Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tea Time Traveler's Notebook

I've been participating in One Book July this month. One Book July is the challenge to use only one book for planning and journaling, as well as one pen. It was created 3 years ago by Rhomany's Realm,  Carie Harling, & Miss Vicky Bee. Here's their Facebook Group, Coffee & Planner Addicts Club.

I decided to join, but I knew that my beloved Bible-dori was too small!  So I made a new traveler's notebook:

I designed this in Publisher and got the beautiful teapot and tea cup from The Graphics Fairy.  I printed it out and then took it to Office Max to colour copy onto Kraft-Tex.

I painted the inside covers to look tea stained, and I used Mum's favourite tea cup to make the tea rings. I used Garden Tea Party scrapbook paper to make the pockets on the front and back inside covers.

I kinda went a little crazy with the charms:

Then I modified them:

The tag of Mum we put on all the P.G. Tips tea packets for Mum's memorial.

Unfortunately, this was too small to hold all the inserts, so I made a second Tea Time Traveler's Notebook & made the spine twice as wide at 2 inches. I forgot to mention on the video that I made the spine using a piece of cardboard from a Borax box. :-)  And here it is:
Tea pot charm on left . The heart & paw charms are from Michael's,
and the fake British coin of Queen Elizabeth is from JoAnn's. 
 I have 8 inserts, along with a two-year calendar. The first is the Daily:

I plan each day, the night before, a day on a page. I do a mind map for the week on Sunday on an index card, and a month on a larger index card (not pictured):

The second is an Errands insert (not pictured) and the third is a Quotes insert:
This is the last week of June when I was going to use a brown Papermate Inkjoy as my one pen, but
switched to blue before I moved to a Coleto before I FINALLY settled on a black, Papermate Inkjoy. Whew!

Goals insert:


2-year calendar:
That's a black, Papermate Inkjoy pen that I got at the Dollar Tree.

Last insert, projects insert:

Back of notebook with pocket:

 Here are my journals:
From top to bottom:
Quotes, Gratitude, Dunhill-dori, Dog journal, Seminar notes journal, Reading journal, Morning
Pages, Projects notebook, and 2016 Labyrinth planner. Not pictured is my work planner.
The Morning Pages journal comes from The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

My regular journal, the Dunhill-dori:

Piccadilly notebooks from Barnes & Noble.

A New Purpose for My Bible-dori!  I was so inspired watching Ali Brown's video on her traveler's notebook wallet. So here it is:

The first thing is my Travelon Safe ID Credit Card Wallet. It prevents criminals from stealing your credit / debit card information, as well as driver's license, passport, security key information or hotel key information. 

Check registers and pocket space for receipts.
 Expense tracker:

Awesome leather wallet to house my other cards.

That's a Coleto pen, with different coloured cartridges.

And that's it!

HAPPY One Book July!  :-)

Here's my video show and tell:

SOME people will say it's too long and blathery. [smirk] I did do 3 other short videos for my "tight 5" that all ended up blurry, so in the end, I just posted this.  Also, watching this back, I'm astonished at how many times I say, "UM."  I don't do that with Magnolia May, go figure.  

4-leaf Clover Sheets

You know I have a knack for finding 4-leaf clovers. In a convo with John Morgan I remarked last summer, "I have not found any 4-leaf clovers in the last 6 weeks!"  He replied v. dryly, "You do realize that people go their whole lives not finding any 4-leaf clovers."  REALLY?

And so I created a digital download to sell in my Etsy Shop for people who want their own 4-leaf clovers. This is great for classroom teachers, mixed media artists, scrapbookers, journalers and jewelry artists.

A note about the "Labyrinth Gal" scrawled all over the images: that's to protect the images from being stolen and resold. Labyrinth Gal is not there in the download, just the 4-leaf clovers.  :-)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

One Engagement Ring, Disappointment Not Included

How's that for a 6-word story?  I've had on my endless To Do List to sell my engagement ring. I finally got it appraised and have listed it in my Etsy shop. I priced it a bit below its appraisal along with FREE SHIPPING so it will sell sooner rather than later; altho I know Christmas & Valentine's are the big engagement times. It really is a beautiful ring, but not being a jewelry person anyway, it's kinda wasted sitting in my brother's safe!  Originally I thought I'd turn it into a Claddagh ring. Meh. I'd rather remodel the bathroom. So that is what these funds are slated for.  :-)  Hopefully it will sell before Thanksgiving week, so I can do the remodel then. Fingers crossed!

Here are some some graphics I did:

I googled how to photograph jewelry. One photographer uses hot glue to keep rings sitting up, but I had glue dots. The first photo I took in front of a piece of scrapbook paper. I think that's my favourite. I love Paulo Coehlo and Rumi and those quotes. I saw the last quote on Pinterest and I thought it was sweet. So there it is! (Too many notes--name that movie). My ring for sale.  :-)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

All Things Tea-ish

I've been working on some traveler's notebooks. This is essentially a HINT as to the theme of my new traveler's notebook. It's SO AWESOME & I'll have a blogpost & video coming up. In the meantime . . . here are a few videos.

Doc Johnson even rapped about it ( a bit of language in this one--but rightfully so!):

Doc Johnson was also brilliant in Equality Street with Ricky Gervais.

