Creative Envy

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 3, 2009, 11:24 am
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1. The Twilight book series by Stephanie Meyer. I have wholeheartedly jumped on this bandwagon of teen vampire novels and am loving every moment of it. I am on the third book within 2 weeks. You should know that these books are around 500 pages and I am by no means a fast reader but these things are riveting. I find vampire stories fascinating and have a thing for the eternally teenage vampire, Edward. Addicted.

2. I picked up these cute shoes at Target over Christmas break for $14!!! Ridiculously cheap but so adorable and surprisingly pretty comfortable as far as Xhilarition brand shoes go.

3. I’m drawn to this bathroom from St. Jude’s church in England (I assume it’s been converted into someone’s living space). I’m a sucker for a claw-foot tub but I love this room’s openness, the (what looks like) cork double sink and backsplash, and the bursts of color throughout the hardwoods. Oh, and the light those enormous windows provide is lovely.

4. Plaid wool hat from hathouse on Etsy. I love the leaf shapes that frame the hat.

5. Publique Living PopMat Paper Placemat by Lian Ng. They come in a variety of designs and colors. So clever!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008, 10:28 pm
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1. Felted bowl by Etcetera Media. I’m a felt fan and this bowl is reversible to boot.

2. This cupcake canister by Barbara Thompson is adorable. I think it would make a great gift for a kid or an adult. You can find this smaller pink one as well as a larger brown one at the MoMA store.

3. To go along with the cupcake, these are porcelain NY milk bottle replicas by Alyssa Ettinger. These would make wonderful vases. Ettinger is also the artist responsible for these knitware bowls that I love.

4. Want to do some good this Christmas or any other time of the year? Go to Malaria No More and buy some bed nets for an African child and protect them from the mosquitoes that spread the disease. $30 = three nets = three lives saved. (Thanks to seibuone for the tip).

5. I have been listening to Christmas music nonstop since Thanksgiving. I can’t get enough. Pictured here are The Waitresses, the recording artists behind one of my favorite songs Christmas Wrapping. Check out this animated Christmas light display set to the tune. And a little something extra for anyone out there like me who LOVES Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas (Is You), here’s the video. And to clarify, I am not a Carey fan by any means but this song just gets me every time I hear it this time of year. I blame one of my favorite holiday films, Love Actually.

P.S. While Carey and her dancers look slightly ridiculous, those back-up singers are brilliant.

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 7:37 pm
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1. Hemp blossom bag by infusion on Etsy. Infusion is one of the many EcoEtsy shops who practice conscioius crafting. (discovered via the red thread)

2. How About Orange’s lacy snowflake tutorial. These are beautiful. Jessica claims they are easy to do. I’ll have to try one and see. But these would be so pretty on a window, strung together as garland for a mantle, or as ornaments.

3. I found about benfloeter’s Etsy shop from HEYSUSY* of SUSYJACK*. Among other items, they also make these yo-yo’s from various sustainably harvested woods from their own tiny forest. This is the birch one. So creative.

4. The campaign for the Greenville (SC) Literacy Association’s annual book sale done by the bounce agency blows my mind. Check out these stairs that are made to look like a stack of classic book titles. Read more about it and view more images here.

5. I discovered this dresser by Aoneko via mer mag. Such a clever way to re-invent an old dresser and so simple to do.

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 11:12 pm
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1. I love this soap packaging from Anthropologie for Savon soap. Not sure how good it smells but it sure is cute. (sorry, the link for the soap doesn’t work anymore)

2. Lorena Barrezueta is an artist whose porcelain pieces are modeled after tin foil containers.

3. Gwen Verdon Fosse Original 60 set to Walk it Out by DJ Unk. Brilliant.

4. Paper + Cup’s line of silokids notecards. These silhouettes are darling.

5. ABC3D is a wonderful pop-up book with each page showing a different letter of the alphabet. I ordered two of these today. One for me and one for some lucky kid.

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 8:36 pm
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1. My Columbus Metropolitan Library card. It had been so long since I used my local (ranked #1 in the nation) library that I wasn’t even in the system anymore. I had to reapply for my card and am currently on a probationary period of 30 days and therefore limited to 10 checked items. I have already used my card three times in the last week. It’s a ridiculously great resource and I intend to be better about using it from now on.

2. HBO’s new mockumentary series Summer Heights High premiered this week and I am definitely hooked. From

Summer Heights High spotlights the piercing comedy of Chris Lilley, who portrays all three main characters in this high-school mockumentary. Already a hit with Aussie fans, the show is sure to strike U.S. audiences with Lilley’s incisive observation and flippant wit.

I’m pretty sure that Mr. G is my favorite character played by Lilley although Jonah has quite a mean toprock that I can obviously identify with.

3. Racer Navy shoes by form & fauna. I love the color combo and I REALLY love that circular wooden heel.

4. Olio United AfterAll postcards. The set comes with two different patterns but this one is my favorite because it reminds me of peacock feathers.

5. Anthropologie’s online holiday Glee slideshow. As always, Anthropologie has found an innovative way to display their products and communicate its aesthetic. I was particularly drawn to this because of how they manipulated simple wire to create the environments. It also has me thinking that this might be a great idea for some Christmas decorations; forming that wire into different holiday sayings or even making nontraditional garland out of it would be pretty cool. Filing that one away to revisit in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 9:04 pm
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I’m going to try to start something new. A weekly feature every Thursday evening or Friday. I’m calling it Five Faves and it will highlight five items from my week that have either caught my attention or have served me well. It could be something as mundane as my Converse sneakers or a really great photo I felt like sharing. Things I’d like to document but not necessarily dedicate an entire post to. So here it goes!



  1. My computer. I just got my MacBook Pro a few months ago and it has already served me well. It’s served me particularly well this past week since work has been really busy. And because I have this little gem, I’m able to copy any work I need to finish at the end of the day and bring it home with me instead of having to stay at the office all night. I get to watch TV in my pajamas and hang with Beck while still being productive.
  2. The Fossil catalog arrived today. I love this retro-inspired top.
  3. On Wednesday, Emily over at The Scoop featured this poster as a representation of how she felt after the election results were in. I felt the same way and just adore this print from Etsy seller dazeychic.
  4. Jon Stewart is on my List of 5. He’s dreamy, intelligent and hilarious. His coverage on Wednesday night’s show in regard to CNN’s nutty hologram technology had me literally snorting I was laughing so loud. Especially when they did their own version of “beaming in” Arnold Schwarzenegger. Watch it here.
  5. One of my favorite bloggers, dooce, posts daily photos of her dog Chuck. They’re always hilarious but I especially loved this one because of the politically-relevant caption she wrote: He may not answer the questions you want to hear, but he’s going to talk straight to the American people and let them know his track record also.