Let’s Dust This Blog Off…

The last time I posted here was in April showing how I used a discbound notebook with the Bullet Journal system. Since then I’ve gone back to using the planners by Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI)—The Happy Planner—because I missed doing all the decorating that comes with it. There was also the fact that it was difficult to gauge how much space was going to be used and needed for each week and therefore future planning pertaining to my work schedule (despite the fact that Ryder addresses that issue). The Future and Monthly Log simply wasn’t working for my needs and as a retail worker, it’s very important to be able to refer to my schedule for the next week. That said, I still highly recommend the system to people looking for ways to be productive.

2017, so far, has been a somewhat surprisingly busy year for me. March saw me attending the Spring Scrap Camp even though I wasn’t scrapbooking, but yarnbending—and I was not the only one not scrapbooking this time!—and this year also marked a significant life event. Not for me, but my cousin! Sometime last year (I think?) he announced his engagement to his girlfriend so my mom and I spent one weekend this past May attending his fiancee’s bridal shower and then the end of July we attended their wedding. I am so very happy for him and his wife and wish them all the best ♥!

So what have I been doing in the reading and crafting department? Admittedly, my progress has been slow to non-existent on the projects I want to complete, but I have been picking at them. In the yarnbending department, I’m working on four projects—two shawls and two blankets—and they’re all at varying stages that I’ll post about in the near future. As for my reading endeavors, I have not been as successful at completing books this year as I’d like to be. I’ve been participating in a traveling book project with marginal success, but I’m hoping to get Outlander read this month and reviewed. Yes, you read correctly—reviewed. It’s my intention to make more of an effort to get books read and completed more often so that I can review them.

Other plans I have in mind for the blog are planning related. I don’t think I’ll be doing any tips or tricks because there are plenty of awesome planner babes that do a far better job than me. On the planning front, I intend to use my Instagram as a springboard for more detailed posts here. That being said…

What kind of content related to books, crocheting, and planning would you like to see here? Please comment below with ideas and requests and I’ll see if I’ll be able to implement it on the blog :).

Photo by Austin Ban on Unsplash.

How I Bullet Journal

I start this post on a dreary Wednesday morning after a long, impromptu hiatus. What better time to journal than when the the weather is this yucky? Now, that’s what! Granted, I had started this post a little while back, but as Life so often does, it got in the way. I hope this past weekend treated everyone well and that you’re ready to read my little tidbit of info in the Bullet Journal corner of the Intertubes!

How It All Started

I began using the Bullet Journal system back in August of 2016 after using spending the summer using The Happy Planner (HP) by Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI). I love MAMBIs discbound planner system. The discs make it super easy to remove pages and decorate, write, plan, etc., and add the page back into the planner. The problem I ran into was that there wasn’t enough space in both the vertical layouts (Classic and later Big) and the horizontal layout of the Mini when it came it out (which is so adorable and handy, y’all!). Pinterest came to my rescue! (Seriously, what would us Crafters do without Pinterest?)

When I had been looking into the HP, I vaguely recalled having seen some info on this other system called the Bullet Journal. But, as I’m sure many others before have done, I got hung up on the word “journal” and passed it by because “planner” hadn’t been in the title. After some research, I regret not having taken the time in the first place to look into it when I began my Path to Planning Peace.

The Bullet Journal (Bujo) system is simplistic in its idea. Ryder Carroll, the creator of the system, designed it to be whatever you needed and to be forgiving if you didn’t get to something, such as a task for example, that day. The even better part? You don’t need to go out and buy a fancy, pre-printed planner; You can simply use any notebook of your choice and any pen (or pencil!) of your choice.

Yes, you read it correctly. Any notebook. Any pen. Boom. You already got the supplies you need to use the system. Now, the more gung-ho users of the system will get really fancy with brush pens, draw, add stickers (or use stamps), and use washi (crafting) tape. Don’t let those things deter you from using the system because you don’t need them if you just need a single place to keep track of all the things you need to keep track of. Some people don’t need the extras to be productive, some people need to use the extras to do the same thing. As the saying goes, “You do you.”

