hey dads

Father’s day is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate your favourite dads than giving them a plaid shirt from the Wear Plaid for Dads HBC campaign for Prostate Cancer Cancer.

I love this campaign. Probably because I love plaid. Who doesn’t? PlaidSHirtsWhen you purchase any of the 6 select Hudson North plaid sport shirts, $12 from each shirt will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada. On Friday, June 17, Wear Plaid for Dad to help protect the 1 in 8 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Oh!!! And please think about signing up all the guys in your life for the 2016 Bare All For The Barre event. Registration is now open and we have been working really hard to make this the best year yet. If you don’t believe me when I say it is an awesome event for a great cause… ask one of the 100 guys who participated last year!B4B-Teasers_Warmup

To register, please go here. Fill in and submit the form. Make your registration payment and then we will send you a link for your personal fundraising page. The event will include great music, food and local beer. How can you say no?

psst. It’s my birthday so how can you not not register? 

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clay aching

Frankly, I’ve never been a fan of Clay Aiken nor clay making but lately, I’ve got a thing for all things pottery. So much so, I am thinking about enrolling in a pottery class (but no, I don’t want to go to Clay Café).

Here is an assortment of items that I’m loving:

Biggest regret in life – not visiting the Heath Ceramic factory when I was in California. Okay, not my biggest life regret but still… I’d love to go. I saw their stuff at the Farmer’s Market and did not buy one thing. Silly girl. Big mistake:ac-104-heath-alabama-chanin-camellia-settings-opaque-white-731by607heath_tileboard_061010-023125

Love at first sight. Everything from This Way To The Circus is amazing but palm trees and cactus will always win me over:5752-ecc940bc4e1c4c6583440a3814cd63fb 5752-5a5257f546ef4154a59f170da935d3f8

I need to make room for more hanging plants in my life. Especially this one from Orit Creative Workshop:il_570xN.856417796_p171

Shop local. The Bread and Butter Pottery studio is less than a kilometer from my house. I love her work:Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 9.16.39 AM

And speaking of local, I went to high school with Anne. Her work is dreamy and would make a wonderful Made In The Maritimes gift:il_570xN.760740329_12r3

I will admit, I actually bought some clay and supplies so I can make these Potted Succulent Magnets. Now, I need to do it and show them off. I also need to replace my fridge with one that can hold magnets:IMG_6309

I also found this Clay Cactus Bud Vase project… good thing I have lots of clay:6a01543277ddab970c01bb08ca7202970dRemember when I said you can’t have enough cactus in your life?

The colours used by Shino Takeda Ceramics is fabulous; I especially love this plant pot:

And finally, a hot coffee in a hot mug is almost as hot as… FOTO: www.camillahey.dkthis … (you’re welcome)GHOST, Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, 1990, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collectionpsst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg

the September issue

September is wrapping up and I need a game plan. For reals. Although I rarely take time off in the summer, there is something about warm weather and flip flops that allows me to slack off a bit. But now I need a good kick in the butt to change things up, get things done, get new projects and actually be busy. When I am busy, I am happy and that’s my key to surviving winter.

Those of you who work 9-5’s with pensions and vacation time may not get it but, with all of the perks to being self-employed, working from home with a golden retriever under the desk can still be stressful at times. Work does not always land on your plate, you have to fight, you have to beg, you have to lower your expectations, you have to question yourself, you have to do things you don’t want to do and you have to do things you hate doing.

I know, everyone who works likely has things about their job they hate doing. This weekend I attended a reading by Elaine Lui (laineygossips.com) at Word On The Street. (I have been following her blog for over nine years… actually, I’ve been reading her blog longer than I’ve known what a blog was. True, I love the gossip but I think what actually draws me there is her writing, her ambition and her way of staying classy despite the reputation one may have about being a gossiper.) At the end of Lui’s reading there was a Q&A and someone asked her who were the worst celebrities she’s interviewed. Her response was that most are terrible; celebrities put themselves on pedestals and they often think they’re better than everyone else. But in all honesty, if they don’t promote themselves or sell themselves to the media and public, then they are more likely to fail. Interviews and promotion are a part of their job so even though they hate it, they still need to do it, and they should do it well.

What do I hate? I hate asking for help. I hate knowing what I want, but not sure how to get it. I hate putting myself out there and wondering if it matters. I hate questioning all of this. I hate wondering if I should just find a job in an office with vacation time and a pension but no dog even though I know I really don’t want to find a job in an office with vacation time and a pension.

I think the key to success is pushing yourself rather than expecting other’s to do it for you … So I am going to work on that first. Although no one is paying me to write this… I will still make an effort. Although I don’t need to make a homemade Holiday Card, I will still spend too much time thinking about a fresh new idea. I will make 20 calendars and a big batch of marmalade to give out. Why bother? Why send mail when you can email? Because you have to do what you love doing as much as you have to do what you hate doing. And if you mix em up then maybe the bad won’t be so bad and the good will be even gooder. Amiright?

So with all this and that. Here’s my fall to-do list. The summer wrap-up post is coming next week because in my mind, summer is not over ’till my toes are numb.

  • Polish up the website portfolio
  • Update the CV and cover letter
  • Make David’s halloween costume
  • Design the 2015 desk calendars
  • Mail birthday cards to all of my nieces and nephews… even the ones that have already happened… because late is better than never
  • Plan more lunch dates
  • Road trip
  • Buy a 2014-2015 office-wear cardigan (Here is last year’s)
  • Cook more
  • Bake more
  • Watch Pitch Perfect (I can’t believe I still haven’t watched this movie!)
  • Design and mail the 2014 holiday cards
  • Network
  • Learn how to network
  • Read more magazines
  • Run a marathon (I registered!!!)
  • Take more pictures with the nice camera
  • Make marmalade
  • Go on a spa date
  • Walk in the park at least once a week
  • Ride my bike more
  • Plan meals
  • Plant some bulbs
  • Go swimming in a pool
  • Finish my push-up challenge
  • Listen to the radio more
  • Stay in a hotel
  • Start weekly dinner parties
  • Get some fun new projects or find an amazing new job

How about you? Any fresh ideas or plans? (Please tell me I am not the only one struggling in September.) IMG_1338

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