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What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #569

on my desk…

Hello everyone! I can not understand how it is already Wednesday again. I can’t keep up with the time. I am late because after my morning workout I decided to wash my hair and I did not realize how much my hair has grown since going to a salon. I was due for a trim before businesses closed and we were housebound. So now I am way overdue and drying my hair took longer than normal this morning. So here I am. I also had to cancel my annual physical this week and re-schedule. I called my doctor’s office only to here the assistant told me she had openings in July. I may be extra cautious but I refuse to set foot in a hospital unless it’s an emergency. I feel fine now and don’t have any questions for my doctor so I don’t see the reason to see her. So when I feel it’s safe, we can meet again.

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.

On my desk you can see my coloring book and on the left you can see the journal I am using for One Little Word. Each year you pick a word and then she provides video prompts each month. My friend and I are working through it together and today I am working on wrapping up my April entries. At the end of the year, I will share some pages from it.

I had some coloring time this week.

I had a chance to start a new coloring page. I was in the spring mood so I searched for flowers. This page is fun but it takes quite some time for each flower to make them look dimensional. I am finished with the hard ones and then I will begin working on the leaves. This is the Ivy and Inky Butterfly coloring book by Johanna Basford. I love the whimsical images.

Weeding in my garden.

The weather was so beautiful last Saturday that I got my first opportunity to get into my garden. So weeding was my first order of duty. I have lots of them so this will take a while.

My fruit atree farm area all weeded.

I cleaned up the weeds in my fruit tree farm area. It was covered with so many dreaded weeds. But my lovely husband joined me and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed breathing in the fresh air and feeling the warm sun on my skin. I am not a fan of weeds but it is so rewarding to see them after. I always take before and after photos so I can appreciate all the work.

This is a photo of one of my dwarf fruit trees. I missed photographing the other trees when they were in full bloom because it was so crappy outside then.

Above is another dwarf fruit tree and me peeking through. They are nearly done blooming. I am hoping the squirrel will not eat everything this year.

The weather was warm enough for my son to open up his studio (a.k.a. clubhouse). I thought it would be fun to take a picture of it through the blossoms. It makes the studio look magical!

Above you can see the bits and pieces of a die cut. I wonder if you can tell what they will make. I cut them all out on my Silhouette in preparation for mass production for a card. I can’t say what it is until next week after I assemble and send them out to the recipients. But I have been having fun cutting them out.

I hope you all are well and I intend on enjoying the sunshine today so I will visit most of you tomorrow. Stay well.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #568

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! Yup, we are still on “house arrest” as I call it. Looks like it will be a while so I am continually making adjustments to make things as comfortable as possible for myself and my family. I can’t wait for the warm weather so we can spend more time outside. I thought I would share what I have been up to for the week as a good distraction since we last met.

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.

On my desk, you see my journal. I started a new journal at the beginning of the month and am following along with daily journaling prompts to kick start my thoughts. We have one word each day and I have to say this is the best thing I have found to keep me journaling daily. I actually look forward to the new word each day.

Zoom craft hour!

I connected with some of my crafty friends online on Saturday to do another craft session. I ended up there for 3 hours. I worked on my traveler’s journal scrapbook.

I am loving that I can use up some of the millions of Project Life cards that I own from years ago. I took this one and cut it down and stamped my journaling on it.

I created the title, “This makes me smile” by cutting up a 3×4 project life card. I have to add the date and maybe some little embellies and then I am down with this spread.

puzzle time

Over the weekend, my husband and I started a puzzle. We worked on separate sections and then my lovely large cookie spatula came in handy moving the pieces into the main puzzle. I would love to say we finished it but no we stopped shortly after this picture. I like the idea of working on it over a course of time. We typically do the whole thing in one day but what’s the rush? We aren’t going anywhere!! <hee hee>

Yesterday I found these cute canvas bags that I bought over a year ago at Target on clearance. I intended on stamping them but they got pushed to the side. I’ve been inspired by all of you ladies that are working on your UFOs. So yesterday I grabbed some stamps and got to it.

The final result.

Before I go I thought I would share the finished coloring page from last week. I still need to blend the background more but for now, I am calling it complete.

