When you make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can take it away from you because no one gave it to you: you gave it to yourself.

A quote from April Green's - Bloom For Yourself Journal

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Joining in with WOYWW 569!

Hello desk sharers and readers alike. I hope you're all ok and managing during this time?

I confess it has been a little while since I shared my desk with you all. But today, I am back sharing with everyone over at Julia's - the Stamping Ground WOYWW569

This lockdown has seen me spending a lot of time either in my garden or yard enjoying the glorious weather or I have been pottering in my craft room. I've signed up to do a Criminal Psychology course - something I've wanted to do for ages and it's a course that builds on my previous studies.

I've also been colouring a lot. Anyone that knows me will know colouring is my thing. I am constantly wanting to learn and improve so I do the monthly classes from Kit and Clowder to help learn new techiques and brush up on what I already know.

Here's my rather busy desk -

 So you can see my basket full of journals and notebooks. It also holds my stamping platform. There's various bits and bobs. To the left there are a few things that have just arrived and I've not put them away. I just dumped them on top of everything else!

There's a Black and Decker laser line - I do a lot of free hand writing and I saw a lady use one of these laser lines on Instagram and thought that's a great idea so I ordered one. There are a couple of books with paper cutting templates and projects. I've not tried it so wanted to see and the plastic bag actually holds a starter kit for resin jewellery/projects. Again I've not tried it so thought I'd give it a go. I do have some clay to make embellishments so these molds would work with that as well.
This is my colouring side - there's my ongoing colouring project that I'm doing following the March Kit and Clowder class. My large collection on Copics. That tea tin is great for keeping my art extras - paper blending stumps, pencil extenders things like that. There's my address books and reading journal. Plus a notebook that I'm using to keep a diary during this Covid19 crisis. I'm recording facts and documenting what is happening with myself and Keagan.

My boys (Keagan, my son and Asher, my Jack Russell) have enjoyed playing in the garden together.

Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing your desks and catching up with you all.
Take care Zoe


Lunch Lady Jan said...

Zoe!! It's so great to see you on the desks again xxx. I'm so pleased to see that you've got lots of things to keep you occupied, the course sounds very interesting and I remember that you've studied similar in the past. But the thing that is absolute genius is the laser line to do your calligraphy on - brilliant idea! Pencil lines never quite rub out properly.
Hugs LLJ 11 xxx

glitterandglue said...

Hi Zoe. How lovely to see you on here today. It sounds like you are wonderfully busy. Your son is at home with you, and that's great. Enjoy the course - wow! I'm impressed!!!
Take care of yourselves. Stay safe. God bless.
Margaret #3

Sarah Brennan said...

welcome back Zoe. You certainly have a major collection of Copics. I have the full range of Derwent Inktense colours on their way so I am looking forward to having a play with them. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #2

Mariane said...

Thank you very much, Zoe, for commenting on my blog. It is so nice to see yours and give me thoughts on what to do with my mojo later (after the cleaning. Thank you so much for sharing and again thank you for your sweet comment.

Belinda said...

Hello Zoe! I too love coloring. I signed up a long time ago for a skin and hair with Kit and Clowder but didn't finish it. I think she is so talented. I would like to do her monthly but not sure I would stick with it. I started with Copics and took classes year ago to get my certification. For the last two years I have been playing around with different mediums (colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor paints). I am happy to meet a kindred spirit.
Stay well and pop on by when you have time!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Zoe, nice to see you back again. Pleased to see you keeping busy and I notice you have one of those little hanging bins on your desk. One of the ladies at the craft club had a spare one and let me have it, they're very useful. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, much appreciated. Take care and have a very happy woyww, Angela x15x

BJ said...

Lovely colouring, which I was as enthusiastic at colouring as you.
Thanks for the visit BJ#17

Diana Taylor said...

