Friday, 31 May 2013

Filofax Numbers

May Review 

Here's my Filofax numbers review for May.
2 = The number of Filofaxes I purchased in May.  One Personal Purple Domino for £5 at Rymans and one Ultra Violet Personal Domino on sale at Filofax UK for £12.

Purple Domino plus button

5 = The number of personlised inserts made for my Pink Pocket Filofax.

Images are one of my own photos plus recycled pages from a John Lewis catalogue 

13 = The number of blog posts to Roses in December.

29 = The number of blog photos that have Filofaxes in them

As always I hope you found my month in numbers review interesting.

Until next time

Sunday, 26 May 2013

My Filofax Week 10

My Week

Week ten of posting my Filofax week and May is almost over.  This week I seem to have spent a lot of time trying to catch up with things I've let slide.

As you can see from my to do list the catch up is still a work in progress.

Hopefully the weather will stay fine for tomorrow; I'm going somewhere that's providing music and chilli. Not a bad combination for a bank holiday Monday.  I hope you have a good bank holiday.

Until next time 

Liebster Blog Award

Thank you very much to the following bloggers who have nominated me for Liebster Blog Award:

Laura at Jagged Little Thoughts
Gemma N at The Simple Life
And Lori V at Purple Is My Happy

First a little something about the Liebster Blog Award 
"The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  What is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome."

Here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the 
    people you've tagged to answer.          
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

Firstly eleven random facts about me:

1.            I was born in Cardiff, South Wales
2.            I love handbags.  The ones I buy are often quite large.
3.            In my teens I won a competition in the Sun Newspaper to go to Hollywood.
4.            I've lost between 5 and 6 stone (70 lb – 84 lb) in 4 years
5.            Cillian Murphy is my Favourite actor
6.            My favourite colour is blue
7.            I love to read
8.            I never go anywhere without a pen and paper/Filofax
9.            I haven't left the UK for a long time
10.          I would like to take a train journey across Canada
11.          David Tennant is my favourite Doctor

Secondly my answers to Jagged Little Thoughts questions:

1.           If you could have a room filled with any object, what would it be.
              Flowers – especially roses. The hard part is the fact I have so little smell but I
              can conjure up the smell in my head.  I miss the smell of walking into a florist  
              and being overwhelmed by the smell.

2.          Choose three words that mean 'happiness' to you.
             Family – Sunshine – Music

3.          If you were a Disney character, who would you be, and why?
             When I was little I always wanted to be Wendy from Peter Pan.  She gets to fly 
             and even as an adult that would be quite awesome

4.          If you could only see one colour for the rest of your life, what would it be?
             Vermillion, I've clearly read Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde too often.

5.          Tell us about a strange or ironic incident in your life.
             The only thing that has a hint of being ironic happened years ago when I won a
             competition visit a recycling plant

6.          If you could invent anything, what would it be?
             Something that helps people lose weight easily and naturally. It would also have
             to keep the weight off.

7.          If you're stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 objects with you, what 
             would they be? 
             (Must be 1.a type of food, 2.a gadget, 3. a sentimental object.)
             1 Bread for toast, I love it.
             2 My kindle, great for reading.
             3 Photographs of my family

8.          Do you have any irrational or odd fears?
             Not really but when I was little I was afraid to flush the toilet because I believed a
             giant crab lived in the toilet and was going to bite me.  I have no idea how I came
             upon that thought.

9.          Why are you, you?
             A lifetime of experience. ‘I am what I am I need no excuses’

10        Name something you would do if you knew no-one would judge you.
            I’d love to sing and dance in the supermarket, a bit like a mini flashmob. Either of 
            these Owl City songs would be great ‘Good Time' or‘When Can I See You Again’
            would also be great. People might judge me I suppose by thinking 'who is that 
            crazy woman'.

11        Jaffa cakes: biscuits, or cakes?
            None of the above sadly.  I have a health problem and because of the sugar
            I shouldn't eat any of them. 

