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 #585

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.

Wow, I know I say this often but it seems like yesterday was Wednesday. It went so fast, I did not get to visit many desks this past week. Thank you to all that left your comments. I’m running late on my post because today was one of our track days with the boys and I had to shower before I sit to snoop! Above is my desk on Sunday, after my all-day craft session on Zoom. We stayed on until 8:30 pm! It was great fun.

Princess Tiana wanted to be featured in my post so I told her I would take her picture to share. My sweet friend, Joan, bought her for me from Disney World. She watches over all of my creative happenings.

Above is a photo of the sentiments I stamped out for the cardbases I assembled. I cut up paper and just turned the paper to get the images on the bottom half of the sheet. The MISTI is all about mass production and this tool is great.

I just kept pulling out sentiments and stamped up sheets to be cut for use on the cards.

At the end of the session, I had cut and scored to make this stack of card bases and then glued the pattern paper on them. It’s so satisfying to see a stack of cards.

A peek in my garden this week. Phlox and ferns. I need more ferns, they make me happy. I love their delicate fronds and the way they move in the breeze. The Phlox just makes me happy. If you look closely you can see a variegated Phlox my neighbor gave me from her garden before she moved. I love seeing it come back each year. A plant is a very special gift to a give.

Yesterday I was sitting on my deck steps and Mr. Bee zoomed past me to do his business. So I decided to take his picture.

New editions to the annual garden were these tall asters. They needed staking but the color is so vibrant they almost look fake.

The picture above is a mixture of perennials and annuals. I usually overshop for plants in late spring and when I can’t find places for purchases, I tend to stick them in here. So it’s fun to see what evolves.

Above are some pots I placed infront of my husband’s home office. I planted them from seeds from my father-in-law. He doesn’t know the name but I saw the in his garden last year and had to have them. I know they are called Four o’clocks because of their flower and behavior. They tend to open in the late afternoon into the evening and then close when it gets warm the next day. At the end of the season, it is so easy to collect the seeds for more plants.

Above my husband caught me writing in my journal last Friday. The temperature was nice and I like to write outside whenever I can.

I included the picture above because on Monday, I was working and then sat back in my chair and the view of all the productivity on my desk brought me great joy. I love when that happens.

And finally I completed three card collections from some of the items you saw earlier. When I re-open I will continue to sell single cards and I will also be offering card collections that contain between 3 – 5 cards. I wanted to open first thing in September but I am still building inventory and will have to schedule times to photograph everything so I am going to push to try to launch the end of September. Fingers crossed!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #583

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.

Good morning!! Yesterday we had high winds and rain and then the humidity dropped and the wind continued into the night so winds open for a lovely sleep. I am typing fast because today my crafty girlfriends are having an extra Zoom session today in addition to our weekly Saturday sessions. I have some work to complete before then. I think we are going to begin after 1 which will work out perfectly if I can hunker down after writing this post. Of course, my desk photo above is the hot mess I left it in since yesterday.

I have decided to create a spreadsheet to help me manage and plan my inventory for the re-opening of my Etsy shop. I sometimes tend to make more cards in one category so this will help make sure I have them all filled. I am a mood reader with books as well as crafting so sometimes I go on a binge in one direction. So I am creating a spreadsheet on Excel and my husband is going to help me make into a lovely form that will really help me keep on track.

Above is some happy mail that arrived yesterday. I wanted some nice stickers to use in my personal journal and I ordered these lovelies off of Amazon. They are vellum stickers and they blend in so nicely inside my journal.

I didn’t stick these down yet but I wanted you to see how lovely they are and how they blend so nicely and they are thin so I don’t have to worry about them bulking up the pages or messing with my handwriting. They have beautiful plants, flowers and butterflies!

Speaking of butterflies. Below you can see one of the things I was playing around with last Saturday. I used my Distress oxides, a stencil and a bookmark to play around. They ended up pretty cute.

Yesterday I began replenishing my cardbases. I cut and scored cards in two different orientations. I need to make more today. I like to have them ready to go.

Below you can see the results of last weeks’ zoom session. I diecut the origami images I colored the week prior and die cut some more sentiments in gold paper. They are ready for assembly. I like having components ready to go so I can squeeze in some cardmaking in between other projects.

Another garden picture. Who did not prune her fruit trees? Yup.. me. They are the wild children in the background. They look like my hair in this humidity!!! I need a cool day and I will grab my husband and ladder and give them a trim. At the bottom of photo you can see some transplanted hydrangeas that are not blooming!! I am not sure if the transplant damaged them.

Last photo, from last night. It was wild winds yesterday and we opened all of the windows to let the cool air circulate. After dinner I had the urge to fill the house with heavenly scents so I made a Jamaican Toetoe Bread. It’s so simple and hit the spot!! I will eat a slice today with some tea for sure!

I hope you all are well. I will make my rounds tomorrow since I will be crafting with my friends later today.

Keep crafting!!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #582

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.

Well, the heat has been brutal for the last few days. We had a nice day last week but it’s been really hot and humid since. This morning it starting off nice but I think the heat will build so I will soon be under AC. My desk has the remains of my Saturday Zoom craft session. I did a lot of distress oxide coloring and a whole bunch of die-cutting.

First I swatched all of the Distress Oxide colors I own. I own a gazillion of the Distress inks but I haven’t jumped in fully yet to the oxides. But I have to say I really had fun playing with them on Saturday.

Then I cut up some panels out of watercolor paper and began mixing colors.

Next, I grabbed a bunch of word dies, bookmarker and abstract background die. I decided rather than work on a project to completion I wanted to work on some mass production for a bunch of cards.

I die-cut a bunch of words in gold and rose gold paper. I also cut up a few abstract backgrounds in white cardstock as well as some bookmarks.

Once the panels dried I spent a great deal of time stamping and embossing these cool origami stamps in gold. I have dies for each so I plan to use one per card with one word. This will make enough for a lot of cards.

A peek into my flower garden shows my phlox and echinacea that have just to starting to bloom.

Look at these plump zuchinni! I ended up using the cucumer and tomatoes in a salad.

Remember I said there was a nice day last week. Well my husband and I took advantage and went to a nearby lake to people watch and read. I hope we have another day that nice so we can do it again. Next time I will have my beach chairs that I now packed in my car. On this day all we had was tarp to sit on!!

Lastly, I thought I would share a picture of the donuts my husband and son made last week. They were quite yummy.

I hope you all are well and I will make my rounds today and tomorrow!

Stay well, my friends!

Belinda

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