Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WOYWW #442 - Final Desk of 2017

Good  morning, Deskers!
This is the final shot of my desk for 2017. I take all of December off from blogging to enjoy the holidays and prep for 2018. Fitting that you should see my desk at one of its messiest

From the foreground you can just make out my lazy susan  with my implements of creation and a notebook. From there a SPAM can with my journal markers, to the left of that are 2 spools of lace ribbon I picked up at $Tree last night. They are in with the Christmas stuff. The November Paper Pumpkin box from Stampin' Up! waiting to be opened. Just to the right of that you'll see pieces of burlap ribbon. They are part of the Christmas $Tree video I need to film today. That plastic bag are the remnant pieces I need for the process part of that video. My SU collapsible litter bin and a coffee container that held quarters I turned into the counting machine yesterday.

I'm all about YouTube filming today. Tomorrow, Bob and I will enjoy a quiet day of Thanksgiving. I'll start with the Macy's parade. A tradition for as long as I can remember, then on either side of dinner we'll play card/ board games and be very Thankful for our time together.

We found out yesterday that Bob is off work probably until sometime in January or February. For the first time in 33 years he will be home for all of the holidays from Thanksgiving through New Years.

Also, last week I quit my 'day job' with the publisher. While I understand a fledgling business being built mostly on apprenticeships, we need an income the publishing job wasn't providing. 2018 is all about building my creative business and getting some consumable books published. Doing what I love and bringing in some cash.

I'll have at least one more creative post in the coming weeks but mostly about wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Blessed New Year and winding down our eventful year.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. 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.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WOYWW #441 & Something's Coming

This is my desk for the week. I left on Friday for the film premier in Poteau OK and just got home last night. I was only in Poteau Friday night - Saturday afternoon then drove to Eureka Springs AR where I spent a couple of days just enjoying the rejuvenation I always find just breathing the air in that little community. I followed that up with a night at my sister's before heading home yesterday.

So, my desk. Not a lot of creativity. the bag holds the grandgirls' Christmas gifts and part of their stocking stuffers. The Tim Holtz stuff is still there since I can't get to that tub to put them away. My initial plan was for Bob and I to create my Mixed Media/ Tim Holtz storage unit last Friday but then I found out last minute I was heading to OK to the premiere and birthday celebration for author Dusty Richards. This was a chance for me to meet the co-writers/ co-producers of the film... an opportunity I couldn't pass up. 

Something's Coming!
I'm putting this here because I know I have some planner folks on WOYWW and I'm hoping you'll join us in 2018.

I love planners. I can remember being a planner person as young as the age of 10. I guess with my life in such disarray, planning 'my stuff' was my way of finding some semblance of order.

Over the past two or three years, I've found a whole new side to planning through people I've met in the planning community on YouTube. I've also learned there are a wide variety of ways to plan.

First there are the 'pretty' vs 'functional' planners. Some are a combination of both. 
There are also various styles of planning such as detailed planning, to-do list or bullet journaling.

I am a functional planner but I do like to make them pretty. My life revolves around color so any time I can add pops of color to a plain page, makes me smile.

One of my favorite people in the planning community is Alexis aka Miss Trenchcoat.

Alexis is a productivity guru, entrepreneur and side hustle mentor. I love her thought process. One of the things I've learned is while it's nice to have pretty and to have a To-Do list (she is big on finding your Top 3), the idea of Planning brings to mind (at least for me) setting GOALS then PLANNING how to accomplish them.  If I didn't plan my projects, I'd never accomplish as much as I do.

My stumbling block is that I don't sit down and 'plan' every week. There are days I know what I want/ need to do but they don't always become hard in my planner pages. So one of my goals for  2018 is to make sure I UTILIZE my planner(s) to the best of my ability.   

Functional planning lets me do both. Here's a video from Alexis with her explanation of Functional Planning:

I thought since WOYWW is such fun, brings a lot of like-minded folks together, that doing a Planner Hop would help draw traffic, give us another venue to showcase what we do and products as well as get to form stronger relationships within the Planner Community.

So beginning in January I'm launching POW - Planning Our Weeks. I'm still formulating a 'plan' but my thought is that we will post the last Sunday of each month as to what are planners are looking like for the coming month. You will also be able to INCLUDE in your blog post any new products you're releasing. The GOAL is to actually use our planners for their intended purpose... TO PLAN! LOL
We'll also have the opportunity to see how others use their planners, share/ pick up tips, etc. 

By mid-December I should have a POW button you can put on your blog/ website. 
You do NOT have to have either of those to participate. You may link to your YouTube channel video (the actual planning video - not your channel in general) 
If you are interested in being contacted when more details come out, please let me know via the contact form and I'll keep you updated.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. 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.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!


