Where’d she go?

removing screens on our deck

Well hello to you! I know I have been missing for several weeks and I am here to say I wasn’t simply just sitting on my hands. As the school year ends and summer approaches, I usually have a lot of things to do to prepare for the next season in our home.

I have been spending my time checking out contractors for some much-needed work as well as some new projects on our property. For one, I have finally decided to try out a mosquito spraying service. I have been thinking about this for years and the purest in me has always won out and so I never pursued contracting a company. But each year, it seems that the mosquitos have increased and are more vicious in the summer months forcing us to spend much of our time on our screened-in deck. However, after a year of quarantining at home during the pandemic, I am really looking forward to spending time out on all of our property. So I have hired a company to treat our property to create a barrier against both mosquitos and ticks. I can cancel at any time so I am going to give it a try.

painting

The other project my husband and I have been working on is repainting and rescreening our deck. It’s funny that I can color and paint in my craft room but painting out on our deck, well let’s just say that I am not a natural. Since our deck is pretty large this process has taken some time to complete so I have not spent much time in my office. Now that it is complete, I am not in the process of bringing out all of our deck furniture and decorating now that the time-consuming work is complete.

All painted

We also have decided to take down our old veggie-raised beds and redesign a new space in our back yard with irrigation. We have removed all the old soil and broken down the old beds and are now in the planning stages before we order wood to be delivered to begin this next project.

I had intended on releasing some new products at the end of May but that didn’t happen either. But rather than get mad or listen to my inner critic, I am embracing the ebb and flow of my work as I handle my home projects. So I haven’t had much time to write posts. But I will get back to this as well as back to work in the up coming weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend!

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #564

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends!! I am checking in to say I am still doing well despite the homebound situation. Each day I pop outside and sit on my deck steps to get some fresh air and that is helping. It looks like decent weather for the next three days so I will get more time outside in my yard.

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.

Set up for painting the background.

My desk is witness to the crafting that has been happening. I started on Sunday with this lovely picture in Kerby Rosanes’ “Mythomorphia” coloring book. His pictures are known for having a lot of detail so I decided to grab my black acrylic paint and paint the entire background black. Kind of a night scene. Once I did that it really made the image pop.

I like how it looks with a black background.

I was inspired by a YouTube colorist and began coloring the minotaur ( At least I think that is what it is.) in colors to make him look like jade.

I love the idea of it being made of jade.

Down to about 7 toilet paper rolls left. My husband has been going out for over a week to find toilet paper. It’s insane. Thank goodness I am the only female in the house so less toilet paper used!! The things we have to think about more closely now. Our food supplies are good. We have a large freezer in our basement which is filled and I set up pantry shelves down there too and they are filled with non-perishable items. So I think on that front, we are well. I have been baking like a little Martha Stewart to fill the house with sweet smells to raise everyone’s spirits. The problem is that I am gaining weight!! I think when I finally emerge I might be unrecognizable.

toilet paper scarcity
My craft room display.

I think I want to leave you all on a positive note. This is my display area in my craft room and it’s celebrating spring. It’s the first thing you see when you enter my space so it sets the tone. I hope you all are all well and I really enjoyed snooping last week. I will definitely be popping by today and tomorrow.

Be well, my friends.

Belinda

Food for the Soul: Catching up with Friends

Good morning! This weekend flew by in a flash but I managed to make the most of it.  Saturday, I spent the entire day with some of my crafty girlfriends.  I hadn’t seen them since last spring and many since last winter so this reunion was really special. Life kind of has a way of keeping us busy and my schedule which revolves around my family and work didn’t seem to make room for fun with my friends.  However, now that the boys are back in school and we are falling into routines, I will be able to make time to be with my friends.

The first picture is of a page in the Fantomorphia coloring book by Kerby Rosanes. I had already begun coloring the flowers in the picture when I saw a few people on YouTube showing pages that they used acrylic paint on their coloring book pages. So I couldn’t resist trying.  I brought my paint and an assortment of brushes to ensure I had the tools to give it a go.

I saw others use black and I thought that it would really make the gears and flowers pop. I didn’t dilute the paint before applying it to the page. As I was completing the painting, I realized that a second coat was necessary to hide all of the brush marks. This technique is a great way to cover a background on a page quickly and then use the black colored pencil for tiny spaces.  I have to say that I love the result and I know that this might not work well in all coloring books, but the pages in the coloring book series are thick and no bleeding through occurred. I only used a blank piece of cardstock behind the page as I painted so that I wouldn’t get any on the desk or the next page. Now I am so excited to paint more pages in this book!

As part of my quarterly business purchases, I have bought quite a few new stamp sets and this fall set simply makes me happy. You all know how much I love autumn so I was eager to play with this new set. I stamped them up on Copic paper and watercolor paper to explore the different results. I absolutely love both versions. I even googled and found pink sunflowers so you know I had to take the opportunity to color up some pink sunflowers!

I had a great time catching up with my friends and left feeling filled up with joy. I work from home so it is very important for me to make time to get out with friends and socialize.  So this time was priceless and I look forward to the next.

Have a blessed week my friends!

Belinda

 

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