Sunday, April 27, 2008

Think WARM and COZY - think PJ's

It's going to be a Pajama party - OK not a party but close to it - and we are going to have heaps of fun and of course prizes for the "best" dressed. Was thinking of how we could make this workshop a little different and a bit more comfy and fun - so what better than letting you all stay in your PJ's for the day. Being in the middle of winter - think cozy, warm, hot chocolate.... yummmm...and being with lots of friends - that should keep us warm. Now come on girls- keep your slippers on - this will be fun. For those of you who really don't want us see you in your nighties or PJ's you can come dressed.....(and we won't hold it against you...)

Four kits to choose from. (apologies - these are just examples - I haven't finished the projects just yet but trust me you will like)

1. All about ME Kit: Many of us scrap everyone else except ourselves but who is going to tell your story... soooo you are... No one knows you better than yourself so get out from behind the camera and snap a couple of photos of yourself or hunt them out. In the meantime have a little think about the following: - Where you are right now..., Your personality, favourite things, people who have inspired you, things you love, some good advice, goals, dreams, what you are good at, basically just WHO YOU ARE..... The list could go on and on and naturally you can add pages to your album as you think of other things. (You will receive the Me album and Dbl paper collection: 2 sheets of each paper in that collection.)

2. Favourite Things. For those of you who don't want to go that deep maybe you have photos of your favorite things, people, friends, pets and just want to dedicate a little album to them then this kit is for you.
( You will receive little flip album and 1 paper collection: 4 papers)

3. Papers Please:- For those of you who just want to get some of the new papers and do your own thing (you will get 10 papers of your choice)

4. Scrap and Chat: This one has your dinner included but you just want to come along and do your own thing and catch up with your scapping and naturally chatting.

Remember you need to bring all own scrapping tools and any special little extra embellishments etc as the only products on sale are Kaisercraft. So if you know what you are doing and see something that matches - get it now.

Registrations are now open - I know some of you have given me your names - but to complete your registration and confirm position- the form downloadable on your right - NEEDS to be filled in,RETURNED TO ME and payment received as soon as possible.

Just want to leave a couple of photos with you for now. Sometimes putting a face to a name makes everything more real and these two people who we are supporting for the next Crop for A Cause as mentioned before have young families as many of us do. Being able to see them and think about if it was us in their situation brings things a lot closer to home - I know it does for me. I ask you keep these families in your prayers too.
love Lissy

The Guthrie Family
The Robinson Family

Friday, April 18, 2008

Its Time to Cherish - Workshop

Before you go any further - if you haven't pressed play on the U-Tube Video (right) press it now and have a listen.....this song is so challenging...

When it comes to choosing a "Cause" for a workshop it is a really hard decision because it appears at the moment whichever way you turn there is somebody needing a helping hand. YOu only have to open a newspaper or listen to the news and it is truly heartbreaking to hear some people's stories and you can easily become overwhelmed by it all.

I couldn't decide between two families in Geelong so we are going to help out both. Both of these families have young children and have been/will be effected due to Cancer. In both situations the prognosis is not good, though we can always keep praying for a miracle.. The details of these families (both in our local community) are as below:

The Robinson Family
Brett (43) & Marie (42) Robinson of Highton. They have 4 children, Ashleigh 16, Connor 14, Billy 12 and Deklan 8. Brett was diagnosed late last year with Terminal Gastric Cancer which is in stage 4 . He also now has secondaries in his spine and ribs.

The Guthrie Family
Kim and Tim Guthrie. They have 3 children, Meg (9), Stuart (6) and Jack (2). I believe Kim is in her mid to late 30's. They live in Grovedale. The husband had not long started a new job, so hasn't accumulated any leave as such, so Kim's mother has been doing alot to help out with the children, etc, etc. Not sure the name of her cancer, but it is in her spine, pelvis, breast, lung, liver and brain. I believe she has or is having chemo & radiotherapy, but not on the spine or pelvis, as there isn't a who heap that can be done when the cancer is in your bones.

Not sure how that makes you feel when you read this but these parents are around the same age as many of us and our children. For me and some of you it would be unimaginable what these families are going through. I know for some of you others, you know exactly how they are feeling as you have been there.

I am just hoping we, TOGETHER, can stand by them, show them we care and can help them in a little way to fight this battle.

So the plan is obviously to raise as much money as we can on the day. But also are in the process of trying to get hold of photos from the families, from friends, so that we can put together a couple of albums on the day for them to get one each. We raised over $2000 at the last workshop so would love to be able to give at least $1000 , an album and a lovely hamper to each these families. Just a small token to show them that there are people out there that care about them.

Start to think about simple page layouts that we you could complete (I will bring a number of examples) but I would love to leave journalling boxes on each page that the members of the family can fill in and obviously we don't know the personal details of each photo. In the event that we don't get many photos we can still put together an album but just leave a spot with a photo matt, that the family can then add photos later.

Now along with the serious side as per always there will be lots of fun and laughs and plenty of time to do your own scrapping. Dinner again will be included in the costs as well as an awesome kit. (this though is still be decided but as per usual there will be a choice between just papers or Beyond the Page- will put the choices up later)

Date: Saturday 21st June
Time: 10am - 10pm
Where: Barrabool Hills Baptist (entry now via the new roundabout in Scenic Road)
Price: $35 - $40 depending on kit chosen
Dinner is included. BYO Nibbles and lunch to share.
plus... other little surprises throughout the day... but they're secret for now...

Papers will be supplied to make the albums - though if you want to donate towards the cost of these you may. Raffles etc will be held throughout the day again to raise extra money

100% of ALL product sold on the day will go to the cause. Again we will have Kaiser product on hand during the day if you need any extra bits and pieces.

Feel free to invite friends, for those of you who have been you will be able to guarantee your friends they will have a fun day and of course meet lots of lovely new friends.

RSVP: Please let me know if you would like to be included in this day by 15th May and payments to me prior to 31st May. I will have choices for kits up well before then.... For now I just need an indication of numbers.

If any of you have any ideas or can get product or gifts for raffles or silent auctions to be held on the day I would love to hear from you also.

Hope to see you all there and in the mean time
REMEMBER ALL THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN LIFE and hold on tightly to the ones that matter the most....