Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WOYWW #456

Happy Wednesday!  I am going to type up a post and show off my desk on WOYWW even if I haven't gotten much in the way of arts and crafts accomplished.  WHAT!  You haven't heard of WOYWW...go over to Julia's blog and check it out...lots of fun!

It has been a relatively quiet week all things told.  I was house bound due to the weather until last Friday when I ventured out and went to the dentist.  Nothing horrible just a routine cleaning and checkup for my upper denture.  I had such horrible teeth as a child that it came as no surprise two years ago when I was told I needed the upper plate.  I have been having a flare up of most of my autoimmune issues this past week along with the on going back pain from the surgery so I have been staying in and staying warm...haven't done much in the way of arts and crafts.

Enough about desk is a mess for sure!
a wide view of my desk all a mess.  I have been working in my journal a little bit.  The cart is all my journaling paints, inks, etc.  I have 3 such carts I roll about as needed!
laid out a few things from my last shopping trip.Found those travel tins with brushes and sketch pencils for 60¢ each rather then the $6 they originally sold for.  The magazine Crafts Beautiful had that free stamp set...I had never heard of the magazine but had to have those 'free' stamps.
The art journal pages I am working on!
The Creativeblock-StampersAnonymous group I belong to had a swap this past month 3 for 3 tags and a free stamp from Stampers Anonymous!  I like this old vintage style stamp a lot!  I have several men facing forward this is the first turned away!  The challenge this month is to use the stamp on the tags (3/3) and the challenge is to keep them flat to mail all 3 in a #10 (legal size envelope.  Some of us are guilty of using a lot of embellishments and it really runs up the price of postage.  These are the tags I received and the stamp...
 I didn't get around to all the desks last week but will definitely try and do so today after I get back from my appointment this afternoon.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WOYWW #455 is Wednesday and as such it is time to get on the ball and show off my desk and tell you what I have been up to this week!  I enjoyed  last week so much I decided to set my alarm to alert me in needed join in the fun going on at Julia's blog Stamping Ground and WOYWW!  Check it out and come join in the fun!

What a quick run through of a week...It seems that it was just yesterday that I posted!  WOW!  Time goes by fast considering I am retired and have very few an article on that...seems us old farts (SS or OAP depending on of where you are located) have already been so many places and done so many things that we have huge frames of references and don't learn as much...since we don't learn as much there isn't as much to slow us down!  Right!

My desk in all its glory...
I decided to get busy this week and work on organizing and may be a few cards...which I did! I had some questions about this little SideKick die cutter on my desk last week and thought I would answer them today.  I bought this machine from The Stamps of Life and it is a Sizzix machine like the Big Shot that handles small dies...up to 2 1/2 inches and small embossing folders.  Tim Holtz came out with a similar machine then a set of dies and folders called SideKick Side Orders! That I bought from Craft Direct.  It will handle any small thinlet and framelet dies though without a problem and I don't have to trot out the bigger machines.  I own the Vagabond and The Big Shot Pro also so from small to big I have it covered now.  I have been using this one all week for cards.

 The cards I made this week of course I could make just one of each so I did more then it looks like!  I had fun!  I also did some art journaling but not ready to share any of that!  Anyone a fan of Dylusions and Effy Wild?
A birthday card that I thought would be good for a boy! 
Left this one open...could be birthday, thank you, or whatever
A card for a swap...they give you a layout and you swap with another!
Weather here has been really on the horrible side the past couple days.  I have been in my craft room trying to keep warm cause it is the coldest room in the whole house I do believe!  My arthritis, fibro, and the damn back surgery pain has been giving me grief and I am trying to work through it with the art journaling etc.!  I hate the drugs cause the mess with my mind and not in a good way!  Started using the CBD Hemp Oil and it really seems to be helping me a lot! How about a few photos of isn't now it is ice and sleet!  Oklahoma doesn't get a lot of snow but frequently freezing rain and sleet in the winter...won't complain...I am hope warm and dry and we need the moisture!  They aren't very good photos cause I took them through the glass and screens cause there was no way I was going outside in 29°F (-4°C) weather to take a photo!
my pool covered over for the winter
looking north down the cul de sac...see the icicles?

my craft room window where the freezing rain had collected...guess I don't have a heat leak!
Well I guess that is it for me this week.  I made it around to almost everyones desk last week and had quite a few come and visit mine.   I am hoping to be able to do the same this week.  Hope everyone has a crafty week!  

btw...for those who were asking...
My brother in laws Mothers funeral went off really well!  I felt so sorry for Stan having to go through this whole thing twice in less then a month.  Can't say I every want to lose my spouse and another family member in a week.  I think he is doing really well coping with his wife (my sister) and his mothers passing.  I don't think I could do as well!  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day and welcome to my desk.  It has been a while since I have posted to WOYWW but thought today was a good time for me to just jump back in...first off my desk...
I haven't really done much but have decided I was going to get started again TODAY!  I bought the little Sizzix die cut machine and a few dies the other day on sale so stay tuned to what I produce!  I did join a group for a tag swap and made this and only thing in months!
Being and over achiever I made six instead of the 3 we were told to make!
Up close!
On a personal note!
It has been a year and then some for me!  I am not going to whine...much.  Still having problems post op back surgery.  Sat down too hard at PT and caused a hairline fracture to one of the vertebrae.  Evidently the disc he put in between them is stronger then my back bone!!  That's the bad news...good news is I am developing bone matrix and that should be healed in a few more months.

My baby sister Carol Ann passed away on the 16 January this year.  Carol was 6 years younger then me and was a whiz kid with numbers and mathematics and besides being so intelligent she was an awesome person both inside and out!  It came as a surprise when she was diagnosed last May with stage 4 adenocarcinoma.  Carol was married to Stan for 42 years this June.  They have 3 boys and 8 grandchildren.  Poor Stan got a double whammy when his mother passed away on the 9 Feb!  I feel for him that is really hard on a person.  I will be going to her funeral tomorrow to support Stan!
Carol a couple years ago!

Okay that is it for me!  Go check out WOYWW and follow Julia's info for joining in the fun!