Saturday, 11 June 2016

My new bujo life!

I'm sure you've heard about Bullet Journaling...it's all the rage! (Just put bullet journaling into Google and there are 521K results - Bullet Journal: The Analog system for the digital age!

It seems that busy people are turning away from their smart phones and tablets, to organize their life on PAPER!!!

Well, when I heard about this I was frankly intrigued, because I'd never really got the hang of keeping all of my appointments on my iPhone. Some things got recorded there, others on the kitchen wall calendar, and the worst thing was the things that didn't make either of them and were floating around on pieces of paper or the backs of business cards!

Let's face it, I'm retired and lead a fairly normal (i.e. mundane) life :) so I don't have tons of appointments.

Last year I was particularly busy with personal appointments. I'd had dental surgery that went wrong, requiring emergency oral surgery, which then required many follow up appointments; then there was my cataract surgery....gosh I'm sounding like a bit of a crock eh??? Adding these appointments into the regular round of scheduled events, vet appointments, grooming (both myself and the dogs)...well, a couple of appointments got messed up - either the time or date got confused and I realized I needed to be more organized. Luckily, all that is behind me now and I've finally decided to incorporate creativity into my scheduling!

One of the great things about Bullet Journaling (or Bujo as the trendy types call it) is that it is totally customizable! You don't need to do it exactly like so and so says...you can develop your own style over time to suit your particular schedule and life style! It is a forgiving style of journaling, as usually you use a clean note book...a gridded dot book is the favourite choice of many!

A great example of this is a friend of mine who works, has a travelling hubby, has 3 kids, a home based business....whew, makes me tired just listing it all here! You can imaging the schedule in that house, and the appointments! But when summer rolls around, she winds everything right back and focusses on the family....so her needs change during the summer months and she can adjust her journal accordingly! 

So, when I realized that I could take this journal idea and personalize it for what I needed, that's when things started to click.

So I'm adapting this whole journal thing to not only organize, but record my life. I have a new motto....
Live Every Day...
as if it were your last!
(Not being maudlin here....but frankly, some days I forget to smell the roses. I might also not recognize that I live in a lovely garden. Gosh, the metaphors eh? So I've decided.....don't put things off, don't get caught up in things that don't concern you or that won't matter tomorrow, take time to enjoy every day and SPEND OUT!)
SPEND OUT!

What does Spend Out mean? It means to stop hoarding! To trust in abundance! Read this and maybe you will understand it like I finally do...yes the light bulb has come on!

I have a problem....a lot of us have this same problem! We acquire things that we love. We love them so much that we put them away "for good". What is this? Do we feel guilty about buying it in the first place and hide it away so we don't think about it??? Do we feel that we aren't worthy so we put it away for that perfect day....so that we can pull it out to use??? We are missing out on a lot of joy by waiting for that perfect day....think about it!

I am so like this with jewellery, yarn (yup I have that yarn that I just can't decide what to do with so it just sits on the shelf or in the bin and I go out and buy more) and stationery! Yes, stationery! 

The jewellery thing I got from my Mom who had jewellery that she never wore! It wasn't like she had a lot of jewellery....but the items she had she hardly ever wore! The yarn thing, well you are probably a knitter if you are reading this....and I bet you know exactly what I mean! You see a skein of yarn...it speaks to you. You have NO IDEA what you are going to do with it but you MUST HAVE IT! So you buy it and it comes home with you....to sit on a shelf because you have to find the perfect pattern because, well, you can't get any more of this yarn....so it must be the perfect design! Even worse is the yarn that you know is discontinued! Whoa, don't knit it up and enjoy it, you can't get any more! (I am determined to work through my stash yarn! Yes, I will still buy new yarn....but I need to shop my stash first!)

Now the Stationery thing I inherited from my Uncle Alex. He was quite the character. Infuriating at times...entertaining at times....and he loved stationery! When he died he was living in a retirement home. The bottom drawer of his tv stand was FULL of stationery! Pads of paper, pencils never sharpened, even some watercolour paints never opened! Yup, all that stuff came home with me! So I know that this aspect of my personality is definitely an inherited thing :)

OK, back to the journal... (so easily side tracked ha ha ha)

It is a bit paralyzing for someone like me to sit down with a pristine note book of any kind and actually put pen to paper. Once I was asked in a knitting class if a fellow knitter could have a piece of my paper. I look at my brand new note book and...gosh....NO! She wanted me to rip a page out of my new note book! Imagine! I take my paper products seriously!

