Planner Friday – Doe! A Deer! A Planner Deer!

This week we feature one of my favorite animals, deer (and their relatives).  I’ve always adored the white-tails who inhabit my part of the world, and knowing that I came from people who killed them pretty much just for fun** broke my heart long after I finished reading Bambi.

That’s right, reading – did you know Bambi started out as a novel by Felix Salten?  I need to keep my eye out for a copy of the edition I checked out from the library a hundred times as a kid.  It’s ostensibly a children’s book, but it’s pretty damn dark, sort of a lighter version of something like Watership Down (another favorite book of my childhood, go figure). There’s no Thumper, no Flower, but there is a lot of death and a less romanticized version of Bambi and Faline’s relationship (meaning they basically only had one until mating season was over).  

Anyway, leaving for work at 6:30 in the morning means I often get to see deer up around my workplace which is on a huge wooded lot.  They still make my breath catch when they run, and their little spotty babies with the big knobby knees still make me squee.  I’ve long considered deer a sacred animal (not that they’re not all sacred, but this one has a particular mystical significance for me, both as a creature of the forest and as the symbolic animal of my once-upon-a-dance god).

Art resources I could find are below the images.

Font:  Woodgod (free)

Tuesday

Unknown by Olena Shmahalo   – Thank God for TinEye.com or I’d never have figured out the artist of this lovely piece!  I still have no idea what its name is, as it isn’t in her gallery.

Friday  

Fermata by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.  Prints available.

Sunday

Glade by Bluecrow10. No prints of this one, but you can download it.

 

** Don’t bother defending hunting in comments, I won’t answer – vegan, remember?

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Planner Friday: Just Say Om

I’ve been gradually gearing up to start a mild, possibly sporadic at first, and low-key yoga practice, which I’ll write about in more detail later (specifically about the resources I’ve found for fat girls who want to get their yoga on).  

You might have inferred from weeks of looking at my sidebar that I already have a mild, sporadic, and low-key meditation practice, which is quite true.  I play around with different techniques and approaches, born out of a love affair with Sally Kempton’s book Meditation for the Love of It and her audiobooks on the subject – seriously if you want to start meditating for any reason I highly recommend her recording Beginning Meditation: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience which you can get on Amazon, iTunes, and other ear-filling places.

Thus, I decided to start May off by both invoking and commemorating my hopefully-long-term and hopefully-meaningful practice.  And even though I don’t really celebrate Beltane these days (it was never my favorite anyway) I wanted to mark the date with a lovely image that I think is from one of the endless wedding boards on Pinterest.

A Momentary Aside:

People ask me frequently if I sell my weekly themes in my shop, and no, I don’t – they’re usually made up of other people’s artwork, and while I shamelessly gank it from Pinterest to use once in in a 1.5″ sticker, I won’t sell it. A lot of the planner stickers you see on Etsy feature stolen artwork – I’ve even seen people say they have the copyright to the images they’re so obviously stealing from other Etsy sellers when I know that’s a flat out lie.  I use graphics, fonts, and backgrounds I’ve paid for or otherwise legitimately downloaded but everything in my shop was made by me.  

I’d much rather the artists profit from this tiny bit of exposure, so I’m going to try and list more sources when possible.  I’ve always planned on doing it but time gets away from me and I dash off my Friday posts without thinking much past “god I’m a terrible photographer.”  This being the internet sometimes I won’t be able to find them all, but I’ll do my best.  I hope it will lead at least some of you to check them out.

If you see an image here that I haven’t credited and you know the artist please let me know.  Sources will be listed after the pics.  

Also, the yogis in some of the photos are newfound loves of mine, which again I’ll discuss in more depth on my eventual yoga post, but for now you should at least know who these amazing women are!

The font is my longtime favorite, Petras Script.

Artists and Sources:

Monday

Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga – check out her awesome instructional videos all over YouTube.

Wednesday

Dana Falsetti – She’s amazing too!

Thursday

Blessing by Fukari on DeviantArt – Sadly not available in a print.

 

La Paloma by Holly Sierra – Creatrix of the Chrysalis Tarot – does anyone have this deck?  I’ve been lusting after it for months even though traditional Tarot doesn’t usually do it for me.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to order this card for my altar at the very least.  

Friday

Namaste by Claudia Tremblay – oooooooh so gorgeous.

Weekend

Body of Flowers by Meganne Forbes – Amazing devotional watercolors.  

Crown Chakra by Charlotte Thomson – I LOVE her chakra yogini series!  Lots of curvy ladies and so much joy, especially in my other favorite of the series, the Solar Plexus chakra.  I’m trying to decide between the full set of postcards or just prints of my favorites.  

Happy weekend to all!

