Considering that Love Paper Paint doesn’t advertise or self-promote (with exception to occasional posts on social media via my Facebook page or Instagram feed), it was a pleasant surprise to be featured a few times, just in the month of July! I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to design with talented industry professionals who make the effort to mention my work and my company… and include me as part of their team during their moments in the spotlight.
First up was a mention in the July 2013 issue of San Diego Home and Garden Magazine, in an article featuring my friend, Landscape Designer, Susanna Pagan of SP Gardens, and her award winning garden design from last year’s San Diego County Fair. Her design for the San Diego Horticultural Society’s Display Garden won eight awards and the antique door I painted for her was one of my favorite projects that year. Read about the hand-painted door and SP Gardens here. Thanks, Susie! It’s an honor to have my painting included in the beautiful gardens and landscapes you create throughout San Diego.
Next, was a segment on the CW6 morning news show, Wake Up San Diego, featuring my friend Jessica Gillon of Events By Design, as she discussed Summer Bridal Trends. Not only did she mention Love Paper Paint many times and showed off the menus I designed for one of her most recent gorgeous weddings, she also gave me a shout out on Events by Design’s blog. Thank you Jessica, for allowing me to be a part of your amazing team of vendors! You know I absolutely love working with you and I’m so grateful for the incredible projects, opportunities and people you have introduced me to over these many years.
Then, there was San Diego Comic-Con International, July 2013. While Love Paper Paint didn’t get specific mentions for the projects I worked on for Comic-Con, I was proud to be a part of the team that put together some really cool events for the biggest annual convention draw to America’s Finest City. The company I worked for, Hadley Media, received a lot of great press for their activation of the Adult Swim Fun House during the week of Comic-Con for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim network. Hadley Media hired me to paint, style/decorate and create props for several of the show-themed rooms in the Adult Swim Fun House, including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Robot Chicken, and Metalocalypse/Rockso. The Adult Swim Fun House was a huge success and received “Best in Show” from AdWeek, plus features on Entertainment Weekly, and BizBash. It was so much fun and such a departure from the type of painting I usually do for my clients. I mean, how often does a decorative painter/muralist get to paint pretend kitchen appliances for a gigantic animated milkshake character; or fabricate “slimy squid skin”; or dingy-up a basement scene for a seven foot tall humping robot; or make a spiked nose and glittery “snow” walls for a scary rocker clown? Thanks Patrick, Katie, John, and everyone at Hadley Media for bringing me in on a truly unique experience.
Last, but not least, I was surprised by a few features using photos of my family taken by my sister, Julie Cruz, of Lot116 Photography. The photos she captured of our families at The New Children’s Museum and The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center are used in their marketing collateral and websites, which is no surprise…since they hired her specifically for these shoots and we agreed to let our kids be “models”. But the surprise came when one of my followers on Instagram sent me a message to say that she saw our kids in the August 2013 issue of Parent’s Magazine, in an article on the 10 Best Cities for Families to Visit. One of Julie’s photos for TNCM was used as the main photo for the article. My boys were so excited to see themselves (and their cousin, PJ) in a magazine!
All this press in just one month was such a thrill!!! Many thanks to all these awesome industry pros (Susanna, Jessica, Patrick and Julie) for making me feel like a superstar!