#sunprairiestrong Life changes in an Instant

A week ago this time, Sun Prairie was just waking up and the days’ bustle was getting started. Morning walks were being taken, toast being served and minds were getting ready to work.

I had 3 greeting card sessions that day followed by volunteering at Gilda’s Club as kitchen host with an alumni Girl Scout troop. It was a busy day for me.

My last task for the day was to deliver a product order to DeForest on my way back from Gilda’s in Middleton. I head east, then north and then south to home. On my journey south, the sky was filled with black smoke that grew larger the closer I got to home.

My initial thought is that is not good; I hope no one is hurt. The smoke seems to be over PAC, close to where I live. As I change direction, I can see it is further south and east. I arrive home with neighbors outside looking around. Jim said the house rattled but sounded different than the garage door and my car. When I did not enter the house, he checked the garage to see I was not home so he knew it was something else.

As the events unfolded, we learned of the destruction and the price paid from the fallen firefighter. Life changes in an instant.

We were asked to stay away from the area so emergency workers could do their job. I had a senior living session at a community that is just inside the evacuation zone on Wednesday morning. I knew the residents were back in their community so I packed my supply tub light in case I had to walk in. I was able to park in their lot with the police barricade just beyond the driveway. Residents were so appreciative that I held the session. It made such a difference to their day that I was there. I like to think I make a difference during every other session too. Insert smiley emoji here:)

It’s been a week since since that day when life changed in an instant for many. Businesses are boarded, fences up to maintain a parameter around the zone and a final farewell for the firefighter was done.

Sun Prairie is taking steps to help those affected with #sunprairiestrong support. As I was reading about how other businesses and people were raising funds, I have an idea how my business can help. I already have a Card Buffet on my schedule for this Sunday, July 22nd, 1-3pm and Monday, July 23rd, 9-11am. Anyone that places an online order using host code 7UY9EASY at my online store can stop in during Card Buffet hours and hand stamp a greeting card on me. I will donate 25% of online orders placed using host code 7UY9EASY. The donation will be made to Sunshine Place, which provides a single point of access to social services for Sun Prairie residents to support themselves in time of need.

I look forward to meeting you at the buffet to help others after their Life Changes in an Instant.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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Fun Fridays includes a Paper Pumpkin Night Out!

Lisa J. and I have a fun end to our Friday today. She is hosting a Paper Pumpkin Night Out! She won the party at the WAGS fundraiser where I donated a stack of hand stamped greeting cards and the PPNO. She said she split her raffle tickets between the prizes and won mine! WAGS stands for Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs. Lisa has a WAGS dog named Haley that helps Lisa throughout her day. Find information about WAGS through this link.

We will be creating with the Sara Thing kit tonight. This kit was designed by our CEO and daughter of our co-founder in celebration of 4 years of Paper Pumpkin kits. The stamp set for this kit is written in Sara’s writing! A fun touch and a set I will treasure in my stash.

Here’s Sara…

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and here is what we will create from the kit!

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Would you like to help Lisa out by placing an online order? Simply use host code WJT7PCJY at my online store by clicking this link.  A three month Paper Pumpkin subscription is only $59 plus tax and your snail mail box will be happy! Scroll to Paper Pumpkin at my online store for other subscription options and past kits that are for sale. After purchasing your subscription, follow the link in the confirmation email to get your account set up so Paper Pumpkin knows where to ship your boxes!

I’ll try to remember to take photos from the party tonight and share them here. Lisa and I discussed getting photos the last time we stamped together but we get busy stamping and then forget! I wonder if I arrive with a post it note on my forehead with “TAKE PHOTOS!!!” that we will remember to snap a few. Stay tuned to find out!

Have a Fun Friday!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. I was just looking around the #WAGS website and who did I find? Lisa and Haley!

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Epilogue…

Lisa and Haley (peeking behind Lisa) with our guests and their creations. Thanks for a fun night!

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Paper Pumpkin = Paper Crafting Kits for Kids

I asked my stamping friends to help with #givingtuesday by donating a Paper Pumpkin paper crafting kit to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison. The kits arrived at my house later last week. I delivered them to RMHC of Madison after inserting an acrylic block.

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Paper Pumpkin is an all inclusive paper crafting kit that creates hand stamped greeting cards and party favors. Everything needed to create the projects are included the box: stamps, inks, papers cut and scored, die cuts or stickers and ribbons. Glue dots help make assembly easy for the newbies. The kits will be included in welcome bags so that children receiving care at the nearby hospitals can take it with them to the hospital or back home with them. Parents can get involved during creation time since photo instructions are included in the box too.

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If you would like to get on the donor list, the cost is $20. I’ll cover the cost of the acrylic block and deliver the kits to the house. Thanks for donating!

Update: Wendy saw this post and is donating a kit! Thanks Wendy!

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Super Awesome Stamper Shirley