WOYWW, Ribbon, Journal Circle Pocket, and Den Renovations

What do you do to treat yourself after a mammogram? I went to Joann’s fabric and bought 40% Christmas ribbon which I think has lot’s of creative potential for only $11 and change.

Enable Alert: 40% Christmas ribbon this week at Jo Ann’s Fabric.

That’s one of the piles that was on my desk this week that I’m sharing with you, and the work desk crew at The Stamping Ground this Wednesday.

The other projects were inspired by a video HERE by Sandy, Septeria18. Cute tiny circle shaped loaded pockets for junk journals. I made one with jewel tones and one in burnt orange, grey and olive green. These were really fun to make, and will be a sweet interactive journal stop page. I added tags, playing cards, book pictures, mini envelopes, quotes, postage, and mini cards to journal in.

The back of the circles

Renovation news: First phase of den complete: old ceiling removed and the rafters had to be moved to center in the room. Next all the duct work has to be reworked, electricity worked and a new ceiling constructed. That’s as far as were going to go with that room till after the holidays for sanity sake.

Before renovation with acoustical ceiling tiles and very poor lighting
The beams are not centered in the room and the spray insulation has to be scraped. Do you see that hole in the brick on the right side of the fireplace? That was the latest and greatest invention in the 60’s to have an indoor grill?! No it was never used as far as I can tell! We hid it behind a corner cabinet for the last 17 years.
Here you can see the ceiling has been centered now. One of the things we are going to do is brick all the way to the top and white wash the brick.

I caught my project manager sleeping on the job ~ good help is hard to come by.

It’s a good thing he’s so handsome. Blessings on your week!

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31 thoughts on “WOYWW, Ribbon, Journal Circle Pocket, and Den Renovations

  1. Love those circles! and yep ribbon sounds like a lovely treat after having your boobs squished terribly! I read some study or another that when women are allowed to control the level of pressure themselves they more often than not use enough to get a great image, plus they feel more in control then when it is done TO them. Anyway, the reno is still coming along and I am keen to see the big reveal at the end! Not as much as you, I’m sure….

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (7)

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  2. Those round pockets are gorgeous, love them Well done on getting good bargains and treating yourself, that’s good. The renovations are coming along very well,, lots of hard work there! Have a good week, stay safe!


  3. Love those loaded pockets and tags, they are beautiful and so interesting to look at! Wow, you have a big project going on in that room, it’ll be wonderful when its done though, so much lighter.
    Hugs LLJ 11 xxx

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  4. Hi Karen, lovely job on those pockets, what a fab idea. Nice to see hoe your renovations are coming along, a lot of work, but will be well worth it in the end. Stay safe, have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #3 X


  5. Hi Karen. Oh my – your home will be so beautiful when finished – but what a lot of work. Bet you will be glad when you are done. A little shocked at the project manager’s sleepy pose – as you say…/ a good worker is hard to come by. Those little pockets are great – they will fit into a journal so well, and just be a bit different. Well done.
    take care. God bless.
    Margaret #2

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  6. I’ve never heard of circle pockets, but what a great idea! Ideal for ATC coins! They look wonderful with all all those vintage elements! Your den renovation looks like a big job and looks like your project manager is skiving LOL! What a cute kitty though! Look at his face! Cats are so funny! Thanks for you visit earlier! Have a lovely week! zsuzsa #9

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  7. great pockets project! love your kitty-and your den renovation will be awesome when finished-I have heard of brick ovens or pizza ovens next to the fireplace in the home but not a grill like that-kinda strange haha. can’t wait to see the finish-will be stunning-Happy Wednesday Kathy

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  8. Adore your circle pockets, will have to try those. Ribbons are super too. But was totally taken in by your renovations and the ceiling centering! Good job.

    I did buy a lot of jigsaws from charity shops but yes a lot have pieces missing, it was a theme of one of my posts a while back, as in what to do with them when you find this fact out, I mean you can’t really donate them again can you, well I can’t.

    All the best for your dental bill
    Thanks for the visit BJ#10

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  9. Your art is beyond cute. It’s super cute! And well done with the post-mammo shop! Cute ribbon. I hope it comes out well.

    Boy, your den looks terrific. I am amazed at the amount of home reno you have done. It is just beautiful.

