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First Book Canada – Pick the Winning Design!

I am so thrilled to come back from my blog hiatus* to tell you about an AMAZING thing I’m taking part in. Back before the world shut down because of Covid, I met with the amazing team at Craft PR and First Book Canada, to talk about designing something amazing, to raise funds for First Book Canada.  First Book Canada was new to me, so I’m going to share with you some background on this amazing Charity.

“We harness the collective power of educators serving low-income children. Through our award-winning innovative and powerful distribution channels, the First Book Canada Marketplace and the First Book Canada National Book Bank, we effectively deliver resources to these low-income communities, from books to backpacks. Through our fast-growing network of educators, we identify and respond to unmet needs and ensure the right materials are reaching the right students.” First Book Canada

It’s an AMAZING charity, and here’s where it gets fun! Go to First Book Canada’s Instagram page and vote for which design of tote that you like. The winning design will be made into one of our deluxe Totes sold on The Penny Paper Co.’s shop, will all proceeds going to First Book Canada. Not only are you supporting an amazing organization but you get this pretty awesome book bag.

In Bits + Pieces/ Lindsay

So we’re in a pandemic still.

Woah. So, this whole Covid s**t messed up the first half of 2020, and pretty much my daily life, that I knew. Oscar is home, Aubrey is home, my work pretty much came to a complete standstill but then, I quickly pivoted out of necessity and actually found my groove in a new pivot for the business. (Sometimes great things come out of awful situations.) But that’s another post. But we’re doing ok, and have our health. But man, oh man, all of the ideas I had to have a happy scheduled series of posts here went out the window, the minute we were doing school from home. Have you even had time to READ blogs?

It has been so ridiculously fast paced for us, that I have obviously neglected this space. And yet, I have so much that would be so fitting to write about here on this blog. Hopefully you follow on instagram, as many of the projects I’ve written about there. But alas, if you don’t – don’t fret (I know you’re fretting, it’s a big deal right?) I will post here.

But a few updates. We’ve travelled to the cottage, done lots of little projects around the house, and have more on the horizon.

I’ve moved my office to the studio, and we’ve all played musical chairs, and moved Aubrey to my old office in the basement and are in the process of building Oscar a new desk area down there too. As a gift to myself for the new studio, I bought a vintage Safe-t Cup Light, that I’ve always wanted. (You can find them on eBay, and Etsy – though on Ebay I find the prices way more reasonable)

We’re redoing our siding on the back of the house (see above) and finding siding, and people to do siding has been the worst. Again, full blog post will follow – but the house hasn’t changed since this photo a few months ago. So you’re not missing any awesome updates.

I needed to rip off the bandaid and say hello, and do a post, but with a little summer vacation coming up I’m hoping to dedicate some hours to writing. Hope everyone is staying as sane as possible, healthy and relaxed.

xo Linds

In Bits + Pieces/ Lindsay

Blogging like it’s 2004

I’m not quite sure what it is, or, what has shifted, but I’m actually feeling back to my old self of blogging – to the days where I didn’t feel like there was a formula or, audience reading the post. The way I used to write in 2004. I once again feel the enjoyment of it and I’m less concerned about presentation of a post and just genuinely sharing random things that I love.  I don’t wait for a comment any longer because my joy of a post is no longer whether someone feels the need to reply, but it’s in the process of putting it together.

I used to do this – waaaay back when. But then the blog world go weird, I lost my love of it and fell into this weird “in between” space – somewhere between the boom of blog popularity to the shift to Instagram. But I like to write, I like to compile things I love – my blog is my hobby. It’s nice to be back at it with a positive mindset.