Friday, May 22, 2015

cocoa daisy: may planner pages

i'm a little late posting my planner pages this month, but i think that's a good thing as i've had so many planner breakthroughs in the last week or so.  i'm starting to really get this thing figured out.

i'm getting addicted to the add-on kit, so i was stoked when christine announced a subscription for that one.  i mean, it was totally stressful wondering if there were going to be any left of the june kit with kp's post it notes in them.  i am proud to report that mine arrived earlier this week.  whew!

i finally switched out my beloved february charm.  may's nerd planner bunny was just too cute and totally won me over.  his name is simon.  isn't he adorable?

now here are a couple of new discoveries.  i used to just cover up this simple calendar, because i didn't really think i had a use for it.  well, i had a "duh" moment.  i've started using it to track my miles each week.  every week i try to get in 26 miles (a marathon!), and this is the perfect place to write down my mileage each day.  then i give myself a star on the week number if i hit my goal.  such motivation!

i have also realized that the place where i stick all my sticky notes is called a "dashboard."  see!  i'm learning.  :)

still loving the free downloadable calendar each month.

here's another new thing.  i've finally started decorating full throttle.  yep.  on the left is random ephemera from the month that i've been sticking in there.  i used to let this stuff pile up on my desk, thinking i'd put it in my project life album.  great idea, but i never remembered.  instead, it would mostly pile up and then get thrown away.  i like this much better.

on the right is where i've been putting my important events for the week as a reminder to myself and then decorating it a little with stamps.  i had the revelation this month that it would also be a fun place to write little notes about my day.  i think with this new plan, however, i need to start writing my weekly events in a fun ink color, so they'll stand out from my journaling. 

i am not at all happy with my stamping on this page though.  i'm a horrible stamper to begin with and then i used grey ink which wasn't dark enough.  i went back and tried to stamp a couple again with black, but that just made them look fuzzy.  now i've decided it would look cute to restamp the tag and bunny on white paper and then cut them out and glue them in.  i think i'll even color the bunny then a la sam ho.

then this is pretty much the most fun i've had in a while.  i just randomly started playing with florence antonette's #creativemidorichallenge and had a blast.  i've looked at a few list making/journaling type challenges before, but i really am loving this one.  it's the perfect mix of thoughtful with fun and fluffy.  i just get bogged down mentally when they're all requiring me to think.  it's too much work after working all day, lol.  these two pages hold prompts 1-9.  i did 10-18 yesterday and have started another set today.  i'll share those soon!

here's a closer look at the "p is for . . . " prompt.  i found wordfetti that started with p and then was inspired to do a little extra journaling that i tucked in the glassine envelope for privacy (p is for privacy!  ha!).

here's another week at a glance page that i have started.  i am totally loving the bee stamp set from cocoa daisy this month (i also used it on a set of cards).

and i finally used up all my washi and needed to replenish in summer colors.  having this page to pull from has come in handy so often.

how about you?  are you a planner girl (yet)?  :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

a sunday morning walk in black and white

these are a few of my wildflower photos from sunday converted to black and white.  i think i will never grow tired of thistle and queen anne's lace now.  good thing it blooms all summer long.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

a sunday morning walk

i love where i live.  the views are stunning, if you take the time to look.  spring has dressed the fields in their finest.  the weather has been very complimentary of late, as well, with warm sunshine and cool breezes.  it's a place where, if you're listening, you can hear the birds singing and the wind blowing through the trees.  sunday morning i took a walk about a mile to and from my house and photographed the sights to share with you here.  i think next sunday i'll go in the opposite direction and see what i find.  :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

you dropped a bomb on me

i just dropped a bomb on my gmail inbox.  it's all gone.  i feel so liberated.

now if summer vacation would just go ahead and get here . . .

Sunday, May 17, 2015

hdygg: on its own

well, i have figured out why may is such a blogging slump for me.  it is the first month that is warm enough for me and so i want to be outside all the time.  it is also the last month of school which means i still have to work most of the daylight hours.  i need may off from work, so i can take care of my gardening!  seriously!  i'm so behind on everything.  at least some things know how to take care of themselves.  this is the third quart of strawberries that i've picked off my little 4x4 foot plot, and the only work on my part has been picking them.

so, not much time to blog, but here are a few quick snaps with my iphone of my gardening efforts or lack thereof.  this is a wild blackberry vine that i'm letting grow.  i'm curious to see how they turn out.  blackberries are typically ripe around the fourth of july in these parts.

my blueberries are going gangbusters.  not sure when they'll be done and not sure if i need to net them or not.  so far, i've had good luck without netting the strawberries.  the robins nibble on a couple, but leave the majority for me.  i'm fine with that ratio.

raspberries on the make.  i lost three of the five bushes i planted last year, but the two that survived are putting out runners and doing well.  i think it must have been the three episodes of zero degree temps that got them.  the two that survived were the ones right up against the house, so they had more protection from the elements.

wild privet.  it has made a beautiful bush and i'd like to keep it.  unfortunately, it's growing right over my septic tank, so it must go.

the geraniums i overwintered all made it and are blooming.  i think they desperately need to be repotted, however, as the leaves aren't getting very big or lush.

we are way behind on the vegetable scene.  i bought a few peppers at the high school ffa  plant sale, and we got the corn in today, but that's it.  these need to be potted, and i need to find some tomatoes and such.

the pansies and violas are still smiling at me, but i'm not sure how much longer they'll last now that the days are getting warmer.

the foxgloves came back.

and the pink coneflowers came back.

the morning glories reseeded themselves.

and now i have wild honeysuckle growing on the other side of my deck. my all time favorite flower.

i also got to eat strawberry shortcake three times in the last two days.  life is good.

joining with annie and "how does your garden grow?"