Happy Monday!

Hello Everyone! Happy Monday! It’s National Plum Pudding Day according to my son’s calendar. I don’t recall tasting plum pudding but I would be willing to try!

I hope you all had a refreshing weekend. I had a root canal late last week so I spent the weekend recovering from the ache. I had intended on working on making Valentines with Apollo for his class but it just didn’t happen so today is the day. I will be cutting out some files from Silhouette and he can assemble and decorate them. I will be sure to share some photos. I completed a book I have been reading lately and will be posting a review this week. I think I am back on my reading mojo again. Sometimes I fall into reading slumps but right now I feel pretty good about that.

I have been exploring new craft mediums so I will be sharing some photos of what’s been on my craft table. Speaking of craft table, my lovely craft enabler friend Ashley informed me of a new product by Tim Holtz a few weeks back. It’s a craft mat/workspace that is designed with the multi-medium crafter in mind. So I had forgotten about it until an email popped up last week from scrapbook.com to tell me they had them and they were on sale. So you all know what I did. I ordered it. I guess it’s my Valentines’ gift for myself. It should come this week and I will definitely share some photos. It’s actually a really great tool so I don’t feel too bad.

The weather is rather crazy here. It’s in the mid-40s today and by Thursday it will reach 60. What? That’s just plain crazy for here in the middle of February. But I will take it. I don’t like being cold.

I hope you all have a blessed day and I will be back with some cool content this week!

Belinda

Happy Monday!

Hello, my friends! Last week flew by and I feel like we haven’t chatted enough so here I am to catch up with you. Last night I watched the Grammys. Yup, I’m one of the millions that enjoy watching the performances, oogling over the pretty dresses and seeing who walks away with a win. I used to stay up to the end but I knew if I did, today would be brutal so I watched for a while and taped the rest. I wish they had an award show for authors and illustrators. But that is the bookworm talking.

On Saturday, I spent the day with my crafty girlfriends and I played around with my new Zig watercolor markers. I think coming from the control I have with Copics, I have to let go a bit and enjoy the occasional randomness in the colors. I will check out more videos to see what kind of pointers I can glean from them. I had great fun and as I always say, it’s the best therapy to take time to craft with friends. We had food, music, wonderful conversation and free time to play.

I spent Sunday, playing Xbox with the boys and watching some of our older movies from our collection. I made it a point to not do anything and hang out with them. Then we watched some of the Grammys together.

Today, the weather is quite gloomy and a little snow is on the way later but I had made a decision last Monday that I would dedicate Mondays to me. So not only have I been doing my Meatless Mondays for months now, I have decided to take the day off from work and pamper me. So that might mean, out and browsing some pretty clothes, roaming in new bookstore, curling up with my blanket, book and a cup of tea and reading, taking a long bath, taking a nap or it might be having lunch with a friend anything that is relaxing. I won’t do laundry or any sort of cleaning (a bad habit of people that work from home). So today I am relaxing on the couch trying to finish up some books I started this month.  Some books are from my reading challenge and others just because. After I pick up the boys, I will drop a load of clothes in the wash and pick up a bit. But no work today. Just my Me Monday happening here today.

So here’s to pampering oneself! Have a great day!

Belinda

Happy Monday!

Hello Everyone! Are you ready for a new week? It’s Monday and although it is gray outside with a light drizzle, I am in happy spirits over the Patriot’s win yesterday. It was a real nail-biter for sure. But they managed to secure a win to head to the Superbowl.

I can’t believe January is rolling by so quickly but it has been a good month and the forecast for the next seven days predicts mostly mild temps for this time of year.  I’ll take it.

I managed to stop by the comic book store with my son this weekend and pick up a few more comics to help me with my reading challenge. The great thing is that Newbury Comics where we buy most of our comics, has a dollar section and I have found great selections to choose from without spending a lot.  At the end of the month, I will share with you the four comics I read.

I also wanted to share with you some new products that have caught my eyes (not my wallet … yet!) – click on the image to see more details:

Carta Bella Paper - Flora No 2 Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit

Carta Bella Paper – Flora No 2 Collection – 12 x 12 Collection

 

I am loving the color combination, floral patterns and the lovely sayings on their ephemera.

Pebbles - TeaLightful Collection - Ephemera

Pebbles – TeaLightful Collection – Ephemera

Oh boy, I can’t tell you how much I love this tea inspired ephemera from Pebbles. You all know how much I love tea and often products only represent coffee. so this one has to be owned by me for sure. Look at the cute teacup.

We R Memory Keepers - Dial Trimmer

We R Memory Keepers – Dial Trimmer

I’m sort of a We R Memory Keepers tool collector. I love their tools and this one sounds fantastic. You use one cutter and can create a multitude of decorative edges. Hmmm. might have to add this one to my stash.

Well, I am off to get some work completed for the day but I hope you have a blessed day!

Belinda

Tool Time Product Review: Colored Pencil Cases

I am really starting to love my colored pencils and I have only scratched the surface. I took the plunge last year and bought the 72 pencil set of Prismacolor Pencils and haven’t looked back. I even decided to challenge myself to use the coloring books I was buying and hoarding in my craft room. I challenged my sister and mother-in-law to color one picture a week and then we send each other pictures when we finish. I found coloring in them helped me a lot when I was stressing watching football each Sunday. So that became a day I could squeeze in some coloring.
As my collection of pencils grew, I started to get frustrated with the provided storage. I also had an adorable elephant bag where I began collecting my pencils. But when it came time to color, I spent too much time digging around to find the colors I wanted and I also found that I spilled them out of the tin on a regular basis. Aarggh…Enter Amazon…my go-to for researching and often purchasing products. I saw so many options but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. But I wanted something pretty (you know me!). So this pretty, faux leather case caught my eye.I liked this case because it can hold up to 168 pencils and it had a handle to carry it. As a crafter, we need any help we can get to transport our stuff to craft sessions is a major plus. I also like that it has 4 different sections separated by zippers. I can open one or all and easily access my stuff. The great thing is that I organized them in order of my color chart so I will always know where to find my colors. Every color has a place and it corresponds to the chart. I put it to use and colored up an image in one of my coloring books and it made the process so much fun and no stress about finding colors made it go by smoothly.

Here’s the image I colored.Now I can focus on exploring techniques and filling my coloring books with color!

Happy crafting!

Belinda

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