Creative Envy

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 11:56 pm
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1. I am a sucker for a good bag, but normally I go for very graphic ones. Bags that are bright, patterned, and unique. I’ve decided that it’s high time I get a ‘big girl’ purse. Not that I don’t still love all my quirky satchels, I do. But I love this one by Fossil. I “tried it on” in the store and it’s a great shape, size and fits under my arm nicely. It’s also got that pattern flair…but on the inside.

2. Yeah, yeah, I already have an iPhone. But I call it the dinosaur of iPhones because it’s a first generation. And anyone who is familiar with Apple stuff, everything gets outdated pretty much within 6 months after buying it. It’s super annoying but I have accepted that’s how they roll. Needless to say, I am still on The Edge network and it is like being on an old school dial up modem if I want to look something up online and there’s no Wi-Fi to access. My contract is up for renewal so I can get a “deal” on one of the newer models. My friend said I should wait till next summer for the next generation. If you know me, you know patience is not one of my qualities. Therefore, I’d love to have one of these iPhone gift cards that Apple is pushing to upgrade.

3. Stocking stuffer! I was recently at my friend’s house in Cleveland and she had this Mentha hand soap by C.O. Bigelow. I have tried the uber tingly Mentha chapstick (whew, that’s strong) but had never seen the hand soap (that store is dangerous for me so I stay away). It smells great and is very refreshing on your hands.

4. This one is already happening, I just need to pull the trigger on my renewal. I have posted before about Uppercase Magazine, but it is truly one of the best magazines to come into my life. It’s like Janine Vangool personally came knocking on my door and said, “Carrie, what would YOU like to see in a magazine?” and then just delivered it to my doorstep every three months. Thanks for starting this, Janine!

5. I am on the hunt for a proper winter coat. Not necessarily this one (I just picked it because of its pretty silhouette and have no clue if it’s even warm). The problem is, I have some requirements that make it all but impossible. Here’s what I want: interesting silhouette (see above), made out of a material that won’t easily pill or attract every fuzzball within a 10-foot radius, able to pass for dressy or casual, unique in color or pattern but still go with everything, flattering, affordable and SUPER WARM. Oh, is that all? Yep.


I’m pretty sure he’d be happy with: a few stuffed animals he can destroy, helping me tear the paper off my presents, a peanut butter-filled bone, wall-to-wall carpeting, and my promise that I’ll never touch his front paws ever again. But I’m imposing my own wish for him because his green collar is looking ratty. The little man needs a new one that suits him and I think this is a good choice, made by PB&J’s World on Etsy.

Monday, November 16, 2009, 11:46 pm
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Last Saturday Christina and I were numbers 97 & 98 in line at Columbus’ annual indie design market, Tiny Canary. (I only know that because the two people behind us got the last two goodie bags.) This was my third year going and, per usual, I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, I’m on a budget these days so I couldn’t go as crazy as my first time. I only spent $10 on three cards. I know, that’s a sad statement. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have some favorite vendors. Everyone there was so great and brought something unique to the table, but these are the ones that really stood out to me.


1. Cleveland-based Oddball Press specializes in old-school aesthetic, quick-witted, letterpressed cards. This is where I spent my whopping $10 on Saturday. I love their classic illustrations combined with sarcastic sentiments.

2. I’m pretty sure Red Raven Studios was new to TC this year (correct me if I’m wrong) because I think I’d remember these darling little works of art. Amy hails from Pittsburgh and specializes in jewelry (and BUTTONS!) made from porcelain. She details each piece with decals that are reminiscent of antique china patterns. So sweet.

3. Anne Holman is one of the co-organizers of Tiny Canary but also runs her own jewelry-making business. Her work is gorgeous and my beloved peacock necklace (a staple in my everyday accessorizing) was purchased at my first TC. I have to say, I was really coveting the necklace Anne was wearing that morning . I can only assume she made that one too. Beautiful.

4. Girl/Boy Coalition had some really clever screen printed shirts for sale. Among them was a bike wheel with “Columbus” over top as well as this one featured above. Very whimsical and clever, their sales pitch was equally entertaining (the boy of Girl/Boy Coalition was super witty and quick with a comeback). Thoroughly enjoyable.

5. When it comes to concert posters, I’m not sure anyone comes close to touching the illustrative style and talent of Columbus artist Clinton Reno. This guy is truly spectacular. I haven’t exactly figured out where I could put all of his show posters (I’m in desperate need of a basement music room apparently), but I love to admire them whenever I’m at a show like TC. True talent there that brings me great inspiration. So thanks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 10:35 pm
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1. Alison Rose has a new Ohio tee now available featuring this old fashioned bicycle. It’s so adorable and I love how it could either be interpreted as Ohio or just “hi”. Might have to pick one up at Tiny Canary next month.

