Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WOYWW?

WOYWW? Well, not a lot seeing as I've only managed an hour in the inky zone. My world is all baby bottoms, boobs, bottles and burps... Sat typing this at midnight trying to get a bright-eyed and wriggly Ruby to realise that not everyone, including the neighbours, is in the mood for an all night pyjama party...
So a quick shot of my first after baby desk.... We have sorely missed each other and have but waved briefly in the night.
But enough of that. Most importantly, I want to say a VERY, VERY big and heartfelt, enormous thank you to so many of you for the floods of wonderful words, wishes and love... hundreds of you!

I am totally overwhelmed at such friendship, love and care. Thank you to every single one of you!!! Ruby is doing well - still lots of ups and downs for both of us... I swing from total joy and elation to sobs and mini nervous breakdowns every day - I'm at my worst at 4am! But I am still utterly in love with my little lady. She is precious beyond words.
I have received so many cards, but here are three special stars from the realms of WOYWW. From L to R, one beauty from Mrs Dunnit herself, next, my very first birth card, superbly custom created by Annie (Wipso) and then another sweetie from my Dutch friend Franka! Thank you - they all mean so much to me!!!!

So - just time to do a wee bit of tagging around. I was rather rusty and brain-dead so I took inspiration from Mr. Tim's 2012 July tag and gave it my own twist...

Got to vent all these girly emotions somewhere - so why not in abstract ink. I just picked the wildest colours I could find and did whatever my fingers told me to...
Discover yourself...embrace imperfection. Hmmm, I'm doing my best with both of those.
Well, at last the little lady has nodded off to dream land so I am jumping along for the ride too...before the next round begins... Happy desk hopping - see you all soon - well in the odd minute of me time!
Once again - THANK YOU!
Sarah.

56 comments:

Di said...

Aw, Ruby is absolutely adorable Sarah! Doubt if it helps, but I just bet loads of WOYWWers are gonna jump in today and say they know exactly where you're at right now and that things will settle down.

Di xx #5 (also burning the midnight oil, albeit not rocking a baby!)

Judys Fabrications said...

Oh darlin' you are feeling the emotional swings of post birth hormones.Our thoughts are with you.
So glad you had a little time to create a great tag.
LOVE all your cards. What lovely WOYWW'ers there are out there.
Judy #9

CraftyLoops said...

Awwww Sarah, Ruby is so beautiful. I hope you start to feel back to your old self soon, its a massive change your body is going through and your poor hormones were probably just getting used to having a bambino in your tummy and now she's out in the world.....so your hormones are probably mourning Ruby's quick exit, lol. They'll calm down soon. I hope you are all doing well. I love this tag. I actually think I have that stamp sitting somewhere, I must dig it out. Big hugs, Lee x

Joynana said...

Ruby is just a sweetie. Wait until she decides that she likes the night life. That is just so much fun. Love that tag. And those colors are so vibrant. mine never look like that. #17

Lindsay Weirich said...

hey, you are doing great! You are blogging with a baby! She is a cutie! Happy woyww Lindsay #18

butlersabroad said...

How amazing that you were able to grab a little time in your crafty space. I'm sure she'll settle down and hopefully you will develop a good routine. Love the little Ladybird, no wonder she's tired, staying up til 4am! Discover Yourself, eh? I think you're about to!

Hugs
Brenda 7

505whimsygirl said...

Little Ruby is a love. I've not experienced childbirth but I have menopause... and honey, if those mood swings are anything like you're experiencing - well, just flow with it!

I love your tag - great choice of colors.

Happy WOYWW
Hugs,
Kay #27

Neesie said...

See what happens when you don't get to everyone's desk...I missed your greatest creation!
Congratulations to you all on the safe arrival your beautiful daughter. You did a brilliant job.
She's adorable and I love her Pj's :D
I can't believe that you managed a fantastic tag too!
Have a wonderful WOYWW in between Mummy doing ;D
Happy WOYWW ~ Neesie #29

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Good to see you've had some time for yourself, just to play with ink and paper. Take your time and try to do the things when you like to do them and especially try to enjoy. Ruby is so sweet. xFranka #34

Neil said...

Hi there. Nice to pop in and see your creative world this week. I missed the last couple of weeks and obviously missed the big announcement so allow me now to off you and your hubby my congratulations on the birth of your daughter! May she be blessed and bring you great joy. I won't stay long; I'm sure you're tired! Hope you have a good creative week though.
Neil # 33

okienurse said...

