Category: Crafty

Filofax Planning

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a stationery geek. I love it, whether it’s a new pencil, notebook or my school planner, I am in heaven. As I was coloring in my timetable and updating my calendar with new school dates and events for the next academic year, I decided that I needed to pimp up my Filofax (similar one here) a bit. My Filofax is my life. It’s where I put all my jobs for school (and I always have lots!), as well as addresses and other bits of useful information so it’s important that it looks good and colourful.

My Pretty Week Filofax dividersFred and Bell planner stickersFilofax planning

It definitely needed new dividers, as the old ones were very, very dog eared. After a quick search on Etsy, I came across My Pretty Week, who have a massive range of dividers. I went for the geometric patterned ones, which are doubled sided. I am so impressed with the quality of the dividers. They’re stronger than the ones the Filofax came with, which is great, as I hope these last a long time because I love them! I’m really happy with them.

I also saw a tweet about Fred and Bell planner stickers and thought that they would be a great addition to my Filofax. I got a mixture of the everyday icon stickers and the flag stickers, which I’ll use for blog planning. I also use specific colour pens for certain things, green for holidays, red for school events and deadlines, and I highlight appointments to make them stand out. I use washi tapes in two different ways. I make tabs that stick out for appointments and I also fold it over the edge of the page for special occasions, holidays, that kind of thing.

In September, I’m going to be full time at school and the need to be organised, or at the very least, feel organised, and I’m hoping that my colorful and stylish Filofax will help with that!

Make the world a better place

Lovely readers, I have to admit that I’m not overly proud of humanity at the moment. Between how we treat others and how we treat the planet and animals, I am despairing. I don’t quite understand why some people feel the need to be so vile. Why can’t we all just be nice to each other, no matter what we believe or where we come from?

Well, the power to make the world a better place is in our hands. It’s during times like this where we need to take back control and be kinder to each other. Not sure where to start? Take a look below.

Chenderit Summer AssignmentA wonderful human being and teacher at my school put this together after his summer assignment last year went viral. You may remember it? Well, this year, he wants to open up the assignment to everyone. Because we could all do with the world being better. We deserve it and we owe it to the next generation.

Over the summer holidays, I’m going to have a go at some of these. I especially like the one about getting up early and watching the sunrise. I might combine that with walking further than I ever have before. I also like the idea of eating something I’ve grown myself and think that I could really do with spending the day being creative and making something new. How about you? What will you do to make the world a better place? I’d love to see what you get up to so make sure you share you adventures on social media and tag it with #chenderitsummerassignment2016 and #maketheworldabetterplace

#SavouringJanuary – An Instagram challenge

It’s been a while since I completed an Instagram challenge. I always seem to find out about them after they have started, by which point i feel it’s too late to join in. So when I spotted The Green Gables sharing an post on Instagram about #savouringjanuary Instagram Challenge, I really wanted to join in. January can be such a tricky month. Once you’ve got over the excitement of a new year, and all the changes that you’re planning to make for that ‘new you’, January can be quite bleak. It’s still dark most of the time, the weather is usually crap, everyone’s on a diet or doing Dry January and no one has any money. By looking for something positive every day was a really good idea. So much so that I kind of miss it. I am always on the look out for things to pap on my phone, but I liked having a daily focus. It made me think about my day in a different way. Here’s a collection of my favourites.

Savouring January 2016I realise that I post an obscene amount of Poppy/cake/river views! But that pretty much sums up most of my days, besides being at school. It was nice to be able to share some elements from my work life, such as the marking and planning and countless lists to remember everything that I have to do.

On my last post for #savouringjanuary, Gabrielle from The Green Gables left a comment, telling me about the weekly #savouringhappiness Instagram post. I’m really going to try and post something for that every week. I can’t promise that it won’t be cake or Poppy based! I will try to look out for some more variations! I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the little things that can make us happy on a day to day basis, especially when we’re struggling. This term has been incredibly busy and I am counting down the days until the half term break, just so I can catch up on my sleep and try to get ahead for the next term. As I’m feeling worn out, I need to keep my eyes peeled for anything that can brighten my day. Head over to my Instagram to see what I come up with.

The Great British Sewing Bee

I don’t know about you, but I have been well and truly transfixed by this year’s Great British Sewing Bee. The standard of sewing has been impeccably high, making my own sewing skills look non-existent! I have no idea who’s going to win, as they’ve all made some amazing things.

Great British Sewing Bee

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For me, the show highlights how difficult and time consuming it is to make clothes, the skill involved and the fact that clothes shouldn’t be cheap and disposable. The amount of time, care and attention that goes into everything they make is inspirational – it makes me want to be a better sewer, though I have a feeling I’m a lost cause! One of my favourite things they do is the alteration challenge. I would love to be able to buy some clothes from a charity shop and alter them to fit me properly or make something completely different. Who knows, I might just have to give my old sewing machine another try to see if we get on this time!