2. Sloan Photographers is made up of the dynamic duo, husband and wife team, Matt and Angie Sloan. Their work is dream-like and their manifesto is endearing:

Sloan Photographers:
is Matt + Angie Sloan.
is sometimes too funny and quirky.
is hopeless romantics.
is a radtastic duo.
is happily married for 8 yrs.
is blessed with two perfect and cute kids: Maddux (3) & Paisley (1).
is also blessed with two perfect dogs: Rocko & Bella.
is in love with “Pop Culture” and Twilight!
is so blessed.
is best friends.
is in love with the realness of photography.
is sometimes cooler than we think.
is always smiling.
is wanting to conquer the world with rad photos!
is happy!

I didn’t feature any of their shots here because I couldn’t pick just one from the bunch. Instead, I chose to feature their sweet logo. Please take the time and browse through their portfolio here. (via Christina Likes)

3. MOO provides such a great solution for impromptu business cards on a budget with their MiniCard offering. I love these things. I finally went through my own stack of personal calling cards and placed an order today for ones that reflect my new biz setup. They are an awesome value at $19.99 for 100 cards and you can do up to 100 different designs (on the backs). I did 5 designs, which translates to 20 of each so I can decide which design I give to who. I also couldn’t resist picking up one of these cute felt holders (I got the turquoise).

4. I came across Joy Paperie quite awhile ago and had bookmarked this gift wrap because I loved it so much. I’m glad I was just combing through some of my old links and it resurfaced. I’m not sure if I’m more drawn to the color combo of this Raspberry Giraffe print, or the graphics themselves. Perhaps I’m drawn to it in particular today because my big brother is leaving for Kenya in less than 48 hours and I have safari animals on the brain.

5. Holly over at Decor8 did her 2010 Calendar Roundups last week and while there were many I was drawn to, I am completely smitten with the one by Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar. The random sayings on each page double as the month name when certain letters are highlighted in a different color. I think my favorite is “OCTAGON, BE NICER” for the month of October. Check out their archives for more amusement.

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7:43 pm
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1. I hope that you’ll click through to read about and see more of this really smart double wedding invitation (my little thumbnail does not do it justice). I love the train ticket look and feel and it just makes sense for having two ceremonies on two different continents. Inventive, practical yet still beautiful and sophisticated. (via 100 Layer Cake)

2. I’ve had my eye on this Crate & Barrel felt pillow for months, waiting for it to go on sale. It’s one of my favorite colors and would go perfectly in my living room on one of my salvaged chairs. (It would also cover up the rushed job I did on the bottom cushion of said chair.)

3. The uber famous Dooce had posted this Grizzly Bear fan video awhile back, but I just had to bring it to all of your attention again because it is brilliantly done. This is the kind of stuff that inspires me like mad. Here, I’m just gonna embed it (see below).

4. I’m working on some custom curtains for a friend of mine and I am absolutely in love with the print she chose for her kitchen Roman shade (you done good, girl). She purchased it at a local Columbus shop called Sew to Speak that I am now dying to check out. I’m just scared of the possible damage I could do in there.

5. My friend and colleague, Lauryn Byrdy, has also decided to go out on her own; however, her expertise is photography. She’s super talented and so passionate about what she does; constantly inspiring me to go after it. Lauryn recently had a pet portrait session at Columbus doggie daycare The City Dog and the shots that she got are adorable. I don’t know how she does it, but she’s able to capture the essence of a dog’s personality. I know this particular dog personally and, I have to say, that’s Elli through and through. See more of Lauryn’s work here.

Thursday, June 4, 2009, 9:32 pm
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1. I was having a pretty stressful day at work today when I walked past my mailbox and saw a package inside. It was my recent order from Etsy seller Flowers for Your Ears (dangsworld). I ordered the ring pictured above plus another and 3 pairs of earrings. Everything in the shop is absolutely darling and extremely affordable. Super fast shipping too. Stress relieved, happy dance!

2. Quirky and smart, I’m intrigued by this Blacksmith Blossom Chair by Anthropologie. Probably not the greatest in the back support department, but I wouldn’t turn one away.

3. Yeah, so you know I’m obsessive when it comes to Anthropologie so is it really a shock that I would have two of their items in my favorites for the week? This month’s catalog is a collaboration between Anthro and Hatch Show Print. This is a keeper for the inspiration files. Beautiful photography using backdrops of vintage signage (I’m still looking for that letter C) combined with Hatch’s signature letterforms are throughout.

4. 100 Layer Cake is a wedding site and while I am nowhere close to planning a wedding, I still enjoy reading about real-life nuptials and all the different ideas that could easily translate into other celebrations. One of my favorite features is their colorboards. They take a collage of photos with similar colors and extract a palette from it. We do this a lot at work for clients, called “swipe” exercises.

5. Kathleen over at Twig & Thistle recently posted about a brilliant facial hair contest that was held at her office, Stache Bash. She came up with this great invitation along with some really fun accessories. I think this may have to be suggested at my next company meeting.

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.

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!