Thirdly my answers to The Simple Life questions:

1.             What is your favourite season and why?
                I love the autumn when everything is changing but there’s still a hint of summer.
 2.            What book are you currently reading?
                I’m re-reading The Host by Stephanie Meyers
 3.            What is your favourite pen to use?
                I like to use fountain pens and fineliners
 4.            Who is your idol?
                Musically I like Owl City/Adam Young
 5.            What food/ drink can you just not abide?
                I hate peanut butter
 6.            If you could describe your life so far with a song, what song would it be?
                I’m not sure it describes my life but ‘Beautiful Life’ by Ace of Base is quite 
 7.            Cat or Dog?
                Cat, but I do like dogs 
8.             Do you use a pencil case?
                Yes I do a black one with flowers from WH Smith.
 9.            What is always in your bag?
                Boring stuff like purse, keys, mobile and of course my Filofax 
10            If you could visit anywhere on holiday, where would you go?
                Colorado after I've taken that train journey across Canada.
 11.          What Filofax is on your current wishlist?
                None but I wouldn't mind a Kate Spade Planner in green

Although Purple is my Happy also nominated me she did not set me any questions.

My Nominees

1.            Paper Lovestory
2.            Scraps of us
3.            LJs Blog of Stuff
4.            The Wonderful Life of Alice
6.            Crazy Suburban Mom
7.            DIY Fish
8.            Life of Kitty
9.            Live Love Organize
10.          Notes on Paper
11.          Elise Blaha Cripe

Here are the questions for my nominees:

1.           When you were young what did you want to be when you grew up?
2.           If your life was made into a movie who would you like to play the part of you?
3.           If you could travel back in time where would you go?
4.           What's the first thing you'd do if you won the lottery?
5.           Name one thing that really irritates you?
6.           If you were an animal what would you be?
7.           Where's the best place you've travelled to?
8.           Do you have any tattoos?  If yes what are they?
9.           What's your favourite high street shop/store?
10.         Rulebreaker or rulemaker?
11.         Who has inspired you in your life?  

Many of these blogs have already been nominated before so I won’t be disappointed if they don’t answer my questions nor do another award post. Also some of the blogs don’t fall exactly within the criteria and neither are they all Filofax blogs. A blog that has inspired me for a long time is Elise Blaha Cripe and that is why I have sneaked her in at the end of my nominations.

Thank you all for your inspiration and '.... thank you for allowing me inside your lovely day.' The word should be this but here I think  'your lovely day' is more apt.

Until next time

Friday, 24 May 2013

Purchases For My Filofax

Ten Things I've Bought 

I seem to have bought a number of items recently to use with my Filofax and I thought I'd let you see what they are.

1.   1 packet of plain stickers with coloured edging from Artbox bought last Saturday when I went to London.

2.  Plastic clips from WH Smith. I use them mainly for holding Filofax pages together, most of the time they don't get used for the purpose that's written on them.  I have also purchased some baby bulldog clips.

3.  Paper tape for covering up small errors on my diary pages. The tape looks much nicer when I've had to scribble something out.

4.  5 rolls of post its.  These are mostly for putting in the front of my Filofax; I use them to write down quick notes when I'm out.

5.  A 6 hole Rapesco punch. This allows me make holes faster in the pages that I make for my Filofax

6.  2 Sharpie pens, sadly these purchases turned out to be a disaster because they bleed through the pages of my diary

7.  Date stamper for when I need to add the date to pages.

8.  2 packets of plain dividers which I can personalise with my own images.  The tabs also allow you to write your own headings.

9.  A white plain paper notebook for making into my own Filofax notepaper.

10. 2 replacement Fiskars blades for my paper trimmer.  I use the paper trimmer to cut my paper to size for my Filofax.

Hopefully after all these purchases I won't need to buy anymore items for my Filofax for some time but knowing me I probably will.

Until next time

Personal Ultra Violet Domino Filofax Competition Winner

And The Winner Is

The competition to win the Personal Ultra Violet Domino Filofax closed yesterday and the lucky winner has been drawn out of the hat today.  

The lucky winner is Regan who was selected by Harry the barrista at lunchtime.  If you can send an email to me at and I'll arrange to send your prize to you.

