Tuesday, 30 July 2013

House Call!

Hello friends
As promised, photos of the trip to Ronald McDonald House yesterday.
The trip to King's was a little gruelling for Elliott - yet more blood tests 
which he truly hates.  We will not get the results of last week's MRI just yet.
Onto happier moments... 
The house was bathed in sunshine when we arrived!
 Elliott's name had been engraved onto a little silver plaque and he then selected his wooden leaf.
 Here it is complete with fingermarks (I resisted asking for polish and a duster!)
 The Tree of Life and Elliott holding the cheque.
The total was for £750 - the amount was kindly rounded up by Barbara Fulton - 
(who doesn't like odd numbers) - so kind of you Barbara, thank you.
And here I am - I think I still have my 'worried Mum' face! 
To move his name up to a bird on the tree we need to raise an additional £250 so 
watch out ...I'm thinking future kits for sure!
 And the best photo of the day - when you're down ice cream always brings a smile!
Talking of kits - yes, there are still a few left.  
Please let me know if you would like to purchase one - they are now 
£6.50 each as they no longer contain a raffle ticket.
Email: christine.emberson@blueyonder.co.uk

And yet again talking of the kit ... 
when Emma (Cornish Emma) received her kit she decided she would prefer to make 
cards.  She used every bit of the kit and just added a few more die cuts, paper and cardstock.

Beautiful cards Emma and I'm delighted to see the kit utilised differently.

Now I'm so sorry...I forget to tell you how many butterflies were in the jar!
At the Charity Event there was a jar full of paper butterflies and the person who guessed 
the amount (or very near) was the winner.  The amount was 454 and the 
winner was Pam Davies who received a bunch of butterfly goodies,
stamps, papers, embellishments and more 
(can you imagine how hard it was for me to part with those!!)

Still time to enter the Mystery Prize draw.

I did have a few enquiries as to what will be in the box, a few people thought 
it might be Bella!! No, I'm afraid I couldn't part with her -
it will definitely be lots of lovely craft goodies.

Take care friends - I'm back soon.


Elaine said...

Lovely to see Elliots name on the tree , you all worked very hard for that. Lovely cards from Emma. Take care x

PharmacyMichele said...

Great pics of you & Elliott-it would be lovely to make it to the £1000. Another kit or maybe you could auction a few of your wonderful creations? Can't wait to find out whats in the mystery box.


Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Fabulous pictures Christine you must be both very proud - and rightly so! Susan x

Wendy L said...

A sort of Happy day for you, Elliot looks grand, well done to you all. xxx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine
Your photos are great,so nice to see what all your hard work has achieved.
Sorry to hear Elliott had a bad time at Kings,hope the ice cream really worked.
The cards made from the kit are lovely,such a good idea.
Take care. x.

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Christine, what a lovely occassion for Elliott, won't be long before his name is on a bird. He looks well and has been through a lot, I wish him well on his journey ahead.

Wilma x x x

Clai01 said...

Lovely to see Elliot's name up there on the tree, Well Done everybody involved!
Great pictures and Thanks for sharing.

Clai01 said...

Lovely to see Elliot's name up there on the tree, Well Done everybody involved!
Great pictures and Thanks for sharing.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Beautiful piccies of Elliott and yourself, hopefully the ice cream was a little compensation for the tests that Elliott had to endure. I'm sure we could all get Elliott's name onto a birdie.
Well done, Emma, what a brilliant idea and your cards are beautiful.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Mary by the Sea said...

Good morning Christine, a mixed emotions day for you both. Still ice cream is the best answer especially with a flake!!!!

The tree looks great, think you need to have a word with them, they have a leaf and a bird how about a butterfly?

Can't wait to find out what's in the mystery box..

Take care Mary xx

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us all, and Elliott looked so cool. Sorry he had a bad time at the hospital. I look forward to your next fund raising ideas to get Elliott's name on a bird and to help Ronald McDonald House. Auctioning some of your lovely projects is a great idea as mentioned by Michele earlier. It would be great to own a masterpiece. Love the cards by Emma. Is Mitchell fully now?
Love Chris X

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the pictures. Love to you all and take care. Claire

Supernan Sue said...

