What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #579

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and you know what time it is. Time to snoop. 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.

I have been really pleased with my motivation to create cards again over the last two weeks. Today I woke up early anxious to play with a new stamp that recently arrived. So I popped around the web for inspiration and I saw people using there Distess oxide inks. I bought a few last year and used them then put them away. So I grabbed some Tim Holtz watercolor paper, water and some acetate (actually I couldn’t find my stash so I cut and used one of my gosseline bags I used for my cards and cut it in half for this smoosh technigue. Lately I have been drawn to water colors and this was really fun. After I did a few I decided to use my new tool to draw bubbles for a card I am working on. Can’t show you until it’s finished. I will probably work on it at my craft session this weekend. You can see the image below.

I made a mask of the new stamp I just got in the mail in preparation for a masked card. That’s as far as I got but I will share finished pieces next week.

What you might not know about me, that in addition to my love of crafting, I am an avid book reader. I wish I had a room (a very large room) I could dedicate to all of my books. I have outgrown my bookshelves so I need to do some Marie Condo action to make room!

Above is a picture of a book I had been patiently waiting to be published in paperback. I finally found it and ordered it, only to find the most irritating branding smack dab at the center of the book. It says Reading with Jenna (Jenna Bush, a former president’s daughter). Well, the big thing is celebrities endorsing books by having “book clubs”. The other problem is that this is not a sticker it is built into the design of the cover. I had the book on my table or several days and really couldn’t keep it.

So I sent it back and ordered the hardcover. Would you believe it had the sticker on it too? This time it was an actual removable sticker so it was better. I took my time and removed it. I am too much of a book snob to keep a brand new book that had that kind of sticker on it. And why do they do that anyway? I mean, Jenna Bush did not spend the years it took the author to write this book. Why not put a sign next to the book in stores or just mention it on a list online but to put your sticker on it is ridiculous. See what’s happening here…a book tangent. 😊

Garden update: I use a square foot gardening technique for my raised beds and this is the first year, I didn’t properly layout my garden so the squash is getting a little squished. I am hopeful that I can at least get a few before a potential fungus sets in.

Yesterday, to my surprise, my first green pepper of the season was ready for he picking.

Lastly, I wanted to share a photo of the yummiest homemade Portuguese Sweet Bread. My husband made two loafs one for us and one for his mum. I pray my boys will do stuff like that for me in the future (ok, I am not holding my breath but a girl can dream!)

Ok, I am off to snoop for a little bit. Stay well friends.

Belinda

Thoughts on 4th of July

I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my thoughts as we conclude this years’ celebrations of Independence Day in the United States. As a small child, I remember celebrating the day with pride and looked forward to all of the pretty fireworks. I remember standing for the pledge of allegiance each day at the beginning of our school day with one hand over my chest.

As an adult, the fourth of July and many other holidays like Columbus day have become more problematic for me to accept and celebrate with the same zeal as I did as a child, after learning more of the history behind these dates and individuals, and how incomplete or just downright misleading the history we learned in school was. With how the information is presented in the school curriculum, I am not surprised that most people celebrate without blinking an eye, as the grandeur for what is presented would certainly demand this acknowledgment, but as I stated earlier these stories are very one-sided.

It’s easy to go with the flow without critically looking at our country’s past and present for that matter. When one takes the time to really look at this country’s history, and how it was built on the backs of slaves and indigenous peoples. As well as, all of the cruel inhumane acts that have occurred under the banner of “freedom”, the injustices that continue with our current systemic racism, and all of the atrocities that have been committed under the same flag, it is quite challenging to celebrate with the same vigor, pride, and innocence that I once did.

It is like this country has amnesia when it comes to teaching and acknowledging all of its history in totality. We don’t get to pick and choose. We have to look at it all…

When the words “founding fathers” are mentioned to me, I cringe, knowing that some of these men that professed freedom and equality for “all” were themselves slave owners or direct profiteers from this enterprise. So they were not my founding fathers. People talk about the ideals this country was founded on with pride, without acknowledging this fundamental gap. When these “founding fathers” put forth their rhetoric using words like “humanity” and “mankind”, they were not considering people like me in that group.

“Under the terms of our country’s founding document, slaves were defined as three-fifths of a man, not a real, whole human being.” This doctrine allowed this country to treat black people as less than and as property. Which laid the foundation for all the systemic racism that exists today.

There is so much to unpack about this country’s history but as an African American, I won’t blindly celebrate on holidays that did not include my ancestors as equals. It is kind of foolish. But perhaps as Juneteenth is a more appropriate date to celebrate, I think July 5, 1852, should also be considered. It’s the day that Frederick Douglass gave a speech entitled, “What to the slave is 4th of July”.

Because I am a genealogy lover I have included a video from NPR of Frederick Douglass’ descendants reading his famous speech.

I also included another one performed by the Great James Earl Jones.

