Happy Monday!

Hello Everyone! Happy Monday! It’s National Plum Pudding Day according to my son’s calendar. I don’t recall tasting plum pudding but I would be willing to try!

I hope you all had a refreshing weekend. I had a root canal late last week so I spent the weekend recovering from the ache. I had intended on working on making Valentines with Apollo for his class but it just didn’t happen so today is the day. I will be cutting out some files from Silhouette and he can assemble and decorate them. I will be sure to share some photos. I completed a book I have been reading lately and will be posting a review this week. I think I am back on my reading mojo again. Sometimes I fall into reading slumps but right now I feel pretty good about that.

I have been exploring new craft mediums so I will be sharing some photos of what’s been on my craft table. Speaking of craft table, my lovely craft enabler friend Ashley informed me of a new product by Tim Holtz a few weeks back. It’s a craft mat/workspace that is designed with the multi-medium crafter in mind. So I had forgotten about it until an email popped up last week from scrapbook.com to tell me they had them and they were on sale. So you all know what I did. I ordered it. I guess it’s my Valentines’ gift for myself. It should come this week and I will definitely share some photos. It’s actually a really great tool so I don’t feel too bad.

The weather is rather crazy here. It’s in the mid-40s today and by Thursday it will reach 60. What? That’s just plain crazy for here in the middle of February. But I will take it. I don’t like being cold.

I hope you all have a blessed day and I will be back with some cool content this week!

Belinda

Happy Monday!

Hello Everyone! Are you ready for a new week? It’s Monday and although it is gray outside with a light drizzle, I am in happy spirits over the Patriot’s win yesterday. It was a real nail-biter for sure. But they managed to secure a win to head to the Superbowl.

I can’t believe January is rolling by so quickly but it has been a good month and the forecast for the next seven days predicts mostly mild temps for this time of year.  I’ll take it.

I managed to stop by the comic book store with my son this weekend and pick up a few more comics to help me with my reading challenge. The great thing is that Newbury Comics where we buy most of our comics, has a dollar section and I have found great selections to choose from without spending a lot.  At the end of the month, I will share with you the four comics I read.

I also wanted to share with you some new products that have caught my eyes (not my wallet … yet!) – click on the image to see more details:

Carta Bella Paper - Flora No 2 Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit

Carta Bella Paper – Flora No 2 Collection – 12 x 12 Collection

 

I am loving the color combination, floral patterns and the lovely sayings on their ephemera.

Pebbles - TeaLightful Collection - Ephemera

Pebbles – TeaLightful Collection – Ephemera

Oh boy, I can’t tell you how much I love this tea inspired ephemera from Pebbles. You all know how much I love tea and often products only represent coffee. so this one has to be owned by me for sure. Look at the cute teacup.

We R Memory Keepers - Dial Trimmer

We R Memory Keepers – Dial Trimmer

I’m sort of a We R Memory Keepers tool collector. I love their tools and this one sounds fantastic. You use one cutter and can create a multitude of decorative edges. Hmmm. might have to add this one to my stash.

Well, I am off to get some work completed for the day but I hope you have a blessed day!

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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