Ann-Marie Loves Paper

26 Aug

I don’t know what it is about me and constantly wanting to change my blog name, but here I go again! If you are so inclined to make the jump, you can now find me (with the same content, only a new name) HERE!

Hope to see you there!

happy sunday!

15 Aug

Yesterday John and I drove up to SLC to check out Craft Lake City in the coolest venue with the coolest artsy people. I felt like we were back in the art department at college again. (But this time with more of a “Utah-friendly” crowd and less of a “California hippy/stoner/camp-out-in-the-letterpress-studio-for-a-week-straight-without-sleep-or-showers” group of people – Ha!)

I love being around artists (and hipsters alike) with their funky style and energy. And I LOVE that Utah is of the mindset that crafts are a legitimate art form – I have found my people! Anyways…

It was amazing! I saw so many awesome things and left feeling inspired and ready to make stuff (which is all I’ve ever wanted to do anyways!)!

I picked up three fabulous letterpressed postcards from Smart & Wiley, which I plan on framing and displaying throughout my apartment (more on that later!).

Salt Lake is truly a great city. It’s an interesting mix of modern establishments and historic buildings, surrounded by trees and mountains. I can’t help but take a million photos (or art-direct John to take the photos I think would be great – “get those two buildings together, but don’t get the wires in the background and make sure it’s got the sunlight shining through the back and hurry before the cars drive through the shot!” – he loves when I do this – NOT! hahah).

And I LOVE that the Olympics were here! Utah’s a pretty cool place after all…

Today Was the Day

1 Aug

…I visited every store across Utah Valley. Or so it seemed. Here is a short rundown of my happy Saturday:

Visited my good friends Mike, Joann, and new acquaintance Robert (California, you are seriously missing out on this little gem!). Purchased exactly 4 sheets of paper from Roberts for 50 percent off. Because the 5000 sheets of paper that I currently own are just not enough. Apparently.

Cute little butterfly die-cuts from Pebbles in my Pocket! And my giant hand!

Found Pebbles in My Pocket and loved it! The lady who rang me up asked what brought me to Utah and when I told her about my job, she let out a squeal of delight. See, this is exactly why moving here was 150,000% worth it. People get me and my paper addiction.

Went to Target to pick up some photos. And ended up picking up a dust pan and a pair of jeggings. Almost bought a box of oatmeal but couldn’t justify my total tab exceeding 30 dollars so I put it back. Jeggings always come before oatmeal.

Some awesome grippy tape thing, a huge bag of different laces, and an awesome Pyrex container!

Planned on going to downtown Provo, but made a quick left into the parking lot of Deseret Industries (the LDS version of Goodwill). Browsed through tons of awesome things. Saw tons of denim in every form of clothing possible (it seems as though Utahns love their denim?). Tested a few typewriters but no dice. Ended up with 3 awesome, totally unrelated things all for under 4 dollars. Which I paid for in quarters. How very thrifty of me.

Drove around a bit longer and stopped at Cafe Rio. Had a lovely, calorie-laden dinner for two con mi novio. Stared at a girl who had the short hairstyle that I long to return to. Made me want to chop off my hair right then and there.

White and fluorescent pink! What a winning combo!

Stopped by Wal-Mart at 11pm and as usual, it was PACKED. Wal-Mart is where it’s at in Utah! I even saw a few couples making out, specifically in the women’s clothing section and near the electronics. In UTAH.  I know, can you believe it? I felt like I was intruding upon something private, so I bought two cans of spray paint and a box of oatmeal. Because this time my tab would not even exceed 10 bucks. Sweet deal!

Gah, I looooove weekends.

Night of the Savages

30 Jul

Ah, Friday. What’s not to love?

Tonight (after my THREE hour nap, I might add – apparently full work weeks are not for the faint of heart!) John made us burritos and we are now settled in for a full night of the Savage brothers, via The Wonder Years and Boy Meets World. Bringin’ it back! I LOVE The Wonder Years and I LOVE old-school Disney channel. I am especially enjoying Topanga’s super long crimped hair and super long gaudy acrylic nails. Oh, the 90’s…

Park City all vintaged-out, thanks to Photoshop Actions 135 by night-fate.

Thanks to my awesome co-worker Lindsey (who speaks the same scrapbook dialect as me), I have acquired a slight addiction to free Photoshop actions, which has lead to copious amounts of downloading into the wee hours of the morn’. It’s a vicious cycle, I tell ya, but oh-so-gratifying when with one click of a mouse, my photo looks completely vintaged-out! It’s so cool, it has it’s own made-up terminology!

This weekend I plan on getting CRAFTY. I have to admit I was kind of worried that having a creative job might suck any extracurricular creative desires right out of me, but no! I am happy to report that it actually makes me want to create even more! (And that concludes my jinxing of said extracurricular creativity.)

Have a great last weekend of July!

Working Out the Kinks

25 Jul

Today I woke up early to get ready for our cable to be installed. When that didn’t go according to plan (due to the fact that our balcony is just a hair away from receiving any reception via satellite and we need written permission from the landlord to rig a dish up on the roof), I decided to get to work on organizing my spare bedroom, aka the Craft Room! I can’t believe I finally have a room to dedicate entirely to my hobby (translation: a place to unload the ridiculous amount of stuff I brought over from California!). Such a thrill, I tell you.

Here’s a little sneak:

This was before I organized it. You don’t even want to know what was behind the wall to the left. Boxes and piles and boxes and piles of lord-knows-what. Actually I do know what. Just plain crap. But now that crap has a home!

And now it is sparkly clean and organized and almost up to par! I plan on taking photos of the new and improved space this week, so stay tuned!

California Dreamin’

25 Jul

This morning I woke up from dreaming that I still lived in San Diego. I felt a slight twinge of sadness (oh ocean, I never thought I would miss you that much!) but then I browsed through photos from our fantastic trip to Park City yesterday. Now all is well in my world again:)

See for yourself:

Shaun White. Mmmmmm…

How cute are the bike sculptures as bike racks?

John is too tall for Park City!

I want to live here in this cozy little alleyway-turned-patio!

Dinner at Blue Iguana…yum!

It’s definitely cooler up in the mountains than it is where we live. Being able to eat outside = fantastic!

Such an amazing little town!

The drive back home led us through Provo Canyon – gorgeous!

Another great adventure in the 11 days we have lived here!

I think next weekend we might go to Wyoming – how’s that for wanderlust??

Is this a Utah thing?

23 Jul

The first morning after moving into my new apartment, my family was standing on my balcony marveling at the gorgeous view, as seen below:

Just another day at the apartment, with the sunshine shining and the birds chirping. Look again:

I about had a panic attack for this girl who willingly climbs onto the overhang to read and lay out! And get this…other people in this complex do it too, not just her! The other day as I was coming up the stairs, I heard paper rustling. When I looked to see where it was coming from, I saw a different girl up on our overhang just plugging away at her book.


If you are aware of reasons as to why anyone would crawl out on an apartment overhang a good 20 or so feet above the ground in a bathing suit nonetheless, please fill me in. My fear of heights kicks in overdrive when I see people lingering casually on a steep slope above concrete and passersby.

In fact, I think I need to sit down.