Monday, June 23, 2014

Where I've Been

Hello, Great Big World! Meet Buddy Bonesteel Nichols, born May 2, 5 lbs 11 oz, 19 inches! 
 For anybody wondering where on earth I've been, or who have known, but have just been wondering how on Earth I have been doing: My update post is finally here. I feel like only just this week am I emerging out of the hardest, most challenge-ridden couple years of my life so far. Those of you following my blog over the years have know about our struggles with my back pain and infertility, then this turned out to be a tough pregnancy with lots of puking and headaches and hips popping out and carpal tunnel, etc etc etc. Then to top it all off, baby came prematurely, and then I ended up struggling with some serious postpartum depression and anxiety. I am lucky (?) to have had experience with clinical depression and anxiety in the past, so after only a few weeks I knew that it wasn't baby blues and I needed to get some sort of help... Just this week are my meds balancing out and I am feeling like a normal person again and starting to enjoy my life. That's only the story in a teeny itsty bitsy little nutshell. 

But I am HAPPY. I have my BABY and he is BEAUTIFUL :) Here are some pictures for you guys!
 At the hospital, when things started to get real about a month too soon. We're thinking, "Holy crap! I'm gonna be a father!" and I am thinking, "Holy crap! This hurts like a mother!"
Just about an hour old, face all swollen and cute.

 My favorite picture in the entire world.
 When preemie Buddy had to be a little glo-worm in the bilibed because he was jaundiced.
Two weeks old, tiny boy

Seven weeks old, big boy

My mom and me and Buddy. 

Anyway, I've missed the blogging life. I hope to be back soon with pictures of some things I've made. I do have a few projects I've yet to share here that just haven't made it onto the internets yet because I've been...well...you know. Busy! 

Thanks for all the love.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lots of earrings! Who knew a Pop Can could be so cool?

This is just going to be mostly an "eye candy" post, because dang. I am pooped. I'll do another post with more earrings (they're coming!) and describe more technique.










I finally got the motivation to whip out my Vintaj Bigkick machine, which I bought months and months ago. It's been hiding in my closet, inside the box... quietly weeping. "Useeee meee! I was expennnsiveee!" Well, I took a much needed Etsy vacation from Wicked Witch bookmarks, and I finally took out the danged machine. And guess what. It's pretty freaking awesome. 

Because you can turn pop cans and soup cans into pretty things. 

More later. Much love, Kira :)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Lumpy Space Princess Card

Finally, a couple days of not-puking :) The all-day morning sickness has been bad, folks, but hoooopefully is on the upswing. I took advantage of the good time to make a card for some friends of ours. 
Unfortunately, both of them had to have biopsies on THE SAME DAY... I know, lumps are no joke, but this couple has a great sense of humor and they're fellow fans of Adventure Time. The sentiment is appropriate and they loved the card, so.

It features the Lumpy Space Princess, who is one of the more ridiculous characters in that show.

 Here's the inside.

I hope everyone has been having such a great holiday season. I miss my regular crafting/blogging, but you know, life and nausea get in the way. The baby is healthy! I'm about 17 and a half weeks along, and we'll find out if it's a boy or girl in ONE WEEK :) Thanks to everybody sending congrats and kind thoughts, sentiments and prayers! Bobby and I are getting pretty excited!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fuzzy Fall Squirrel Book


 Squirrels, squirrels everywhere and not a pecan to be seen on any of my trees... Fuzzy little buggers. Cute, even if they are pesky. I made this Fuzzy Fall Squirrel Book using Alpha Stamps products. 
 Feathers make a really good embellishment to put behind squirrel tails, because they're just so fuzzy and have great movement. 
The squirrel images I used are from these two lovely collage sheets: S for the Squirrel and More Squirrels.

Well, happy fall! I hope everyone is having a great time :) We've been busy out working in the yard and watching our chickens... waiting for the eminent egg-laying. 

