What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #566

on my desk…

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, my friends! My desk is at the beginning stages of a project. I found a wonderful file on Silhouette to make paper daffodils. I am inspired by my blooms in my front yard. So I picked some paper this morning and began cutting them out.

There is something special to me about looking at the cut files, on the cutting mate. Even the negative space they leave behind makes me pause. I bought those three white vases you see on my desk from IKEA many years ago. They have been hanging around in my craft room ever since. So I decided I will put the daffodils in them once I assemble them.

As we are a few weeks out from my real escape into my outdoor gardening, I decided to look through my coloring book collection to find some spring images to color. These three coloring books made the cut.

Last Saturday, I joined some of my crafty friends on Zoom for a craft session. I thought I would be on for an hour and before I knew it 4 hours later we all signed off. It was really nice to craft and engage with friends. We plan on doing another session this Saturday. Perhaps it will be a regular occurrence. Below is the picture I colored with my Prismacolor pencils and of course I had to use a little bit of Nuvo drops as accents.

I would not call myself a stress eater before now. Let’s say I have indulged a little in the past but nothing like now. I find I am constantly in search of something. So naturally, the clothes are starting to stretch when I wear them. I decided to combat the bad habit by starting back up with regular strength training. I have always done it at home but lately, I had put it aside. I started on Monday and I have to say I am sore but feeling really good after I complete each workout.

This is the time of year I start to walk around my garden and look to see who will be joining me again of my plant family. Some casualties occur but most of the time I see them peeking out of the soil. My peonies are starting to peek out. That is them in the picture below.

My spring flowers in the front are in full bloom. They look amazing on cloudy days.

I love all the different varieties. They are the source of my paper flower inspiration. So I am going to try to use papers with similar colors.

I am not sure which one I like better the lighter colored ones or the ones below.

There are also a few hyacinths peeking out. I wish I had planted more because the contrast is fantastic.

Overall, we are all doing well. Some days run smoothly in our home and other days not as much but we are all adjusting. I finally took a ride in my car through the neighborhood with my husband. It was weird seeing people out walking with face masks. I found some in my laundry room that should last us for a while. After that, we will have to make some. I hadn’t left my house since March 16 so I have to say, the ride was great. We didn’t stop anywhere we just drove around. How are you holding up my friends?

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #565

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! I hope this day meets you in good health. I take comfort in our weekly snoop sessions as the news here has turned bleaker. I will refrain from repeating because the purpose of our weekly gathering is to inspire and uplift each other.

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.

Preparing my new journal.

So today I am working on my journals. As you all know I love journals. I have journals designated for different things. I have one for work, one for my reading journey and one just to write my daily thoughts. Today I took a journal I had ordered but didn’t use last year and decided to decorate it to be used starting today. One of my bookworm friends has started a challenge for the month of April to journal every day. She provided us with one-word prompts for each day. I think it will be fun and look forward to journaling with some of my bookish friends. I think it’s important for me to document my experiences and feelings during this difficult time.

I think I might color the desktop gray.

So I pulled out my trusty Copics and a digital image I had already cut out on my Silhouette and colored her up. I do think I will make her desktop gray because it blends in with the book too easily.

A quick selfie on my steps.

This is me outside getting some vitamin D last week. I have made it a point to sit outside every day (weather permitting) to stay healthy. It’s such a joy hearing all the birds. They aren’t affected by all this and they are going about their regular business. I didn’t realize how much I missed hearing and seeing them while locked up inside.

Bike riding in our driveway.

We put air in my youngest’s bike tires and he takes it for a spin in our driveway when the weather is nice enough. I am grateful to have a large drive that he can play and ride in. He’s bigger now but still enjoys the time.

I hope you all are well. I am going to stop by over the next two days to see what’s happening.

Stay well, my friends.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #564

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends!! I am checking in to say I am still doing well despite the homebound situation. Each day I pop outside and sit on my deck steps to get some fresh air and that is helping. It looks like decent weather for the next three days so I will get more time outside in my yard.

