Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WOYWW 361--Stitchin' and Coffee Drinkin'

Visit the desker party at Ms. Julia's blog right here.
Isn't your desk your happy place? Big-sigh...I just love crafting here, drinking coffee, putting on my makeup for the day, and sometimes it does get piled up when I'm diecutting and have scrapbooking or planning stuff spread out. 
By the way, I love this combo journal/coloring book I found at Barnes & Noble. When I'm tired of stitching and just want to color and doodle, it's perfect.

So today is relatively calm with me cross-stitching on the May room of the dollhouse pattern I'm working from...this is the first big pattern I've done in a long time, and I forgot how relaxing it is. I'm very ahead of the game right now and almost have the May room, which is fifth room, first one on the second floor, almost done! I have a long craft list piling up in the meantime!  I missed the desker group last week--got a checkup at the eye doctor and did not feel like looking at the computer screen! It went very well though.
The 5th room of the dollhouse is bunk beds--so cute.

Happy Wednesday.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Monday, May 2, 2016

How to Live What You Love

Oh my goodness, it's Monday...and not the favorite day of so many. But why dread it? Sometimes it comes down to this phrase.

Live what you love.

And whether you have your dream job, work in your home, or have a job for your main support along with a side hustle you love, there are a few things you can do to live what you love, take care of yourself, and enjoy every moment a little more.

1. Be good to yourself. You hear that all the time, so how does it work? When you're good to someone, you talk sweetly to them, you treat them, and you wish them well. Are you doing that for yourself? If not, it's time to start. For me, I'd go get a handbag I want and something else I don't need, like a lovely lavender floral artisan soap or a coffee mug I've been wanting--you know, those kinds of unnecessary things that make your every day brighter. Be your own cheerleader and encourage yourself. Believe in your own success. Go ahead, tell yourself you work hard, you deserve it, and you rock!
Tip: Write down something you're thankful for every day, and that will remind you how special you are. 

 2. I'm not bossy. I'm the boss. That's right. You're the boss of your life, your house, your plans, your thoughts, your dreams, and your goals. Do what a boss does. Enjoy life at the top! If you need a break from something, take it. Ask for help when you need it. Work your life to get the most out of everything, just like a boss. I have my own crafty corner, and guess who the boss is there. Me! I make what want, I dream up what I want, and when I need a crafty haul--you got it. I go get one.
Tip: Get a fun new planner, if you don't have one. Planning has become a little like Smashbooking or's such a bright way to plan your days and your weeks--better than a boss.

3. Skip the hot bath. Now I often read things like, pamper yourself, be good to yourself, take a hot bath and light candles. That always sounds good, but honestly, I just don't always want to take the time to take a hot bath with candles. I will light a candle or two to make the house smell good, definitely yes. I get a massage every now and then. And I love body butter--my latest is the green tea body butter by the Body Shop. Oh my, you must try it. Anyhoo, I'm a shower girl, but there are other things  that make me feel pampered. Let's start with pretty makeup. I'm not a face-fulla-makeup kinda gal. But it makes me sad when I see some of my crafty gal pals totally rejecting makeup because they think it doesn't do any good, or they're too old. Honey, Imma puttin' something on this face even when I'm 80. And besides that, there is makeup that actually makes you feel happier. Case in point, this gorgeous blush I found by Physicians Formula. It's called Happy Booster Glow Mood Boosting Blush. Oh, it smells so good. It actually has natural plant extracts that promote a feeling of happiness! This compact, complete with a mirror and brush, gives you a blush and highlighter in one, so you look gorgeous and feel happy! And it's cute! I have a  tray full of cosmetics that make me happy each day--and I definitely enjoy cute packaging, lip glosses that smell good, and cute makeup brushes. So indulge a little, because making your face happy on the outside, can help on the inside.
Tip: If you're in a makeup rut, break out of it by educating yourself. There are plenty of up-to-date makeup tutorials out there, and you will be delighted with the fresh new ideas for your gorgeous face.
Makeup makes me happy.

Stitching a dollhouse
My newest coloring books
 4. Girl, thread a needle, dip a paint brush, sing, dance or write a word. The point is, if you're creative, create something every day. If you don't think you're creative--try it anyway. Work toward something big, or do a lot of little projects. The point is, creativity just feeds the soul. I don't know why. For me, I absolutely have to thread a needle every day--I paint with thread. But I also have coloring books, paint, and have writing projects going on. Being creative is so satisfying, rewarding, and nurturing. Plus, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Experts say there is a strong connection between being creative and overall well-being. We've become a little bit of a creation nation--just check out all the craft magazines there are out there! YouTube has a whole craft niche. As far as dancing goes--it's true. I'd like to start a fifty-something dance troupe! That would make me happy. Making your soul happy is job one.
Tip: If you need that "creative moment of the day" and you don't have much time, do a little thing. Take a brayer and some paint and quickly create an art journal background. Get out your big shot and diecut for a later project. Pick out a song you want to choreograph a dance for later! Color in your coloring book for five minutes!

