Sylvan Points at Stuff: Favorite YouTube Channels

Been a while since I pointed at anything, so let’s have some videos!  

I am a woman of odd enthusiasms, as are, I imagine, many of my readers.  Looking at the channels I subscribe to on YouTube or the Instagrams I follow would be pretty instructive to those trying to figure me out – just, um, don’t read too much into my Tumblr, I’m really not *that* into gay porn.

I think the entire internet just gave me this face:

While Instagram for me is mostly pretty things and food, however, I actually use my YouTube for some practical purposes, including getting the hell to sleep.  I follow a number of meditation music channels and ASMR-related channels to help my anxiety and help me sleep, so they make up a significant chunk of what you’d see on my feed.  I also have several art-related folk I follow, particularly devoted to art journaling and the like, and remarkably few planner-related bloggers, although I used to follow a bunch. A lot of planner-related channels pay way more attention to things like dieting than I really want to hear about, not to mention some of the ones I used to really enjoy have stopped updating (the eternal YouTube struggle).

Here then are some of my favorite YouTube channels, in no particular order.  I’m not listing some of the more obvious ones, like Maru – I wanted to point out YouTubers you might not have heard of.

ASMR Rooms

This channel is brilliant – the creator has built a variety of “rooms” that are basically soundscapes, combining nature sounds, ambient sounds, occasionally voices, and the background noise of a particular location.  In this example she’s captured the Ravenclaw Common Room at Hogwarts, but she’s done rooms from Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, and others.  They’re all incredibly soothing and evocative.

Peaceful Cuisine

Another ASMR-ish sort of channel, this one combines lovely cooking noises with vegan recipes.  There are usually two versions of each recipe, one with music and one just with the cooking sounds so you can listen as you watch.  I’ve always found cooking sounds – like dicing, pouring, and stirring – really soothing, and the videos are beautifully shot.  The creator is Japanese and occasionally appears on camera but the emphasis is always on the food and the process of prep and cooking.

YellowBrick Cinema – Relaxing Music

A prolific channel for meditation and relaxation music.  They post at least once a day.  Some of their posts are classical music, some acoustic, some ambient, and they range from 15 minutes to 6 hours in length.  There are also videos meant to help soothe babies to sleep, and music for reiki and healing practices.

Vicky Papaioannou

Vicky is one of my favorite art/craft YouTubers, partly because of her wonderful Greek accent, partly because I enjoy the bright exuberance of her style, and partly because her cat Ginger makes periodic appearances walking around on her work table.  I’m not into making handmade cards, but I enjoy watching her try new techniques and show off new supplies, and her art journals are a totally different style from what I originally found online.  It’s obvious how much she loves doing what she does.  

Yoga With Adriene

Adriene is from right here in ATX, which was my impetus for clicking on her “beginners’ yoga” video when I was tooling around YouTube looking for videos to start playing with.  I loved her almost immediately – her teaching style is a good combination of woo-woo and pragmatic, asking students to meet themselves where they are and “find what feels good.”

She’s definitely not a plus-sized yogini, and there are a couple of weight loss videos on her channel, but she typically doesn’t bring up that sort of thing unless that’s the subject of the video.  Since that’s not what I’m there for, I just steer clear of those and stick with what inspires me.  She has videos that focus on all sorts of needs, from yoga for your back and shoulders, to yoga for swimmers or cyclists, yoga for migraines, anger management, yoga for those in wheelchairs, you name it.  There are also meditations and some videos that focus on getting deeper into a particular pose.

I also love her dog Benji.  You know you’re watching an Austin yoga video when the teacher’s dog is in it.

Molly Roberts: HerSpeak

A relative newcomer to my lineup, I happened across Molly when looking for meditations, and I don’t know if it’s her voice, her enthusiasm, or just her flat out adorableness, but I was hooked.  I’m planning to go back to the beginning of her channel and watch anything that sounds appealing.

Molly’s a Pagan YouTuber, and does videos on magick, ritual, and some of my favorite subjects:  BoS/Grimoirekeeping and altar building.  To be perfectly honest it had never occurred to me to look for BoS tours and altar show-and-tell the way I’ve watched planner-walkthrough videos, and how could I have been so blind?!?  Those were always some of my favorite aspects of the Craft, and if I had a remotely video-friendly bone in my body I’d do a walkthrough of my old, hand-drawn BoS just to show how much work and love went into it way back when.

Anyway, thanks to Molly I have a whole new YouTube rabbit hole to fall down, and I’m looking forward to it.  But in the meantime I just love listening to her talk (her voice is an ASMR trigger at times, which only makes it that much more awesome) and love her ideas.  Not to mention she combines magick with something else I love hearing about:  Bullet Journaling.

Incidentally, do you have any mystical or spiritual YouTubers you love?  Pretty much any tradition, as long as it’s non-conservative.  I’m a soul-slut, as you know.  What I’d really love to see are more Pagan planners, bullet journalers, or BoS-keepers.  Recommend away in comments, on Facebook, or Twitter.  

