Wednesday, August 26, 2020

WOYWW #586 and what's up around Casa de Doswell

 Yay!  I remembered to come back to WOYWW to visit other folks desks and to make a new post...I have not been the greatest in the memory department this month!  WOYWW? Go check out Julia's desk to find out what it is all about!

My desk this week continues to be a nightmare of sorts...I did get a couple cards made but just!  I got a couple new kits in and unloaded them and it makes a stack for sure...

I really like the Stamps of Life stamps and dies lately...I have never been much into cutesy stuff but I have been so depressed with all the isolating etc I decided to try it out!  Also bought some beach stamps and die kit from Queen and Co.  I miss being able to go on a cruise.  I guess feeling guilty over 3 last year is done cause I won't be able to take one for another year from the sounds of it.  

I made a couple cards this week prior to the deluge on the desk...This first one was from a swap!  We all kitted up and sent stuff to our partner for them to make a card with.  If you use glue on this glossy cardstock it will warp...should have thought it out but...anyway I think it isn't half bad considering!

This second one is a pick up card.  I was tied up on a wait on the phone and saw this stuff laying on the desk and decided to make a slimline to find an envelope to put it in.  I had made a couple scrapbook layouts last year with this paper and how it got back on the desk is beyond me!  
It seems to be all the rage to do these slimline cards over here right now and I think it turned out okay considering it is a first.

I guess that is it for my WOYWW post.  I hope everyone has a great week and has a lot of fun doing whatever they are doing.  It has been very hot here...I am almost ready for fall!

I am kind of down in the dumps today cause my middle fur baby was outside on the deck and came up missing.  I have never seen her leave the back yard so I am assuming she went for a walk and didn't know how to get home.  I have "put out the word" so to speak and I hope people will let me know if they see her.   Ghost is pure white and such a sweet kitty...I hope no one has taken her.

I have been spending a lot of time outside and swim most evenings.  We had a new deck and pergola put in this year and it is just a nice place to sit and contemplate life...kinda like a vacation at home.  

The deck and pergola had been there for over 30 years so it was definitely time for new!
Chuck spends a lot of time in the garden during this time of year.  We are canning a lot of tomatoes and had some squash and corn earlier that I processed for the freezer.

The patio and deck look a lot different two months later...I am not so happy that this vine took over and killed out a lot of the other plants I had planted.

A good place to sit for a glass of wine or a chat.  I listen to music most nights and eat my supper out here! 

The swimming pool is also a good place to float and have a good time.  

Okay enough for today!  Hope everyone has enjoyed my back yard as much as I do.  Backing up to park makes it so nice...I don't have to care for it as much as if it was my property and yet I enjoy it like it is mine!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WOYWW etc...

 It has been quite awhile since I have participated in WOYWW...Time just seems to fly by with the never changing days that we have been enduring of late...For the first time since I have retired I am actually happy to be retired.  I worked 43 years as a RN in emergency rooms, ICU/CCU, etc.  I don't think I could physically or mentally face another disaster like what this Covid Pandemic is causing in the medical field. It has been a tough 4 years and the whole of the USA is a disaster at this point in time so we stay home and mope about!!

So I got off the subject of why I am here!  WOYWW is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  Julia is the creator of this magnificent space and I have participated in it for many years off and on...going to try to be more on then off I hope!  My work desk this week is a mess...whole room continues to be a disaster zone and I think I am rapidly becoming a hoarder of sorts!  It has paid off though cause I have only been to the local Michaels twice in the 6 months since Covid entered our lives.

Stormy girl is my constant companion when I am in my "room" and loves to lay in front of the computer so I am always having to reach around her to get anything and that means some lovings in the mix.  I have 3 critters and most the time they are all in the craft room.

I have been staying busy doing various projects by haven't been doing much original anything relying on kits to keep me going artsy fartsy!  I did make up some tags for the yearly calendar swap I have been participating in a group that utilizes StamperAnpn stamps etc called Art Incorporated  We used to be on Yahoo groups but moved to  I don't know what I did wrong but only 8 of the 13 tags photographed and I know I took a picture of all of them but...well here they are.  They are suppose to be all the there you go just a little bit different!  Difference is good right?

So that is it for me for this week.  I will check out some of the desks and see what everyone has been doing recently.  I have missed it and get way too involved in the BS of politics in the US!  It is a hot mess here for sure right now.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Well a little late...not months have passed...since my last post.  Been busy with all sorts of stuff...some essential some not so much so!  I really enjoyed WOYWW a couple weeks ago and promised to be here too and I am...Whats WOYWW?  Whats On Your Workdesk/space Wednesday!  Julia Dunnit started the group many years ago and it is a fun place...Check it out!

My space looks like more of a disaster then it did 2 weeks ago with me shuffling stuff around and back again trying to place this, find that, get rid of some stuff!  I just have more stuff then one person should have and keep getting more because people think I can't live without it!  My craft room from the door
 I truly am trying to organize but it seems I have to move 200 things to find a resting place for the one in my hand...I will persevere.  I have 2 boxes to go out sitting in the dining room waiting on pick up by a school teacher that needs supplies.

