I got into the planner craze in 2016, big time. I mean, it’s what us 90s kids used to do back in the day, right? So it was easy to fall back into the habit. I still have my DayPlanner from 1997 because it was awesome. I even used it as a purse, I was so cool. I’ve always been the kind of person to remember more if I write it down. A lot of people use their phones, and I do too, but mostly for the calendar reminders. All the fun stuff goes in the planner. Add colorful pens, cute washi tape, and so! many! stickers! It puts me right over the moon.

Buckle up, this is gonna be a big post with lots of planner love and pictures!

I had been using a notebook at work for a long time because it was a nice, easy, and super effective way to keep everything organized. I never used fancy stuff like stickers in it though. Mom gave me a couple of her old school (haha she was a teacher get it) lesson planners that are organized by class and week. I love the size and the layout, so I used it for the 5 working days of the week. Once I left my job, I didn’t want to waste the notebook, plus it’s what I got used to by that point. So I’ve been playing around with layouts and styles, still weekly, and now I’ve been working on getting the next notebook ready for 2017! I filled up the old one so this time I got to plan it out better. I am a pinterest qween, so I pin a lot of cool ideas and inspirations for the planner there, including lettering ideas. (I’m totally going to get into hand lettering, but that’s another post for another day.)

I made a list of what pages I wanted and got those started by writing/drawing the titles. Here’s what I have so far. I put working pages in the back of the book so I can add more as needed. Index is in the front along with a quick reference page – I’m even numbering the pages for this reason. I think I’ll be able to get more than one year in here, which would be pretty nice.

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…you get the idea.

Other supplies! Fun stuff!

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I have a subscription to PipSticks and if you love some sticker awesomeness, you should look into it! They have every kind of sticker you remember and love, as well as some new fabulous designs I’ve never seen before. This little sticker pack is a ray of sunshine once a month in my mailbox.

It helps immensely that I got a new desk over the holiday break. It was my grandpa’s desk! I remember sitting at it and reading comic books when I was a kid, way back when we’d drive to across the west to their place for Christmas. Those were very good days.
This winter we went full tilt and reorganized/cleaned out the office. Our office is our main “adult” space that the kids don’t get to play in, so you can imagine how much we’ve squirrelled away over the years we’ve lived here (thirteen years already?). I found stuff from high school for pete’s sake…anyway, we got a bookcase to hold the stuff that is usually piled on my desk, to make room for the new one. I’m focused on keeping it nice and neat this time. Everything I use is within reach now! What a concept.

I hope the new year treats you well! I’m hopeful and I personally plan to make my 2017 as colorful and fun as possible.

I finished it last week!

I used a pale pink hand dyed Aida and DMC 413 (pewter grey)
I used a pale pink hand dyed Aida and DMC 413 (pewter grey)
Here is the link to the shop again. It’s a delightful rabbit hole of awesome cross stitch patterns! I have a few more from her to get to someday.

My Frosted Pumpkin SAL starts on January 15, so I have until then to finish another WIP, the Yei I started in 2013.
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Honestly, I hope to finish it by New Year’s day! Whew! What a great way to end the year! I am working on my planner for 2017 and have a whole page dedicated to cross stitch WIPs, so I can keep track of what I’m working on. I’m already using it and it has helped a bunch. More on planning soon…

I’m so close to finishing Reflections of London! I’m really digging into it and I’m on the last part, the last corner. I keep reminding myself “this is the last landmark” as in, I just finished the last Big Ben in the pattern. I want to finish it by the new year because I ordered myself a Christmas present:
The Frosted Pumpkin’s Happily ever After kit! (I went with Aida fabric) The floss and fabric came today! I’ve seen a lot of progress pics of FP kits but this is my first try. So adorable. Plus! How easy is it to stitch one little section a month? I’ll still have lots of time to finish other projects.

Package!! Pick for scale.
Package!! Pick for scale.
How cute is this?!
How cute is this?!
They even sent a thread holder! And a hand written note! That's amazing.
They even sent a thread holder! And a hand written note! That’s amazing.
All the floss was organized so perfectly…*sigh*
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Do you make resolutions? I do. I try to make them manageable anymore, more like goals I can work on. I always strive to learn more spanish every year and I did make a lot of progress this year with Fluent Forever and the Leitner Box system. I will start that daily system in 2017 and continue learning ASL. I’ll practice both! (That goal is harder) The only other one is to finish as many cross stitch WIPs as I can. If that means one or two small ones or even only one epic project, that totally counts. A finish is a finish!
This was from Saturday...
This was from Saturday…it’s the top left corner in the next picture…
And from last night! Woot!
And from last night! Woot!

Only 11 more to go. Then onto backstitch…but one thing at a time. ;-)

Finishing up the left side
Finishing up the left side
It’s harder to stitch this at night with the navy fabric, but it’s very nice to stitch on next to a sunny window.

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Finally finished! Woohoo! I’m a little tired of yellows and browns now.
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Now I’ll keep working on Reflections of London, the Doctor sampler, and a kit of bright-colored butterflies.