Friday, August 27, 2010

Obsession - Pillow

It is rare that I fall totally in love with some “thing.” I think a lot of things are nice, fun or beautiful, but I guess there are times when some “thing” feels like it was made with my name on it. It consumes my thoughts and I feel like I will literally go crazy of I don’t get it. (okay maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but its close) I know that it will fit perfectly into my life, so therefore I can’t live without it.

Well, recently I saw a Target commercial where they showed this darling pillow with yellow roses. The commercial ran a couple times during the program I was watching and by the 3rd time I had to call Mason in to see this pillow. He said “yeah, it’s cute!” (What a good husband knowing his lines) Well I went the whole weekend thinking about it wondering how much it costs; I literally dreamed about how it would look in my home; and tried to figure out if it would add chaos to our tiny place, or add charm. Sunday night I couldn’t take it anymore I just had to peek at the price, so I scoped it out online. Of course I didn’t do any shopping, it was Sunday after all, but I felt like I just had to know.

Monday and Tuesday evenings were booked and I was unable to make the jaunt to Target to check out my beloved pillow. I had to make sure it was as cool as it looked in the commercial. When I finally made it there on Wednesday, there were not any to be found. My heart sunk. I felt like I was slipping into a depression. It was more than just the fact that I couldn’t buy the pillow at that moment, it was all the thoughts of: “maybe this is a sign that you shouldn’t spend the money” and “it’s obviously so popular that they can’t even keep them in the stores and you don’t want to do anything that cliché.” I was devastated.

Unfortunately though, I still couldn’t get it out of my mind. Last Friday I told myself, “just get it and put yourself out of this misery!” So I did.

And guess what,

I love it!!!

(…but really all of this over a pillow? I hope there isn’t something seriously wrong with me…)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Featured Artist - Magpie's Cakes

These are some of the most stunning wedding cakes I have ever seen. I just had to share them with you! Magpie's cakes is in Washington D.C. but their website is a great place for inspiration. I love their simple clean lines and their fashion inspired details. Not to mention her stunningly intricate flowers. I can't get over how striking her design are!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back to School

There is something rejuvenating about the start of a new school year: I can hardly wait to go to a football game; I crave writing with a pencil; I yearn to learn something new. I graduated from Utah State back in 2004, and thought at the time that I would never want to pick up another book or study for another test ever again. But inevitably, when the end of August rolls around and there are signs of people everywhere going back to school, I can’t help but miss, what now seems like a luxury: going back to school too.

Well, this year I have decided to get in on the action; and so far I am taking a whopping 3 credits at Salt Lake Community College. I am hoping to be able to get signed into another class on Saturday (cross your fingers I can make it work out!) but if not, that’s okay too. I am not necessarily going to earn a degree, unless by some slim chance I end up taking all the classes, but more so just to gain some skills.

I have really enjoyed learning the Marketing side of the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry and hope to be able to make it my career. I feel fortunate that the Principals of my firm saw that I had some raw talent in this area so they took a chance to let me try it out. I have really learned to love it! I know however, that I am lacking in the area of creating promotional materials. I L-O-V-E using the computer to be creative and make beautiful things, but I still have a long way to go. So that’s what I am studying, Visual Art with a Graphic Design emphasis, and I am starting my first class tonight, Printing Fundamentals.

I am feeling excited, nervous, worried, cautious, old, young, creative, and studious all at the same time…if that is possible. I forget what a big commitment school is. It takes a lot of time and effort and I really hope I won’t get burned out too quickly. Hopefully, I will fall in love the subject and be excited to study it every Monday and Wednesday nights for the next 33 sessions of class. Wish me luck!

The Lion King

We were fortunate enough to be invited by R&O Construction to see The Lion King at the Capitol Theatre here in Salt Lake on opening night! What a spectacular event.

It started with a reception at the Hotel Monaco across the street from the theatre, where we had delicious appetizers and mingled with the Business Developers from R&O Construction and their guests from the industry.

Then we walked over to Capitol Theatre and waited in line to be seated. I love the anticipation of going to the theater. Even just standing in line you feel the energy and excitement! Its also fun seeing everyone polished up real nicely for the event. (There are so few times in society where we are expected to dress up anymore, that I say take advantage of it when it comes. It just adds to the thrill!) The usher helped us to our seats on the ground level on ROW C! Yes, C, three rows back!

The show began and we were blown away by the exhibition. Visually, it was stunning! I can’t even begin explain the extravagant costuming and mechanics to run all of them. As we sat there so close to the stage and watched the first scene, The Circle of Life, the stage and isles filled with these African animals and I was literally brought to tears, overwhelmed by the magnificence of it all

I feel fortunate that Mason and have had the opportunity to see a lot of local theater productions most which I think are pretty good, but this was a whole different ball game. I have never experienced the caliber of performers that were in this show. Their dancing, singing, and especially their acting was above anything I have ever seen before.

I thanked R&O profusely for their generosity and told them they could not have bestowed this gift on two more appreciative recipients. It was a night to remember!

Amusing side story:
As I scoped out the room for a place to sit at the reception once we had our food, I picked a table with just 3 women sitting there and I decided it was the least threatening, so I asked if Mason and I could join them. I asked them what they did and they said they were “just the wives” whose husbands worked for R&O. They proceeded to ask Mason who he was with and what he did. He explained that he works at the hospital, and came with me, the one who works for NWL Architects. We all had a nice little chuckle! Throughout the night those who had not met me before continued to approach him first as the one who worked in the industry. We would then have to explain, that I am the one employed by the Architecture firm. I was amazed that in this day in age, there would still be so many who just “assume.” I wasn’t offended by any means, I was just surprised that’s all. Maybe the world isn’t as progressive as we might think…interesting.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Obsession - Magazines

I have become obsessed with a few magazines lately, I feel like I just can’t get enough and am ecstatic when a new one comes out. While there are many I enjoy, some of my favorites right now include:

Life Beautiful

Utah Style and Design


Lonny Mag

And of course Martha Stewart

What do you think of the online magazine vs. the printed versions? I definitely see advantages of both.

1. Turning the pages of high quality paper
2. being able to rip out & keep pages that truly inspire you
3. I love being able to share with others

1. They are cheaper or free
2. I love being able to run my mouse over an image and go to the website for the vendor
3. It’s fun to access anywhere you have the internet

It makes me sad to see so many magazines going under. I miss Domino! I miss Home Companion!! and I miss Blueprint!!! Oh so sad! Can’t we all just co-exist? Fortunately for us, there are so many wonderful blogs to inspire. Maybe that’s more the demise of the mag, blogs? Oh these retched things…I mean glorious things. Now we all have a voice…to talk about magazines. It all comes full circle.

I would love to hear what other magazines have tickled your fancy as of late.