First thing I've decided?

KISS! (Keep It Simple Silly!)


I need two journals.....yes I do! I don't like to carry a huge purse on a regular day.....just my wallet, keys, cell phone. Now that I have new transitional progressive glasses...they are the ONLY glasses I need, so that eliminates a lot of bulk in my hand bag! (See, the KISS theory has been applied even to my glasses!)

One of the 48 page Field Notes memo books will fit the bill perfectly!!! Quick and easy place to write down appointments, reminders, telephone numbers...anything that I come across while out and about that needs to be remembered....write it in the Field Notes Anne!!!!

Then there will be my "L&D Journal". You might think that stands for Lackie & Daisy Journal. Well I suppose it has to, but it is going to be the record of my life! (I am stealing this title from my Knit Friend Diana who I discovered has been doing this "Life and Death book" thing for years. She is a two bag person - one is her hand bag, the other much larger bag contains her current knit project and other stuff including her "Life and Death " journal. When you see Diana, she ALWAYS has two bags with her.)

So to start, my journal will be a daily written account of things I do...things I think about...things I want to remember! (I may transfer things from the Field Notes to this journal, maybe not!)

See? The KISS method has been applied to my BUJO!


Lots of BUJOs are very decorative.....colourful....works of art really! I'm starting with a hand written daily journal, using my Roterfaden journal cover (had this for years but never used it), a lined note book insert and a lovely new Lamy fountain pen that I just bought, brought home and filled up with Turquoise ink!!! That is a record for me.....buy, open, use! OMG it was so stressful LOL!!!

Once I've gotten over the whole "you might make a mess of a page" thing, I'll start making customized pages....like maybe a list of books that I want to read? movies that I want to watch? When it's read or watched, check it off? Simple!

From a knit point of view....maybe I need to record ideas....need to see if this can be recorded like this. Right now I use Pinterest to organize knit ideas....

I do know that I am going to start a separate note book in my Roterfaden to use as a knit project diary. I am so bad at keeping all of my knit records on post it notes and then they are out of order, or I can't remember what order they should be in, or I lose one...so I need to record my project progress in a journal that will be harder to lose! (hopefully). I'm thinking about how to do this and will do a blog post on how I set it up for my next knit project, ok?

That's the great thing about creating a "bullet journal" - you are in charge of each and every page. You can customize it to meet your needs....as detailed or as casual as you want! 

You are in Charge of your Journal!

Happy Knitting and Journaling :)

x Anne
(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet because it's rather hot out right now!)


Some Links to get Lost In!


Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter - which means Roterfaden pocket companion!

I got mine, as I said, years ago at Phidon Pens in Cambridge, Ontario! My Roterfaden was a special edition colour combination back in the day and I still love it!

Lamy Fountain Pens - a fountain pen makes you slow down and think about your writing! My recent purchase was a Lamy vista transparent pen! This is actually classed by Lamy as a "young writer" pen....I guess they mean it as an introduction to fountain pens? I also have a Lamy Safari green pen that just didn't look good with my Roterfaden, but I think this transparent one is perfect!Lamy pens also from Phidon (see link above).


Phidon Pens in Cambridge, Ontario! There are so many brands of fountain pens. A trip to Phidon reveals that there are fountain pen collectors...they carry multiple fountain pens in beautiful leather cases that slip into purses or breast coat pockets! Phidon has a huge selection of colourful Leuchtturm journals for those of you who like a bound journal!


ic! Berlin - very cool high tech screw less glasses frames! While they are known for their metal frames, mine are made with a hypoallergenic plastic acetate made with organic cotton fibres! Imagine!


Field Notes - another pit of stationery love to fall into!!! OMG a wooden box to store your old Field Notes book in! Check it out! Oh no - they have colourful small field notes! 


I got my Field Notes at my local Indigo book store!


Whew, I kept getting sucked out into the internet and had to fight my way back!!!  Don't get lost!   

