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It’s Been A Year

October 15th, 2013

Maya 1 year

[Photos by Cheramie Cheung]

10/11/12 had been a whirlwind kind of day.
It started with a regular doctor’s appointment and ended up with me holding my Maya in my hands.
A few weeks earlier than expected.
It’s been an unforgettable year.
My Maya has grown and become the most beautiful, kind and intelligent little toddler.
I am grateful beyond words.

My Maya

I love you , Maya!
I love you to the moon and back.
I love you beyond the farthest star.
I love you deeper than the center of earth.
I love you dearly and infinitely.

Maya Is Eight And A Half Months Old. Oh. My. God.

July 2nd, 2013

Maya at 8 months

Somebody, please pinch me.
My tiny little Maya, whose head I could fit in my palm, is 8½ months old.
Oh. Em. Gee.
Her eyes are still blue.
Her skin is still paper-white.
She is still pretty small [just 14 pounds...].
She drinks fruit smoothies with a straw.
[This one is banana and avocado. Thanks for asking]
She crawls. She sits. She has 3 teeth…
[I have the marks to prove that.]
She smiles a ton.
She does tricks.
She captivates everyone who sees her.
I mean e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e.
She loves books.
She loves being outdoors.
She REALLY loves the swing.
The harder we push – the better.
She ‘talks’ herself to sleep.
She is my world.
My world is SO awesome!

What Motherhood Means To Me – New Mother’s Day Tradition

May 11th, 2013

Motherhood

Today was the first time I celebrated Mother’s Day as a mom.
This is a great opportunity to start a new tradition.
Every Mother’s Day I will write myself a letter on what motherhood means to me.
Later I can share it with my Maya and also see how the meaning of being a mom developed throughout the years.

Motherhood, to me, means infinite love.
Motherhood means to constantly be at awe.

Motherhood is being sleep deprived and bitten (Yay for first teeth!!!),
but all I want to do is to gently stroke her delicate hair, caress her soft skin,
gaze into her big blue eyes and whisper in her ears how much I love her and how perfect she is.
Perfect beyond my imagination.

When I was pregnant with Maya I always tried to imagine how my little baby girl will be.
I dreamed up the perfect little face and the cutest little hands, legs an belly to tickle.
I pictured the smartest little girl with the friendliest demeanor.
Boy, oh boy, was I far from reality.

My Maya came out better than I have ever imagined.

She’s perfect!

Motherhood is reading stories and singing songs to her.
Motherhood is holding her until her sweet eyes fall to sleep (when her tummy aches).
It is waking at night to comfort her or to feed her or just to make sure that she’s sleeping soundly in her crib.

Motherhood means missing a heartbeat when you hear her laughing out loud.

Motherhood means taking the magic of her growth and development with ambivalence.
Motherhood means feeling sadness that soon she will only eat solids and we won’t have our intimate feeding time anymore.
Motherhood means feeling immense joy when she learns something new or grows out of her clothes.

Motherhood means the world to me.

It is the best thing that ever happened to me!

I am so grateful for you, Maya.

What does motherhood mean to you?

His and Hers – Online Card Classes

May 2nd, 2013

Thanks for all the wonderful messages, comments and e-mails.
I have been doing really well.
Enjoying my Maya (and also back to work).

I have taken a few crafty classes in the meantime, to keep my sanity, though I haven’t had the chance to actually make anything (Boooo).

Three of the classes have been with Online Card Classes by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner and I loved every one. They really pack a lot of tips, tricks and general card-inspiration into each class. I highly recommend taking one of their classes.

At the moment I am participating in an ongoing class by them, called: His & Hers.

Today Jennifer taught a wonderful technique involving partial die-cutting’ and I knew I HAD to try it out with my own spin, here are my cards:

His:

his card by Avital Gertner-Samet

Hers:
hers card by Avital Gertner-Samet

What do you think about the technique that raised me from the online-dead?

List It Yourself Blog Hop

March 1st, 2013

Hop over to Monika‘s, Alexandra‘s and Britta‘s blogs for a fabulous introduction to my new stamp set: List It Yourself. You will get a huge amount of eye candy as well as 3 chances to win!