The Notebook Cover

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Trying New Things

I’m really excited for October and not just because of Halloween. I recently came across a lovely post (either in one of the Bullet Journal groups I’m in on Facebook or just browsing Instagram) for writing down thoughts for a Book of the Month (BOM) the individual was reading. It’s a pretty great idea so I’m going to give it a shot for the last three months of 2016 and see how it goes! Hopefully, it’ll let me get my points across better for any potential reviews I do, fingers crossed.

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Another feature I’m giving a try in my journal is a time tracker inspired by Boho Berry. I think it might be nice–and a good idea–to see what I’m doing time-wise and how I can plan hobbies and fun time around appointments and work. The time tracker will probably need some tweaking to see what works and what doesn’t, but that’s the beauty of the Bujo system! You use what works and get rid of what doesn’t! :D

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The cute little bat featured on my goals page is part of an illustration set made by Hanna Stüker on Creative Market.

Pink Carnations, Jack the Ripper, & Robin Hood, Oh My!

I’ve been reading a book on-and-off by Lauren Willig called The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. The book was pitched to me a while back when Waldenbooks and Borders was still around as a historical fiction novel. That’s true, to some extent, but the true focus is on the romance between the two leads, which is why I’m semi-dragging my feet in completing the novel. I don’t mind romance in my books, but when you’re lead to believe one thing and you get another… So, I’m only really picking the book up and progressing with it when I need something on the lighthearted side.

Instead, I recently purchased a couple YA novels titled Stalking Jack the Ripper and Shadow of the Wolf. The contents of the former is rather obvious, but I found the twist rather intriguing to pick it up: Supposedly, the main character falls in love with Jack? WHO KNOWS! The premise is kind of vague on that, but the back of the hardcover hints at it? I’ll see once I crack open the book and start reading. However, the book I’m more excited about is the latter because I’m a sucker for Robin Hood adaptations and that’s what Shadow of the Wolf is. Plus, it’s the first in a trilogy and it sounds ominous which is perfect for October, so bonus!

What books do you plan on reading in October?

Bookish Thoughts & Other Stuff

24612163I recently started reading The Girl on the Train. At this point, I’m about 44 – 45 pages in and I’m on the fence on whether or not to continue. The book is interesting, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not compelling me to consistently turn the page, so to speak. If I have to be honest, the trailer for the movie grabs my attention much better than the book is, so I wonder if it’s just me or if the book just has a slow start? Again, I suppose I’m still too early in the book to make such an assessment, so I’ll try and get into at least triple digit page numbers before I make a decision.

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How to Hang a Witch

Written by Adriana Mather, a 12th generation descendant of Cotton Mather, How to Hang a Witch introduces us to Samantha Mather, a fictional descendant of Cotton. Samantha and her stepmother, Vivian, have recently moved to Salem after her father mysteriously slips into a coma. Upon her arrival and attendance to the local high school, Samantha quickly realizes that the Mather name doesn’t inspire much toward positive interactions for her. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as Samantha is bullied by a group of students dubbed The Descendants. You won’t need to be a genius as to why this group of students are named such.

Bullying is one of two prominent themes throughout the book. It irked me quite a lot that the Descendants were incredibly quick to judge Samantha based solely on the fact that she was a descendant of Cotton instead of getting to know the girl first. Her neighbors son, Jaxon, is the only student that, from the beginning, is actually nice to her. However, the Descendants treatment of Samantha only continues to feed into the second theme of the book: History repeating itself.

As the book continues, Samantha is frequently accused of being the cause of various incidents not only in school, but around town all involving various family members of the Descendants. Once a ghost by the name of Elijah makes his presence known to Samantha, the two quickly discover the correlating events of present day Salem with that of it’s past as the hysteria surrounding Samantha’s presence continues to escalate. A large chunk of the novel is Samantha and Elijah trying to solve this “curse” while she also tries to mend some bridges in order to get some help from some of the Descendants.

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Fall Colors

Yep. Fall colors. About a week or so ago, I had posted to Instagram and joked, “Only I would start a fall colors blanket on the first day of spring.” No lie, that’s exactly what I did after I gave up on the other ripple blanket I attempted to start three separate times with zero success.

This time around, however, I’m happy to report that this go around has proven to be much more successful than the last. I am almost 16 rows into the project and i haven’t had to start over once so that, to me, is significant progress! Due to that, I am very excited about this blanket and I can’t wait to finish it ♥.