract every fuzzball within a 10-foot radius, able to pass for dressy or casual, unique in color or pattern but still go with everything, flattering, affordable and SUPER WARM. Oh, is that all? Yep.


I’m pretty sure he’d be happy with: a few stuffed animals he can destroy, helping me tear the paper off my presents, a peanut butter-filled bone, wall-to-wall carpeting, and my promise that I’ll never touch his front paws ever again. But I’m imposing my own wish for him because his green collar is looking ratty. The little man needs a new one that suits him and I think this is a good choice, made by PB&J’s World on Etsy.

Monday, November 16, 2009, 11:46 pm
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Last Saturday Christina and I were numbers 97 & 98 in line at Columbus’ annual indie design market, Tiny Canary. (I only know that because the two people behind us got the last two goodie bags.) This was my third year going and, per usual, I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, I’m on a budget these days so I couldn’t go as crazy as my first time. I only spent $10 on three cards. I know, that’s a sad statement. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have some favorite vendors. Everyone there was so great and brought something unique to the table, but these are the ones that really stood out to me.


1. Cleveland-based Oddball Press specializes in old-school aesthetic, quick-witted, letterpressed cards. This is where I spent my whopping $10 on Saturday. I love their classic illustrations combined with sarcastic sentiments.

2. I’m pretty sure Red Raven Studios was new to TC this year (correct me if I’m wrong) because I think I’d remember these darling little works of art. Amy hails from Pittsburgh and specializes in jewelry (and BUTTONS!) made from porcelain. She details each piece with decals that are reminiscent of antique china patterns. So sweet.

3. Anne Holman is one of the co-organizers of Tiny Canary but also runs her own jewelry-making business. Her work is gorgeous and my beloved peacock necklace (a staple in my everyday accessorizing) was purchased at my first TC. I have to say, I was really coveting the necklace Anne was wearing that morning . I can only assume she made that one too. Beautiful.

4. Girl/Boy Coalition had some really clever screen printed shirts for sale. Among them was a bike wheel with “Columbus” over top as well as this one featured above. Very whimsical and clever, their sales pitch was equally entertaining (the boy of Girl/Boy Coalition was super witty and quick with a comeback). Thoroughly enjoyable.

5. When it comes to concert posters, I’m not sure anyone comes close to touching the illustrative style and talent of Columbus artist Clinton Reno. This guy is truly spectacular. I haven’t exactly figured out where I could put all of his show posters (I’m in desperate need of a basement music room apparently), but I love to admire them whenever I’m at a show like TC. True talent there that brings me great inspiration. So thanks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 10:35 pm
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1. Alison Rose has a new Ohio tee now available featuring this old fashioned bicycle. It’s so adorable and I love how it could either be interpreted as Ohio or just “hi”. Might have to pick one up at Tiny Canary next month.

2. Sloan Photographers is made up of the dynamic duo, husband and wife team, Matt and Angie Sloan. Their work is dream-like and their manifesto is endearing:

Sloan Photographers:
is Matt + Angie Sloan.
is sometimes too funny and quirky.
is hopeless romantics.
is a radtastic duo.
is happily married for 8 yrs.
is blessed with two perfect and cute kids: Maddux (3) & Paisley (1).
is also blessed with two perfect dogs: Rocko & Bella.
is in love with “Pop Culture” and Twilight!
is so blessed.
is best friends.
is in love with the realness of photography.
is sometimes cooler than we think.
is always smiling.
is wanting to conquer the world with rad photos!
is happy!

I didn’t feature any of their shots here because I couldn’t pick just one from the bunch. Instead, I chose to feature their sweet logo. Please take the time and browse through their portfolio here. (via Christina Likes)

3. MOO provides such a great solution for impromptu business cards on a budget with their MiniCard offering. I love these things. I finally went through my own stack of personal calling cards and placed an order today for ones that reflect my new biz setup. They are an awesome value at $19.99 for 100 cards and you can do up to 100 different designs (on the backs). I did 5 designs, which translates to 20 of each so I can decide which design I give to who. I also couldn’t resist picking up one of these cute felt holders (I got the turquoise).

