Archive for the ‘Web Adventures’ Category

Saul Bass new release…ish

January 24, 2011

It may be an obvious or cliche choice for favorite designer…but I really do love Saul Bass. He is best known for his poster design as well as his creative approach to opening titles in film. For those of you not into old movies and poster art, you’ll know his logo for United Airlines.

I was excited to find today that his film,”Why Man Creates”, created in 1968 was for the first time uploaded to youtube in it’s entirety. The film explores and discusses the nature of creativity as it is broken down into 8 stages.

It aired for the first time, as a shortened version,  on the first broadcast of “60 Minutes” in 1968, and also won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Feast your eyes on the genius of Saul Bass!




Gangsta Ode to Craft

January 19, 2011

I’m not sure what little kid didn’t play with boxes when they were little. I can remember occasions when my nieces and nephews would toss the toy aside to play with a box, building school buses or airplanes, playing house…even in this age of technology. So if you’ve ever painted on a box, cut holes in a box, stacked boxes or sat in an empty refrigerator box, you’ll enjoy this gangsta ode to crafts.

Well Thats Just Charming

January 14, 2011



Creative marketing agency, John St. in Toronto, Canada recently added this charming case study based on pink ponies and the saturated market of children’s birthday parties. Marketing strategy has never been so cute!

Sunswift World Record

January 11, 2011

Thank you to my loyal readers that continued to stop by while I was away. I’ve been granted my Australian Residency and have moved from New York to Sydney again. Things have been busy but now that I am settled I plan to get back to writing. Unfortunately, the Megnificent Made Etsy store will be on hold for a while longer. I’ll let you know when I get back to making hand made treats for you!

In the mean time there is exciting news to report! I’d like to congratulate the Sunswift Solar Car Racing team from the University of New South Wales on their Guinness World Record for fastest solar car.

Sunswift World Solar Car Record

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The car, nick named IVy, beat the 22 year old record by 10 k/hr and came in around 88.5 k/hr. Congratulations to the Sunswift team!

Phone Service (or lack there of)

March 30, 2010

This is entirely non-craft related but I just had to share. I’ve had a LOT of frustrating phone calls lately, including poor customer service, morons, long waits on hold, and absolutely terrible automated service.

I feel for this guy.

OK Go does it again

March 3, 2010

Man that looks like fun!

Flickr Treat!

February 3, 2010

After trolling the flickr groups for inspiration…these crafts found their way to the top!

strike handmade clutch bag by stripy cat

strike handmade clutch bag by stripy cat

I love the off center flap and the bright button! Beautiful and simple!

Bathtime Robot by Lisastarchild

Bathtime Robot by Lisastarchild

awww… theres also a super cute little robot in a tub of noodles!

Roma Roma-ma by Stay Home

Roma Roma-ma by Stay Home

and lastly…I must confess, I am caught up in the GaGa craze. This little doll is super cute. She’s got the look and the bow down pat!

Moving Paper

January 26, 2010

At the moment I feel like a bit of a tool as I am blogging from a café. But there are things to be done!

Above is a beautiful video from New Zealand to promote books. I am a collector of pop-up books and while this might not be a traditional pop-up book…it is pages coming to life!

We’re All Mad Here

January 10, 2010

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will be in theatres March 5th and all of the promotion for this 3D movie has me inspired. I can’t wait to see the effects in action.

I do have to point out one thing that bothers me a bit though. Don’t get me wrong, I love Johnny Depp and no one mixes better with Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter but…

All I see here is Elijah Wood!

Aside from that, I can’t wait to see it and I’ve no doubt it will be fantastic. On with the show! Here are some Alice in Wonderland inspired Etsy finds.

Alice in Wonderland Set by Cartbeforethehorse

Alice in Wonderland Set by Cartbeforethehorse

Cartbeforethehorse makes some really beautiful fine folk art dolls hand made with hand painted muslin with a patina leather feel. This Alice in Wonderland set is numbered and signed by the artists and is a limited edition. The pieces are also available as separates in her store. She has some other really beautiful designs and I suggest you look into her etsy store!

Whimsical Mad Hatter Tea Party Chandelier by whimsicalcollections

Whimsical Mad Hatter Tea Party Chandelier by whimsicalcollections

WOW. Have you ever seen anything as wonderful as this? I would love a chandelier like this. I wonder if it would be difficult to make with a tin tea set? I’m not an electrician though so I had better not try it. Whimsicalcollectoins is the expert and they’ve done a wonderful job with this fantastic big of decor!

Tea Time Silhouette Recycled Vinyl Necklace by RandomPerfect

Tea Time Silhouette Recycled Vinyl Necklace by RandomPerfect

This necklace by RandomPerfect is doubly cool because aside from the great design…its made from recycled records! She has a lot of really great silhouette designs in her etsy store but I particularly like the use of the two different chains on this little tea party necklace.

Oh, and one more thing…

Win Some Stuff!

Get over to that post and give me some creative keepsake ideas. The winning idea gets an item of their choice from the Megnificent Made Etsy Store!

Off With Her Head!

January 9, 2010

My mom was able to get the week after New Years off and we spent the entire week on the couch recovering from a stomach bug and watching all three seasons of The Tudors on dvd. By the end of it we were speaking with terrible accents and ordering the dogs around like ladies in waiting!

Anyway, I couldn’t help but be caught up in all the beautiful costumes the women wore (and even some of the men’s). Here is some Tudor inspiration from Etsy!

monogrammed initial wax seal pendant by RitzyMisfit

monogrammed initial wax seal pendant by RitzyMisfit

One thing I love on the show–er time period– is all of the letter writing with beautiful pens and ink and the wax seals on them. I would love to own a wax seal although I can’t think of much occasion to use one. I could never resist playing with hot wax when I’m around candles, and I love the sound when they pull the stamp off the wax. Simple pleasures! These beautiful monogrammed necklaces are from RitzyMisfit and feature a stamped pendant with the letter of your choice!

Vintage Crystal Sterling Ring by jorgensenstudio

Vintage Crystal Sterling Ring by jorgensenstudio

The jewels at this time were absolutely stunning although most of us couldn’t find occasion to wear what would probably now be considered gaudy. I remember seeing the Crown Jewels in London and as i was conveyor-belted past I just stood with my mouth open thinking THOSE STONES ARE SO HUGE! It was also strange after having studied art history and seen so many paintings of English Royalty wearing these pieces, that there they were… “Props” from those old old paintings…

Etsy seller jorgensenstudio makes beautiful sterling silver jewelry, most of it ornate and vintage-looking. I love beautiful vintage and intricate bands on rings. His work is very beautiful and very wearable…and affordable!

Anne Boleyn style Double Strand Necklace by duchessa

Anne Boleyn style Double Strand Necklace by duchessa

This necklace is fashioned after one Anne Boleyn was known for wearing in her portraits. Etsy seller Duchessa makes these beautiful necklaces with an initial of your choice! It’s a pretty thing to wear I think.

Don’t forget!

Take part in the Keepsake Contest! All I need is your suggestions for this project here and you can win an item of your choice from the Megnificent Made Etsy store!