Oh my Ruby is absolutely gorgeous! Looks so cuddly the grandma in me wants to snuggle her! Love your desk and tag today and I hope that you get to play more this week. It gets easier as time goes on and like you say it is worth every second of the emotional upheaval. Have a great week. Vickie #36

jill said...

So cute is that baby of your yours sarah,,, & to create so lovely tags as well as looking after baby you must be exhusted. Happy crafting jill #43

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...Sarah your doing great, if ever you feel that little quiver just say those words!...and to think you have produced this masterpiece of a Tag whilst feeding n changing and resting is testiment to your many skills...adore your colourful wonder and loVe the new look Mona Lsa...Mel :)

scrappymo! said...

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy...such a beautiful picture.

Life will even out soon enough...in the meantime enjoy your bonding time with her!

inkypinkycraft said...

Wow cannot believe you found the time to craft!!and fab tag too!!! ruby is lovely...you are doing amazing by the sounds of it!!!.if you can fit crafting in then you are doing something right!!! Wow..trace x 52

Amanda said...

Congratulations Ruby is gorgeous. I think every new mum feels like this, but just look at that sweet little face. Love the gorgeous tag too. Hugs, Amanda *56

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The early days of motherhood is a maelstrom of everything!! It all evens out though..you're doing brilliantly and Ruby is so cute :)
Hugs, LLJ #60
PS I LOVE the new-you colours, go purple!! xx

Dragon said...

Good stuff - welcome to motherhood!! Full of contradictory emotions. Keep keeping on. Great desk and love the tag
Frankie #16
xx

Helen said...

Ruby is looking adorable again! I hope your emotions settle down - I am sure it is entirely normal and once you both get into your routine you will master motherhood like you do your art- perfectly!

I can't believe you've found time to make a tag already! Loads of love, Helen, 12

Sunshine Girl said...

Congratulations on the safe arrival of Ruby - these first few weeks will be very emotional for you- just go with it! Glad to see you found the energy to still join in and also have a little craft! Have a fabulous week and thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl - No. 58

Redanne said...

Ruby looks absolutely adorable in her hat and PJ's. I have long since forgotten what it is like to have a brand new baby (mine is 42) but my best advice is to grab sleep when you can (and craft of course), Ruby will hopefully soon develop a routine. You are doing a wonderful job. A x #49

Annie said...

Oh bless you. Just listen to your body, sleep when Ruby sleeps and enjoy every minute of the roller coaster ride. Life is so very full of it's up's and downs.
Sending you [and Ruby of course] big hugs,
A x
ps really glad you liked your card. x

s4rah said...

What a gorgeous daughter you have! Love your tag, too. Happy WOYWW! Sarah (78)

Julia Dunnit said...

I vividly remember. To achieve anything at this stage is a marvel - you're doing a great job Sarah...it's all about going with the flow, as you've discovered. Has that beautiful baby unlocked a different artist in you I wonder? Time will tell!

Michelle Webb said...

Ruby is mega cute Sarah, she suits red. Hope you are managing to get enough sleep, I don't and my baby is 21! I still sit at my craft desk too late at night. The tag is brilliant, I don't know how you manage to fit it all in. I love reading your posts, you they draw you in. Michelle x

kissinia said...

God, she is so sweet :)

Rita said...

What a little Darling your baby daughter is. Sarah, beleive me ,they grow up so quickly and we all have to go through the awful nights. When Ruby sleeps you have a nap too. I love your tag, the colours are delicious to say the least. Hugs to you both . Rita xxxx

Ali said...

Aww she's gorgeous! And I'm amazed and impressed that you've managed to get in the craft room at all! :lol:

As others have said, the "baby blues" emotions-all-over-the-place thing is entirely normal - there are huge hormonal changes happening in your body right now and it's no surprise it leaves you feeling up and down. It'll pass. And little Ruby will settle too in time. :)

Ali #80

Ann B said...

Ruby gets more beautiful by the week so how could you not adore her and just think of those 4:00 am times as your 'together' moments, just the two of you.
Ann B
#65

Hazel said...

Ruby is so cute and gorgeous. Love the bright colours of your tag. Thanks for sharing your workspace with us. Hope you have a good week. Hazel WOYWW #20 x

lisa said...

I'm so glad you are all doing well, Sarah. Don't worry about the mood swings. They will get better I promise. I remember them well. I was in floods of tears at the thought that I couldn't get my pram into the bank of all places. You are allowed to be totally irrational but just just take your time and enjoy her and don't worry about anything else.
Glad you managed to get a bit of crafty time, your tag is gorgeous.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #91

sandra de said...