4. I came across Joy Paperie quite awhile ago and had bookmarked this gift wrap because I loved it so much. I’m glad I was just combing through some of my old links and it resurfaced. I’m not sure if I’m more drawn to the color combo of this Raspberry Giraffe print, or the graphics themselves. Perhaps I’m drawn to it in particular today because my big brother is leaving for Kenya in less than 48 hours and I have safari animals on the brain.

5. Holly over at Decor8 did her 2010 Calendar Roundups last week and while there were many I was drawn to, I am completely smitten with the one by Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar. The random sayings on each page double as the month name when certain letters are highlighted in a different color. I think my favorite is “OCTAGON, BE NICER” for the month of October. Check out their archives for more amusement.

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7:43 pm
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1. I hope that you’ll click through to read about and see more of this really smart double wedding invitation (my little thumbnail does not do it justice). I love the train ticket look and feel and it just makes sense for having two ceremonies on two different continents. Inventive, practical yet still beautiful and sophisticated. (via 100 Layer Cake)

2. I’ve had my eye on this Crate & Barrel felt pillow for months, waiting for it to go on sale. It’s one of my favorite colors and would go perfectly in my living room on one of my salvaged chairs. (It would also cover up the rushed job I did on the bottom cushion of said chair.)

3. The uber famous Dooce had posted this Grizzly Bear fan video awhile back, but I just had to bring it to all of your attention again because it is brilliantly done. This is the kind of stuff that inspires me like mad. Here, I’m just gonna embed it (see below).

4. I’m working on some custom curtains for a friend of mine and I am absolutely in love with the print she chose for her kitchen Roman shade (you done good, girl). She purchased it at a local Columbus shop called Sew to Speak that I am now dying to check out. I’m just scared of the possible damage I could do in there.

5. My friend and colleague, Lauryn Byrdy, has also decided to go out on her own; however, her expertise is photography. She’s super talented and so passionate about what she does; constantly inspiring me to go after it. Lauryn recently had a pet portrait session at Columbus doggie daycare The City Dog and the shots that she got are adorable. I don’t know how she does it, but she’s able to capture the essence of a dog’s personality. I know this particular dog personally and, I have to say, that’s Elli through and through. See more of Lauryn’s work here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 11:23 pm
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So not only have I not posted one time this month, I completely missed my one year anniversary on the third! Oops! Happy birthday? Hoot and holler? Man, this is horrible. I should have done some extraordinary topical entry about what I’ve learned over the last year and how grateful I am for those of you who continue to check out my little corner of the interwebs, but instead here is my slap-dash, put together wee post.

I was inspired tonight because I just got home from seeing Julie & Julia and watching the scrolling type on Amy Adams’ computer screen had me jonesing to get home and post something again. I have had this entire week off. A stay-cation, if you will, to get some things done around my place (ahem, catching up on blogging is still not crossed off the list…shocking). So there you have it. I can’t even use “no time” as an excuse anymore!

Enough whining. I give you my latest favorites because, after all, it is Thursday night.


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1. Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses photo series for JPG Magazine is pretty brilliant. “These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.” (via How About Orange)

2. I had been waiting for months to go see (500) Days of Summer and it definitely delivered. Zooey Deschanel is one of my favorite people, both in acting and singing, so I figured I would be smitten with this movie. It’s smart, charming, heartwarming (and breaking at the same time), witty and creative. I have the soundtrack basically on repeat in my car. I can’t get enough of it and every time Hall & Oates comes on, I remember that scene in the movie and I want to break out into spontaneous song and dance. When Sweet Disposition comes on, my heart jumps out of my chest. Go see it.

3. Going hand in hand with going to see movies, comes (and the mobile application for your iPhone). RunPee tells you when it’s “safe” to go to the restroom during a movie’s duller moments and let’s you know what you missed while you were gone. For example, for tonight’s Julie & Julia movie, I had four opportunities, four minutes allotted for each one. I did use one of them and it worked out perfectly! I didn’t miss any crucial info. It will give you either situational or verbal cues so you know when you need to run (and pee).