 5. Create your own age. Afterall, you're the boss. Don't let anyone age-shame you in any way. Wear your glitter nail polish, dye your hair pink, be over-the-top elegant in black and long pearls, wear purple lipstick, express yourself how you like. Think wearable art! I probably embroider on every pair of jeans and shorts I own! I often say, it's my tattoos--mainly because I don't want a tattoo. But if I did, I'd get one. I don't plan to dress old...ever. That's an old idea. I want to dress and look like me--not how I'm supposed to look at age 55. I'm creating my own double high fives. Also, take selfies girl! Make sure you include you in those Project Life albums--it's your life, and it should be celebrated.
Tip: Remember, don't worry about looking young! Just look like you!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WOYWW 358--Work It Like a Boss

Good Wednesday to you! I have no idea why I put that in my title--I guess if I was the craft boss around here...which I desk would be piled up with crafty loveliness...and so would my lap. And here it is, on my lap, my cross-stitch room of the month for April is just the little sunporch on the end of the third floor of the dollhouse and it is almost done. Yeeyah! Underneath that, I was making an entry in my food exercise journal, and I'm only showing it to be encouraging. This isn't my first time at the food journaling rodeo. But, let me tell you, I've been so much better about it when employing my craftiness. I use a cute smashbook datestamp with sayings on it, washi tape, stickers and doodling. Really keeps my food/exercise journal much more interesting! And when I post in there any results, like when I occasionally weigh myself, or get a checkup done, I can go back and find it very easily.
And here's crafty boss lady's desk! I was drinking morning coffee, playing my game on the tablet, making pom poms and planning when to use those Charming Charlie coupons! So, I hope you find me at the end of the WOYWW list this week. Have a lovely day lovely.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Kitting, Doodling and Cross-Stitching--WOYWW 357

Happy Wednesday. I'm sharing what's on my workdesk with other creative types around the globe right here:

While I've been at my desk a lot...making plans...doodling...stitching...watching YouTube...I haven't made a dent in any new projects. Yet. But the  time is coming! First of all, I love having that little green basket on my desk when I'm getting ready to play with serves as a handy little waste basket. Second, I'm knitting both coasters and a stack of face cloths--I'm giving the face cloths as a gift with a big bar of artisan lavendar soap! I think it will look cute all wrapped up with a ribbon. And last but not least, I got a new set of beautiful pens, with ultra-fine no-dry tips, and I'm loving them for my planner, art journal, and scrapbook pages already. The package comes with its own easel, so you can keep them all together. A girl I watch on  YouTube uses them for Project Life--and she was right, they are perfect for journaling and doodling.

Next--I'm already behind with the March sewing room in the dollhouse. But since I'm about to finish it, I'll soon move onto the April room, and it's smaller and the last thing on the third floor--a sunporch! Several have asked me if this is a pattern. Last year El Blog de DMC published one room a month of this super cute cross-stitch pattern. And you can still download it for free right here. This link will take you to the whole house and the first room--from there you can see each month in 2015 where she posted a room pattern.
Now, onto more serious matters. I was so upset about Downton Abbey ending, I kept the last two episodes in limbo on my DVR for weeks. I finally brought myself to watch them last weekend. Oh my goodness. I had sad tears, happy tears, sentimental tears. I was a mess. But in the end, very happy. And I will stop there because I don't want to spoil a thing for any DA fans. Just know, it's worth watching every season of it! It's in my DNA now, so I'll probably re-watch the whole thing every year.

Have a lovely week lovelies.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WOYWW 356--Good Afternoon from a Busy Craft Desk!

Happy Wednesday, the day we deskers celebrate What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday! And...I'm late. What a morning I've had. Let's not even talk about it. Let's get right to the desk. I was searching for some tapestry needles, and remembered I had put a fresh pack in this handy dandy craft supply keeper/organizer by The Paper Studio. I love this thing, it's great for travel, or just organizing lots of your bits and bobs--it has sooo many compartments. Also out is some washi tape and some fabric washi tape--I love both. And watching over my desk is my dark chocolate Easter Bunny. That's right...I still get an Easter basket.

 And, what's not on my desk, but in my lap, is my cross-stitching. I am right on schedule with room no. 3 of my big dollhouse. My goal is to just get one room a month stitched so I'll have the entire dollhouse done by December. I think the sewing room is my favorite, but there are lots of cute rooms in here.

So, in the interest of somehow being last on the list but getting to participate today--I better get this one posted. See you at your desk!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Craft Store Haul - Spring Fever at JoAnns

Happy spring lovelies! Although I like to keep things frugal, upcycled, and no-spend...a few coupons drove me to my neighborhood JoAnns store. *Sigh*

It's all good though. I used four coupons at checkout--three were on my phone, and one was from a JoAnns calendar that has a great coupon every single month of 2016.

