Friday, 10 July 2015

Healing hugs for Chewy

This Week we had drama at PPHQ when my beloved Chewy became very sick. This week has been daily trips to our local vets for tests and checks which ended up with poor Chewy on a drip. It was truly heartbreaking to see him so poorly, he was refusing to eat or even move and became really limp. It was awful for him but also for the whole family who are used to him running around our feet trying to trip us up!

It became very scary when we realised that in the stresses of work and family life that we had let his insurance lapse. When you lot found out that the insurance hadn't been renewed there were LOADS of people offering support, auctioning items and donating their hard earned cash to his vets bill. I honestly couldn't believe it. Faith in humanity completely restored.

I cannot express how much every message, virtual hug, donation and offer to help has meant to me and my family, and it has helped me get through a tough and stressful week. Without this support I honestly don't know how I would have coped. So THANK YOU, every single one of you, THANK YOU xxxx

On a Brighter note this week one of my lovely admin team challenged the papercutting group to interpret what Paper Panda meant to them. This could have been by any means or medium, and we had some incredible entries! From drawings, pictures, quotes, poems and just words of general loveliness! Here is a few of my favourites! (It was super hard to pick a couple as they were all so lovely)
Picture by Rose O'Shea

Poem by Anna Goadby

There is a world of paper art,
An art that is close to our heart.
Across the world we pick up a knife,
But in aid of art not to take a life.
We are a group, although we've not met,
Who share pics of our favourite pet.
We share our stories part of our lives,
All whilst creating with our knives.
Acts of kindness not of hate,
Is what makes this group great.
We came together because we care,
For an artist, known as a bear.
From a little village in the Cotswolds,
Come pretty pics to cure blues and colds.
promoting kindness and good deeds,
Whilst we shop to fill our craft needs.
Our thanks to paper panda we owe,
For the love in the group does grow.
Thanks to panda we have learnt to be kind,
We are not strangers, we are of same mind.
Paper and knife, cake to eat,
We are Just friends who are yet to meet.

Poem by Jessica Massey

There once was a Paper Panda. There never was a woman grander.
She has big boobs and an even bigger heart paper cutting is her art.
A beautiful talent she likes to share and about other people she really does care.

So she decided to create a group, and lots of people went whoop whoop whoop.
A group who share a love of craft a place where you’re never made to feel daft.
But it’s not just Lou who runs the dream she also has a fabulous team.
She has Tim Sam who we all like to scare by wanting to see him in underwear.
Then there’s Dan the admin man. Let’s give him a clap for being a real nice chap.
Next up is Emily with her pretty smile to help she`ll go an extra mile.
Vicky has the rainbow hair to forget her I wouldn’t dare.
Then of course there is Julie too she’s a lovely lady through and through.
There’s coke and cake and laughs galore it’s never stops there’s always more.
Mr whippy is so yummy just like Lou who is rather scrummy wink emoticon
There’s chewy and munch who are part of the bunch.
I’m sorry this poem is so lame my lack of drawing skills are to blame.
And although comic sans is a really big no honestly it was the only way to go.
So now you ask what does paper panda mean? Its friends and family and following a dream.
Its being yourself and believing in you it’s following your heart and always being true.
It’s an inspiration to many around, a helpful word and smile can always be found.
It’s being confident and learning a skill, picking up and knife and having a thrill.
Cutting up paper to make some art, paper panda is part of our heart.

With so many entries I wish I could share them all, but along with the support for Chewy this thread and the love for Paper Panda was so immense it has made what was a dreadful week into something immensely lovely and bearable.Thank you for being there for me!
Lots of love and Panda snogs! Mwah xxx

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