Archives for December 2018

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #498

Good morning to my crafty WOYWW friends! 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 where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Hello my crafty friends! Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost time for the holidays. I wish it would slow down just a little. Today I will warn you is a heavy photo post. I thought I would share some of my Christmas decorations and of course my desk which is quite messy.

My desk has a lot of unfinished paper crafts and two new mini paper pads. I will finish assembling the lanterns tomorrow.

Above is one of the lanterns fully assembled with a light inside. It is so pretty. I decided to make a few of them.

I also added a 3D wall paper wall art to the display with my houses. I love cardinals and love how it pops against the white tree trunks.

We put up our Christmas tree late this year but I will keep it up through the New Year.

I love my black angel. I have had her for years and she makes me smile every time I see her.

Our Elf on the Shelf’s name is Jingle and he makes his way around the house up to Christmas.

Ok I must run. I have a nail appointment to see if someone can make my dried cracked hands and nails look pretty for the holidays.

I will visit desks later today and the rest of the week. Have a Happy Holiday!!


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #496

Good morning to my crafty WOYWW friends! 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 where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Hello friends! It’s a sunny morning here but bitterly cold. Great day to be inside reading or crafting — my two favorite things to do. I thought I would start off with a photo of one of my display shelves. I brought out my little village from last year for some holiday decor in my craft room. I love the simple white with a tiny touch of red and green. It makes me happy every time I pass by them.

The sunlight is making my photo have a funny glow to it. So my apologies up first. On my desk, you will see a pile of cardstock I bought on sale for a few silhouette projects. You can also see some little trees I found on sale at our local craft store that I intend on using with more little villages I will create on my Silhouette. I couldn’t decide which colors of the little trees I wanted but the sale price made it easy for me to buy them all.

On the right of the cardstock you can see a cute 3D art cut file I just cut on my silhouette. I want to put it on the shelf next to the little village. When I finish assembling it, I will share a photo. To the right of the cut files, you can see my last years score from Target — Christmas paper pads. They are so cute and they were only $3. I took them out to inspire me and use them to make something. You can also see some new Distress Oxide ink pads. I have yet to try them.

I am going to try to keep this brief so I can visit you ladies. I was terrible last week making my rounds because I was trying to finish my commission project(Which is complete and I will share some photos next week). So I shall make up for it now.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!


Top 10 Tuesday – Cozy Winter Reads

Hello! It’s Tuesday and you know what time it is…Top Ten. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, Jana every week, she posts a new topic/top ten list and invites everyone to share their picks. I looked at this week’s challenge and it sounded like a fun one.

It’s all up to the interpretation of course. I think for me a cozy winter read is a book that can do one of many things: One might be a cozy mystery where I can plop down into a little town, get to know the people and solve a mystery without any gore. Another might be a science fiction or fantasy that allows me to escape to another world with magic and/or cool science. Another might be one that wraps me up in a light family drama. And finally one could transport me to another country where I can learn about another culture without leaving my cozy reading nook!

That said, I have selected 10 reads from my bookshelf that I have not read but believe would fall into this category:

I have a thing about buying used cozy mysteries at independent stores. I love cozy mysteries for many reasons but I really like the fact that they are typically series and you can stay with the characters for a while. They also always have cute covers and are small enough to go in my beach bag in the summer.  I also like reading them between my heavy non-fiction books.  I selected four different cozy mysteries from my collection.

  1. Thread and Buried, A Threadville Mystery by Jane Bolin – I love that cozy books are based around bookstores or crafts.
  2. Crime and Poetry, A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower – Oops, I lied, I did read this one. It was really cute. I love the cat, whose name is Emerson in this book. Read it and you will see why.
  3. Murder Under Cover, A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle – I am waiting to dive into this one. It will be my first from this author.
  4. Bookplate Special, A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett – Another oops. I read this one too. I read the first in the series and then this one. It has a really cute cast of characters and light romance.
  5. Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham – This one isn’t a cozy mystery. I have been wanting to read this since it came out in 2016. I love the diversity in the characters. The main heroine is a black Muslim.
  6. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – For the obvious reasons I have been meaning to read something by Nnedi Okorafor. I own 3 books by this fantasy author and yet have not cracked one up.
  7. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Have had this book for ages and looking forward to it transporting me back in time to Iceland to discover what really happened in this murder trial.
  8. A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman – I am probably the last to read this. I won’t even watch the movie adaptation until I read the book. Because we all know the books are always better.
  9. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She is Sorry by Frederik Backman – I saw this in the thrift shop for $1.59 and thought, if everyone liked the first book this might be good too so I picked it up.
  10. What the Fly Saw by Frankie Y. Bailey – Last year, I tried collecting mysteries written by Black females and this was one of the many I picked up. I can’t wait to read this one.

So there are 10 of my cozy picks. Can’t wait to see what your list!

Happy reading!



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