Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Free Comic Book Day!

It is almost May 4th. Free Comic Book Day! I am far too excited. As you probably know, I have become a bit obsessed with comics. I have always been obsessed with free things and sales. So, this event is too exciting. It is also Star Wars Day ("May the fourth be with you"), so it's bound to be doubly epic. 

If anyone would like to pick up free comics at their local comic book shop and pass them along to me, I can give you an excellent discount on jewellery (superhero jewellery or other stuff). Strange Adventures and Gamezilla are having Free Comic Book Day events in Fredericton.

I believe there is normally a 10 comic per person limit, which saddens me (but I completely understand, otherwise, the first handful of people would just take everything!).

So, pass along your free comics for a large discount, if you’re interested! 

Message me through facebook or email me for details. 

Monday, April 29, 2013


I love cats (as you all know). I love Doctor Who. Therefore, this is amazing:

Image taken from: http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/387339_598212066858484_96745428_n.jpg

I am hoping to have a line of Doctor Who jewellery in the near future! Can't wait!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Image from: http://www.wordsoverpixels.com/what-you-do-today-is-important-because-you-are-exc/0984eb5340582f40fe5361fc341f430a.html

What did you do today?

If I asked you that in person, you’d probably tell me about work, about errands you had to run, or things you stressed out about today. If you had something nice happen to you, I’m sure you would tell me about that too, but more often than not, we tend to have negative stories about our everday lives.

What if I asked you to throw out all of the bad stuff and just tell me the good stuff?

Would you struggle with that concept? Would it take you a moment to think about something nice that you did today?

It shouldn’t.

If the “good” portion of your day is small and often gets forgotten about, then you probably need to try to make a few changes in your life.

I am guilty of this as well, and have come up with many ways to try to change it.

I worry a lot, and have a great deal of stress in my life. I struggle with my health daily, and that tends to sap all of my energy and leave me feeling quite negative.

But, I have a huge number of things to be thankful for, and have many ways I can focus on more positive things.

If you are not doing a number of enjoyable, heartwarming things each day, then when will you do those things?

We will never have months of luxurious free time stretching out before us. We will never have millions of dollars to pay for our expenses for the rest of our lives and to take away all of our financial burdens.

We have today.

That is all that we have.

If you were going to die tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year, what would you do differently today? The thing is, we never know when we might die, or when certain things may change our lives completely. We never know when a loved one might not be in our life anymore.

So, the only thing we can do is to live our lives fully.

Take each day and use a portion of it, every single day, to do things that truly matter to you. Use it to tell your loved ones how much you love them. Use it to spend time with family. Use it to have fun with friends. Use it to pursue a passion of yours.

Don’t only use your time for things that stress you out.

We all have to work, and our jobs and lives in general can’t always be perfect or stress-free, but we can carve out a tiny chunk of time each day and use it for something meaningful.

Don’t let a single day pass by without using some portion of it to act as though there will be no tomorrow.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ideas for Earth Day

Image from: http://www.solar1.org/the-seeds-of-earth-day/

Today is Earth Day, and although every day should be filled with “green” activities, today can be a day meant to increase your level of earth friendliness.

You can either try a new activity in honor of Earth Day, or to do something you already do, but put a little extra effort into it.

For example, if you sometimes buy organic food, maybe try to eat mostly organic for the day. If you often walk to work, but not always, make sure that today is one of the days you walk to work.

Here are some ideas for how to honor Earth Day this year:
  • Try to drive a little less than usual.
  • Try to use electronics a bit less than usual.
  • Spend a little extra time in nature today.
  • Eat vegetarian, vegan, local, or organic for a day.
  • Don’t buy anything you don’t need today!
  • Visit a library and take out a few books.
  • Volunteer somewhere, or make arrangements to volunteer somewhere soon.
  • Do something creative with materials you already have at home.
  • Make your own earth-friendly cleaners.

If you have any ideas of your own, let me know!

Now, I’m going to go get started on this list and see if I can make my day a bit greener than usual! 

Image from: http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/environmental-issues/earth-day-2009-dont-let-it-be-just-another-day/

Cute animal "twins"

Today: cute animals and their miniature versions. Enjoy.

These photos and more can be found here:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Today, I will share with you some adorable animals who look as though they were caught by surprise in these photos. Enjoy.

