Thursday, November 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz

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I think you know what today is...
it's dancing day!
Waltzing to be specific.
*giggle*
Every month on the 17th Waltzingmouse Stamps holds their monthly Blog Waltz...
and I just love this day!
Look forward to it every month...
all the amazing inspiration to be found along the way...
and now that Christmas is upon us...
this month the theme is all about Christmas/ Winter.

Now...if you've read my blog for any amount of time...
you may already know that I am an incredibly proud mom of a special needs child.
I'm incredibly proud of all my children...
but well...
she's just special.
Hunter and her identical twin Haley were born at 27 weeks....
twin to twin transfusion.
She suffered a massive brain hemorrhage at birth and after 95 days in a NICU...
she was sent home by the doctors and specialists to be what they believed would be a "failure to thrive" baby.
She was never supposed to live.

They will both turn 14 on Tuesday.

She was never supposed to walk...
she does.
With a walker and some assistance.
She was never supposed to talk...
she does.
And though I've never heard her spontaneously say the words "I love you"...
when I whisper those words to her...
she responds back with the most precious "I lubba you" .
She loves music...
loves music...
and many ER and doctor visits over the years have seen my husband and myself softly singing "Beth" by KISS in her ear till our throats were raw.
She does spontaneously sing...
very loudly...
in church...
usually during the sermon when everyone else is quiet.
And you've never heard a more adorable rendition of Happy Birthday until you've heard hers...
"Happening birthday to you..."
She usually only sings it with the line "Happening birthday to Hunter..."...
but she really means you.

She is heaven.

She's blind with cerebral palsy so she attends the School for the Blind...
almost an hour away.
My husband takes her to school every morning before work...
and I pick her up every afternoon.
It's a residential school but...
she's a part of our family and we wouldn't be complete if she wasn't here to tuck in every night...
to kiss good morning.
And there is not a person in that school that doesn't know her...
from the superintendent to the clinic staff...
cafeteria workers to security...
they all know Hunter.
They know her for her contagious laugh.
Her musical giggle that sounds exactly as I imagine angels sound.
And she gets in trouble with it sometimes...
she's so busy laughing she won't do her work.
And then she makes her teachers feel guilty because she's just so happy they hate to make her stop!

So Christmas is a tough one around here.
With all the teachers, activity teachers for my other children...
and all the teachers, therapists, aides and so many others too numerous to count that take care of Hunter every day...
can you say "whew"!
Believe me I do!
It's never a lot but I like to remember everyone with a little gift...
to let them know we appreciate them and all that they do.
And this year...
Hunter has 1 teacher and 5 aides in her class alone.
Now most of the aides are assigned to other students...
Hunter doesn't actually have an aide of her own...
but each of them will help with her if needed...
so I really want to be able to give a little something to each of them and while at Target a couple of weeks ago...
I love the $1 Spot...
don't you?
I found a little something that I thought might work...
so I did this with it...

It's just a simple covering...
4x11 scored at the 4, 4.5, 8.5 and 9...
with a ribbon bellyband...
and I used the incredibly gorgeous Seasonal Remedies from Waltzingmouse to decorate.
When you open you get this...

Mrs. Field's cream sticks.
They came in peppermint and raspberry...
and I picked up an assortment of both.
They also had small boxes of Bailey's Truffles...
with actual Bailey's in them...
and I really debated picking those up instead...
but I'm just going to be honest...
they would have never made it till Christmas.
But wouldn't that little sentiment...
"To bring you good cheer'...
been just perfect for some Bailey's?
*giggle*
Then I made a matching card to go with the little gift package...

Here's both together...

It's not a great picture...
sorry!
We've had clouds for almost a week and rain for 2 days...
I was trying to fit it all in a little spot since I had no natural light source.

I know I kept them simple...
I have like 30 to do...
but I hope everyone will still enjoy them and will know that we really appreciate them and all they do.

OK...
It's been a long post...
and there's so many other stops...
so go and get inspired and I'll see you along the way!


The Details:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Seasonal Remedies
Ink: SU, A Muse
Dies: Spellbinders, PTI
Misc: ribbon, jingle bells (Rusty Tin)


35 comments :

  1. What a gorgeous set of card & gift!! Love the colours and the gingham ribbon goes so well with the stamped image. The teachers & aides are going to love these. Great job!!

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  2. Renee - what a lovely post - Hunter sound like an angel (a loud one mind :)) Your kids sound wonderful. I love the gift and card you've made - so beautiful!!

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  3. I was so moved by your post Renee and I can imagine you up to your neck in that lovely ribbon to make all these pretty gifts. It would take me an hour to make just one bow this good, never mind 30!
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  4. Okay, between your post and Cathy's sweet shadow box so far, you've both got me crying before work! I love your post about Hunter. I love how sweet you are to bring treats for all of the teachers and aides at school. I love how fabulously stamped those labels are, perfectly paired with gigantic plaid ribbon awesomesness and expensively-shipped rusty jingle bells ;)! You are the BEST, Renee!

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  5. What a beautiful gift ensemble Renee! Love how you layered the beautiful WM label and that bow is gorgeous!

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  6. Fabulous creations Renne simply stunning. what a wonderful family you have :)

    Ali x

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  7. Renee, what absolutely beautiful projects - so many fantastic inspiring things to see xxx

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  8. Thank you, Renee, for sharing a little bit about Hunter. Your post was lovely and brightened my heart. LOVE the gift set!! Fantastic idea and SO festive!

