Friday, June 27, 2008

Happy Friday to everyone! Guess what, I've been a busy bee these past weeks! Yep, scrapping addict is slowly coming back, hehehe....Thank you all for your great comments:-) I still have a couple of people left that I want to reply to (including you, Brooke, and Magdalena! - just want to write a proper email and not just a one-liner...:-) And yes, I do have the greatest hubby on Earth (of course, LOL!)

So what have I been up to, you may be asking? Well, I had this kit I had been working on a bit by bit, it was taking me for ever and now I really wanted to get done with it because who know if I'm gonna have the time AND energy after the little one is born...Apart from that I've managed to catch up on my pregny album, have done 2 pages (Week 34 and Week 36):

Credits here.

Credits here.

And I tried to prepare a layout in advance for Julen when he's born...using Eneko's newborn photo instead. In the end I really liked how it came out with his picture so I left it like that:

Credits here.

Now I'm gonna have to make another one for Julen!:-)

But enough bragging about my family...:-) Here's the deal - this is the preview of my newest kit:

There's something wrong, right? Of course, it's missing a name! And it's exactly what I need your help with. So let's have a little 'contest'!:-) You have until Monday, June 30th, 12:00 GMT to leave a comment here with a name for this kit. Then I'll choose the one I like the best and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday (the only excuse would be if I'm delivering, LOL). The prize for the winner will be nothing less than this kit:-) But none of the participants will come short - all who leave a comment suggesting a name will get this pack of beautiful flowers:

Just don't forget to leave your email so I can send you the link later. If, for some reason, you prefer not to leave your email address in the comment section, send it by email to So...what do you say? Will you help me?:-)

Looking forward to your entries! Have a great (and creative) weekend! Hugs!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Hi and a great day to all of you! It seems that I'm back on track and that is all due to my fantastic hubby!:-) I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your truly wonderful comments and words of compassion and support. It means a world to me!!! I couldn't believe how many people have to deal with depressions though! Not that I thought I was the only one in the world, no:-), but still it was surprising to see how many of you have been in a similar situation. Now I also know well how it feels and admire all of you who have dealt with it and left it behind. And I send my love and positive thoughts to those who haven't managed to superate it yet {HUGS, HUGS, HUGS} To explain finally what was wrong...I'll try to be brief:-) The main problem that caused my depression was LONELINESS. See, I have been on maternity leave for a few years and never had a problem, always had friends to catch up with, go to playgroups, swimming, music and dancing classes with Amaia. Even in Holland (not so much there though) and Scotland we managed to find new friends and meet up with other mums with kids. Unfortunately here, as I already mentioned in one my previous posts, most babies start nursery in early months (if not weeks) of their lives and so 99% of the babies of Eneko's age are scholarized already. We didn't have anybody to hang out with! I used to meet a few grandparents strolling on the streets with buggies but nobody ever went to playgrounds (they're scarce here anyway:-(...) Grandparents usually go out to have a morning coffee in a bar and do some grocery shopping in the mornings and then straight home to prepare lunch. So...since most of the babies are at nurseries (or grocery shopping with grannies:-)) there are no activities for mums with babies at all!!! No playgroups, no music, no swimming...and there's also nowhere to go when it rains (and it has rained a whole lot since last summer). Put it all together plus due to my broken ribs first and then pregnancy I couldn't go horseback riding (which was keeping me 'alive' before)...and there you are...It got really bad and I saw I couldn't handle it alone so I went to a psychologist in the end. I lost all the interest in scrapping, friends and outside world in general. Didn't even check my email for months...We were thinking of moving to Prague to be close to my family at least for a few years but we're staying in the end. My husband quit working and has been at home with me since February and that was what helped me get out of it in the first place. I have my best friend by my side every day and it makes a HUGE difference, I can tell you! And he could also see for himself it's no fun when there're not only no other parents with kids but also very few chances to get friends with someone...and told me he was not surprised I got like that when he himself experienced it. Actually, he said he was surprised I was holding on for so long:-) But it's over now!:-)

Sooo...I hope I'll get here more often now and also to your blogs! Well, at least until the little one is born! LOL I've been doing some shopping lately and also working a little, done a few new LO's, mainly for my pregny diary. And changed the blog too, right:-) Still don't feel too much like scrapping or designing (although I have a lot of material) and I want to create only when I feel like it and not because I 'have to' so I resigned from all my CT's and I'm taking it very easy:-)

The pregnancy is going very well, I haven't had any problems. Lately I'm getting a lot of Braxton-Hicks contractions but that's normal at this stage. It's unbelievable but I'm now 34 weeks, only 6 weeks left. My due date is July 21st and I think it'd be pretty funny if Julen (read 'yulen' for English speaking peeps) decides to come out a little earlier because both Amaia and Eneko are born on the 20th (Sept and Oct respectively)!!! Still seems an eternity until we get to know our youngest one. According to the ultrasounds it's all fine with the little one, seems to be a little bigger than he should be so I hope he won't get too huge in the next 6 weeks!

And I thought it'd be a shame if you got all the way here with me and see no proof of progress:-))) My DD has been painting and I've been cutting. And it's all yours if you want it! Hope you like it...Enjoy:-) Here's the preview:

And you can download here.

And to finish, here are my latest LO's:

Credits here.

Credits here.

Credits here.

Credits here.

I guess that's more than enough for today!:-) Hope you'll have a great weekend and thank you all again for your friendship!:-) See you soon!