Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thank you Tori

I'm ashamed to admit this but here it is...I watched Tori and Dean this morning as I was getting ready. No, I didn't seek it out but I flipped on the TV for a little background noise and there she was, Donna the forever virgin of BH90210. I had no idea that she had her own reality show or that she's a mother of two, but quite frankly she's a pretty darling mother.

But the real point of this blog is a little tidbit that I picked up from Donna, I mean Tori. On the show she decided that she's going to start making her own baby food. Which I think is a really good idea, but she took it one step further. Because she wants to teach her kids the value of eating healthy, she had them help her plant a little veggie garden. I love this idea. And when I have kiddos I'd like to do this. I think its important for kids to understand where food comes from. I want my kids to know the importance of natural foods as opposed to processed foods. Hey kiddies, guess what? food doesn't come out of the earth in a crazy orange box with animated sea creatures on it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Nana's Sock Monkey

Here is a little tribute to the creativity of my one and only MOTHER! I think I took it for granted when I was growing up because the creative force was always with my mom, Colleen. I didn't realize quite how extraordinary until later in life when I realized that not all moms recycled memorable old sweatshirts into blankets or hand stitch Christmas stockings. I've been called little Colleen since I was about 5, due to our extreme twin-ness. My hope is that I've inherited her creative gene as well as her looks! Her latest project is one of her greatest, and its been a huge hit...she makes adorable sock monkeys. So cute. She started out making just a few for baby shower gifts but quickly became enveloped in sock monkey mania and now has devoted an entire room to the monkeys...although my dad might tell you that honestly the monkies have taken over most of the house.

These are some of the early monkeys made for my two little nephews {this is why I call them Nana's monkeys, because my mom is Nana to all her little grandbabies.} My very clever cousin Heidi had the idea to use the monkey to measure her little baby girl Sadie's growth. And the trend caught on because my other cousin David is doing the same thing for his baby boy!

Look at how adorable these monkeys look next to these little darlings!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

AIGA Re:design Vinyl Bags

Last weekend...ok maybe it was two weekends ago...I volunteered with my old friends of AIGA {I served on the board for about 3 years and miss it mucho} at the Utah Arts Festival.

AIGA:slc and the genius of new President Kevin Perry decided to reclaim giant billboard vinyl and let Festival goers create smaller works of art with it! How very saavy, how very green!

The project was a huge success. We sold a ton of pre-made bags and had hundreds of people make their own, no-sew vinyl bags at the booth.