Sunday, February 1, 2015

Taking a Break

Hi all, I just wanted to let you all know that I am taking a break from crafting and posting regularly on my blog and Facebook.  This also includes anything related to Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, but as always, if anyone needs anything, you are more than welcome to email me at sparklingapple17@hotmail.com or message me on Facebook.

My baby is due in July, and unfortunately, this pregnancy has been quite rough for me.  Since I haven't been well enough to keep up with anything, I decided going on maternity leave would be the best for my family right now.  I do still plan to post every once awhile, as I will continue to make an occasional birthday or event card that I'll need for my family and friends.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Life Changes

Sorry, no crafty post today.

After being off work for 15 weeks, I am going back to work today.  I also have some news to share today as well.  I've been keeping this secret for a long time (all summer), but didn't really say anything publicly since I was on maternity leave and I've been working behind the scenes to get things situated. 

Brent got a new job in July and we made the decision to move back home to Portland.  We still currently own our home in Maple Valley (Seattle area), so it's been a long summer of driving back and forth between the two places.  We're currently staying with my in-laws until we sell our house. 

As for my job, I still have a few more meetings up in Seattle, but will be transferring to an office in Vancouver, WA, which is just across the river from Portland.  With a new baby, moving, and Brent getting a new job, my career is my stable thing right now and I'm happy that they're allowing me to stay. 

Moving back home has been bittersweet for me.  It's been wonderful to be closer to our families.  Especially with my dad being retired, he will be able to help me significantly with free daycare.  This alone is kindof worth it. :)  Plus, with my mom already gone, it will be nice to spend more time with my dad in general.  I do want Boston to grow up being close to everyone and I've always wanted the opportunity to be more involved with Michael and Emily (my younger siblings).

But it's always sad to say goodbye to your first house and all the friends you've made.  Brent and I have been in Seattle for over 6 years.  Between co-workers, crafting, playing bingo, and my sorority alumnae group, I had a very busy social life.  I am especially sad to say goodbye to my monthly crafting group, as these ladies have become very dear to me.  Portland isn't too far though, so I will at least make it up a few times for craft group!

Today, Boston is 16 weeks and I can't believe how fast time goes!  I will be posting quite a bit this next week, as it's my mom's 10 year anniversary of passing.  Plus, I want to update my goals and try to get things back on track.  I hope you all have a wonderful Monday...it's back to work for me!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Cafe Lucy Thank You Card

Welcome to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Today we are sharing creations that shows our love for our favorite cup of joe. To start at the beginning of the blog hop, please click here.  We've got quite a few companies giving away prizes along the way!  Chaitali and Amy are also each giving away a prize! Each winner they chose will receive a $15 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card!



This is the first time I've crafted since I had my baby, Boston (born at the end of June). Brent (my husband) took Boston to a friend's house to watch the Ducks game (I'm a Beaver, so our house is quite divided) which gave me some uninterrupted time to craft. My Basic Grey Grand Bazaar paper has been collecting dust and when I found out that Simon Says had this paper pack and coffee stamps for their card kit this month...it made me feel cool and like I knew what's going on in the crafty world, lol. Just humor me. :)

I had a rough pregnancy (major morning sickness) and now I'm trying to enjoying my maternity leave before I go back to my corporate day job. I've been taking a long break from crafting and my rubber stamp company, Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps (my store is currently closed this year). With the theme being coffee, I wanted to use one of my own images, and I chose Cafe Lucy. 



1. When did you start drinking coffee?  I started drinking coffee in college to stay up and cram!

2. What is your favorite brand of coffee?  Please don't hate on me, but I love Starbucks coffee. I like bitter coffee. My favorite drink is a carmel macchiato, warm or iced, depending on the weather. 

3. What is the most amazing coffee you've ever had? Do you remember where and when? I remember trying the mint chocolate chip frappuccino the summer it came out. I was at Starbucks in my local Safeway and was sad to see it leave the menu after summer was over. {You can still order it, as it's part of the Starbucks secret menu.}

4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...be really sad, lol. I went 9 months without caffeine and the day I went into labor, I made Brent stop at Starbucks before we went to the hospital. One positive thing about being nauseous during my pregnancy was that I didn't crave my daily cup of coffee.  But in the end, this little cutie was all worth it!


I can't believe that summer is over and my little guy is going to be 3 months tomorrow! Life has been quite crazy for me this summer, but will share more on that later (future posts). Overall, we're all doing well and Boston is just the sweetest baby ever. He's about to roll over any day now and he's smiling. He just started to sleep through the night a couple weeks ago and I'm going to be sad to be going back to work next month.


Well, thank you all for stopping by and hope you are enjoying the hop! To go back to the blog hop list, please click here.  I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!