Friday, June 21, 2013

CU Bundle #1 & Nature's Beauty Full Kit

Hello, Everyone!

Anyone want any CU products?  

For just $5, you can get $28 worth of CU stuff.

You can click to see them larger:

NATURE'S BEAUTY, only $3 (50% off):
Remember the "Nature's Beauty Mini-Kit"?  It was free during May?  I thought it was so cute that I decided to make a full kit out of it.  It includes the mini-kit in it, but it does not add to the cost.  It's included for free, but you can only get it by buying the full kit now...because I'm tricky that way.  (Actually, it's because I was on a time restraint, due to leaving for transplant, and didn't have time to create a separate product listing and previews for it, so I just stuck it all together!)

You can get the full kit here for only $3:

Here are some previews of it:
(Sorry I didn't have time to get photos in this preview!)

Most of those layouts are also included in a Quickpage Pack.  You can get the quickpage pack here:

If you like all of the above, you can get the Full Kit, Quickpage Pack, and an Alpha Pack, for only $5 (instead of $12 original pricing).  

You can get the bundle here:

And that is that!

For a quick update on us, we arrived in Cincinnati about two weeks ago.  It's me and Emma, as well as my baby and awesome niece (to help with the baby).  I've had to leave three of my children at home, as well as hubby.  We'll be here 4-6 months.  Emma needs a bone marrow transplant for those who might have missed it.

Emma has had a ton of testing done to make sure she's physically set up to do well for transplant.  She's had a GFR, CT scan, echocardiogram, EKG, bone marrow biopsy/aspiration, visit with ENT, endocrinologist, audiologist, hematologist, cardiologist...and I'm sure I'm missing some.  It's been BUSY!

Meanwhile, we miss our family very much. It's been a very emotional experience thus far (a mix of happy and sad).  There's a lot of life changing things going on right now.  Here we are FaceTiming (baby is missing from this snapshot):

We stayed in a hotel our first week.  Then we finally got a room at the Ronald McDonald House, so that is where we are now.  We'll be here until she's done with transplant.  We should be able to go home sometime in October at the earliest...quite possibly months later.  

Right now, the hardest part is the separation from family.  Knowing that my babies are missing me, and i can't give them a hug and tell them I'm right here.  Instead I have to give them FaceTime kisses and tell them how important they are to me.  My 2 year old turned 3 years old.  I missed being with her on her birthday!  Overall they are happy and doing good...just the momma arms really ache to hold them, especially when I see them crying.  

I keep wishing there was a way they could come, but even if they were here, Emma will be admitted to the hospital on June 28th, and I won't be leaving her side much at all for the next month or two.  So, I wouldn't be seeing them even if they were here.  But, once she is out, and once we are back at the Ronald McDonald House, I'd love for them to come and visit...even if they can't stay (though, I'm hoping eventually we'll figure out how!).

We were allowed to go to the zoo today (avoiding crowds and indoors).  We bought some nifty hats in their gift store.  Here we are hanging out together.  It was fun.  It's a nice final activity before transplant. 

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Take care,

Monday, June 3, 2013

Whoooo's There? (better link)

Thank you to everyone who has purchased this already.  We appreciate it.  Some have emailed that they haven't been able to find the link, so I thought I'd post it more obviously (sorry about that!):

Or for the quickpages:

Thank you!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Kit/Guesting at SBB

That's right!  I actually have a new kit.  Like, a real one.  One that I love and think you might love too!

But, before I share that with you, I have an important little story to share.

A lot of you know about my daughter, Emma.  For those of you who don't, our little Emma was born with a really rare genetic disorder, called Fanconi Anemia.  It causes bone marrow failure and different types of cancers.  Right now she's in severe bone marrow failure.  All three of her blood cell lines - white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets - are critically low.  That means we get to live paranoid of germs, careful of bleeding, and dealing with fatigue from lack of blood (transfusions when needed).  She doesn't have very much bone marrow in her bones, and the marrow she does have, it doesn't work very well and gets worse over time.

Since her illness is so rare, there are only a few hospitals in the USA that are considered expert in her type of needed bone marrow transplant.  (And while a transplant will extend her life, it doesn't cure her of her disease.  The cancer portion remains.)

We are leaving for her bone marrow transplant on Thursday - just FIVE MORE DAYS!  I'll be taking Emma, my baby, my younger sister, and going to Cincinnati, OH (about 15 hour drive away) for her bone marrow transplant.  We'll be there for 4-6 months.

My husband, and three middle children (ages 6, 4, 2) will have to stay behind while we go.  I can't hardly stand thinking about leaving them for so long!  My husband is planning to come a week after she has her chemo and will stay for about three weeks.  I have a couple sisters who will watch our other sweet babies during all this.

Emma had a "last wish" for her hair before we go, since she'll be losing all her hair from transplant (chemo). She told us she wanted rainbow hair.  It wasn't hard at all to agree to it, but it was a little harder to figure out how to do it.  A couple ladies at church offered their talent and time to color her hair for us, which was so kind of them!

This is the end result...

It turned out pretty amazing!

She's completely in love with it.  We are too.  We love seeing her smile over it.  They did an awesome job.

A few of the rest of us added streaks to our hair.  My 4 year old wanted her hair streaked purple.  Then I let Emma choose what colors for my hair.  She chose pink, purple, and blue for me.

Here I am with my five sweetlings.  It's a perfectly imperfect photo...hehe...  We can't go in the church, due to germs, but we often go any way - outside - which is where we were here.

Our insurance is covering things pretty good.  There will be additional expenses we hope we can afford.  The biggest thing is that my husband can't come for more than a few weeks during the 4-6 months.  His work will let him off whenever he wants, but he will only be paid for about 3 weeks, and then we'll have no income coming in if he takes more time off than that, which we can't afford.

He's looked into people donating their PTO for him, but it doesn't work that way at his job.  We've refinanced our house so that we have a couple house payments that we don't have to pay and can save towards it (and expenses related to transplant in general).

I've gotten back to designing to try to raise more money for unexpected expenses, but especially to help cover my husband being able to take more time off and being able to be there more with us.  A bone marrow transplant is not a pleasant process, and we know Emma needs her daddy there sometimes too!

It's what has led me to guest at Scrapbook-Bytes (where I used to sell when I had time to design) and would love for those of you who are still reading this to share with anyone else you think who might like this, if you don't mind!

(If you'd like to follow us on our transplant journey, I keep a FB Page on it, as well as another BLOG.)

So, that's the story and need behind this.  Now, to the kit...

It's called Whoooo's There? for only $3 (50% off).  There are 14 unique papers (39 papers total) and 28 unique elements (52 elements total).  It's a gender neutral kit.  It was drawn/created in Photoshop and/or Illustrator.

FULL KIT for $3

Elements: $1.50

A couple layouts...

Anyway, so there's that kit!  It'll be available at SBB through July.

On an ending note...if any of you have any desire to send letters to my little ones that have to stay home, so that they don't feel forgotten (the 4 yr old is struggling with feeling like people have forgotten her since Emma has gotten more attention lately), we would love it more than you know for them to be flooded with mail!

Tyler, Violet, Rhys
PO Box 1156
Anna, TX  75409

Thank you!