Monday night Northbowl set up shop for a holiday card making event. Northbowl set the mood with cookies, cider and hot cocoa, not to mention the fireplace flickering away on the TV’s. A local paper shop, casa papel, donated the blank cards and envelopes. They have these really great envelopes that you fold yourself which leaves a lot of room for creativity. I like using these envelopes as self containing cards and just writing my notes on the interior with decorations and addresses on the outside.
I was around to do hand-lettering if people wanted, but the best part was breaking out the Elmer’s glue and doing old-school cut & paste cards. We all sat around our tables thinking of what we wanted the cards to say – some were classic ( i.e. let it snow, happy holidays) others…not so much (think bad santa). A few of my cards are shown above, but some of my favorites had illustrations of Charlie Brown, and tiny glitter trees.
I am a firm believer in giving cards with gifts and in thanks when a gift is given to you. When you make them yourself, they are even more awesome! Who doesn’t love getting a hand-made card? There will be another event on the 15th, maybe you can come and make all of your thank you cards for the gifts in your future!
Last night I went to a screening of Almost Ablaze from the ipeople at Teton Gravity Research. The movie itself won “Film Of The Year” at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival and totally blew my mind. Every time I watch a ski/snowboard/extreme sport video I am left with this feeling of, “what am I doing with my life?”
They pan out over these incredible mountain ranges and show their climb to the top for that short-lived high that comes from dropping in. I miss that feeling, it’s unreal. I can’t imagine what it’s like in the extreme locations they get to hit with the helicopter, but I bet there is no feeling like it!
The best part of this film, for me, was the segment on Sarajevo, Bosnia. Joss Christensen, Karl Fostvedt and Chris Laker went to the home of the 1984 Winter Olympics. They shared some of the dirty history that took place on the grounds that were once home to world-class athletes. Post Olympic glory, the podium was used as an execution spot when the country was over-run with civil war. They obviously did incredible things with the grounds that were available, but what struck me was just how desolate a place can become once the world turns it’s eye to the next big, shiny thing.
It was a bit of a struggle to focus on the film with most of the Philly audience chanting “Bad Fish” (the cover band was playing a show once the movie was over) and boo-ing the movie. P.S. shame on you Philly, that movie is incredible and you missed out with your angry chanting. But what I took away from the film left an impression. At one point one of the guys looked out at the mountain in front of him and said, “Life is fragile, and a place like this will show you that.”