Sunday, 31 March 2013

Wow! It has been some time…

What can I say? I’ve been away for quite some time. Pretty much completely incommunicado during that time, and I totally apologise for that. I really hope there’s still some of you guys left sticking around to read this – and for your dedication I thank and salute you!

I’ve had some pretty major changes in my life over the last 18 months. I was made redundant from my job in June 2011, then my marriage broke down soon after, and I ended up taking the difficult decision to move back in with my folks in October 2011, just feeling like my whole life had collapsed around me. These life changes totally blew my buzz for crafting – I just completely lost the inspiration to think up new designs and share them with you lovely folks. Life was on a big downer to be honest.

Anyhow, I put on a falsely brave face and put myself out there to get a job, and luckily, with a lot of hard work, I was accepted in a new position in November 2011. Life finally started back on the up!

And then later that year, I met up with an old friend who was also going through some similar tough patch, and we were a much-needed shoulder to cry on for each other during a very difficult time, and actually, ended up getting together as a couple shortly afterwards.

IMG_0270 Our relationship quickly went from strength to strength, and I knew this was the man I could finally trust my heart to <3

A couple of wonderful months went by, where I slowly began to get back the crafting bug, but then I became very ill. I was so sick, I was signed off work and put on drugs to help control my sickness.

Doctors quickly got to the route of my illness – morning sickness – I was pregnant with our miracle baby I never thought I could have!! Unfortunately, my sickness never really abated throughout the entire pregnancy, but on 27th December 2012, I went into labour and was safely delivered of our beautiful baby girl,  Hollie Joan, at 07:40 on 29th December, born a healthy 7lb 10oz, and with a lusty cry!

I can honestly say I have never felt so blessed in all my life, and all the late nights, early mornings and complete lack of sleep are all worth it. I love her to bits!

Hollie is now 3 months old. Life is still a huge learning curve – learning to be a mom, a step-mom and still trying to take some time out to remember to be me - is hard, but I wouldn’t swap it for the world! I’m hopefully getting to the stage with Hollie where she is getting into a loose routine, so I can hopefully begin to get back to my craft desk again soon, when she naps. Even better would be to do some more videos, which I am itching to do. I really feel like the crafting bug is finally coming back, hurrah!

But I’d just like to thank you all for your messages of support and your unstinting loyalty to me whilst I’ve not been on the craft scene. I really do appreciate it. Your comments and messages have cheered me up no end through some very tough times, and I thought you all deserved some sort of explanation as to where I’d been and what my plans for the future are.

Here’s my beautiful ginger princess and her happy mommy signing off for today…take care xx

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24 comments:

  1. So glad to see/hear you again! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  2. Congratulations!! She is a gem. Xxx

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  3. Sorry to hear of all the bad things that happened to you but congratulations on being do happy now, your daughter is beautiful! Wishing you all the best xx

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  4. Awww what a beautiful baby! I'm so glad you are back, was getting really worried there! Very sorry for the bad stuff you had to go through but happy to know things have turned around for you now. As a mom of 3, including 3 year old twins, my advice is when you are able get lots of crafting in because once your little is walking it won't be so easy!! LOL


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  5. What a wonferful end to this pahse in your life. Congratulations on the birth of Hollie and I wish you and your partner every happiness and joy in the future.
    The crafting will come back in due course, for now enjoy your miracle and savour every moment 'cos it all gallops by so fast.

    Congratulations again and WELL DONE!

    Angela

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  6. Hollie is so pretty! Happy Easter

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  7. Congratulations! Hollie is so adorable! Yes, we are still around, and we can't wait to see you back in your "crafty" mind, and showing us new cards! Sorry to hear that you'd been through some difficulties, and life seemed suck! But there's always light at the end of the tunnel, and you found it!

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  8. So glad to see you back! And with such a beautiful little bundle!
    So sorry you had to go through so much to get to this point. Just give yourself time and enjoy your baby :)

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  9. Congratulations! I hope your life will straighten up from now on! Take care...

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  10. Congratulations on your beautiful baby Hollie!! I'm glad to see that you are doing well!

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  11. Aww honey what a fabulous post !!! I am so happy to hear from you and your princess is beautiful :)
    Enjoy your time with her as they grow up so quickly, and please keep posting letting us know how you do :)
    Much love xx

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  12. Another chapter in the book of life ay?, well done coming through it all and producing such a beautiful daughter.
    xx

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  13. So glad to see you back and many congratulations on your beautiful baby girl

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  14. Congratulations on your little miracle! Life has a way of giving us many surprises. Sorry to hear about all the hardship you've had to endure. Best wishes for a bright future. I'm happy you are back to crafting.

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  15. good to hear your happy news - looking forward to your videos

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  16. Congratulations!!! My first time on your blog after watching a card tutorial on You Tube. I enjoyed reading your journey and the blessing at the end of what I imagine was a difficult time. Looking forward to seeing new videos and updates. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story. God Bless!

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  17. Congrats! Looking forward to more lovely creations when you find time (like when your baby is in Kindergarten!).

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  18. Congratulations Wendy! :) I am very happy to hear that you are okay and most of all very happy. Can't wait to see you up and running again. Take care!

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  19. I am so happy for you!!!! I have tears in my eyes reading your post!
    Congratulations. I miss your talent so much but reading that you are do so well and are a MOM and a Step MOM is wonderful! May you continue to have blessings in your life as you have blessed us with your talents!!

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  20. Hollie is beautful, congratulations! But missing you online!

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  21. I wondered why you weren't posting. Life is more than blogging as we all know. But I did miss your creative posts. I want you to know that I just prayed for you after reading your post. Life is hard sometimes. I hope that you will consider how much the Lord Jesus Christ cares for you in the ups and in the downs of your life. And I hope you have fun celebrating the 1st birthday of that beautiful baby girl!

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  22. I just stumbled across your You Tube channel. Love your work and hope to see new videos. Congrats on your little surprise bundle of joy!

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I love receiving your feedback on my projects, it always makes me smile - thanks! =)