Pay it forward

In my last post, I mentioned the tragic loss of our Frenchie, Stitch. And I cannot even begin to describe how we miss him in our every day lives! We missed him especially during the holidays – he would be sitting patiently under the Christmas tree and wait for our signal for him to open his little presents. This year we had extra cash that we decided to honor Stitch and donate to another Frenchie in need. Meet Bailey from Oregon. She is a very young French Bulldog suffering from pain that stems from a malformation of her spine.  Bailey started experiencing discomfort a few days before Christmas which made her whine and shake a lot. Her owner took her to the vet clinic right away only to find out the worst about her precious baby. Bailey’s x-rays revealed some malformation of the spine which could mean one of the following three: “a herniated disc, pressure on the spinal cord or instabliltiy in the spine causing it to pinch the spinal cord”. Surgery is Bailey’s best option, which costs a tremendous amount of money. Her owner was devastated to hear the high numbers, but made the commitment to find a solution.  She asked for pain medication and went to create this page right away.

Bailey is under heavy meds to manage her pain until she can get proper care.

Bailey is under heavy meds to manage her pain until she can get proper care.

One look at Bailey’s video and I knew where Stitch’s Christmas money was going.  And our family hopes that it will make a difference in Bailey’s future as a healthy and happy dog. If this story tugs at your heartstrings and you have it in you to give a little (every dollar counts), please consider donating to Bailey’s medical fund. Or if this plea comes at an untimely matter, please share this.

For those who do not wish to donate money outright, you may visit Jewelry in Candles and purchase something. 30% of the sale that usually goes to the seller will be given to Bailey’s!

And to those who have donated or are simply interested in Bailey’s progress, click here.

Next time you reach for spare change in your pocket for that latte you have been craving for, think about those who may need it!

Zoey, big sister, is comforting Bailey.

Zoey, big sister, is comforting Bailey.

Happy New Year

It has been a long while since I have written a proper post on this blog.  Since our Frenchie, Stitch’s passing in August I have not found any inspiration to fuel my writing so it was just as easy to almost just abandon the whole thing and re-post other people’s stories.  The summer ended and the “-ber” months began and with that a whole slew of other things distracted me completely from this blog. My husband and I immersed ourselves in our letterpress shop. I suppose the busy preparations for the holiday season and all the markets/events we’ve signed up for were some sort of blessing in disguise, but we both missed the numerous “interruptions” our dog presented us with.

Papa's Boy

Papa’s Boy

The gentle nudge with his round head at our hands which meant “pet me, please!”; the intense stares that translated to  “can I have a cookie, please” or the leaning against our legs with the “come sit on the couch and spend time with me, please” look. They were all irresistible and most times we gave in.

Stitch showed us how to slow down a bit, to be more aware of the present, to try balance your life, and most of all how to really care. We miss the Little Man terribly!

I also spent the NYE afternoon cleaning my computer and found a letter from a very good friend (LMO-Thanks!). While it is a message from 2010, she wrote great reminders to take with into this New Year of 2014! 

1. Kindness begets kindness. Many times, however, that ideal is not put to use. Even if others are unkind, be kind still. Do good even if others don’t.

2. Fear diminishes our will to survive. Life is too short for us to be afraid; we should maximize its essence.

3. Every single day — and everybody should know about this — big and small miracles happen.

Whatcha lookin' at, huh?

Whatcha lookin’ at, huh?

4. Feel free to be free. This feeling is the best drug, better than Valium, to lull oneself to sleep. Before falling asleep each night, wouldn’t it be an amazing feeling to be able to say, after saying a prayer, “I am freer today than yesterday!” Free from fears, free to be uniquely ourselves, free to say what we mean and mean what we say, free to genuinely enjoy and celebrate life.

5. What food is to body, prayer is to soul. In fact, a prayer, because it is encompassing, is the nourishment that keeps the mind and the spirit going. The importance of praying for each other, even for someone you do not know, is the essence of humanity.

6. Rewire your thinking pattern and your life will follow. Adopting the right mindset can make all of the difference in the world.

7. Everything that happens to your life is up to Him and up to you.

8. Learn the importance of saying “No” when you don’t feel like doing something. It will make you more free from anxiety and more honest to yourself and others.

9. People are not only creatures of logic, they, too, are creatures of emotion — these are the things I remember when I deal with people to avoid misunderstanding and conflict.

10. Time is important — to save a relationship, to make a fruitful meeting, to seal a deal, to propose to a loved one, to meet a friend. Time is too precious a commodity to waste.

11. This world is not all about us — our needs, our faults, our victories, our lonesomeness, our cravings, our ambitions. This world is also about others — their needs, their faults, their victories, their lonesomeness, their cravings, their ambitions. Those who still believe that the world is theirs to keep have not yet experienced what true love is. No man is an island and attending to others is the most potent kind of love of all.

12. Some relationships end. That fact, however, should not cow the human spirit to grow. The art of letting go is mathematically proportional to the art of self-preservation. Prolonged agony is detrimental to one’s health, therefore it is unnecessary. Those who, from time to time, feel cheated and abused are not the easiest people to love either by others or by themselves. What ends blossoms again when we move on and move up.

13. It is important to care for Mother Nature. After all, “she” is the only one we have.

14. Be an active blessing hunter. Find blessings in your experiences — good and bad. Seek them out in people you meet.

Smiley Face

Smiley Face

15. Laughter is as important as breathing. You forget about it and you perish. Laughter is the quickest break one mortal can take to momentary immortality.

16. Whiners are not gainers.

17. Some things can be done with the snap of a finger. Other beautiful things happen when we wait.

18. Spend time alone once in a while to be more attuned to yourself. Be silent and still. When was the last time you heard your own heartbeat? Sometimes, spending time alone always takes you to an inspiring, insightful journey.

19. Let’s forgive. American film and stage actor Tyler Perry once said: “When you haven’t forgiven those who’ve hurt you, you turn back against your future. When you do forgive, you start walking forward.”

20. Live and love. Dare and dream.

21. The most elegant thing is done in simplicity.

22. Celebrate the family — while the moment still matters, while the time still counts.

Happy times

Happy times

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FAMILY & FRIENDS!

letterpress workshop

Our little letterpress shop, District Dogs Designs, is holding 2 two-hour workshops at Got Craft? in December. Space is limited, so if you are interested, sign up please! 🙂

 

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letterpress-layoutJoin District Dogs Design at Got Craft? on Saturday, December 14th or Sunday, December 15th and get yourself acquainted with the art of letterpress printing! This workshop will introduce you to a pair of tabletop letterpress’ and give you the opportunity to print your very own festive gift tags! Jarin and Catherine will go over the basics of press operation and maintenance, traditional and modern practices and techniques, commonly used materials, and much, much more. Since this is a two hour session, all participants will use the same preset design and colours.

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You’ll take home:
One dozen letterpress printed gift tags – perfect for gift giving
Handout with letterpress resources
Gift packaging for your newly printed tags to ensure their safe travel home.

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Letterpress Workshop at Got Craft?
Saturday, December 14th OR Sunday, December 15th, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street

$25.00 plus…

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