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30 Days of Lists, Day 1

Here we go!  I’m so glad it’s September!  Summer can stuff itself in a paper bag, light itself on fire, and drop itself on Texas’ front porch.

Every Thursday this month I’ll be posting my week’s worth of lists for the 30 Days of Lists challenge, which I’ve done several times before.

You can see the lists every day if you’d rather, by following me on Instagram.

I’m preparing to move house this month so I might get a little behind here and there, but without my creative pursuits I will likely go insane and take you all with me, so I will endeavor to keep up with writing and listing and planning while all this is going on.

Anyway, here’s my book for this year’s challenge.  I started like I often do with a blank, black Moleskine Cahier notebook, and dug through my scrap papers for pretty things.  I crumpled up and inked the blue patterned paper, then inked up the dark blue stamped piece and stamped the title.  It’s pretty simple, but I really like the color combination and its overall look.  The individual tabs are just punched-out circles with stamped numbers.  Links to some of the products are below; I couldn’t remember where the patterned paper came from, sorry.

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Inside front cover.
Inside front cover.

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink pads in Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire
Versafine ink in Black Onyx (for stamping)
Number stamps:  Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABCs
Tsukineko Sponge Daubers
Hero Arts lowercase alphabet stamps
Moleskine Cahier blank notebooks (set of 3)


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Planner Friday –

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I’ve been sick as at least one kind of dog, possibly two, so I haven’t had the wherewithal to do much on the planner front besides stick things to other things.

I did however really like how this week turned out – it’s an example of how planning like this can be emotionally beneficial.  It’s easy to forget you have any sort of long-term goals when your short-term life kind of looks like the same brick wall you’ve bashed your face into a hundred times already.  But this week’s theme was a nice reminder that there is someplace I want to be, and by damn, someday I’ll get there, even if my planning acumen has yet to extend to something that big and dramatic.

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The “daily expenses” stickers are kind of an experiment, but I don’t think they’ll last.  As much as I need to keep better tabs on my money I don’t think that’s the right.

Several of the images are photos I took on my trip to the West Coast several years ago.  I also drew the little Ostara bunny sticker (techincally Ostara was on the 20th this year but I’m doing well to remember what month things are in, so I usually stick with the generic 21st for solstices and equinoxes).

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Washi tape is by Recollections @ Michaels (I believe it was the Modern Boho collection) – I sliced it in 1/4ths to make the long strips.

Font is Woodgod.

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Planner Friday – Drawing (on) a Blank

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So, this week I saw someone on Instagram who’d declared it a “sticker free week” and just wrote and doodled everything.  I didn’t feel much like screwing with the Cameo and couldn’t think of a color scheme or anything to inspire me with my already-made stickers, so I thought, great idea!  No stickers at all this week!

Next thing I knew I was bleeding.  I was doing something ill-advised with a pair of precision scissors while I was pondering the planner, and somehow managed to stab myself.  So, I had to revise my plan a little, and used some blank scraps of sticker paper to cover up the areas I’d intended to draw on just to cover up the blood.

I never did quite finish all the doodling I figured I’d do, but still, the week turned out prettily.  Sometimes a little extra white space is a refreshing change.

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I ended up using a few non-decorative stickers – I didn’t feel like drawing out all those TV logos.  But I did draw the cupcakes!  There were a lot of birthdays this week.

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I had planned to do a pretty quote of some kind on the sidebar, so I kept the mood tracker to just a few circles, but it’s still a big empty space.  Still, the week’s not over yet. If I manage to do anything else with it I’ll post pics on Instagram.

Incidentally I post images of planner stuff throughout the week on Instagram, but also of the shrines I’m working on – there are some awesome pieces happening over here at Tiny Relics.  I give out coupon codes and stuff as well, not to mention the usual cat pictures and strange selfies in bad lighting, so if you’re into that sort of thing c’mon over and follow me on Instagram.

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Planner Friday: Behind the Curtain

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When I started making planner stickers, I cut them out by hand and then peeled them off the sheet one by one.  I realized pretty quickly that making my customers do that was deeply annoying and way less professional than most of the other Etsy shops.  There was only one cure:  I needed a Silhouette Cameo.

The Cameo is one of a line of cutting machines – they don’t just make stickers, but can emboss, etch, draw, and cut through a variety of materials from cardstock to vinyl and fabric. For the average sticker maker they’re a bit on the “hell no, do you see how much that thing COSTS?” but if you run a sticker shop it’s soooooo worth it.

I thought I’d give you a peek at how the whole thing works.  It’s kind of a mysterious process to a  lot of people – how does the machine work?  How does it know what to cut?

Basically, it goes like this:

  1. Design your sticker in whatever graphics program you like.
  2. Import the design to the Cameo’s software.
  3. Create a print-and-cut file.
  4. Print and cut.

Here’s a slightly closer look, in pictures.  Click on each to see larger (and read the notes I added; they may or may not be big enough on your screen.)

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