Friday, November 10, 2017

FRIDAY FREEBIE - Tim Holtz goodies + Hot Buy

We went into the city earlier this week and I can't go without a trip to Michaels. Well, this time I had to return a duplicate of Tim's Crazy Cat set but Sunday was a big sale day. Sadly, the items I picked up were not included. But timing is difficult for me to hit the store when there is still plenty of the Tim Holtz seasonal stuff to be had. Here's what I picked up:

I love this 8x8 pad.

Collection of Ephemera pieces. I get so nostalgic with his flash cards. I have several sets.
I need another paper pack if I do, but I'm thinking my 
December Daily may be Tim Holtz inspired this year.

I was also lucky enough to be in when the Hot Buy paper packs were $5. I found three.

I think this one is going to be my Paper Pad Christmas Card Kick-off in January.

This last one, I could not find a second pad of. 
I was going through the paper pads with another gal I met at the rack 
(does that surprise anyone? LOL)
We both loved this pad but she insisted I take it since I lived so far away. She'd been to my blog and said she looked forward to seeing what I did with it.

Finally, I saw the pearls in the Tim Holtz stuff but had no clue what I'd do with them.
That night at the hotel I watched his FB Live launch of the holiday items and saw what he did.

When I saw this larger package at Hobby Lobby for a fraction of the cost I grabbed them.
2 words - Alcohol Markers
And SU has a fabulous new set of Stampin' Blends I can play with!

My next purchase will be at least 3 stamp sets with coordinating dies from his Stampers Anonymous collection.
To see what I fell in love with, go to Tim's Blog post HERE
and watch his FB live recording of Stampers Anonymous (3rd one down)

There's my haul. Now to just make time to play. 
Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

WOYWW #440 + Fall Door Arrangement

Good morning, everyone.

First off, here's my desk for this week:

A bit busier than I usually show. You can see my most-used tools/ embellishments along the back. In the front from left to right the Character Naming Sourcebook, not sure what's at the bottom of the next stack but my recently purchased Tim Holtz Christmas items and misc. stuff kind of dropped when we got back from the city.

I'll have pictures of the Tim Holtz items on Friday if you want to see what I picked up.

Notice the Vagabond chord, Julia. The old one is down and the Vagabond 2 in place. So happy to hear you are continuing the legacy of your 'new' Big Shot. I'm sure your creativity is being smiled upon.

I apologize for not getting 'round to many of you last week. I am the Social Media person for a publishing company. One of our Western authors - Dusty Richards, had his 150th book made into a movie... which they gave us all the launch go-ahead on social media LAST MINUTE... and they wonder why we only have it in one theater so far. Painted Woman releases Friday, Nov. 10th. Based on Dusty's book, The Mustanger and the Lady. Great Western with a strong heroine showing the empowerment of women... and romance. 'Cause you know, the Good Guy always gets the Girl. ;-)

Here's the trailer:

Quick picks of the Fall arrangement. Everything except the basket was purchased at $ Tree. I found the basket at a thrift store for $2.

I wound up not using the pumpkins.
they had been purchased for flower box arrangements I never made.
Hopefully, next year.

Now that the Asian Beetles have died off or gone back into hybernation I have hung this in place of the witch hat.  There won't be a Christmas one as the screw I hang this on is one of the anchors for a horizontal flag pole my Gingerbread Man flag hangs on. 

Unlike some of the houses we saw last night with their outside Christmas lights on, ours does not go on until the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. 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.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WOYWW #439 - Halloween Hat Door Decor

Here's my desk as I left it last night:

I finally got all of my often-used supplies lined up along the back of the work table again. Nice to have stuff in reach rather than on the floor. My trimmer, day planner and my October Daily album are most current. I am going to change the date on the October Daily to a 2018 so maybe I'll be ahead of the game next year instead of so out of sorts.

On Day 1 of the 13 Days of Halloween I showed you the beginnings of a project. You can see that first post HERE.

Yesterday, on Halloween, I was finally able to finish the door hanger... though I hung it to the side of the front door.

The hang up, well part of it, was that I needed to get more flowers from $ Tree. I failed to realize how many flowers I needed to fill the hat, and I wanted sphagnum moss to help cover the floral foam.

Here's what my table looked like when I began:

There are 21 purple roses, seven spiders, two purple picks and five black picks. Considering I only started with eight roses, you can understand why I underestimated how many I needed. 

This is how the arrangement looks hanging next to our front door.

I 'think' I picked up the sign at $Tree as well. The hat and the sphagnum were both purchased at $Tree.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. Next week I'll show you the Fall hanger I've put up in it's place. 

