vrijdag 25 oktober 2013

Digi Haven Challenge - Orange and Black!

Hi all!

Welcome to my very first creation since my absence (see previous post), and welcome to a new Digi Haven Challenge! It is the season for some orange and black, so why not use that as a challenge theme?

We also have a fabulous sponsor for this challenge, Broken Box Stock and they are offering 3 image of the winners choice! Just click on the banner below to take a look at their shop!

They also provided some images for the DT to work with, but I went with their freebie. This is my project.
Some of you might know I am a paper hoarder, and believe it or not, I didn't have any Orange/Black designer paper. Shocking huh? I decided to make my own. I used some orange cardstock, some Rusty Pickle Rub-ons, AmyR Autumn sentiments, Versafine Onyx Black ink and a black and a white pearlmaker pen, and VOILA! Homemade designer paper! Used some ribbon from my stash to finish it off.
Like I said, the lollipop image I used is a freebie and can be found hereI used an orange and a black marker for the lollipop, a grey one for the stick and an orange pencil for the bow. I also coated the lollipop with some Glossy Accents to make it look sugarsweet, but it doesn't show very well on the picture.

That was it for today, so hop over to Digi Haven and join us with your orange and black cards!

Hugs, Sandra

woensdag 23 oktober 2013

Sorry for the long absence!

Hi All!

It has been a really long time since I last posted on my blog, and let me try to explain what was going on in my life.
Last year I got married with the love of my life, and we decided we would love to extend our family with a baby. On May 21st of this year I found out I was pregnant, and I was super excited.

That excitement didn't last really long, because I got the well known morning sickness. At first it wasn't that bad, and I thought it would pass after 12 weeks. When I passed the 11 weeks pregnant, I was so nauseous I couldn't eat or drink anything without throwing up. As a result I got completely dehydrated and I was taken into hospital.

I got an iv with fluids and after one week I was recovered and went home. After that I hoped I could finally starting to enjoy being pregnant. Except I got a throwback and had to go to the hospital for the second time.
The doctors decided only and IV wasn't enough so they gave me a feeding tube, but it didn't help.
This went on and on for two more weeks, and then all of a sudden I started giving up some blood. The ambulance picked me up, and they rushed me to the ER, and after some research and a gastroscopy (hell, truly...) they found out all throwing up had caused a little wound inside my stomach and well, there I was again, back in hospital. The nurses were really lovely, and when I finally started to feel better I made some jokes with them. I finally thought I was cured from that darn nausea.
After a week I had a regular check-up at the gynecologist and she saw I wasn't doing good. She wanted to check me again and she concluded I was dehydrated AGAIN.

They were shocked I was still walking around. Anyway, back on the darn IV and feeding tube again. This time the feeding tube worked, and after one week I went home again, with my new best friend, feeding tube...
All this happened in about six weeks, and it really exhausted me. At home I finally started to sleep better and I tried to recover as much as I can. I still wasn't allowed to eat, only drink about half a liter of water a day. I did that until the end of September, 24/7.
Me and my best friend FEEDING TUBE

On my birthday, September 29th I started eating again, and I only used the feeding tube at nights. This went really good, and two weeks ago I got the best news I  had since finding out being pregnant.
THE FEEDING TUBE WAS REMOVED!!!  I can eat and drink myself again, without throwing up!

Luckily the baby never felt a thing about what happened to me, and he/she is doing sooooo good. The growth of the baby is perfect and my belly is getting pretty big!

I am feeling really good at the moment and I never thought I could say it BUT I LOOOVVVEEE BEING PREGNANT!
At this moment I am 27 weeks pregnant, so only 13 more weeks to go. I am really curious what the baby would look like, and whether it's a boy or a girl. We don't know that, and we don't want to know it, but still pretty curious!

Thanks everyone for being patient with me, and still being my follower!

Hugs, Sandra