January : Week 2 : Goodbye, Peach
Remember last week when we all made resolutions and intentions? One of mine was: Photography: I am planning to take some time this year to learn more skills (lighting, styling, etc.) It’s been an intention for a few years but I need to stop thinking about it and start doing it.
Let’s see how long this one sticks.
January : Week 1 : Salad
Mark your calendar, 2019 is coming!
The Hello 2019 desktop calendars are in production and I am taking orders now! This year I have decided to give 50% of the earnings to a special organization that is near and dear to my heart: The Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome. I wrote about my buddy Aden a few years ago and it gives me so much joy to be able to support his family and their hard work with CAWS.
The cost of a calendar is $10 (and $8 if you already have a case and just want a refill).
Thanks to all of my great friends and family, last year I was able to donate more than $200 to both Hope For Wildlife and Feed Nova Scotia!
Here’s a look at the Hello 2019 calendar (hello stocking stuffer):
If you are interested in one (or more!), please send a private request and payment to email@example.com before December 3 (be sure let me know if you want a case) and once the calendars are ready, I will contact you and make arrangements for pickup. *If need them mailed, I will add shipping to the cost.
Everyone near and far will receive their calendar by December 23.
I hope you enjoy this year’s calendar as much as I enjoy making them. And I hope all my loyal refill clients are up for supporting CAWS.
Here’s some information on The Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome (CAWS):
CAWS provides support to Williams syndrome individuals, their families, and caregivers, coast-to-coast. Our grassroots, parent-volunteer run organization is on a mission to spread awareness, raise funds, support research and connect families touched by Williams syndrome. We are a small but mighty National Registered Charity, whose impact can be felt in tiny towns and big cities across Canada.
We strive to connect families, researchers, caregivers and medical professionals across Canada; building a national community to help those with Williams syndrome reach their full potential. We support families through initial diagnosis, the school system, post-secondary schooling opportunities, and skills training, adult employment and housing.
What is Williams Syndrome?
Williams syndrome is a rare genetic condition that is present at birth. It is caused by a spontaneous genetic deletion of a small stretch of 26-28 adjacent genes on chromosome 7, including the elastin gene and can affect anyone. It occurs equally in males and females, in all cultures and to birth parents of all ages.
Williams syndrome brings medical issues, including sometimes life-threatening cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, social challenges and learning disabilities. At the same time, those with Williams syndrome exhibit striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. Williams syndrome is thought to occur in approximately 1 in 10,000 births.
While accurate, this clinical description falls short of describing the vast and varied qualities that make Williams syndrome individuals some of the most memorable people you’ll meet. Their highly social personality often manifests in an open-hearted approach to life, a love of meeting new people and a joyful spirit.
There are challenges too. There are health concerns to be monitored or managed at every stage of life. Early intervention, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy is invaluable. Learning disabilities make navigating the education system challenging.
Many with Williams syndrome have difficulty with numbers, spatial relations and abstract reasoning. This can make everyday tasks harder.
In adulthood, supportive housing helps individuals with Williams syndrome live to their fullest potential. Contribution to the community is made through volunteering or paid employment.
The desktop calendar is about the size of a CD case: ~5″w x 5.5″h
Thank you for your support!
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!
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!
Next up… photography!
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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!
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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