My good friend Kirsty has asked for my help. Her gorgeous daughter Ellie (Belle) who is the same age as my Soph, has been offered the much needed opportunity to go to America for diagnosis. Kirsty says this of Drs Ruth and Scott Denton. "They have offered to see us in various clinics near Las Vegas and our intention is to go in Spring. Its imperative we tray and raise £5,000 and to do this, belle will walk 1 mile. To you or I, 1 mile is nothing but to Ellie its 16 times her capability. She generally manages 100 meters on your average stretch before she needs to use a pushchair.Going to Nevada may open up new lines of investigation of which we have been told that we have exhausted here. This is unacceptable. We will not sit back and leave belle to get on the way she does now. I wonder if you could help?"
Anyone who has read Kirsty's blog will know the horrendous uphill struggle that she and Mark have endured to try and get the medical community to help Belle. They seem to have given up on her because she doesn't fit an easy diagnostic and curative mould. Kirsty WILL not accept this and this is why she's asking for our help.
Here is Belle introducing herself and the background to all of this in her own, priceless words.
If you'd like more info or to donate please click on the image in the left sidebar which will take you to Belle's website.
I've got a couple of little plans up my sleeve to raise loadsa money...but for starters I'll donate £1 for each comment left on this post- doesn't have to be today....so if you read this, please please leave a comment to show Kirsty your support. Thankyou!
Currency is the prompt of the day over on HS:MS. My eye was drawn to the numerous little piles of small change that are deposited around the house by the cash fairy. Marvellous. The children never ask for pocket money...but always seem to have cash...hmmm, must investigate. Here is my take on today's prompt, following a quick cash stocktake.
I have decided to start collecting up these little piles of silver and copper and put them towards a good cause which has come to my attention today. More of this tomorrow.
Thankyou Ettey! If at the end of the day I have cheered just one person up, then I'm happy too! I will have to think carefully about who I pass this onto. You knows you all cheer me up, so will have to be ruthless and random about it.
Suzy B cheered me up the other day with a little game which I started to play really late one night but had such a laugh I had to share...It's about made up band names...
Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together ... and hey presto! You have your album cover
And this is what I came up with-
I'd buy it! Never mind what the music sounded like. I think this is actually how the music industry do their covers.
Talking of bands, Richard has a big gig tomorrow and the band's adopted pet graphic designer has designed this new drum skin which will get it's first outing tomorrow night... if anyone is in Cardiff let me know and come on down to the pub whose name I've temporarily forgotten...
Not the sort of artwork I've ever done before, but hey, I'll try anything once. When they want a new album title, I'll know how to come up with one.
This (below) is more me. I needed to do something for Soap to cheer her up and help her fend of the pre-teen angst that descends from time to time. I filled this 7 Gypsies purse and accordian book with uplifting quotes and unashamed cliches to keep her thinking positive. She was a lil bit chuffed...and Oli asked if he could have one to hold his ego (oops sorry, meant to type lego, he honestly hasn't got much of an ego at all but I thought that was funny...)
HS:MS prompt of the day is snooze....zzz which uncannily is all I feel like doing today. It seems to be contagious...it's snoozeville central here today. Too lazy to set up a snooze shot today and every time I go near the dog he wakens from his snooze...so I've cheated and gone back to the archives. This on was taken on Aug 20 2007 after a long, hot cycle ride. Me and my gal in the dappled shade of a tree. Bliss.
I am suffering from paint addiction. It's under my skin and under my fingernails. It's under the table, on the table, on the carpet, on my mind. When I close my eyes I see a kaleidescope of colour with the jewel colour shards jumbling and jockeying unil they settle onto my next project. Paint is king, colour is the new black. I don't want handbags or shoes, I want pigment, in all the hues and shades available.
The amazingly original and talented Emily is more than a little responsible. I love her work. Oliver has caught the bug too, and under the guise of 'English Grammar- a lesson in using adjectives' - we produced this, a flip book of Amazingly Cool Words. Flip each section over at random to produce such amusing sentences as 'the alarmingly smelly Estate Agent from Leeds leers inappropriately'- How does this 9 year old mind work, I wonder. And should I worry?
And I managed to justify the expense of the 'Bind It All' by using it for a home education project. Result.
And here are a couple of layouts I did last night- perfect moment- Sophie working hard in her art journal- she has SO much talent, and also shares the gene that predisposes her to a paint addiction...Oliver doodling and dabbling, me scrapping, with, in the background the sepia toned, honey flavoured period-drama-lite indulgence that is 'Lark Rise to Candleford'. Have you seen it? Can you tell me how the Vicar of Dibley got a part in what otherwise would be ideal Sunday night eye candy?!
At last I managed to persuade Soap to do a shoot with me...it helped that she wanted to update her Bebo pictures and has a new pair of skinnny jeans. Just as the sun (yes, sun...) was about to disappear we dashed outside...
It's been a perfect weekend. Dinner here with friends last night, slipping into their easy company like a pair of well worn shoes. Ended up watching Karaoke Favourites on MTV... we know how to party!
The kids ramapaged round a wood shooting 'real' bows and arrows at polystyrene animals, in the name of archery. I think they've discovered a new hobby.
Best moment of the weekend- Oli teaching Richard a 'Kata' (spelling?) which is a series of Karate movements put together so it looks almost like a dance. Watching them work together and for Oliver to find the joy in being able to teach something to his father (he teaches us something every day but just doesn't realise it...) made my heart swell. Just wish I'd grabbed my camera but I didn't want to burst the bubble. There will be other opportunities, I'm sure.