Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Anticipation

With the new addition to our family (the birth of our son, Ethan), my husband and I had decided to relocate to Indonesia ( perhaps Singapore soon) for now at least. We had been going back and forth between Vancouver and Surabaya since the end of January. Little Ethan had to travel with us, holding TWO passports, as young as 2 1/2 months old.

Soon, our dog, Mocha aka our 'first son' will rejoin us too. He is on his way to Jakarta, Indonesia as I'm writing this. The anticipation...I can't wait to see him. I already imagined having him sleeping in the same room again with us like the old times. Well, I can't see him right away though. He has to be quarantined to a max of 14 days and I'm located in Surabaya, an hour flight from Jakarta (but can take about 24 for a roadtrip).

I know that it's quite a long journey for him: a 17-hours flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam and about a 9-hours flight from Amsterdam to Jakarta. But we are told that he is going to be taken care of and stay at KLM Cargo Animal Hotel. It will be a big adjustment for him as well, just like us when we got here months ago. However, I'm sure that he will be happy seeing his family again. My close family said that we do not use common sense for spending too much money for a dog. Yes, I know that the cost of relocation is quite expensive ($2,000). And with that much money I could buy 10 or more dogs here. But how could I leave him there alone and not having a good home. If we found a good family that would take him, I probably would give him up although it is not an easy thing to do at all. I have him since he was a puppy (I used to have his Mom) and he's been with us for 7 years. We treat him as our own baby before Ethan was born. So no matter what people say, we listen to our conscience, that is to bring him with us.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Who Doesn't Love Giveaways

I stumbled upon Rainy Day in May's blog and I'm glad I did. First, I just loved the pink dotted background that she has for her blog. Second, as I kept scrolling down reading, I found out that she has a giveaway for this week. Who doesn't love that?

A giveaway from Smart Women collection which I just found out about it today. Pretty...pretty stuff. So go enter and please let her know that you came over to her place from mine.

And Ohhh, that reminds me that I should do a giveaway too. I haven't really decided about what to give and when to do that. It should be something cool and soon. Perhaps my cards or tags would be a good idea? A special theme or for any occasion? Any idea? Feel free to leave a comment. That would be really helpful!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sale in On!

I've been looking at my inventory and I need to make more room. Plus, I've been drooling over beautiful patterned papers. With enough money, I hope I can buy them soon. The process then continues. I will be able to make more cards with those gorgeous papers and have them available for sale.

Therefore, it's about time to have a sale. I have decided to give 1 item free, excluding destash/ supplies item, for purchasing 4 or more items in my ETSY store. That's right! Buy 4 Get 1 Free. You won't get this kind of good deal with Hallmarks!

Hope to see you soon at my ETSY store!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mission Soldier Support (MSS)


The MISSION SOLDIER SUPPORT promo is going on! Purchase any card from my store(www.adorebynat.etsy.com) or my fellow Etsy Greetings team, put MSS or Mission Soldier Support in the Notes to Seller, and we will send it for you to an Air Support Battalion stationed in Iraq. By purchasing these cards, by no means that you are supporting wars. It's simply supporting our soldiers. So hurry! This promo will end on July 31st.

Here is a set of cards that I have donated:


And thank you to Honda Mom for purchasing and donating this card:



Want to see more donated cards? Visit: Capturetimebook's blog.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

First Blog Ever


I've heard so much about blogging and how good things come with it. I've read others' blogs and how I've enjoyed reading them. I guess, I should give it a try and not postponing it any longer.

So, without further a due, let me introduce myself. My name is Natalie, married to a wonderful husband, and a mother to an 8-months old adorable baby boy.

I love making cards. It started as a hobby and it is now a small business that I can concentrate while I am on my mat leave (on top of taking care my son, of course!). Check out my ETSY store: www.adorebynat.etsy.com and feel free to tell me what you think of it.

Below is my latest creation, a baby card. I've got to borrow a prop from my son. :-)



Thanks for reading! I'm looking forward to write more.