Hi Zoe, it's lovely to see you back on the desks. It looks like you have a lot going on - the Criminal Psychology course sounds fascinating and a natural step forward if you have already got a background of interest and other studies in it.
I love the Copics - how appealing they look in all their full glory like that, and the laser line marker sounds like a brilliant idea.
Have a good week and stay safe and well,
Diana x #21

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Hi Zoe, looks like you have lots of lovely things to keep you occupied and new things to start when the urge comes, there's always so much more to learn regarding colouring it's a beautiful & rewarding hobby.
Thanks for sharing WoywW & nice to meet you Tracey #14

Helen said...

Hi lovely lady, good to see you here again! Glad you've been keeping occupied and hope you enjoy the course. I almost wish I didn't have work to keep me so busy with the day job with all the things I could be doing, but it's probably as best I do! Take care and stay safe. Helen #4

StampinCarol said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you've been keeping well occupied! Criminal Psychology, wow! Hope it goes well for you!
Nice busy desk! Journals, coloring... fun stuff!
Thanks for popping by and have a great week!
Carol N #27

Bridget Larsen said...

Isnt it wonderful that we can all get out into the sunshine which is great for our bodies and enjoy what the universe has to offer. Wow Criminal Psychology - that is interesting, cant wait to hear how you go. You can have colouring, I cant colour to save my life unless I dont have to shade or shadow then I am god lol.

ooh can I get a closeup of that page with the squares you are colouring just by the scissors please, it looks scrumptious.

Stay Safe
Bridget # 5

Shoshi said...

Hi Zoe, welcome back! It's lovely to see you on here again. I do hope your health problems have been treating you kindly since we last had any news. Lovely that your son is with you. I seem to remember he was about to do something really exciting but I'm afraid I can't remember what it was! Your colouring is awesome and I love your rainbow of markers and the colour chart too. I had never heard of the Black and Decker laser line so I googled it and I've just spent about 20 minutes watching videos about them - what a clever little gadget! A great idea to use it for making calligraphy lines. That's what I call thinking outside the box.

Thank you for your visit - so glad you liked what I've been doing. As you can see, I am doing my own colouring these days. I am so glad I invested in the Tombow brush markers - they are water based and blend fantastically, especially if you gesso the surface first to make it less absorbent. I don't have any copics.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi x #10

sandra de said...

Welcome back Zoe. Lots of lovely goodies on your desk and it certainly seems that you are keeping incredibly busy. also lovely to see your boys out in the yard having some fun and exercise. Best of luck with your course always good to learn new and challenge ourselves. Stay safe/
Sandra de @6

Sue Jones said...

Wow there's lots to keep you going there! I have some of those resin moulds ( and a kit) i have still not opened it !! sorry I am a bit late visiting this week . Take care Soojay #24

Lindart said...

HI! Welcome back! The laser line intrigues me! Have you used it yet? I have a terrible time writing in a straight line! Your desk looks nice and busy! And your weather looks much nicer than ours! Thanks for your visit, stay busy, stay safe! Lindart #30

Neet said...

Lovely seeing you on here again - so Keagan is at home with you during lockdown, that must be nice for you.
Your desk certainly is busy but i have no idea what this B&D laser line is so am off to investigate on Google.
Stay safe
Hugs, Neet 8 xx

Lillianb said...

Sorry for the late visit had a migraine and it wiped me out,

lovely busy desk. I love colouring as well its very soothing. I find [ I make sure mostly ] that most of my cards have some sort of colouring on them

Take care and stay safe,

Lilian B # 9

Marit said...

You won't be bored during this lockdown, wowzah - that's a lot you can work on and it sounds like it is all fun and lovely to dive into! Sorry I'm late with my visit this week... it's already Saturday, wow! Enjoy your weekend! Hug from Holland, Marit #20

Kyla said...

Hi Zoe how great to see your desk again, the laser line sounds like a brilliant idea for the lettering, genius how modern technology can help with a traditional craft. The course sounds fascinating too.