4. This week I took two days to do a thorough clean sweep of my place, purging items I haven’t touched in the last year. This meant tackling my clothes closet, which meant trying on endless articles of clothing to see if they still fit or if I liked them on me anymore. Basically, I ended up shopping in my own closet. I uncovered so many forgotten gems and I have put a self-imposed halt on any new wardrobe acquisitions for the foreseeable future. In fact, I want to challenge myself to not wear the same top for the next 30 days since I’m pretty positive I could pull it off.

5. Toronto’s the workroom is equipped with everything a crafter or sewer might need to get their project done, and it’s all available for their use for an hourly fee. I think this is an amazing resource that would be unbelievably valuable to most cities. Even though I have a lot of supplies, it’s always such a pain to haul them out and put them away with each project I tackle. I would love to have a space where I could spread out and work more efficiently (and most likely on higher quality sewing machines than what I have). The workroom offers independent studio time, classes, fabric for purchase, and serves as a venue for various crafty events. (via Uppercase)

Sunday, July 12, 2009, 8:52 pm
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I’ve been bad about posting regularly lately and REALLY bad about keeping up with my Five Faves commitment. Do you ever get that feeling that you can only focus on one major thing at a time? For the last week or so I’ve been really into getting healthy which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s consumed most of my free time. I hope to be back into a groove this week and juggle more effectively. Thanks for coming back and for your patience.


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1. Awhile back, 100 Layer Cake posted this tutorial for a DIY tin can table number. This is a great idea for a wedding reception, but I think it would be cool for any occasion or just as a simple decoration in a home or out on a deck. You could just as easily punch out a cool pattern or floral design, drop in a candle, and presto change-o.

2. Anthropologie never ceases to amaze me with their surreal window displays, merchandising, and catalogs. Their July issue features hand shadows interacting with the models. This type of thing always makes me slap myself in the forehead and say “Of course they thought of that and I didn’t. OF COURSE!”

3. I stumbled upon the work of Anna Bond, aka Rifle Design, through Roadside. This lady is a true talent. I took a good hour the other day to browse through her site, her blog and her Flickr photos. Her illustrations are so whimsical and are such a refreshing change for the traditional wedding invitation. I would totally hire her. You know, if I was getting hitched. It looks like she will be opening a shop soon too so stay tuned.

4. The new CB2 catalog arrived in my mailbox last week (dangerous). I think I need to buy this botella decanter and funnel, you know, for all the dinner parties I host (snicker). It’s a steal at $15 and I love the design. Who knows, perhaps this purchase would inspire me to host more often. Just have to work on seating for more than 2 people.

5. This screen shot does not do this site justice. I don’t remember where I found it (I know it was via Twitter) and I don’t really understand what it’s for, but just go there, wait for it to load, and then PLAY. Make sure your speakers are on.

Thursday, June 4, 2009, 9:32 pm
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1. I was having a pretty stressful day at work today when I walked past my mailbox and saw a package inside. It was my recent order from Etsy seller Flowers for Your Ears (dangsworld). I ordered the ring pictured above plus another and 3 pairs of earrings. Everything in the shop is absolutely darling and extremely affordable. Super fast shipping too. Stress relieved, happy dance!

2. Quirky and smart, I’m intrigued by this Blacksmith Blossom Chair by Anthropologie. Probably not the greatest in the back support department, but I wouldn’t turn one away.

3. Yeah, so you know I’m obsessive when it comes to Anthropologie so is it really a shock that I would have two of their items in my favorites for the week? This month’s catalog is a collaboration between Anthro and Hatch Show Print. This is a keeper for the inspiration files. Beautiful photography using backdrops of vintage signage (I’m still looking for that letter C) combined with Hatch’s signature letterforms are throughout.

4. 100 Layer Cake is a wedding site and while I am nowhere close to planning a wedding, I still enjoy reading about real-life nuptials and all the different ideas that could easily translate into other celebrations. One of my favorite features is their colorboards. They take a collage of photos with similar colors and extract a palette from it. We do this a lot at work for clients, called “swipe” exercises.

5. Kathleen over at Twig & Thistle recently posted about a brilliant facial hair contest that was held at her office, Stache Bash. She came up with this great invitation along with some really fun accessories. I think this may have to be suggested at my next company meeting.

