OK, I'm super excited to show you my gift pick for today, because …
I'm using one on my Christmas card this year.
I have a friend named Christine and Christine is extremely talented. If I could (and maybe I will) take you on a tour of Christine's home you would know why I admire her so much. She is fun and funky and colorful and well, just plain cool. In fact … not long after I met Christine, she found out I was a "scrapbooker" and she showed me her super-simple scrapbooks featuring her hand-drawn art. I was so struck by the clean lines and simple colorful images, I borrowed one of Christine's albums to take to a Simple editorial meeting in Utah. Those that worked with me way back then may remember this!
Anyway … back to this super-cool gift idea. Christine has started a blog and business where she DRAWS people and families and even pets!
See? This is Christine's family. And this is a link to her BRAND NEW BLOG where you can learn more about her art.
Christine is married to Kevin (professor at Gonzaga) and has two beautiful girls, Zoe and Madeline and twin boys that are Taft's age (Ian and Miles) — and in addition for four children, Christine feeds and cares for Fluffly, Coco, Beans and Boots.
I decided I didn't want a photo this year. I wanted something different and this is when I "happened" to run into Christine in town. She showed me what she was doing and I was like "that's it!" I'm doing this!
I gave her a family photo and she was off and drawing. I now have an original to frame and LOTS and LOTS of copies ready to attach to cards.
I really hope you'll consider doing this for your family or for extended family or a friend or a child + pet or anyone. I'm always on the look out for something different and unique and personal and I'm just really jazzed about this. All you have to do is email Christine a photo or photos and $35 + shipping (go here for details)
and let me just conclude with the admission that I am NUTS. Last year I did the Shutterfly card thing — which was GREAT. But this year, I felt an urge to cut and paste again. I really do enjoy sitting at the end of the day, engaged in some kind of uneccessary creating … I can listen to Christmas music and reflect and plan and …
if you by chance get one of these cards (hello family) you had better pull this little gift thing off and make a fridge magnet or something! That's all I'm going to say.
If you have time to leave a comment, I'm curious to know what your card is …
And, if you still need to write a family letter, be sure to check out Lain's class at BPS.