Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Curious

















This little guy is rather curious about cameras and sniffs for facts!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Brave, now



















Poor thing! I feed him from my palm, scratch him when he gets itchy, brush him and give him his meds in pill pockets. Potty training has taken a back seat. He loves to sit in the swing and just doze off...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Long time no see

Well, much has been happening here... let me start from the start.
My mom was visiting us from India. Around Thanksgiving, some very unpleasant circumstances cropped up. I was in France at the time. She was the victim of a hit and run incident. Thankfully, the physical injuries were not that severe, but the impact of it all had her and the kids frazzled. Rather than improving, mom's health began to deteriorate. Our doctor referred her to a cardiologist. This was late December and she was to fly home on 1/5. When the cardiologist checked her, he found her 'unfit to fly' on the given date. Her bp alone was 170/102.

Her visa was only till 1/12 and her passport was due to expire on 3/18. I overnighted an application to USCIS requesting an extension of stay for her till 3/16. I was on the phone for three days on and off, trying to find new plane tickets for the new travel dates. Finding seats in all three connecting flights was VERY hard. I can still hear the waiting music on the airlines phoneline ringing in my ears!

In the mean time, one February evening, Brave and the kids were playing... there was a lot of laughter, running and energy all around. I sounded like a party-pooper every time I said, "Guys, be careful!". Then it happened... Brave stopped suddenly, the kids couldn't... there was a pile on the floor, one wail and another loud cry! Nini's face was all white with fear. Om sat flat. I went to check and Brave hopped into my lap.
They were all hurt and Brave had fractured his leg. He was put in a cast for 8 weeks.

Mom and I were getting her stuff ready as she was getting ready to leave. Then on 3/7, we heard back from USCIS requesting further evidence of treatment. Turns out that it is a standard procedure but we were running out of time. Next few days, I drove around town getting in touch with the doctors to get the medical records, letters, etc. When I was not driving, I was on the phone trying to understand our next step. Thanks to the kind folks at USCIS who explained the procedure, mom started out safely on the dawn of 3/16 for home.

Now if you are wondering what the big deal in all this is, then let me explain. If you entered the US on a Visitor visa and stay beyond your given time, you are considered a defaulter which means you might not be allowed to reenter, never given a visa again, etc. In our case, that means mom can't visit again, the kids won't have this little time they get with her ever again as summers are crazy hot in India, we never get 4 whole weeks of vacation to India, when we get there the time is divided between houses  and no one gets to do what they really want to do. That is unacceptable to me. I had wonderful memories my grandma and my kids deserve the same. So, I fought for it!

Upside, mom is home safe. I now know a little bit more about visa proceedings.
Downside, I'm tired, sick with a head cold and chest congestion, at times I just want to lie down and fall asleep... not the most conducive situation for creativity! Poor Brave still hurts. Kids are sick too. I'm quite a few thousand dollars poorer. Medical treatment is EXPENSIVE without insurance whether its a person or a pet! Airlines charge so much for changing travel dates. Overnight shipping is a killer too. There's a fat fee for everything :(

But at the end of the day, I'm so glad that I was able to coordinate it all, had the money to deal with it, but most of all, had the nerve to not break down and just give up. So many people were so kind to us this whole time, the doctors, the officials, the patient folks at CK, friends, neighbors... I'm THANKFUL!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday share

Here's a thank you card I had a lot of fun making...
























The big stamp is from Hero Arts, markers and pencils are from Faber-Castell and you can find the instructions at the Scotch 3M website.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

A doodled page



I used the doodled goodies that Shelley Aldrich designed along with my new favorite Faber-Castell DMC brush markers. Check out the CK blog for the free downloadables and step-outs.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

An answer and a share

A few days back, Chemgirl asked a question in her comment. She is interested in creating a page just like the one I did for 7 Gypsies with the Lille collection. This is the one I'm talking about.




In my layout, I used two tags and she couldn't find those tags in the package. So, I checked it myself to see where the tags could be found. Then, I heard back from the Gypsies. Turns out, only those two tags that I used did not make it to the final release. They stayed part of the original design... what are the odds, huh! Sometimes, these things happen, sometimes not everyone looks at a page that closely... Thank you Chemgirl that you did and wanted to make yours like mine. I'm sorry that those tags are not available at the moment. The other tags are pretty cool too and if you have similar alpha stamps, you can make your own... just my two cents!
And now it's time for a share...

























I did this one with Crate Paper's new Toy Box collection and you can find all the details here at the Crate Paper blog.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

My Glitz for March

Spring comes early around my neck of the woods. So, here's to those of you who are dealing with the harshness of winter, sending you warm spring vibes.

While I was gearing up for spring cleaning, I looked around my studio and saw piles of things to organize, but among the piles were wonderful inspring stuff that I love to see every day and I felt gratitude for having the luxury of my own little creative space, my nest.












I cut up the Love Nest Block paper and attached it to look like a line of diamonds and stitched across it.




The Love Note Paper Layer music sheet gave me space for journaling.



For this next layout, I cut around sections from the Love Nest Floral paper and arranged them in layers using dimensional adhesive.




After attaching the flowers, I outlined each piece with a black marker to make them pop.
























Supplies:
"Nest"
Hoopla Paper: Zebra
Love Nest Paper: Block

Scarlett Paper: Wallpaper
Love Nest Paper Layers

Love Nest 6x6 Glitzers
Glitz Design "Vintage Love" accent stickers

"She"

Hoopla Paper: Polka
Love Nest Paper: Floral
Love Nest Paper: Block

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day.