Heather’s Story (+ free iPhone wallpapers!)

June 7, 2015 | Freebies, Miscellaneous

Have HopeDid you know that it’s National Cancer Survivors Day today? I had no idea until recently, but really – what a fantastic thing to celebrate! With all the horrible things that come up in the news, doesn’t it feel good to celebrate something as happy and positive as kicking cancer’s butt? I think so.

SO… In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, I wanted to share Heather Von St. James story. She is a 9-year survivor of a very rare and deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma.

Meet Heather

Heather works tirelessly to spread awareness for this little-known cancer and the dangers of asbestos, so please read more about her and mesothelioma below – or even better, head over to Heather’s website to learn more, lend your support, and to watch a very touching video of Heather and her family.

THEN, because we all love free stuff (right?!), I’ve created some new iPhone wallpapers in honour of National Cancer Survivors Day – yay! They’ll be available at the end of the post :)

Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer, caused by exposure to asbestos – a building material used in the 70’s and 80’s. It has since become known for being potentially lethal if the dust is inhaled (and thankfully has been banned in Australia for quite a few years now) however in the US and Canada it’s still used in some building materials (!!).

Heather’s Story
Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2005, after having inhaled asbestos dust from her Father’s work jacket when she was a child. It’s a very agressive form of cancer, and will normally take a person’s life within the first year of diagnosis. Incredibly, Heather had her left lung removed in order to save her life, and has now been cancer-free for 9 years! Amazing :)

While I was watching the video on Heather’s website, I noticed that she talks a lot about hope, and says that “with hope, the odds don’t matter”, which I thought was a lovely sentiment. So, in honour of Heather, and of all the amazing cancer survivors out there I’ve created 4 free “Hope” iPhone wallpapers for you to download.

Hope Strength Love | Bloom in BlueHOPE STRENGTH LOVE: iPhone 6 | iPhone 5
BLOOM IN BLUE: iPone 6 | iPhone 5

HOPE | Bloom in PinkHOPE: iPhone 6 | iPhone 5
BLOOM IN PINK: iPone 6 | iPhone 5

If you do download and use them, be sure to send a thought to all the brave people out there who have beaten this awful disease :)

C x

*Note*
These designs are for personal use only and are not to be used for any commercial purposes without my consent. All copyright of these images is retained by Claire Dalgliesh (Fellow Fellow). 

5 DIYs To Try

March 13, 2015 | 5 DIYs To Try

Hello hello! The weekend is nearly upon us (YAY!) so what better time to round up a few of the fab DIYs I’ve been seeing around the place lately. I love that metallic is still king :)

I must admit I haven’t had much time for DIYs lately, (it’s been less crafting and creating, and more pureeing and mopping haha) but these sure do make me want to bust out the craft supplies!

5 DIYs to try1. Mini Hexagon Marble Wall Clock by Sugar & Cloth
2. Gold Leather Four Leaf Clover Garland by Flax & Twine
3. Copper Desk Tidy by Burkatron
4. Hexagon Ring Dishes by Homey Oh My!
5. Gold Foil Brush Stroke Pillow by Ashley for Design Love Fest

On a more parental note – I think I’ve officially been initiated into Motherhood. Like any other Mother, I’ve been pooped on, drooled on, farted on, kicked, poked, and screamed at. But 2 days ago, Arlo vomitted in my mouth. My MOUTH. Uh. My fault I guess for lifting him above my head while saying “yaaaaay!”… Oh the joys! ;-)

Arlo - nearly 7 months :)

 

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

February 20, 2015 | Drawn, Personal, Singapore

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone who celebrates!

Gong Xi Fa Cai

We’ve got a 4-day weekend here this weekend in honour of CNY, and it’s been BLISS. Don’t get me wrong, now that I’m not working I can hardly tell what day it is, let alone whether it’s a weekday or a weekend.. but it’s been really nice to have more than just a quick weekend to hang out with Dave and our little man. It’s such cherished, relaxed time and I’m loving it. Every weekend should be like this I say!

I hope you’re all having a lovely long weekend, or have a great weekend coming! Gong Xi Fa Cai :)

PS. In a bid to get better at drawing, I set myself the task of illustrating something for CNY.. and above is the result! Our family, and the goat I wish I owned haha :)

Workspace Wednesday 111

February 11, 2015 | Design, Workspace Wednesday

Wow look at that! 111 Workspace Wednesdays :)

I’m not doing much creative “work” at the moment but still need to keep doing creative things or I’ll lose my mind! So, i’ve been taking the opportunity to do some sketching in any quiet time I can find. I don’t consider myself a very good drawer, but I’d like to be one, so I need to practice! Here’s a page from my sketchbook.. I was creating circus creatures :)

I think I’d like to design more patterns too, so watch this space, maybe these circus friends will become a pattern one day :)

Sketchbook - workspace wednesdayYou can find the other 110 Workspace Wednesdays here! :)