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

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everyone! It’s been way too long since we’ve been together. I had every intention of writing and posting January 2nd but I was overwhelmed with vacation laundry, meal planning and now our first winter storm which was a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow with below freezing temps and school canceled for two days. So I have been a little preoccupied. First, an update on our master bedroom renovation… The walls have been painted, crown molding has been installed, we bought a new bed frame, bought and installed new window blinds and a ceiling fan. Now I am going to slow down and slowly add accent items and new side tables. We will also be adding a new seating area. I am trying to be mindful and not just rush through the process. I have to say, the clutter-free room feels great. When I go to bed at night I am truly in an oasis. Even if I still have some purging to do in the rest of the house, I feel great about our bedroom.

We spent our Christmas and New Year’s vacation with my in-laws and had so much fun. We worked on puzzles. My sister-in-law thought we weren’t’ challenged enough so she even ordered and had an additional puzzle shipped to us. The boys didn’t want to do it so Leao and I along with his parents took up the task with gusto!While at my in-laws home we had amazing food, shared funny stories and played a lot of game playing. We even had a few days of football to watch. I feel blessed that we live close to them so our kids have grown up with them in their lives.  I know as they get older, they will want to do other things with their time but right now, they are just as thrilled to go as my husband and I.  They even had some quality time with one of their aunt and uncle too.We love board games but one that my youngest hadn’t played the original Monopoly. He’s played the newer version called Monopoly Empire and he has played it on the Xbox but it’s not the same. So this year, we brought it out and let me tell you, it was priceless watching Apollo as his collection of properties grew and had the opportunities to buy houses. He absolutely loved it. He also won which made it even sweeter for him.The snacks my mother-in-law made were so yummy. I think I ate a dozen while watching football and my pants are now reminding me of the indulgence.I still enjoy taking photos of everyone even though its been years since I have created a scrapbook. Later each day, I send some photos to the family that could not attend so they can share in the celebrations virtually.Some years, we have big gatherings when more family can attend but even when it’s a small group we have fun and I know the memories will last forever.

I have so many exciting things to come in 2018 for this website. I can’t wait to share them with you and to connect to see how you are doing.

So have a blessed day and come on back!

Belinda

Happy Monday!

Hello everyone! It is a cold gray rainy day here. I ran out this morning before it started raining and I began blowing and then bagging leaves in my side yard to prepare for leaf pick up tomorrow.  It was quite funny if you could have seen me rushing to beat the rain. Which it won out towards the end, but I had to see it through. We still have so much more leaves but I like when they pick up the bags instead of us having to haul them to our compost site.

I had a fantastic weekend. I spent all day and evening with my crafty divas and as always I leave feeling so happy and inspired. The variety of the crafts taking place in that one room was mind-blowing. From sewing, crocheting, knitting, scrapbooking, cardmaking, wreath-making, creating holiday items to creating shadow boxes. It is so amazing and never will I take their friendship or our gatherings for granted. It’s truly magical and I am blessed to be a part of it. Above is a photo of some of the things I worked on while I was there. Oh, and I didn’t even mention the food. So many yummy options including desserts!

Let’s see on the renovations front, we finally selected a carpet and we should receive a confirmation once it’s in for the installation date. But I think no later than the first week in December. The painting has begun but we ran into a bit of a problem with the roller so Leao is going to try something else to see if he can get a better application before we proceed with the color. I am quite nervous because I am going from white walls to a deep rich color. I am so tired of hospital white walls in my home that I am slowly moving towards color. So I will share photos as soon as we finalize the color.

My boys are doing well. Nick got his first XBox gaming system last Tuesday and he is on cloud nine. Both of them are getting excited to be spending the holidays with my in-laws again. We have such an amazing time and I love seeing my in-laws soak up their grandkids. It’s quite special. I am so grateful they have each other.

Well, I am off to do a little work and a little laundry and then I have a date with my book because it is just that kind of day!!

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Monday!!

Happy Monday! What time is it?  Well, I had every intention of writing this post and pushing it live by 9:30 this morning before I began work cleaning out my desk. Well, I woke surprisingly early despite daylight savings and completed my morning workout, then headed to make the boys lunch for today. But wait…no bread!!!! Arrrrrggg!! So I tell them both that I will pick up bread when I run to grocery shop and then drop off their lunches. I run my errands and drop off the boys lunches then I go to make their beds (yup, I’m back to making them on weekdays because they will never get out on time) and realize they didn’t wash their sheets this weekend so off the sheets must come and of course my planned 2 loads of clothes today must be bumped back to wash sheets. Ahhhh!! I almost made matters worse by boiling some eggs for a late morning snack when I realized it was Meatless Monday. Luckily I remembered so this morning has not been a complete epic fail!

Hmm and you wonder..is it a happy Monday? I still am very happy for I have so many things to be grateful for. Our renovations are coming along. Slowed by the scheduling of the carpet installation but this gives us more time for the painting. The crown molding is complete and taped for painting to begin. I had been working in my living room for the past week and missing my craft room dearly. So today I decided to clean my desk and block out all the furniture, books, mattress etc. that has invaded my craft oasis. So after the clean, I sat down to write to you. I am also tickled because I get to spend the entire upcoming Saturday from morning until night with my crafty girlfriends. It’s been too long indeed!

I am also happy for the cute tea mug you see in the today’s photo. I had been eyeing it at the Starbucks in Target until I finally go to buy it today and it was sold out. Luckily my town seems to breed Starbucks so I drove to the next one which is literally less than 5 minutes away and picked up this beauty. Now, any of you that have read more than a few posts on my blog know my love affair with tea and all things to do with tea. So this mug is making me smile right now. Don’t you love the cork bottom? No dishwashing but I don’t mind. The size fits perfectly in my hand and I love the lid. Bumped to my new favorite right now.

I must go because now that I have a clean desk, I still work catch up on before pick up.

I hope you all are having a blessed day!

Belinda

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