Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In the Drawing Room: Christen Olivarez

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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.

11 comments:

Chel said...

I love it! I haven't slept with the lights off in years so I can relate to that.

I wish my junk mail was interesting enough to read. I just get AARP cards (it must be the Florida address) and postcards for assisted living.

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

Another fabulous peek into a life well-lived! Love this. You have such a talent for not just reporting on a person's life, but revealing their character. xoxo!

S.E.Minegar said...

love that she buys school supplies! although they give me that nervous, first day of school feeling, i sneak longing glances at pencil cases and protractors every fall! sometimes they make it into my cart, but my husband always reminds me that i have plenty of folders and notebooks! he doesn't understand!! guess he never had a lisa frank trapper keeper!

beautifully drawn. i really like the house popping through the middle.

painted fish studio said...

i love this christen girl! you are so good at capturing the details that make one unique.

kristen said...

I cannot wait 'til I am 'famous' (or at least popular!) so I can be immortalized in an Aimee Dolich Doodle! It is on my vision board and in my bucket list :)

lori vliegen said...

your drawing room is filled with lots of special people......and each week you capture them in a doodle-way that no one else could even come close to!! xox

rachel awes said...

i'd love to meet this christen, with three beverages in front of me! you give such amazing hugs to people through your doodling.
XOX

Nicky Linzey said...

I love the look of Hamburgers!

Carmen said...

Awesome as usual... you and Christen! I adore you both and this is just dripping with awesome sauce!!!

xo to you both!

Mmmwhaaa,
Carmen

aimee said...

Isn't she the best? I love that the name of her dog is a plural!

AG Ambroult said...

That doodle is great. You could sell personalized doodles in your shop. I would buy one.