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 10:09 pm
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1. Embroidered pier dress from Anthropologie. I featured this last week in my Polyvore experiment. It’s hard to see here, but the embroidery details on this frock are darling. I don’t do strapless; otherwise, I would snatch it up.

2. Artecnica Tord Boontje Charming necklaces. Offering various designs and price points, these Tord Boontje pendants are a lot of fun. I can’t decide which one I like the best. Thoughts?

3. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m itching to give Spoonflower a shot for designing my own custom fabric for various projects. From what I can see, it all looks pretty easy; just a matter of coming up with something good enough to print!

4. TOMS brand shoes offer stylish shoes with a philanthropic cause. For each pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. I am about to place my order for this ash pair of TOMS for my summer footwear.

5. If I do in fact end up prego someday, I really hope I can do it with the humor with which Heather Armstrong does. She’s such an amazing writer. Her colorful, thorough and squeel out loud hilarious commentary on daily life always entertains me. This is her 36 week pregnancy picture. Genius.

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 9:07 pm
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1. Oh, the Places You’ll Sew! stitching postcards allow you to document your travels across the USA, Europe or the world. Cute! (via Twig & Thistle)

2. I discovered Persimmon jewelry on Etsy because they are one of Grosgrain’s new sponsors. Even though I love this Mondrian necklace, I don’t think I could pull it off. Still fun though!

3. Paris: Made by Hand by stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk has been making the rounds lately on a lot of the blogs I read and when I saw it on Decor8 I knew¬† it would be mine. My copy arrived yesterday and I am not disappointed. The photography is beautiful and its compact size makes it toteable or coffee table-worthy. It is a dream of mine to go to Paris one day so this just makes it that much more tempting. You should check out Pia’s blog for more eye candy.

4. Elizabeth Demos appears to have my dream home and dream career as owner of @Home in Savannah, Georgia. Her tastes and knack for discovering decorative gems is unreal. (via design sponge)

5. You’ve gotta love Holly’s weekly Etsy Take Five Tuesdays where she features five Etsy shops each week. It’s a great source for discovering fresh talent. She recently highlighted Natasha Morton, an artist from Edinburgh, Scotland. I was quickly drawn to her collection of canvases entitled 81 Cents.

Saturday, April 11, 2009, 5:54 pm
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1. Happy Tapper’s iPhone application Gratitude Journal has helped adjust my attitude in the past week. It allows you to jot down all the things you are grateful for that day, rate the day, and add a picture. It really is true that even if you’re having the crappiest day ever, if you recognize the good things about it, you automatically feel loads better. The app provides a daily inspirational quote after you’re finished with your entry as well as passcode protection. Definitely worth the $.99. (via Decor8)

2. I had no idea how many varieties of packaging tape there are out there until I came across Twig & Thistle’s recent post. What a great idea for sprucing up a boring package you have to send in the mail.

3. How on earth did I not know about the “online PDF art + design + photography magazine that uncovers emerging artists from around the world” that is blanket until today? I have no idea, but I’m psyched I have even if they are already on issue 15. What an inspirational gem! Blanket is shifting from a free downloadable online publication to one that will be requesting a small fee ($2 AUD) as of their next issue, but I think it’s worth it. I’m only halfway through the current issue and I’m already hooked. (via Decor8)

4. File this one away in the “why didn’t I think of that” drawer. Molly Mutt sells affordable and eco-conscious dog beds that are, get this, filled with YOUR stuff (i.e., old clothes, towels, etc.). You simply stuff your old clothing or what have you, into the “stuff sack” and then put on the duvet cover. If it gets dirty, you can throw all the pieces into the wash. I love these beds because they’re not only smart, but they come in great patterns. Dog beds are usually so boring (Beck’s is this awful tan velour; it was the least offensive, semi-coordinating color I could find in the bunch), but these would definitely fit into the abodes of decor-conscious individuals. (via Made by Girl)

5. WOW. This is unreal! It’s just what it looks like…this piano is covered in hand-made crochet work. Artist Joana Vasconcelos has blown my mind with her work, entitled Piano Dentelle. You can see more detailed imagery of this on her site. Can I please have this in my living room? Please? (via Decor8)