Congratulations she is your best creation yet. Lovely to see you have been able to get to the desk but, always try to catch a nap whenever you can.
Sandra @99

KatzElbows said...

I'll come and have an all night pyjama party with her, and you get some sleep! Love your tag. Great colours and super words.

Take care of yourself, and don't be too hard on yourself either.
cheer, rachel #53

MrsC.x said...

gorgeous little baby ruby :) almost makes me want another but i have two girls already one of which {2yrs} had me up all night so i am with you on the tired and emotional woman day today!
love the tag.x

Happy WOYWW xx Charlie.xx #72

Stephanie-Emma said...

Beautiful tag and even more beautiful little Ruby! Congratulations, gorgeous name!

Stephanie-Emma #108

Twiglet said...

Gorgeous projects but oh my goodness - what a beauty Ruby is. She will soon settle to a routine I am sure. All the best. x Jo #68

April said...

Awwww such a lovely piccie of Ruby! thanks for sharing it with us. Hope things settle down for you soon. Your tag is great, loving the purple! x April #88

Anna-Karin said...

She is adorable! Congratulations! And a very beautiful name.

Gorgeous tag too!

sandee said...

OK, this sucks, and I am so embarrassed to admit it, but I lost your address! I have your baby card sitting on my desk and was hoping I wouldn't have to ask you but it seems I must. :;sigh:: Mind sending me your address? sandeesetliff@yahoo.com ( I'm really bad at deleting e-mails too, lol Ruby and I could cry together as I am such a mess, btw, LOVE the ladybug outfit! She is a real cutie pie!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina with a hot dog in one hand and a flag in the other! :) #37

Laura said...

Oh what a precious little bundle! Huge congrats.
Have a good week,
Laura
95
x

Pam said...

Ruby is absolutely beautiful. Hugs to you both Pam x

Craftychris said...

Ruby is soooooo gorgeous! I'm glad you are both doing well and you are blogging and crafting too! Well done you! You are a star. Your desk looks busy as usual and I love your tag! xx #104

nerllybird said...

You've done well to manage any time at all! From what I can remember of my first, there was a constant stream of laundry. Love the colours on your tag :D
Helen S #79

Kate said...

I love your tag! The chosen colors are fabulous! And I love the little embellies and the words over her eyes! & little Ruby is gorgeous!

Peggy Parker said...

Such a sweet little princess! I remember that emotional roller coaster, and was grateful when the ups and downs began to level out. TRY to get more rest!

Peggy Cain said...

Ruby is beautiful! and I love her name.. thanks for sharing love the card the colors rock have a great day

Anita Houston said...

ABSOLUTELY PERFECT...oh yeah and the tag too...lol!!! Gorgeous color and love Mona!

Angela Coles said...

she's so cute, congratulations.
great tag.

Elizabeth said...

Hello Sarah, Ruby is simply gorgeous and sounds like she is doing what all babies do, so doing fine. In a few weeks time you will get your first night's sleep ... bliss! Hold on to that thought :)

Your tag is great too - love the vibrant colours.

Happy belated WOYWW, Elizabeth #85

Shoshi said...

Awww adorable little Ruby Jewel! What a treasure! And what gorgeous cards our WOYWW-ers made for you! I love your beautiful tag - did you use Dylusions inks on it? I've just got them but have yet to try them. The tag on your previous post is just juicy too!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #25

france papillon said...

you know what they say, cats don't make dogs, and little Ruby is one cute little lady!
happy to see you're both doing ok, i remember the wild postnatal hormone rides to well. a great moment to learn to embrace imperfection ;)
take care and be happy!
hugs
france
ps: luuuurve the tag!

Samantha Elliott said...

Big Aaaaaaaw! Ruby is stunning. xx

Lovely tag. I wasn't blessed with kiddies of my own but from what my friends tell me, these mood swings are normal so go with them. I am sure Ruby will sooon be helping you get inkey!

VĂ©ro said...

Whouah!Little Ruby is a wonderfull and so lovely baby,FELICITATIONS!!!

Winnie said...

Baby Ruby is darling! It is amazing you can find time to craft with a little one. Awesome! I love your Mona Lisa. The colors are so great and love the way you used the sentiment.

toni said...

Hi sarah hope you've had a good night little Ruby looks like a real cutie how lovely. Just scrolling through the tags on the first day of my hols and noticed your mona tag, great minds think alike as they say, I've used her as well a case of one stamp two different takes! I love the sheer creativity of the way you've used it ,great colours and details have a happy day x

Sue said...

Amazing tag, so bright & vibrant but absolutely beautiful baby. Congratulations to you. Sx