challenge accepted

Fun fact: I got a D in drawing in my first year at University. I’m not proud of this but I’ve accepted and moved on.

Sadly this near-failure lead me down a path of a limited logo and photoshop work; preferring layout, copy editing, rulers, and alignment. So, I decided to let loose and try the 31 Day Flower Drawing Challenge by the most adorable, talented and knowledgeable Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built. I did not do this in May and I did not do this in 31 days but I did it and you should too. I dare say, it’s a bit meditative and I learned a heck of a lot about flowers!

Check out my skills… I’m giving it a C.

And if you’re wondering, each flower lesson is less than five minutes and you can draw along at her pace. I added some colour but that’s not a part of the lesson. “Snap-dragon to it”, Y’all!

#LarsFlowerChallenge

Next up… photography!

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office talk

As a reward for finishing all nine season of The Office, I got myself a new office!

Okay, so that’s not really why I moved…

I have been working from home for ten years, upstairs in a small bedroom. It suited me (and my dog Henry) well but this year a few things changed. Henry is now twelve and I didn’t want to burden him with too many trips up and down the stairs plus, we decided David was old enough to come home after school and keep himself occupied for the few hours between dismissal bell and 5:00. Let’s be honest, back in September, I imagined a blissful year of homework, math exercises, reading and writing – all done silently next to me in our co-space.

Things have not been perfect – and more days than not, David ends up playing with friends or Googling dog images and whining about being bored but I still love the new space.

Come on in and take a closer look!This room is formally the “living room” of our house. It wasn’t really touched during the renovation and has served as a playroom up until now. None of the furniture is new and most came from down from the upstairs office including the massive old desk which took four of us to move. I scored the rug from the Ikea sale section! And yes, the walls are PINK. The details are what sold me when we bought this house.The alphabet poster came from David’s room.The Stendig calendar was on my wishlist for years, happy to have found the perfect space for it.I recycled three bags of magazines when I moved downstairs. This is what remains.
The window shade goes up and down which is great for maximum light but good privacy!I actually got another beautiful marigold chair for my office (from the sale section at Ikea!) and although I love it in this space, it’s more practical in the living room where people actually sit. The chair above is from a secondhand store, Wrinkles is from my childhood and the family portrait was done by Jessica Morgan (Etsy).I bought two Waterhog mats from L.L.Bean to put under the chairs so the floor doesn’t get damaged. The three posters are from Ork.My neighbour just informed me this is a piano window – gawh, old houses are so charming! The little David train is from the Toy Maker of Lunenburg and the jar of sea glass was given to me by my cousins. They collected sea glass from the beach in Pugwash when I was in the hospital (age 13) and the globe came from my in-law’s basement.Pottery by ME! And the two cards are from here and here.

So in the end, the only new purchases were paint, a window shade, the three rugs and the calendar. Everything else was repurposed. Let me know what you think!

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As great as my space is, I get asked all the time how I manage to work from home. Honestly, I often wonder how Y’all handle leaving the house every day! I love my home office. If you’re thinking about making the move, here’s a great article: Get More Done: 18 Tips for Telecommuters – Remote workers weigh in on what helps them amp productivity and stay in touch with the office. (link)

1. Identify what needs to get done every day and make sure to do it. 

2. Use the cloud. 

3. Get dressed.

4. Don’t let friends stop by. 

5. Get out of the house. 

6. Make a stoplight for family members. 

7. Invest in creating a comfortable office. 

8. Be clear about your working hours. 

9. Pretend you’re not home. 

10. Don’t go to non-work appointments in the middle of the day. 

11. Get in-person time with co-workers. 

12. Use Google+ Hangouts. 

13. Enjoy your flexibility. 

14. Enjoy disruptions. 

15. Stay out of the kitchen. 

16. Buy a noise-cancelling headset with a mute button. 

17. Check in with co-workers and the boss several times a day. 

18. Make use of free or inexpensive communications technology.

I strongly follow 1, 3, 7, and 17… I can do better.

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colour me happy

A little late but very happy to report my favourite colour since 1983 is officially the color of the year for 2018 according to Pantone! Hello Ultra Violet, I am a big fan!

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

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Pantone is not the only one to declare a color of the year for 2018. It’s actually a big deal: The Big Money Behind Naming A “Color Of The Year”

Below are a few more colours which are lovely (hello red door) but not nearly as exciting as purple. Agree or disagree?

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Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is strong, radiant and full of energy.

Sherwin-Williams: A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year.

Behr is pleased to announce the new 2018 Colour of the Year, In The Moment (T18-15). This cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green. This comfortable colour evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives. In name and colour, this hue speaks to our desire to take a break, be present and recharge.

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calendar girl is ten!

Mark your calendar, 2018 is coming!

It’s my tenth year making desktop calendars and after great success last year, I have decided to stock up on more cases and do it again (thanks, all).

This year I have decided to give 50% of the sales towards two awesome local organizations: Hope For Wildlife and Feed Nova Scotia. The cost of a calendar is $10 (and $5 if you already have a case and just need a refill). Guys, that means if I sell 100 calendars in cases, Hope For Wild Life will get $250 and Feed Nova Scotia will get $250… that’s a lot of lettuce!

Here’s the Hello 2018 calendar (hello stocking stuffer):

The calendar is ~5″ x 5.5″ at sits in a clear plastic calendar case (similar in size to a CD case). They’re printed digitally at a local printer and I package everything at home. Below is an example:

If you are interested in one, please send a private request to meghanrushton@icloud.com before December 1 (and let me know if you want the case) – I need to order and package all of them which takes time! Everyone near and far will receive their calendar by December 23. *If you live outside of Halifax and need one (or more) mailed, I will add shipping to the cost. 

I hope you enjoy this year’s calendar as much as I enjoy making them. And I hope all the loyal refill clients are up for supporting two important causes.

Thank you for your support!

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Here’s some info on the two organizations:

Hope for Wildlife (hopeforwildlife.net)Hope for Wildlife is a charitable wildlife rehabilitation and education organization located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. Since 1997, we have rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 40,000 injured and orphaned wild animals representing over 250 species.

In addition to the ongoing provision of care we offer, Hope for Wildlife aims to connect people to wildlife in a positive way through knowledge and understanding. Every year, we assist over 10,000 callers through our wildlife helpline, welcome thousands of visitors to our facilities for tours, give hundreds of offsite educational presentations to community and school groups, and collect a wide range of data from animals treated at our rehabilitation centre.

Feed Nova Scotia (feednovascotia.ca): Our mission is to feed Nova Scotians in need and reduce that need. To achieve this, we distribute almost 2 million kilograms of donated food to our member network of 146 food banks and meal programs across the province. Our role also extends beyond food. We support our members as they build capacity to serve their communities, and we help raise awareness of the challenges hunger and poverty create each day for thousands of Nova Scotians.

 

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Archive of previous editions: 2017/2016  + 2014-2009

hello yellow, hello sunshine

Hello all

Leon’s Furniture has a blog called hello yellow and they launched a magazine (or catalogue?) which carries the hello branding… hello holiday and hello sunshine:

Hello-Sunshine-Holiday-Magazine

“HERE FOR A GOOD TIME—NOT A LONG TIME—SUMMER IS A COLD COCKTAIL OF MEMORIES SHARED WITH THOSE YOU LIVE, LAUGH AND GROW WITH. AND WHILE IT’S OFTEN ROMANTICIZED, JUST LIKE REAL LIFE, IT UNFOLDS IN DIFFERENT WAYS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE.”

That’s all I am going to say about that.

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