Creative Envy

Sunday, May 31, 2009, 7:38 am
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Here is my first stab at what I hope will become a monthly feature on Creative Envy, entitled Eye Candy. Throughout each month I plan on gathering a bunch of visuals that inspire me. They can be anything from cool clothing to a video I’m in love with to an interesting vignette. At the end of each month I will edit them into a little video set to a music track I’m currently into. This first one was completed in a few hours so my hope is that I will be able to dedicate more time to the upcoming ones. For now, enjoy and please let me know what you think!

Song: Fascination by Alphabeat (thanks to seibuone for introducing me)

While I can’t specify every image that’s in here since I’ve gathered them pretty randomly, I can point you to the videos I took excerpts from if you’re interested in seeing them in their entirety:

Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie

Nearly done! by Uppercase Magazine

I Don’t Know by Lisa Hannigan

Compost Modern Interstitial

Piano Dentelle by Joana Vasconcelos

Once Upon a Time by Capucine (This little one makes me want to learn how to speak French every time I watch her. Her pronunciation of the word “crocodile” kills me.)

Sunday, March 22, 2009, 9:44 pm
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I am pretty sure I need to print out this post by Kelly Rae, tack it on my bulletin board and read it everyday. It’s an inspiring kick in the pants about pursuing the dreams you’re too scared to tackle. You should read it.


Photo from Something’s Hiding in Here.

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 10:40 am
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A couple weeks ago Holly over at decor8 posted about inspiration overload. This post really resonated with me because I feel the same way on a daily basis:

Do you ever feel like there is too much going on out there that you’ll never catch up? There are soooo many things you see, want, love, are dying to make, dying to do, but often feel overwhelmed by it all? Yeah, me too. I totally do. I was thinking today in the craft store as I was trying to find candles for this project I’m working on that it’s important to pause and not run yourself absolutely into a hole trying to get “it all done”. I think that we as women can easily turn inspiration into this twisty vine that chokes us called competition.

yet another project waits to be completed

yet another project waits to be completed

I’m constantly overwhelmed by all the projects, ideas, and inspiration I’m back logging. Throw in “real life” and my day job, which is obviously a necessary part of living, and it all seems insurmountable. Here is the comment I left on Holly’s post which sums up my daily self-imposed “torture”:

okay, my neck is sore from nodding so much while reading this post! i share every single sentiment you expressed. (i’ve been sitting here catching up on all my blog reading for the last hour and a half…my stomach is growling for breakfast but i must. keep. absorbing. ideas.) subscribing to all these great blogs i read just makes my situation even worse (but in the best way, of course). i get one idea in my head and then i see 5 more that are even better. it’s a ridiculous cycle that overwhelms me on a daily basis until i become literally paralyzed and end up laying on my couch watching my dvr for 3 hours straight. ahhhh!

i guess my only “techniques” to handling inspiration overload are 1) lists (like most of the above comments) and 2) my blog. i use my blog to literally hoard all those ideas that i don’t ever want to lose. i have a virtual stickie note on my mac that says “ideas for posts” and it is quite long. i may have to start another one once it takes up the real estate of both my monitors! another thing i do is save favorites on etsy. i figure i can always reference things later…at least they’re saved in my virtual file system.

in general, i think it’s a double-edged sword. on one hand, it’s so great to be a member of this group that is continuously inspired by our peers and on the other hand, there’s never enough time to execute all that we want to do (especially with a 9 to 5 job thrown into the mix). i think we all just need to clone ourselves a la michael keaton in multiplicity and then delegate.

really, i AM going to eventually pick a paint color for the bathroom and hang these kick-ass wall tiles

no, really. i AM going to eventually pick a paint color for the bathroom and hang these kick-ass wall tiles.

And here it is, already Sunday and I didn’t accomplish half of what I wanted to this weekend. Sometimes it feels like I’m trying to squeeze another full-time job into the timespan of 48 hours. Anyone else feel this way?

Don’t get me wrong…I do realize that in the grand scheme of life that such things are relatively insignificant. But for me it’s the fuel that keeps me inspired and excited and makes me, well, me. I just need to find that balance of not just work and life but work, life and inspiration.

Sunday, August 3, 2008, 5:23 am
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Most people who know me well know that I am not a hoarder. If I buy a new shirt or pair of shoes, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will wear it the next day. I’m all about instant gratification. I’ve never been a saver because, hell, it could all end tomorrow and you would have never gotten to see my shiny new red shoes before I left this world! I don’t own a wine rack because it would constantly be empty. If I get a bottle of wine, I will drink it. Not allow it to gather dust.

I share this insight into my personality because when it comes to great design examples, hands-on project ideas, or creative thoughts in general, I am the complete opposite. I am a master hoarder of these things. I have a stockpile of magazines, sketchbooks, catalogs, even old soap wrappers (because I liked the packaging design)…you name it. As you can imagine, this gets overwhelming and the challenge of organizing it all seems insurmountable, especially in a one bedroom apartment.

one of my many hiding places for old magazines that i may NEED someday

one of my many hiding places for old magazines that i may NEED someday

So I’ve decided that this would be a good (and clutter-free) outlet for keeping track of all those ideas floating around out there. Ideas that I wish I had thought of first but will accept as entries into the inspiration vault; which will, in turn, lead to new ideas of my own (that’s the hope, anyway). I plan to share all things creative in terms of design, home decor, crafting, fashion, music, culture….the list is long. I’ll also throw some of my own projects into the mix.

So, hello and welcome.