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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Half Pint Heroes and Heroines

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  Lots happening since last I posted, so I'll get right to it.

Last time I posted we were waiting on Hurricane Irma.  She was supposed to be a Category 5 hurricane when she hit the east coast of Florida.  We prepared (mostly I prepared, hubby is incapacitated), and decided since we have cats and chickens that we would ride out the storm at home.  I could probably find a hotel that took cats, but I don't think they would like my chickens (I only have 2). Irma lost a little steam and moved a little further to the west before she came roaring up through the state.  We were very lucky. Very lucky.  For the very first time during a hurricane we didn't lose power, during or after, and had little yard waste to pick up.  No damage to our house, so we got off very easy, unlike a lot of folks, who had major damage.  I can't remember a hurricane covering as large an area as Irma did. She impacted all but 3 counties of Florida, and they were in the Panhandle.  Some people in our county still don't have power.

Took hubby to an orthopedic doctor this morning, and his ankle has a fracture, so he's wearing a boot. I wish the insurance company would have sent him to this doctor in the first place, instead of letting him walk around with a fractured ankle for a month.  The kind of fracture he has didn't show up on an x-ray, but it showed on the MRI.  He has to go for a CT scan to see if the fracture is healing, and then physical therapy for the sprained ankle.

And Emilie, my granddaughter, seems to be on the road to recovery with her platelet count.  They are now over 100,000, so we are all pleased.

And now we come to the reason for my post.  When Emilie was at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, FL, her parents stayed at Ronald McDonald House.  They were so impressed with the staff there, and so I wanted to do something for them.  Since I love to make cards, I figured that would be a great solution, and I called the Ronald McDonald House there and asked if it would be okay for me to do that.  They said "Yes!"  It would be great for their guests to have handmade greeting cards to use.  So I got busy and whipped up some Thinking of You, Thank You, Birthday Cards, etc.  But I didn't have many children stamps.  Time to go shopping.

I looked at many stamp sets, and decided on the Half Pint Heroes and Half Pint Heroines, designed by Claire Brennan and sold by Gina K Designs.  These stamps fit the bill exactly.  The 2 sets are interchangeable, so I get more bang for my buck.  And they are adorable.

You can use either the girl heads or the boy heads for the car, which is in the heroes set.

Again, you could have the boy riding the elephant.

The fish and turtle are from a Stampendous set, and the sea grass, shells and coral are dies.

Love this elephant.

This is the only stamp in the set that isn't interchangeable.

I die cut a circle and sponged gray ink in spots to recreate the moon.

So far I sent 25 cards the first time, and my daughter will be delivering 35 more cards to them on October 8th.  I have had so much fun using these stamps, and for such a good cause.  I plan on adding to that total before the 8th.  These cards are mostly encouragement for the kids.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I have created. They are simple, with simple coloring, but I think the kids will enjoy them.

See you again soon.  Unless Hurricane Maria comes to town.  :-)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Beachy Little Christmas

Where has the time gone?  I can't believe I haven't blogged in over a month.  However, it has been a busy time for me, so that's the excuse I will use.

The new Stampin' Up!™ Holiday Catalog is here.  And one of my favorite stamp sets is the Beachy Little Christmas set.  This set comes with wood blocks OR photopolymer.  It's an adorable set, and living in Florida, very appropriate.  Here are a few cards I made with this set.

First up is this cute beach hut with surfboard.  I like the little wreath.  

Next up is the Christmas tree with seashell ornaments in a polkadot bucket.  The pink and kraft look great together for a non-traditional colored Christmas card.

And last, but certainly not least, the palm tree with Christmas lights.  I had a slight booboo, but fixed it by stamping Merry (from a different set) over it.  Now you can't even tell.  :-)

The insides say "Who needs snowflakes when you have seashells?", and "Have yourself a beachy little Christmas".

You could pair the palm tree with the beach hut, also.  A fun set, for sure.  The background paper was some I've had in my stash for awhile, but it works.

Why have I been busy, you might ask?

My hubby hurt his foot at work and tried to keep working, which made the injury worse, so I have had to be his feet while he's been laid up.  I keep telling him that when he's better I'm sitting down for 2 weeks and not getting up.

Also, my youngest granddaughter, who just started high school, had a rash that appeared her 4th day of school. When my daughter looked at it, she decided to take her to the Emergency Room. They did some blood work and determined that she had 0 platelets (a normal person has between 140,000 and 450,000 platelets per microliter of circulating blood. She had zero. Zip. Zilch.  Nada.   So they put her in an ambulance and took her about 150 miles away to Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, where she spent a week trying to get some platelets.  Her diagnosis, after ruling out leukemia, cancer, lupus, and other nasties, is ITP - Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.  They sent her home with 105,000 platelets, but after a week home she was down to 65,000.

And now....drumroll, please....we are waiting for Hurricane Irma.  She's not going to be nice.  If you could say a little prayer for us Floridians, we surely would appreciate it.

Hope to see you again soon.....