What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday #589

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 am running late! I have so many things going on simultaneously that my head is going to just pop off. I started a 10-day detox yesterday with my friend and I’ll share some photos later in this post. I am still working out the morning kinks of our school routine with the boys in the morning, I am working to fill the holes (and I have many) in my inventory for my shop. More about that later. I am also buddy reading a rather large book with a friend and have fallen off schedule. So getting to my desk this morning any earlier was not happening.

On my desk you can see a little of one of the cards I worked on at last weeks’ Zoom Craft session. You can see my swatches for some of my Nuvos. It’s really a good idea to create one so that when you have a project, you can hold it over the paper and see if the color will work or not. I need to do another one because my collection has grown. You can also see two of my Copics that need refills. Nail polish, yup that’s two bottles of nail polish (A girls got to have some luxuries at her desk!).

Pens are an obsession.

Above is the latest to add to my collection. These pens are made by U Brands and I get them at Target. I wait for new collections to come out and run out and buy them. The write like butter in my journals and the retractable ones have excellent weight to them like higher quality pens. I love using the felt tip one’s in my journals too. So naturally I had to run out and get the latest colors yesterday!!

Craft haul

Last week, I did some social distance craft shopping with my friend, Joan. We went to Michael’s and I found these amazing journals, notebook, and watercolor markers on deep sales. So they instantly went into my basket.

I have never used Tombow’s watercolor markers and they came with a bonus color marker. It was a deal I could not pass on. I will try to test them out later this week.

Detox day 1

So my friend, Ashley and I have been doing a 21-day cleanse every year for several years now. I decided to shake things up when I came across this 10-day cleanse that you do 4 times a year at the beginning of each season. Above is a glimpse of yesterdays foods.

Lunch on day 1

Lunch was pretty yummy. I will do a little tweaks for the next time I have to eat it. So far not bad. Well, actually this mornings breakfast was quite bland and I sat there eating it like a kid eating mashed potatoes (one that doesn’t like them of course). What we do for good health!! haha.

multi-tasking

Football season began in the US on Sunday and I was so excited. I am convinced that they will not make it through a complete season due to the pandemic so I am savouring every game. On Sunday, while I watched, I made card bases and stamped them with my branding. It’s wonderful when things like that happen. Now I have more card bases ready to go.

Envelopes’ Rainbow

I had to stock up on more envelopes for my cards. I can’t tell you how much joy it gives me everytime I go shopping for more envelopes.

Envelopes pile.

They just make me happy. I used to use only white envelopes but now I love colored envelopes. They look so great with the cards and they are fun to receive in the mail.

yummy yarn

I saw this yarn when I was shopping with Joan and they really make me want to pick up knitting again. I love these colors and they are so soft. I had to use a lot of control not to buy any.

Roses again

I can’t get enough of my roses this year. This photo does not capture the beauty completely but I thought I would share anyway. I paired them with some pink guara. Next year, I will add a complimentary colored flower to really wow. Ok I am off. I hope you all are well and look forward to some snooping.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #588

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.

First, I have to apologize because for the first time, I did not visit anyone’s desk last week accept Julia’s and I didn’t even have time to leave our fearless leader a comment. As you know, I have been trying to increase my inventory so that I can reopen my shop. I have been working on that and then my husband and I decided to turn our guest bedroom into a room for my oldest who turns 17 this month. Great idea you say? Well yes, it is, however our guest room that hasn’t been used since this pandemic started has become, shall I say a catchall room. I still have to clear out the closet but the room is finally free of my crap. Much of it we took in a few trips to our local thrift store and the remainder is in my living room waiting out its fate. I am surprised I did not get a call from the TV show Hoarders!!! It’s that bad. So when we finish it I will be sure to share some photos. So I have not been free to visit you all this past week.

My desk is a hot mess this week because I am not a neat crafter. I would love to be but when ideas are brewing, I tend to jump around from project to project and then my desk gets cluttered.

Fortunately, I was able to attend my weekly craft Zoom session on Saturday and start working on some fall card designs. We started at 1 pm and I got off at nearly 10 pm! It’s really great.

