Okay, so I try to stay organized around Christmas time so that I’m thinking about gift ideas before I get to the ‘I can’t leave this store without buying my dad a gift’ point. I hate that point, I am never happy with the gift I give when that happens. So I start a list and write everyone’s name that I need to buy for in list style, then as I go about my days or hear him or her mention something they need, I write down the idea next to their name. When it comes time to shop I have about four ideas for each person. It makes the gift buying experience so much easier. Here are some of my gift ideas for people on my list.
SISTER – big sweaters, messenger bag, fun makeup (bright lipsticks), tickets to fav concert
GRANDPA – iPad accessories, Eddie Bauer zip-up hoodie, Harry & David fruit of the month club, old western movies
I recently saw Band of Horses in concert and it was soooo good! Being that they were in Salt Lake they opened the show with this song and the energy in the room was really amazing. Here is my ode to Salt Lake City. Enjoy…
Sometimes you have a moment with a movie, lots of boxes and a pound of chocolate that causes all the stars to align and you know you will never forget that night. Oh wait – you haven’t? Well let me tell you about mine. Two years ago my husband and I were moving from Logan to Salt Lake City and had a few days to get it done. Of course my husband was going to be out of town on business the very days the packing needed to be done so it was all left up to me. I decided to head on over to Hollywood Video and rent five movies to entertain me while I packed.
There is nothing worse than moving food so we hadn’t gone to the grocery store in a month. This particular weekend there was nothing in the kitchen except condiments and a pound of See’s chocolates my grandma had sent us as a gift. It just so happens that one of the movies I rented was Chocolatwith Johnny Depp. Let me just say that when you watch all the amazing chocolate treats in this movie all you want to do is eat fine chocolates. And you better believe that’s exactly what I did, a whole box of them. It was so indulgent of me. I still laugh at that weekend I spend with Johnny and a pound of chocolate. (Note: I imagine this would make for a great girls night, just learn from my mistake and invite more than yourself, or you will end up eating the whole box alone)
During the week I like something quick that I can grab in the mornings and get on my way. I wish I were the wake up early, do yoga, sit and read the paper while eating a homemade breakfast kind of person because it sounds like a really pleasant morning but it’s just doesn't work for me. I am the slowly get out of bed and then rush to get ready person – I don’t recommend this but it seems I can’t change. I really like the Naked fruit drinks, you get a whole meal in a drink and they are so yummy. Quick, easy and healthy, can’t get any better than that. (They have half size drinks in bulk at Costco!)
I never seem to be able to talk about creating without talking about inspiration. Before I start a project I like to put together a little inspiration page. This contains pictures of color scheme, theme and overall feeling. I find that my inspiration helps me to stay on point with the pages I create instead of finding myself somewhere completely different than where I wanted to go. When it’s your job to be creative everyday you find that there are days when you are feeling completely uninspired and everything you design just doesn’t work. My husband worked in a marketing and advertising agency for a while and the first thing they did when they had a new project was create a ‘mood board’ with all the things they thought the client wanted to portray with their brand. I love this idea and think it really helps when creating. Here is an inspiration page I created for a Colombian missionary album.