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  9. Wow. Wow. Wow. What a great gift ensemble for all those people who take care of Hunter at school. These are NOT simple. They are spectacular and so creative. The idea alone is just the best, I am going to CASE it for sure. I love the matching cards with the gorgeous bows, the perfect stamp and diecuts to go along with it and the beautiful, heartfelt story you wrote. I love all you do Renee, but todays will go down as one of my all time favorites.

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  10. What a wonderful packaging for your thoughtful teacher/aide gifts Renee - I'm sure they will be much appreciated - and God Bless Hunter as she has blessed your family!

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  11. Renee, You really touched my heart with your post. Your daughter sounds like a lovely girl and she is blessed with a wonderful strong mom who challenged the odds! The gifts you created are gorgeous - they look festive and elegant! And hey,who doesn't LOVE Mrs. Fields????

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  12. Fabulous, now I want those stamps and that die...

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  13. Oh, Renee--I knew your waltz creation would be special but WOW! Your post brought tears--you are truly the bearer of Christmas JOY to so many people! What a blessing Hunter must be and how lucky she is to have you for a mother. And how sweet of you to create fabulous little gifts for teachers and others in your children's lives. Your labels and card are gorgeous! Oh, and that awesome plaid ribbon and the bells--perfection! HUGS!!

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  14. Ooh, I was just at Target - in the dollar spot - but was so focused on what I needed I didn't look around. Guess I need to stop back by again, lol. Your package and card are beautiful! I love the big ribbon and bells on the card and the elegant die cut frame.

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  15. Just beautiful Renee. Your teachers and their assistants will feel your gratitude in these heartfelt gifts. Yours is such a touching story, and I thank you for the courage and pride in which you tell your miraculous story. God bless you hon, for the love you share and show, not only your children, but how you honor God with your loving and giving spirit!

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  16. What a beautiful card and package and your teachers & aide are going to love them as I would. Love the plaid bow.

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  17. Great projects - love your oversize bow.

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  18. Thanks for sharing your story Renee!! It sounds like you have a warm, loving family, and Hunter does truly sound like an angel!! Now, for your projects..they're gorgeous!! I love your packaging for a truly sweet gift. And your card is gorgeous with the Seasonal Remedies image and that beautiful bow!! WOW!!

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  19. Renee.. what a BEAUTIFUL post.. I LOVED reading about your sweet girl! and I must say.. when I saw the song you sang to her.. oh my I got a chuckle.. I can not tell you how many times when I would go places or go to a new job.. I too would get to hear that song.. then they would say (Like I didnt know! )You know that is Beth by Kiss! LOL!! :) So thanks for the smile.. (you didnt even know you did that for me did you! HA!) Now on to your goodies.. BEAUTIFUL .. I know the treats and card will be much appreciated!! Wishing you and your sweet family the HAPPIEST of HOLIDAYS!! (or shall I say.. HAPPENING of HOLIDAYS to Hunter! :) ) ((HUGS))

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  20. What gorgeous projects, your daughter's aides and carers will appreciate how heartfelt your gratitude is with these hand made beauties. You must be a very proud mum.

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  21. What a wonderful and touching post Renee. Your Christmas set is amazing - can't believe you'll be making them for all those wondeful people - must take you forever - but it will be so appreciated!
    Thanks so much for sharing, hugs, Karin

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  22. What a wonderful post, Renee, thanks so much for sharing!! Your Hunter sounds wonderful and she sure has a wonderful family!! I love the little set you made and am sure the teachers will too!!

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  23. What a lovely idea. I'm sure Hunters teachers and aides will be so grateful for the lovely presents. The ribbon really complements your stamping and spellbinders!

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  24. WHAT a story... beautiful post.

    And beautiful projects! I know all the recipients will be so grateful that you appreciate them, and are thinking of them.

    What a lucky mum you are to have such a star in your life :)

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  25. Renee, how lucky Hunter is to have you for a mother, and I can tell you are lucky to have her for daughter. Your cards and packaging for these sweet little Christmas remembrances are gorgeous. The gingham ribbon is perfect with Season Remedies. Finally, how did miss Baily Truffles at $1 spot at Target? I am so going back!

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  26. What a fun little gift and matching card! I love the details on the front and that bow? LOVE!!

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  27. Gorgeous projects, this is absolutely beautiful!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words.

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  28. Your post touched my heart tonight. Your gifts will be loved by those they are given to....your heart is so beautiful - you are an incredible mother and your husband is an incredible father - blessings to you and your family this holiday season!

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  29. Renee...just beautiful. You had me in tears, but happy tears. Your family sounds like a festive place to be any time of the year. Your card and gift are just so special and I know they will be loved by all who recieve them.

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  30. Renee, I loved hearing about Hunter's story and I am so touched you told me about it the other day too. These little gifties are certain to be a hit and I'm quite sure that I wouldn't be able to get rid of even the packaging. Gorgeous work!

    I was just at Target and did not take a look around enough at the $1spot to see these yummy treats! I am going to head back there today thanks to you! :)

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  31. What a touching story about your daughter Hunter! She is so blessed to have parents like you and your DH to be so optimistic and giving. Her school staff should be thrilled with their darling little gifts and matching card. Great job and what gorgeous ribbon!

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  32. Your story brought tears to my eyes! What a lovely gift set and I am sure all the great people who help Hunter each and every day will appreciate your creations! I have stumbled upon your blog but your joy shines through in all your postings!

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  33. So sweet and thoughtful of you Renee! I am sure Hunter's aides will love them!

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