Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If You're Happy And You Know It!

Robbie's first commercial is now LIVE. For the past few months Robbie's been working late, far far away, and burnt out to come up and create this ad for Weight Watchers. Just like Frankenstein, Robbie built this creature and is now in the web presence haunting people and reminding them that eating is human and emotional and hard to manage sometimes.

I've watched it so many times and I don't think I'll ever get sick of it. It has a catchy tune, playful scenarios and totally relatable.

HERE is an article from the New York times.

And here are some things people have some things to say about the commercial. Seems to have been well received by Weight Watcher lovers and others. There has been a handful of people who don't appreciate it as much, but we're going to forget about them for now. We'll deal with them later.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wedding Invite: Romantic Bohemian Wedding

My friend Danielle Woodall invited me to design wedding invites for a beautiful pretend wedding photo shoot. She shot it at Bohem Store in SLC and she did a magnificent job. Please check out Danielle's Blog to see all of her pictures.

Color Version

Friday, November 14, 2014

Poster: Parrott Christmas Program

My dad grew up next door to his cousins. The Yerman kids and the Parrott kids. Both had strange last names which really bonded them, if they didn't they probably would have acted more awkward extended family you see once ever 6 years like most family... They were very close, practically siblings.

People would get them confused ALL THE TIME because my grandma and her sister were cleaver and named every child with a B name. Bruce, Bryce, Blake and Brook make up my dad's siblings, and next door you would find Brent, Brian, Blair, Brynn .... and I'm missing one, I can't believe I forgot his name! I think that's what they want you to do. Get so confused until you forget. :) Thanks ladies, you got me.

Well, we have a tradition in the Bruce and Sarah Yerman family that started when my dad was a kid. Christmas Eve was the big celebration day. Dinner, desserts, stories and then... the Talent Show. And wow, the Parrott kids were musically talented. Singing, singing + dancing, instruments... I've been heard that the Yerman kids didn't really match up in musical talents. . . It's ok Yermans, I know you're great!

This tradition drastically evolved. The Parrotts are so amazing, they prepare an annual Christmas Program. The first decade, they preformed in their church building and had a full house every year. It became so big, they now preform 2 shows in the community Performing Arts Center the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It's a great show. Cute kids, the Christmas Classic songs, some silly tunes, dancing, it's a hoot.

So, my family branch didn't really get much of that "talent." We still have our tradition every Christmas Eve but we prefer to call it The No Talent Talent Show. We will never preform our No Talent Talents in an Arts Center, but the family still applauds and cheers on. Some talents in the past included Irish Dancing, Carrot Peeling (I know, we were so proud), Reciting Poems, etc. Preforming something you're not good at is encouraged, because it makes everyone else feel really good about themselves.  Robbie and I are brainstorming some ideas of things for this next christmas. Maybe break boards like Karate people or yodel.. we take recommendations.

So. I was invited to design the Poster for the Parrott Christmas Program. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

BLANE. That's his name. . .

Monday, November 10, 2014

California: Pauma Valley

I'm visiting Robbie in LA this week. He's here editing his Weight Watchers commercial that was shot in Vancouver.

Every time I come to California, I just want to move here. There is fruit growing everywhere, the sun is always out, people have a glowing tan, and there are spanish speakers everywhere. It's PERFECT! (Don't get me wrong, when I return Oregon, I'm so happy I live in Oregon)

One other thing that makes California "home" to me is that my family lives here. Both of my parents were born and raised in this great state. The first 4 years of my life were in Cali. California, North and South have been the only constant things in my life. My family moved to several different homes and countries, but every year I would visit my grandparents, aunts and uncles in California.

That's why it's home and it will always be home. 

We spent our Sunday in Escondido with my Mami's sister, Tia Diana. She taught us how to make maple walnut ice cream, caramel sauce and apple crisp! Then we headed to my Abuelita's house in Pauma Valley. It's a little valley in the hills covered in orange orchards.

Her home is a little gem that fell out of Mexico. Cactus guards and protects her place, the smallest, unfriendliest dog named Cookie also helps. She has a little grove of her own and we picked dragon fruit, kumquats, persimmons, oranges and grapefruit. We ate beans, rice and fish while catching up and laughing.

Picking Dragon Fruit from the Cactus
The Giants


Monday, November 3, 2014

Dia de los Muertos

Every year since we've been together, Robbie and I have thrown a little Dia de los Deads shin dig. This was our 3rd Annual Party (we missed it last year because we were at a wedding), and I'd say it was our most successful.
(You may recognize this art from a previous wedding invite I designed)

Guests were invited to bring of a celebrity, fictional character or object that is no longer present. They would present the deceased to an alter, told a short story explaining their reasoning for the choice, light a candle and make a little offering (like a fruit or a toy). 

And to make it a little festive, we consumed Abuelita Hot Chocolate, Pan de Muerto, Arroz con Leche, Taquitos, M&M Cookies and Halloween Candies. 

Robbie sharing a poem about.... (I can't remember his name) a Confederate Solider
Haley lighting a candle for her long gone tooth gap
I talked about Wishbone, the very talented actor or "dog" named Soccer. My grandma would record a few tapes and send them to Mexico where I lived and we would watch the same episodes over and over again. 

I was really impressed with everyone's presentations. Lots of good memories were shared. Many were clever. 

Favorite NYC Sandwich, Actors Carriers, Darth Vader, High School Crushes
Wishbone, Tooth Gap
A few others included: Princess D, Snape, Vizzini, and the little girl from the Up movie intro.

I'm happy to announce there were no fire accidents. Lots of flammable materials by the candles, but we somehow kept it safe. We only dripped wax all over the credenza and the floor but it cleaned up nicely so it's like it never even happened. 

I was also very excited CALAVERAS aka "sugar skulls." I found mold at some craft store and they were surprisingly easy to make. There was enough for everyone to decorate their own.  

Orphaned Calaveras... made my Rhotons? And someone else. (Guys, come pick them up!)