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

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #584

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.

Sorry I am late! But it was hot this morning and we took our boys to walk on the track. I recently decided that my boys were not getting enough movement in their daily lives since lockdown. I am very cautious on them going out, limiting them to mostly our yard, an occassional Target run and a weekly chai run to Starbucks. So I decided to take the 3 times a week to a local track to walk laps. Kids are definitely meant to be sedentary so I am hopeful this will help them. We are still experiencing a high heat and humidity and this morning they were slow getting up so it was a hard walk indeed.

Below you will find my lastest happy mail that arrived on Sunday and I immediately flagged the pages I want to color first. The dreamy water on the cover is so inviting. I miss the beach so much.

Below you can see the pages I flagged to color first. Aren’t they incredible! I don’t know how these artists come up with such cool ideas.

Some of the pages I want to color first.

Yesterday I went to Michaels to pick up the latest planner stuff. I am so thrilled that they are promoting black-owned businesses. This sticker pack and sticky notes are from IndynIvyInk.com. I love that there are black women on stickers. It’s lovely to see myself reflected in the products I use.

I thought I was going to only pick up the planner stuff but bam..A sale on patterned paper pads caught my eye. It was buy one and get two free. I walked past it trying to remind myself how much paper I have at home but then the pull dragged me back.

I selected these three pads. The first thing I did yesterday was to go through them and pull out pages I wanted to work with for some cardmaking.

Then I cut them down to 4 x 5 1/4″ and now they are ready for me to make some cards. I think I will make card sets with them. I will share photos once I begin working on them. The colors are so vibrant and the tiger patterned paper is so unexpected. I can’t wait to work with them this week.

Happy new! My oldest son, received some happy mail last week – his certificate and membership to the National Honor Society. He works so hard and I am so thrilled for him to reach such an acheivement.

My husband is going to make me fat! Here I am trying to exercise to lose my weight gain, and he has taken to baking while we are on lockdown. This time he made chocolate chip bundt cake. I can’t take it!!

Tall Zinnias.

A quick picture of me last week in my garden with my tall Zinnias which are finally blooming. They are so tall and the color is so vibrant. They are one of my favorite flowers so I am happy to see them blooming.

Many of you asked about the Totoe Bread from last week so I have included the recipe. I taste sugar more so I tend to reduce the sugars and it still tastes so yummy. Try it a couple times and I am sure you will find the balance that works for you. It is from a cookbook I bought in Jamaica many years ago. It is called, “Food of Jamaica“. Let me know if you try it.

Stay well ladies! I am going to make my rounds today since I was naughty last week and missed my snooping time!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #576

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and I am am a bit late but 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 is messy because I left it after my last session and I have decided to work out on my deck today so it’s rather cluttered. I don’t remember if I talked to you about my renewed interest in scrapbooking. I decided to work on 2 big 12 x 12 albums, one on our trips to Hawaii and the other our trips to Martha’s Vineyard. I was surprised how hard page protectors are to come by now. I think the pandemic has restarted a lot of people’s interest to scrapbook. So I bought an aqua album since it makes me think of the sea. I loaded all of the page protectors I bought into the album. It will be easier to store them in there for easy access to use them.

Let’s face it, I have a lot of patterned paper but I thought a new paper collection would keep me interested so I found that Simple Stories has a new line that works perfectly for both albums. The colors are so gorgeous. I am fighting that hoarder voice that is trying to resurface to compel me to “save” them. Nope, I am going to use as much of this paper and embellishments as possible.

I had to buy the 6×6 paper pack because the 12×12 was out of stock. But I think it will be fine since I am working in page protectors with pockets. The washi tape was so pretty too. I also snagged another line that matched the theme and color quite lovely.

I searched the Silhouette design store for cutfiles that might go with the them and found several. I cut out two of them to see how they look. I am going to store the print out of all of these cutfiles with the paper packs so I have everything in one container for easy access.

peek in my fower beds.

I thought I would share a collage of photos taken in my garden this week. Flowers are blooming rather nicely. Lots of colors this year. The gazing ball has a lot of sentimental value since my mother bought it for me many years ago. I am so happy we have been able to keep it without it breaking. It contrasts nicely in the garden.

peek in my vegetable beds.

A peek into my veggie garden reveals some cool stuff. The broccoli is growing. I have not had success in the past so fingers crossed. I never grow strawberries for fear the squirrel may eat them. But this year, I decided to try. I also added canteloup to my garden this year. Let’s see what happens.

Yesterday was my birthday and I decided to take a picture of me on my birthday with my gray hairs exposed during a pandemic. I have to learn to be more comfortable with them at least while I can’t go to the salon.

I spent my morning binge watching a TV show called, “Community” on Netflix with my youngest son, my husband bought yummy sushi for lunch on the deck and then I spent much of the day reading my books on my deck. I didn’t wash a dish, fold clothes or tidy anything for the whole day. I milked it for all it was worth. I had a lovely conversation with two of my sisters and my dear friend that lives in California. It was a really lovely day and our new stove was delivered on my birthday. Not planned, and nope, it is not a birthday gift. I continue to remind my husband that appliances are not birthday or anniversary gifts. So the coincidence of the date of it’s arrival does not change that fact. Hee hee.. I am so excited to use it. We owned our last stove for 15 years. I hope this one will last that long.

I hope you all have a blessed day and stay well. Now it is time for me to grab a cup of tea and begin my snooping!

Belinda

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