Friday, April 8

Travel Planner Revelation part #3

Well not exactly a revelation, but little me was quite excited by this discovery.  I'd been looking at full size travellers notebooks, the long thin sort, and thinking about how I might set one up.  I like the look of the new version from Websters Pages with pockets and slots in it, but they aren't available yet and I was growing impatient!

A quick search on the Internet showed up lots of possibilities and then started showing results for travel wallets, the sort of thing you carry you documents and tickets in, well I have one of those.

It's a very old one from Quicksilver and Travelers Times had the inserts to fit, including a vertical planner, be still me heart.

So now I have a big wallet of travel goodness to play with on my next long trip (which sadly may not be until later in the year.)  I've put some washi tape onto little thread holders, added some clips and slotted in my minimalist note book plus the April sticker kit from Sea Salt and Paper.

I've covered the planner with some Amy Tangerine paper and used the bear sticker to co-ordinate with the Paperchase mini book.  I did buy a plain book in the tall thin size which I can swap out if the mini book is full by the time I need to use it.

There's room for plenty more and all contained nicely in a zip up wallet. Along with this I will take a big bag of goodies.  My supplies are currently in a Victoria Green bag I found at Debenhams similar to this one, but I may look for something that opens out a little more.  Included in it will be pens, sketch pencils, watercolours, a small water colour paper pad and mini ideas book, as well as extra washi and stickers I'm sure.
 

There you have my travel planners all set up.  You can find part#1 the minimalist here and part #2 with weekend version here.

Kate

Wednesday, April 6

Travel Planner set-up part #2

Carrying on with the set-up of my travel planners - see part #1 here for my minimalist set-up.


Planner #2 is for short breaks where weight of kit is less of an issue, but you still don't want to be taking the kitchen sink with you.

I ordered some inserts from Travelers Times on Etsy to fit inside my passport sized Lyra and Co fabric cover. 

I've been decorating them with old scrapbook papers and new stickers from the Sea Salt and Paper April kit.

The text has been stamped using Wendy Vecchi Archival inks and old stamps mainly from Pink Paislee.

A planner combined with a notebook allows me to make a few notes related to each day and then expand on anything when and where I have time in the blank page book.

I would take a small pencil case with this containing washi, stickers, twine and pens, whatever I have room for.

I've started setting up inside the planner for my 1st weekend trip in May.  The cute little hedgehog clip was also from Travelers Times.

Of all my travel planner set-ups this is the one that I'm going to be heading out of the door with 1st.  I'll take some pictures to show what I took with it, although it will still be quite minimal as I will be camping!

Kate

Tuesday, April 5

Travel Planner Set-up Part #1

A dreadful cough has put all thoughts of tidying on the back burner.  The minute a speck of dust heads my way I cough uncontrollably and gasp for breath.  Isn't it always the way when you are in the middle of something?

In the meantime, a video from Mrs Brimbles this morning reminded me I was going to blog about my travel planner set-up for 2016, so here I am.

In previous years I have taken a small (A6 or A5) notebook with me each time I went away for notes and sketches.   This meant quite a build up of little notebooks, many of which were only half full.  Fast forward to 2016 and I already have 7 trips booked in and I'm hoping there will be more.  It made sense to plan some sort of perpetual notebook, but life's not that simple.

My trips are quite varied so I am trying 3 set-ups:

  1. Minimalist
  2. Weekend away
  3. Longer trips (with room for a bigger kit)
Today I'm looking at #1, my minimalist set-up.



This is for when every bit of space and weight counts.  It isn't my ideal set-up, but it's better than nothing.

The Paperchase notebook has some washi taped inside wrapped around pieces of card.  I always stick any tickets, leaflets or receipts in with washi, it's prettier and less messy than glue.

I have a small Zebra Pen and propelling pencil, a sharpie ( I love orange) and my trusty book light.

This may end up being may favourite kit, I will be seeing how I get on with each one.  Kits #2 and #3 to follow, just waiting for some stickers I ordered to finish setting them up.

Kate

Monday, April 4

Bedroom Revamp Update

It's a dull start this Monday morning after the last week's beautiful weather.  Sunday has been and gone and with it my deadline to complete the bedroom revamp.  Needless to say to I haven't finished it.

I did manage to get my bed moved into its new position yesterday and then had a dreadful night, hopefully this is a one-off or I will need a major rethink!

Lots of larger items that I was donating were also picked up yesterday - underbed storage drawers, a huge rolling holdall and the Personal Impressions rolling tote which has found a new home holding my brother-in-law's fishing supplies.

My shopping order has just been delivered for the week so I really have no excuse not to get back there and get on with it, sigh.

Kate 

Friday, April 1

Gluten Free Mini Donuts

I found these on my latest visit to our out of town Tesco and thought I'd give them a try.
  (pic from Twitter, forgot to get one of the box)

They can be found in the freezer aisle and I like the way they are easily packaged to allow 2 or 3 to be taken out and defrosted at a time.  It's 30 minutes until they are ready, short enough to just take one out when you fancy.

There's no mistaking that they are gluten free, they have the usually slightly gritty texture found in lots of gluten free bakes and are quite dry.  They have a nice dusting of icing sugar/glucose powder on top which adds to the flavour.  The family felt they needed a bit extra though.

We do have sweet tooths and as they are just teeny, tiny treat size a teaspoon of strawberry jam seemed in order.

I will definitely pick up another pack next time I see them and keep them in the freezer ready for when the house is devoid of gluten free goodies.

Kate

Photo Catalogue and a quiet day

As one of the boys was ill yesterday I had a rest from the full on decluttering.  The weather was gorgeous but, as we were unable to go out, Branston Pickle and I spent our time relaxing in the sunny garden whilst the Small n Grubby one slept. (I need to update photos of these guys, they have grown so, so much.)



I catalogued some photo disks I had found, so a small bit of tidying did take place.

Later in the evening I started to tackle my jewelry supplies and I've continued with that this morning.  I'm not sure what shape my jewelry making will take, which makes it hard to decide what to keep.  I have reduced things from 4 large boxes to 2, which I hope will eventually become just one box once I have discovered my new niche.  The huge Personal Impressions rolling bag full of jewelry class supplies has been reduced to a holdall, another win! 

A sunny picture to end.
A bunch of daffodils have been on my windowsill since Easter and are still looking lovely. The centres are an amazing peach colour that I just had to capture on film.

Kate

Wednesday, March 30

Decluttering Panic!!!

My bedroom floor is completely covered in bags, boxes and piles of junk, but I keep coming back to the fact that this is mainly things I want to keep. So, I decided my next move should be to turn out the wardrobe and other storage areas to see what space I could free up. As the piles of stuff started to hit the bed, that's when the panic set in.

I don't know how I will fit it all back in, or how it all ever fitted in the first place.  My only solution is to keep getting rid of more stuff, but the more I seem to lose the more the piles seem to grow.  I have this massive urge to just ram it all back in the wardrobe and forget I ever started it.

Please tell me this is just part of the process you have to go through or I am in danger of losing my nerve.

 Kate