Products Used, Available at Alphastamps.com:
Maple Leaf Die-Cut Chipboard
Oak Leaf Die-Cut Chipboard
Assorted Feathers
Falling Leaves CS
S for Squirrel CS
More Squirrels CS
Distress Stains in Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon
Distress Paints in Antique Bronze and Ripe Persimmon


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thank You Cards and Happy News

Announcement!!! 
Pregnancy: ACHIEVED! I am about 7 weeks along... (Just in case you're just tuning in, we did In-Vitro due to my moderate list of lady-problems) I wanted to do a post real quick, because I have been meaning to announce here, but things have been a little nuts. 

Needless to say, I have A LOT to be thankful for, so I wanted to share these thank you cards I made a while ago. Thank you guys, my readers, for all the love and support :)






 They're all done with stamps from my line at stampotique.com! Anyway, I'm tired-as-flip and I've got a nasty cold, so I'm going to go lay down. Until next time!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

How to make Rad Embossed Embellishments

 October... isn't it the BEST month for crafting? Making spooky Halloween stuff is so fun. Take a look at this Witchy little decoration I made using Alpha Stamps goodies.
 I got to have some fun playing with embossing powder, the new Celestial Cling Stamp set and Gilder's Paste.
Check out those embossed embellies :) I love them, they look so fancy. I'll show you how they're made.

 Use a slower drying stamp pad, like pigment ink and stamp your ornate image. 
 I like using clear embossing powder, because I can choose any color of pigment ink for the stamping and the embossed area is whatever color ink I chose. Pour a nice little hill of embossing powder all over your image, go ahead!
You'll pour any excess back into the jar, so there's no waste. Tap your paper gently to make sure all excess shakes off. 
Melt the stuck on embossing powder with a heat gun until all of the powder becomes shiny and transparent.
 Use your finger to smudge and rub on some Gilder's Paste all over the image. I'm using the Patina color on this. It's so pretty... It turns a beautiful deep turquoise color as you rub it in. You can also layer in other colors of Gilder's Paste like Inca Gold and it looks really cool, too!
 Cut out your image.
 Voila! Make one or ten, it doesn't matter. You'll be so stoked about how your embossed embellishments add something classy to your next project!

All available at alphastamps.com,
Here's a list of all the Alpha Stamps Products I used in my Witchy Decoration:

A Witchy Encore Collage Sheet
Embossing Powder – Super Fine Detail Clear
Black Seam Binding
Gilder's Paste - Inca Gold and Patina
Black Chipboard Bat
Halloween Kit Mini Paper Set
Celestial Cling Stamps
Mushrooms - Turquoise
Tiny Owl Beads
Black seam binding
Stitched Leaf Ribbon - Black

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Halloween is coming!

 It's the beginning of a new month and that means a new pretty little big kit from Alpha Stamps. This month is a kit with all you need to make a a gorgeous Halloween Banner or two. Lookie what I made!
 For more details on the kit, visit the blog post at Alpha Stamps.

 Hehe, I love all the vintage pumpkin head images... 
Happy Halloween!!! Soon....

Alpha Stamps Product List (all available at www.alphastamps.com)
Halloween Children Collage Sheet
Hello Pumpkin Collage Sheet
Crepe Paper Halloween Collage Sheet
Halloween Kit Mini Paper Set
Thrilling 6x6 paper set
Triangular Chipboard Pennants
Mini Chipboard Scalloped Frames & Medallions
Tinsel Cording in Moss Green
1 Inch Ric Rac Ribbon in Orange, Black, Purple, Olive Green, Ivory
Halloween Acrylic Bead Mix
Nature Die-Cut Adhesive Borders 
Crinkle Wire (Repro Bouillon) in Pink, Red, Copper

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Paint Chip Crafting: Tags & an IVF update on Egg Retrieval and Transfer

