Posts Tagged ‘creative’

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!


A Two-fer Deal!

June 1, 2010
2 In 1 Zipper Shoe

2 In 1 Zipper Shoe

I cannot get enough of these supre cute and GENIUS 2 in 1 zippered sneakers by Nat-2.

This clever hightop sneaker design zips apart to reveal a comfortable looking sandal underneath. They come in lots of great styles and even as a lowtop design.

2 in 1 Zipper Shoe

2 in 1 Zipper Shoe

This design team from Germany has dedicated itself to innovation in style. They’ve been the recipient of multiple design awards such as the Red Dot award, the Innovation and Design award in 2007, the ISPO Brand New Award, and was named one of the 50 shoes that changed the world by the London Design Museum.

Their 4 in 1 Stack design converts a clog to a low top, high top and boot with detachable pieces.

4 in 1 Stack

4 in 1 Stack

How great would all of this be for travel??

I want…I want them all.

Learning to Knit

March 26, 2010

Yesterday I arrived far to early to an eye doctor appointment, and it just so happened to be next door to a JoAnn Fabric’s craft store. I ended up picking up a pair of knitting needles and a little $2 booklet on knitting for beginners.

I was lucky enough to have a grandmother and a mother that taught me to crochet when I was little and I managed to get about half way through an afghan that ended up a garbage bag full of squares in the closet. I need much more instant gratification than that.

Despite my failure to keep up with crochet, I had always wanted to learn to knit. I think I like that the needles click, and that the work always seemed very light and flexible when it was done. I know crochet can be too, but mine never was.

Since yesterday I have made about 6 very crooked little bookmarks. They’re ugly and the stitches are terrible but I have discovered what I have always wanted to know….how on earth fabric is created by banging two sticks together.

Now that I know it I am not so sure what to do with it. I looked up beginner projects and came up with a list of pot holders, dish rags and scarves. None of which am I willing to put in massive effort for.

I think my foray into knitting will end here. I honestly cannot think of anything fun that needs to be knitted by a beginner for summer. Can you?

In the mean time, here is something knitted that I cannot make but Vegangurl can.

Fruit Cozy Set by Vegangurl

Fruit Cozy Set by Vegangurl

I don’t know why you would need these but I like that the fruit is dressed up. I guess it would keep an apple clean, but isn’t that what the banana peel is for? Is a banana not already cozy? Someday, I could knit something this interesting.

Creative Wall Paper

March 6, 2010

Here is some creative inspiration on how to turn your drab walls into a creative expression!

Paint Swatches

Paint Swatches by Scott Pendergast

There is a growing movement of artists that collect those free paint swatches from the local hardware store and put them to use creating beautiful and bright collages. Scott Pendergast found a unique new function for these freebies by coating a wall in his bedroom. I love the way he created a gradient across the wall…and so well spaced! I wouldn’t say it is easier than painting but it is worth the trouble. If you don’t feel right taking off with Home Depot’s supplies, design*sponge suggests contacting the paint department to see if they can order in a custom selection of swatches for a small fee.



These incredibly unusual wall paper designs are created by a Design company in Weimar, Germany. Surrealien takes into account door frames, windows, plugs, switches and wall hangings to custom warp the pattern in a  wallpaper of your choice. The results are impressive! Check out more designs at their website and find out more about ordering.

Christiaan Postma

Christiaan Postma

This cool Calendar wallpaper allows you to stand back and absorb an entire year of activities and events. I really love this idea. At the moment it is just a concept by designer Christiaan Postma in Stockholm, Sweeden. I would hope that the final product allows you to wipe the slate clean and start fresh every year! What a fun idea!

Light Emitting Wallpaper

Light Emitting Wallpaper

This wall paper, called Ecco luce designed by Jonas Samson, incorporates LED lights into the wall that illuminate it’s surface. For a first run concept there are plenty of features that make this wallpaper desireable. As well as being a more eco-friendly lighting solution, each design is entirely customizable. Your designs can move, dim, and interact when touched. For more details you can visit the Ecco Luce website.

OK Go does it again

March 3, 2010

Man that looks like fun!

CreativiTea 3

February 11, 2010

This is post three of a collection of beautiful, unique and creative tea packaging design!


This is a student creation although it’s presentation is pretty professional.  The designer is Felix Reinki of Weimar, Germany. I love how functional the “Tbag” design is. It is such a creative use of lettering to grip the rim of the mug and fit into a tear away packet. Excellent design!

Tea to-go sticksThis creative take on tea is called the Tea to-go Stick by Jeeyun Michaella Chung. These bamboo wisks have a tea bag hanging in the center and allow you to better infuse your cup of tea by stirring while steeping. It is an interesting design and a beautiful tea bag, but an awful lot of waste! This seems like something I would like though because I’m a steep and toss kind of girl. I hate to let a tea bag soak for long.