I thought I'd share my haul because I was definitely shopping with a purpose...not just mindlessly out spending my hard-earned. I always have a list I've kept in my Midori about what I would buy and definitely use the next time I go to JoAnns or Michaels. Everything that didn't use a coupon was a sale item, and then the calendar coupon took off another fifteen bucks, so I  got almost $100 worth of craftyliscious merchandise for $31. Cha-ching!

 My first stop was the floral department in the front of the store. I love to have flowers on my desk. My desk is a big ole vintage wooden desk, painted white, and it's where I work on the computer sometimes, craft, work in my planner, and I even put my makeup on at the desk in the mornings. Making it a pretty, happy place lifts my spirits, so all winter I've had a big vase of silk flowers. I've decided that changing them out once a month would be even more fun, and when they are on sale, why not--it costs pennies.

Next on my list was beads and findings. My adorable nephew bought a special cross necklace for me--but it was hanging on some rough jute. So I found a silky cord I had, and then I bought pretend pandora beads, on sale big time, and now my necklace is gorgeous and sparkly. I also got some lobster claws to go with the pompom maker. How does that work you ask? I'm making pompoms from sparkly yarn to hang on tote bags--so cute! And the lobster claws help hook that up perfectly, and I got the ones on sale. I bought the Clover pompom maker with another coupon, and I already am using it and loving it--this is after trying to make pompoms with a piece of cardboard. It works, but the pompom maker gives you a fluffier, better pompom!

Next department--paper crafting! Before I even reached the wonderful scrapbook pads, I stopped at the Project Life display. Now I am not a Project Lifer. Doing Project Life is wonderful, and looks like it's so much fun, but it also seems a little too time consuming for me--someone who likes to do too many things--so I stayed away. But then, the cards got more beautiful, with even more meaningful sentiments, and I love that. Since I started making Midori notebooks, I realized how many ways I could use Project Life cards beyond having a Project Life book: planner booklets, list booklets, scrapbook pages, cards, planner pages, dashboards, art doesn't end. So I took a deep breath and got the big box! I didn't just get the big box either, I got an extra little pack too. I'm going to have so much fun with this supply. And yes, these had been on my craft shopping list for quite some time--I just needed a good frugal way to get them, and found it! Aren't they pretty? I can't believe they're mine.
And then, of course, when the beautiful patterned paper pads are 50% off, you get yourself one! There's the rub. I only got one. Old me would have gotten four or five. I just chose one. I have two great paper storage caddies in my crafty corner, and they are almost completely full. This is why it's good to have limits!
Also, I was excited to find this Delightful Stack with glitter pages included. Ahhh...glitter!
On the way home, I stopped at our local wine center, which is a gorgeous store, to refill my olive oil. That's how I do. I want the good EVOO, so I use this refillable bottle from the wine center, and the refills are only ten bucks. While there though, I gave myself a spring treat and got this lavendar floral vegetable soap. I can't even tell you how good it smells, and how that lingers after doing something so simple as washing your hands. It lives on my bathroom sink, and makes me happy. Spring is here!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WOYWW 355--Desker Love

I love being a desker. That's all. As I've said in the past, I've had a desk since I was four years old and demanded that mommy give me one of her old nightstands to convert into my color-all-day-and-play-with-Mrs.-Beasley headquarters. Actually, I don't think I got Mrs. Beasley until I was six, but I remember storing dollies in that desk, stickers, paper doll sets, art supplies and of course my play phone. It was home headquarters for years.

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Anyhoo, I read Julia's post yesterday because I missed last week, and now all I want is for our Julia to have that surgery and find some relief, and I know we are all thinking of her and praying for comfort and recovery! Now, onto the business of a desker--I am making pompoms with my new clover pompom maker. I think I'm the last yarn lover on the planet to get one. My listbook and Midori (my Dolldori) are laying there, not very pretty, piled up with some stickers. (see, much hasn't changed since I was little) There's some stencils I was using, my heart coffee mug full of creamy morning coffee, and look at that. My compact is laying there! I got some L'Oreal Infallible powder at Ulta, and I love that compact because it keeps the powderpuff in a separate compartment with the mirror. And, the powder is just the best. And let's not even talk about how much I love Ulta...I'm going to marry it later.

In the meantime, I refreshed my desktop silk flowers thanks to a huge haul from JoAnns, complete with sales and four coupons they let me use all at once. I love that place too. But this floral photo is for Julia! Don't they look kinda real? I love having pretty flowers on my desk at all times, real or silk, my desk looks good that way, messy or not. And next to the flowers is my clear acrylic caboodles cosmetic tray--it holds everything for my face! And since I got that great mirror on Amazon, I do my face at the craft desk!

So I'm off for some visits, and Julia I know you are getting showers of blessings, prayers, good thoughts, and so good things are on the way queen of deskers!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch