19 January 2011

make art make.

our fall-over-sleep-under-a-joshua-tree campsite at joshua tree nat'l park. yes, it was legal.
during our grand tour of four california national parks this summer, one of our stops was joshua tree. now, i previously gushed about how i love everything desert. but ben had a different take.

he loved how the trees got their name. legend has it mormon immigrants thought the yucca's limbs resembled joshua's arms raised toward heaven. while we are NOT mormon (we are christian—they are NOT the same thing), ben appreciated how the immigrants' minds were so god-focused, they gave the plant a biblical name.

later, he went on to name sequoias something from revelation.

for our anniversary, ben and i go all out on presents. since it's so close to xmas, we usually forgo gifts for dec 25 and save up for jan 7. i knew he really wanted this book, so that was easy. then i decided to finally print our wedding pictures to fill a collage frame (let's all shake our heads together that it took so long). but what else? for fun, i googled the traditional and modern anniversary gifts. (sidenote: the traditional present for the first anniversary is paper—so my mom, creative genius that she is, sent us origami paper that year. SO COOL!) well, for the fifth, the modern present was silverware. BORING. "here, honey, eat with these." plus, we already have a beautiful set from my grandparents. but the traditional gift for the fifth? WOOD. perfect.

i knew just what to make. i spotted this last fall, and filed it as to-do-someday (along with 7.2 billion other projects).

for my take, i inverted the colors—ivory to warm black. also, i used some found weather-beaten pallets instead of wood flooring. 

my dad would be happy—i even got to buy a new tool. my very own x-acto knife. (actually it's a stanley, but whatevs. it's like kleenex. everything's kleenex even if you use puffs with lotion. like i do. because my nose is delicate. stop laughing.)

i was incredibly happy with the outcome. ben was, too. gotta love a man who likes his art rustic.

soon, we'll bring it in from outside (joke) and hang in our freshly painted medium taupe brown living room. very excited.

and what did ben get me? peach roses, a cinnabon breakfast in bed, the killers live from albert hall dvd&cd and the entire border trilogy by cormac mccarthy, neatly bound in one swanky volume. with its own attached ribbon bookmark. (it's own attached ribbon bookmark!)

i'm in love.