Hello Spring!

Hello, Everyone! Well, that was fast, I meant to get back to write some posts last week after the storm and it just didn’t happen. The kids had two snow days out of it so it that kept me busy. Lots of reading, tea and talking while they were home. So they had a short week which meant a short work week for me too.  The storm took some time to arrive and then it made a mess and then it rained and then it snowed. So it wasn’t any fun shoveling. However, yesterday, on the first day of spring the temps rose and the snow has begun to melt. When I stand outside it’s fun listening to all the birds singing and the snow dripping as it melts.

As the snow melts, I start to walk around and see what’s starting to make it’s way to the surface. So far, no casualties from the storm. I planted more spring bulbs in my front yard and patiently waiting to see which will bless us with a bloom. This time of year, I start to get anxious about my landscaping and gardening projects.One casualty of the storm was one of our retaining walls fell when our plow guy plowed the snow. It was weak prior to the storm and I had intended on reinforcing it, but now it’s a project of another scale … sigh.  I took the photo through our screen the day after the storm on the deck so pardon the fuzziness.  If you look at the end of the wall (in the middle of the photo) you can see the fallen stones. I contacted our guy and he will be coming in late spring to assess the damage…second sigh.

Well I am going to go make some lunch but I wanted to check in on you all and let you know we faired well and wish you a blessed day! I will be back with some more book reviews and my recent craft project. I am playing catch up right now.

Belinda

Happy Monday: Big Snowstorm on the Way!

Hello and happy Monday! Despite the pending snowstorm, spring is already blooming in my home. My girlfriend Ashley gave me this sign and I had to put it in my craft room because it’s definitely true. I do talk to my plants and this morning one bud had opened so I snapped a photo of it while telling it how beautiful she is. My only problem with these plants is their roots always come out of the containers. I am not sure what to do with them so I let them roam wild. But if any of you know if I should trim them back after the blooming season, let me know.

So yes, a storm is coming. It will arrive tomorrow around noon and we are also on a blizzard watch. Now, I know we have crazy weather but two weeks ago it was in the 60s. Now it’s barely 20 degrees!  I am pretty sure the boys will be having a snow day. We like snow days even though we have to make up days if we reach our limit.  I will snap photos tomorrow and share photos of our totals in snowfall. I am currently reading some great books for Women’s History Month so I will put aside time for that.

I had a great week last week and I started a new craft project that I will share as soon as it’s complete. I will give you a sneak peek below:

Yes, it has butterflies in it. My favorite!! I hope you all had a nice weekend and I will check in later this week.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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Craft Corner: Exploring New Mediums

Hello, friends! Today I wanted to share my latest adventure – watercolor pencils. As you know, I enjoy using my Copic markers to create art. But lately I have been craving new techniques and craft mediums to combine with my Copic creations.

I went to Michael’s and picked up a Strathmore watercolor pad and a few new watercolor brushes to use with my watercolor pencils. First, I played around with blending two colors and discovering the different effects from the amount of pressure I apply when laying down my color with the pencils.

The watercolor pads were on sale but if you know me, I try not to waste anything. So out of two sheets, I was able to cut out the following:

I  cut pieces sized for use in cardmaking and being an avid reader, I was pretty sure that I saw potential bookmark sizes with a small strip to test colors on so no waste.

Next, I picked out a pretty stamp and used my trusted MISTI for proper placement of my stamp. The MISTI is another one of the best investments I have made over the years. I do need to re-order another magnet because somehow I mysteriously lost one.

After I stamped them all up, I let them sit a bit to ensure they were dry while I selected color combos and tested them on the little excess strip.

It was fun to watch the colors as they moved across the paper. It is such a different experience then when I use my Copics. I have a lot to learn but I think the watercolor pencils are a nice entry into the watercolor medium.

I can’t wait to place these on some cards and I am definitely keeping at least one bookmark for myself.

I like both color combinations. I have so much to learn but I will continue to keep playing around with this medium to see what I can create. Thanks for taking a peek into my Craft Corner.

Happy crafting!

Belinda

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