OK, back in a coupla days . . . .  :-)

Monday, July 4, 2016

4th of July Retrospective

Every 3rd of July, Mum used to sing in the annual 4th of July concert. Even after she moved down here & wasn't singing anymore, we went back to meet Pioneer Sister & kids for the concert & fireworks. Saturday, for the first time since whenever, the celebration was on the 2nd. So Saturday, I drove Chiro-sis, Ro, & 2 nieces to meet with Pioneer Sister. I didn't take my camera, but I took a couple pix with my phone.

I tweeted this out because it is SO idiotic that someone thinks their dog would want to see fireworks:

4th of July is the time of year when dogs get scared & run away.

Enough of my judginess. Here's the sunset:

We were in a different area than usual; there was a new "kid-friendly" set up on the other side of the hill, with a bouncy house and deep-fried sugar. We didn't watch the concert but could hear it over the hill.

The fireworks were really spectacular as usual! And it was really great to spend time with my sisters & nephews & nieces. I thought I'd do a retrospective. This only goes to 2010. I do remember there were a couple concerts where Mum was traveling. And I guess I was lazy with blogging after that!  Anyway, here we go:

I'm at Mum's, so no photos til later this weekend. My back is much better, thank you--AND THANK YOU Dr. King. I asked him if he'd be in the office today and he said he was off, but that he'd be at the ice cream store across the street later today and to call him if I needed another treatment. How nice is that?!

Yesterday was Mum's annual 4th of July concert & picnic. We had a splendid time. The community band and the army band play, and Mum is the chorus. One year it was worth it just to hear Mum sing "ain't" when they did a medley of country songs. My sister came with her 3 kids and I finally gave her "5 Generations of Mothers & Daughters," the altered book I made for her. It was worth the wait. :-)

While I was there, I got a phone call from XM Radio Guy. A West Virginian accent on the other line was asking how I pronounce my name. I laughed. He said, "Really, I don't know who I'm talking to. I just found this cell phone in the parking lot." I howled. "You are too funny!" I was about to tell him to do his Mechanic Schtick when I realized it really wasn't XM Radio Guy. So I called his mother and she had gotten a similar phone call. I told her, "I thought it was a know, because it's your son." She laughed. She thought it was too when she got a similar phone call. 'member that Seinfeld episode about who was first on the speed dial? Anyway, when I spoke with her, he was on his way to get his phone.

Back to the picnic: I got to see my German teacher from when I was 16! So we had a nice chat. She was always so kind and I only had her for a year, but she was a wonderful teacher. At the time, I was a total Beatlemaniac so she lent me John Lennon's first book in German. Then she moved to a different school and I lost track of her. So here we are--I've saved the book for her all these years just in case. And the just-in-case showed up last night--how perfect would it have been if I just happened to have it? Yeah, well. We'll do lunch.

So we had a lovely picnic, and the kids all played, and the band played and then! Fireworks! My favourite! Last year, my nephew who was almost-five, shouted, "WOW! This is better than Christmas!" How sweet is that? Spoken like a visual kid! So it's the highlight of the evening, and everyone waits...and waits...and the band plays...and plays...and some old guy has pages of script he's reading from starting from excerpts of The Declaration of Independence working his way into the 21st century. Hehhhh....and it's dark already and still we wait...every year it's like this. And then! the fireworks start at 10 p.m. I LOVE fireworks. I forget until I remember my favourite sparkley ones--AWESOME. Of course, for a different angle of approach, you can read about fireworks here. Haha

This a.m. Mum made some AWESOME Gluten Free pancakes. The BEST, Jerry! And she pulled a card from her Grasshopper Quotes box & this is what I'll leave you with:

"The prescription for complaining is a dose of gratitude." ~The Grasshopper

2009 Happy 4th on the 3rd

Today is Mum's annual 4th of July picnic/concert. Every year it's held on the 3rd. I LOVE fireworks. Maybe it's a characteristic of being a visual person, but I have an excitement and wonder that is brand new, every time I watch them. I forget until I remember just how much I remember liking them. One of my favourite memories is with my nephew, who was 5 at the time. "WOOOOAH! AWESOME!!! This is better than Christmas!!!" SO. CUTE. I thought, "Another one of us. He gets it." So we'll go and spread out the blanket, and Mum will complain about the gnats, and we'll complain about the concert taking too long and how they should start the fireworks as soon as it turns dark instead of waiting until 10 p.m. And then! THEN! It doesn't matter because the fireworks start and it really IS better than Christmas. :-)

A Moment of Kind Attention

This is from Mum's Front Royal Oratorio 4th of July concert last week. A little girl was standing behind the conductor, conducting with a stick:

George Amos, the conductor, motioned for her to take over, and sat down:

I didn't get a photo of it, but he had 3 assistant conductors all at one time:

What kind of memory does this create for this little girl? See the faces on the singers? I asked Mum if George knew the little girl. No, she was just up there. What does kindness to a child cost?


2010: Annual 4th of July Concert

I'm meeting Pioneer Sister & kiddliewinks for the annual picnic/concert/fireworks. The Front Royal Oratorio Society sings patriotic songs, followed by the fireworks. Mum won't be singing this year because she's in Australia, but we will be there to represent. I told her we would field the "where-is-your-mother" questions. The video above was taken a couple years ago. That's my nephew saying, "AWESOME!"  I have another (longer) clip of him saying, "This is better than Christmas!" Spoken like a true Visual. He's a boy after my own heart. Happy 4th of July, everyone on this 3rd day of July.  :-)