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I have been on a secret project the last few weeks.  I am so excited and honoured to be a part of it and I am glad I can now share it with you.  A group of demonstrators have put together some awesome tutorial projects for you all to raise money for this special family. Madonna is a former demonstrator and a friend and I have followed along with their struggles right from the beginning. Let me share a little bit about their story from her Mum Madonna….

Lara was born on the 5th of November 2008. The fourth child of Mark and Madonna. She was different to her siblings. She looked different…she had twisted feet….she didn’t cry like the other babies. She didn’t move like them either. However, after a week in the nicu we were released to go home, with a paediatrician’s words ringing in our heads “She may or may not be normal, depending of if she does or does not reach developmental milestones.” She was given a diagnosis of Cerebral palsy at 5 months during a hospital stint to correct a floppy voicebox. During that stay she was also put on naso-gastric feeding (a tube down the nose and into her tummy). By one she had started having seizures and had a number of other “foibles”.
Over the last seven and a bit years Lara has had many hospital stays with a number of illnesses. She has been diagnosed as having a “life-limited” condition. We do not know what that means. We do know that she is unable to talk or walk. She cannot communicate via traditional words or even gestures as her ability to control her limbs is very limited. What she does do is convey her love through her eyes. She verbalises some sounds and is very quick to moan and whinge if she wants to be moved or has a full nappy!

Lara has a plethora of drugs each day to keep her seizure activity stable. This is mostly successful but a simple cold can be enough to put us in hospital for a little visit due to her compromised immunity and poor lung function. She needs to be moved into different positions to help her manage her secretions and to prevent pressure areas.

One of the items we are looking at fundraising for over the next few months is a better pressure mattress for Lara’s bed. She has a hospital bed that we are able to manoeuvre into various positions for her (tilt, height etc) but the mattress is very simple and we use an egg shell topper at the moment to assist in the pressure management. We (actually, Mark..mostly) move her from side to side during the night to alleviate the risk of pressure areas. An appropriate mattress can help with those risks.

We are so grateful to all of you for always being willing to put your hands up to help us to Help Lara. She is a delight and a blessing. If you have ever gazed into the depths of her gorgeous blue eyes you would understand she is a special little person in more ways than just her diagnoses.


If you want to read more about Lara’s Life you can visit her Facebook page HERE. 

So will you help us out?  You can from anywhere in the world.


For $15 you will receive 15 projects each day for 15 days! That’s $1 per tutorial!  All the money goes directly to help get this family this special mattress.  Let’s help give them a good night sleep.

This fundraiser runs from 1st May to the 15th May.  You can join at any time during that time and still receive all the tutorials.

Drop me a comment and I will get back to you with the payment details (by bank deposit or Paypal) and to add you to the special Facebook group where you will access the tutorials.  If you haven’t got Facebook but want to join in then please let me know that too. 🙂

Here is a sneak of my project coming up soon.


So let’s do this.  I am joining in as I want to get all these great tutorials but more importantly help this lovely family.




A few weeks ago I held a ‘Cards For Cancer’ Event.  I wanted to raise some much-needed money to support the work of the Cancer Council.  They do a fantastic job providing support for people affected by Cancer and for their families.  They are also involved in Cancer Education and Research and rely heavily on the support of the community.

We had a great day at my ‘Cards For Cancer’ event and Stampin’ Up! were very generous with their donations for this.  My goal was to raise $500 and  I was so excited to be able to hand over $770.90 to the Cancer Council last week. Thanks to all the wonderful ladies who came along.

 I wanted to show you some of the fun we had on the day.  Unfortunately it was late in the day that I thought to take photos so I missed photos of us playing silly games.  (I’m sure everyone who were there was glad of this!!!).

Firstly, I will show you the ‘Thank-You’ bags I made up for everyone.  I got the idea for these bags from a bag I saw on Becky Roberts blog, I think????  For this I used the ‘Ribbon of Hope’ stamp.  This is a great little single stamp in the current Catalogue.  I used the Lunch Sacks for the bags.  The DSP is from the Prints Paper Stack in Pretty in Pink.  I tied them up with the Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon or the white Organza ribbon.

Inside I had a roll of ribbon, a small chocolate and a teabag.  What, a teabag you say.  That’s interesting!!  Here they are.

The original idea came from a swap I received at our Team meeting recently.  I can’t tell you who that was from though.  I didn’t have the ‘Tea Shoppe’ set that they had used though so I used the ‘Take a Sip’ wheel.   I rolled it in Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake card and then cut some of the cups out individually.  I coloured some parts of the design with a Soft Suede marker.  I punched out a tag with the small tag punch and stamped different images from the ‘Tiny Tags’ stamp set in Soft Suede.  I took off the original tag on the teabag and then attached the string of the teabag onto the new tag with a dimensional and then adhered the cup on top.

Here are some photos of them all creating.  I had 20 lovely ladies along and we all just fitted into my dining room.

This group was under the spotlight.  I had to end up getting another light up as it was getting darker.

So what were they all creating???

I will show you the projects next post.  I promise it will be in the next few days so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny x