Service Dog Thank You Cards

20 11 2019

Nice people should get thank you cards.

It’s a thing I believe. And I just so happen to like making thank you cards, so this works out for everyone πŸ˜€

I’ve had these designed for a while, but finally had time to sit down and put them together. It took a medical intervention to create the time lol. I’m at the sleep clinic with one of my daughters, so I was able to put the cards together while I wait with her. It’s been a LONG sleep study. We’re doing overnight and nap monitoring…I’m pretty sure we’ll head out by evening though πŸ™‚

In the mean time, a dozen cards were finished and my blog updated. They didn’t turn out how I designed them – my printer ran out of blue ink, but I made it work, because I have some people to get these out to πŸ™‚ If you’re one of our donors – THANK YOU SO MUCH! JJ’s so tickled by your willingness to help him. He even cried a little. You guys are making a little boy so very very happy. These cards are for you ❀️

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

And as always, if you feel it in your heart to donate, or if you want to Β see more of JJ’s story, here’s the link to our donation page. paws4autism.org/jj.html

Craft Project 1

 





That Time the Therapists Did Their Jobs Well and We Had to Say Good-bye…AGAIN

22 08 2019

Isaac has been in therapy since he was 3 months old. First with CMH, then transferred to First Steps (our state’s early intervention program) for physical therapy when he was 4 months old.

At 15 months old, he was diagnosed with a profound speech delay and a speech therapist was added to our weekly First Steps therapy session.

At 22 months, he was diagnosed with Autism. The next week, a special instructor was added to our sessions to help address the autistic needs we were encountering.

Last year we lost out physical therapist because Isaac had finally caught up in that area.

Today, we said good-bye to our remaining therapists. In our state, the early intervention program works with qualifying children until they’re 3. At that time, if help is still needed, the school district takes over – which is the case with our son.

I wanted to make something meaningful for them, to show my gratitude. My son is in such a good spot and has made up so much ground because of these hardworking ladies.

Here are their gifts.

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This is for our speech therapist. The first time Isaac really started participating in imaginative play, they were having a “tea party.” I wanted to commemorate that and create something that brought her back to that memory.

The next gift set was for our special instructor. This woman was described to me as magical, and they weren’t lying! She came into our lives at a time when we needed a little magic, so I made her a Mary Poppins set.

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Thanks for stopping by

xoxo





That Time I Made a Topiary Out of Paper

22 03 2019

As mentioned in a few posts before, the autism center my boys use is amazing. Most of the work on this project was done there. I cut out everything at home, then colored, shaped, and assembled most of it at the center. The topiary is from the kit Thank You For the Music at SVG cuts.

This is kind of picture intensive, so please be patient with me. There were a lot of components.

I took pictures of some of the process. I’m always amazed I can start with flat pieces of paper and make something substantial and dimensional. So I included pics for other people who might feel the same way πŸ™‚

First, the focal points – the flowers. There’s two types. The main flowers and the fillers. Each main flower has 5 parts. I cut them out of blue paper, then added white to the centers, dark blue to the edges, then blended with a shade of blue somewhere between the color of the paper and the dark blue. I believe there were 32 big flowers.

I wanted a fuller topiary, so I used more filler flowers than called for. I used the same process of coloring them as I did for the blue flowers, just different colors.

 

I also wanted to add clovers and leaves to the base. The clovers are from the Springtime Box Cards kit at SVG Cuts. The leaves are from the pumpkin in the Harvest Sunset Kit, also from SVG Cuts.

I started with white paperΒ  and colored the clovers and leaves the colors I needed them. I used a mix of ink and colored pencils.

 

 

And I just HAD to have a hummingbird. And wouldn’t you know it, SVG Cuts has one or those, too! This one is from their Hummingbird Box Card. Instead of cutting out different colors of paper, I cut all the pieces out in white, then colored the individual pieces before assembling. I made a mirror copy that I used to sandwich a wire between so I could make it hover by the topiary.

 

 

So those are the elements πŸ™‚ Here’s some pics of the finished product. Thanks to my daughter who helped me get the pics πŸ™‚

The clover.

 

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The topiary and the hummingbird.

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The whole topiary

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And the card. I used a kit in my Craft Artist collection and designed this card. The flowers weren’t colored, which I LOVE because it allows me to color them πŸ™‚ I used a combination of copics and colored pencils for the flowers on the card.

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Singing Bird Card and Distress Markers

22 03 2019

I’m probably so behind the times, but I finally found the Tim Holtz distress markers πŸ™‚ I only have one set and will probably try and get the rest πŸ™‚

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I used the Penny Black stamp called The Sweetest Sound in my stamp positioning tool. I was able to color all the different areasΒ  with the distress markers then go back with water to blend the colors.

After the coloring and blending was finished, I embossed the image with clear embossing powder so I could sponge on the colored back ground. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I used my Craft Artist program to add the frame πŸ™‚

Someone did a simple act of kindness that had a huge impact on me this week. This card is for them πŸ™‚

 

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxoxo





Valentine’s Day Clock

22 03 2019

So this is a little late, but if you read the previous post, you’ll understand why πŸ™‚

My husband and I have a running joke about when it’s time to leave work. He’s a great worker and has pulled all nighters before, when necessary. He also works with people from different time zones. This means that sometimes he’s on a call or working on a project for someone after our “office hours” are over either because the job has to be finished, or he loses track of time.

So I made him a clock. And a card, because Valentine’s Day.

And of course, it’s out of paper πŸ™‚

Front view

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Side (my husband used to live in France, so I wanted to incorporate that)

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The clock file is from Dreaming Tree. I blinged out the 5 as a reminder to my husband that I miss him and it’s time to come home πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxoxo

 





Hello? Is it Me You’re Looking For?

22 03 2019

You guys, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it πŸ™‚

That’s what happens with major diagnoses. Your time gets gobbled up trying to get a handle on things. Along with a second child being diagnosed with Autism, I’ve been fighting my own health battles. In addition to the Hashimoto’s (autoimmune disorder) I was diagnosed with coming up on three years ago, at the end of the year, I got a couple more diagnoses. Hypermobility Disorder, which means I’m super bendy, which is cool for party tricks and things, but it also causes chronic pain. The rheumatologist likened it to bendy fibro. Then in December, a different – and completely amazing – rheumatologist diagnosed me with a second autoimmune disorder – Spondyloarthritis. I won’t bore you with the details on that, but it’s causes chronic inflammation with causes chronic pain, and if not treated in time, can cause the spine to fuse together. Luckily, there is treatment and there has been no fusing of any kind.

So why am I telling you this? Because I finally have a handle on things (I think) and I’ve been able to start creating a little more again πŸ™‚ But only because I have some really great people in my corner. I spend A LOT of time at the therapy center for my boys. They brought in a table and chairs for me to use to work on things. I’m sitting at it right now for blog updates. These guys are amazing and I’m so grateful to them.

So the next few posts I’m sharing, are things I’ve been able to do because of the kindness and generosity of others.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxoxo





Autism Bag of Awesome

24 08 2018

It’s awesome, not because of what it looks like, but like most good things, what’s inside makes the difference.

My 2yo son has therapy five days a week and we’re seeing amazing results. But to meet the time demands, he has a team of therapists, not just one.

His time is split between the autism center and home. I absolutely LOVE that he can receive therapy in multiple environments. He has different needs in different environments – something we all have in common.

But one of the tricky parts of having multiple therapists and multiple locations, is how to make sure the data tracking and the tools are consistent. That’s where his notebook comes in. And that’s where this bag comes in.

Basically, the notebook stays with my kiddo, which means I’m taking it home and bringing it back to the center during the week, which I’m absolutely happy to do, but my hands are kind of full sometimes.

So I bought a bag…

And then I decorated it πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo