Friday, 3 June 2011


Good morning's been a while.
Like most of you I have been busy trying to just live life - be a Mum, a wife, a business owner x 3, a friend and finding time to fit some crafting in there somewhere.

A while ago I was on Facebook and I came across this blog and the honesty and raw emotion that this brave Mum shared just touched my heart.
I started messaging Mel and yesterday we spoke on the phone for the first time.
What a brave and amazing woman she is.
Despite her own grief over the loss of her son, Harrison, she is reaching out to other Mums and families who live through the heartbreaking situation of losing a baby and providing a way for them to remember and honour these tiny angels.

Again we are asking paper crafters to help us give these Mums and families a way to say "thank you" to the people who have helped them through the difficult time following the loss of a baby. is what we would like you to do.
(this is taken from a flier that you can obtain via email from me to be printed up and shared with your local craft groups, your LSS, etc)

On September 14, 2010 a little boy was born.
His name was Harrison.
On September 15, 2010, Harrison died.

Instead of taking Harrison home from the hospital, his family took home a box of memories that the Mater Mothers Hospital had kindly made up for them. This included Harrison’s monitor wiring, his foot prints, sunnies and ear muffs - just to name a few.

Being an avid scrapbooker, Mel, Harrison’s Mum, has started making 6 x 6 albums of scrapbooking pages to be included in the boxes, for other Angel families to take home in their boxes..
Mel has found scrapbooking Harrison’s photos a form of therapy, and a wonderful way to preserve the very special photos her family holds dear.

You can read more about Harrison’s fight for life here –
And more about the Harrison’s Little Wings Charity here –

Heart Cards would like to help these families say thank you to the medical staff; support staff, family and friends who have helped them through a very sad and difficult time in their lives.

We are asking paper crafters to please make 10 thank you or blank cards to be given to families of these little angels.
Please be mindful that these cards are for grieving families so use appropriate papers and embellishments.
Personally I think the more simple the card and design, the better in this case.
Please make the cards non-gender specific; i.e. no boy or girl cards.
A paper butterfly is placed on the door of the rooms where families have lost a baby so a butterfly may be an appropriate embellishment on your cards.
Feel free to enclose 10 postage stamps which will be divided between packs depending on the number we receive.

Cards MUST be made to the size of approx 10cm x 15cm - fits a C6 envelope - (landscape or portrait aspect) to allow ease of packing and also to allow them to fit into the boxes given to the families.
If you use a card with a shiny surface, please add an insert into the card to allow ease of writing.
Please do not put postage stamps on the envelopes.
All cards will be accepted but may be put aside for future appeals if they are deemed to be inappropriate for this appeal.

Please forward your cards to Shazz Pratten, 9 Windsor Court, Goonellabah, NSW, 2480 by July 29.
The cards you send will be repackaged and delivered to Mel to placed in the boxes given to the families of these tiny angels.

You can keep up to date with the Harrison’s Little Wings Appeal via our blog -

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause.

The death of a baby is like a stone cast into the stillness of a quiet pool;
the concentric ripples of despair sweep out in all directions, affecting many, many people.
--De Frain, 1991

Can you help......if so, please carefully read the instructions on what kind of cards we need - designs, size, etc - and then get creating.
We won't be able to forward on any cards that do not meet the criteria we have specified but they won't be discarded.....we will be having other Heart Card appeals and we will just add the cards to future appeals.

On behalf of Mel and her family, her support team and the many lives you will touch with your generous donation.....
Two little words but sometimes they just speak volumes.

You can contact me via email at
if you have any questions or if you would like a copy of the flier to pass around to friends.
You can also follow us on Facebook - just search for Heart Cards.

Wishing you all a happy scrappy day

1 comment:

  1. OMG how very sad..... My heart goes out to Mel and her family as well as all those who suffer the loss of a loved one.
    Count me in for some cards Shazz!!! ;)