Creative Envy

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 9:14 pm
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I’m back from vacation and kind of refreshed in that I-feel-like-I-never-left kind of way. While I was in Florida, my sister and I took my nephew to see Coraline. We didn’t see the 3D version unfortunately, but there is plenty of visual stimulation jam-packed into the film in its regular format to keep you entertained (and the story’s not bad either). I’ve spent a solid hour tonight exploring the website and I’m still not done. There are so many nooks and crannies to investigate and you can definitely get lost, realizing you’ve just spent 30 minutes picking out the perfect button eyes for you and your dog.



I know, kinda creepy but great at the same time. I love how the button kit opens to reveal all the little compartments. And the site allows you to save your images to your computer or publish them immediately to Facebook or MySpace. The site has all kinds of interactive surprises to play with. You can spell your name with the Bobinsky acrobatic mice,


download some sweet posters and wallpapers for your desktop (the overall aesthetic of Coraline is lovely, isn’t it?),

coraline_posterswallpaperand view galleries and movies of how Coraline came to life. The most intriguing individual to me is the woman who knits miniature sweaters using needles as thin as human hairs. Whaaaaaat? And I thought those snowflakes were challenging!

Overall, I’m just in awe of  the detail in every aspect of Coraline and the dedication to making almost everything by hand. Unreal.

I downloaded the film’s soundtrack this afternoon. It makes great background music for working on the computer….or for sewing on buttons (insert evil laugh here).

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 8:36 pm
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Mixwit lets you make your own virtual mix tapes and share them with your friends. It’s super easy to do. You just search their library for the tracks you want and drag and drop them into a playlist. You can even customize the look of your mixtape but I decided to pick an old school template because you can’t have a shiny new looking mix tape. IT’S A MIX TAPE!!! Represent!

Here’s my playlist if you are interested in the songs you hear:

  1. Theresa Andersson – Birds Fly Away
  2. Those Dancing Days – Shuffle
  3. Peter Bjorn & John – Young Folks
  4. She & Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
  5. Joshua Radin and Ingrid Michaelson – Sky
  6. Feist – Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix)
  7. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly
  8. Adele – Chasing Pavements

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 12:27 am
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I am so appreciative of GOOD magazine’s Very Short List. I get daily emails informing me of “must-see gems” from all areas of entertainment and media.

VERY SHORT LIST points to excellent new (and sometimes vintage) entertainment and media that haven’t been hyped to within an inch of their lives. Each weekday, we recommend a single gem from the vast mass of films, TV shows, books, websites, music, and more. The focus is on products that deserve attention but haven’t already been subject to giant media pile-ons.

A recent VSL email introduced me to Theresa Andersson, a Swedish-born singer who lives in New Orleans. Her latest album is called Hummingbird, Go! and I am absolutely loving it. It’s so eclectic…it’s like a Feist/ethereal/folk/psychedelic/jazz jambalaya. (And, of course, I was immediately drawn to its album art.)

From VSL:

On this, her fourth full-length release, she’s thrown Motown influences, Broadway melodies, and even a bit of klezmer (“Japanese Art”) into the mix and turned the blender on high. Recorded in the kitchen of Andersson’s New Orleans home (that’s her you’ll hear on soda-bottle vibraphone and wineglass keyboard — as well as zither and violin), the album is as intimate and arresting as any we’ve heard this year.

Hummingbird, Go! would make the perfect soundtrack for when I move into Anthropologie. Like live there. Yes, I want to.