We all love to look at the home improvement possibilities of crafty types on the Internet and sigh longingly at their aesthetic delights, but rarely do most of us do more than click a heart-shaped button*. But our friendly Scandinavian householdverlords at IKEA are throwing a little incentive our way. With The Life Improvement Project, you stand a chance of being rewarded for actually putting together that organization unit or child-proofing the living room. Plus, you get to get your voyeurism on and see what everyone else is accomplishing when you’re done reading up on what the company does for communities aside from providing cheap breakfast. I submitted my little garden signs because, hey, that counts. What are you working on?
And how cute are these little dudes?
*I don’t know what the Pinterest equivalent is, but I know there is one.
If you don’t know how my DIY projects usually go, now might be the time to prepare yourself.
I might start doing these on a schedule or just keep it a surprise, but at least you’ll know on which day you should look. Links to all of the artists’ websites, if available, are in their names.
I started working for Lush Cosmetics almost a year ago, a little after I moved home from college. Long before I put on the apron, I was a customer in love with a company dedicated to making people’s days and the world a generally brighter, more beautiful place in the process. If you’re not familiar with the company, there’s plenty of information all over everywhere, but before you get into the endless YouTube videos about products, do me a favor and buy a stamp.
One of Lush’s own has a young son named Malcolm who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. It’s a lot for anyone to handle, but certainly a Snorlax (Malcolm loves Pokemon!) of a weight on the little guy’s shoulders, as well as those of his two older sisters, Macy and Dara. A call went out within the back rooms and emails of Lush to send postcards and good vibrations to the Coulter Clan, and it’s being answered beautifully. But I know everyone has a little bit of kindness to put in an envelope, so if you want to get involved, email me for the Coulter’s address.
Anyone looking to donate monetarily or just send some cute cat videos along to the Coulters, can check out Malcolm’s website and Facebook page.
Below is the playlist for the CD of shimmy-shaking-happy tunes I made for the kids to get your own shimmy-shaking-happy juices going.
As mentioned on my writing blog, I do occasionally use things as they were intended. I don’t know if it’s summer getting people’s blood a-moving, but my Tumblr feed has been swelling over with beautiful art lately, and I just wanted to share a little to help you get through this muggy, soggy week.
Reading people can be difficult. Shelves upon shelves in bookstores are dedicated to the fine art of understanding those around you, but I’m going to give you an edge for free.