Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Today was a really awful day


This is a picture of Buddy and Tink yesterday.  Just a few hours before we had to put Tink down. The cancer spread all over her body, and as hard as the choice was, it was just time. Yesterday was so hard. So much crying.

But today is worse. I just feel so shredded. I never realized how ingrained in our lives she was. I keep expecting to see her subconsciously and my heart rips open when I remember she’s not here anymore. A hundred times each day. 

Tink was 12 years old. We were friends for her entire life, from tiny puppy to old lady. She was always wanted. We took her with us every time we moved. She was really the best, most gentle, loving, peaceful animal. She knew lots of tricks. She was great at cleaning up our plates. Her ears were soft. She could run so fast and jump so high when she was young.  As she became old, she was calm and sweet and so good. Her heart was pure until the very end.

I know it was the right choice. But I am so sad. I miss her so much.

When will this stop hurting?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Birdhouse Shrine Magnets

It was my goal this week to do a blog post and CHECK ME OUT! Here I am, posting :) If you can't tell by my tone, I'm patting myself on the back. Tooting my own horn. Ahem, okay, now we can continue.
 Truth be told, I made these a while ago. If you follow my FB page, these were the last project I posted there, so they may be familiar.
 My husband is steadily working on finishing our basement, and when he was putting up the sheetrock, I stole a little scrap of drywall shim. It's pretty much thick chipboard, so I cut up little pieces and glued them together to make house shaped tiny shrines.
 These three little ones are about one inch in size, and I think they turned out pretty cute. They were kind of a lot of work. I can't even remember if I made them pre-baby or post-baby...
 Regardless of when I made them, they now hold up some cute Buddy pictures on the fridge.
 This one is a bit bigger.
 The backs. I used super strong neodymium magnets on the back because in my house, we don't have time for weak-sauce magnets failing to hold things up. My secret: I find these little round magnets the cheapest by ordering from Chinese sellers on eBay!
You know it's safe to assume that I haven't been blogging much because of this beautiful baby larva. He is allllmost 5 months old, and I can hardly believe it. He grows every day, and looks a lot like me :) He giggles. I love him. And he goes to bed early!

I've committed myself to doing an entire HOUR of crafting, craftroom organizing, blogging, Etsy stuff, etc. per weeknight after the Buddybean falls asleep. So far, I've put a dent in my craftroom organization, made a few things, and I've....


Crazy, I know. It's open for at least the 2014 holidays. I started making bookmarks again because I am insane. Totally insane.

Anyhoo, I've missed you all, blogfriends. Until the next post... Lots of high fives, hugs and love.

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