I share my thoughts and these videos to illustrate the complicated history of this country and as we continue to work through our racial inequalities and prejudices in this country, we should also be mindful of our annual celebrations (their history, their intent) and how they are perceived and received by fellow Americans such as myself.

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #578

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and I am am a bit late but you know what time it is. Time to snoop. 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 today is my lovely new laptop case on the left. You can’t see how beautiful the colors are but trust me, they are even prettier in person. It comes with a felt sleeve but why would I want to hide that gorgeous cover? In the middle is one of the new coloring books I showed you last week. On the right is a new adhesive purchase. It is called Sticky Specks and it is suppose to be fantastic and reusable. One of my clever crafty girlfriend recommended it to me. Next to it is the package for children’s masks. We have been using disposable masks so my husband picked up these for my boys to add to the rotation. I kept the package to add to my scrapbook.

I cracked open the new color-by-number coloring book I showed you last week. I swatched my Prismacolor pencils to use inside. I think I will swatch my polychromos so that I can have options and see which one lays down best. It is even more relaxing having someone else decide the color palette.

Can you guess what is happening in this garden photo? Let’s just say I have really annoying squirrels in my yard that love to dig in my pots. I came up with the idea to give my seeds a chance by cutting up screen fabric and using a bungee cord to cover them. Once the seeds peeked out and almost touched the screen I removed it as you can see on the right. I am still not fully in the clear because they love to rummage around flowers so I am keeping my fingers crossed they will leave them alone.

For my weekly zoom craft day with friends I began by swatching this amazing Kuretake paint set that I have owned for (shhh) amount of years. Then I set to work painting some card bases since I knew they would need time to dry before I stamped on them.

I even used my paint palette to mix my colors. It’s so easy to clean.

While they dried I heat embossed some cute images from my new stamp set on black cardstock. Above is all the cards I made during the session. I was quite pleased with them when finished.

This is a close up at the watercolor cards. I am totally going to make more of these. An added bonus is that I think this stamp set makes lovely masculine cards. It’s always hard for me to create masculine cards. Especially since I love floral stamps. The texture is so great on the paper. The one on the far left I colored with Copic markers. That was fun too. So many options with these stamps.

I went bling crazy on this design. But I couldn’t resist because they matched so perfectly. I did create a few without for those who don’t want all the shiny goodness! It was such a productive session filled with a lot of laughter. We will not meet for two weeks because we have July 4th holiday weekend so I will be going solo until then.

June 30, 2001

Yesterday was our 19th wedding anniversary. I took pictures from our album to share. It was a wonderful time. I can’t believe it was that long ago that I got to marry the love of my life. Unfortunately we have a pandemic this year but I hope to really celebrate on our 20th anniversary.

When people tell me I have long hair now I laugh because it’s short compared to those days. Well enough reminiscing, it’s time for snooping!

I hope you all are well.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #577

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and I am am a bit late but you know what time it is. Time to snoop. 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.

This is my desk before I started working this morning. On the left is my journal. I have fallen off a little. I probably journal about 4 days a week but I would like to get back to daily writing. In the middle is some stickers and alphabet stamps and on the right are coloring books and nope, I have not finished the butterfly picture I shared two weeks ago!

I made these bee cards during my last zoom craft session with my girlfriends last Saturday. I love the little bees. Especially the one with the glasses.

I also began there prep work for another card design. I colored and fussy cut these beautiful Bird of Paradise but decided after cut number 3 that I will order the die. It’s just way too much to cut them all by hand. So hopefully it will arrive in a few days so I can continue working on those cards.

So very happy. Last weekend our landscaper came and pruned my shrubs and installed my mulch. It always looks so much more serene when they put it in. Those pesky weeds don’t get to steal the show.

A late birthday gift arrived later in the week. It’s a solar powered garden decor of a flower with dragonflies. It’s so pretty and so bright at night. I love it. I placed it near my deck so I can look at it when we are out in the evening.

Confession: I did buy myself some craft gifts for my birthday! Hee hee. A beautiful color by number coloring book. I will swatch it with my prismacolors this week so I can start coloring in it. I also bought a coloring book with black women in it. It’s so gorgeous and wonderful to see black women in a coloring book. Sooooo naturally I had to buy a set of dark tones colored pencils so that I could better color the images. 😉

Yesterday, I spent over an hour in the morning giving my houseplants some TLC. I bought new pots and mixed up potting soil and repotted plants. I even repotted some of my orchids. They require a different medium. I didn’t want to get bit by mosquitos so I did it right on my deck and swept up the mess (you can see it in the smaller photo on the bottom row) when I finished. Now I have fallen in love all over again with my plants after their transformation into their new homes. I love how the cactus plant matches the pot and the prayer plant pops in the porcelain white pot.

Ok enough of my babbling. It’s time to snoop. Stay well, my friends!

Belinda

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