What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #431

Hello, my crafty friends! I missed you all last week. But I knew weekly would be nearly impossible for me to keep up so here I am. I had expected to share a completed wreath with you all this week but circumstances have prevented that from happening. For one, I am busy planning final details for my son’s 10th birthday party for this upcoming Saturday. Another is that I found out on Monday that one of my dear cousins lost his battle with prostate cancer and passed on. So I am still in the midst of processing it and sorting out details to attend the ‘Celebration of Life’ event. I was a mess on Monday but yesterday I had to step up to my daily responsibilities and take my kids to school so I began working on a few things to keep my mind from spiraling.On my desk, you can see the glue gun. I have almost completed the assembly of the flowers. I used a little Wink of Stella clear on the insides of the flowers for a hint of glitter. On the left, you can see my continued obsession with the pencils in the dollar section at Target.  I definitely need to quit but now they placed it in your path to the store so I’m hopeless.  You also see the favor bags I am making for Apollo’s party. I designed them on my Silhouette. He is into Minecraft right now and we have rented a mobile gaming truck for the party so the kids will be able to play all sorts of video games for a few hours before yumming down pizza and cake. I normally don’t make such a fuss but 10 is a milestone so we thought it would be fun.This morning after I dropped off the boys I went to Starbucks (another guilty pleasure) and picked up a Chai. Just as I began typing this post I looked up and I have this little calendar that hangs in front of me and I read this months’ words (Every Experience is a Teacher) and had to stop and take it in. I am a big believer things happen for a reason. How timely these words are for me. Often I think we would only look at joyous occasions and apply them but I think these words are so much more fitting for my recent loss. Rather than shun bad experiences and push them away, perhaps I need to sit with the feelings and think about what it all means. I wrote a post yesterday on my blog and I think that was the beginning of that very process. So I won’t repeat myself. But I am a strong believer that we are all life-long learners and even in times of struggle, there are things to learn. I want to leave you on a high note so I will take some time today to reflect and express gratitude for my life and the great people in my life. Have a blessed day and I will pop on over to visit some of you over the next few days.

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 for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.



  1. So sorry for your loss Belinda, but you are right about using those words to apply to the sad as well as the happy. Hope the birthday party goes well. My boys would have loved a video game truck at one of their parties. Thanks for visiting earlier. Sarah #19

  2. Hi Belinda, and my sympathies for your loss. I totally agree that we can learn from all the experiences in our lives, no matter what they are. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #5 XxX

  3. sorry to hear about your cousin, hope the service helps. Helen #1

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. I also believe every experience is a teacher, especially the bad ones. Happy 10th birthday to your son! I’ve never heard of a traveling gaming truck – what a great idea! Those flowers look like they will be beautiful when all are finished and grouped together. Thanks for sharing! Lindart #31

  5. Thank you Belinda for your kind comments on my blog today, I am so sorry for your loss I pray the service helps…. happy birthday to your son… those words are so true we learn from good and bad experiences in this life…your flowers are just beautiful… Take care… May #10

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss Belinda but your post is lovely. Life is a great teacher like you say although it’s hard sometimes to stay positive but it sounds like you are on the right track. Apollo’s birthday party sounds fantastic, what a great idea, I bet he’ll have a brilliant time with his friends. 10 certainly is a milestone and they only keep on coming now. Mine was 16 this year, another milestone!!
    Thank you for your lovely comments and I’m so happy that you feel inspired to create a heart. I really enjoyed making mine and it just evolved really. She is now hanging in my craft room.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #18

  7. Life just puts up road blocks sometimes doesn’t it? I agree that everything happens for a reason. I am sorry to hear of the passing of your uncle. I am sure he is in a better place and no longer in pain. Hugs. April #23

  8. Hi Belinda, Sorry to hear of your loss. We need to take lessons from the good and bad in our life. We grow with each experience.

    A 10th birthday definitely warrants pizza and coke and some video games.

    I buy Chai Latte powder (usually in Sainsbury’s), so I can make my own drink whenever I want it.

    Flowers are fab. Looking forward to seeing the finished garland.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #16

  9. Ah Belinda, am so sorry for your loss, my Brother in Law passed from the same pernicious disease just a couple of months ago. It’s very hard.
    Ten is a milestone, I agree, and I’ve no doubt that Saturday will be such a lot of fun, Happy Returns to your son. Am loving the flowers for the wreath, it is a lot of work, and if you have no deadline, then ther’s no particular need to rush through it!

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