Given the fact that we each have such close personal ties to the Mexican Battle of Puebla circa 1862, we decided to commemorate the special day on our – typically majestic – patio. You know, nothing crazy, just a couple of bottles of Cachaca, a few Thuggies, and a healthy dose of denial (of the weather variety) to kick off the celebrations.
Although we had a lot of fun, the photo evidence wasn't looking particularly "festive"... so we decided to take some creative liberty and spice 'em up. And what better way to do that? Put a hat on it!
There are plenty of DIY tutorials online but let's face it, most of them look a little too... um, DIY. We've been slowly stockpiling projects that seem interesting (in the non macramé teacozy sort of way) and have even accomplished a few of them ourselves. Give 'em a try, happy crafting!
I was just looking at my calendar and was reminded of a very special day; a day and experience that I want to share with everyone.
A year ago this weekend, on April 30th, Tim and I were vacationing in Puerto Vallarta staying in a 1,400-square-foot condo with a 1,300-square-foot private deck overlooking the ocean. No, we didn't pay for this. It was lent to us by a family member. I remember standing on the deck that first evening thinking "Does it get any better than this?" Well, it did.
One of the perks of working in an advertising and design firm is getting to learn all about different products and companies. Even seemingly dull projects can boost your arsenal of trivia, and ours is now full of scintillating factoids. For instance, did you know that If you are allergic to latex, you are likely also allergic to kiwis? Or that Ambrosia apples originated from a chance seedling in Kelowna, BC? Riveting, isn't it?
Here are some of our favourite knowledge nuggets from working in the biz:
During my research for a luxury jeweller I came across the world of haute horlogerie ( ie: fancy, luxury watches). I was amazed at the precision, craftsmanship and focus involved in creating these beautiful timepieces. Some of the methods haven't changed for over 200 years and a lot of the work is still done by hand. The patience and attention to detail is also astounding; some of the pieces used to make these watches measure no thicker than a strand of hair. I can hardly assemble my Malm nightstand. Needless to say, this impresses me.
What makes us feel a sense of purpose? Belonging? Love? With a knack for exploring uncomfortable topics with honesty, humour and warmth, Brene Brown shares both quantitative and personal insights from her 6+ years of study on the human connection. Although her speech is from the viewpoint of a researcher, I couldn't help but think about how her findings relate to our jobs as professional creatives.
So, what’s better than a roadtrip to the Okanagan on a perfect Autumn day with Andrew Allen playing on the iPod? A Summer roadtrip? Debatable..Especially during harvest time! Tim and I picked the perfect weekend to visit the Osoyoos Larose vineyard and hang out with winemakers Pascal Madevon and Catherine Scott-Taggart for a website photoshoot, and of course, enjoy a bottle (or two) of Osoyoos Larose.
Have you ever wished for snow in the midst of an August heatwave? Well, so did we! Only we really needed snow, so we trucked enough in to create a pseudo winter wonderland for our latest Kal Tire shoot for their Fall/Winter Sale Campaign. With the magic of machines and some pretty brilliant crew, we were was able to capture the essence of winter. Kudos must go out to the Kal Tire employees for their brilliant acting capabilities when asked to pretend they were super cold while wearing fleece and woolies in the almost 40 degree heat!
If you’ve walked through our offices, you may have noticed an empty super size bottle of Sake with Dumbo ears glued to it sitting on someone’s desk. Afraid to ask? It’s the prestigious BRANDFX Dumbo award which is awarded periodically to the BFXer who does something really dumb to deserve it. A very long story but after a much enjoyed staff weekend trip to Whistler, we returned with the the empty Dumbo. The ever crafty Kate glued two huge ears on it an, voila, ‘The Dumbo award’.