Wednesday, December 23, 2020


 Busy desk, lots to do... but apparently most of it will be put aside to work on a two day layout : D. With stamping of an unused stamp that can't linger idly a moment longer though I've had it since August 2010. The paper and flocking (because I had to stamp and glue and flock too) material from the same kit. The subject is only half as old. I spent three hours looking for the stamp set (not from the kit) because I forgot to write down where I put this box. 


 Close up of the Stamping and Flocking. BTW if your flocking has gone clumpy just sift it through a small sieve. : D.

What I should be doing is wrapping Baby Yoda. But I keep admiring the 2020 embellishment I made with Darcie's Stamps Dumpster Fire set.

Also the Slipstravaganza Shawl is finished!

A view of the front and the back. I think I overblocked, but I will live with it for a while : D.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020



Today's desk is more purging, than creating. Today it's testing all the little ink pads. Today I am just testing them, keeping the inky ones and throwing out the bad 'uns. Yesterday I did all the ink pads in the drawers. The big ink pads on the desk are all current and good. Yes I have a lot of inkpads. Not in the picture is my growing stash of Distress Oxide Inks that are a good substitute for the pigment inks that don't always age well. Except for the pigment inks I use for water colored images.  I am also making a Christmas playlist on Spotify that avoids all the songs that make my teeth grind : D.

Also if you want to sign up for a Year Long Scrapbooking Class called Project Done, here is the link to the information : )

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020


The Carnage of last Thursday and Friday is ebbing slowly away. Round 2 is about to start, except I tweaked my back... not enough to completely stop, just enough to be really inconvenient. I also baked bread in my new bread maker. Two loaves were successful, the third I forgot to add the yeast... it was a real standin for things to be catapulted when you want to smash something.

In knitting knews, the knitting portion of the Mystery Knit Along is done. Now I need to weave in some ends and fluff them up with a sharp needle to help the ends stay in place. A tip I learned from an online class taught by Ann Budd. When that is done it needs a nice soak and a blocking : D.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020



The state of the desk lol. I had grand ideas of having everything that needed shipping being shipped by this point. But to quote Little Britain, "The computer says nooooo". So I am trying to catch up.

I am making two December books as gifts. Very simple, plain cardstock cut and punched and some simple embellishments for them to do with as they like or not.  I had a vision of pre-atg the embellishments, but the freezer paper these days is very light on the slick side, so I am throwing in some extra tape. and the rest are in a zip lock.

The Slipstravaganza shawl is 2 rows further than pictured here. and then there is only 900 stitches to bind off! lol

Also I broke out the breadmaker and made myself a loaf of whole wheat bread : D. Which I used to make this delicious grilled cheese sandwich (which is the custom for the first day of snow that sticks to the ground). 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020


I went to another virtual crop last weekend and all the challenges are due Nov. 30. So here I am making Christmas layuot kits and two December Daily kits (to be given as gifts).

I have also been chugging away at my MKAL although I know how it looks finished now even though I am not done, but I did get a few surprise sections so I am happy about that. The rows are now over 900 stitches long, and it is a good day when I get more than one done. Really it's a good day when I get 1 done : D. I am on row 3 of 24 in this last section and then there is the bindoff. So I might have this done in a little less than a month (fingers crossed). 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020



There is a lot going on here, which is typical. some things from the crop last month yet to be put away, embellishments to be made. The booties to be finished are just out of view.

And proof of a scrapbooking miracle : D. The Gary Larson cartoon was the basis of my daughter's first Halloween costume. She was the miracle and I was the butterfly from the wrong side of the meadow. Sadly I did not get a picture of my wings. But the picture and the cartoon have been toted around for about 25 years, but like Superman and Clark Kent, never together. I finally got them both together so there will be a page : D.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020


I have been making layouts!!!! It's been 2 years and some months since my last one was completed. I went a virtual crop in the beginning of the month at Victoria Marie Designs Mighty Network (free to join and 8 dollar for the crop).

I have also been knitting alot as October is Mystery Knitalong Season (you get clues every week and knit them up not knowing what the shawl will look like. This is the back of it as I don't want to accidentally give away spoilers : o.

