January 29, 2010


Now for something completely different. I love reading, I love stories and tales, myths and legends. I love fantasy, classic fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels. I just gobble up any written words that land in my lap. I hope one day to have a library in my home where I can just go and hang out surrounded by books. For me, books are inviting, they're a comfort, and they hold mysteries I get to uncover.
I love to read (did I say that already?). And this is my grandma (with my grandpa who passed away a few years ago). My grandma is legally blind and cannot read books on her own.

That's why, when I found out that the CNIB Library might lose its funding and the 800,000 Canadians that suffer from partial or total vision loss would be without access to books in accessible formats, I took action by joining their Right to Read campaign and wrote to my Premier and the Prime Minister. Because my grandma is legally blind she uses the CNIB Library to get a whole assortment of different books to listen to on a special CNIB book player. She loves to listen to the stories and then share with us what she's read. She once even read the story about the man who founded the orphanage I went to in Kenya! Without access to the CNIB Library, she would not be able to continue learning and listening to stories. It really only takes three minutes to go to the Right to Read website and share with your Premier and the Prime Minister that you want the CNIB Library to receive funding in the new budgets that are being drawn up.

January 26, 2010


This is a unit that I can envision residing in a future home of mine some day.

From Pottery Barn, the Logan collection is a series of drawers, shelves, cupboards, and other stackable items that can be used in virtually any room of the house.
Do you think you could make this?
I hope that me, and a probably-handy-with-power-tools Caleb (we haven't had a chance to try out his skills yet), will be able to make this (or something like this) when we find ourselves blessed with a more permanent housing situation. I think that we can make this because I stumbled upon this amazing website called Knock Off Wood (I also love the pun in the name). Anna, the creator of Knock Off Wood loves furniture, and loves sharing how to make furniture for a lot cheaper than buying it from the original store. Friends, I wanted to share this because I feel like good quality furniture is important in a house, lasts longer, and overall is a better investment than something that is flimsy. Also, making the things that reside in your house, I imagine anyway, make it feel even more like a home.
Even though we only live in an apartment right now, I can feel the creative juices running and can't wait for that first opportunity to put what I learned in grade eight shop class to use.

January 8, 2010

winter wonderland

Doesn't that scene look like a wonderful winter dream? I can imagine a little wood stove piping away inside the cabin, keeping its inhabitants warm. It is Design*Sponge's monthly desktop artwork for January, this month designed by Julia Rothman. You can get it right here. Or, you can choose the one with a calendar on it. Either way, I hope you enjoy a scenic wintry background to all you need to do on your computer.
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