When we made the draw three young boys were watching us and they were so disappointed that we weren't doing a magic trick with the hat. 

Finally thanks to everyone who entered.

Until next time

Sunday, 19 May 2013

My Filofax Week 9

My Week

Here is my week and some of the things that I got up to.  As you can see I managed to get up to London for a day out where I purchased a Domino Filofax for £5 which I discussed in my last blog post.  My to do list is starting to build up again so I might need to put that in next week's blog post.

If you haven't read my previous post yet please do so.  There's a chance to win a Domino Filofax.  The instructions of how to enter are at the end of the post.

I hope you had a good week.

Until next time

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Personal Ultra Violet Domino Filofax Competition

One Domino For Myself And One For You 

Last week I decided to hold a competition offering a Personal Domino Filofax Organiser as the prize but unfortunately I had to put it temporarily on hold.  When the organiser was delivered it was unfortunately damaged on the back and had to be returned.  On Friday I went to London and came across a Purple Personal Domino Filofax for £5 and I was unable to resist it.  I could see the Filofax had been in the shop for some time because the diary was for 2010/2011. The elastic closure that wraps around the organiser was overly slack so I tightened it up by cutting it and attaching it to a large button.  I've since added a small piece of ribbon to the button to hide the knot in the elastic.  The inside cover had one or two dark smudges but they came off easily with a rubber.  Finally there was a small scratch on the spine but nothing to noticeable. Below you can see the Purple Domino that I purchased for myself after I tidied it up.

My Personal Purple Domino Filofax

Now for a brief review and some photos of the other Filofax that will be the prize for the competition (details of the competition will be at the end of this post).  This Personal Domino is a rich and vibrant ultra violet. This Filofax looks really stylish and is ideal for someone wanting their first Filofax or someone who wants an organiser that's a little more light weight.  The Domino has a nice chunky elastic band to keep the organiser nice and secure.  The cover is a smooth leather look PU.

On the inside cover there are 4 cut out credit card pockets which are lined in ultra violet.

There are two full length pockets, one at the front and one at the back, ideal for keeping notes, receipts  etc safe.

The ring mechanism is six 23 cm rings.

  Along the side is an elasticated loop for your pen.

Now that you've seen the Domino it's time for the competition.  All you have to do is leave a comment below on this post and the winner will be selected at random by pulling a name out of my hat on Friday 26th May.  The competition is open to everyone and I'm more than happy to post it worldwide.  The competition closes at 11.59 pm BST (23.59 pm) UK time on Thursday 23rd May Good luck to everyone. 

Until next time

Monday, 13 May 2013

Swapping My Organisers Around

Two Pocket Organisers

When I'm only going into town for a quick trip I've decided I don't always need to take my regular Pink Classic Filofax with me because I'm rarely going to use it for the short time period that I'm there.  Instead I now take either my Pink Breast Cancer Pocket Filofax or my Teal Pocket Organiser from Paperchase .  I have to admit that my Pink Breast Cancer Filofax is my favourite of the two.  The quality of the Filofax organiser is so much better even though it isn't made of leather.  The Filofax organiser overall is much more sturdy than the Paperchase Teal Organiser.  I also like the mesh pocket on the inside back cover which is great for slipping items inside.

Pink Breast Cancer Pocket Filofax

The only reason I use two pocket organisers is so that I can have a choice of colours, I just like the variety.  I use these organisers more like notebooks for jotting things down so that hopefully I won't forget them.  I don't bother putting the diary pages in even though I have them.  I place the year calendar inside with some notepaper behind it for writing down any events that need to be transferred when I get home.  The notepaper I use is sheets of my own paper that I've cut to size.  Even though they're little more than notebooks I still can't resist the urge to personalise them. The dividers will need to be sorted out as white and cream can be so boring.  A little Washi Tape is sometimes all a divider needs to liven it up.

Teal Paperchase Pocket Organiser

So far my pocket organisers are working well for occasional use.  Because of their size however they will never replace my Pink Classic Personal Filofax on a regular basis.

