Bullet Journaling

I have mentioned Bullet Journaling a couple times here on the blog lately. It is the trending thing for planners & journaling. I am just starting to dip my toe into the world of BuJo (can’t really use the other shortcut – it will lead all the pervies to my site **wink**).

If you are not familiar with BuJo, here is the intro from the originator:

BUT…it is so much more than that! I have been keeping a planner for YEARS but have never found one that worked for me. I have found many of parts that worked though. I would think if I could take parts from this one and that one I would have the perfect planner. With Bullet Journaling that is exactly what I can do.

Let me say one thing from the right here… I have NO ARTISTIC ABILITY. I do have an uncanny love of markers, colored pens, and pencils! Seriously, it’s a problem. Just look:

The items in the black containers (and the highlighters) I previously owned but in honor of BuJo I decided I needed new and purchased the Frixion Markers (yep, even the markers are heat sensitive and therefore erasable) and the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners (they are amazing at only .3 mm).

I also purchased the highly recommended Leuchtturm 1917 – most recommend the dotted grid but I went for the graphed in case I wanted to draw out a quilt or a quilt block. Not only that but I am a bit of a freak about straight lines. Oh and I splurged and bought this stencil set but it hasn’t arrived yet.

I will share some pages when I have them completed but for now here is a short list of some things I plan to track:

  • Shopping List
  • Birthdays
  • Migraine Days (meds taken, triggers, pain range, water intake, weather)
  • Blog Post (social media, followers, etc)
  • Books to Read and Have Read
  • Travel
  • Monthly Pages (to do, appointment, weather, etc)

You get the idea! The good thing is that I can make the layout just what I want it to be. The one I am most excited about is the migraine tracker. Honestly, after I finish my monthly layout I will probably start there.

I have pinned many things #BuJo – check them out here if you are curious. I will share more as mine progresses.

Weekly Goals – 1/31/18

I am a little late in posting this week’s goals. I wanted to do this Sunday but I was busy sewing and I figured working on goals trumped writing them – or does it? I honestly have no idea. And yesterday – well, I hate Mondays!

Regardless, let’s look at last week’s goals:

  • Finish Gold Scarf – DONE & posted here.
  • Decide on borders for Peters Penguins – decided no borders and to bind in red.
  • Decide & complete back for Peter’s Penguins – DONE will show in finishes post.
  • Create status papers for all UFOs – DONE
  • Look at February planner – well sort of. I decided my current planner wasn’t working for me. I ordered supplies for Bullet Journaling and will post about that soon.

Now for this week’s list:

  • Fix Frannie’s Faux Pas – I am going to fix my daughter’s jeans!
  • Layer Groovy Pluses
  • Make Granola Bars – I found a recipe I really want to try on Pinterest (1 recipe – many variations)
  • Finish tying Fredly – this quilt is ridiculously close to finishing)
  • Make outline for #bujo (bullet journal)
  • Hem Gray Gary – another piece ridiculously close to finishing
  • Start quilting Groovy Pluses (see above picture)

Some items on this are time-consuming and some aren’t – some can be done while binge watching Netflix (I have a new favorite show), some can’t. I try to keep a variety of items going.

I have a busy schedule next weekend so this list might have some carryover into next week; we’ll see.


Gold Scarf – A Finish

I cannot tell you the last time I finished anything. While this is a small finish – it’s still a finish! I really think my Weekly Goals list I posted last week really helped. When I post my new list I will review which items were completed (most, if not all).

For now, let’s talk details of this fun scarf while there’s still enough cold weather left to wear it.

I found this pattern on Pinterest but it came from Megmade with Love – an amazingly talented crochet pattern designer who created this pattern for free (link below).

Here is my finished cowl:

Can I just say…I hate pictures of me! But oh well! It’s the cowl that is on display here! **sniggers**

Here are a couple more pics without me in them…

That is one item ticked off the 2018 FAL list.

Scarf Stats:
Name: Gold Scarf (original I know)
Made for: Me. Mustard is one of my favorite colors right now.
Buttons: Honestly have no idea – came from my massive button jars (yep, there are two)
Hook: Size H – 5 mm
Size: 7″ x 29″
Pattern: Textured Boho Cowl, can be found here.

