Tuesday, August 23, 2011
In the Drawing Room: Christen Olivarez
It's Tuesday! Come into my drawing room, choose at least three beverages and have a seat. But watch out -- that's Hamburgers you're about to sit on. On second thought just stay upright. Come on over to my doodle desk & grab some journaling stuff and join us! Our guest, Christen Olivarez, is already painting away, stitching something, reading a book, dreaming up her next project, probably editing something in her head, and just enjoying the moment.
In her day life Christen is the Director of Publishing and Editor-in-Chief for Stampington & Company. I'd probably buckle at the helm of that kind of responsibility. But she does a smashing job of it -- and the girl isn't even 30 yet.
I find Christen fascinating not only for what she Does, but for what she does, if that makes any sense. Not just her profession but the whole package. All of her. How her love for art and craft spills into the nooks of her life, and how her love for life spills into the nooks of her art & craft. Her Twitter updates are like journal entries with witty, endearing slices of the everyday. Beer festivals, oil changes, happy weekends, rummage sales, her woes with Redbox, muddy legs, why she's canceling her cable -- it all blends together in her quest for a creative life. Christen reminds me much of my younger daughter in that she savors the present no matter how grand or minor a moment may seem.
And I really love that she admits that reads her junk mail.