Creative Envy

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 11:49 am
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We are having a major winter storm here in Columbus (well, major by Columbus standards) and are under a level 2 snow emergency. Our offices are closed so I’m hibernating at home with Beck. We’ll probably venture out to play in the snow at some point since he gets pretty stir crazy and adores the powder. Stay warm, everyone!


Photo credits: 1. snow day, 2. Portland loves snow days, 3. snow day, 4. snow day song, 5. Snow day _06, 6. Dirty South Snow Day!, 7. snow day 2k7!, 8. Snow Day?, 9. Snow Day, 10. snow day, 11. Snow day., 12. IMG_0038-1, 13. First Snow Day, 14. Snow Day!, 15. snow day 1, 16. Snow Day

Sunday, January 18, 2009, 11:20 pm
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While my space here on the internet is more of an inspiration journal than a personal blog, I have been tagged by Advergirl to do a 7 things about me post so I’m changing it up a bit, just this one time. In turn, I’ll be tagging 7 other bloggers to do the same. And so I give you 7 random things about me.

7-things-about-me_1When I was little I had two standby hairdos: bowl cut and pigtails with bowl cut bangs (a hybrid that looked like a mullet when it was down). Also around this time I was convinced that E.T. was under my bed at night and that was a very scary thing (but wasn’t E.T. nice?).


A pretty tragic fact: I’ve only been to the states in dark blue marked on the map above. That’s right, nothing west of the Mississippi with the exception of a 15 minute across-the-bridge trek from Memphis to Arkansas. Every year I tend to go to the same standby destinations and they just happen to be on the East coast. I definitely want to visit Seattle and San Fransisco someday but I’m much more interested in traveling across the pond to Europe.


I love to dance. If I could start all over I’d pursue dancing until I was too old and decrepid to continue and THEN go into the design field.

7-things-about-me_4I’ve been saying I’m going to move to NYC for years. I’ve yet to do it and not sure I ever will but, damn, I love that city.

7-things-about-me_5I’m thinking about undergoing hypnosis to treat my oversensitive senses, mostly my hearing although my nose is pretty keen as well. Any repetitive noise (i.e., pen clicking), smacking noise (i.e., people who make love to their food), heavy breathers, soup slurpers, ice crunchers, gum poppers, corn on the cob crunchers……oy, the list goes on. Let’s just say I cannot bear the sounds of these things and it’s all I can focus on when I encounter them. It’s very distracting and I realize I need to get over it but I just can’t. Maybe I need a desensitizing exercise like they do with OCD people on Oprah. Set up some big speakers next to my ears as people take turns making disgusting sounds into a microphone for 24 hours straight.

7-things-about-me_6Clowns scare the crap out of me. Not mimes, but the Bozo kind. I think it stems from seeing Poltergeist as a small child.


I’ve had two recurring dreams as long as I can remember. The first is one of those short dreams before you really fall asleep. It’s simple and straightforward but always makes me jolt awake in a spasm with arms flailing. I am walking down a staircase and the stairs start to fall out from under me so I have nothing to step on. That’s it. Exciting, huh? My second recurring dream started when I was little. I own this flying machine. I’m not sure HOW it flies since it’s basically just a metal box with a front and back bench in it (no wings on the thing) but I wheel it out of my childhood home garage and take the neighborhood kids for rides in it. I still have this dream. It’s pretty great.

Wasn’t that enlightening? Ha. It was actually fun to do so thanks, Leigh.

Okay, here’s who I tag. No pressure though.

Rockin’ the Suburbs
Where the King Put His Armies
The Bee’s Knees
Mer Mag
Made by Girl
Graphic Statement (double tagged, co-worker!)

Sunday, December 28, 2008, 7:54 pm
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I took full advantage of my time back home for Christmas and basically did nothing but be lazy once all my presents were finished and wrapped. The extent of my energy exertion consisted of being curled up with Twilight (I’ve now moved on to New Moon), seeing friends, and lots of eating and drinking. And did I mention eating and drinking?

I’ll post pictures of my Christmas projects at some point this week but for now I give you another gratuitous Beck picture.