Above are two pre-ordered new-release books I have been waiting for a few to arrive. I read Yaa Gyasi’s debut, “Homegoing” last year and looked forward to her next book. The other book is an author that has a big backlist that I haven’t read but this is her first try at the mystery genre. So it will be my introduction to her writing and then I will work back.

The last picture I will leave you with is two cards completed and below is a sheet I am testing out color combos to create card variations. Other than that I am well and hoping to redeem myself with desk visits this week.

Happy crafting my friends and stay well.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #587

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 am running late. This morning we went to the track and then I did some strength training so I am late to write my post. It’s a dreary day and rain is on the horizon which is fine for me because I won’t have to water the garden.

before

Above is my left cabinet above my desk. I have two above my desk and they are quite messy (I know, an understatement!). Since I plan to reopen my Etsy shop, I want to make the process as seamless a possible so I cleared out all the mess.

after

Now you I can access my inventory quickly. I used to put these in my craft closet. But that never seems to stay clean for long. You know how doors lead to messes. So now I can keep all my inventory in a clean and easy to access location. I am so thrilled. I will work on the other cabinet as soon as I figure out what I want to put in it.

Birthday celebrations

Last Friday, was my youngest son’s birthday. I am now officially a parent of two teenagers. 😀 He is very knowledgeable in the area of computers and wants to build his own gaming PC. So he saved money and took his birthday money to go to a computer supply store to buy some of the components. He also ordered some online so when he completes it, I will be sure to share his final build.

Peeks in my garden.

I am just crazy about these tall Asters. So one more picture and also a peek at my knockout roses. Things are blooming quite lovely this late in the season.

My newest teapot.

My husband bought me this new teapot to add to my collection so I immediately put it to use. The teacup is old and although pretty, not practical because it doesn’t hold the heat and you burn your fingers.

Butterfly in flight.

I captured this butterfly in flight after they visited my Zinnias. They look like I photoshopped it into the photo.

My new craft toy.

After I complained about my hands after using my Cuttlebug, I finally caved and bought myself this new electronic Sizzix Pro. No more handle for me. I emboss and diecut for my business a lot so this tool makes sense. I can’t wait to give it a try.

This week’s harvest.

Thought I would leave you with this weeks harvest. And my melon is growning quite lovely.

I hope you all are well and I can’t wait to snoop.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #586

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.

My desk today has some remnants from my Saturday Zoom Craft session. I worked on two things – cardmaking and scrapbooking. On my desk you will see my Copics I used to color some of the mermaid for my card. Do you remember that card background I made a few weeks ago with the circular tool to make bubbles. Well this is the card that I made using it. I made a variety of sentiments bubbles to add to the cards. You can also see my laptop has a new keyboard cover. I bought it thinking it would be fun to spruce up things while also making it easier during these Covid-19 times, to take off and clean regularly. I bought the turquoise ombre to go with the cool cover I showed you a few weeks ago.

Above, I was working on my OLW scrapbook. I am a little behind so I was working on the July prompt. I made my own cards instead of purchasing the available stamps. (See, I can exercise some restraint!) I printed some photos to go and just need to finish the journaling and then on to August quickly before September arrives.

I liked the cards I made so much that I decided to place it prominently on my desk to keep my mojo on high. I am one of those people that perfection can be paralyzing so I love seeing this visual reminder.

Our deal is that on Saturday’s I take a break from mom duties to spend the day and into the evening zoom crafting with my friends. So it was a pleasant surprise last Saturday when my husband went out and bought sushi for dinner. We ate it on the deck with a glass of wine.

Last week I had this lovely visitor. I always like to think that loved ones who has passed greet us through nature. So I think my mum was checking up on my garden when I saw this beautiful dragonfly.

Could someone tell me to stop shopping? I saw these amazing stencils and just had to have them. I want to use them with my distress oxide and then I would like to use them with my new Gel printing plate. I can see great opportunities to use both. If that isn’t enough, you can see the new stamps that arrived yesterday here.

I leave you with nature. I came home from shopping the other day to find several butterflies enjoying those tall Zinnias I showed you a week ago. They must really like them because they didn’t fly away while I snapped photo after photo. I am so happy because I did not see as many Monarch butterflies, as usual, this year. I can’t wait to catch up with you ladies. I hope your week was a good one.

Belinda

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