Archives for January 2013


Wow, three days with our family down with who knows-what-they-call-it illnesses. It began with Apollo and spread through the family. So I missed work for two days and am scrambling to salvage my deadlines while still shaking whatever this thing that rushed in and took over our family. I would share a nice photo of my craft room today but it is so chaotic right now.  I will spare you the sight.

I did manage to photograph some new cards from my Valentine’s collection that will be up in the shop shortly and managed to write and post a new project – Belinda’s Book Nook  in the Projects section of this site.  I will be updating this section regularly or should  I say as fast as I can complete reading each book and share my thoughts and experiences with all of the books I manage to read this year.  I read a wide range of books so you will be sure to find one you will want to pick up yourself.

Well enough of my catch up for now, I am going to try and wrap up some more work before I have to go pick up the boys.

Have a blessed day.



Belinda’s Book Nook – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

This book is a true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home.

The conditions of the arrest and the details of the imprisonment were very hard to read. That while the world is watching in horror of this massive natural disaster no one knew what was taking place on the ground and in the criminal justice system.

I enjoyed this book for many reasons but one of the main reasons is that I watched Katrina like many of us, on the television.  What I saw was the devastation from the rooftops and some structural damage. But this book took me on the ground and allowed me to experience the devastation in a different way. I also knew nothing about the military presence and how it was structured during and after hurricane Katrina.  The book also exposed me to some of the flaws with FEMA that in some cases, failed many of the people.

Overall, I think it is a book worth reading despite the recent events surrounding the main character. Which I will leave you to discover on your own.

Happy Reading!


Welcome to Belinda’s Book Nook!

Welcome to my book nook!

I have been an avid reader since I was a child.  I love the ability to be whipped off your feet and taken away for a while.  Sometimes, I enjoy  just reading the feel good beach read and sometimes I enjoy a little science fiction to believe in the possibilities. Sometimes I put on my detective hat and read a good mystery to test my skills (shhh… not very good thus far!). But lately my love has been for historical fictions. When I was in junior high and high school (many eons ago) I found history classes dry and the idea of memorizing dates for tests, simply turned me off to history.  As an adult, I have found a new interest in history through the vehicle of historical fictions.  They engage the reader with story and infuse historical facts into them and before you know it, you found yourself learning a little history.

I have been in a few book clubs and enjoy the challenge of stretching to read something I might never of had an inclination to pursue or simply a book I never knew existed.  I am currently in a book club so I will be including many of the selections we read in addition to my eclectic bookshelf!

As I read them, I will share my thoughts and ensure you can reach for them too if you so choose by clicking on the book covers which I will connect directly to the bookstore.

I will also share upcoming books that I am sitting on the edge of my chair waiting for them to be published. Basically all things books will take place here. So please peek back often and do leave comments, I love to talk books.



What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – #190

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is well. I am hopefully at the end of this cough that never completely leaves.  Anyway enough about my health, this weekend my baby (yes, I still refer to both my five and nine-year olds as my babies) was sleeping and fell out of the bed and split under his chin.  He ended up getting five stitches. The most amazing part about it was how brave he was the entire time. He laughed and talked to all the personnel at the emergency room and couldn’t stop talking to the doctor that stitched him up. As a matter of fact, yours truly had to recite the story of the Three Little Pigs with loads of embellishments while the doctor put the stitches in so that he would stop talking!  He’s recovering nicely now and will be free of his stitches on Friday.

On to my desk:

My latest card for my shop.

So what you see on the left is a book I created to keep my book club notes. I will post a separate post with more details about it later.  In the little container on the left is some of the stones I collected at stone stores. I have loved stones since I was a kid and love all the stories that are behind them so I thought I would put a few on my desk for some inspiration.

In the middle of the desk is my lasted card I am working on for my shop. It’s a Valentine’s card. I am debating the last detail – pearls and flowers or just pearls.  You can see all the markers I used to color up my image, a distress ink, spellbinder die, a fishtail die, a cutie valentine’s stamp I got at Michaels and oh let’s not miss my newest Essie nail color ‘Head Mistress’ (what? A girl has to take care of herself while waiting for the creative energies to arrive!).

There are a bunch of mini  hearts I punched on the right side of my desk. And finally that one lonely bean in my jelly bean jar.  I am in major need of a refill.

Ok I babbled enough. I am off to go check out your desks for more amazing inspiration.

If you haven’t learned about this amazing creative journey you can take every Wednesday, then head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Have a blessed day!



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