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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hospital visit, stickers, stickers and more stickers.

To say that Emma has received some male lately would me the biggest understatement ever. Lets just say that we have received approximately 140 parcels to date. I am just incredible gobsmacked at the amazing generosity of so many people. Not only has she got stickers but also Blythe clothes (think her dolls have more clothes than me now), beanies, bandanna's, books, toys and everything else. I have taken a couple of photos of the cards and things she got.

 the boxes and bags at the back of the photo are all filled to the brim with stickers.
 A portrait of my little girl
 gorgeous pillow that takes pride of place on her bed with her two fav friends
 an amazing decorated box all the way from New Zealand for her stickers
 more of the box
and more cards.

She has been so blessed.

Last week we ended up spending 4 days in hospital.  Emma got a high temp and her mouth was full of ulcers.  They had to keep her in to make sure she didn't have an infection.  During the hospital stay her beautiful hair started falling out.  This was so devastating for her as I guess it would be for anyone.  She is fine about it now though which is great.

We were released on Friday afternoon and on Saturday Emma went to the hairdressers and had the remainder of her hair clipped off.  She did not like the patchy look......

 shaving daddy's hair
 matching beanies

wearing her fav hat and the wispy look before the clipper

Jacob headed off to his Social Skills group on Tuesday and they were lucky enough to have a visit form Matty Rogers and his family.  Matty started a charity called 4ASDKids which helps ASD children.  4ASDKids donated $8000 towards Gold Coast Autism.  THANK YOU....

Well I have nothing more to share.  Thinks are going well in the Love household at the moment.  Emma heads off to Brisbane again on Wednesday for her next 4 lots of chemo.  She is not really looking forward to it but it has to be done.

I am off now as I have lots to do, Have some great layouts that are being sold as kits at Mad about Scrappin.  You will have to wait for those though as I haven't quite finished them. We still have 60+ thank you's to write, Emma tells me what to write then I type them up for her.  She did start handwriting them but she received so much stuff that her hand was getting sore and it was taking forever.
Hope this finds you all happy and healthy
Leanne xxx

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What a week

I cannot believe that it has only been just over one week since Emma had her chemotherapy.  Feels like forever.
She has had a fabulous week.  No feeling sick or anything and she has even been going to school.  Don't know how long that will last but it is a good start.  I think the fact that she has been receiving parcels everyday has been a huge help.

Our family cannot believe the generosity of total strangers.  It is amazing and proves to me that there is still hope in this world.  So far she has received millions of awesome stickers, a butterfly quilt, blanket, 3 beautiful amazing outfits for her Blythe dolls.  Yep notice I said Blythe dolls. The Blythe that she ordered arrived the other day so she now has two.  I am starting to think that these dolls are so adorable that I may need to purchase myself one......

Faith and Hope showing off their new outfits compliments of Janelle and Miss Emily xxx
She also received another beautiful dress but I haven't taken a photo of that one yet

Just a smidgen of the cards that Emma has received in just 4 days.

Emma and the quilt that arrived from her beautiful cousin Amy

All of these gorgeous packages arrived from the one person.  So much yummy Kikki k stuff and three beautiful handmade hearts which say Faith Hope and Love.  Pretty cool considering what Em has named her Blythe dolls.

Two of the petite Blythe's she was given from one of our employees.

My longest and dearest friend Kimmi her little babe and mine.

This weeks has gone so slow.  Not much has really been happening here other than loads of mail arriving.  Work is going well although we can always use more students.

Mad about Scrappin have asked me to stay on as one of the DT members and I said a big fat YES.  Leanne is great to work for and she always sends me the bestest kits filled to the brim with loads of yummies, thanks Leanne xxx

Don't forget that there is a new challenge over at These are a few of my Fave things blog.  This one is "Favourite Pastimes"  Mine is reading and you can find my layout by clicking HERE.  Two great challenges are posted every month so make sure you get on over and have a look.

I taught a class at Kaisercraft last weekend so can finally share with you what we made. The photo does not do justice to the colours in the flowers.  Don't really know what happened there.....

And below is a clock that I whipped up last night for Emma's room.

Well I am getting tired so think I might go and hit the sack.   Am going out with my girlfriend Kim tomorrow to a mind and body workshop, am really looking forward to it I can tell you.

Hope this finds you all happy and healthy, stay safe
Leanne xxx

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Tuesday - 6 packages arrived in post box

Wednesday - 17 (yep you read it right) 17 packages in the post - one very excited happy little girl

Today - 18 (can you believe it!!!) 18 packages in the post - I am going to have a slightly crazy little munchkin this afternoon when she gets home from school.  You will probably hear her squealing with delight from your place LOL

Thank you all

Leanne and Miss Em

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thank You All

I would just like to say a very HUGE thank you to Melissa Goodsell for her "stickers for Emma" blog post.

I have just been blown away with all the beautiful comments, offers of help and prayers that are coming to us from all over the world.

Emma is beside herself with excitement which is fantastic to see.  We don't get enough smiles from her these days so this will be good for her.

To all those wonderfully generous people out there we say Thank you.  Emma said that she will write each and every one of you a thank you note.  They may take a while as sometimes she is just too tired but believe me she will do it.

xx Leanne xx

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The latest......

Chemo time.........

We arrived up at the Hospital bright and early Monday morning for Emma to be admitted and also to have her bloods done and get her Chemotherapy. 

we waited, and waited and waited and waited.........

They finally called her up and took her to the treatment room where they put the needle into her port o cath ready for her chemo.

