Handcrafted Dreamcatcher for Someone Special

Very recently I had someone special to create a gift for and it really got me thinking… it had to be something suitable for posting to Australia but I also wanted it to be something with a personal touch, so I went looking for ideas.

I decided that a laser cut mdf dreamcatcher was perfect for a new baby’s room, particularly one with the quote “Never Let Go Of Your Dreams” with feathers, stars, moon and a cloud.

I ordered this dreamcatcher from our supplier and could not wait for it to arrive so that I could start working on it… I had already decided which colours of Dylusions paint I was going to use. The morning it arrived I was straight on with the first layer of paint.

The dreamcatcher outer circle was painted using Calypso Teal, the writing was painted alternately in After Midnight and Tangerine Dream before each of the star, feather, moon and cloud elements were given a coat of gesso before being finished with glitter Stickles.

Each of the elements of the dreamcatcher have been connected using blue and white twine to add to the free flowing effect that a lighter ribbon/twine gives.

A few people asked me who I was working on this gift for but I was very secretive about who the recipient would be, but now they have received it and vlogged the parcel they received (showing both the dreamcatcher AND the handmade card we made from Cards And Candles For All Occasions), I can now confirm that this was a very special gift for a very special little boy…

The beautiful baby boy being Archie, gorgeous son of the very talented Adele and Aaron Toomey aka Inkie Quill and Inkie Beard!!

Those of you who know me and/or follow my other blog (Eljay’s Creating Memories Journey) will know that I also love scrapbooking and following many wonderful YouTubers in the scrapbook community, so when Adele shared Archie’s gift on their daily vlog on Mr & Mrs Rad, together with a few crafty things I had sent to Adele, naming me and thanking me for being a longterm fan and subscriber, I have to admit that I did have a bit of a fan girl moment 😍😍😍 lol. I just *had* to screenshot the moment, so here you go… I doubt Adele realises that she made my day this morning!!

Here is the vlog post where you can find Adele sharing her happy mail… “Mr & Mrs RAD Ep #139 ~ You Can’t Bite Daddy’s Nose Archie!”.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my latest Dreamcatcher and if you are interested in seeing more of my work you can follow us on Facebook at Cards And Candles For All Occasions.

Thank you for reading.

xxx Love Laura xxx

Handcrafted Exploding Box Keepsake – Special Memories

One of our lovely regular customers recently contacted me looking for something special to give to her Mum who is terminally ill.

She was looking for a handcrafted exploding box keepsake which could incorporate some of her Mum’s special holiday destinations, favourite musicians, tv programmes, etc so we decided that the twelve internal sides of the exploding box would have photographs of each of her Mum’s likes including her favourite flowers, cream tea, cruise ship holidays and a photograph of her great-grandsons.

The recipient is a lover of cream tea and loves to bake cakes for her family, hence our chosen centre piece of cup and saucer (she only drinks from a china cup and saucer, no mugs for this lady!).

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Our customer received her order yesterday and is over the moon with the finished piece, so I just hope that her Mum loves it too πŸ’–

I am quite pleased with how this keepsake has turned out and would love to hear your feedback.

xxx Laura xxx

Happy 60th Birthday Mum

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Today would be Mum’s 60th birthday but on 23rd February 2007 Mum was taken from our lives but there is never a day passes when she is not in our thoughts πŸ˜”

Happy birthday Mum, thank you for everything you ever did for me, everything you ever gave me, everything you said to me and being the best Mum I could have asked for. The biggest gift you ever gave me was life and the confidence, support and courage to face the world, regardless of what was thrown my way.

I will never forget the card I found in my suitcase when I was in Benidorm, a much needed holiday due to problems at work, it simply read:
“Don’t let the ba***rds get you down! Mum”
I still have that card, and that sentiment is always with me. Thank you Mum!!

“Every day become more like my Mother
And I couldn’t be prouder”

A lot has changed in the past nine years, there are so many differences in my life – I hope you would be proud of the choices I have made, the decisions and options, the walking away and starting afresh. I’m happy now but I always miss you πŸ’–

πŸŽ‰ 🎈 Happy 60th Birthday Mum!!! 🎈 πŸŽ‰

Love you with all my heart, you are always in my thoughts xxxxx

Christine Thomson

Birthday wishes, sent to Heaven
from your family below
We miss and love you dearly
and we wanted you to know

Your birthday’s not forgotten
and your memory lives on
We celebrate the life you had
even though you’re gone

If we were given just one wish
one which could come true
We’d wish you back beside us
to spend this day with you

We will always love and miss you
and often shed a tear
Especially on your special day
today and every year

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