April comes to a close…

April has been a mildly better month for us, as I am still recovering really well from my spinal surgery, and our son’s school year is getting near the end.  Also, our daughter has started talking a lot more, able to express what she wants so much easier.

I have also been developing some great friendships with other planner ladies.

Arlyne from Mettlehead Designer
Kitty from  Mermaid Kitty
Susan from Mermaid Soul Paper
Elizabeth from  Lizzie’s Planner Clips
Lisa from  LoveNotesWashi

As we get things back to normal, I have been getting back into the swing of things in my planners.  I really missed doing the decorative planning in my Erin Condren, but I also acquired a Mini Happy Planner a couple of months ago, and I am having a blast decorating that as well – because after all, my Erin Condren has been adopted by the whole family, so it is not quite ‘mine’ like it used to be!

This week, the Erin Condren kit that I used was from Ashley at A Melancholy Moose on Etsy.   She hand-draws the majority of her stickers (I say majority because I have yet to have the time to view every design she has listed, they’re all so cute I don’t want to just breeze past them!)!  I love all the stickers there and since we have been having a sort of marathon in our family dinner time, this kit was perfect for this week!

I love the quality of Ashley’s stickers as well, she’s done an amazing job with the drawings and the coloration, and even the cut lines are perfect!  Sizing fit perfectly and I was able to reposition one of the date covers when I placed it on a bit crooked!  I will definitely be a repeat customer!

My son had never seen Harry Potter before, and though I had tried to get him interested in the books when he was 7 years old, he was not really very interested yet.  Of course most parents would say that I had tried too soon, but he was always an exceptional reader, reading levels that were a year or two higher than his current one.

Now, he is totally interested in the entire series, and actually looks forward to each movie.  I told him that he can read all the books once we have finished the series, and he’s very excited to do so!  I’m a nerdy mom, I guess, since I am almost more excited than he is, about the prospect of him reading them all and being interested in this sort of literature!  Are there any other mothers out there who  have been excited to get their kids interested in their own nerdy fun?

As for my Mini Happy Planner, I chose a kit to represent how I’ve been feeling lately.  It is the Gypsy kit by Stephanie at the printables shop BeaYOUtiful Planning.  Now, I have to say that the photos do not do this kit justice.  The I printed the kit in a lighter color scheme, simply because I am getting low on ink and did not want to run out in the middle of it.  If I were to print it in a higher quality, this kit is so much more gorgeous than it shows in my photo!   I had so much fun actually using this kit while doing a live session in one of the FaceBook groups I frequent:  Late Night Crafters.   We talked about all sorts of things while I filmed the Plan With Me, and because of that and how beautiful the kit is, I will treasure this week moreso than I would having just dealt with my flaring chronic symptoms!

I tend to use my Mini for mostly my own purposes, not really sharing it with my family.  Because of this, I may not always share my spreads, due to the potentially personal nature of the stickers that might appear in there!  I should also add, the stickers I used to track how I was feeling and the small habits we have for the week, came from a few different shops:
Anxiety Aids
Bubba Bear Studios
Miscellany Boulevard

I have to thank those shops for continuously providing some of the best stickers I have ever used.  I love them on a weekly basis, and I will be a longtime customer!  Thank you ladies!

I also did the week for my journal, with May in mind, since we are almost there.  I am a bit sad that April is drawing to a close, simply because I love all the rain we get around this time, and I really hope that it continues into May, at least somewhat.  May should definitely be a beautiful month and that is what I plan on showing in my journal as our family prepares for summer!

Now, most of you might call what I do Bullet Journaling, but in reality it is not.  Bullet Journaling is more of a style of journaling in which you create lists, bullets… if you will (yes yes… there’s a reason for the name!).  What I do has much more of an artistic feel, and therefore is more of an art journal/planner.  I do tend to hashtag Bullet Journaling because there is not really a group that I have found with a certain name for what I do, at least yet, and if I never find one, I will be creating a name!  For now, my sexy little Leuchtturm1917 Official Bullet Journal will just be refered to as “my journal”.

I am working on uploading a Plan With Me video from my creation of this spread, and until then, feel free to ask me any questions about it!

Needless to say,

I am so happy to be back, and I hope that there are still some subscribers out there who are still interested to see what I have to say!

Let me know what YOUR favorite planner style is, and if you have a hard time choosing, as I do!

Until next time, Plan your Crafty Spirit!

Oh joy….

So things were going so well with me, we finally got the great house we’d been wanting for such a long time, our son is in a great school, we have great local friends, we seemed to be getting along with each other really well, I had been finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a
llowing me to finally get treatment that would help me to avoid pain and exhaustion that plagued my every day previously, I had spinal surgery that was reducing the insane amount of pain I had been living with…

Now, I am not going to say that my whole life fell apart, because that would be a total exxaggeration.  No, just several of the things mentioned above have hit big snags.  We’ve started fighting (though we are now working on things), our son has had many more issues with his ADHD, causing his school to not feel quite so hunky dory (though we will be seeing a psychiatrist next week), my exhaustion has been coming back because my brain fog has been messing with my ability to remember to take my medication, which leads to a messy house, which increases my anxiety (so I am going to set alarms again for my medication times!), our local friends seem to be getting quieter with us (though that could be partly due to my recovery from my surgery – maybe they’re just giving us space?), and bam! my blog dies.  ACK!

It had been so therapeutic so often for me to write things out in my blog, as opposed to just having to deal with them myself, or letting them stress me out in my daily life.  Now it is all gone!  I made a tiny little edit, which rendered the whole site dead, and unfortunately, I was unable to restore, because I could not even log in!!  My whole online writing presence just crashed and burned!

BUT!  There is a bright side to the blog situation too!  This has allowed me to start fresh and clear out all the negative energy that I may have had in the blog in the previous years.  It has also let me rebrand/redesign the logo and add in mailing lists.  I have been able to separate the blog into better categories:

Spirit:  All things relating to the human spirit, religion, new age goodies and so-called nonsense (by others, not by me!)

Planning:  All things relating to getting your life on track, and having fun doing it!

Crafting:  All things relating to making things with your talents, using multiple types of media and even some thrifty types of crafting!

HomeLife:  This will be all things relating to home life, products used, relationships, illnesses, all of that sort of thing!  I wanted to name it Home, but that’s what button you push to get to the main page of a site!  Meh!

So, pull up a chair, or a bean bag or a yoga mat, and let’s delve right into this new opportunity for me to share my thoughts and crafts!  I look forward to it, and I hope you do too!