We saw the Doctor who explained a little about the chemicals that she was to get, Doxorubicin (can cause serious heart damage - great) and the other one is Dacarbazine. Both of these chemicals list hair loss as one of the most common side effects. 

We went back out into the waiting room to be called for her treatment and admission,  it was taking forever so they told us to come back at one.  We took this opportunity to head down to the playground where Emma got to meet up with some long lost relatives (hehehehe)

Finally at 3pm we were taken through to the chemo area where she was hooked up and pumped full of toxic chemicals - poor baby.  The chemotherapy only took about 45 minutes to be administered but then we had to wait until 6.15pm before they took us up to her ward.  She wasn't a very happy little chickadee by that stage and the vomiting had begun.  She was so ill that she pulled a muscle in her side.  The vomiting lasted for the first and second treatment but by the third they had the right mix of anti nausea meds sorted (thank God)'

We did manage to put a smile on her face at one stage when we gave her a pressie........

Please meet Faith (aka Raspberry Sorbet) Emma has been wanting a Blythe Doll for so long so I couldn't resist getting this for her.  She purchased herself one the other day too so that should arrive next week.

We went up to our ward where we met a little girl (Charlice) and her mummy who were getting their chemo downstairs the same time as us.  The girls didn't take long to strike up a friendship and start playing.  Was a great distraction for them both.  Little Charlice has some groovy wigs and she let Emma try one on.  Not sure if brunette suits her lol (see below)

The photos are not the best as I only had my iPhone.  She looks kinda funny looking with dark hair.... She now wants me to take her to spotlight this weekend to buy a few cheap play wigs.  She said she will wear them around the house when her hair falls out.  We are going to get it cut into a short bob this weekend as well.  She looks so sweet with a bob.

Anyway things are going pretty well for us.  We have a total of five months with this treatment so still have a long way to go.  Emma is being very strong but it as a mummy it is so heartbreaking.

Will keep you updated on her progress.

Oh this weekend if anyone is interested I am teaching a class at Kaisercraft (Robina store)  Lots of inking, painting and distressing, make sure you wear an old shirt or bring an apron....

Signing out

Leanne :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Well we have news that the first lot of chemotherapy that Em has been receiving has not done a thing and it actual fact the tumour has grown.  Her oncologist has decided that he is going to change her chemo to a stronger one and really dose her up on it so on Monday we will make the trek up to the Royal Children's Hospital where we will be guests for three nights while they administer it.  She will given  two doses each day for 4 consecutive days and then repeat this process every month for goodness knows how long. 

I am just hoping and praying that this one will work.

There is a good chance that she will lose her hair and also become quite ill with this lot so am also praying that she gets through it ok.

A big thank you to everyone for their encouraging words, thoughts and best wishes.

xxx Leanne xxx

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hi guys

The next challenge is up over at "these are a few of my favourite things"
 I have copied a bit from the blog for you to see what some of the Design Team have been up to. 

There is a fabulous prize pack for the winner which is the  "Lovey Dovey" collection from Bella Blvd.!!

Happy reading

Leanne xxx

Monday, February 28, 2011*These are a Few of My Favorite Features!* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hi all!!! :)

What a FUN challenge we have today! "These are a Few of My Favorite Features!"... this can be taken in sooooooo many different ways!! Do you love your nose? Your eyebrows? Your hands? Your painted toenails? OR... is it something about your kid(s) that is your FAVE? Or what feature about your pet do you love? Whatever the feature is ... we wanna see it!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Here is what our FABULOUS DT created!! You are GOING TO LOVE all the different takes on this challenge that they came up with!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Our GDT Nathalie! Her Fave Feature is her son's funny personality!! I loveeeeeeee this!! I loveeeeeeeee the photos, the design...just GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Next, we have Erika T. and her Fave Feature is her RINGLETS!! I sooooo love love love this! I loveeeeee that photo of Erika, and loveeeeeee the distressed layers! AMAZING layout!! And here is what Erika has to say about her layout: "For years I so hated those springy curls of mine. The teasing, the name calling...but as I grew older, wiser and more confident, those curls set me apart and I embrace them as unique and my own. Ringlets ROCK!!!" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Next, we have Jenneke, and her Fave Feature is her daughter's SMILES!!! I loveeeeeeeee this Jenneke! loveeeeee that photo and loving all the SASS on here!!! GORGEOUS SMILES INDEED! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Next, we have Isay...and her Fave Feature is her husband's EYES! I loveeeeeeeee this so so so MUCH! I loveeeeeee the photos, the layers, the colors... WOW WOW WOW! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Next, we have Diana and her Fave Feature is her CURLY HAIR!! I am sooooooooo in LOVE with this!! The design, the heart, the twine... just *sigh-able* for sure! :):):):):):) And here is what Diana has to say about her layout: "My favorite feature is my hair, though that was not always the case. When I was a teenager with a head of inconsistent thick curls, I didn't always like my hair. It's only been in the past few years in going back-and-forth between straightening it and wearing it curly that I have learned to love my hair!" :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And now for our PRIZE!!!! This time we have a prize pack from Bella Blvd.!! Its their "Lovey Dovey" collection!! YAYYYYYYYYY!!! The winner will receive the line and a few trims that coordinate with this line!! I want to thank our Team Member Chris for donating this prize for us!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Now its your TURN!!! We want to see your FAVE FEATURE!!! It can be a layout, a card, an altered item, a mini... whatever you want to create as long as it has to do with your FAVE FEATURE!!