                                      Anne


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Monday, 30 May 2016

Groovin' with Indigo...








Ta Da!

Pattern: Groovy (DK and Aran Weight) available on Ravelry

Yarn: Cashmere by Elisabeth Beverly, dyed with Indigo
(You can find Elisabeth next at the Design and Craft Fair at West Dean College
June 3-5 - info here)

Photos: Hubby!

The Hubby hates it when I won't look at the camera....so eventually
I can't help it, I look up and he keeps snapping away....

Even though it was a dull morning, the contrast between the white shirt
and the dark indigo yarn was hard to manage!


Straight off the needles, Groovy is all ripples of stocking and reverse stocking stitch....it's lovely and squishy like that and you could leave it as is!  I wanted to take advantage of the size of this shawl, so washed gently in Eucalan and lay flat to dry (no serious blocking). You can see the tiny swatch I knit up to test wash - no discernible indigo came out in the wash!


I used all but 14 grams of my 275 grams (900 metres) of yarn! This is a L O N G shawl! I thought this shawl would be asymmetrical, but it works up into a elongated triangular shape - I used 4mm needles and it measures 238cm from tip to tip, and 72cm width wise to the point!


My bracelet is a wire knit bracelet with pieces of Lapis Lazuli!
(Sorry, I can't recall where I bought the kit...it was long ago
....from somewhere in British Columbia I think? Ideas anyone?)

I  L O V E  BLUE!

What's happening here at Life LDC?

Well, Daisy had her follow up with Dr. A and she is doing well...no surgery will be required as her gland is healing and she has responded to the antibiotics well. She will have to go every month for a check and manual manipulation. You would never know it happened as she is her usual bossy self!

For a while, I have been doing the dog grooming, but I decided that Lackie and Daisy needed a professional Spring/Summer hair cut, so off they went and here they are! It is rather hard to tell them apart right now!!! Daisy is more serious (where is the food she us saying here) and Lackie, well Lackie is always grinning :)


With Summer comes knitting on the deck, reading on the deck, breakfast on the deck, dinner on the deck.....translation....living outside on the deck unless it is too hot, when it's back into the air conditioning to cool down. This morning I had my first tea and breakfast on the deck.....the summer goes by so fast so I intend to spend as much time outside as I possibly can. 
This morning I had my tea with a new podcast, Fruity Knitting. Have you heard of it? This is a husband/wife/daughter team....all knitters! I won't tell you any more as ALL is revealed in the podcasts....start at episode 1 and work your way through! There are 5 podcasts so far, the quality of the production and the content is thoroughly enjoyable! 

In the latest Fruity Knitting podcast, episode 5, I was introduced to Elizabeth McCarten, who lives in Kingston, Ontario! I have added her blog, Chez Lizzie, to my regular blog reading list! Check out her original designs. Beware, your queue may grow rather alarmingly! Check out all of her designs on her Ravelry shop Elizabeth McCarten.

Knitting - well, with my Monday Knit Night project, Groovy, finished, I need a new Monday night project. Fixing Hubby's one and only pair of hand knit socks recently, reminded us both of how lovely a hand knit socks are to wear....so from now on, Monday night knitting is SOCK KNITTING! 

Socks are perfect social knitting...just make sure you aren't at the heel...reserve turning the heel for quiet time at home ok?

My Bronte Cardigan in Rowan SoftYak is 75% complete. After all of that moss stitch, I have to tell you that the fronts are the fun bits! The lace insert is simple but adds so much to this classic moss stitch cardigan. I want this done, because I have another summer sweater to knit up before Rowan Magazine 60 comes out! Rowan has indicated that Magazine 60 will be delayed to August this year (rather than the usual July release). I'm happy, as this gives us time to complete those summer projects that are on the needles. Speaking of Magazine 60, have you seen the sneaky preview? 
Rowan has consolidated their range of yarns, and the these core yarns are featured in the magazine! There is a whole section of Felted Tweed designs. I love this idea as Felted Tweed is one of my favourite yarns.  Enjoy the sneak preview video below!


This is inspiration to get cracking with those summer knits!

OK, it's Monday night, I need to cast on some socks before the social tonight!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

x Anne

(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet....they like the Blue Suede Shoes toes!)