I hope you all are well and keeping your mind busy on fun things. I keep thinking of all the blessings in my life when I get down about this situation. Just the fact that we can communicate weekly at our snoop sessions, makes me smile. Stay well, my friends.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #567

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.

assembling paper flowers

First, let’s take care of business. I often share works in progress and forget to share the final project. But today I am correcting it. Last week I cut out these beautiful daffodils on my Silhouette and I completed them this week.

daffodils placed in IKEA vases

I do need to work on my hot glue gun techniques because as usual, the glue was all over my fingers. I also need to learn how to wrap the floral tape tighter. Overall, I am pleased with how pretty they are.

Last minute Easter cards.

Inspired by the pretty cards I saw last week on WOYWW’s desks, I decided at the last minute to make a few Easter cards. I grabbed some digital images I already had cut out, Copic markers and located some pretty paper and got to work.

The final cards.

I made four cards and mailed two. I created mailing stickers on my Silhouette to use on the envelopes.

Mailing stickers I made on the Silhouette.

I decided they wouldn’t be complete without cute mailing stickers in happy Easter colors. I used them on some envelopes I had in my stash from Paper Source.

Paper Easter eggs and flowers.

While my Silhouette was open I found a cute cutfile for paper eggs and flowers. It was originally supposed to be put on a wreath but I had other ideas. My sister gave me this cute bunny stand a few years ago and I knew I wanted to display it with my other Easter decorations so that is where I placed the eggs. You can’t see but I create one with rose gold paper so we would have one lucky egg!

Easter breakfast!

I woke up early Easter to make a yummy Easter breakfast – Cinnamon french toast and Coconut and cinnamon waffles with a pot of green tea. Then we spent time video chatting with family which helped to create a little normalcy to the day.

Yesterday I had my husband take a picture of me next to some of my flowering shrubs. They look best during gray wet days. The colors appear to glow. Short-lived so I always make sure to spend time enjoying their blooming season.

This morning, I grabbed one of those coloring books I showed you last week and have just begun to color. Will probably listen to podcasts and an audiobook while I color. Today I am going to try to take it easy.

Stay well, my friends.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #566

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 friends! My desk is at the beginning stages of a project. I found a wonderful file on Silhouette to make paper daffodils. I am inspired by my blooms in my front yard. So I picked some paper this morning and began cutting them out.

There is something special to me about looking at the cut files, on the cutting mate. Even the negative space they leave behind makes me pause. I bought those three white vases you see on my desk from IKEA many years ago. They have been hanging around in my craft room ever since. So I decided I will put the daffodils in them once I assemble them.

As we are a few weeks out from my real escape into my outdoor gardening, I decided to look through my coloring book collection to find some spring images to color. These three coloring books made the cut.

Last Saturday, I joined some of my crafty friends on Zoom for a craft session. I thought I would be on for an hour and before I knew it 4 hours later we all signed off. It was really nice to craft and engage with friends. We plan on doing another session this Saturday. Perhaps it will be a regular occurrence. Below is the picture I colored with my Prismacolor pencils and of course I had to use a little bit of Nuvo drops as accents.

I would not call myself a stress eater before now. Let’s say I have indulged a little in the past but nothing like now. I find I am constantly in search of something. So naturally, the clothes are starting to stretch when I wear them. I decided to combat the bad habit by starting back up with regular strength training. I have always done it at home but lately, I had put it aside. I started on Monday and I have to say I am sore but feeling really good after I complete each workout.

This is the time of year I start to walk around my garden and look to see who will be joining me again of my plant family. Some casualties occur but most of the time I see them peeking out of the soil. My peonies are starting to peek out. That is them in the picture below.

My spring flowers in the front are in full bloom. They look amazing on cloudy days.

I love all the different varieties. They are the source of my paper flower inspiration. So I am going to try to use papers with similar colors.

I am not sure which one I like better the lighter colored ones or the ones below.

There are also a few hyacinths peeking out. I wish I had planted more because the contrast is fantastic.

Overall, we are all doing well. Some days run smoothly in our home and other days not as much but we are all adjusting. I finally took a ride in my car through the neighborhood with my husband. It was weird seeing people out walking with face masks. I found some in my laundry room that should last us for a while. After that, we will have to make some. I hadn’t left my house since March 16 so I have to say, the ride was great. We didn’t stop anywhere we just drove around. How are you holding up my friends?



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