Welp, despite my lack of crafting over the summer, my addiction to supplies is still going strong... Unfortunately, buying stuff can still occur from the comfort of my couch. One of the things was buying 2 lbs of random unmounted rubber from Viva Las Vegastamps when they had a 40% off sale. That's a lot of stamps, btw, and I like VLVstamps because they're kind of weird and random. So I made these last week from some of the images I got. I had to work on these over several days, whereas under usual circumstances (more info on that mess at the end of the post), I could've popped these out over an hour or so.
 I decided to start with tags because they're easy... Nothing 3d for me... YET. We'll work back up to that. I was planning on making the tags out of kraft cardstock, but then spotted a big stack of Benjamin Moore paint chips that a friend sent to me a while back that have been mouldering in my stash fuh-ev-ah. Everyone needs paint chip crafts, right? I mean, all those free colorful papers? So hopefully, these will provide a wee bit of inspiration.
 They'll be good for putting on gifts... or I can pop one onto the front of a blank card. Instant card. It's nice to have extra crap like this lying around, so you'll have a handmade card when you need one.
 I think tags will be a good thing for me to keep crafting while I'm in my funk. I've already got a nice little box of them handy... I can always use more and they don't take up space.
 OH, BTW. All of the main images are random ones from VLVStamps, BUT all the background stamping is my "Owl Tree" from my line for Stampotique. It's a good one for fall.
The one with the piggy is probably my favorite. It says whee.

Anyway, here comes the part of my post where I share about my personal life. Whoopee! 

Last Wednesday, we had the egg retrieval for IVF and it was loco. We had to drive 3.5 hours up to Birmingham earrrrrrrly in the morning to get there at 7:30 AM. Having lived in the southern part of Alabama for over 4 years, we, of course, didn't consider "city traffic" (if you can call it that....Birmingham, lol) Anyway, we were a half hour late. 

Oh well. It was fine. they put me like...half-way under for the procedure. Prep for it takes a long time, but the actual egg retrieval takes about 5 minutes, so they don't do a complete anesthesia because it would be more trouble to put in breathing tubes, etc. So, I remember a LITTLE bit of it. The nurse told Bobby I was laughing and laughing and laughing at first. I don't remember that part, but I do remember that it HURT. Yep, I sure did feel it, even though I was loopy as flip. It was over in no time, though. then we got to go home. I had 19 follicles total, but only 7 of them had eggs in them, and out of 7, 6 eggs were mature, all 6 fertilized and in excellent quality. 

So we made the drive home, and I felt okay, so we went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions, and Bobby bought me a delicious burrito which I ate at the restaurant. That night was a different story, however. IT. HURT. SO. BAD. I thought my ovaries were going to explode. I guess all the follicles (19!) fill back up with fluid after the retrieval procedure, so it sucks. Think tennis ball-sized ovaries. Oh snap. That night was really painful, the next day, Thursday, was a little better, then next day a little better, etc. But Sunday was bad again on my right ovary.

Monday morning (yesterday), we drove baaaaack up to Birmingham for the EMBRYO TRANSFER! A five-day transfer...  I asked the nurse about my right ovary and told her it was hurting like crazy. She looked at it with the ultrasound and said it's still about 6 cm, about the size of one of those yummy little mandarin oranges and that it would take a few weeks to go back down to normal size. I can expect ovary pain for a while. Anyhoo, they put in two tiny, healthy circle babies into my uterus (I say that because they showed us a picture, and they're pretty much cute little spheres right now). The process was really fast, then I had to lay there for 15 minutes to let em sink in, or something to that effect. Then I ate another burrito. 

Today, 1 day past transfer, I feel like I've been hit by a sleepy-truck. I think my body is just catching up after all the crazy stuff it's been through over the last couple months. I. am. so. tired. Good thing I don't have much to do. Gotta fill some orders. Gotta do some chores. But mostly, I can rest and recover. The waiting BEGINS! I won't find out if the little embryos stuck and if I'm really pregnant until Sept. 25th, which isn't too far away... But you know, I can't help but worry. 

Anyway, I'm going to go collapse now. Until next time :)