Creative Envy

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)

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 9:14 pm
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1. Check out these pet beds made out of old suitcases by Etsy shop Vintage Renaissance. Pretty brilliant.

2. Ruby over at Cakies has come up with a great use for all her leftover scrap fabric. She’s cranked out a bunch of braided scrap necklaces recently and they are available to purchase in her Etsy shop.

3. These ads for eco-friendly Ben paint by Benjamin Moore are so fantastic. Cramer-Krasselt is the agency behind them. This one reads:

I like the color of someone that’s been hitting the tanning bed a little too hard. You know when they stay an extra 15 minutes under the lights. So imagine that and the middle part of a candy corn having a love child. That’s the color I want in my kitchen. (Golden Nugget)

4. I’m in love with Columbus-based artist Jill Gallenstein’s pen and ink drawing entitled “from nothing”. Beautiful stuff.

5. My friend recently introduced me to Lisa Hannigan’s album Sea Sew. Her music is lovely and right up my alley. She reminds me of a more mello, folksier Feist but there are definite parallels, especially when I watched a couple of her videos. Apparently Lisa handstitched the album art for her CD (that’s kick-ass in my book) and you should really check out her video for I Don’t Know. It’s worth watching the entire thing to see the magic she creates by the end of it. Gotta love a crafty girl!

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 4:48 pm
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1. I’m considering making this DIY deer head from Dorm Decor (via Made by Girl). All you need is the pattern, foam core, patterned paper, and some X-acto skills. Check.

2. This site is one of the most touching things I’ve ever seen. Days with My Father by Phillip Toledano documents his last days with his dad who has just lost his wife and has no short-term memory. Beautifully done. Hover over the left edge of the photo and you’ll quickly figure out the site navigation. (via Le Love)

3. I knew I had seen Michele Maule’s work before and after looking through my archives I found that I had indeed posted about her at the end of Tiny Art. I discovered her Etsy shop this morning. Love her style.

4. Zoe Murphy’s work in printed furniture and textiles had me captivated for a better part of this morning. I would love to own this dresser.

5. Improv Everywhere has done it again. This event involved turning a NYC subway station into a gallery experience, complete with cellist, a wine bar, and a coat check. Here’s the video documentation:

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 9:34 pm
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1. I received this Apivita wood fragrance for my birthday and it’s quite lovely. It’s for both men and women and its ingredients include cedar wood, sandalwood, bergamot, clary sage, and geranium oils.

2. The wonderfully talented Kathleen of Grosgrain sews original outfits that she gives away for free on her site to lucky readers. Normally she gives away little girls’ clothes, but lately she’s been showcasing women’s. I love this Sunday laundry shirt dress.

3. Etsy storefront Suspect Shoppe sells the art work of Mati Rose McDonough. This darling Navy Lucky Elephant print would be pretty great in a little kid’s room…or in mine.

4. I love this whimsical garden chair from Anthropologie (High-Wire Act Chair, Scoubj).

5. The other day at work I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed out so I downloaded a couple of Car Talk podcasts. I find Click and Clack’s Boston accents and constant chuckling while giving car advice to be totally comforting. The show reminds me of long drives back home to Rochester on sunny Saturday mornings. Love those Tappet brothers!

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 7:32 pm
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This is usually the day I post my Five Faves of the week; however, seeing as how I’m not feeling super inspired this week (see previous entry), I decided to feature my ultimate favorite, Sir Beck. I just now took this picture of him, which is a pretty great representation of my attitude over the past several days (and his). I’m gonna go cuddle up with my neglected dog and put a dent in Breaking Dawn. Five Faves will return next week. Promise.