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. 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.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


There are times when I actually surprise myself. This is one of those times.

I posted a couple of months back that I belonged to a card swap group on Splitcoast Stampers. Until this month, I've not posted on time - or at all with the exception of one month until now.
1) I was determined to get my cards posted on time
2) this kit spoke to me.

StampinSpooky was our hostess this month. She used mostly SU products, including DSP from the Venetian Romance paper pack (SU - 2013-2014).
Colors that coordinated with the DSP:
Powder Pink
Tangerine Tango
Soft Suede
Island Indigo

The images are from Postage Due (SU)

I added:
Sage Shadow
Mint Macaron
Decorative Label Punch
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Love N Sympathy (stamp)
Thoughts N Prayers (stamp)
Heartfelt Sympathy (stamp)
Just Add Text (stamp)

Next month, I'll try to remember to photograph the kit. In the mean time, here are the three cards I came up with:

The large image, the postage stamp and the dsp strip were from the kit. I added Island Indigo as a base and a mat then punched the lace border in white.

Again, the large image, the postage stamp and this time, the scallop was included in the kit.

I used a leftover piece of the DSP to inspire a sympathy card I'll be needing in the coming days:

I used Mint Macaron to stamp the images and for one of the butterflies. 

As I type this, I have been informed that Mike has passed and now Chrissy is left to build a new life without him. Chrissy is a strong southern belle but I think in cases as this, strength only goes so far. My heart aches for her and I hope the card brings her some comfort.

Monday, October 23, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - En Mass Journal Returns!

Back in February of last year, I told you about a Junk Journal project I was starting - En Masse Journal. You can see the first post of how the journal began HERE.
The next post went along rather smoothly and on time (gasp!) HERE.
From there, I'm not sure what happened but the journal never made another appearance - because something got in my way (surprise surprise!) and I never got back to it.

So out it came for this week. Originally, I'd planned to run this the 4th Monday of each month. So I think I'll stick with that.
So here we are - October 23rd and I'm diving into one of the color sections of the Journal.

Originally, I had punched out all of the tabs for the journal, but had never sat down and labeled any of them. The initial pile looked like this:

I went to add them to the journal last week and they've vanished. Something in the back of my mind says I threw them out when I was decluttering the space, not realizing what they were for and determined that when I remembered I'd just re-punch them... so that's what I did. 

But this time... I labeled them and put them in place in the journal.. allowing a 2-page spread for each.  Here's a shot of the new tabs in place:

I used the tab punch as I had before for the categories. But the COLOR and ALPHABET tabs were punched from the new SU set  TABS FOR EVERYTHING from our current All Occasion catalog. I used Recollections cardstock for the colors. The letters were stamped using a retired SU set - Collage Alphabet, which I purchased from my stamping friend, Maggie  (aka Maggie's Cat House blog)

While I've not actually begun working in the journal, I can now that the categories and colors are in place. Each 2-page spread is interpretive. I can play however I want. 

I'm going to attempt to list the categories here - in no particular order just in case blogger throws me a curve in posting:

Circles, Finger Paint, Animals (wild), Tea & Coffee, Paper Dolls, Tags, Yarn & Fibers, Postage Stamps, Stars, Business Cards, Zippers/ Fastners, Textures/ Rubbings, Cowboys/ Western, Squares, Photos, Punches, Fabric, Washi Tape, Store Receipts, Faces, Triangles, Hardware/ Washers/ Gears, Glitter/ Sparkles, Colored Pencils, Buttons, Lace Doilies, Song Lyrics, Horse & Tack, Candy/ Food Wrappers, Quotes, Labels, Woven Paper, Markers, Rectangle, Leaves, Paper Scraps, Beads, Flowers, Crayons, Lists, Window Envelope, Security Envelopes, Dogs, Cats, Fruits, Vegetables, Birds, Books.

Then I added Holidays/ Seasons because I had pages left over in the signatures:
Snowflakes, Time, Valentine's Day, St. Patty's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Wedding

As well as things I love:
Planners, Baby, Teddy Bears, Negatives, Flags, Witches, Water, Football, Hearts

There are also 4 FREE pages to whatever I might find that would make a good category.

I'm enjoying playing again.

First off, I apologize for falling off the wagon on the 13 Days of Halloween. I just ran out of time. I had the projects but could not get them posted before I had to focus on packing and leaving for the conference. Then my BIL/SIL visited for a week. Rhonda and I spent the best part of two days in the studio. I managed ALL DAY on Thursday where I put together my October Daily album together from start to finish! Well, except for actual inclusions - but the base of the book is done. I'm still debating whether to use it for this year or put it away and I'll be ready to go next October. We shall see. I'll keep you posted.

Creative Blessings!