More soon. I have a DVR calling my name and 4 more hours of my holiday vacation to enjoy.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 10:34 pm
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 8:33 pm
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If you’re looking for some unique items for your loved ones this holiday season, consider doing some shopping at Nest. They have awesome stuff but more importantly they are making a difference for women.

Nest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. To do this, Nest provides micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses.

Nest carries clothing, jewelry, home accents, stuff for kids, and much more. Items are made by domestic designers or by loan recipients themselves. Here are some that caught my eye.

Vintage Creations cashmere wrap

Vintage Creations cashmere wrap

vintage red spiral lucite earrings by Cara Lyndon Jewelry

vintage red spiral lucite earrings by Cara Lyndon Jewelry

the Escape necklace by susan marie designs

the Escape necklace by susan marie designs

Angie wrist bag (graphite) by aster+sage

Angie wrist bag (graphite) by aster+sage

Ribbon of Flowers pillow by Elle & Evans

Ribbon of Flowers pillow by Elle & Evans

Gothic Rose hostess apron by Sommer Designs

Gothic Rose hostess apron by Sommer Designs

Field Guide Riverbank by (one of my favorite artists) Dolan Geiman Inc.

Box Print: Field Guide Riverbank by (one of my favorite artists) Dolan Geiman Inc.

delft. letterpress note cards, bamboo paper by Smock Letterpress

delft. letterpress note cards, bamboo paper by Smock Letterpress

Chloe Dress by Nest

Chloe Dress by Nest

Iznik Buttons by loan recipient Intarsia Concept

Iznik Buttons by loan recipient Intarsia Concept

Monday, November 3, 2008, 7:03 pm
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Please, please, please VOTE tomorrow. I don’t care who you vote for (well, actually I do) but it’s even more important that your voice be heard.

This poster is part of AIGA’s Get Out the Vote series and it was designed by Office.

And for you undecideds (who I truly don’t understand but way to be fair up until the last minute) here is the most recent GOOD sheet comparing McCain and Obama issue by issue (click on the image to see it full size).

Now get out there and VOTE!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008, 9:38 pm
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Just an FYI that I have moved my blogroll on to its own page so it’s not taking up so much space in the sidebar as I continue to add more and more blogs. So be sure to click over and check them out!

Friday, October 10, 2008, 12:06 am
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Between the prep work for an intense chili cook-off at work tomorrow and my weekend trip to the Hocking Hills, I haven’t had time to post and won’t have time again until Sunday night (hopefully). Here’s hoping my team has the “top pot” tomorrow and I survive the zip line on Saturday. Have a great weekend!

Hocking Hills, Ohio, Rose Lake Pine Forest
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Saturday, September 20, 2008, 1:57 pm
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Has anyone else been noticing Crate & Barrel’s recent shift to a more traditional style a la Pottery Barn? It’s frustrating me. I’ve always enjoyed C&B’s clean lines and simple fabrics but lately they’ve gone down a different road. Dare I say country-inspired? Their colors aren’t as bright and vivid and they are using prints that aren’t as modern or geometric as in the past. What’s going on? I know Pottery Barn is popular but it’s never been my cup of tea. Here are some pages from Crate & Barrel’s Fall 2008 catalog which, if I hadn’t seen its cover, I would have assumed it was from PB:

And I have noticed that Pottery Barn has been shifting slightly more towards what C&B used to be. Is this some kind of messed up trading places in the retail world? Can you tell which of the following are Pottery Barn and which are Crate & Barrel? I wouldn’t be able to if I hadn’t done it myself.

Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn?

Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn?

Has my perception of Crate & Barrel just been off for all these years?

1. Crate & Barrel
2. Pottery Barn
3. Pottery Barn
4. Crate & Barrel
5. Pottery Barn
6. Pottery Barn
7. Pottery Barn
8. Crate & Barrel
9. Crate & Barrel
10. Crate & Barrel
11. Pottery Barn
12. Crate & Barrel
13. Crate & Barrel
14. Pottery Barn
15. Crate & Barrel
16. Pottery Barn
17. Pottery Barn


Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 7:45 pm
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Hallelujah, my power is back! I will be making up for lost time in the next several days. Thank you, AEP…I take back all my evil thoughts and toast you with my many glasses of celebratory wine.


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