Until next time

Sunday, 12 May 2013

My Filofax Week 8

My Week

I haven't felt too good this week but I have tried to keep my diary up to date.  As always lots of things are happening on my pages.  Also I think the pattern that seems to be emerging is the fact that the diary is often very similar to a simple journal, while I also use it to remind myself of general tasks I feel I need to do.

I hope you had a good week.

Until next time

Friday, 10 May 2013

How I (Try) Use My Filofax

The Current Set Up

Will I ever be finished setting up my Filofax, probably not.  Like so many aspects of life it's a work in progress.  Below as anyone who reads my blog regularly will know is a picture of the Filofax I'm using at the moment, my Pink Personal Classic and this is its current set up.

Side view of my Pink Personal

Inside cover with some paper clips

At the front of my Filofax I have some lilac Pukka A4 paper which I've cut to size.  These let me quickly make a note of things that come to mind when I'm out and I want to remember for later.   

Pukka paper

The part of my Filofax I use the most is my diary.  When I first had my Filofax I left the diary at the front but when it started getting a little too stuffed I placed it in the middle. This means I don't have to keep reinserting pages that fall out when I open the rings.

The divider for my diary with a photo of row boats on Windermere

Last week's diary posts

My to do list is behind the diary with other lists of things I do such as my cleaning list and blank shopping lists.  I got the shopping lists inside a binder that I bought from a charity shop.  They're made by a company called Organised Mum.

To do list

Shopping list

I've started to try and budget and keep track of my finances but even with a calculator I don't always get it right.  I should stick to working it out in my head which I am better at but sometimes I'm just too tired to do it.

My finances and my Alex Goot bookmark

My envelope for till receipts and mini statements

I have a few bookmarks inside my diary that I've adapted for this purpose. One bookmark is an old playing cards and the other is an Alex Goot VIP pass which you can see above.

My playing card bookmark 

I also like to keep some cards for my blog and Philofaxy in my Filofax.

Cards for my blog and for Philofaxy

Some of my other stationery is a Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pen for writing with and you can see that in the photo above.  I also like to have a few paperclips on the inside cover. I've adapted an envelope to place my stickers inside and I keep that towards the back of my Filofax.

I'd like to say that my Filofax will continue to look like this for sometime but unfortunately it won't.  I ordered some Filofax blank index cards recently which allow me to personalise the tabs as well as my divider pages. So that will be next project and I shall keep you posted on what they turn out like.

Until next time

Sunday, 5 May 2013

My Filofax Week 7

My Week

Week 7 has gone and now we're also into May. The weather is starting to improve but that's not always a good sign, so often good weather in May is our only hint of summer.   Forget I said that we are definitely going to have a good summer.  

Yet again nothing too exciting occurred unless you count falling over in Bill's coffee shop. Nothing exceptionally creative on my pages, sorry about that.

I hope your weekend has been good and you get to enjoy the bank holiday tomorrow.  I'm going to a BBQ and get to listen to some music as well; hopefully the weather will stay sunny.

Until next time

Friday, 3 May 2013

Cuban Personal Zip Filofax

My Second Favourite Filofax

I know it's taken slightly longer than I anticipated but I've finally gotten around to doing the post I said I would make about my Brown Zip Cuban Personal Organiser.

I may not use my Brown Cuban Filofax as much as my Personal Pink Classic which is my favourite but I really love it.  It has virtually everything I could possibly ever need in a Filofax. This particular Filofax has numerous pockets, 2 pen holders, a larger ring mechanism, Italian leather that is so luxuriously soft and contrasting cream stitching.  I'd wanted one for some time and was lucky enough to be able to get one that was second-hand but in perfect condition.

The Cuban has two zips, one on the outside that wraps around three sides of the Filofax and another concealed away just beneath one of the pen loops. There's a zipped concealed pocket beneath the pen loop which is synonymous with so many Filofaxes There are seven cut out credit card pockets and one large deeper one below them. There’s also a full length pocket for holding and protecting even more documents that's concealed behind the credit card pockets. I could probably put a note pad inside as well but I think that would be a little too much for me. The outside of the Cuban has another full length pocket with a concealed magnetic closure. The zip that is on three sides gives me extra security with less worry about losing items.

