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What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #454

Hello Everyone and Happy Valentines Day! I haven’t posted a WOYWW post in months. Funny how time blows by and you don’t realize how long it’s been until you really focus. My son actually asked me when was the last time I posted on WOYWW and I was so thrilled that he brought it up, that I told him not for a while but I will this week.  He seemed to be happy about it. I think he likes the idea of peeking on desks around the world. So here I am.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday),  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.

On my desk is one of my new coloring books. You can also see my new Kum pencil sharpener in the blue bowl which is my new favorite sharpener. It makes beautiful sharp points. You can also see a return address stamp I made on my Silhouette before Christmas to use on my Christmas cards. I loved it so much I ordered more stamping supplies!! You can also see mini envelopes I made (some for Valentine’s Day) with my WeRMemory Keepers Tab Punch Board. If you want to see more you can look here.

Over the last few months, I have been immersing myself in the world of colored pencils and adult coloring books. As some of you may know, I am a Copics girl and really have enjoyed coloring with them for years. But the beauty of the craft world is that there are so many mediums to explore to keep oneself happy for a lifetime and I thought this would be a nice skill to add to develop alongside my Copic skills. I realized that just as with Copics, there are papers and other products that can help to enhance the colored pencil experience. So I consider myself a newbie and have been loving watching videos on YouTube of people coloring and teaching techniques.

I have been learning what tools can help and how to use the pencils to create different effects. Being a crafter, I know the learning will be slow and remain patient with the process. After all, it’s supposed to be relaxing. That said, If you look at the photo, I have one leaf left to color but for the life of me I am not sure what color to use. Any suggestions?

I will take some time today for the rest of this week peeking at desks. I can’t wait to see what you all are working on.



Tool Time Product Review: WE R Memory Keepers Tab board

I bought this WeRMemory Keepers Tab punch board to use in my One Little Word album and to create tabs for my color inspirations book. But when you go on YouTube, you find all sorts of talented people that take one tool meant for one task, and used it for something different. So when I saw the board being used to create these mini envelopes I just had to give it a try.I decided I wanted to make some for Valentine’s Day so I quickly searched my Silhouette files for cute cut files and resized them to fit my mini envelopes.

I used some 6×6 paper pads, my scissors, my Zig glue stick, bone folder and of course the tab punch tool.They end up being the cutest 2×2 mini envelopes.  I love how the lips and love looked on the paper.This is a back view of the envelope. I plan on placing a little note inside them for my intended Valentine!  So the next time you pick up a tool, don’t hesitate to look online for additional ways to use them.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Belinda’s Book Nook Book Review: A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Hello, my bookworm friends! Oh, these gray days are perfect for beautifully illustrated books. This is my second book review for the Literary Voyage Around the World Reading challenge.






Title: A Path of Stars
Author: Anne Sibley O’Brien
Copyright: February 7, 2017
Genre: fiction
Format: e-book
Pages: 40

Summary (from Goodreads):

A touching story of family, loss, and memory.
Dara’s grandmother, Lok Yeay, is full of stories about her life growing up in Cambodia, before she immigrated to the United States. Lok Yeay tells her granddaughter of the fruits and plants that grew there, and how her family would sit in their yard and watch the stars that glowed like fireflies. Lok Yeay tells Dara about her brother, Lok Ta, who is still in Cambodia, and how one day she will return with Dara and Dara’s family to visit the place she still considers home.

About the Author (Genevieve Cogman):

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“My career creating multicultural children’s books is a direct response to my childhood in Korea, which kindled in me a fascination for the beauty and glory of human differences, and a passion for the truth that, across our differences, we are all one human family. We belong to each other. That’s what I’m trying to get to, through all my work.”


When I visited her website I think I liked her even more. This quote from her reflects my own wishes for my company. I always wanted to create products that celebrate diversity. I put more of her books on hold at the library. A few I plan on reading with Apollo.

My Thoughts:

I often come across new books while listening to podcasts, reading book blogs or watching BookTube. But sometimes, books come to me by chance. I was actually just puttering around Hoopla looking at books and came across this book. The beautiful illustration of the girl on the cover pulled me in immediately so I clicked on it to see what it was about.

When I saw that was a story about Cambodian refugees. I immediately thought back to my college days and studies about the Khmer Rouge.

“The Khmer Rouge was the name given to Cambodian (Khmer) communists (rouge, French for red) and later the followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia who infamously carried out the Cambodian genocide.” – Wikipedia

I remember that when I learned about the mass genocides that killed between 1.5 – 3 million Cambodian peoples that occurred between 1975-1978. I had never been taught anything about Cambodia prior to my college experience so it came as such a shock. The obvious questions of why and how could this happen were the topics of discussion. It was troubling information to process and I didn’t know what to do with it but to be honest, after college, it didn’t pass by my radar again until I saw this book. Despite the fact that it is a children’s book and does not go into depth on the topic of genocide, it does focus on the Cambodian traditional familial bonds of grandparents and grandchildren as well as life as a refugee and it has stirred my heart again. So let me share this lovely book with you. These are a few pages viewed on my Kindle. The lighting wasn’t the best but trust me the illustrations were so beautiful.









I think that this is good for both young and old to read. The illustrations are magnificent and the story is touching. I really like the way the author paced the story withholding certain information to allow the reader to really appreciate the bond between the grandmother and her grandchild as well as appreciate the details of Cambodian life before and after the event.

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I really enjoyed this book and for the messages that it conveys about family, loss, love, being a refugee and the beautiful illustrations I give it 5 butterflies.

Happy reading!


Happy Monday!

Hello Everyone! Happy Monday! It’s National Plum Pudding Day according to my son’s calendar. I don’t recall tasting plum pudding but I would be willing to try!

I hope you all had a refreshing weekend. I had a root canal late last week so I spent the weekend recovering from the ache. I had intended on working on making Valentines with Apollo for his class but it just didn’t happen so today is the day. I will be cutting out some files from Silhouette and he can assemble and decorate them. I will be sure to share some photos. I completed a book I have been reading lately and will be posting a review this week. I think I am back on my reading mojo again. Sometimes I fall into reading slumps but right now I feel pretty good about that.

I have been exploring new craft mediums so I will be sharing some photos of what’s been on my craft table. Speaking of craft table, my lovely craft enabler friend Ashley informed me of a new product by Tim Holtz a few weeks back. It’s a craft mat/workspace that is designed with the multi-medium crafter in mind. So I had forgotten about it until an email popped up last week from to tell me they had them and they were on sale. So you all know what I did. I ordered it. I guess it’s my Valentines’ gift for myself. It should come this week and I will definitely share some photos. It’s actually a really great tool so I don’t feel too bad.

The weather is rather crazy here. It’s in the mid-40s today and by Thursday it will reach 60. What? That’s just plain crazy for here in the middle of February. But I will take it. I don’t like being cold.

I hope you all have a blessed day and I will be back with some cool content this week!



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