I am determined to make it to the Wednesday blogfest this week, having missed a couple this month, so I am writing this late on Tuesday evening. If you visit Julia at her Stamping Ground, you will see what this is all about.
I was out at a choir practice all morning but this afternoon I actually sat at my desk and did something constructive. So here is my desk in full swing. The little green and blue note book has small daubs of each of my ink-pads, and it is very useful when I am choosing the best colour to use for a project. There is one completed card on my mini-easel, and some printed digistamps. One is for a repeat of the finished card, and one for a Christmas card ready for Rudolph Day next Monday. My cuttlebug is out to make the lace for the bottom of the cards, and the large plastic shoe-box on the left is full of sticky ribbon, printed borders, paper lace, etc.
To the right of this is the latest in my continuous supple of cups of tea, essential for a good crafting session. The folder is how I store all my stamps. I took any that were wood mounted, off their wooden blocks, and put them on Ezmount, and now I mainly buy clear stamps, or unmounted rubber ones. I laminate A4 sheets of paper to put them on, with a stamped example and record of the company on the back, and store them in plastic slips. This folder is all word stamps, but I have sixteen folders altogether, each one with a different theme - florals, flourishes, butterflies and bugs etc. It's a system that works for me, and it is easier to store the folders than all the wood stamps that I used to have.
As you can see in the top photo, Arwen is in her usual place, but today I have another little friend in with me.
The two pups I have been fostering, went back to the vet yesterday, to get them ready for sending to Holland. (I have no idea why, but Holland finds homes for a lot of our abandoned puppies). So I took them back, but while there, I saw this little fellow and it was 'Love at first sight'. He is around three months old and of unknown heritage, but he was also dumped, in someone's garden, when he was very small. He has been fostered but I brought him home for a few days trial, and if he fits in with the family, we will give him a permanent home.
So, introducing Kim. Chris chose his name because when he was a boy he had a big German Shepherd dog called Kim. I don't think this one will grow that big, but he has fairly big paws, so we will have to wait and see. He is fluffy and his fur is as soft as silk. Apart from cutting his teeth on anything and everything, including his favourite - my toes!, he is very good. Our big girls are not impressed, but they are tolerating him, and allowing him closer than they did the two tiny ones. Arwen definitely isn't keen to share her room, but she is not getting the choice. Kim is not house-trained yet, so I am keeping him close by me. But he is very beautiful. Don't you agree?
And finally, here is a close up of the card I made. the second one is almost finished. It is the same but I reversed most of the colours - lilac base card and yellow flowers.
Do visit our hostess Julia and join in the fun. See what everyone else is getting creative with this week, and I will try to do the same.