What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #570

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 is a mess. I have what might become a mother’s day card on my desk if it will cooperate. It not, I will have to find a plan B and mail off something else. You can all so see the lovely flowers my dear husband gave me last week. I selfishly wanted them on my desk despite the fact they take up too much space on my desk. I usually put them in the living room to share but I had a me moment!!!

The mystery is over. Remember those diecut pieces on my desk last week? Well here they are all assembled into the cutest koala for some cards I made.

I assembeled several to make a bunch of cards. When I first saw the cutfile I knew what I wanted to do with them. I wanted to add the sentiment ‘hang in there’ and send them to family and friends to add a little sunshine to their day during these challenging times. Of course there are a few of my friends who will not be surprised if they read this post as I have not mailed any out yet.

I decided to make them purple and pink instead of the traditional gray color. I had the sentiment ‘hang in there’ from a Simon Says Stamp set. I also found the perfect size punch in my stash. The only thing was that I wanted to make sure I spaced them far enough to be able to fit a bunch on one sheet. So I used the circle that punched out to layout areas to stamp. Once I did this I stamped all five spaces then once I punched out the sentiments I kept the remaining cardstock as my template to stamp more sentiments. I will keep this for future stamping so I can get the most out of the paper with little waste. I like it when things like this happen because it totally streamlined the process while saving on paper. Below you can see the template I used to stamp the sentiments.

After the stamping it was a breeze to punch out all the sentiments.

I also embossed a bunch of white panels to attach to the front of the cards with a few of my favorite embossing folders. Then it was a quick process to assemble the cards.

Well I got two visitors this past week in my garden. The photo below is of one of them. Bunnies are cute but I told them that once I begin my gardening season and put in my vegetables, they can not visit. Let’s hope they listened!

I have three raised beds my husband built me many years ago. Last year he replaced two of the three because they began to rot. I was growing garlic in one of the beds last year so it could not be replaced. So this past weekend he built a new one for the final bed. He is so good at building these and so fast. My next step will be to amend the soil before planting begins.

He placed these clever screens around them a few years back and it seems to help keep the ‘visitors’ away. When I want to weed or tend to the plants, I just slide up any of the four panels for easier access.

We had unseasonably warm weather this weekend (in the 80s) so I brought out my latest purchase – Caran D’Arche Neocolor II watercolor crayons. I sat and swatched them so I could see the colors better. I plan on using these for creating nice soft pastel like backgrounds in my coloring books and will test them out for my cards. I will share with you next week when I test them out.

I hope you all are well and I will start today to make my rounds and spread it out over a few days as usual. Stay well.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #569

on my desk…

Hello everyone! I can not understand how it is already Wednesday again. I can’t keep up with the time. I am late because after my morning workout I decided to wash my hair and I did not realize how much my hair has grown since going to a salon. I was due for a trim before businesses closed and we were housebound. So now I am way overdue and drying my hair took longer than normal this morning. So here I am. I also had to cancel my annual physical this week and re-schedule. I called my doctor’s office only to here the assistant told me she had openings in July. I may be extra cautious but I refuse to set foot in a hospital unless it’s an emergency. I feel fine now and don’t have any questions for my doctor so I don’t see the reason to see her. So when I feel it’s safe, we can meet again.

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.

On my desk you can see my coloring book and on the left you can see the journal I am using for One Little Word. Each year you pick a word and then she provides video prompts each month. My friend and I are working through it together and today I am working on wrapping up my April entries. At the end of the year, I will share some pages from it.

I had some coloring time this week.

I had a chance to start a new coloring page. I was in the spring mood so I searched for flowers. This page is fun but it takes quite some time for each flower to make them look dimensional. I am finished with the hard ones and then I will begin working on the leaves. This is the Ivy and Inky Butterfly coloring book by Johanna Basford. I love the whimsical images.

Weeding in my garden.

The weather was so beautiful last Saturday that I got my first opportunity to get into my garden. So weeding was my first order of duty. I have lots of them so this will take a while.

My fruit atree farm area all weeded.

I cleaned up the weeds in my fruit tree farm area. It was covered with so many dreaded weeds. But my lovely husband joined me and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed breathing in the fresh air and feeling the warm sun on my skin. I am not a fan of weeds but it is so rewarding to see them after. I always take before and after photos so I can appreciate all the work.

This is a photo of one of my dwarf fruit trees. I missed photographing the other trees when they were in full bloom because it was so crappy outside then.

Above is another dwarf fruit tree and me peeking through. They are nearly done blooming. I am hoping the squirrel will not eat everything this year.

The weather was warm enough for my son to open up his studio (a.k.a. clubhouse). I thought it would be fun to take a picture of it through the blossoms. It makes the studio look magical!

Above you can see the bits and pieces of a die cut. I wonder if you can tell what they will make. I cut them all out on my Silhouette in preparation for mass production for a card. I can’t say what it is until next week after I assemble and send them out to the recipients. But I have been having fun cutting them out.

I hope you all are well and I intend on enjoying the sunshine today so I will visit most of you tomorrow. Stay well.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #493

Good afternoon or evening for some of you to my crafty WOYWW friends! 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 where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

I am soooo late today. I am trying to push through my deadlines as well as keep up with all my errands today so this is the best I can do. I hope some of you haven’t gone to bed yet!

Yes. I am still working on my custom project. Hoping to complete this week and mail out on Monday. I can’t show you the project until it is delivered to my client. So she can be the first. But you can see the card bases cut up, the embossing folder I used, a few sample images I colored up trying to find just the right color combinations.

Thought I would share some other photos today. My dear friend and garden guru gave me these gorgeous garlic bulbs so I can try plant them in my garden. I have never grown garlic before and whenever someone tells me something is easy to grow, I secretly think I am doomed to fail!!

My son helped me clean out one of my beds. Don’t mind all the leaves in my yard. As I type, the landscaper is here to take them all away. Well worth it and my back is forever grateful!Then I had him loosen up the soil for me.

I created my rows and holes and placed them in.

Then we layed our mulch of hay on top. Fingers crossed I get some garlic next summer.

Well I need to go finish some laundry. But yay for leftovers tonight. I just want to crawl under a blanket with a book. But I will save that for tomorrow night when we may get our first bit of snow of the season!

Have a blessed night and I will pop around throughout the rest of the week.



Happy Monday: Mums everywhere!

Hello and happy Monday! Great week and weekend. Last week, we finally made it out on a date night. We haven’t gone in months so it was really fun. We tried a new Spanish Restuarant and I think I ate everything on the tapas menu!!Oh and happy fall! I love autumn and the fall flowers are a favorite so I drove to my favorite garden center on Friday and bought up a bunch of mums to plant around my garden.  I planted yellow mums in the front between my Coreopsis. I thought the yellow was a better choice to make things pop.I planted alternating purple and yellow in pots at the end of my driveway. As they fully bloom they will be a welcome burst of color when we drive into our driveway.I planted this amazing pink mum. Yes, I can’t believe they are pink. They remind me of Dahlias or Zinnias. I planted them in pots near my veggie beds. I picked plants with plenty of buds that had not opened yet. Because I love to watch the color burst over time.

I also planted three new maroon flowers in my rear raised bed. I am not sure how well they will do. I think they get enough sun but in the past, they don’t do well on the sloped ground. They get lanky and lean too much for my taste. But maybe since I put them lower, they might thrive. These are the colors that make my heart melt. I love the deep color and can’t wait for them all to bloom.I like seeing mums in the fall. They really brighten up the landscape before winter approaches.

I also took the time to buy some spring bulbs and planted them too. Because who doesn’t a few happy flowers in early spring?

Have a blessed day!



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