Thursday 13th December 2018

My Bookmarks & The Big Hug Box. 2018.121.

My Bookmarks & The Big Hug Box. 2018.121.

Regular readers would know I have a ‘thing’ for creating with paint, markers, crayons and pencils. In fact, this creative side of mine has bloomed in the past few years. I made a pact this year to create daily and I did until about a month ago. Here’s the post about my creations which focussed mostly about mandalas. I will come to the bookmarks soon!

I am someone who has learned to enjoy the process of creating as well as the product. Many of my mandalas have been given away or made into coasters and placemats after laminating.

Before mandalas became a thing for me, I created patterns in grids, patterns in free form and more. I just get/got a lot of relaxation and meditative experiences through taking my time, letting my mind flow and enjoying the sensations of adding colour to blank pages.

Then: I still am a product-person too! I began to make bookmarks using strips of the patterns for friends and family. I laminated them and it was pleasing to see them being used and appreciated by others.

But: I ran out of people to give them to…

Until: I heard of the Big Hug Box. Lisa Greissl, a cancer patient herself 3 years ago, wanted to help ‘give back’ and to raise funds for cancer research. I followed Lisa via the Big Hug Box and could see how special her “boxes of hugs via gifts and more” were. I wanted to help by contributing and asked Lisa would my bookmarks work in her gift boxes.

Her response was as joyful and positive as she is. YES. Emphatically YES. A bright, hand-made bookmark would be a great addition.

I loved my skills being helpful to others with cancer. In fact, I was stoked to see an Instagram photo from a friend I met via blogging…who sadly has cancer…but had a Big Hug Box given to her and one of MY bookmarks was in there. I felt like I had contributed to her HUG.

Above is a selection of my most recent delivery to Lisa: 200 bookmarks. I have probably donated well over 100 before this!  I admit I now streamline my making.

  • Firstly, the art is cut into suitable size,
  • I have sheets of coloured card which I cut to match The Big Hug Box’s dimensions. I need, in future, to make slightly smaller ones for the Random Hugs of Kindness Boxes.
  • I paste my patterned paper on one side of the card
  • On the other side I add a now-signature Owl stamp at the top of the bookmark and a little quote that is on the bottom
  • Somewhere along this side of the bookmark I write an individual “My Bookmark”, later I embellish that side with some dots of paint.
  • On the front, where the pattern is, I often add a star, or heart symbol sticker and then as Lisa suggested, a little message from me on a sticker: Hand Made For You By Denyse Whelan Who Blogs Here: denysewhelan.com.au
  • Then I place 4 or 5 into an A4 laminate sheet and start the slow but careful job of feeding them in.
  • Lastly, over time again, I trim each card and the group becomes  individual bookmarks.

I do take a few days to a week to make a group of bookmarks. I recently made 60 on top of these at the request of the Central Coast Cancer Centre Head & Neck/Lung Nurse who is part of the group I meet with once a month. She will be adding them to new patient packs.

One reason I continue to make these is that I can share my love and care for another person affected by cancer as I was. I do make a definite and  conscious decision as I create each one to send loving kindness.

Update!

A little while back, Lisa, who lives only 5o minutes away was planning a “packing of Big Hug Boxes and Random Acts of Kindness Boxes” morning at her place and I accepted her invitation to attend. There were a few of us connected to Lisa via friendship and/or cancer. I even got to meet the creator of Colour Me Well who asked me to supply some of my mandalas for cards she was selling to patients.

It was a heart-warming morning, and at the completion, we had some photos taken. Lisa then went to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse on Monday 12 November to deliver 40 boxes, ready for gifting to cancer patients, and donated by various groups and individuals. I was thrilled to play a small role.

There is much to be said from helping our fellow humans and connecting and for those of us with cancer even moreso. Do check out Lisa’s wonderful work on The Big Hug box and she is now partnered by Cancer Aid app (another start-up from Chris O’Brien Lifehouse). Do share the information about the Big Hug Box widely…it helps all of us.

Lisa’s story on Channel Tenhttps://tendaily.com.au/news/good-news/a180530vxb/cancer-survivor-gives-back-with-the-big-hug-box-20180530

Thank you Lisa for your initiative and hard work. I know it’s for the love of it too but with a young family and working, it is a lot that you do for many!

Denyse.

Joining Kylie for I Blog On Tuesdays here and Sue & Leanne here for Midlife Share The Love linky on Wednesdays.

 

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Favourite Weather. #LifeThisWeek 3/52. 2018.5.

Favourite Weather. #LifeThisWeek 3/52. 2018.5.

Last Sunday, 7 January,  the temperature outside our house on the Central Coast rose to 43 degrees celsius. Lucky us, we thought, at least we have ducted air-conditioning! THAT, unfortunately did not last. No, like many others, our house lost power.

An outage that lasted 70 L O N G minutes where we both did our best to survive inside.

Just as decided to leave the house, to get in the air-conditioned car to go somewhere for a drive, the power kicked back in. Oh. My. Goodness. Fortunate for sure. However, given that the worst days of Summer heat are yet to arrive, as they did last year in February then we MAY not be feeling as comfy as we were. In fact, the management of Ausgrid who manage the electricity services here came out and said words to the effect of “it is highly likely there WILL be further outages with extremes of heat which put pressure on the electricity grid”. Great. Not. Later in the afternoon I DID go for that drive and it was STILL hot!

Wondered why I chose this optional prompt and then I realised I have been obsessed by the weather and its extremes for years. We lived and taught in Western NSW for 8 years and with little or no air-con, we survived. Is it an age-thing? In 1978 we bought our first house and the affordable area of Sydney then for us was in the north-west and so, knowing we needed our comfort levels at home for both cold and heat, we put in ducted air. From then on wherever we lived, we have managed weather extremes at home as well as we could (and a swimming pool always helped too) …but not when it came to work in schools.

We both worked in un air-conditioned schools and it was always HOT in the summer months and late Spring months. I remember dreading presentation days out west where I would be dressed in my best  and seated on the stage. I was an avid watcher of the TV weather reports and those on radio long before the internet told us everything. 

So hot most times in December. I was (and am) an avid weather watcher. In fact since the extreme heat of February 2017 where the temperatures stayed around 38-42 celsius for 5 days I have subscribed to Higgins Storm Chasers. Not sponsored but for annual  membership the warnings and forecasts these guys send are better than the Bureau of Meteorology for me. Here is the link to their site.

So What is My Favourite Weather?

Unsurprisingly it is the warm days of Autumn and Spring with some breeze blowing. I also don’t mind warmer days in Winter where I can sit and feel a little warmth on my back.

However, in contrast to the equilibrium found above, I also like following some of the extremes of weather to take photos and to be part of it.

I take care of course, but I do like visiting the coastal areas when there are big surfs and windy conditions. Something about being in the elements that takes me out of my head and into the whole senses’ experience.

My weather pics show what I like here:

So, what is your favourite weather?

Hoping you have linked up today and remember the posts can be old or new, off or on prompt too!

Cheers,

Denyse.

Joining with Alicia here for her Open Slather link up.

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Next Week’s optional prompt: 4/52. What is Kindness? 22/1/18.


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