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.

Set up for painting the background.

My desk is witness to the crafting that has been happening. I started on Sunday with this lovely picture in Kerby Rosanes’ “Mythomorphia” coloring book. His pictures are known for having a lot of detail so I decided to grab my black acrylic paint and paint the entire background black. Kind of a night scene. Once I did that it really made the image pop.

I like how it looks with a black background.

I was inspired by a YouTube colorist and began coloring the minotaur ( At least I think that is what it is.) in colors to make him look like jade.

I love the idea of it being made of jade.

Down to about 7 toilet paper rolls left. My husband has been going out for over a week to find toilet paper. It’s insane. Thank goodness I am the only female in the house so less toilet paper used!! The things we have to think about more closely now. Our food supplies are good. We have a large freezer in our basement which is filled and I set up pantry shelves down there too and they are filled with non-perishable items. So I think on that front, we are well. I have been baking like a little Martha Stewart to fill the house with sweet smells to raise everyone’s spirits. The problem is that I am gaining weight!! I think when I finally emerge I might be unrecognizable.

toilet paper scarcity
My craft room display.

I think I want to leave you all on a positive note. This is my display area in my craft room and it’s celebrating spring. It’s the first thing you see when you enter my space so it sets the tone. I hope you all are all well and I really enjoyed snooping last week. I will definitely be popping by today and tomorrow.

Be well, my friends.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #562

on my desk…

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, my crafty friends! I hope you all are well. This lovely desk hop and snoop is a perfect activity in these uncertain times we find ourselves. I am seeking all the pleasant distractions I can get while hunkering down at home. So let’s talk about what I am up to today. I am late posting because I actually got a little caught up crafting before taking these photos. On my desk, you will see I pulled out my goodies to complete this page in my traveler’s journal.

left-side of my desk

On the left you can see the container I am keeping some of my supplies while working on this scrapbook. I found the bag of wooden stars and hearts while peeking into my messy craft closet. Yes, you heard right, I peeked in there. I plan on tackling that closet over the next week so stay tuned for a reveal. In the meantime, I am using what supplies are in my craft room.

middle of my desk.

You might have noticed I don’t have my black Tim Holtz glass mat on my desk. I had to take it off while re-gluing one of the rubber pads that are on the bottom. It kept coming off so I decided I better glue it before I lose it. So it’s drying in the corner and I pulled out my pink cutting mat.

right side of my desk.

I do have two new items to share. I bought this great alpha stamp set and coordinating numbers from Feed Your Craft. They will be perfect to stamp titles in each of my journals. The font is really pretty to me. I haven’t bought letter stickers for a very long time. But I came across this gorgeous packet from Simple Stories. It has so many pretty colors and two different sizes of each color. So I can’t wait to use them in the journals. You can see my breakfast on the right – steel cut oats, banana slices, blueberries, bare naked granola and as if that is not enough I top that with candied pecans!! Yummy!!!

close-ups of Nuvo drops.

I am still loving my Nuvo drops. On this layout, I tried to match the color of the sunrise. I have this set aside on my desk to dry completely before I close it. I think they look so pretty.

final layout.

Here is my first layout. I used my computer to type out my journaling and I used some of my ephemera to add additional accents to the layout. I can’t wait for the drops to dry so I can work on another page.

But looking at this photo makes me a little sad today when I hear that there will be an extension of the school’s closure dates. Originally they said April 7th but now it looks like it will span the entire month of April. My boys are on video chats with their teachers today so hopefully, they will be able to continue to educate during these uncertain times. I am glad they are still giving assignments because my boys need to be busy so they won’t start to stress about the isolation.

I am taking this time to do some spring cleaning, read, craft, listen to my favorite podcasts and love on my family. I will be doing some snooping today and over the next few days.

I pray you all to stay well and indulge in some regular self-care.

Belinda

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