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I'm dreaming of a....

not a white Christmas, although that would be lovely. No, the dream thing is something else, which I will touch upon later. Before that, the crafting.

I'll start with the update on the stitch. Not much progress on it this week I am afraid.

The Earth is starting to take shape, but the slow progress on this, and other stitches, proves to me that I don't need anything else!

I've also been making a few other things, mainly cards.

I say mainly cards...this is actually an envelope, made using some of my new Tim Holtz dies. One thing I will say - I love distress crayons! Perfect for colouring those graves. One thing to note is that you have to roll the more intricate dies back and forth through your cutting machine a few times in order to get all the intricacies cut properly.

This is a simple card, made using a star background I had in my stash, flowers cut out of birthday paper with a pearl in the middle, a cake stamped and coloured, and finally happy birthday cut out in different fonts. The happy is actually from some Christmas dies I have. Always keep the letters, as you never know when you might need them in the future.

A request card! Never had that before. Anyway, the recipient likes purple, and dogs, so I used a piece of card I had cut flowers out of earlier, and a lilac card blank. I edged the flowers and the sides of the card with silver pen. Finally I stamped out some dogs and coloured them in, before covering them with clear embossing powder. I attached them to picture frames, which are just wooden frames with lindy's embossing powder.

I added a ribbon and a happy birthday motif (silver pen and black embossing powder) to make a kind of dog collar, to tie in with the theme.

no better purchase,
than to help special children,
meet with Mickey Mouse

So this was the weeks task, and the reason for the dream title. Yes, donating money seems like a simple thing, and in many ways it is, but I wanted to highlight this amazing organisation. It's Dreamflight, and I love it for a number of reasons. One, the simple link to Disney. I love Walt Disney World, I have never hidden that, and I would love to make a fourth trip one day. So anything to do with Disney is a plus for me. Two, Dreamflight is a charity that sends children who are seriously ill to Walt Disney World. If I love WDW, imagine what it's like as a child to see the illustrious mouse in his theme parks. Now imagine being a seriously ill child. Aside from what you have to go through at such a young age, something like WDW must seem so far out of reach. Yet this charity does it. And yes, they need money to do it, but you don't just have to donate money. You can buy a gift, whether it be a child's first day, a video and photographs so they can treasure the memories upon their return, or popcorn and icecream every day for the duration of their stay, amongst other gifts. So this was obvious to me; I know what it was like the first time I went to WDW, and I was an adult. To give that gift to a child? It's a no-brainer. If you want to do the same thing, go to Their trip for this year is already underway (yesterday in fact) but you can always give them a running start for next year.

There is one other reason I love this charity. My cousin Laura, who is a paediatric nurse, has gone to WDW with Dreamflight for a number of years in the past. I have so much admiration for the people behind Dreamflight, and none more so than the nurses who take time out from their own lives to look after these children.

Next week, (hopefully) I will give something other than money to a good cause



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