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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Uptown Girl Sandy and Her Sombrero Aloha Card

This year is the 10 year anniversary of my mom's passing. If you know me well, I make Hawaiian/beach themed cards every year to celebrate my mom's life. (She was born and raised in Hawaii. She's also buried there.) The actual anniversary was Friday, but I got busy with my first week back at work (was up in Seattle) and packing up my office.

With having Boston, it takes me three times as long to finish anything, lol. I figured I'd start making cards early this year. My friend +Thanh came down from Vancouver to visit me last month and we had a full weekend of crafting. We spent the first half of Saturday with my monthly craft group and then the second half at Impress for Stamp Night. Boston was a trooper and did great with all the ladies. :)

While on leave, I was good about not really buying new stuff...but I got this fun beach Uptown Girl and knew it would go well with one of my favorite paper packs, Soliel. It's quite busy, but I still like how my card came out.


Here's the inside of the card. I actually have about 4 pads of this paper pack, lol.  So I figured it was about time to use up some scraps!


My week up in Seattle turned out quite different than expected.  My original plan for transferring was to work up at a Moneytree branch in Vancouver, WA.  Well, after figuring out that their wouldn't legally be enough office space for me and Real Estate proposing to move the wall, they decided to let me work from home. 

It took a little bit to get my computer and dual monitors all set up, but everything is going well so far! Without the commute, it's nice to have the extra time and in the future, will give us more choices on where Brent and I will actually live when we move into our own place again.


Well, I hope you're all doing well and have a wonderful hump day!



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!