Lovely pictures of both of you, and Elliott looks so pleased to have his name on the leaf, watch out the bird will follow I am sure. I love the way Emma has used the kit, it's super.
Chin up Elliott, the injections will be doing you good in the end, needs must, I hope it gets easier for you
Take care
Sue xx

hazel young said...

Beautiful photos Christine, i'm sure Elliott will be on a bird very soon xx hazel

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine, great pictures of both of you~Elliott looks very pleased with his leaf, so let's go for the bird. Emma, your cards are really pretty, well done! I support the earlier suggestions of auctioning some of your creations Christine, I would certainly love to own one!
Take care all of you, Maggie x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. Lovely happy photos today. Elliot looks really good after his ordeal especially eating his ice cream.
Lovely cards made using the kit.
Have a lovely day.
Love Val x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Elliot looks pleased with his leaf but for sure he will get onto a bird, hopefully it made up for the bad time at the hospital, the photos are great thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing what you come up for the next bit of fund raising.
Emma's cards are lovely.
Take care.

nattyboots said...

My first thought of waking up yesterday Elliott was of you ,im sorry it was more blood tests { my son hates them too and hes over 40 } but you bravely got through them, so well done .

Such a happy picture of you with the Leaf, finger print and all ,{ hey Mum that print is special you know } and i as many more of we crafters look forward to helping to get you a bird .

Have a nice day and if needs must ask for more ice cream !!

Well done to Emma ,your cards are beautiful.

I hope you get some me time today Christine have a nice day and relax .

Elaine H X

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. It's great to see Elliots name on the tree, as others have said we will get it up higher! At least you both had lovely weather, it was raining all day here yesterday and the same today. Emmas cards are beautiful by the way. Take care.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, A lovely surprise to see my humble creations this morning, thank you for sharing them, and the lovely comments left by the other blog followers.

Lovely photos and im sure we will all help Elliott make it to the bird with more fund raising. A fabulous amount raised so far. I hope Elliott is recovered from his blood tests, he is very brave. A big hug for you all. Emma

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Fab pictures Christine. Great to see Elliot's name on the tree. They have a similar thing in Bournemouth General Hosp. My niece's name is on it, after she died of breast cancer at the ripe old age of 34. Hopefully you will have better news from his MRI.

Maggie said...

Lovely to share in your day yesterday and what a super amount raised. But I know we can do better so keep thinking and we'll support you. Elliott looked great and still smiling - well done both! xxMargaretxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos of you and Elliott on your memorable day presenting the cheque from fund raising. There's no doubt the leaf level will soon rise to bird status. Good wishes to all.
Phil D

LoraineC said...

A very proud moment putting his leaf on the tree, I for one would love more kits to raise some more money really enjoyed making a little tag book and what a good idea to use the pieces to make cards. Hope all tests come back with positive results. X

Janice said...

Glad the sun was shining for your trip yesterday. Elliot is a star!!!
Hope you can do more for the charity in the future. Janice xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, sorry to hear Elliott had a bad time at Kings it must be difficult for both of you. He looks quite happy with his ice cream and well done for raising so much money hope all goes well love Jean Z xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, thanks for sharing the photos with us. I especially like the one with the ice cream - not to mention the chocolate flake...yum, yum. Yes looking forward to the new kits when you have done them to raise even more money for you.
I really feel for Elliott with all the needles. Keep your chin up.
Elizabeth x

Janice said...

Wonderful photos Christine, I have a feeling we may be seeing them again on scrapbook pages!
Congratulations to Elliot for putting his leaf on the tree, what a proud moment that must have been.
It would fabulous if you were able to raise more funds for the house, I'm sure we'd all like to help again.
I'm sure the yummy ice cream was well received after the extra blood tests!
Take care.
Janice x

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Christine, Glad the day went well, the pics are lovely, you must all be very proud of what you raised for the house. Feel for Elliot with the tests he is going through, but through it all he has his wonderful smile. Hope all the results are on a positive note. I had the same idea to use the kit for cards. I will try to attach to an email but it could take a while.lol. Will have to get my daughter to show me again. Emma's cards are lovely. Have a good day.
Love to you all and (((BIG HUGS)

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

ginny c said...