So one of my pages is about the MKAL, and how I bought a kit for the first time : D. I used the yarn bands (labels) and the yarn used to tie the skeins for embellishments. I also used some of my Crackling Campfire Distress Glaze to color a little piece of wood (in the right corner), and Crackling Campfire to change the color of the letters to orange. Also if you knit, LolaBean Yarn is amazing! I can't afford to buy it regularly, but totally a wonderful splurge now and then. It sells out very quickly. I had to buy mine from Amsterdam : D.

Also a new stamp set : |, because 2020.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020



The blue bits are the baby booties, now in the beading stage. My fancy water can (coated Cherry Pie Filling) My mint green mouse on the left side of the computer which is hidden from view by the Care-a-van die set to co-ordinate with the stamp set I bought last year (from The Greetery). It's a very very dangerous website. Also on the left is a bottle of Tim Holtz Embossing Dabber. I saw it recently ans my mind was blown. I'm still working on some layouts from the virtual crop I went to earlier in the month. The one I am looking to get back to is in a secure Stickles Drying location so I don't keep touching it to see if it is dry yet : D.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020


 The desk was cleared and then messed up again : D. I am working on some wayyyyy over due baby booties for a kid who is now running lol. I figure the mother will either use them for decoration, save them for another child or give them away. When I unearthed my desk I found all the pieces, so I figured I might as well finish them. I finally got a Heidi Swapp Memorydex punch (huzzah) so much easier than the notch die I bought, though it was only $2 and the punch was a bit more. Just out of view is my computer. I went to a virtual crop over the weekend and did my first zooms lol. Another square check off on my 2020 Bingo card : D. Since I only have an OTT lite in a dark room I looked a bit like a luminescent ghost.


I even made Banana bread between Zooms lol. I feel very accomplishted :D

I also started the new WestKnits Mystery Shawl Knitalong. My notes thus far : D.

My colors for this section. #NeonsAreANeutral : D.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020



Doing a little organization and uncovered a few things that need to be finished (baby booties, star box and, a fighting anxiety reminder notebook) and a couple of finished things that need a place to be.

The Dionysus filet crochet is finally finished! (I finished the crochet part in 1979, and it took me until this year to get the ends woven in and blocked).

Someone was asking about my Grumpy notebook, just has pictures of Grumpy in it : D. But Grumpy makes me very very happy : D.


 I covered some banker's boxes to hold music. The individual boxes are really prone to falling over. They are really difficult to cover though. So I put adhesive paper on the boxes so everything could stick to that. Also I put a band of painters tape around the lower part to keep both boxes tied together while I added everything else and just covered it up.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020


 The state of my desk this morning. A Grumpy Journal in the foreground, and proof that I succombed once again to the siren song of a new Tim Holtz color. This time it's Crackling Campfire (swoon emoji). 

The big news is that I finally finished this filet crochet of Dionysus with all the ends woven in and blocked. I finished the crochet part in 1979, and learned how to do it from a book (Reader's Digest Guide to Needlework long before the internet was a household thing), but didn't really get the whole end weaving and blocking thing. I managed not to lose it through 12 or so moves. It was crocheted out of actual thread because I had real vision back then. So the finished piece is new and vintage at the same time lol.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020


I succumbed to the siren song of Speckled Egg, and couldn't find ink pads anywhere, so ordered the whole thing. So now I have two Speckled Egg Distress Glaze, but I'm not worried about that. A few weeks ago I discovered the Distress Markers had gone away. And when I got this I think the Distress Stains with a dauber have gone away as well.

But today most of the crafty related action is outside. I had a pile of yarn that was dusty, so I have been giving the skeins a bath and then dry them outside. Also washed the last of my shawls. The towel is drying because I used it to get water out of the shawl lol. And to the right is my solar cooker. Only the last two times it has failed me. I think the reflective surface needs a good buffing.

Drying hack, use the silver side of the tarp and knit wear (or crochet wear) dries in a jiffy.

This is what it looks like when I am winding a skein and I go in the wrong direction and have to unwind everything lol. The knitty noddy is the stick like thing on top of my tea cup pot (which needs a plant in it). The bag in the chair is a gorgeous brown fleece that needs washing. And just through the chair you can see Archie Cat.

