I just went on a crazed binge buying deeply discounted Happy Planners at Michaels lol. I have never had a Happy Planner before, the kind where you stick all the crap and stickers and washi and they always looked so fun and pretty. I normally use a hourly dated Passion Planner, but this year I got the Law of Attraction planner, which I just do not like after a month of trying it. So somehow I thought my brain would be able to do planning with all that chaos on the page. Wow was I wrong. I do not know how people actually plan their lives using such a chaotic system, but wow did I have a great time with dopamine bringing home all the hauls and ordering crap online. I think I bought 15 planners hahaha. And how many sticker books. And then I realized, if you use them as a planner there is no place on the page you could really use the stickers. Anyway, I zeroed in on a few formats of Happy Planner that are working for other types of journals/workbooks. One is a garden planner, one is my Stop the Blur nightly review of the day planner, one is my Stop the Blur scrapbook, one is for a year long self coaching class I am doing, one is for quotes I like, and one is for sticker slapping and decorating. I thought I was going to drive myself mad. Anywho, if you are a Happy Planner decorating expert that has any fun tips, or if there is a group here that talks about it, I'd be happy to know any info. I've seen a lot on YouTube about it.
I am learning to play Ukulele, slowly from YouTube. I joined a rowing gym in Jan of 2020, which I absolutely fell in love with, then it closed in March due to pandemic, and I am looking forward to it opening again this year. I got myself a rowing machine but its not quite the same as pulling together with a group in unison. I also got a Peloton bike in December and I love being able to do spinning whenever I want. My gym has gone virtual and is keeping me sane and connected to my community there. I almost think I like these zoom meeting gym classes better than having to drive all the way for 45-60 mins commute to the gym. I'm getting spoiled by it and hope they continue with some virtual classes even after things open up again.
I am a retired software engineer who is energized by peaceful nature environments, but drained by noise, crowds and hubbub. I live with my awesome husband among lots of fir trees.
I have an immature sense of humor at times (ok, all the time!) and am not offended at all by foul language, explicit music, fart jokes or anything like that. I just laugh and laugh at those things, heh.
I am allergic to perfumes or anything scented.
My interests include (but are not limited to): organic gardening, nature journaling, boating, goats, nature, trees, birds, graphic design, art, computers, cats, learning craft projects of all kinds, animals, outdoors, hiking, decorating, landscaping, science, spirituality, the body/mind/spirit connection, fitness, nutrition, Spinning (indoor cycling, not wool:), learning about the history and origins of all religions of the world.
I am a digital image and font hoarder.
I haven't actually been crafting for a long time, but back in the day this is what I loved to do. I still like doing these, but just don't have the energy anymore. I still like fondling all my crap though: I like making dangly charms to hang off of bookmarks, purses, journals, zippers, etc. Anyplace that needs a dangle. I like making prayer flags to string for the garden. I like to laminate bookmarks. Not as crazy as I used to be with my laminator. Hmmm, I should resurrect that...
I am currently obsessed with making stickers with my laser printer along with the Print and Cut feature of my Silhouette Cameo machine. I'm also currently fascinated with learning how to make bracelets like these . The other thing I went crazy hoarding last Black Friday was those Heidi Swapp foil sheets to do foiling on all the things.
Some of my favorite artistic mediums to work in are watercolor, pen/ink/watercolor journaling, digital graphic design, and pretty much will dabble with any type of painting and drawing. I love the drawing instruction books by Claudia Nice.
I love bright/saturated/vibrant/vivid colors.
A couple of my favorite color combos are blue and green, and also citrus colors combo of lime/lemon/orange
♥ Vintage Fruit Crate Labels
♥ Clippy (the old MS Office Assistant)
♥ Red poppies
♥ Winter/Summer Solstice, Spring/Fall Equinox, Yule
♥ Lemons, limes, oranges (especially lemons)
♥ Sea Turtles (my sacred Totem animal)
♥ Toast with cute face
♥ Snails and garden slugs (cute ones, not actual slimy ones)
♥ Goats. Goats. Did I mention LOVING Goats?
♥ Spiritual, yoga, mandalas, prayer flags, personal growth, inspirational things, goal setting
♥ Hand letter or collage of these words and phrases: "Liberation", "Simplify", "Slow Down", "Routine", "Stay present", "Posture", or, "Stand up straight", "Chew Your Food", "Misery is not Effective".
♥ The Sun, the moon
♥ Haiku written by you
♥ Dandelions (both the flowers and the seed head); Daisies
♥ Strawberries with the foliage
♥ Anything Food with cute faces
♥ Old style Smokey the Bear
♥ Any items/art/craft that you are passionate about creating by hand -- I love to see everyone's creative side come out.
♥ Just mentioning goats again
(handmade or gently used as well):
♥ Those little solar powered creatures that wobble when you set them on a bright windowsill
♥ Whirlygig/spinner/wind sock for my garden (dollar stores have these or would love handmade too)
♥ Fabric scraps, prints or solids - at least 6"x12" if ya got it
♥ Hand carved stamps
♥ Hand or dish towels in citrus colors of lime, lemon or orange (or combo)
♥ Washi rolls or samples with cats, outer space, Van Gogh
♥ Hand drawn/Painted ATCs
♥ Lined grocery list pad that says "Groceries" or "Shopping List" or something similar across top (ok to separate it into chunks if it makes mailing cheaper) or just send me a few pages from one of yours
♥ Altoids tin shrine
♥ Pura Vida inspired sliding knot bracelets like THESE
♥ Herbal or decaf tea ( not containing chamomile or hibiscus)
♥ Longshot: A few dollars worth of these lemon or strawberry 2 cent & 3 cent postage stamps that you can only buy in rolls of ten thousand . I thought maybe someone has a business that might have purchased rolls of these. See them HERE
Stranger Things, The Blacklist, Orphan Black, Big Bang Theory, Glee, New Girl, Covert Affairs, PBS, Good Eats, Alias, Scrubs, Frasier, Seinfeld, Southpark, Jeopardy, Science shows, documentaries in general, Daily Show, Sherlock, Elementary, Downton Abbey, Travelers, ,Sense8, Star Trek
Movies that I never get tired of watching:
You've Got Mail, Maid in Manhattan, Star Trek Insurrection, Star Trek Into Darkness, Chocolat, When Harry Met Sally, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, Groundhog Day, Zombie Land, Whip It, Juno, Big, Trading Places, Shawshank Redemption, Catch Me If You Can, The Equalizer, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Avengers genre
↓ For tea I drink herbal and decaf, but nothing containing chamomile or hibiscus (allergy).
↓ Please, NO bath/body products or scented candles or incense I am highly sensitive to chemically perfumed items, even just smelling them gives me a migraine. (things scented with authentic essential oils are OK)
↓ I don't need any blank journals or blank note/memo pads, don't need stationary, pens, or planner items. Especially, please, I beg of you, NO more page flags!! (lol).
↓ I don't need any pot holders.
↓ I am not into the altered/colorized vintage/victorian photographs of people, nor the Zetti style, nor steampunk. There is something about them that is just eery and disturbing to me. No children with wings, crowns or duncecaps. No cabbage rose/Victorian country style. I am not trying to criticize these styles if you love them, but they just are not my cup of tea and I cannot explain why they creep me out, they just do.
↓ No items that smell of cigarette smoke, or, especially don't try to cover it up with perfume (including scented dryer sheets -- triggers migraine -- sorry! I'd prefer to air out cigarette smoke than get a migraine!)
↓ No items that are the color "mauve" (I have a strange and passionate aversion to this color for whatever reason). The color "burgundy" or "wine" is a close runner up to disliking.
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