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February 2019

Treasured Babies

Trigger Warning - this post may trigger grief response in some readers. Please know you are loved and there is support available as you continue to process the loss you have experienced. 

  • GriefLine - 1300 845 745
  • Red Nose Grief and Loss Services on 1300 308 307

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This morning I had such a beautiful experience. I visited the home of the Treasured Babies Program in Mooroolbark. 

What a truly gorgeous, caring, wonderful group of people. Lovingly assembling packages of clothing and gifts for bereaved families, hand painting Memory Boxes and Angel boxes, die-cutting butterflies to go on the lids of Remembrance boxes and tubes for naming certificates, sorting and putting together booties, bonnets, nightgowns and blankets for tiny, tiny babies who's spirits have already flown home with the angels.

Treasured-Babies-Program1( Picture from Red Nose Grief and Loss Website. )

I am so privileged to meet these lovely, kindhearted ladies (and one sweet gentleman) who give their time so generously to make, assemble and distribute these exquisite gifts.

All of the items for the Treasured Babies Program are donated and I'm not a crotcheter or someone who does fine needlework, but I was moved to ask what else do they need that my community, my tribe may be able to help with.

And the response was so simple and so easy, so I'm putting it here for you as I know so many of you will be willing and able to contribute too.

They need:

  • Pastel printed papers for the butterflies they cut out and adhere to the boxes and tubes.  Definitely light pastels, mostly blues and pinks but some yellow, green, white, cream.  Any small scraps you know you aren't likely to use. The die cuts can be quite tiny so they accept all small scraps.
  • Empty Inner tubes or cores from rolls of paper towel - in particular, Aldi Handy Paper towel - the empty inner core tube is the perfect size

  Pastel Paper

I will be more than happy to collect these items and take them to these hardworking and dedicated volunteers. To that end, I will have a box in my Stamping Room for people who attend classes, Stamp Club or team night to drop off items into, or if you don't get to my classes let's work out a time to catch up and I can collect items from you.

Such a simple request - scraps of pastel coloured printed papers, and empty inner cores from paper towel rolls.

I know we've all got some, so please get in touch today and we'll work out how we can get your donation to Mooroolbark.

If you have an A4 envelope full of paper scraps, I'm happy for you to post it to me to deliver.

These lovely people are making such a difference, let's see if us paper hoarders can make a difference to them!


Sale-a-brate with Stampin' Up!

Did you know January to March are the most fun months at Stampin' Up! with lots of awesome products being given away?


If you like butterflies, Stampin' Up! has you covered with 2 huge bundles of stamps and cutting tools in the Occasions Catalogue (out until May 31st), as well as the very beautiful Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper - a free Sale-a-bration gift available until the end of March. 

See all the Sale-a-bration items in my online shop here.

Order online, or if you have an questions, send me a message, email or text and I'll call you back.

Kathryn Ruddick

(Melbourne, Australia).