What I’m Watching

Recently The Hubster and I decided to do away with cable and go with a couple Roku. With that, we use Netflix, Hulu and of course, The Hubster has to have CBS AllAccess for his news & sports. It wasn’t just a money decision, it was more about our local cable just not offering very much.

With that being said, I now do a great deal of binge-watching. I watch full seasons instead of one episode at a time – except on Hulu which I really can only use for a select few shows. I have found some really great shows, I thought I would share….

WARNING: Content & Language

This is one of the funniest shows I have watched in a long time. I knew Lily Tomlin was funny but I had no idea Jane Fonda was so good. I have really enjoyed this show. I haven’t watched all the episodes because I keep them for days when I need to laugh.

Here’s a little fact about me: I’m slightly infatuated with AllThingsBritish. I watch Peppa Pig with my granddaughter simply because I ADORE the accents of the characters. Siri is a British man on my phone. This is only one reason I loved this series. I felt like I was peeking behind the curtain. I kept looking up facts to see if they were true (I am rubbish at history & government). The series was told in a way that made it feel more “contemporary fiction with a sub-genre of family life” (and I’ve already told you how much I love that).

I’ve recently started watching this show but the jury is still out. I am watching because it reminds me of Parenthood – one of my all-time favorite shows.

And guess who’s back…

I don’t think I need to say anything at all about this show….it completely speaks for itself!

That is all I will share for now…

I think I need to do a Top 5 of all times shows! What do think? Is that something you would be interested in? Top 5 or Top 10? Also, do you like having the trailers here or just links?

I Love to Read

One of my favorite podcasts is What Should I Read Next. While it is a joy to listen to, it is a hazard for my TBR [To Be Read] list. I have found so many great books from listening to Anne (the host).

Recently Anne came out with her 2018 Reading Challenge. I really enjoyed how the 2017 Reading Challenge forced me to read outside my normal range so I am definitely participating again.

In addition, I have set a lofty goal via Goodreads – 125 books this year. I told you it was lofty.

Here is what I have read so far:

When I first saw this in the stores I wasn’t sure. Then I looked at the reviews and people were raving about how good it was – they were right! It was so good!!! Not only was it funny, which you would expect from Kevin Hart but it was also inspiring! Good book!

I decided to listen to this book (I read it years ago as a small girl) because it was read by the author EB White. He did an amazing job! I really enjoyed this book so much more as an adult. I am learning that I really enjoy YA more than I thought I would – another suggestion from the WSiRN podcast.

This book is from one of my favorite genres – contemporary fiction with a sub-genre of everyday family life. I might be weird but I love reading about families as messed up as mine. I really wish I knew an author that could write about my messed up clan (boy that would be a page-turner).

This was a slow-starter for me. I really want to see the movie but as per the norm for me- needed to read the book first. I’m glad I pushed through the beginning because it did get better. Now to find the movie…

Those are in my Virtual Finished Pile (I rarely buy a physical book anymore). Now onto what I am currently reading:

I have no guilt about stopping a book that simply doesn’t work for me, so don’t be surprised if one or more of these don’t make it to the Virtual Finished Pile. I’ll report again soon.


Weekly Goals

My plan is to post about my weekly goals on Sundays – more for my benefit than for anything. I have always found I do very well when I make a list. I have piles and piles of notebooks, papers, and post-its full of lists. I have just recently been thinking about combining them all into a Bullet Journal (but that’s a post for another day).

For now, here are my goals for this upcoming week:

  • Finish the Gold Scarf (maybe 2-4 hours while binge-watching Life in Pieces on Netflix)
  • Decide on borders for Peter’s Penguins & put on (this could be completed Tuesday as this is the day I work from home – depending on how much work I have to do). Here are my choices: I am really leaning toward NO borders and simply bin it in red. I would love some opinions on this!
  • Decide on & complete back for Peter’s Penguins
  • Create status papers for each project – I found these great Free Printables at HelloMellyDesigns and I want to cut it up and put a section in each of my project boxes – or use it in my planner (decisions!)
  • Look at February planner (what didn’t work for January) – maybe purchase things for Bullet Journal???