These photos and more can be found here: http://fightingtheboredom.com/surprised-animals-in-pictures/

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Birthday Week Updates

My birthday passed in a blur of excitement this year. I was very lucky to have been able to celebrate on multiple days with many friends and family members. I was also fortunate enough to have an article posted on Tiny Buddha on the day before my birthday, meaning that I went into April 9th in a very good mood, and with lots of “likes” and “shares” to boost my ego.

The article can be found here, if you haven’t seen it yet: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/10-simple-ways-to-make-the-world-a-better-place/

Some of my birthday adventures involved shopping for comic books and 2 of my presents contained comic books as well! So there are many more comic book creations on the way.

I will keep some things under wraps until I post them (I feel like they’re too exciting to spoil the surprise), but keep your eyes peeled for lots more X-men characters, My Little Pony, and a whole new line of Archie comic jewellery (including earrings)! I can’t wait to finish them and post them online!

Don’t forget, for the month of April, you get a free gift with any purchase, and 10% of all purchases go to Cat Rescue Maritimes!

Also, a large amount of my comic book jewellery is leaving the province this coming week, so be sure to claim your favourite item before it goes to Halifax. Once I have sent them there, they will only be available for purchase in The Monster Comic Lounge. If you would like one of the comic necklaces, be sure to contact me by Tuesday, April 16th.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Ideas for Kindness

I spent a lot of time at the end of last year looking for ideas of things I could do as random acts of kindness. I have a list that I am still considering, and I thought I would share part of it here, and would love to hear if you have any more ideas for me! I am just getting started with this project of mine, and am looking forward to it growing over time.

  •  Give a coupon to someone in line somewhere (Someone did this for me while I was buying my father an ice cream cake at Dairy Queen. It was so unexpected, and I saved $5 on the cost of the cake, which I was thrilled about. The man told me he didn't plan to buy any cakes any time soon, and saw me with it, so he decided to give it to me. It made my day!).
  •  Leave flowers on a doorstep.
  • Donate blood, or if you already donate regularly, see if any of your friends would like to donate, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. If they don't drive, offer them a drive to go donate with you!
  •  If you've discovered a small business that you love, spread the word about how great they are! 
  • Send a card, email, or text to someone you care about, telling them how much they mean to you.
  • Volunteer somewhere new.
  • Donate blankets, towels, food, or other items to an animal shelter or rescue organization (Cat Rescue Maritimes Fredericton or the Fredericton SPCA, for example).
  • Donate an item you have made to an organization that could use it to fundraise.
  •  Take a CPR class. You never know when this may help someone in a very significant way. 
  •  Join a bone marrow registry, and know that someday, you may be able to save a life. (www.onematch.ca , in Canada)
  •  Send someone a compliment via text, facebook, email, the phone, or in person. 
  • Send a card to a friend or relative, just to tell them you care.
  • Write a nice note about an exceptional employee and make sure it gets to their supervisor.

These are just a few of my favourite ideas. Tell me yours!

Awkward Alpaca

This is how awkward I feel on a regular basis:


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Birthday presents

Image taken from www.craftycandles.ca

My birthday is coming up very soon. On Tuesday, April 9th, I will be 27 years old. I am trying to come up with interesting ways to celebrate and make this a special day (or week, since I like to celebrate a few times).

One thing that would make my birthday even nicer is if I were to sell some jewellery! I would love to make some sales this week for my birthday.

In honour of my birthday, I have decided to give a free surprise gift (a piece of jewellery of some kind) with every purchase made for the rest of this month!

Also, I will donate 10% of each sale (not including shipping) to the Fredericton Chapter of Cat Rescue Maritimes (Ca-R-Ma). I will do this for April, and will most likely continue to do so for several months afterwards.  

I have always tried to give back to different causes with my profits (and my own money and my time), but I wanted to make it a bit more official. They are struggling for funds this month, and I would love to help out in some small way in addition to my volunteer work for them.

So, if you buy something from Hodder Designs this month, you will get a little something extra for yourself, you will help cats in need, and you will make a birthday girl very happy. Plus, you will get whichever beautiful piece of handmade jewellery your heart desires! 

If you would like even more of your money to go to Ca-R-Ma, 50% of the sale of either of these 3 items will go to Ca-R-Ma.