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The verdict is in.

Damask Love readers are the most awesome readers in all the land.

It’s a fact. A fact that I didn’t even know about until my recent siesta from blog town. You guys checked in on me to make sure I hadn’t defied all laws of gravity and fallen off the earth’s surface. You messaged me, emailed me and even snail mailed me. Who knew you all were such loyal and sweet readers!?

Well today, I’m getting back to it after a much, much, much needed break. What was it much needed? Well, there’s been lots going on ’round these parts. Howsabout I update you on a few of the more noteworthy happenings. Let’s go.


It may look like I’ve had one too many slices of deep dish, but that’s no food baby. That’s a baby baby.

Hands down my best DIY ever.

Well – I guess it’s not really a DIY. More of a DIO (ourselves) because this was…um…uh…a team effort. I’ll spare you a full tutorial on this particular project. Google it.

For the last few months, I’ve been in a haze of excitement, overwhelm, exhaustion, occasional queasiness and all too frequent trips to the store for a watermelon fix.  (I’m currently eating about two watermelons a week). With our first little one on the way, Andrew and I could not be more happy. Seriously. We are so excited…but I’m gonna be honest: pregnant is weird. Weird in the best, most unexpected ways possible:

Like when you go to the grocery store (for the aforementioned watermelon fix) and a 40-something-year-old man looks at you…then looks are your protruding baby bump…then looks back at you and says “Hey, boo.” Seriously, dude? I’m pregnant. Why are you hitting on me right now?!

Or when your mother tells you that she doesn’t want to be called Grandma because it makes her feel old, so I say “Well, what do you want our kids to call you?” Her response? “Gladys” The woman wants to be called “Gladys.” Really, mom? Really? Gladys? Note: my mother’s name is NOT Gladys. Never has been. Never will be. I have no clue where she came up with the name Gladys, but I quickly vetoed that one. Most days I’m a fan of ridiculous, but even this idea was overboard for me.

Chances are that the stories will keep coming as this bump gets bigger and bigger. Chances are I’ll be sharing those stories with you here on the blog. I hope you won’t mind. Of course, there will still be your regularly scheduled crafting – but let’s be honest. Crafting is way better when there’s a hilarious pregnancy story to accompany it. Right?


It’s no secret that I’m mildly obsessed with gelatos. I used them HERE, HERE and HERE – and now you can find more of my gelato love all packaged up in a kit that I helped design! How crazy is that?!

I partnered up with the friendly folks at Faber-Castell to design the cards and content included in the Card Making Gelatos Kit. You’ll find it nestled in the paper crafting aisle at your local Michael’s Craft Store and when you open it up, you’ll find a photo and profile of your’s truly! I may or may not have purchased a ton of these kits already to give out to my family! Don’t worry though – I left a few on the shelves just for you!

Untitled-4This latest development is one that I had to share in today’s update post.

Ever since Domino Magazine came onto the scene – I’ve been a fan. So you can imagine how I reacted when they named Damask Love one of the 17 Best DIY Blogs out there! Excited would be an understatement. You can check out the full line-up of blogger HERE.

So – there you have it: a quick look at what I’ve been up to…well at least the most exciting bits of news. This week, I’m off to Salt Lake City where I’ll be speaking at Altitude Summit and hobnobbing with all the awesome creative bloggers who will be in attendance. Be sure to check in with me on Instagram to see what I’m up to! In the meantime, I’ll be posting all your beloved craft & DIY tutorials right here – so come on back tomorrow so we can get this party…restarted!


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78 thoughts on “Damask Love Returns

  1. Congratulations Amber and Andrew, here’s to the start of a wild and wonderful ride. My Mum also said she didn’t want to be called Grandma, but when it comes from the mouth of babes everything changes.

    Stay well!

  2. Congrats on the “Baby Bump”! You will be an awesome mom! Glad you are back to posting on your blog.

  3. Wow, congratulations on the great news! I’ve been wondering why we weren’t getting any posts. Glad you’re back!

  4. Congratulations! I would check in everyday to see about you. I was starting to get worried but so glad to hear about your good news!
    Wishing you” three” the best!

  5. Congratulations A&A!!! I love your style and your site, can’t wait to see what your upcoming family edition inspires next!

  6. Congratulations! I’ve been wondering where you’ve been but am glad to see that you’ve been creating your biggest project ever. Can’t wait to see what craftiness you come up with for the baby’s quarters.

  7. Congratulations to you and Andrew, Amber!! Your life will be forever changed in the most wonderful, heart-bursting way!! Congratulations on your other successes, too!! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Congratulations! My daughter is at 18 weeks and so glad the first trimester is in the past. This is also her first, but not my first grandchild. I am Grammy and proud of it. Best job in the world!
    All the best to you and your husband.
    And congrats on your blog. You deserve the recognition.

  9. I bought that kit! Love it. Didn’t know you had a hand in it. Congrats on that. I love Gelatos too! And congrats on your new wonderful addition! Enjoy the peace now because your life is about to change completely! And good luck with “Gladys”!

