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What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #564

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends!! I am checking in to say I am still doing well despite the homebound situation. Each day I pop outside and sit on my deck steps to get some fresh air and that is helping. It looks like decent weather for the next three days so I will get more time outside in my yard.

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.

Set up for painting the background.

My desk is witness to the crafting that has been happening. I started on Sunday with this lovely picture in Kerby Rosanes’ “Mythomorphia” coloring book. His pictures are known for having a lot of detail so I decided to grab my black acrylic paint and paint the entire background black. Kind of a night scene. Once I did that it really made the image pop.

I like how it looks with a black background.

I was inspired by a YouTube colorist and began coloring the minotaur ( At least I think that is what it is.) in colors to make him look like jade.

I love the idea of it being made of jade.

Down to about 7 toilet paper rolls left. My husband has been going out for over a week to find toilet paper. It’s insane. Thank goodness I am the only female in the house so less toilet paper used!! The things we have to think about more closely now. Our food supplies are good. We have a large freezer in our basement which is filled and I set up pantry shelves down there too and they are filled with non-perishable items. So I think on that front, we are well. I have been baking like a little Martha Stewart to fill the house with sweet smells to raise everyone’s spirits. The problem is that I am gaining weight!! I think when I finally emerge I might be unrecognizable.

toilet paper scarcity
My craft room display.

I think I want to leave you all on a positive note. This is my display area in my craft room and it’s celebrating spring. It’s the first thing you see when you enter my space so it sets the tone. I hope you all are all well and I really enjoyed snooping last week. I will definitely be popping by today and tomorrow.

Be well, my friends.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #562

on my desk…

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! I hope you all are well. This lovely desk hop and snoop is a perfect activity in these uncertain times we find ourselves. I am seeking all the pleasant distractions I can get while hunkering down at home. So let’s talk about what I am up to today. I am late posting because I actually got a little caught up crafting before taking these photos. On my desk, you will see I pulled out my goodies to complete this page in my traveler’s journal.

left-side of my desk

On the left you can see the container I am keeping some of my supplies while working on this scrapbook. I found the bag of wooden stars and hearts while peeking into my messy craft closet. Yes, you heard right, I peeked in there. I plan on tackling that closet over the next week so stay tuned for a reveal. In the meantime, I am using what supplies are in my craft room.

middle of my desk.

You might have noticed I don’t have my black Tim Holtz glass mat on my desk. I had to take it off while re-gluing one of the rubber pads that are on the bottom. It kept coming off so I decided I better glue it before I lose it. So it’s drying in the corner and I pulled out my pink cutting mat.

right side of my desk.

I do have two new items to share. I bought this great alpha stamp set and coordinating numbers from Feed Your Craft. They will be perfect to stamp titles in each of my journals. The font is really pretty to me. I haven’t bought letter stickers for a very long time. But I came across this gorgeous packet from Simple Stories. It has so many pretty colors and two different sizes of each color. So I can’t wait to use them in the journals. You can see my breakfast on the right – steel cut oats, banana slices, blueberries, bare naked granola and as if that is not enough I top that with candied pecans!! Yummy!!!

close-ups of Nuvo drops.

I am still loving my Nuvo drops. On this layout, I tried to match the color of the sunrise. I have this set aside on my desk to dry completely before I close it. I think they look so pretty.

final layout.

Here is my first layout. I used my computer to type out my journaling and I used some of my ephemera to add additional accents to the layout. I can’t wait for the drops to dry so I can work on another page.

But looking at this photo makes me a little sad today when I hear that there will be an extension of the school’s closure dates. Originally they said April 7th but now it looks like it will span the entire month of April. My boys are on video chats with their teachers today so hopefully, they will be able to continue to educate during these uncertain times. I am glad they are still giving assignments because my boys need to be busy so they won’t start to stress about the isolation.

I am taking this time to do some spring cleaning, read, craft, listen to my favorite podcasts and love on my family. I will be doing some snooping today and over the next few days.

I pray you all to stay well and indulge in some regular self-care.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday # 561

on my desk…

Hello everyone! I am late but determined to post this week. Last week I was laid out with the flu so now I’m trying to get back to some sort of routine. It hit me kind of fast last Monday after I dropped off my boys at school. I came home and went back to bed and then my temp spiked. I am much better now with a lingering cough which I suspect could be the dreaded beginning of allergy season! My dear husband took over last week like a champ so I could just rest and recoup. It was helpful to me but my boys did not welcome the interruption to their daily routines we have established. They are so thrilled that this week I was able to resume most of my activities.

On my desk you can see the traveler’s album, a beautiful get well card from my friend Joan, some fun St. Patrick’s Day glasses, a few practice charts for my One Little Word project, a beautiful black history mug that I got at Michael’s and some old stamps I had in my stash that I think I will use on this page.

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.

My desk was untouched last week and I had no energy to visit desks. But this week I am feeling so much better. I also wanted to share my latest obsession – I have decided I am going to rejoin the scrapbooking world. I used to scrapbook, years ago and then fell for cardmaking and that was all she wrote. I dropped scrapbooking like a bad date and never looked back. I still have friends that make wonderful albums but I just didn’t feel it anymore. However, I was inspired after watching a few videos on YouTube that people were creating scrapbooks with Travelers Journals. Over the winter break, I had snagged a few on clearance at Michaels and didn’t do anything with them. But I opened my messy craft closet with all the goodies in there and decided I am going to ease back into scrapbooking with this smaller medium (8 1/4 x 4 1/4).

Back to scrapbooking.

The journals are small so it’s less daunting than covering a 12×12 page. I grabbed one of my 12×12 paper pads because the paper is very thin and I have covered my first journal with some patterned paper and have begun to printing a few photos from January to begin documenting our life.

Something about rounded corners does it for me!

I think this will be an easier transition back into scrapbooking. I plan on using one traveler’s notebook per month and if I don’t have much that month I will make up new rules. What I want is to capture the memories of my family and what I don’t want is stress. It was a lot easier to do this when my boys were young and willing participants but I think I can find creative ways to incorporate them into my memory keeping.

What really excites me is that when I eventually clean out my craft closet, I am going to have a whole bunch of stash I can use up. So this return to scrapbook will have many benefits including speeding up my clean out process of that dreaded closet.

Anyway, I am rambling but I thought I would share what’s happening in my brain.

I hope you all are well and creating beautiful art!



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