What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #574

on my desk…

Hello, my fellow crafters. It is Wednesday and I come to you in a somber mood. As most of you may know, the United States is embroiled in yet another string of horrific deadly crimes committed by police officers against African Americans. Last week, The combination of the suffocating pandemic and the on-going systemic racism that prevails in this country has led to nationwide protests that we haven’t seen since the 1960s. I oscillate between finding joy in my everyday life and the feeling of being crushed with enormous emotions of sadness and anger. But rather than re-hash the gloom that is upon us, I will focus on my desk and the crafting that is giving me a wonderful way to ease the weight of my emotions.

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 the left side of my desk, you can see the happy mail stamped up and ready to go to some friends. I have also begun to work some inventory for my shop (since one day I plan on re-opening it) and the colored up images need to be cut up and placed on cards. I also have some completed cards in the sleeve. The green stamps are some international stamps I bought for my son and I to resume our international post crossings.

On the right is the sleeves I keep blank card bases and believe it or not, after years of cardmaking I still have to write out conversion of the sizes so this system helps me a great deal. So I have begun cutting up more bases to add to the supply. Below it is the coloring book I chose to work on this week because I needed some stress relief.

Above the coloring book is a bunch of cards I started while back but our WOYWW challenge for our anniversary to work on UFOs has inspired me to complete them. I plan on working on them over the next few days.

Cleaning and organizing is a definite stress release for me so I had some cardstock in my travel bag for crops that needed to come out and be added to my drawer of paper.

My sweet son took this picture of me coloring at my desk yesterday. I didn’t take a picture of my newest purchase but I got some Stablio chalk pencils specifically to do backgrounds on my coloring pages and paper crafts. They create a beautiful soft look. It’s hard to see in the picture below but it looks like a real sky with some clouds. I am using my Prisma colors to color the butterflies. My good friends know that I love elephants, dragonflies, hummingbirds and butterflies. So this page of butterflies is bringing me so much joy. I will share the completed page.

I will leave you with a photo of my toes and nails on Sunday. Which I dedicate to Selfcare and Spiritual Sunday. I get up early so as not to be disturbed. I put all my nail tools and colors on the table in my living room. I do my pedi first and then I have these hand treatment gloves I place on my hand for 10 minutes that moisturizes them and then I paint my nails a different color every week. It’s little but it really makes my Sundays start off amazing. Then I read one of my spiritual books or watch a Super Soul Sunday.

I hope you all are well and stay safe. I will make my rounds over the course of the next few days to see what you are all up to.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #573

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.

Hello friends! Last week’s anniversary was so much fun. I really liked the idea of working on UFOs. I don’t have a shortage but it was really fum getting back to it. I was only able to complete one for our last WOYWW but I completed 3 more at my weekly Zoom craft session. Yes, those are jelly beans on my desk. And no, I should not be eating them.

This past weekend, I played a ordered some more printable stickers from Etsy. Once I download them, I have to turn them into print and cut files for my Silhouette. I have found that adding additonal lighting allows the machine to cut more accurately. So I steal, I mean borrow my husband’s book like and I shine my lamp on it when cutting print and cut files. Tell me these plant and floral stickers below aren’t pretty.

I use them to decorate my planners. I also bought some stickers for my book journal. This currently reading stickers are perfect. I just have to write tiny. I need to adjust the cut depth. It is cutting all the way through this sticker paper. I am using a new one.

I love the little lady reading her book.

It had to happen. I went shopping for plants for my father-in-law and picked up a bunch of veggies to go into my raised beds.

I amended the soil so putting them in is so easy. I tried a few new items this year. We will have to see how it goes.

My husband designed the removable screens so it’s easy access for planting and weeding.

I thought I would leave you with something sweet! I made an Italian Lemon Cake. The consistency was similar to a pound cake. It was so delicious. I am pretty sure my summer clothes will not fit me! (I wonder why!!)

Hope you all are well and creating beauty.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #572

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.

Happy Anniversary friends! Wow, if I remember correctly I joined WOYWW 8 years ago in 2012! It’s been a really great experience for me and I have valued the opportunity to meet crafters abroad. It has continued to be something I look forward to each week. I don’t remember how I learned about Julia and her desk travels but I am so glad I found her. I have always felt nothing but warmth and acceptance as a member of this group and never take it for granted. Now enough of that mushy stuff, let’s talk about my desk today.

So our task was to find a UFO and complete it and then share it with the group. Well lets just say that I had no shortage of UFOs. Choosing was another story. I decided to finish a project I started almost a year ago and it’s these really cool safari cards. I had seen crafter Jennifer McGuire demonstrate a cool watercoloring technique with paint and plastic wrap. So I completed that part of the process and dropped it like a hot potato as soon as another craft haul arrived in the mail. Which is usually the case. I have a bit of ADD when it comes to focusing on projects! You can see the first shot of my desk above with the panels complete and all the rest of the supplies.

Next step ws to die cut the African trees out of white and black cardstock. I forgot how much fun it is diecuting. I managed to get 10 trees per sheet which I think is really good. It leaves little waste of paper.

I kept a couple of the sheets I cut the tree out of and was thinking of using them as stencils with my distress inks for another card design in the future.

I placed the tree on the watercolored panel and stamped the grass first and then the giraffes. I had to use my stamping tool so that I could go over it so I could get a crisp color.

Below is the final card. I only made one but now that I have completed one, I can make the others much more quickly. I am really happy how it came out.

Another project I completed is a coloring page I showed all earlier this year.

I used my new neocolor water colors to color in the sky and watet and Prisma’s for the rest. I liked this idea of revisting our UFOs and will have to keep at it.

I will leave you with a picture of me out in my garden this week, weeding a section in my garden. The weather is finally beautiful and it is great being out in the fresh air for long periods of time.

Stay well and keep craftying my friends!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #571

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 hope you all had a wonderful weekend and for those of you that are mothers, I hope you celebrated on our special day. The shot of my desk above was taken on Monday. I was working on my scheduling for this week in my planner (on the left) I also prepared a print and cut of some new stickers on Silhoutte (on the right). They are so pretty that they make me happy and I see me using them a lot in my journals. In the middle is one of my mother’s day gift, a paint by number. It isn’t the old one we did as a kid, this is one that comes on canvas and can be hung as art in your home after you complete it. I had been talking about it recently so my husband surprised me with one. I can’t wait to try it.

The collage of pictures below shows my Mother’s Day. The weather was crap as it usually has been for the past few years. Father’s day is always full sun and warm. But I didn’t let that stop me. My day started with breakfast in bed prepared by my husband alone because my boys slept in!! Scrambled eggs with zucchini, peppers and sausage, avocado slices, cranberry pecan toast with almond butter, fresh fruit, green tea and a mimosa. Now that is how I would love to start every day.

I took a picture of the card they gave me because I know that only other crafters would truly appreciate it. It was created using the ancient art of paper quilling. Isn’t it pretty? I am going to put it in a 5×7 frame and place it in my craft room. I spent some time giving myself a manicure then read my books and watched a little Netflix. My husband bought me a new iPhone with accessories and a really good tablet/phone mount for my car since my old one is awful. He then surprised me and made me a ham and spinach pizza for lunch. It was quite yummy! I didn’t wash a dish, fold clothes, make a meal, or anything for the whole day. It was paradise. So I would say it was quite a successful Mother’s Day.

My final photo is a picture of my desk this morning. It’s beautiful sunshine today with temps rising later to something pretty decent. I may go out and weed my front flower bed. Yesterday we cleaned and opened up our deck so we can begin spending time out there. This morning I am working on bookmarks. I have a few colored and I am designing more on the computer now. I also snagged one of my son’s granola bars which I shouldn’t be eating because they cause too much of a sugar spike for me now that I am older. Well enough about me. I am coming to snoop.

Keep creating and stay well.

Belinda

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