Journaling Mates - List It Yourself

This stamp set includes 21 stamps in total, as follows: 8 memory keeping phrases stamps, 2 tab stamps, 4 element stamps, 4 list stamps, 1 journaling box frame stamp and 2 additional box frame organizers stamps.

Mix and match these stamps to create awesome, custom-made journaling spots for your memory-keeping projects as well as to get organized with your day-to-day tasks.

The frame stamp measure just under 3″ by 4″, to fit pre-made 3″ by 4″ journaling cards.

Use the list stamps to revamp your plain post-it notes and to-do lists. It is also perfect for stamping in your journals.

Made in the U.S.A.

NOTE: To fit all those great stamps (21!!!) onto one stamp set, the journaling box frame isn’t fully backed. To make sure you stamp it perfectly on your project, simply toss it a few times on a scratch paper and it’ll conform to its original shape. Then put your acrylic block on it and lift it. Apply ink, and stamp away. You can always test-stamp on a scratch paper, just to make sure it’s perfectly straight each time.

List It Yourself Journaling Mates Stamp Set
$14.00

In 2013 I resolve to…

January 6th, 2013

Maya and Mom

Enjoy my time spent with Maya.

I want to tear up when she squeals in joy.
I want to miss a beat when she learns something new.
I want to watch her start crawling.
I want to hear and listen to her first words.
I want to be there when she makes her first hesitant step.
I want to run after her when she doesn’t stop running around.
I want to read her stories.
I want to play with her.
I want to be there for her.
I want to be part of her present.
This is my present,
for 2013.

In 2013 I resolve to be there for my little daughter and to enjoy every second of it.

Maya

Despite the lost sleeping hours.
Despite the soreness of breastfeeding.
Despite the occasional frustrations
caused by sickness or unexplained crying.

I want to be there for my Maya,
and I want to enjoy every second of my time with her.

Maya

This is my New Year’s resolution.

What is yours?

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2013

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to drop by and wish you all a very happy new year!

I am still here. Still learning how to be a mom.

As soon as I’ll get the hang of it I’ll work on being a mom and a working woman at the same time.

So far it isn’t working for me :)

Not that I am complaining.

I cherish each second I spend with my Maya.

Meanwhile, I treated myself to this baby:

Silhouette Portrait

As soon as I heard that there is a mini version of the silhouette I had to get it. Its big brother has been on my wish for ages but I just didn’t have room for it. Neither in my office nor in my budget…

The Silhouette Portrait is the perfect size for card making or for die cutting accents and journaling cards… It also takes less room than the full-size machine and costs much less.

So far I only made some Christmas cards with it:

Die Cut Christmas Card by Creativity Prompt

Embarrassingly, I got it, as I thought I could finally fit this awesome machine into my very limited work place.

Guess what? I don’t have room.

Even for the cute 8″ by 8″ version…

As I installed it and made a test run I had only a mere 6″ by 6″ piece of work space left.

I am not kidding.

Luckily, I am now moving to a new place and I am going to have a dedicated craft-room/office.

I’m so excited!!!

Clearly, moving means even less time for the near future.

However, the potential… Oh, the potential…

One can only dream.

But what are first days in the new year for if not for dreaming. Right!?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I’LL BE BACK IN NO TIME!

P.S.: I have a new stamps set that has been waiting to be debuted since October… Stay tuned.

Around Here

November 30th, 2012

Story Time

This is my 24/7 as of late.

Pretty darn cute!

I would say…

Quick Shop Update

November 12th, 2012

Everyday Hexagons stamp sets are back in stock.

All the pre-ordered stamps will be shipped this week!

YAY!!!

Most of the restocked stamp sets have already been purchased, so if you want a set – buy it now :)

Everyday Hexagons Journaling Mates Stamp Set
$14.00

Scrap Rendez-Vous || Holiday Cardathon Guest Designer

November 7th, 2012

Scrap Rendez-Vous Holiday 2012 Cardathon

I am just stopping by to say hello and tell you that I am a guest designer for Scrap Rendez-Vous’s Holiday 2012 Cardathon. Here’s a sneak peek of my card:

Sneak Peek

I encourage you to check it out, there’s a sketch included too!

Also browse through all the beautiful cards and sketches from the rest of the guest designers.

While you’re there, I highly recommend to stay tuned and either subscribe or bookmark this eye-candy heavy blog :)

See you soon!