Creative Envy


NEW YEAR, NEW DIGS.
Friday, January 1, 2010, 10:28 pm
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I’m moving! Or rather, I’ve moved! I’ve got new digs here: http://www.creativeenvyblog.com. I hope you’ll start following me over there as I close the doors on this site. Same old posts, just in shiny new clothes. See you on the flip side!



HAPPY 2010.
Thursday, December 31, 2009, 4:46 pm
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2009 has been a crazy year. Lots of ups and downs and all arounds for me. Things that at first felt horrible truly turned out for the best and I am better off in the long run. I’m looking forward to the new year. Resolving to be healthier, happier, and as creative as possible.

Happy New Year, everyone! As always, thanks for reading.*

*Planning to launch something new in the next week. Stay tuned.



HAVE A HAPPY.
Saturday, December 26, 2009, 2:28 pm
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Hope you’re all enjoying this holiday weekend (and next). Beck and I have been maxing and relaxing after a month of preparations and craziness. To be honest, that’s the part I enjoy most. Now that it’s partway over, I’m somewhat bummed. But I’ll take this day of non-activity. It’s about 2:30 and I’m still in my pajamas. No complaints here.



THANKFUL.
Friday, November 27, 2009, 11:31 am
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I know I’m a day late but better now than never.

I am thankful for:

1. My ever supportive family.
2. Friends who get me.
3. The best dog that has ever lived.
4. My health.
5. Being able to follow my dream of self-employment thanks to unbelievable friends and colleagues who have referred business to me unprompted.
6. Being back home where I get to de-stress and sleep like a log because my Dad gets up and takes out said best dog that has ever lived for me each morning.
7. Throwing my healthy eating out the window for a long weekend in favor of rich, bad-for-me food.
8.Creativity because where would I be without it?
9. Readers like you who continue to check out my blog and inspire me to continue down the path I’ve chosen.
10. Elastic waistbands (see #7).



CRATE & BARREL VS. ETSY.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 9:11 pm
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I just received the Crate & Barrel 2009 Gift Guide in the mail yesterday and fell in love with these ornaments.

But here’s the thing. I feel kinda guilty about it. I mean, don’t I lose some considerable street cred if I were to purchase these and people asked where I got them, anticipating that I’d naturally say “Etsy” or that “I made them” instead of sheepishly saying “Crate & Barrel”? Nothing against this big, lovely store (my couch is from there), but when something looks handmade, don’t you want it to come from an individual who made it with love and care and sweat and tears?

I’m torn on this issue. While I truly appreciate how mainstream the craft movement has become (and hence, stores like C&B and CB2 are offering products in this aesthetic), it still bums me out. Because I feel like the big guys can mass produce these items for significantly less and make a killing on them in comparison to someone, say from Etsy, that has labored over their product and it is one of a kind (and, therefore, more expensive). Plus I prefer to support independent, self-employed artists but sometimes I just can’t afford it.

What do you think?



ON MY OWN.
Monday, September 28, 2009, 11:30 pm
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I’m sort of terrified to put this in writing for the whole worldwide web to read; however, I figure if I put it here then I’m obligated to make it happen (and I swear this has much more gravitas than my to do list). Okay, deep breath.

As I wrote before, I lost my job about a month ago. In the meantime, I have been compiling my portfolio and sort of half-heartedly looking for a new full-time position. I was going through the motions you’re supposed to go through but my game face wasn’t on. My heart was not in it. Most likely because deep down I knew that I truly did not want to work for the man (or woman as it may be) anymore. At least for now, what I truly want is to be my own boss. The master of my domain, if you will. So here I go, internet. I’m going after my longtime dream of being in business for myself.

“I say who! I say when! I say…..WHO!” (Name the movie.)

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Okay, probably a poor choice in movie reference but I couldn’t resist.

My new full-time job description: freelance designing, blogging, an Etsy shop, and any other creative gigs that pop up along the way. I’ve got a lot of groundwork to cover and I’ve been devouring online resources like these over the past several days. Any advice from the peanut gallery is welcome here. Drop me a comment or contact me using the link on the left to share your own self-employment stories (please, no nightmares at least at first) and I will be forever grateful.

There it is. I said it. It’s out there. I can do it, right? Right. Right?

(Photo by much ado about nothing on Flickr.)



ON TO NEXT.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 10:43 pm
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A lot has changed in the past seven days. Unfortunately, my company had to make some cuts and I was among the ones that were let go. It was a total shock at first, but within a matter of hours my mood did a total 180 and I was, well, excited. Yeah, yeah…the broken record: everything happens for a reason…blah blah blah. But it’s true. I’m truly ready for my next adventure, whatever it may be.

I learned so many valuable lessons over the past (almost) four years, both professionally and personally. I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. My job taught me about having visual standards and I developed my own aesthetic from being exposed to amazing work everyday. I met lifelong friends and mentors. My coworkers are what I will miss the most and, if I’m being honest, what kept me there for so long.

This week has been dedicated to getting my resumé and portfolio in order and, I have to say, it is a BEAST of an undertaking. But I’m taking my time because I want it to communicate who I am; not just what I can do.

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So now I start a new chapter. I’m not sure what it will be, but I’m so psyched to find out. I’ve heard similar stories before about people being laid off from their job and then finding their life’s work. I hope mine plays out in a similar manner. I’ll keep you all posted on where I land. Thanks for being my outlet.



SLACKER + FIVE FAVES, VOL 22.
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 RunPee.com (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)



THE GIRL WHO CRIED BLOG.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 7:34 pm
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What is with me this month?!!! My intentions are good but for some reason I have been absolutely terrible about posting regularly. I guess I’m still trying to balance this new healthy regimen I’ve imposed on myself along with finishing up projects (yes, I’m this close to crossing something off my monumental list). The other piece of the puzzle is that I haven’t had time to keep up with my favorite blogs, which always provide me with so much inspiration and, in turn, keep me posting. Anyway, thanks for hanging in there with me. I will get back into the groove of things soon. Promise.



IMPERIAL, INDEED.
Monday, July 13, 2009, 9:22 pm
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Would you pay $140 for shampoo if it guaranteed you amazing hair everyday? This question is asked in the August issue of Lucky magazine in regard to Philip B’s Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo. Beauty editor Jean Godfrey-June claims that the shampoo makes her hair look as if it was styled by a $700/hr stylist and the look can last for up to three days. Sounds pretty great, but then there’s the price point of this miracle shampoo.

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After I got over my initial audible “guffaw”, I started to think about it. $140 is definitely a lot of money, but what about other disposable products people spend money on that are considered totally acceptable? Designer perfume? An expensive bottle of champagne or wine? One night out at a 5-star restaurant? Jean says this little tub of beauty magic lasts a mysteriously long time. Probably much longer than a bottle of Dom Perignon. I would love to try it, but I have a feeling that samples of this gem don’t come free. Can anyone out there vouch for what Lucky is claiming?