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  10. What a great idea to make the pockets circular and load them with tags like that. Great bargain at Joannes with the ribbon and I can well imagine my doing something like that back in the day – treating myself. I used to do just that when I went to the dentist.
    Well, that is one heck of a room – it’s massive and how lovely it will be when its finished. But what a lot of work. Good idea to finish it after the holiday.
    Hugs, Neet 13 xx

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  11. I am so enjoying seeing your renovations, Karen! Here in the UK we have several TV series about house renovations and I watch them all avidly – I love that sort of thing! In my parents’ old house (a 300-yr old cottage), they had a large inglenook fireplace, and to one side was a recess. It was the bread oven! A lot of old houses have them. My hubby’s family lived in an ancient house with a vast fireplace and hidden behind that was a priest hole – they used to hide the Catholic priests in them during Tudor times when they were often burnt at the stake. I don’t think a priest would probably fit in your indoor grill, though!! He might get burnt if he did!

    I love the idea of treating yourself to some new fun stash after your mammogram. Any excuse for buying new stash is OK in my book! I love your new ribbons – so pretty!

    Thank you for your lovely comment – so funny that we both posted pics this week of our kitties on their backs! At least Mojo has a job, even if he’s lying down on it. My hubby says Lily’s job is “guarding the bed” but I remind him that soldiers who go to sleep while on guard duty get shot. As far as I am concerned, Ruby’s only job is to be cute and to be my baby lol! They do come fairly high on the cuteness overload score, don’t they. I’m so glad you enjoy seeing them! For me, kitty sharing on WOYWW is as important as desk sharing.

    Thank you for all your good wishes and blessings! I hope you have a wonderful week too. Keep the renovation pictures coming – I am loving them!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi x #14

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  12. Lovethose circle tag pockets, they are really cute! Renovations seem to be coming along well – despite the sleepy project manager! I’m sure it will look great when done. We have a hole in the wall – I’m considering a cupboard ………Have a good week, stay safe, stay well, Cindy #19

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  13. I love the look of those little pockets full of such interesting things inside!
    I love watching renovations and will be keen to see how things progress!
    We will be having a new kitchen and new flooring very soon and I’m really not looking forward to all the upheaval that will cause!
    Take care and stay safe
    Chrissie #21

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  14. Oh boy, you really did mean renovations. I recommend you find some very important away from the house jobs on the day of the scraping of the insulation. Yuck and oh man! It’s a lovely big room and I love the idea of the whitewashed brick.
    The circle pockets are great, I love that they’ll make a good ‘stop’ point in your journal, what a nice way to put it. I really think we need to go from calling them junk journals to treasure books…I never look at one that I don’t covet!

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  15. Those tags are great!! I love the idea (boy, I am so not creative and learn so much here!).
    You project manager looks like “Uh-oh, she caught me” – very, very cute! Sleeping whilst there is really so much to do! Can´t wait to see the finished project!

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  16. Love your circle pocket, I have seen tiny ones before, but that looks quite big. I guess you can make them any size to fit your journal. Tenno will look great when finished, but some that’d when they are in progress, I have never heard of an indoor grill in the wall. Was it like an indoor barbecue? Have a great week Angela #26

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      1. What I thought I wrote was “Renovations will look great when finished, but sometimes can be a problem in progress” At least that’s what I might possibly have said 🙂


  17. Love the circle pockets, there’s something I’ve never made, circles for pockets. watch this space…(or my space!) love the pussy furball, there sould be a show us your…. maybe not! Love the den too, very jealous!
    Happy WOYWW
    Lyn #8

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  18. Oh WOW – busy! I don’t blame you for leaving it now until after the holidays are done! It’s going to look fab. I’d fire that project manager though…

    I like the circles idea, very cool. Also somewhat apt, given their shape and you having had a Mammogram this week…. hehehehehe

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  19. BLESSINGS and good vibes for your mammo results. Happy for you to get the renovations going. Wish we could find a good contractor and then we could start ours. LOVE those junk journal pockets, you do those so well! Good week wishes for you too, xoxo

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  20. Wow what a big project but i’m Sure it’ll be awesome once it’s complete. I love the circle pockets. So fabulous full of great items. I love the black/white photos. Too cool..Sorry for the late visit. Dorlene #31

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