Oct 062013

I have had a crazy busy week!  I have not made too much progress on my furniture projects  but i did sell a couple items.


What I have been busy with has to do with my role as Chair of a registered charity associated with my daughter’s school.  As a dedicated Arts focused secondary school, the school does not get any additional funding from the school board to support the many unique needs and expenditures.  The school is highly acclaimed in the city of Toronto and in the national media.  As a result, there is a high expectation about the quality of arts education these talented students will get at the school and truly deserve.

The school is now over 20 years old and so is the Theatre, the musical instruments, the lighting equipment, etc.  Sadly, with cutbacks everywhere, the School Board has to make hard decisions and “if it ain’t broke….”  The role of our organization is to provide funding for projects to bring the school up to 21st century standards.  Our current initiative is called th “Theatre Renewal Initiative”.

This past week, I have been immersed in meetings and activities intended to bring new, interested parents and alumni on board to help with our fund-raising plans.  I must admit, besides helping the school, I do have a personal agenda and which is to find a replacement for me!  It is my daughter’s last year and I think I will want to “retire”  when she’s no longer there.  Or at least have a less active role.  We’ll see!

Back to blogging…
I began setting up my blog at the beginning of August 2013.  Because of vacations and traveling, I like to think I “officially”  started blogging, in earnest, on September 1st 2013.

So as of today, I have been blogging for 37 days.

calendar My Blogging Status After 37 days!

  1. According to Bloglovin, I have only 8 followers 🙁
  2. According to Google AdSense I have earned $1.30 from clicks on  the ads on my page 🙂
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Am I disappointed?



jump for joy

Just like this little guy!

Source: http://brightondogphotography.co.uk


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Sep 222013

Today, I want to write about how creative people use their talents to help others.

The Drawing Hope Project is the brainchild of a talented photographer living in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  His photographic creations for this project are so unique they are difficult to describe with mere words.  However, I feel  Shawn Van Daele summarizes it best on his website:

“I take drawings done by children born or living with health conditions, and turn them into magical photographs – starring themselves – for a storybook series filled with HOPE.”

Click on the links above or the photo below to see Shawn’s creations, read his story and be inspired.
On the Drawing Hope Project Contact page, find out how a child, suffering from a debilitating health problem can request be part of his initiative.

 "We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness”

“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness”

Although I have never met Shawn, I became aware of his endeavors through one of his long time friends, a very talented quilter who just happens to be my  lovely niece Sheilagh.  Recently, Sheilagh helped bring happiness and assistance to the family of Marco, the subject of the photo above.  Sheilagh designed and created an “I Spy” themed quilt with over 400 squares.  She solicited donors to sponsor each square and the proceeds were given to the family last weekend.
Click on the photo below to read her very touching account of her  visit to Marco and his family.

Marco's Quilt

Marco’s Quilt

Sheilagh is a full time Interior Designer by day and in her “spare” time, the creative owner of Lay It On Me Baby   (Isn’t that a great name for a quilting business?!) Although she creates quilts of all types, I especially like her baby quilts and crib sets.  Each one is very unique with a theme and design meticulously planned and tailored to the client’s decor and colour palette.   They are so adorable!

Be sure to visit her blog and website to see her creations.
Contact her to discuss ordering a custom made gift for someone!
Christmas is just around the corner!

I have been so inspired and humbled by these artists and their endeavors to bring happiness to others.

Visit their websites and be inspired too.

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