It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks … first it was spent celebrating my brother’s wedding in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside then heading to Florence for a few days on our own (promise to share next week). We’ve now been back in London a week and I’ve been so sick that I’ve been locked up at home. There was a brief Canadian thanksgiving celebrating over the weekend. I couldn’t completely indulge in seconds and thirds as I would have liked, but it was fabulous.
Looks a little like my last week…
I have been writing an interior blog about Scandinavian style and what inspires me since June and in October I opened a webshop with products from new and upcoming designers from the Nordic countries. One of our recent additions are the beautiful prints by Ylva Skarp.
We took a little break from DIY’ing on Sunday to visit Columbia Flower market and Boxpark, a pop-up mall in Shoreditch, East London.
It opened up at Christmas and since I only just got the chance for a visit it, I thought it was worth a share. BOXPARK is made from shipping containers and is designed as temporary retail space. It has a pretty good mix of fashion and lifestyle brands with galleries and cafes set on the upper level. (It was hard walking away from the cosy OnePiece)
I was more excited about the place itself, with it’s stripped back, refitting of shipping containers, exposed steel frames and timber patios above. The plan is for it to be open for five years where it can then be packed up a moved elsewhere.
Even if you have a boring life, and spend all your time home alone, watching TV, and playing mafia wars, you still have something to share. It may not be an exciting life, but it’s your life… it may seem less-than-ordinary, but it’s still unique in some way. No two people on this earth are having the exact same experiences, thoughts, or feelings. Maybe similar at times, but not exact.
Your experiences are unique and, therefore, valuable.
There are lessons to be learned even in the dullest of circumstances.
Yet, time and time again we leave out what makes us most unique. Our Stories.
When you leave out your story,
all that’s left is generic advice.
How many articles should I read that tell me how to save money? That tell me how I should write? How I should manage my time? How I should set goals? Or how I should market my business?Read More »
A lot of people know that the American educational system is in trouble. The question do you know how this will affect their economy, their society, and their students. It’s shocking actually. Take a look
- In eleven states, the graduation rate is around ninety percent for white students, but you can find no state where the same number is true for non-white students.
- The average U.S. graduation rate for Hispanic and African-American students is less than 68 percent.
- If in 2015 the average graduation rate would have been 90 percent, the American GDP would have grown by $7.1 billion.
- People who hold a high school diploma will less like be unemployed, have better jobs, make higher taxable incomes, and will less need social services.
Therefore the company I work for, Covcell.com offered GED Prep scholarships, and the company has done that before. In March 2014, we offered 20 people an online preparation for GED exam totally free. We got so many applications, there are plenty of people who want to learn and look for available help. This is our contribution to fight the US dropout crisis.Read More »
I struggle with this sometimes. I find myself over-explaining and wanting others to know exactly why something is meaningful to me. I, then, realize later that I should have let it go and welcome different perspectives. And therein lies the gift between Artist and viewer — allowing space for people to be affected in a way that best serves them.
Creatives are like parents and letting go can be hard, but it’s necessary.
Steven Pressfield compares a work-in-progress to an unborn fetus and warns against talking about your work prematurely while it’s still being developed. I can relate to how that can sabotage work before it’s at least close to completion. But, when it’s done, it’s done.
At some point, you gotta let your baby go. You can’t protect her forever.
Should a creative person explain or defend their work?
Sometimes photographers don’t get enough credit for their creativity because they don’t literally draw or paint their work. They use real life. Credit is then given to the camera or the subject. But, good photography is born from the vision of a creative person.
A camera is the tool they use. 100 photographers can take a photo of the same landscape, but each one can use their vision to capture something different. A different emotion, angle, and focus. The nonfiction writer is doing the same. We take real life events and experiences and capture meaning and atmosphere with our own tools: words.
100 nonfiction writers can write about the same subject, but each one can use their vision to capture a different emotion, angle, and focus. I realize that not everyone who takes a photograph cares about vision. And not everyone who writes in this genre cares about creativity.Read More »
Today I am super passionate about the benefits of well-designed spaces and products. Design directly affects the way we live. I believe that good design helps us express ourselves, it helps us be more efficient and effective, it helps us to be aware of our environment, think about our choices and enjoy life’s little and big moments.
That’s why when I stumbled across the Kitchen Nano Garden concept, I got super excited and wanted to share about it right away!
This kitchen brings hydroponic agriculture right into your home. It allows you to sustainable grow a lot of your own food products, controlled by you and free from pesticides and other chemicals. The food industry is one that we need, yet one that also is causing us major problems. I think that being more individually involved in our own food could help relieve some of those issues and can also encourage a more sustainable and mindful life.
What a fabulously busy week it’s been! Since I got a little busy a didn’t have time to do a proper ‘Five’ post yesterday, I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve been up to recently.
What a week! It has definitely been a hectic one. Last weekend we spent the time joining in on London’s Canada Day celebrations. It was great seeing Trafalgar Square full of fellow Canadians decked out in Red, White and Roots!
Monday came around and it started off with a few days of late nights getting ready for a client meeting. Fingers crossed it all goes well! The week has also been filled with imagery which clearly is influencing today’s Five post.
1) I’ve been on a bit of a mad baking spree and I’ve discovered this amazing homemade granola recipe. It’s super simple, just takes a bit of time, plus makes loads.
(2) Another little discovery were these fabulous lemon crinkle cookies although mine didn’t turn out so pretty, they were mighty tasty.
It feels like the week has just flown by again. It was possibly helped with the lovely long weekend we had. Unfortunately, I haven’t attended to dot dot dash and much as I would have like to this week, but as I said last week, life gets in the way sometimes.
Let’s make an entrance…
FINALLY! All the hard work over the past several weeks is really starting to show! As I’ve mentioned a few times, we’ve been trying to give own flat some much-needed love without breaking the bank.
We bought our first flat a few years ago so that we could get on the property ladder. Our hope was to do very little to it, but over the last year or so we’ve really started to lack in storage and our kitchen was needing a little bit of love.
So a white kitchen, “not so bad, just a little messy” you might say, but we were desperately needing more storage. Our IKEA floating shelves weren’t long enough, and more Ikea hacking to hold our microwave and bins. The stove top/hob had already been replaced before we took photos, but you can only imagine!
Lastly, the timber effect backsplash that runs along the whole kitchen was not useful / not high enough causing some of our favorite meals to start staining the white wall behind.