Tis a gift to be simple…

Here’s a rough sketch of an illustration I just finished for Time Out New York magazine.

GaiaCornwall.com illustration for Time Out New York TONY

Other than that I’ve been working on knocking things off my monthly goal list, as well as some Christmas-y things.

My immediate family is considering “simplifying”  gifts this year.  We’re  in the process of deciding what exactly that means– no gifts? just stockings? a price limit?  donations in lieu of gifts?– but I think we’re moving in a nice direction.  We’re all grownup pretty much– my youngest brother is twenty– and everyone seems to be interested in less stuff lately– either in the interest of pairing down in general, or because of near-future moves.

I love to buy gifts, but I tend to be a little insane about it.  I get caught up in needing to find the perfect gift.  It starts out as fun, but it can turn stressful towards the end.  I think a simpler take on things, might open up the holiday for us.  Leave more room for enjoying each other and the season.

Which is what I’m looking forward to this weekend.  Getting a tree, decorating, some gift making, some baking… our apartment smelling  yummy…hot apple cider.

8 Responses to “Tis a gift to be simple…”

  1. Anna Says:

    I like the blustery scarf woman with the furrowed brow. 🙂 Simple (versus extravagent) is good for gifts, though I like to pick out really special things for people. I have a small family so it’s manageable. You remind me I need more cider. Is there anything cozier?

  2. pegfussell Says:

    I love the movement in this sketch! Your weekend plans sound delightful,

  3. andothersuchthings Says:

    Thanks you guys! I’m really happy with how the final came out.

    Anna I’m definitely the same way! Its so fun to find that special something that’s just right for someone…

  4. Kaetlyn Says:

    I love when you post sketches, drawings, finished work or any other peeks at your process:)
    We tried to convince our families to simplify our gift-giving this year too. The holidays have become so much about advertising and consumption that I’m having a hard time enjoying the season. Honestly, if I see one more Kay Jeweler commercial I might throw a fit. My husband’s side of the extended family was all for drawing names out of a hat. But my side wants to buy for everyone. If your family comes up with a good simplifying solution, I’d love to hear what it is!

  5. andothersuchthings Says:

    Thanks Kaetlyn!
    It seems like we’re just going to buy smaller gifts this year for our immediate family.
    My dad’s side of the family does Secret Santas– names pulled from a hat, but my mom’s (smaller) side still does gifts to everyone. But usually smaller gifts to the kids, and larger ones to their siblings. I usually send out “family” presents of hot chocolate and cookies and goodies to each family on that side.

    Uh still not that “simple.” Yes, share solutions/ideas if you have them!

  6. kathy weller Says:

    I love the simplifying idea. We tried it this yea – we simplified and it went very well. Hope yours did, as well. 🙂

    I love your pencil drawing.

  7. andothersuchthings Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Thanks for stopping by! In the end I think we could have gone a bit simpler. I guess it was a bit uneven, though everyone had a great time. Happy almost New Year!

  8. Time Out New York Magazine Illustration « …and Other Such Things Says:

    […] really happy with how it came out.  You can see the rough sketch here.  I think it’s kind of fun to see the “befores” and […]

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