Lovely picture of Elliott, the tree looks wonderful will get Elliott. Name at the top really enjoyed my kit so can't wait for your next idea best wishes to you all ginny xx

Anita Braddock said...

Iam glad Elliott is doing better also the picture is Awesome he looks Great. Our Son was at the Ronald McDonald house in San Diego and they were Awesome with us. keeping my fingers crossed Elliott will keep getting better. hugs to all of you.

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Christine and family so happy to see Elliott's name on that tree well done all.sorry Elliott that you had a difficult time in the Hospital.The photos are lovely,lovely to see what people do with the kits.
Big Hugs

Sue B said...

Wow £750 was indeed a good amount to raise by us crafters.....we're not a bad lot really. Elliott looks well although he obviously is still recovering & going through an ordeal with all the tests etc. & it's only natural Christine that you should have the worried mum look, that's what mums do well-worry. Looking forward to the next lot of kits.

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine..brilliant to see Elliott's name on the tree and such lovely photos..thank you so much for sharing! Love the cards Emma! Hugs Carole Z X

Mac Mable said...

How do you do it? You are a wonderful mum x
Thanks for blogging daily and giving me inspiration and not only in the craft world. X

Craftychris said...

Absolutely lovely photo's! You are all so strong! xx

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Sorry Elliot had a hard time at the Hospital so glad he had the trip to the Maci dee's House to look forward to later fabulous pictures and well done to you we will all help raise the money to get him onto a bird on the tree I am sure. Love the pic. with him eating his ice cream Bless him and you.
Beautiful cards Emma

Hugs Annxxx X

Sally said...

Hi Christine, Sorry to hear the hospital visit was a bit difficult, not a good start to the day. However, it was good to see that Elliott's day had a happier ending, name on the tree and ice cream.

Hope Elliott gets his name on a bird soon (the wooden block on the tree, that is, not the human type)!

Hope to raise some money at the end of August for you, fingers crossed.
Take care
Sally x

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine
Pleased to see the photographs of Elliott and yourself at the house. I hope it brightened up the day after the hospital appointment; you must be so pleased with the amount raised so far.
As already indicated, we really must try to aim for the magical bird! I think another kit or cake recipe book is called for.
Well done Emma, your cards made with the kit are inspirational. Must get a move on and use my kit, currently busy painting and decorating while the sun is shining.
Take care, Anne x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
All of you, just keep strong...
Love the cards, well done Emma.
Best wishes

Sue Yorkshire said...

Hi Christine

Elliott looks so proud to see his name on the tree and I am sure it wont be too long before he is on a bird.

Love how Emma used the kit

Sue xxx

Lacelady said...

Lovely to see the pics of McDonald house and Elliott choosing his leaf on the tree. A big WELL DONE to you all.

Nikki Payne said...

How wonderful for Elliots name to now be on the tree:) I am back from my holiday and catching up on all of your news! You have done such an incredible job with your raising so much money! you have all worked so hard just wish I could have been there on the day :(
Elliot...I do hope you shared your ice cream with your mum!x
Emma's cards are gorgeous, I haven't had chance to play with my kit yet, but I do hope too soon:)
Take care Christine and keep on smiling Elliot:)Not forgetting you Mitchell...I hope you are well and keeping everything in order for your mum....you are such a very special family:)x
speak soon,
hugs Nikki x

LyndA said...

So lovely to see Elliot's name on the tree of life. A wonderful effort for a very worthy cause. I'm quite sure we can get Elliot's name much further up the tree. As you are thinking about new kits, how about a kit that we could purchase to give as a Christmas present (not necessarily Christmas themed)? I have several crafty friends who would love to receive such a gift. There must be others in the same position as myself.
Hugs to you all xx

Gillian xXx said...

Lovely pictures Christine. Well done on the leaf and i'm sure it won't be
long for the bird to fly with Elliot's name on it!
Gillian xXx

Kim Pearce said...
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Kim Pearce said...

As a Mum of a child who has had to endure emergency brain surgery twice in her 21 years I know exactly how you feel and a place like this would have been wonderful when we first had to visit London for her first surgery. I would love to help raise funds and will put my thinking cap on! Kim

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