CreativiTea Two

February 10, 2010

Yesterday I started this series on creative tea package design. I have always really loved package design and they are some of my favorite design projects to take on. Unfortunately packaging projects are less common for me. The following designs take something ordinary and turn them into beautiful works of art. For those of you that are not picky about the origins of your tea and the status of the leaf, these designs…regardless of the tea they hold… encourage buyers of all sorts if only for the uniqueness of their design. You can expect the creative posting to continue into tomorrow!

Origami Tea Bag

These little works of are are by a Russian designer named Nathalia Ponomareva. She has combined the Japanese art of Origami with the Japanese art of tea. Each bag is folded into a different Origami animal and slowly unfirls as it steeps. I also think the graphic design on the box is well done. I am a big fan of clean lines and flat color. The folded tea tab is a lovely touch as well! I am curious though whether or not this tea is available for sale. The package does not seem to have a brand and the shot seems very rendered in places. Either way, I hope it is something making it’s way to the market if it is not there already!


This design for Tpoda is by designer Elisabeth Soos. At this time it is just a concept. The design is creative, and I like that the focus was given to the tab rather than the back. I’d like a better shot of it in action. It seems the boat is a bit large, or rather the mug is a bit small. I wonder about the length of the string in relation to the cut as well…All things I am sure are worked out in the testing of this concept! I would also like to have seen the designer show off a little more how she would have packaged this design. But I love the idea of a little boat floating in my tea 🙂


February 8, 2010

I love creative package design. It was always something I wanted to get really involved with while I was in design school. Tea is another love of mine, and these beautiful package designs are too creative to ignore!

Hanger TeaThis beautiful package design is by designer Soon Mo Kang. Unfortunately at this stage it is still just a mock-up but hopefully in the future they will be available for purchase. A few practical points had come up with this design regarding the amount of empty space, and whether or not it could successfully ship without losing the T-shirts on the rail.  I am not a big fan of the way it hangs from the edge of the cup…however, during my barista days we often served teas by hanging them over a stir that rested on the rim of the cup. Much more ideal for the coat hanger although not something people would normally do at home. I think that the negative space is OK since the majority of purchases will be made on the factor that the design is novel and it makes sense to be putting them on display like this. Keeping those shirts in place for shipping could be an easy fix. A few slits in the rail to nest the hangers into could be made, even adhesives could be explored. Regardless, it is a beautiful design!

Tea Package

These tea bags are adorable. They relax in your tea like a hot bath (which is normally how drinking tea feels!)

Tea PackThe tea bags feature different characters and come in creative packs that not only hold them securely, they display your characters in their settings. There are also school buses full of kids, A morning radio show setting, and holiday boxes full of reindeer and santas. These bags are designed by a design firm called WDARU for a tea company called MNUM…from what I can gather from their foreign website! As far as I can tell, MNUM tea isn’t for sale yet, at least not in the US!

Two more creative teas to come tomorrow!

And the winner is….

January 21, 2010

About two weeks ago I set up a contest for the Megnificent Made readers. Readers submitted ideas on how to turn my grandfather’s shirts into a keepsake.

There were a lot of great ideas! You can check them out at the original post here.

Now to announce the winner!

drum roll please….

Lexy Lou!

Lexy Lou suggested an idea from the Amanda Blake Soule’s book “Handmade home”. The fabric was used to make hot water bottle covers as well as rice sacks. I love this idea, especially in the midst of a cold January!

Lexy Lou has won an item of her choice from the Megnificent Made Etsy store!

Pink Floral Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Pink Floral Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Thanks to everyone for their submissions and keep an eye to the blog as I already have and idea for the next Megnificent Made contest.

Keepsake Contest!

January 5, 2010

I am taking a break from my post-christmas-present-posts to solicit your help on a project that has stumped me.

It has been nearly a year since my Grandpa died. He was a really wonderful person and greatly missed by all of us. My aunt salvaged some of his clothing to make a beautiful quilt for my grandmother. It’s a beautiful piece that has a lot of meaning and comfort for her.

When my aunt came to visit at Thanksgiving she brought some of my grandpa’s old shirts and thought I could make something out of them. I’ve been thinking on it long and hard and can’t decide what keepsake to sew out of these shirts!

Help me Help youThey are both cotton, button down, short sleeve shirts size XL.

So here’s the deal! Post your keepsake sewing ideas involving one or both of my grandpa’s shirts in the comments of this post. I’ll give it about two weeks before making a selection!

The winning idea-supplier will get to select any item from the Megnificent Made Etsy store as their prize!

That includes camera wristlets…

Camera wristlet by Megnificent Made

Pink Floral Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Custom Coloring Books…

Vespa In Paris Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Vespa In Paris Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Or writing and drawing fabric notebooks!

Sketches in Blue Fabric Book by Megnificent Made

Sketches in Blue Fabric Book by Megnificent Made

So start exercising your creative brains and send some keepsake ideas this way! Any questions feel free to ask. I’ll give about two weeks (more if necessary) to see some posting!

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