new adventure

29 01 2010

You will not believe this… I mean, I can hardly believe it myself.  I am setting out on an entrepreneurial adventure.  Where to start?  Well, at the beginning, naturally!

I have started to transform my digital photography into wearable art… I have two themes that I am particularly passionate about: macro photography (which usually consists of flowers) and C1’s pre-school artwork.  It is the latter that I am very excited about.

Just before Christmas, I had photographed the myriad of paintings C1 brought home from pre-school.  When I started editing and cropping these photos… well, they were simply amazing!  P & I both thought — hey!  These are really good (and C1 comes by it naturally since his paternal grandfather was an artist).

I had heard of Scrabble® tile necklaces — in fact, mycafelatte gifted one to me.   When I started google-ing Scrabble® tile necklaces, I realized that I could make them myself… and to make them my own, use my original photography AND C1’s artwork!  In a mad rush, literally in the days before Christmas I created and assembled necklaces and super-strong magnets for the Grammas and aunts – they cherished having their own piece of C1’s creations… and his artwork for their refrigerators.

After that I thought… hmmmm…. I love these pendants.  Maybe others would love them, too.  ESPECIALLY MOMS who want to preserve their budding Picasso’s artwork in a unique way or gift them to relatives as well.

To organize this little (errr … kind of big) adventure, I have opened up an online shop on Etsy, a community for artisans and crafters of handmade goods.  It’s really an amazing venue with over 170,000 personal shops selling everything from knitted crafts, garments, handbags, jewelry, creative baby crafts, crafting supplies…  you can link to DeirdreSpeak:ArtWorks on Etsy by clicking here.  I’m still filling up my shop and have not completed my Custom section where you will be able to work with me to create pendants and magnets using your child’s artwork or a personal photo… but, leave a comment with me and we can get to work right away!

In light of recent world events, especially the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I also want to engage in the relief efforts… not too easy as a stay-at-home mom.  So, I will be donating 25% of every sale of my necklaces and magnets to support organized relief efforts in Haiti.  I plan to donate through Power to Change – they are currently attempting to meet immediate physical needs for food, water, shelter and basic hygiene supplies.  Donations made up to February 12 will be matched by the Canadian government – so, double the impact!

I’m looking forward to hearing what you think!

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it’s a new year!

1 10 2009

IMG_1822 Happy 3rd Birthday, C1!

The fiscal year in our home now runs from September to August (as in many homes with school-aged children) – this started 3 years ago when C1 was born and we now gauge our time in terms of his life.  (Yes, in case you’re wondering, technically we’re already into October, and C1’s birthday was a week ago, so I’m a bit tardy)… the fusion homemaker is working on cooking up some new excitement in our home.

Milestones have abounded in our house in the past three weeks since little C2, now 13.5 months, started walking.  C1 is working diligently on toilet training (we had the best success today, almost 3 weeks since the official start).  C1 started attending the most wonderful pre-school with the most amazing educator; we had heard rave reviews about Doris, who could turn the most belligerent toddler around, but seeing her in action has been truly astounding – and C1 loves is class, which is an obvious plus.

Paul continues to work on Investor Boot Camp Online – the best investor education and stock market advice out there.

And I am considering paid work.  Actually more than considering — I am pursuing two avenues:

  1. Lovable Labels – I have just become an agent for these practical, fun label products
  2. Occupational Therapy – my pre-mom career.  As I attempt to continue to be a stay-at-home mom, I hope to pick up some contract work enabling me to be flexible and won’t require too much of a learning curve.

And what else?  I have to tell you, I’m learning so much from the internet!  LOL.  That’s weird.  Since connecting with Twitter, which I vowed I would not do, I have found my world broadened and enhanced — I am not a fashion expert, nor can I sew or design… but, I’m learning, being shaped, and having my tastes refined.  I have some cool sites to share – most recently I stumbled upon Mom Logic – this site has it all and I love the parenting advice.

This fall’s TV line-up – Glee (LOVE Glee!), the new Melrose Place, Survivor (I’ve seen almost every season), The Hills, The City, House, America’s Next Top Model.

Busy, busy times.