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Rhuberry Mint Jam

So, I had a knock on my door this morning and my favourite neighbour brought me some beautiful strawberries! Usually that would be great, but my dad also gave me a quart of strawberries so …

Now, anybody can make strawberry jam … or any jam, really. It’s all pretty much fruit, sugar and pectin. So I thought I’d experiment with flavours and the result is deliciously successful!

Recipe: 2 cups pureed strawberries, 1 1/2 cups pureed blueberries, 1 1/2 cups pureed rhubarb, 2 sprigs of mint leaves, 7 cups of sugar, 1 package Fruit Pectin. Follow the cooking directions on the pectin pack. Pour into clean jars and seal.

And then …. ENJOY!

April, 2020

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It’s the last day of April.  For some it feels like the month has flown by and for some it feels like it’s April 300.  Spring has teased us with a start and stop approach to the weather and all we hear on the news is how this pandemic is affecting all of us.  I’m not a mental health expert by any means so please don’t think I am claiming any authority.  I just thought I’d share what has helped me.

Paint.

That’s it.  Paint.

I had decided before the pandemic started that my home needed a refresh.  And since I was just finishing my design course it seemed like the best place to practice my new skill was on my own home.

I developed my pallet and reviewed it with the bearded guy to make sure I had his buy in and then I planned out my approach.  Now, painting a whole house can seem extremely daunting so a plan is essential to ensure you don’t become overwhelmed and frustrated.  It’s kind of like that exercise of “eating an elephant”.  You have to do it one chunk at a time.

I’m still at it, however, what it has done for my mental health is enormously positive.  It has given me a goal for each day.   Nothing too strenuous or unreasonable.  Just a couple of walls at a time, basically.  I have something to focus on and a feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day.

Paint may not be your thing, however, there must be something you could take on to challenge ourself.  Something you’ve been wanting to try or learn.  There’s no time like now.  There are all kinds of free things on the internet now from cooking and baking to fitness.  Find something that gets you excited and GO FOR IT!

Here are some steps you can follow with whatever project you take on:

  1.  Decide on the project.
  2.  Determine what supplies you need and obtain them.  Then decide what (if any) help you’ll need.  Do you need physical or technology assistance?  If so, line that up.
  3.  Develop a plan.  If you can look at the project in small pieces it will be far less overwhelming.  Find your starting point and then plan each step one at a time.  For me it was just which wall in which room would be best.  And make sure you think about contingency plans.  If you get stuck at a step, is there an alternate “route” to take?  If you plan those out before they happen you’ll be less frustrated.
  4. START! Take a deep breath in and out and go!  Once you start you’ll see that it’s do-able.
  5. This is the most important step.  Make sure you reward yourself from time to time and don’t feel guilty about taking a break if you need one.  You’re not a machine.

I hope this is helpful and encouraging.  And remember to be kind to each other.  Take care of yourself and the people you love!

Nancy

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So.  Here it is.  The BIG announcement.  Sing Little Sparrow is now Sing Little Sparrow Designs!  Having graduated from The Interior Design Institute I am expanding into a new field.  I’m hoping to have a focus on nursery design as that partners with my product design.  Every new parent wants their child to have the sweetest room that will both comfort and stimulate.  I can help!  Whether it is as simple as colour selection or designing the whole room.  And, of course, I can do the same for any room in your home.

During this unprecedented time of pandemic I am only offering on-line services, however, once we are in the clear I will be adding face-to-face services as well.

I’m currently working on several projects so stay tuned for lots of pictures and an expanding portfolio.  I’d love to add yours.  Give me a call or send me an email.  The first consultation is free!  I hope to hear from you soon.

Nancy

singlittlesparrowdesigns@gmail.com

905 941-0706

It’s a brand new year and a brand new decade!  So I’ve cleaned house and will start fresh on the blog posts.  This will be my place for sharing inspiration and beauty.  It may or may not have to do with design or babies, however, will always be a soft place to come and rest.  I hope this new year brings nothing but joy to all of us and lots of adventure too.

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