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!

Belinda

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!

Belinda

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – #495

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.

Well hello there! It’s so sunny here right now that it is making me happy. It made taking a photo this morning of my somewhat clean desk a joy.  On the right you can see the box ready to go with the custom card order I had been working on for the last few weeks. I am going to mail them off to my client today. Above that box is a container with all my bits I use in my dot journals. You can see some cute Starry lights I found in the dollar spot at target. Not sure what I will do with them yet. Of course, there is a teacup on my desk. Tea is my beverage of choice pretty much all year but especially in the winter. I am trying out a car diffuser for the first time. This year my husband bought me a diffusor and some lovely essential oils and I use it in my craft room. So I can use the same oils in the car. I am thinking of getting a pine scent to keep me in the holiday spirit. Oh, and yes, it’s on right now — Christmas music. I waited until our Thanksgiving holiday ended and then I rushed to put on Holiday music. Right now ‘Santa Baby’ is playing while I type.

The green cardstock is two segments for a 3D Christmas tree advent calendar I am cutting out on my Silhouette.  As I begin to prepare holiday decor for my home, I also supplement it with themed paper crafts.

On the left are Copics, paint brushes, embossing powders and a pile of books and odds and ends. But let’s just rejoice in being able to see some of my actual desktop. haha!! We had a lovely Thanksgiving with my in-laws and on Saturday, my husband took me to see the incredible Former First Lady Michelle speak. I had pre-ordered her memoir and found out she was coming here to speak so he bought tickets. It was such an inspirational talk that I will never forget. I miss our former president and first lady so much. Well, I have to hustle. I am dismissing the boys early for flu shots and I need to wrap up a few things. Have a blessed day my friends.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #493

Good afternoon or evening for some of you 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 for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

I am soooo late today. I am trying to push through my deadlines as well as keep up with all my errands today so this is the best I can do. I hope some of you haven’t gone to bed yet!

Yes. I am still working on my custom project. Hoping to complete this week and mail out on Monday. I can’t show you the project until it is delivered to my client. So she can be the first. But you can see the card bases cut up, the embossing folder I used, a few sample images I colored up trying to find just the right color combinations.

Thought I would share some other photos today. My dear friend and garden guru gave me these gorgeous garlic bulbs so I can try plant them in my garden. I have never grown garlic before and whenever someone tells me something is easy to grow, I secretly think I am doomed to fail!!

My son helped me clean out one of my beds. Don’t mind all the leaves in my yard. As I type, the landscaper is here to take them all away. Well worth it and my back is forever grateful!Then I had him loosen up the soil for me.

I created my rows and holes and placed them in.

Then we layed our mulch of hay on top. Fingers crossed I get some garlic next summer.

Well I need to go finish some laundry. But yay for leftovers tonight. I just want to crawl under a blanket with a book. But I will save that for tomorrow night when we may get our first bit of snow of the season!

Have a blessed night and I will pop around throughout the rest of the week.

Belinda

 

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