Ronald McDonald House Card Donation

Last week we stayed at Ronald McDonald House Parkville Melbourne.

We were back in Melbourne for brain surgery testing for my 11yo Son.

It’s a long trip from Dalby, Queensland.. this time we flew out from Wellcamp in Toowoomba.. which made the 3am up and off in the car at 3:30am a little better as we only had a 1.5hour drive.. as we were meant to fly out at 6am.. sadly they had problems with our plane and were very accommodating and supportive to everyone’s needs.. transferring us onto another flight but this time to Sydney, then a connecting flight to Melbourne.. instead of our 8:30am arrival we finally graced Melbourne at 2:30pm.. and sadly luke didn’t have the best of flights with seizures and he got really badly flight sick! I was glad we were flying a day early for our appointments and was glad in that time Ronald McDonald House had a room come available during that time! I really had no idea where we were going to end up if we didn’t get this accommodation! We stay here over 2.5 years ago when Luke had his first brain surgery for his epilepsy back on the 20th January 2015!


Working at the Airport sorting customer orders… Love that I can take my work anywhere!

A lot has changed since we stayed.. they have dinner most nights which was perfect after the day we had! I really was only looking for a bath and bed. Totally exhausted we were truly grateful for the beautiful dinner provided. Bed by 8pm we were back up at 6am to head across the road to Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital by 7:30am.. the weather wasn’t as cold as we expected! It was a big day at the hospital again with a MRI PET scan of Lukes brain. They inject a radiation tracer into him and he had to lay quiet and still for 1/2 hour.. this is very difficult when you are a boy and 11! Oh and so hungry because you have to fast for the GA! Finally by 11am he was in for his scan and I could settle for a big brunch.. and a large long black that I had dreamt about all morning!!

Again once luke was out of GA he was very tired so we again had another quiet afternoon over at RMH. Grateful again for dinner that night.

They give so much. Beautiful rooms with heating and cooling, tv.. and they also provide free laundry facilities along with a huge kitchen. Once we worked out the laundry facilities and the oven we were pretty well set!

With only short walks to the hospital it takes a lot of stress out of your time there.

We stayed 6 nights (was meant to be 10) and Luke’s stay in hospital last week went so well hooked up to the VEEG monitor that we were released after one night.. said to get the results needed he had to have many seizures.. now we wait for the Neurology team to decide when they will operate and how they will go about it! Luke isn’t scared.. I’m sure as time gets closer things will change. I know I’m pretty stressed again about the whole thing! But they are the best!

All wired up, checking on the Meerkats while we wait for a hospital bed to come available…

We have only stayed at Parkville and 2 in Brisbane.. and each time we are blown away by their support! Luke is also part of their school program. They supply 40 hours of tutoring for him and have even helped pay for OT and Speech.
This is why I like to make Beautiful cards for them. They have them available for families to purchase or they use them for fundraising etc!

Before I packed to go to Melbourne I did a free online class with my VIP Customers. We all grabbed our STASH of Washi tape and made a heap of cards using up our Washi tape! It’s something everyone seems to collect but not use!

I turned all my cards into cards for Ronald McDonald House.. here are the cards I made for them!

I’ve decorated each of the cards with currently stamps….. which one do you like?


Organising your craft space- Scrap Cardstock Stash! 

I know many struggle to have a craft space that is practical and tidy. I used to have a bag of blues, greens, pinks….. etc of cardstock scraps in a big container.. and what a mess it would get! 

Especially when you teach classes and do up card kits! I’d like to say I’m pretty savvy with my cardstock but when you look at my pile of scraps I often wonder if I really am.. or am I just getting better as I get more organised! 

When I go to get a class ready I often look at what I do have in my scraps before I actually cut a new piece of cardstock! 

Yes I get paid for these classes but in reality you never get your money totally back unless you charge everyone big $$ and send scraps home with them.. I like to keep my classes affordable and have them at the set $$ figure each month so they know what to save for! 

How are you keeping your cardstock scraps so you get your money’s worth? Please share in comments below! You can even leave a link for others! 

About a year ago I decided to take over our filing cabinet that is connected to my scrapbook table! I bought another filing cabinet off FB and use it to fit the 2 draws of files that use to take up space in my desk and the other 2 I use for all my catalogues, envelopes etc.. 

but with my desk filling cabinet I have labelled and colour coded each file with my scraps.. each file either contains 1 or 3 different colours.. depending on how much scraps I have.. there are some colours I really need to use more for classes and cards! And I can see that at a quick glance! 

I’m yet to do something with my very vanilla and whisper white.. I often wonder if I keep too much of it! I recently went through it all and cut out 3 tins worth of card faces for my up and coming event.. #JosiesCardsForACause2017 

I’m sure we will also smash my scrap stash! 

Being tidy from the start surely helps with creativity?!?