Monday, March 15, 2010

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I have had a lot of creative energy recently. My work requires a lot of creative energy, so that's been helping, and I've been cooking a lot AND writing in my blog, but I am still feeling kind of...creatively antsy. antsy song:

I've been known to channel my creativity into weird projects, like building a house for my owls:

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or arranging my books in rainbow order:

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Apparently I am not the only person with this creative urge. My dear friend and Fellow Fellow Forever Sam Allison has apparently taken to cross-stitching. And she's put her own unique spin on the age-old hobby:

I did not hesitate to heap praise upon Sam via Facebook for her brilliant creations, and mere days later a package arrived at my door!

Despite the fact that it might be a little provocative, I brought it with me to work. It looks amazing with my nodding Hello Kitty.

Anyone who thinks Hello Kitty and guns don't go together clearly did not see my Halloween costume in 2005.

Hello Kitty and Pocahontas, together at last

I digress. Back to my other recent inspirations:

Strawberry Shortcake: Haute couture edition. Ever since The Greyest Ghost posted this series of covers for Lula Magazine, I can't get them out of my head.

Charlotte Di Calypso as Lemon Meringue

Giedre Dukauskaite as Lime Chiffon

Kate Somers as Raspberry Tart

Maybe it's because I was so obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake as a kid. Maybe it's because I'm eating strawberry shortcake at this exact moment. Either way, I love these photos.

Non-tacky ecards. LifeHacker recently linked to this amazingly classy ecard site called Paperless Post. You can create custom letterpressy invitations and save-the-dates and send them to up to 25 people for free.

Admittedly, this site has nowhere near the functionality of good old Evite, which has treated me VERY well through the years. But if you're like me, sometimes you just have to sacrifice function for form.

Nanette Lepore F/W 2010. I was bowled over by this collection, posted by The Greyest Ghost. When was the last time you saw a runway collection that looked so wearable?

that dress!!!!!!!!

Tiny, delicate rings. Kris over at flash your heart posted these adorable rings from catbirdnyc.

Yeah, they're $88. Yes, the teeny-tiny jewelry look is a little passe. Doesn't stop me from admiring them and sighing over them dramatically.

Gaultier corsets the world. I tried on a Gaultier for Target dress last night that seemed to be made out of a plastic tablecloth. But it was a perfectly tailored tablecloth. I almost bought it. Perhaps that's why I'm so delighted by this blurb in Jezebel about Jean-Paul Gaultier:

Jean-Paul Gaultier once made a corset for his cat, as he relates in this exchange with a British journalist: "'Do you know that cats can't wear corsets?' He giggles a little. 'Do you 'ave a cat?' I tell him I do. 'Have you ever tied something round his middle?' I tell him I haven't. 'They can't stand!' he says. 'Not at all! They just fall over. I know because I tried!'"

heeeeeeeeeeere kitty kitty kitty

Recycling fur for baby animals. The good folks over at Jezebel posted this helpful and hopeful fact: The Humane Society accepts donations of used fur coats, which they use to keep baby animals warm:

So if you have an old fur sitting around that you don't wear, donate it to some chilly puppies!

Discussion Question:
What has been inspiring you recently?


  1. Super cute ending and I can only approve of the music :-P

  2. I tell you what inspires me



    also, the dainty squid inspires me daily:

  3. @Nick--thanks darlin! You're the original Dope Boy.

    @Meghan--omggggg love the new/alternate blog!! Thank you so much for the shoutout :)

  4. Thanks for the shoutout, Katie. I'm so tickled you like it.

    By the way, buy a cheap knockoff of those tiny rings you like at Target! My bff and I exchanged these over the holidays:

  5. @Sam, I was also going to say there is a cheaper knockoff of those rings at modcloth.

  6. @Sam and @Meghan--omg thanks for the heads up! I actually kind of love the Modcloth and Target ones MORE if that is possible