Just a quick postcard update.
I have received MASSIVE amounts of postcards in the past couple of days. YAY!!!! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am now that a significant amount of postcards are actually starting to pile up.
I was a little concerned a week ago, but now I believe I have around 30-40 postcards and have received several e-mails that lead me to believe many more will be on the way.
I had intended to list out all that have arrived, but with a crawling, wiggly 10 month old keeping me busy, I just don't have the time. If anyone is concerned about their postcards having arrived, please drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'd be happy to check the pile and let you know. I feel badly that I don't have the time to list everyone out, as you all took the time to send the postcard, but please know that I'm VERY grateful for those that have arrived and Alison will be, too. They are being carefully stored at the present moment, awaiting their little postcard home.
Speaking of which, I began a scrapbook on Monday to put the postcards in. All was going well, until some uniquely shaped postcards began arriving, some very three dimensional, and some very generous folks sent little gifts, as well. I wanted to keep everything together and have it neatly organized, sooooooo....
I am now altering the idea once again (it's gone from scrapbook, to soft book, and then back to scrapbook) to become a box of well-wishes. I think that will actually work well for a four year-old, as she can take things out as she pleases. I'm hoping to make little compartments, maybe a false bottom, and I'm going to buy some fabric tomorrow to make the outside soft and visually stimulating. I hope to start/finish it sometime next week.
As it stands now, I am visiting Alison on Oct 1st-3rd, so there is still plenty of time if anyone wishes to PM or e-mail me (email@example.com
) for the mailing address.
I wanted to mention a couple of items received, as they were just crazy sweet and made me teary-eyed. Two very sweet little girls (daugthers of a craftster) sent scrapbook pages and a bracelet for Alison. I just wanted to send a HUGE thank-you to such thoughtful little children who took the time to create something for Alison.
I also wanted to send a HUGE thank-you to Arlee for the GORGEOUS fabric postcard. It's amazing! Really, the photo doesn't do it justice. You should really consider posting that under its own topic on Crafster if you haven't already. It's soooooo well-done, and obviously took some time.
And thanks to everyone else who sent postcards and pictures and sweet little messages. They are all adding up to one fantastic project! You guys rock!
As for a quick update on Alison - she is beginning radiation and is also still in physical therapy. She is doing great, talking and becoming a little more mobile, bit by bit. Her isolation period is nearly over (it has been almost 100 days since the stem cell transplant). She is being allowed small trips outside of the rehab facility on the weekends and LOVES being out of the hospital, if only for a couple hours. So, her immune system is getting stronger and her motor skills are starting to improve. Her fifth birthday is a couple weeks away and she's starting to get excited about that. She's a trooper!
I'll post some photos next week as I begin "The Box".
I'm going to scan the rest of Craftster now for some ideas on how to make this box extra-fabulous. I'm thinking of lining the inside with faux-fur and some really fun textured fabrics. Hmmmmmmm...
Thanks again everyone! I'll keep you posted!