Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Last Day and Tool n' One!

Hello friends

Today is the day - the final day of treatment - hurrah, yippee, 
we are waving flags and celebrating!!
Weather permitting I will take a photo as Elliott leaves the hospital today.
He really has come a long way since his brain surgery last May.
Following his operation he wasn't allowed to rest too much, 
I got him working on Charity Kits pretty quickly...!!
We began to raise money for the fantastic organisations that have helped us.
We held a charity event....
and the monies from a huge raffle, kits and more amounted to...
 Elliott had his name engraved on a leaf then a bird at Ronald McDonald House, Camberwell.
So much happened in a short time.
 His journey has been helped enormously by so many wonderful kind and generous people.
Gifts from the Crafting Fairies organised by the very special Teresa Horner and
extra thanks to Anne Riley Davies for putting together Elliott's daily radiotherapy gifts,
they have been such a help and boost to him.
The ideas for fund raising will continue.. there will be more kits and 
the knitted squares!  They are still arriving and are so lovely.
 As we celebrate today we know we still have further hurdles to overcome, sadly Elliott's
condition is one that has to be monitored very closely and can change quickly.
But we take each day at a time and today is time to be very happy.

It does remain for me to say thank you again to each and every one of you - this time I'm
going for a Shakespeare quote, he's pretty nifty with words! (Twelfth Night).

And now to something clever and crafty!
A new tool - this is the Spellbinders®  Tool n' One.
Designed by Cindy Echtinaw who has also designed the Card Creator dies for Spellbinders.
It is a pokey tool one end but the other end is a gadget for removing paper from your dies
and it also comes with a little spatula tool.
It has a unique storage system in that attachments can be housed within
 the main body of the tool.  Clever stuff!
There is a You Tube video that Cindy has put together -
the link is here - I tried to upload it but Blogger wasn't being very nice!

I'm making enquiries to get these as quickly as possible, we all spend a fair amount of time
poking the paper pieces out of the dies so this is going to be incredibly useful!
I will keep you posted on news regarding stocking this tool and pre-ordering details.
I am also looking into the special foam that is featured in the video.
I hope to bring you my own little video demonstrating it (keeping Elliott busy for sure!)

Take care friends and check your toes today...are they webbed yet!
Rain, rain go away!!


Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, congratulations to you all on Elliott's last day of treatment today. I thought I heard some screams of excitement when I woke up this morning. They seemed to be coming up from the south...hehehe. Bet you never thought this day would arrive. You have been on one heck of a journey and come so far.
Thanks for the crafty info too. Will hop over to see the video of the new tool - sounds fab.
Luckily my feet are the moment that is...
Elizabeth x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Hooray !! Hooray !! Hooray !! Elliott's last day today,, whoop, whoop, I can see some serious 'celebrating' going on later.
Loving your piccies today, especially the one with Elliott connected up with wires etc, and still on his mobile phone haha, it really made me chuckle.
I have to have that tool, the video was amazing, and the tool must definitely be used with the foam, it seems to keep all the 'bits' contained. The worst part of die-cutting is all the bits having to be poked out and they always go everywhere, this tool combined with the foam sheet is a definite 'must have'.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

mim said...

Hi Christine,

Hooray, last one !

Love Margaret x

Chris said...

Morning Christine,
Well done and Congratulations on Elliott's last day of treatment, lots of celebrating this evening I hope.
Have watched the video of the new tool, and will definitely get one when you have it in stock. Such a time saving idea.
Chris X

Jane Willis said...

Congratulations to Elliott, what a brave young man he is. You'll all feel a HUGE sense of relief today.

As for that tool, having spent the whole of Sunday afternoon picking bits out of dies, just for one card, it's definitely something I need in my life!


AnneRD said...

Well done Elliott, day 30 at last! Great pictures and always that lovely smile.
Like the brush tool Christine, this will be the best gadget of 2014 for Spellbinder fans.
Have a great celebration tonight, will be raising a glass to you all. Anne x

hazel young said...

Whoop Whoop last day, hope you are celebrating in style a trip to Mcdonalds I presume. Lovely pictures of Elliott throughout the year. Wow that new tool is fabulous a must have. Have a fantastic day and lots of celebrations and best of luck for the future xx hazel

marg said...

Hello Christine and Elliott!
Well done on reaching today, and still being in control!
I think of you often and wish you only best wishes for 2014!
Take care
Love Marg

Maggie Phillips said...

YIPEE!! Well done Elliott(and you too Christine), this has been a long road,but you've travelled it well! I love all of the pictures and will try and look at the video later. I haven't done any crafting (other than knitting my 2 squares) whilst I've been away but I go home tomorrow so will definitely be needing that little tool! Enjoy your celebrations. Love and hugs to you all,
Maggie x

Anonymous said...

Hi & a huge hooray for Elliott finishing his treatment, such a brave boy ! A big thankyou to you all aswell for doing such brilliant kits that I look forward to making when Mr postman arrives. Have a big celebration. Take care Elaine xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Oh well done Elliott (and mum) you have been a real trouper and I am so delighted you have finished it today! I am sure there will be a lot of celebrating going on in the Emberson household this evening! The new tool looks fabulous what a brilliant idea! Susan x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Very emotional blog today, well done to Elliot in reaching the end of his treatment and to you as well Christine it must have been very hard for you. Bet you won't miss that M25 journey.
The new tool looks amazing, will be watching for it arriving in the UK.
Have a good day.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Very emotional blog today, well done to Elliot in reaching the end of his treatment and to you as well Christine it must have been very hard for you. Bet you won't miss that M25 journey.
The new tool looks amazing, will be watching for it arriving in the UK.
Have a good day.