What first attracted me to the Cuban was its larger ring size at 30mm it allows more capacity for holding stationary and inserts.  I often find that the regular 23 mm just aren't sufficient for my personal needs.  The Italian leather not only looks beautiful but feels amazing as well.

I have to be careful about which pens I place in the loops because the pen tops can sometimes scratch the leather interior. As I tend to overstuff my Filofaxes it can sometimes feel a little weighty maybe because it is slightly larger than personal Filofaxes that don't have zips. 

Brown Cuban Zip Personal Filofaxes are no longer so easy to get hold of but I know that Filofax and other retailers still stock the Chilli one which is equally as nice.
Even though I don't use it every day would I part with my Cuban?  Definitely not, I haven't had it long but I love it. I haven't so far given any of my Filofaxes names but I'm very tempted to call this one September. September was a character in the television series Fringe and played by Michael Cerveris. I will just say they both have some characteristics in common.

Until next time

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Longing For A Good Book

Time To Read Some Old Favourites 

I've been trying for some time to find a good book to read with little success. I know there are so many good books out so I have to conclude it's me. I think I've got two problems with my reading lately, one I'm too fussy and secondly I find concentrating on any book difficult. Therefore I've decided to go back and try and reread some books that I've really enjoyed but haven't read for some time.

My pile of reread books

My absolute favourite book of all of these has to be Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, not to be confused with that other great work of fiction that has a similar name. One of his other books The Eyre Affair was recently given away as part of World Book Night. At the beginning of each chapter you are given words of wisdom, an example from Heading Home is as follows: 'Unnecessary sharpening of pencils constitutes a waste of public resources, and will be punished as appropriate'.  The story is set in our future and is a world ruled by colour.  The Social order is defined by colour perception. The main character of the story is Eddie Russett who is sent to East Carmine with his father who is a Swatchman ( a bit like a doctor I suppose) to conduct a chair census. The story is also about spoons, mildew, The Emerald City, love and corruption.  And this is only a small part of the story.  

Shades of Grey being signed by the author at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London

Next on my list is The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Unlike a lot of his books this isn't an action thriller. This story is about a twelve year old boy David whose mother has died. David is lured from his home into another world that is accessed through a garden.  The story is a mix of both fairy tale and horror.  I suppose you might say it has hints of Pan's Labyrinth about it. 

Compared to some of the other books I've selected it's not that long since I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  The Night Circus is another book with aspects of a Fairy Tale about it.  The story is set in Victorian London and is about a magical wandering circus.  The main characters are Celia and Marco, rival magicians.  They travel  around by train and only perform between sunset and sunrise. Usually disappearing just as quickly as they arrive.  The story concludes with a breathtaking finale.

My penultimate choice is The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue.  This story is set in New England and tells the story of seven year old Henry Day who is taken by goblins and replaced by a changeling child. It's some time since I originally read it but I think it starts out in the 1940's.  Yes I know another fairy tale type story, a story of fantasy.  The story weaves between the lives of Henry and Aniday the changeling child that replaces him. Even now having not read the story since 2007 its memory still haunts me.

My final choice is Verity Red's Diary by Maria Mann and no it's not a fantasy or a fairy tale.  It's the biography of an M.E. sufferer over the period of one year.  In reality the events took place over a longer period of time but placing them into a one year time period doesn't affect the story.  Maria has a great imagination which helps her to cope with her life.  Some dwarves from Robert Dyas and some kittens contribute to positive changes in her life.  This is a great story written with humour.

The front covers

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde.  The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue. Finally Verity Red's Diary by Maria Mann. 

I have to say I don't only read fantasy and modern fairy tales.  My recent reads have been romantic fiction.  I enjoy biographies but not about famous people or people who've had terrible problems to overcome. I did get a book from the library yesterday by Ben Law called Woodsman who has lived in a wood for twenty years.  

If anyone has any suggestions for books they think I might enjoy please feel free to leave me a comment.

Until next time