Friday, 31 January 2014

take note

I'm going to take a bet that you (like me) have a thing for notecards. I have a thing for notebooks too, but that's a whole other story. Notecards are useful because unlike a crappy bit of paper with a scrawled note on them they look like you actually made an effort.

My friend Reene has a teenage daughter, who, without sounding all patronising and condescending, hasn't had the best time of it. Jess has ME, and while most almost 17 yr olds I know are now at college, sneaking into pubs, and being generally teenagery with their mates, Jess's teenage life has been somewhat different. Because of her health issues she struggled in mainstream school, and is home schooled. Her chronic fatigue has put her behind her peer group educationally, and socially. I don't think she'll mind if I say she's missed out on what other young adults would expect to be normal in the teenage timeline. The things I take for granted having a teenager of my own a couple of years younger than Jess.

She's a remarkable human being - mature and funny which is a testament to her strength of character and the support of her family. I'm sure she has her moments of being a nightmare teenager, but despite (maybe because of?) the issues and the obstacles she's come up against continuously throughout her life, she remains remarkably level headed and determined.

So what has this got to do with notecards? Well, Jess has designed this set of cards and had them printed by Moo. She's selling them on etsy and they're fab, they really are. I bought a set that have just arrived with this morning's post and I'm over the moon with them so if you like notecards and you want to give a genuinely awesome teenage girl a boost on this dreary friday, go get yourself some. You won't regret it.


18 comments:

Farm Gate Creations said...

They really do look fabulous.

Indianna said...

I just bought some...they are gorgeous!

DIane Warburton said...

Go Jess! They do look fab. My daughter is 15 and is a bit weird about notebooks and stationary, so she'll love these. Good luck with your venture.

sonia said...

Good luck to her! Off to etsy!

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Thank you so much for your encouragement and this rather lovely post :) Nearly cried, but didn't..ha! x

Mary said...

These are so clever! Good for her being an entrepreneur!

dolores said...

Great cards, very creative! Lucky kid to have you in her corner!:)

dolores said...

Oh...I forgot to mention...someone came into our shop on Wednesday talking about these little shows she's been watching online and I asked if she had seen "Quilt Monkey" and she lit up and waxed poetic about you! I just beamed and thought "that's my girl!"!!:)

Di said...

That is a great post to showcase the talent of a young woman that we all root for.
Di x

7LucyP said...

Such fun cards! And so me. I just ordered myself a pack and look forward to getting them, and using them. All the females in my family are ardent quilters and sewers so I'll be buying more for birthday gifts.

poppyinstitches said...

how brilliant! My monster is 17 and we can only wish her the very best - oh and buy some cards too!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Isn't Jess brilliant?! Love these cards!

Beverly said...

I love those notecards! Unfortunately, they are currently sold out :( (The note on the shop says they should be back in stock on Feb. 7, so I will definitely head over to try and get some!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

even though sometimes you're mean to me and say I'm old and incontinent and a transvestite, this post shows what a lovely person you really are under all those cardigans xxx

Elsa said...

Sweet cards and they are all sold out!!! Go Jess!!!

Cheryl Arkison said...

These are awesome! I have a serious notecard addiction as well. Kindred spirits we are.

HillyFilly said...

Love the cards..... great post.... Has she looked into 'The Lightning Process' for her ME? My friends daughter lost 5 years from the age of 17 to this condition... Had 3 days in London on a course and has never looked back.... She is currently working as a Ski instructor....

Rosanne Derrett said...

As a fellow ME sufferer for 24 years, kudos for Jess for achieving something positive and practical! I know how hard it is to stay positive and productive with a chronic health condition.

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