Monday, February 4, 2008

A Special Project

My very fabulous friend Mari contacted me last week with news of a wonderful project she is involved in. A non-profit close to her, Brighten A Corner, is going to be making over the home of a very worthy family. This family recently had quads but one went home to the Lord. The three remaining girls are going to be getting a pink and gingham nursery and Mari asked if I could create something for the space. I was originally going to do some kind of wall art but veered into the decorative box direction. The photos are poor quality as they were taken at night but I had to photograph everything when I finished it last night so that I could get it packaged and shipped this morning - the makeover will be taking place this weekend!

I had some wonderful vintage baby wrapping paper that I've been anxious to use. This project was a perfect fit.

I wanted to keep the box on the simple side as I'm not sure of the family's tastes and the paper is so cute I didn't want to embellish it too much.

Inside I placed a little surprise. The three surviving sisters are certainly angels among us while their sister is an angel above us.

On a different note, I was recently tagged by Natalea for more random facts. Here are a few:

1. If I'm recalling an embarrassing moment, I usually hum.

2. I have a certain ritual I must follow before I go to bed: Set the alarm, shake my dream ball so that I only have good dreams, check to make sure the alarm is set correctly, bless myself with holy water. Yeah, there are some OCD tendancies and Catholic guilt here!

3. After dinner, I must immediately clean up the kitchen. I cannot stand knowing that there are dirty dishes, etc. waiting for me. I like to get everything done right away so that I can relax.

4. I am a Days of Our Lives junkie. I Tivo it everyday and watch it when I get home from work. Most times I fast forward through everything except for the one or two stories I'm actually interested in.

5. Ditto for Oprah (really I don't watch that much TV!).

6. In honor of the Super Tuesday primaries tomorrow - I'm not about to take a political stance on my crafty and light hearted blog - but I will say that I take elections very seriously and thoroughly research all candidates before I make a decision. Once I make a decision, that is it - no turning back!

Have a great day!


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

That box is so adorable!

I have never heard of a dream ball!

Miss Mari said...

Miss Karla! I am in tears! That is so beautiful! I can't wait to share it with them. The project takes place this coming weekend. I will make sure to take pictures! Bless you sugar!!! Miss Mari~

Lori said...

what a sweet box you made for this wonderful cause!!! i love those three little angels:)

ShabbyInTheCity said...

ooo a bittersweet write-up...I love your craft. My mother said a newborn was found near her home yesterday on a church bus. She wants to get a quilt to it but isn't sure how to find the baby. She was able to do that once before when one was found at a bank!

Natasha Burns said...

You're so thoughtful Karla! I love that box, it is JUST RIGHT!!!
Hehehe 'Days of our Lives' huh?!


Just precious!! How wonderful for you to create this special box for the family!!! It is lovely and I am sure will mean so much to the girls and their parents!!!
I loved your little bits of info about yourself too!!!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

The box is fabulous. That paper is so lovely and your thought process was perfect. I agree with you on many things, set my clock and recheck (every night), Y and R- certain parts, political candidate-set and ready to go- actually going to work at the caucus in a litlte over an hour!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

I really love the box!! that is so sweet that you are making something for the family to help with their loss. Love learning more about you! xo Britt :-)

Sandra Evertson said...

This is just Beautiful!
Sandra Evertson

Jen r. said...

The box is beautiful! What a special thing.
Jen R

Merci-Notes said...

Bravo Karla!

This is so beautiful, especially, well EVERY single bit is perfect! I love the special gift inside and i think the girls are going to chose which angel they are from the display. ( i know that I would have when I was a little girl). It is so very sweet and perfect. I can not say enough about it!
Thank You for being such a wonderful person Karla!!


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

The box and surprise inside are adorable. Great job. said...

A dream ball??!! I've never seen one, it sounds like a wonderful thing to have. I'd shake it every night too.

Your angels are so sweet, what a kind thing to do. That will mean a lot to the family

Erin Earls said...

That box is so sweet. I am sure it will fit in perfectly! My BFF lives for Days. I don't even have to watch to know what is going on, she tells me!!
Love Erin~

Liz said...

What a beautiful box for a beautiful cause.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful box!
I thought it was ironic~ super tuesday and fat tuesday all in one!

Karin (creativechaos) said...

The box is beautiful Karla!! I also sent Mari a big box of baby clothing that I've had from my days of designing layettes....of course I had to make some new things too!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

What a beautiful box you made for such a wonderful cause!!!

My gosh! Days of our Lives??? My family (cousins, aunts, etc) have watched that show like FOREVER between all the women in my family. I remember when Hope was a BABY on the show! I remember her being pushed in a baby carriage (I was a tiny kid then, but I just remember that tidbit from my Mom watching it all the time)! lol

Jennifer Paganelli said...

love everything I'm seeing Karla!!! and there are plenty of angels among us I count you as one of mine...blessings sweet girl!! Jennifer

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