  10. Congratulations!!! That’s GREAT NEWS!!! I too often checked the blog to see where you were and was a little worried… but am glad you are well 😉 Can’t wait to see what the baby will inspire you to create!!! Best of luck!!!

  11. Oh Amber & Andrew!!! CONGRATULATONS on your best, made from scratch, D.I.Y. ever!! Also congratulations for everything else you mentioned in this post. I am so excited for you!

  12. Best wishes to you and your husband, Amber!

    Congrats on your well-deserved recognition as well.

    Take good care and enjoy each and every moment….

  13. Well I was wondering what the heck happened to you! Congrats on the bump. Enjoy every moment of this pregnancy ride. And document everything. At least I wish I would have. And btw I like Gladys. It’s cute. I’m with your mom on that one! And way to go on the Faber-Castell gig!

  14. Are you feeling please with yourself at what you and your man created. “Gladys” is probably excited too despite the Nana Name she chose. (Incidently, why not call her “Meme”? That’s what my sister-in-law chose. Just a suggestion.) In any case, very happy for you. A new adventure. And, look at what you’ve accomplished, despite morning sickness and general discomfort.

  15. I have missed you so and I am glad you were busy getting busy 😀
    Congratulations!! And I am excited for the crazy preg-stories mised in with crafts. I’m off to buy gelatos…

  16. Well, well, well! Welcome back to your blog Amber! You had me concerned and I was visiting your blog once again just now to send you another message to see if you were ok. Now, that I know you are doing VERY WELL, I can put that little worry to rest. Congratulations to you and Andrew on your expected addition to your family! Enjoy your pregnancy…such an exciting time! Oh and congrats on the other accomplishments as well!

  17. Congrats! I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to see all the fun crafts and funny pregnancy stories. 🙂

  18. WOW!! You have been so busy..!
    and a HUGE congratulations..the best DIY gift a girl can make/get I think!
    And can’t wait to hear all your great stories…will feel like I am a tiny tiny bit pregnant again too..after 23 years!!
    I so missed all your creativity!
    hugs Holly.
    ps Sorry I wasn’t one of the persons asking what happened…..I feel now a bit sad I didn’t…..

  19. ROFL: “I’ll spare you a full tutorial on this particular project. Google it.”

    You know how you read someone’s blog and think you really could be friends in real life? Yeah. That’s the way I feel about you. I am so happy for the two of you DIO’s!!!

  20. At one point I think the email subscription has problem so I didn’t get your new posts. Now the mystery is solved. And huge congrats to you! Take care!

  21. Such Awesome News! Congrats…wish you and Andrew all the happiness esp. when you hold your little one! Best adventure ever! BTW keep the stories coming they are hilarious!

  22. Congratulations to you and your husband. So glad you’re back. Hope all goes well in your pregnancy and all the fun that follows.

  23. Congrats!!!! I have a feeling there will be lots of baby DIYs in the next few months:) Really really glad your back posting!!!

  24. Congratulation Amber and Andrew to the best news ever. Take care of yourself and enjoy this special time. It’s magic.
    Great to see you back in blogland.

  25. Congrats on the “Baby Bump”! We’re all so happy for you and SO very glad your alright (you had us worried sick lol) and that your back with us!!

  26. O Congratulations gf. I am so happy for both of you and you have to let us ride this emotional roller coaster ride with you all the way.

  27. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Especially for the “P” for pregnancy!! I was wondering what had happen to you and I always checked out my emails for a newsletter from damask love… I was getting sad about it! And glad for you having cravings only for watermelon!!!! It’s healthy and LIGHT!

  28. Congratulations! I did miss you and I have to be honest, I did wonder if just perhaps you were “in a haze of excitement, overwhelm, exhaustion, occasional queasiness and all too frequent trips to the store for a watermelon fix.” Well, not the watermelon part. But the long absence was so uncharacteristic of you that I wondered what was up. Looking forward to lots of ideas for cute baby gifts! Congratulations on all the honors and recognition, too. You deserve it!

  29. I am so happy for you and your husband. I was thinking it was a long time between posts. This is the perfect news for your break. Continued wishes for happiness and health

  30. Congratulations! That is the cutest baby bump! So glad that all is well and that you’re back online. Missed you.

  31. Congratulations Amber!!!! Your news just gave me a big smile!! I’d say that’s a pretty darn good excuse for why you have been MIA….lol. You look presh as always. You have definitely been missed by us all. So happy for you and your husband. You will be an awesome mom! That is going to be one lucky little baby:)

  32. Congratulations! I see a DIY nursery in the not so distant future! My favorite prego food was Mac-n-Cheese and tomatoes (together). Praying for a safe pregnancy and healthy baby and really glad to see you blogging again…just make sure you take care of your self and that precious cargo.

  33. I’ve checked the blog every day wondering what happened. So glad you’re back. Congratulations on the baby too.

  34. Amber, congratulations to you & Andrew ~ that is SO awesome! I was hoping and praying that you weren’t ill but morning sickness doesn’t count. Needless to say, I was worried about you. Will look for the gelatos next time I go to Michael’s. Congrats on all your accomplishments and please keep craft in session! : )

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