I think this is good for my week…wait the week includes next Saturday, and since I’m not sure if we have plans or not I better include something to do just in case we don’t…

  • Layer & start quilting Groovy Pluses (this baby is huge and requires TIME & a million pins – and maybe spray basting as well)

Ok now I feel like I have plenty to report back on Saturday evening – I am off to prep for work for the week and be lazy – today’s To Do – Laziness!

Don’t forget to give your opinion on borders for Peter’s Penguins!!!


2018 Q1 Projected Finishes

I realize this post is a little late but I didn’t miss the deadline…..let me explain.

You see, since I knew I was going to be late in getting the blog together, I went ahead and posted my Projected Finishes via Instagram – #2018Q1allthings. I am just putting them here now for prosperity.

So here we go…

In the first quarter, I plan to finish the following items from my UFO list

    1. Peters Penguins – This is a Mystery Quilt my daughter started back when I was teaching her how to sew. Now she is disillusioned to think sewing is not for her. She’ll learn!! (a few HST started & that is it!!)
    2. Gold Scarf – it’s really more of a mustard color but I like the idea of gold around my neck **wink** This is something I wanted to wear this winter…ugh!
    3. Frannie’s Faux Pas – need to fix these for my daughter at some point. 
    4. Fredly Found – I started this quilt years ago and upon moving a couple years ago I found it in a suitcase (just need finish tying and bind it – I hate tying but it was all I knew how to do when I first started)
    5. Mixed Stitches – these are bee blocks from 2017 that I have quilted halfway with pearl cotton prior to putting my blocks together. After I put my blocks together I will quilt them the rest of the way. Its almost QAYG but not really. 
    6. Groovy Pluses – A commission quilt that really needs to be done since now I can’t charge anything for it! (top & back completed, needs layered, quilted & bound)
    7. Gray Gary – a skirt I made and it is so close to finishing I just need to hem it – What is wrong with me??

There are so many things “wrong” with this list I wonder if I might need mental help! For example, why would I make an entire skirt, get all the way to hemming and STOP? Why? That is absurd, yet there it is in my UFOs. Or how does one find a quilt in a suitcase YEARS after making it – I literally forgot about it – how does this happen? Mental assistance is needed, Y’all!!

Well, since there is no changing crazy, especially crazy that goes way back, let’s just move on and “git er done”.

Hey Y’all

It has taken a great deal more time than what was necessary but I have finally gotten around to getting my new blog up and running after the fiasco that was last year; The fiasco that caused me to lose all my posts from Quilter in The Gap & Rhonda’s Ramblings all the way back to 2011. I didn’t bounce right back at it – I wallowed in my sorrow for a bit first. But 2018 is a new year and I am back!

2017 was rough all the way ’round. I went through a couple jobs (tough jobs), worked VERY hard, and threw a few fits. But as I said just a minute ago, 2018 is a new year – full of new opportunities!

I am now looking for a new job – the right job – and in the meantime I am working on my UFOs, working part time, rebuilding my blog, and enjoying my family. All of these things are being done at a slow pace – life was too fast, too hectic, and too hard in 2017 and I didn’t like it.

Depending on the job I am able to land, I am considering restarting my podcast. I’m not sure about this for one reason – podcasting has changed dramatically since I had my podcast. I’m not sure anyone is in the market for a “down-home” type podcast anymore. They all seem so commercial anymore. But I digress….some things never change!

I have stepped away from hosting for the FAL this year but I am still participating and I will certainly blog about them here. If you notice, you will see a FAL page with its history and a page with my UFOs listed.

At this point I don’t know what my plan is except to chatter away as I always have. I have my social media listed up above my mug shot and you can get updates via Bloglovin’ (see below) or via email (over by my big head). Or you can choose to close the window and never come back – of course I hope this isn’t what you do. I hope you will tell someone I’m back. Talk about me – you won’t be the first **grins**.

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