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Planner Friday: End of April Round-Up

Where the hell did April go?  

I just realized that aside from two Planner Friday posts I haven’t blogged AT ALL this month.  What. The. Hell?  I mean I’m not the most prolific of bloggers anyway, but it really does seem like April ran right out from under me and left me on my ass in the wildflowers.

Yeesh.  Anyway, let’s look back at this month, and here’s hoping next month I’ll be more writerly.  

One thing you may notice is the addition of the “Moodbox” to the bottom of each day – I’m attempting to get a better handle on my most pressing bipolar symptoms, and I felt like a single number wasn’t getting me the data I needed every day.  I started off with a meter-style box but switched to a fill-in-the-blank to take up less space, and I’ve got a spreadsheet going to plug in all the numbers and hopefully get a better sense of my current mood cycles.  See? Planners are good for your mental health!  

I also got rid of the meal planning sticker on the sidebar after the first week – I may bring it back, but right now I’m not finding it useful.  I’ve been doing some sketchy meal planning in a separate notebook and it’s been adequate.  Until I come up with a more cohesive method for the whole thing I’d rather have the space in my sidebar for a longer, generalized to-do list where I can “export” list items to different days of the week as I have time to do them.  

April 3-9 – Moody Blue Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.  You might have noticed that the dates on this week are all wrong – I had intended to glue these two pages together since April started at the end of the week, but I forgot and just started with the first weekly spread in the month’s section.  Oops.)

Font:Beautify Script (free)

April 10-16 – Dangerous Creatures Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Font: Jane Austen (free)

April 17-23 – Food Porn Theme

I didn’t do a post on this week, but it’s pretty self-explanatory.  I had the cooking washi tape forever and never used it, and with all the gorgeous food porn on Pinterest and Instagram it seemed like a match made in om-nom-nom heaven.  All the images are, as you might imagine, of vegan recipes.

I plan to do a blog post on my favorite food blogs and Instagrams soon, so you’ll see sources on these gorgeous foodstuffs as well as my experiences with their sources.

Font: Virginia Sky (free)

April 21-30 – Pink and Grey Theme

I went outside my comfort zone for this week’s color theme – I’m normally really not into pink, especially light pink or anything approaching “blush and bashful.”  I kept seeing all these vintage photos and planner sticker themes out there with a sort of pale rose color, and decided to see how I liked it paired with a soft grey.  Turns out I liked it a lot, at least for a week!  I find I like a lot of colors and combinations in my planner that I’d never wear or decorate with – my wardrobe is almost all dark colors and earth tones, and my bedroom is varying shades of blue and grey and green to mimic the Pacific Northwest as much as I can,  but in my planner I’ll try all sorts of stuff.  After all, if I don’t like it, I only have to look at it for a few days.

Font: Velvetberries 

Got any suggestions for themes I should try?  Leave ’em in comments.  I can’t promise I’ll do them, but I love new ideas!  Coming up with something every week can be kind of taxing, which is how I started doing color themes two or three times a month.  

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Planner Friday – Moody Blues

Another color theme this week; that’s becoming sort of my default these days, when more creative themes are in short supply.  When in doubt, go to design-seeds and pick a palette or search “dark blue” on Pinterest and see what happens.

One thing I’ve decided is to do away with the meal planning bit on the sidebar next week; I’m just not using it, and I think I got better use out of the “this week” list that used to be there.  I still haven’t figured out how to plan food for the week but neither of the stickers I’ve made have worked worth a damn.  That’s the cool thing about planners, even if you don’t make your own stuff – you can always try a different strategy to get what you need out of your system.  Or you can chuck it and find a whole new system!  

The important things are these:

1 – Your planner is useful and helps you accomplish what you want to accomplish (whatever that means for you)

2 – Your planner keeps you coming back to it, which could mean it’s crazy pretty, or that it’s strictly utilitarian, whatever gets your fangs out.  

This week’s font:  Beautify Script (free)

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End of March Planner Roundup

I got kind of behind in posting weeklies in March, so here’s the return of the monthly review.

February 27-April 5 – Moana Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Font:  Vaiana, available on Etsy

March 6-12 – Spring Wildflowers Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Font: Cupcake!

March 13-19 – Mermaid Washi Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Mermaid Washi – available here

Bookmark – available here

March 20-26 – Ostara Theme

Font:  Druchilla

As I said on Instagram:  Blessed Ostara! The Spring Equinox was always one of my favorite Pagan holidays. A day for renewal and rebirth in more ways than one. May it be so for all.

 

March 27-April 2 – Turquoise & White Theme

Font:  Jenthill

Note – the “washi” strips with the white flowers aren’t actually washi, so there’s no source for them – I made them just with a strip of color and a wingding font I got for free somewhere.  

 

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