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, All looks well and everything is going great for you hope it all carry's on as it is. The new tool you showed looks great will have to have one. all my love to everyone Jean Z xxx

Janice said...

What a journey you have all been on Christine, so pleased today is your last day.
Well done to Elliot for overcoming his fears and seeing the treatment through.
Much celebrating to be done of course!
Interesting new tool, could be very handy!
Take care
Janice x

Carole Z said...

Morning Christine, what a lovely post today..I just started to smile widely at the thought of it being the last day and then all those lovely photos of Elliott! All the best for today and onwards and upward from now on! I really need this tool!!! Wow...looking forward to you getting hold of it! Big Hug, Carole Z X

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Christine and Elliott, I could not be more pleased for you both as this period which has been very harrowing for you both, but today it is ended.
Thank you for the re -run of pictures which kept us, your friends in the loop as to what was going on in your lives.
So here's to the next chapter in your lives and may it be all that you want it to be.
ps the new tool looks like a winner to me, can't wait.
X Ros

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

What fabulous news... The Last Day.. yeah!! I bet the whole family will be celebrating tonight

I love that tool, what a fabulous idea

Sue xxxx

EmmaT said...

Good Morning Christine. Congratulations to both you and Elliott on making it to the final day of treatment.

Now that tool I WANT! lol. Would make life so much easier with fiddly dies.

Lots of love and hugs. Emma xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all of you and well done Elliott. Take care. Claire

SusieB said...

Hi Christine,

Im so glad that the radiotherapy treatment has come to an end.

I truly know the journey you and your family have gone through to this point. My scan is at the end of this month so watch this space.

Off to Portugal for a while and taking my knitting. I take it you still want squares??


Sue X

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. it must be a very emotional day for you all today. Elliott last day - yeh.
Great pictures and he smiles through it all.
The tool looks amazing - another got to have.

Love val x

Lacelady said...

Congrats on Elliott getting to the last treatment Christine, it's been a long road, but he has come out at the end!

Looked at the tool video and I want one! Spellbinders had the tool but not the foam.

The other place (Stamping and Scrapping) had both, but wanted to charge $42 to ship! No thank you!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you and Elliott today. A big occasion. Have a lovely celebration. What a great tool from spellbinders. Love your Shakespeare knowledge. Great quote.

Happy crafting. Wishing you all well.
Phil D

Mary by the Sea said...

Hi there Christine, what a day for you all. Now lets hope, to use Elliotts words, that the happiness starts after the crappiness.

Must have a look at this spellbinders tool everyone seems excited about it.

Take care all of you, xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine

Hooray! that today is the last of Elliot's treatment. So brave to go through all that. Have a good celebration today. Love today's pics of Elliot wired up and ready to go. Must watch the video of this new tool later.

Layerlass67 said...

Morning Christine. So glad that this gruelling period of treatment and journeys to the hospital are coming to an end. Well done Elliott for overcoming your fears on the treatment and yes, you certainly do deserve a celebration.
Christine, what rain??? Actually it's a beautiful sunny day here but it seems to start like that and after lunch it darkens and then goes really dark & then the rain.Re the squares...hope you keep going with that for a while. I knitted 6 over Christmas and one the other night (had family here for New Year) but lots of wool which I got especially so have enough for plenty more. Am busy getting loads of family/friends B/D cards done but will send a batch of squares as soon as I can find time. Love to you all. Gemma xx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
A really lovely blog today, Day 30 of radiotherapy and spending so long on the M25 everyday has come to an end,celebrations must be had tonight, well done everyone.
I love the look of the new tool,looking forward to more news when it is available.
Enjoy your day. and take care. x.

LoraineC said...

Well just to say, well done you and well done Elliot hope you can all relax back a bit. Enjoy your celebrations xx

Stamping Bubbles said...

Congratulations to Elliott. I am pleased that his treatment is at an end. Have watched the video definitely need one of those tools and mats.

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. CONGRATULATIONS Elliott and you too Christine! Such a long road for you all but you are at the end at last. We will all be thinking of you all tonight when you celebrate :)) The tool is something that I have been thinking of for a while, I have tried using various brushes etc. with little to no effect so am delighted someone has sorted that problem out! Enjoy your selves tonight. Take care. Love Mrs B x

Cinders61 said...

I am glad that as I write this Elliott will have completed his treatment. Goodbye M25!! You can now start to live life again all of you. Lovely blog today. Much love Gillian xx

Maggie said...

Hello Christine. It's time to celebrate for sure - well done Elliott and you for getting to this point with smiles on your faces! Love this tool so will definitely be putting in an order for it. Have a McDonalds just because tomorrow! xxMargaretxx

Laura O said...

well so glad for you all that you have finally gotten to the end of the treatment.this tool looks interesting and useful would definately be interested.Love and hugs on this good day .Laura O

baconbits said...

Evening Christine
I really hope that today went well - boy the time has flown since Elliott's treatments started what a happy day for you all.
Loving the look of the new tool a must have item I think.
Amanda x

Carolyn H. said...

Wonderful news - last treatment day, hope your celebrations went well. You certainly have come along way Elliott, well done.
That gadget thingy sounds good. Will be looking out for it.
Just had a peek---- nope, feet still OK!!! Take care, love Carolyn

Anonymous said...

So very glad that Elliott has reached the end of his treatment. You both can relax now, you certainly deserve it.
Thank you for your continued crafty inspiration. What a brilliant gadget - looking forward to getting my crafty mitts on one.
Caroline MacH

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