Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WOYWW #364


WOW! Not only has another week flown by but we are celebrating our 7th anniversary of visiting one another around the globe.

First and foremost, I want to wish blessings and a speedy recovery to our hostess, Julia Dunnit. She has worked so hard these past years to bring us all together but now she needs prayers as she faces surgery and recovery.  Her creative sidekick, Jan (LLJ on the list) will be taking over the reins for the next several weeks.

I apologize for not getting to any desks last week. Bob decided we needed to go to Springfield for a new lawn mower for me. Once we were home, the rains began again, meaning no computer for me. I do appreciate each and every one who stops for a visit and will do my darndest to return the favor between lightning strikes and company.

So my desk? Hmmm

This is my current work top. You'll see some of the embellishments for our Anniversary ATC Swap. I have one step left to complete then I can put everything together. I have approx. 23 of these to swap so if you'd like to have one, please drop me an email at: KellyH (at) artlover (dot) com.  I really need to get a contact form on my blog. (adding to project list)

However, my focus for the next two DAYS (not weeks as stated in original post) is the office. This is a small portion of the disaster to be finished:


As of right now, the plan is for my brother in law and his wife to visit this weekend. This is where they sleep. Eeek! So I have 3 days to get this office into shape. Now if my arm would just cooperate.

Incidentally, the 'tornado' comment last week was figurative - not an actual tornado. While there are many hitting across the country, I am blessed none have come near us. I do send prayers to those who have been hit. I saw on Weather Channel last night where one family in KS had recently completed a rebuild of their home leveled by a tornado only to be hit again yesterday. 


That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Lunch Lady Jan where she has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you. We won’t touch.. just look. J  I can't wait to peek. Please leave your number and you'll be first on my list.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WOYWW #363

Good morning, friends!

First I want to apologize for not getting to many of you last week. We've had lots of rainy days, meaning I do not plug the internet in. We have more moving in but I should have plenty of time over the weekend to visit.


Another week as rolled around and here we are visiting one another again. As promised, the tornado blew through here since you last visited. I've been working on the ATCs and cataloging my stamps.


The sizzix die and the strips of white hand-pressed (not by me) paper for an embellishment for the ATCs, the trusty paper trimmer and the straight edge. Towards the back you'll see some tombo markers I'll be using on the ATCs and a couple of small stamps. The rest is just the usual messy art-in-progress stuff we all have about.


Here is the picture I promised a couple of weeks ago. When I quit my job at Michaels in Peoria IL as a teacher and demonstrator, my weekly scrapbook group got together and made this ATC shadow box for me and had some of the employees I was closest to sign it as well. What a lovely going away gift. This hangs just above the tv in my stamping area (covering the power box). I miss my buddies at Michaels and I always make sure to connect with as many as I can when I go back to Peoria for visits.


That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you. We won’t touch.. just look. J  I can't wait to peek but if Bob is home for I might be late again getting 'round. Pleaseleave your number and you'll be first on my list.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WOYWW #362

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Not a lot new on my desk this week. Bob came home Tuesday night and that's pretty much been the extent of my time. However, for an early Mother's Day present I did take a couple of days to myself and went down to Branson MO. For those of you not familiar, Branson is an touristy, entertainment community. Lots of live shows and shopping.

I went down on Friday night to see the folks from Larry's Country Diner - an interview/ music show on the RFD-TV network. I do promo for a lot of their guests. This particular night, they had Georgia native, Mark Wills. I love Mark's music and was thrilled with the opportunity to spend a few minutes with him, getting a brief interview.

Most of the cast of Larry's Country Diner
L-R: Jimmy Capps (The sheriff) Keith Bilbrey, Larry Black, Renae the Waitress

Mark Wills


Saturday I walked a bit of the 76 strip to a scrapbooking store - Scrapbook Forever. Shirley Heard has an amazing selection. Just about anything and everything you could want all in one place!

Here's a shot of my first purchase:


The 2 packages of brads are adorable. One has black old fashioned rotary dial phones and vintage fans. The other package contains bunnies! white ones as well as tan/ cream colored. Just too adorable to pass up. And her prices were AMAZING!

Yes, I said first purchase. After I'd paid for these I turned from the register to fall in love with these:


This was a small selection of SANTORO stamps. At $2.50 a piece, I just had to have several. $25 sounded like a nice round total LOL.

