What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #505

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 Happy New Year to all my WOYWW peeps! I have been MIA for way too long so it’s time to begin my snooping for the new year. I had a wonderful holiday break and then seemed to take a crafting break upon my return. So I had nothing much to share.

This is the first year, I decided to have some coloring resolutions for 2019. One of them is to color at least one page from the many coloring books I own. As with all of my crafting I have a habit of attaching myself to a craft and buying way more than necessary. So this year, I will attempt to color in all of my coloring books.  It should be challenging but fun.

This first coloring is in the Creative Haven Winter Wonderland coloring book. I just started coloring it this morning. So I will share the completed page when I finish it.

On my desk, you can see my bullet journal on the left with some washi tape on it. My cute calendar I received free from Minted printing when I ordered my Christmas cards from them. You can see some new Copic refills for three of my most commonly used colors. The refills arrived last week and I still haven’t gotten around to refilling the markers. Some stamping blocks, some really cute blank cards with envelopes that I bought for $3 at Target. Plan to use them for bases for some Valentine’s cards. my colored pencil tray and the bag below holds so new stamps and dies that arrived for me to play with later this week.

I hope you all are well and I can’t wait to snoop around on your desks. I have an appointment this morning so I will begin my visits when I return home.

Have a crafty day!

Belinda

Happy Monday: Summer Reading and Summer Vacation

Hello! It’s been a while since I have written a post. I have to laugh at myself because I always have big plans in June and then I get into the month and realize that my kid’s school schedules consume my time.  So stuff gets left undone. Like painting the accent wall in our living room, sticking to the 30-day coloring challenge, prepping the laundry room to re-arrange the furniture and appliances, cleaning out my craft closet.  Yup the list goes on and on and I haven’t scratched the surface on any of them.

To add to this crazy time, it is the month of my birthday and wedding anniversary. So yes, I am writing to you a year older. I had simple requests for my husband to celebrate my birthday. Drop the boys off with my in-laws for the weekend, breakfast in bed with a book (naturally), spend a few hours on the morning of my birthday at the beach, visit a new independent bookstore so I can do some birthday book shopping, lunch at a cafe and then dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  Oh did I say simple requests? Haha. Well, a lady must make the most of each birthday so I was compelled to have a fun but busy day. It turned out better than I imagined and the weather was fantastic.

The intro picture above is in our library. I am writing this post here today while the boys look at options for summer reading. I am such a library geek – always looking for a reason to visit. It’s rather peaceful right now. Some days there is so much activity here.

We are going on vacation to Hawaii in a couple of weeks so I will be rushing to prepare so might not post as much as I should but I will resume when we come back.

I think I better go check on them because my boys might get “distracted” from selecting their summer books. But I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of summer and savoring every moment!

Belinda

Happy Monday: Coming out of our cocoon!

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. My daffodils are so vibrant and yellow just makes me smile every time I see it. With these warm temperatures arriving and our deck prepped, I feel like we are finally coming out of our winter cocoon! Spring is in the air or should I say summer is in the air over here. This past weekend we had great temps and tomorrow through the end of this week we are going to have seasonably high temps in the upper 70s, low 80s!! Since I knew this week would be warm, Leao and I took the time to clean out our garage and de-winterize our deck. It’s a three-season deck and in the winter we put a tarp on the sides to keep some of the blowing snow out and then we move all of the furniture and grill to the side and throw tarps over it.  So we spent all-day Saturday cleaning up the deck and re-installing all of the blinds.  I didn’t put the seat cushions out because I knew today would be rainy. But tomorrow, I will and will spend my work day on my deck. So from this point until early winter, I spend much of my time on our deck, working, reading, sleeping, eating and playing games with my family. So I am in such a happy mood because I look forward to being outside after a long and hard winter.

We hired our new landscaper to do a spring clean up and grass fertilization for our property and I have to say that it was truly money well spent. This time a year, I usually clean up the yard in phases. I do one side at a time and I have to say, I have never seen it this tidy when I have done it in the past. But my back is definitely so grateful that we hired help.  So now I can start planning my garden. I don’t think I am going to do any seeds in the house this year, I will direct sow some but will only work with plants for the rest of my garden. So the fun begins!! No planting yet, just planning as a “New Englander” I know you can’t quite rely on the sudden heat. We could have a frost any moment so I err on the side of caution and patiently wait to begin planting.

A major milestone occurred this weekend, Apollo surprised me and rode his bike for the first time on Saturday. Each year, I tried to encourage my boys to learn to ride and they try and then quickly lose interest after a fall. But on Saturday, when Apollo saw his bike in the garage while I was cleaning something just clicked for him. Then he sat on it and found his helmet (which surprisingly fit!) and said he would like to ride it. So as Leao and I were moving stuff out to toss in the trash, he zoomed by us on his bike. A little wobbly but all on his own. Wow! the moment you always dream about right before our eyes. It never gets old. Since I am one for not forcing them to do things that they express that they don’t want, there are some things they can not do just yet and bike riding is one. So this turn of events produced the biggest joy in my heart.  Leao took his bike to our rear driveway (where we don’t have to worry about cars) and let him try again and he did it! I am so happy for him because I remember how I felt when I learned to ride my bike. It was that new independence that came with it that made it so sweet. So bike trails are in our future. Yay! Well, I am off for now.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Black History Month 2018

Hello everyone and happy Friday! The sun is peeking out while I type which is making me smile. It’s been cloudy all morning so this bit of reprieve is welcome.  I also wanted to say Happy Black History Month! I am so excited for the month. I have been compiling a list of possible book options to read in honor of Black History Month and will be sure to share a review when I complete any of them. I am also on the hunt for television specials. It seems harder to find them but I usually search online on networks like PBS or HBO to find out what the line up for the month so I can plan on recording them. Since we all know, I rarely watch anything live.

I will also be creating some craft projects to celebrate Black History Month. I am going to hunt down some free coloring pages online to color with my color pencils. And of course, I will be locating a book or two to read with Apollo. Nick has been reading a lot of relevant items at his new school. I will also pull out some documentaries that I own and play them for us to watch.  I will also seek out local events or author talks to check out.

Are you doing anything special for Black History Month?

Have a blessed weekend!

Belinda

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