Creative Envy

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 9:48 pm
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1. I love this tree made  of scrap wood that doubles as a coat rack. (via mermag and Black Eiffel)

2. I may have to add this She & Him poster designed by The Small Stakes to my wish list. (via The Scoop)

3. When I was at the Franklin Park Conservatory this past weekend I found these Paddywax candles in their gift shop. The mahogany scented one is my favorite.

4. This is a pic I took at the Conservatory of their exhibit, Bending Nature. I love the idea of outdoor wrought iron furniture used as planters (especially purple wrought iron furniture).

5. This installation, My Back Pages by Paul Villinski, at the Museum of Arts and Design makes me happy. I would want this hanging in my house. (via Color Me Katie)

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 11:01 pm
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1. Misprint Kitchen Messages from Viva Terra. I realize I was just preaching the other week about how I want an authentic, vintage metal letter C for my wall and not anything mass produced; but even though these are available in multiples, according to the site, these letters are “fashioned from rejected cans and containers.” Therefore, they are acceptable in my book.

2. In the latest issue of ReadyMade, the “I Made This!” section features a chalkboard wine rack that is genius. Sol Kawage of Italy built it using off-the-shelf drainage pipes enclosed in a fiberboard case, and coated the front with chalkboard paint.

3. I recently purchased one of Etsy seller Accessoire’s flower broaches for a dear friend’s birthday gift (not this one in particular, although I love it too). Their products are really well made, my friend loved hers, and best of all, you’re supporting independent artists.

4. Color Me Katie is on my blogroll and it should be on yours too. This girl is fun, quirky, and a complete original. She is a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer and is also involved with NYC’s Improv Everywhere group.

5. After arriving home from work, I was lugging my bags from my car kind of in a grumpy huff because it was bitterly cold and windy and I was still venting from some previous road rage. I opened my back storm door to find the most magical Amazon box I’ve ever seen (clouds parting, sun shining, angels  singing). A box I knew was just the right size for THE book I’ve been wanting for two years. Mmm-hmmm… parents (God love’em) read my blog and know to look on my wish list when deciding what to get me for my birthday (which is this Saturday…gulp. Aging). I bring you….my new baby: Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham.


The timing of this couldn’t be better since I finally got my coffee table and it needed something to adorn it. It came in this adorable white and black box with more of Harper’s illustrations on it.



Thursday, February 12, 2009, 9:39 pm
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1. Sara of KC & Sara created this mini gallery of her favorite wedding candids using some old furniture parts to frame it in. I love the simplicity of this and the ease of changing it out whenever she feels like it.

2. Dreaming of summertime and loving this yellow dress by Max Studio.

3. Jennifer over at Made by Girl has these great new butterfly prints (two of the butterflies are fabric) for sale on her Etsy storefront. Looks like they’re going fast cuz a few days ago there were a lot more listed! Awesome, Jennifer!

4. I spotted the album art of M. Ward’s soon to be released album Hold Time in the pages of ReadyMade magazine and instantly fell in love with the design. I decided to investigate further since Mr. Ward is half of one of my favorite musical duos, She & Him (with Zooey Deschanel). His website is pretty slick and I previewed Hold Time here. Good stuff. It comes out February 17th. It will be mine.

5. I felt the need to give Valentine’s Day some kind of shout-out since it is two days away by sharing one of the blogs I subscribe to, Le Love. They describe their site much better than I could: dedicated to romantic, sweet, lovey dovey, sexy and heart fluttering images. Hope all of your V-Days are lovey, dovey. I’m spending mine at Ikea scoping out some sexy curtains. Meow. ♥

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 9:39 pm
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1. Love these coat hooks made out of billiard balls in the home of Brazilian entrepreneur Doris Sochaczewski (via her home/shop tour on Made by Girl).

2. New Jersey Etsy shop Liesl Made offers up these original coasters made from sewing patterns. (via Dooce)

3. This little end table would go great in my….okay, so I have no room for it but I still would love to own it. Perhaps in my future dream home. (Also via Made by Girl: Jane Schouten’s home in the Netherlands – whoa, I could flip through these Flickr photos for hours on end.)

4. The Daily Show is referring to the current Blagojevich absurdity as “Scumdog Million-hairs”. Completely brilliant.

5. Beautiful Trina Turk/Schumacher outdoor fabric print, Super Paradise. (via Decor8)

Saturday, January 24, 2009, 3:09 pm
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1. Hookmaker wall tiles by Design Glut resemble teacups and hold all your odds and ends.

2. I picked up a small tube of Lollia hand cream (Wish scent) at Anthro last weekend and it’s already almost gone. It works really well and smells like sugar. Mmmm.

3. Love this Fun Skirt by Boden. Too pricey for my budget but cute nonetheless.

4. I am loving these passive aggressive notes by Jack Spade to leave on people’s windshields when they’ve done a craptastic parking job (if you can’t make it out, they say NICE PARKING). I think there needs to be many more sets in a similar vain (i.e., WAY TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG and NICE PUTTING THE TOILET SEAT DOWN).

5. Offensive + Delightful greeting cards are just that: colorful sentiments +  great design. This particular card says “I’ve been such an asshole. Please accept my apologies.”

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 8:15 pm
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1. Thanks to mer mag for posting these stitchable journals from AMH Design, LLC | Contemporary Needlepoint. They have a bunch of different designs and products to pick from, all of which can be personalized with a bit of embroidery work. I really enjoy needle work; however, rarely do I find the fruits of one’s labor to be very hip or cool. These, on the other hand, I would definitely use.

2. Since Obama is already making his way on the train to his inauguration I had to post something Obama-related. I love the design of this t-shirt by Print Liberation. Sadly, it’s sold out. Hopefully they’ll restock at some point.

3. I love Oslo, Norway-based Etsy shop Darling Clementine’s notecard sets. This particular card is from their Camping set:

Our Camping series is a collage of vintage nostalgia; with cut-outs from old magazines and great novels. This is our way of celebrating camping, the woods, and last but not least- beautiful ladies of the past!

P.S. how cute is their shop name?

4. Great reversible tote bag from Kartwheel (because I so need yet another bag to add to my collection).

5. While watching a recent episode of The Daily Show, I saw a commercial for an upcoming series by my favorite comedian, Demetri Martin, called Important Things. It premieres on Comedy Central on February 11th and I cannot wait. Martin’s deadpan,  dry-style observations on life make me laugh like no other. In fact, I still have his comedy special saved on my DVR from two years ago. It’s set to “do not delete unless manually erased” because I like to watch it again when I need a good belly laugh. One of my favorite quotes from Martin is about glitter. He says that “glitter is the herpes of crafts.” So true. Here’s a clip if you’re not familiar.

Sunday, January 11, 2009, 9:40 pm
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1. Paper N Stitch is an online exhibition space that was created to promote talented artists, designers, makers selling handmade goods, and independent boutiques. The exhibition space is curated monthly and showcases the best of the best on an international level. There’s some great original artwork and other original works available for purchase here. Great stuff.

2. I can’t remember if I’ve posted these before, but I love these log bowls by loyal loot.

3. I’m really bummed that this is no longer available on Viva Terra. It is a wreath made from scraps of sweaters.

4. Adorable Little Saigon dress from Francesca’s Collections.

5. Yes, I am a 15-year-old girl. I saw Twilight the movie on Friday night in all its glorious cheesiness and loved every second of it. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen…swoon.