Archie has been enjoying the days on the porch. He is a 15 year old toothless mouser, who has bigger dreams now of squirrels and chipmunks lol. Since fall is approaching, they are busy gathering the acorns in front of the house and run along the porch just on the other side of the screen. Archie is not a fan of screens. Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more crafty peeks.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


I have been looking for my Altenew Watercolors for a few months. And Monday I found them. Right where I had been looking : I. It has done a lot to restore my crafty mojo if for no other reason, I don't keep looping I'd think I'll use my new paints! I can't find them. Hunt for paints. Leave craftroom.

I also finished my Radiate Shawl (designed by WestKnits). Because as I have gotten older, I now believe it's not finished until it's wet washed and blocked. I block on a flat surface for the record, this is just the glamour shot : D.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020


I actually broke down and bought something papercrafty, including a jar of Tim Holtz' Speckled Egg Distress Glaze. I was quite sad to find out that Ranger has discontinued Distress Markers about a year ago. Living under a rock has it's drawbacks. But the new colors will be added to Distress Crayons so there's that. For the record, I was ready to post much earlier in the day, but the computer insisted upon being rebooted which apparently takes an age.

The stamp and die set is from Simon Says and is called "We're Like Toilet Paper" : D. And there is an interactive toilet die, and as I am really 12 and I love interactive things I bought that too.

And now for something completely different. I came up with a taco hack for those times I want to have a slightly crunchy taco shell. I heat the tortilla on both sides and add cheese to the top. Also it keeps the shredded cheese from falling out.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020


I joined in a new thing, #positivitypassportchallenge over on Instagram for the month of July. I am positively certain I hate paperwork, and it causes me great anxiety. Before covid I was able to find people trained to do this. This year it took me over 4 hours, and my body feels like I have been through a wringer. Just one of the joys of panic/anxiety.

Today's entry. Under the pen, it says "Put on pants" (the American sort of pants for the record : D).

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020


I actually took this picture last week, but lost the day. The week has been pretty slow in the crafting lane, so it still looks exactly like this. Hoping the video works, as it took me the better part of the day to figure out how to get it to my computer : D. I have resumed knitting my Starflake Shawl Mystery Knitalong (that is not a mystery anymore, I believe I am bringing up the rear). There is brioche, and today I managed to drop a stitch, so it's a deep dive into YouTube's how to fix brioche mistakes with lots of breaks for quelling the panic.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Errr mer gerd there are signs of imminent paper crafting. First time in ages I have the urge to make a card. But not just any card. A motion stamp card. And perhaps other sorts of interactivity. I am trying to convert the Reading Rainbow song into a card. So that escalated quickly.

2020 the year that made Levar Burton cuss on Twitter (justifiably so in my opinion). I am still social distancing, but participating in Black Live Matter issues through the interwebs. If you want to unpack your unconscious bias, I suggest reading Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Happy 11th Deskers! It's been a day. I meant to get here earlier, but it's been a day. First there was a fire at the end of the block. Then our water turned brown, and then we had none because apparently down the street from the fire there was a water main break.

I baked a cherry pie (canned aka tinned fruit) and loved the cans so much I planned on coating them with Ranger's Mixed Medium (accomplished) and then using them as vases for the forget-me-knots only we have no water .... so maybe I'll press the flowers instead.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020


I am unbelievably joyful that the sun is shining today even if I don't step foot outside : D. I picked up the Tim Holtz mini work surface a while ago and the best thing is that it hold the mini die cutter securely making it so much easier to use it. Working on a few little things here and there, and sorting through some piles that have carbon dating lol. It's a step at a time with lots of breaks for Korean dramas and Animal Crossing when it all gets a bit overwhelming. 

I actually planned to post last week but didn't realize the day until it was Friday. ... All my regular weekly pin points are put aside. It is ironic that if this had happened a year ago, it would not have made a big change in my life.

Apparently we have at least two people who tested positive for Corona in our little town, so whenever possible I have my prescriptions delivered and wipe everything down. I switched to a meal prep delivery system for a few weeks to see if that works. They deliver the sorted by meal ingredients and I do all the cooking. Seemed the safest with all the allergies I have. Hope everyone is doing well. All the deep cleaning is triggering my dust allergies so I keep reminding myself it's dust and allergies : D.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020


The current state of the workdesk, preparing a baby shower gift. Also preparing a new Dungeons and Dragons character : D in between a couple of cloches as one does.

A pair of lime green baby booties with the outlines of a giraffe stitched on each one awaiting final assembly.

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