Friday, 20 March 2015

To Do (Or Not To Do!!) Lists


I'm sure we've all said this before but I can't believe it's March already! Where has this year gone? Almost a quarter of it gone already. I could be wrong but this seems to be age related, the older I get, the quicker time goes!

In an effort to use my time more productively, I have a selection of To Do Lists and Planners, not just as an excuse to buy more stationery from my two favourite stores, Kikki K and Typo, but to really try and keep myself on track.

Kikki Stationery Planning 

However, I still sometimes struggle to keep up. Mind you, if I stopped signing up for craft swaps and snail mail projects my list would be much shorter, but I wouldn't have as much fun!

So I am trying my hardest to cross stuff off that list and keep everything on track and I do believe it is beginning to work. I am catching up with my letters and my craft projects, somehow seeing an actual list motivates me and let's be honest, the more lists I make and tick off the more stationery I can buy when I use up the ones I have (as if I need an excuse!!).

Who else uses lists? Do you complete them or do you have lots of unfinished tasks to catch up with? I'll be honest, I add tasks I've already done sometimes just so I can tick off another one. Do you do that too or am I just strange? Let me know if you have any ideas or tips on how to become more organised.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Pocket Letters - A New Way to send Snail Mail

I recently came across a post by Janette Lane about Pocket Letters (read it here) and immediately I was hooked. This is a great new way to send letters to people and in the process make some new friends. Since Janette did her first post on Instagram the craze has swept the internet, with it's own network and a huge following on both Facebook and Instagram. Anyone who knows me will know that I love letter writing and snail mail projects and this was too good to miss.


Incoming Pocket Letter






The idea is to use plastic sleeves which are generally used to store baseball cards in and to fill the pockets with all sorts of goodies and a short letter to your partner. These can be paper crafting items, tea, sticky notes, etc. Most people enclose some type of extra goodies in their penpal letters and this idea just gives an extra dimension to the letter. The pocket pages received can then be stored in a binder and the goodies can be left in or used for other letters!

Incoming Pocket Letter



As I have a huge stash of paper craft goodies, this seemed an ideal way to use them up and buy some more clear some space in my sewing room!


Outgoing Pocket Letter




So far I have received some lovely pocket letters and made some new friends. I have really enjoyed putting together the outgoing ones and have found some stuff I'd forgotten I had!!

Between my signing up for Instagram craft swaps and now Pocket Letters, it looks like my time is going to be full of craftiness for the foreseeable future and I'm looking forward to it! If anyone wants me, I'll be in my sewing room!!

Do you have a secret (or not so secret!) craft stash? What's your weakness, paper, fabric or something else? Let me know and I won't tell anyone, honest!!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Movie Night - Taking me Back to India

The Hubby and I went to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Saturday night and it was fantastic! Having seen the first one, I was keen to see whether this one lived up to it and while there was a fairly thin storyline, it was still full of the sights and sounds of India. 

Arjuna Market Stall

As with the first one, I was transported back to the wonderful month we spent in India some years ago. I even remembered the peculiar fragrance of India, a mix of spices, vegetation and other things you wouldn't want to linger on! When I got home I pulled out the photos and had a look. These are just a few of the truly gorgeous places we saw!

Temple to Ganeesh
The movie has a great all star cast, with my favourites, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy. Richard Gere pops up too but it is definitely Judi Dench and Maggie Smith who steal the show! I've decided I'd like to be Maggie Smith when I grow up , her one liners are just brilliant. There is even some Bollywood dancing and who can resist that!

Temple
So, if you are looking for a good night out filled with colour, laughter and some excellent one liners this is the one for you. I heartily recommend you go see it and be transported to India, a truly magical place.

What movies have you seen and loved? Are there any that remind you of a favourite holiday? What places are on your holiday bucket list? India was never on mine but I'd go back in a hearbeat as it was one of the best holidays I've ever had!