We’re a fairly modest bunch at Canyon Creative, but sometimes ya just gotta self promote! Each year, the whole Canyon team pitched in to strategize, write, design and produce our wine bottle gifts.
Once, it was a festive, red and green “rocking holidays” theme. Next, we went sweet and kind with – “Every friend is like a snowflake, unique in beauty and design.” One year we took the silly route with “If, given enough time, a room full of monkeys with typewriters could reproduce the works of Shakespeare, imagine what a room full of designers could do.”
The next year, we were inspired by an abstract oil painting created by Canyon President Dale Sprague. Broad brush strokes of ruby, rose and burgundy morphed into subtle heart shapes, reminding us of love. We found the perfect quote by French philosopher Voltaire: Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by the imagination.
The idea for matching letter-pressed coasters came next. We added quotes from Pablo Picasso, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Dave Matthews and Ralph Waldo Emerson and created art to reflect each sentiment. The four coasters were placed in a burgundy burlap bag and tied to the neck of the bottle.
The painting was later framed and donated for an auction raising money for a young person in need of a heart transplant.