Tuesday, 28 July 2020

My Bouquet with Cathy Helms

This week I launch another special feature on my Blog, My Bouquet. This year has seen unimaginable changes to our lives and for many it is a time of uncertainty and anxiety, but despite all of this we are finding ways to cope and get through. My Bouquet is about putting together all the things / people that are making you feel good, that make you smile, that make you feel loved and that life is about trying to make the best of everything, no matter how steep the hill seems to climb.

Today, I am honoured to have the wonderful Cathy Helms share her beautiful bouquet. Please help yourself to a glass of bubbly and settle down in a comfortable seat and meet my lovely, special guest.

Hello readers!
I am Cathy Helms, book cover designer and owner of Avalon Graphics, and an avid reader, coffee enthusiast, and dreamer. Life during this global pandemic has certainly become more challenging for me personally. But like everyone, I am finding ways to cope with it all and carry on. I certainly am fortunate to have a lot of flowers in my bouquet!

Fortunately, I have not lost my job due to COVID – quite the opposite – I have been busier than ever as my clients find more time on their hands to write and market their books. So, that is a blessing for me personally as a graphic designer who specializes in book cover design.

Personally, I have found moments of joy and peace any time I can walk down to the neighbouring horse ranch and spend a little time communing with the resident horses. I have my favourites among the herd, and I always take a bag full of sliced apples to hand out too. I have loved horses since birth thanks to my grandfather. And nothing is more calming to me than petting, grooming, and loving on an animal. Horses are incredibly elegant creatures and extremely generous once you earn their trust.

I also have a sweet house cat named Bella that will curl up in my lap every morning while I begin my day. She’s never far from me throughout my work day either – my furry supervisor!

Coffee sustains me and ice cream keeps me content as well. And I like to have a treat from time to time from a local cupcake shop called Smallcakes. They are fabulous.

The obvious positives would be my close friends and family – thankfully all are safe and healthy.

I wish all of you good health, be safe, and always make time for yourself – mental health is every bit as important as our physical health.

Thank you to Pauline for inviting me to share a bit about what keeps me sane in this crazy world!


On Facebook: AvalonGraphics
On Twitter: Avalon_Graphics or @cathelms
www.cathyspage.com (personal website)

A huge thank you, Cathy for sharing your beautiful bouquet and thank you lovely visitor for calling by. I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.



Cathy said...

Thank you, dear Pauline, for inviting me! You are certainly one of those special friends in my bouquet xxx

Pauline Barclay said...

Awww thank you so much Cathy. Hugs and love xxx

Kathryn Hall said...

That is so lovely. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Cathy on two of my books. Thank you for sharing x

Pauline Barclay said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Kathryn. x

Madalyn Morgan said...

I'm delighted to know that the lovely Cathy Helms is coping with lockdown and that she has many flowers in her bouquet. Cathy contributed to the flowers in my bouquet this year, as she does every year, by designing an amazing book cover for my novel, She Casts A Long Shadow. Thank you, Cathy. And thank you, Pauline. A terrific Blog.

Cathy said...

Thank you Kathryn! And thank you as well, Maddie!! It is always a pleasure working with such amazingly talented writers and all around fabulous ladies!!