Some cards I made this week.  I really love the kits that Close to My Heart puts out a could times a year.  My daughter is a CTMH dealer and she lets me order them on her account!  This one is the Seas the Day card kit...a lot of fun to put together!  This kit makes 4 of each card type.

 I have since bought the layout/scrapbook kit and will show you that when I get it done!

A friend got the new Gemini from Crafters Companion...a bright sparkly metallic machine...tried out machine and the dies that came with it and made a couple cards!

I think they turned out really nice...6"x 6" but pretty much lays flat.  I love bright sparkly/shiny things and bright colors.  My daughter tells everyone that color is my does calm me down when a lot is available.  I don't do well with dull and drab...

Okay I guess I will end this missive here without adding a lot more to it.  I hope to make it around to see everyone this week...Don't know how I keep forgetting!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

hellooooo..... WOYWW!

Trying to figure out if my brain is intentionally blocking the fact I have a blog and I don't get around to blogging anymore or what!  I look up and months have passed where I used to blog a couple times a week!  I am still alive and mostly well!  Just not blogging a lot!

I think I am going to post this on one of my favorite blogs today...since it is WOYWW!  Julia started WOYWW many years ago and I loved to participate but like all things Vickie now days I just haven't gotten around to it.  I blame all the above bitches on my anoxic brain injury from a couple years ago. My husband tells me it is a viable excuse cause my whole personality has times!

Speaking of husband...We went to dinner with the kids for Fat Tuesday last night!  Wish I could be in New Orleans but hey this was good too!

My desk is a mess cause I am in a sorting mood again!  I have to admit my intake far out paces my out go and I am beginning to look a bit like a hoarder after a fashion!  Nope...definite hoarder on board!  I told my husband if the apocalypse was to hit I am stocked up for a while!  The picture to the left is a photo of what you see entering the craft room and the one below is of my actual desk...

I decided to start putting things in these roll about carts so I can stuff them in the closet and it seems to have gotten out of control!  I like all the new widgets and gadgets!  I love all the new paint and color mediums and OMG!  I am an addict!  I wonder if there is an Crafters Anon out there!  I told my daughter if I was to die with all this mess I apologize but she should get in here and clean it out before her Father gives it away for nothing!

So that was my about a few cards I have been making...For Valentines Day I got into a swap to create "coins" and postcards...

The postcards are 4"x 6" and the coins are 2 1/2" in diameter.  

Cards I made with the ephemera from the Spellbinders card kit.  Since the anoxic brain issue I have problems thinking about what I want to make so the ephemera packs are awesome for me!

So that is enough for. today.  I hope everyone stays well and gets time to craft this coming week.  I am planning on trying to do more 'art'

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Christmas, Stamping Ground and other non related stuffs...

Okay then...been a while since I participated in WOYWW with Julia and the rest of the gang.  I have been looking at posts but not doing much else if anything to write posts or leave comments.  It has been a year of chaos and pain in my house for various and sundry reasons.  I think I may have that under a small amount of control...not holding my breath though!  My desk this week!  Too junked up to do much with!

I haven't felt like crafting much and try to get out to a group about once a month and crop...I am making a few cards along and have to break up my time between sitting and standing otherwise I get nothing completed.  I started doing Christmas cards a couple months ago and they are the perfect medium for me to be able to sit and stand and still get stuff done!  I joined a Spellbinders club and they send a card kit every month and this is some the cards I made from the October kit.

I will post more later but this is about all my back can handle right now.  Hope everyone has a great week!

My health has been a problem for over two years now...well actually since I broke my knee and infect went untreated for 6 months.  I am happy to say some of that is on the mend and I am definitely getting around better and with less pain.  I have found pain pills don't do too much for me and just cause mind problems so I have started a program marijuana and don't laugh my pain doctor is amazed and has started prescribing for others!  Luckily in Oklahoma marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes even though it continues illegal in most states.  I make up cookie or edibles and take them as needed like a pain pill!  Now the tequila has taken over my G and T consumption because I don't get the same effects from it!...I know (((giggle))) it is fun!

Friday, November 29, 2019


Today is the day after Thanksgiving and I thought since I am up and running early I would publish a few photos of some fall cards and projects I have done... I really miss not writing on my blog like I used to do...maybe I will start again...Always to tired, to sick, too something here lately!  

I participate in two calendar swaps each year with my online friends.  This year the month of July was my choice for the calendar tag swap on Creative Block StampersAnonymous group...the requirement is to use at least one stamp from Stampers Anon on your tags.  This #8 size tag has a background stamp and several die cuts and stencils from the Tim Holtz collection used to give a multilayer textured look.  I love bright colors and this worked for me.  I decorated the backs of all my tags with fun retro looking cut outs, We made twelve tags!
calendar tag backs
The second calendar swap was for the All Things Tattered and Timeworn group on IO...used to be yahoo groups but things change...  My month for this swap was the month of November!

A Halloween tag I made for a swap on the CreativeBlock StampersAnon group on Yahoo groups.  I love doing tags and cards with this group so many really talented people!
Cards I made to send to people then didn't get them sent out...  Oh well I am ahead of the game for next year!!

 So still not really tired but think I will go lay down on the sofa and see if I can get the TV to lull me back to sleep.  Enjoy your holiday weekend.