Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Special Company

Thank you to all who wished me "feel-better" wishes!  I am feeling much better today.  If anyone has sinus headache problems and would like to share what helps them, feel free to pass it along!  No stamping for me today, unless a fairy   godmother comes along and gives me an extra couple of hours!  I did stamp something last night for my stamp club hostess that I can share:


This is a little treat box made from two #2 Box die cuts adhered together back to back.  A small oval punch is used to cut out the handle.  Here's the other side:


And some closeups:



The ghost and bat were cased from Mukibug's blog--you can see her ADORABLE project and how-tos here.  She is very creative!!!  Box is Pumpkin Pie; DP is Day & Night Specialty Paper.

I also wanted to share some photos of some special people who spent a few days with me.  DH & I offer our home as a host home for Canine Partners for Life recipients.  These are people who need a guide dog due to health issues, and while they train with their dog, they need places to stay, as a hotel would be very costly.  This was our first time as hosts (and the reason for my painting absence), and we only had Lynn and her brother Charlie for a couple days, but we will be having another family in a couple weeks for a little bit longer!  Lynn had a brain tumor and has balance issues, so her black lab Dutch will be able to help her with that.  I didn't get to meet Dutch, but hopefully will be able to attend "graduation" and meet him then!  Anyway, here they are:

Me, Lynn and my hubby John


Me, Lynn's brother Charlie, who helps her, and John


Charlie and Lynn (isn't she CUTE?)


Lynn's enthusiasm was contagious--she is so excited to get her dog and she has such a positive outlook--they were both a delight to have as guests!  I can't wait to see them again!  Thanks for visiting today!


Our Little Inspirations said...

What you're doing to help Lynn is remarkable and so heart-warming! The world needs more thoughtful, caring folks just like you!!
I've heard folks get tremendous relief from sinus problems by using a Nettie pot on a regular basis. It irrigates and soothes the sinuses to keep them open and releives the pain.
Your treat holder is adorable!! What a charming way to say thank-you to your hostesses!!!
I hope you feel better soon!!!

Tammy Hershberger said...

OMGosh, that little box is too cute, LeAnne! I LOVE all the little characters... the pumpkin, ghost and bats!

What a great experience you had with your guests!!! You are such a sweetheart! I am sure Lynn will always remember you and John!

mudmaven said...

I love that basket and what a wonderful person you are to open your home like that! ~chris

Barbara said...

That little basket is precious!! What a wonderful thing you're doing! I know Lynn will keep you in her heart forever!

Anonymous said...

Oh LeAnne...I love your little Halloween box! Totally love all the little extra's you added to it! Your hostess is sure to love it!!
Thanks for sharing your pics of Lynn & her brother. What a wonderful thing your doing to help!
I have to agree with Carol. I heard those Nettie Pots are becoming a huge thing to help sinus issues. I even seen them on the Dr Oz show a few weeks ago. Sinus headaches are the worst. Remember last fall I was plagued with it and took along time to get rid of them. I wish you lots of luck and hope you feel better soon!
Hugs to you!

Julia Aston said...

what a fun box LeAnne! love the punched bats, ghosts and pumpkins - and how wonderful that you support this program! hope you feel better soon!

Leonie said...

Wow LeAnne, you really are a special person. I love your creation, very spooky, and I hear the accupuncture can work wonders for hay fever but have not tried it myself!

Elise said...

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful post! FIRST OFF, that Halloween box project is top notch! FANTASTIC fun and expertly crafted! I'm soooooo inspired! {You are such my hero!} SECONDLY, that gal, her spirit courage, inner {and definitely outter!} beauty - breath taking! You are wonderful to open you home and share such tremendous generosity... wowowowowow! You're a darling inspiration in much, much more than the crafty world! I'm just so pleased to know someone like YOU, LeAnne!

Linda L said...

Wow that is a wonderful story. When I first saw the pictures I thought Lynn was your sister. It is so nice to help others and make wonderful new friends along the way. That is so nice of you to open your home that way.
The treat box is fantastic. I love the little ghost.

Kelley Eubanks said...

Very sweet of you guys to offer your home like that!! What a blessing you are going to be for so many people!!

Love your goodie box!! SOOOOOO cute!! I just love Halloween!!

Starla said...

Love the box (now I need to order that die...geesh....just put in an order with my demo!! month!!)

As a physical therapist, may I just say that I am just overwhelmed with your generosity to host someone with a special need?! I have had only one patient who required the use of an assistant dog. It was quite the experience and I have donated to Paws with a Cause for many years. Again~~what a blessing you and your family are to share your home with those who have this special need!!

Juanita said...

That is super cute punch art. So darling.
Lynn seems like she has a great attitude (I have determined that from her huge smile) and I wish her well as she continues on her journey.
Congrats on taking in these people as they get ready for their service animals, what a great ministy.

Susan Raihala said...

Love your treat holder! So fun and festively Halloween-y!

What a generous gesture for you to open your home to this family, and how great is it that dogs help people in such amazing ways.

Lisa Kind said...

Wow, LeAnne! What a nice organization to be part of! You are so gracious to offer your home to these people in need! And I love your Halloween project! So cute! I have to check out how to do that bat! Love it!