Category: It’s all about me

Work-at-home summer prep

Consider this a PSA to all parents of elementary-aged children: We’re down to less than a month before the end of the school year. Summers have always been hard for me as a self-employed person who works from home. September through June, I have…

White teeth without a filter

*** The following post is sponsored conversation with Alliance Dental and the Alliance Dental Partner Program. As always, all opinions and vehicle selfies are my own. *** You know those whitening toothpaste commercials where they show the range of colours teeth can be? I always…

New home office reveal!

This past fall I decided it was time for a major change in our house. I work from home, so I was spending 40-plus hours a week crammed into a tiny nine-by-nine home office in the basement. I’d organized it as well as I could,…

Knock knock me over

I’m done with this week. Or really, I should say “this week is done with me.” It won. It beat me. I give up. Someone I love passed away, far too young, and we say good-bye to her on Tuesday. It was only the…

Experiments in beginner pottery

Experiments in beginner pottery {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s been a while since I shared what I’ve been making in my weekly pottery class — something special I do for myself now that our youngest is in Primary, yayyyy! I shared the first batch of finished pieces back in October, about a…

I am not an interior designer

I am not an interior designer {Heather's Handmade Life}

I spent the weekend working on projects for my very first “home design” client. It’s something that’s been in the works for a couple of months now, and it’s been sort of thrilling, actually. We have plans to work on a bunch of rooms…

Heather’s Handmade … Car?!

Heather's Handmade Car ... Tour my old 1992 Dodge Shadow {Heather's Handmade Life}

Just in case you ever wondered if I have ALWAYS been attacking everything in sight with paint, fabric, and glue … yes. Yes, I have. Today I’m going to take you on a tour of my very first car, Trixie. A turquoise 1992 Dodge…

When your antidepressants backfire

The decision to start taking antidepressants is huge (it shouldn’t be, but that’s a rant for another day) so it’s kind of funny that the decision to CHANGE your meds routine is sometimes even more monumental. Like, didn’t you already take the big step?…

Fighting for good mental health in (UGH) January

The Christmas season has its own set of stresses and depressing points days weeks, but sometimes January can kick you in the crotch, too. Judging from (A) my social media feeds, and (B) the real-life humans I interact with (mostly at the school bus…

I’m taking an oil painting class!

I'm taking an oil painting class! {Heather's Handmade Life}

So Darling Husband had been on my case for weeks asking what I wanted for Christmas, and I was honestly no help. Everything he suggested just didn’t feel like something he (i.e. WE) needed to spend money on. I didn’t want anything, and isn’t…

The (5th annual) Freelancer Christmas Party

The (5th annual) Freelance Christmas Party

I’ve been a freelance journalist unofficially since 2010, when I went on maternity leave with our son and made the decision not to return to full-time out-of-the-home “real” work. It took a few years for me to realize I was missing out on some…

Talking about mental health on social media

This is why we rarely talk about mental health on social media {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’ve been having some bad days, and this is why you didn’t hear about them. I’m writing this post because I put a lamp in the kitchen. It looks terrible and doesn’t fit in, but I needed to be able to turn off all…