Here's a close up of one of the stamps:


No. 11 - You Brought Me Love

You can see by the ruler, they are petite and just cute as can be! I'm thinking ATCs.

I'll be working on some cards and the WOYWW ATCs this week so next week, I'm sure my desk will look like a tornado blew through. 

That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you. We won’t touch.. just look. J  I can't wait to peek but if Bob is home for I might be late again getting 'round. Pleaseleave your number and you'll be first on my list.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WOYWW #361

While I'm taking the month of May off from Social Media, I can not ditch our WOYWW group - not with our 7th anniversary only a couple of weeks away!

Bob is home so I will get around as best I can. We have stuff we need to deal with here.

I've been working hard on organizing the studio space. These two picks are from my stamping corner... where I can actually... wait for it... STAMP!

This first picture faces a west window. the tray in front of the window is all of my current StampinUp Ink colors - spots, reinkers and mister bottle. There are some that do not have spots but the new catalog has blank spot pads so I'll be ordering a bunch of those! You can see my full size ink pad rack on the right and my tv/ player unit on the left. Just above the TV is a shadow box of ATCs. This was a going away gift from my scrapbooking group and fellow employees at Michaels Arts & Crafts in Peoria IL when I left there 10 years ago. I'll shoot a close up it  next week.


This next picture is the desk to the left that you see in the first photo. This is my cutting station. My Vagabond and Cricut will be here once I've finished cataloging all of my SU cardstock.

You can see my utility tray along the back side for keeping all of my decorative scissors and other tools at the ready.

                                        

That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you. We won’t touch.. just look. J  I can't wait to peek Please leave your number and you'll be first on my list.

Monday, May 2, 2016

TEMPORARY HIATUS


Hi everyone.

After serious contemplation and soul searching, I have come to the decision to put all of my blogs and social media attentions on temporary hiatus. JUST for the month of MAY. I have some health issues I need to contend with as well as household/ family things.

I am hoping, with rest, the health issue will improve and I can come back in June stronger than ever.

I had some partial blog posts scheduled but will be moving those to June. This includes my Tim Holtz and Journaling By 5s. However, I will continue with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. We celebrate our 7th anniversary this month. Can't miss that!

Thank you for your patience and understanding while I take this much-needed time.
Creative Blessings!
Kelly

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WOYWW #360


I'm down to two weeks left to finish this studio and while I know I've made a dent (though a small one), I really am going to have to push if I'm to finish getting the studio in order by the time Bob comes home.

As you can see, everything I had sorted last week has been put away. Yay! 
My Journaling by 5s journal is on the left, waiting for this week's challenge. The red binder will become my Stampin Up catalog - my visual of everything that is current that I have... stamp sets, cardstock/ designer paper, inks. So as I'm ordering and planning projects for my SU blog, I know what I have to work with. There are some page protectors in the front to use and one of several boxes of SU stamp sets that I need to catalog. That is my project for today, as my kit arrives this afternoon.

That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you. We won’t touch.. just look. J  I can't wait to peek but if Bob is home for I might be late again getting 'round. Pleaseleave your number and you'll be first on my list.

Friday, April 22, 2016

FRIDAY FREEBIE- Journaling By 5s- Step 3

This week was a learning curve for me. I have discovered my Folk Art paints are my favorite medium for stenciling. The sprays I had were too thin. I will admit to spending more than the 15 min. But when I realized some mediums were not working, I stopped the timer and went in search of new. I probably have 20 minutes total. 

I used a variety of stencils and stamps for this. All the stamped images were done in Memento Tuxedo Black. For stencils, I used some negatives I had of punched images as well as Tim Holtz and Martha Stewart in the mix. 

Here's a reminder of how this started.


I'm really excited about Step # 3 this week. We were to spend 15 minutes adding PATTERN to our pages with Stamps and Stencils.

This challenge gave me the opportunity to ink up some of my art stamps for the first time as well as play with my watered-down acrylics and my Distress Spray Stains. I also found out I have a larger collection of stencils than I thought I had. 



I hope you are enjoying the process as much as I am. Are you playing along? If so, link up in your comment so the rest of us can come have a peek and leave some love.

Creative Blessings!
Kelly