Planner Friday: Everything is Normal…Yeah.

Well, Plum Paper got me for another year – I just ordered my 2017 planner, just like my 2016 only with fewer added sections.  I realized I’d rather create my own checklists and such than use premade ones, so I just got a bunch of note pages in the back.

I am, however, ordering a custom planner cover from Erin Condren; you’ll certainly see it when it gets here.  I’m rather in love with the design I came up with.

Since last week the last thing I felt like doing was posting about planners, here are two weeks’ worth of themes.  Last week was pretty simple, just another Autumn theme that was sort of “fallen leaves and books” based.

This week was all about purple.  I’ve done a purple theme before but I loved this one soooooo much.  I can tell I’ve done it right when I enjoy opening my planner and just looking at the pages, and writing in my to-do list is a pleasure rather than a chore.

I thought about doing something political, but decided that was the last thing I wanted to stare at all week.  Maybe later when it doesn’t sting quite so much.

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Planner Friday: Witchy Women (and one Sorcerer Supreme)

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Last week was vampires, this week of course is Witches – but I decided to stick with “realistic” depictions rather than, say, Harry Potter versions.  By realistic I suppose I mean actual humans who at least give lip service to the belief systems or practices of their real-world counterparts (Wiccan and otherwise).  None of them are what I’d call accurate, but I find something spiritually satisfying about each of them regardless.

(Click the pic for a larger view, as usual.)

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Along with the Witchy characters I included some of my favorite images of Witchery from the internet…and one Sorcerer Supreme, since I’m going to see him on Saturday and I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS MOVIE OMG I CAN’T EVEN.

As far as who’s who, we have:

Monday – Willow and Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Tuesday – Sally Owens from Practical Magic
Wednesday (top) – Gillian Owens from Practical Magic
Friday – Aunt Frances from Practical Magic
Weekend – The coven from The Craft.

The font, which is one of my recent favorites, is Spiders and Sparrows, available free on dafont.com.

Have a magical weekend!

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Planner Friday: Movin’ on Up (Like George and Wheezy)

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to pack yo’ shit and move.”

This week is all about transitions.  The month is changing, the season is (slowly and grudgingly) changing, next week I start a new day job (OMG) and Saturday my roomie and I are moving house.  It’s been a rocky process to say the least, and I just about came unspooled today from cumulative stress and uncertainty.  But we’re on the downhill run, even though it doesn’t seem so, and day after tomorrow some young men with large muscles and a big truck will load up all of our stuff, we’ll load up the animals, and off we go.  It’s only about six miles away but feels like another continent – I’ve lived in the same Austin neighborhood for 12 years!

At any rate, I decided to bust out the map washi tape I’ve had for months and do a theme based on travel, movement, journeys, and the like.  I really had fun with the two maps – they’re actual images from Google Maps of my old and “new” neighborhoods (technically I’m moving back to an area I’ve lived in before), which I tinted sepia and then used colored pencil to make them a little more vintage-y.  I love the dotted line connecting the two – it was a moment of inspiration that turned out really cute.

The new feature this week is the shopping list sticker.  It ended up being pretty handy, so I think I’ll add it to my weekly framework.  Every week I have some variation of the “Dailies” sidebar, the column headers (usually there’s “to do,” “events,” and “writing,” but I haven’t needed the latter two with the move going on), the this-and-next-week headers, and the weekend header.  I have their dimensions memorized so I can make new ones every week in about five minutes, using whatever font and colors I think go with the theme.  I build the whole theme in the Silhouette Studio app that came with my Cameo machine, though I don’t actually cut them with the machine most of the time; I slice them up with my paper trimmer and take them with me to Starbucks on Sunday afternoon as part of my weekly planning ritual.

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If you’re after map washi like mine, you can find the same one here on Etsy; you can also just search Etsy for “map washi” and come up with several different styles.

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And here’s the song stuck in my head thanks to this post’s title, just to share the love:

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Planner Friday: Hail and Welcome Fall, Dammit!

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It’s Fall!  It’s Fall!

Well, sort of.  It won’t start to feel like Fall for another few days when the first official “cold front” of the year reaches Texas, but the timing is pretty spectacular – a temperature dip right after Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox (And timed beautifully to help my move next week be a bit less miserable.  Seriously, the last couple of weeks have been awful, weather-wise.).

Like many sane people Autumn is my favorite time of year, so even though I’m busier than a condom dispenser at a  Beltaine festival, I took a few minutes to gank some Autumn images from Pinterest and throw together a pretty theme for the week.  I picked things that still had some green and had a sense of transition about them, both because Fall in Texas is still green (we get some color but nothing like places with four actual seasons) and because this is a highly liminal time for me – I’m about to shift from one phase of life to another, both in terms of where I live and my employment status.  That would be plenty of transition for any given year, let alone a single season (or in this case a single week – argh!).

I’m working on a theme for next week that will embody that sense of impending change – I’m trying to get it done quickly before the week ramps up and my brain turns to mush.  Wish me luck, and in the meantime enjoy this week’s theme, which gave me a nice sense of exhalation and calm just looking at it.

(I especially like the “turn, turn, turn” image on Sunday – I’ll be going back to that one and trying to find a source for download.  It needs to be on my altar.)

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Planner Fridays: Find Your Stars

This week’s theme is kind of special to me.

Recently I splurged on a $5 roll of washi tape from Hong Kong.  I told myself I wasn’t going to buy any more until I was using what I had more regularly, but this time, I couldn’t resist.  It was washi made from Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and you know how I feel about that painting.

This was my original Starry Night theme – you might remember it, but it was December 2015 so I’ll forgive you if you don’t. I can’t for the life of me find a blog post about it.  Maybe I didn’t make one, I dunno.

Anyway, a year later, I bought the tape and decided it was time to do another starry theme.  I have a long-standing love of the night sky, from a spiritual perspective, dating back to my first reading of Strands of Starlight; the concept of the Web that I use in the Shadow World novels originated in Baudino’s concept of the Dance.  I found that concept echoed in the idea of Indra’s Net, and when I’m out somewhere with a view of the full beauty of the night sky, I can see the lines connecting star to star as clearly as the stars themselves.  To this day I use the night sky in visualizations and meditation.

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This is my current lock screen. “Find your stars” is directly from the Strands of Starlight series, and I use it as a sort of mindfulness verse. Stop, exhale, look for the starry sky in my mind, and breathe in its light.

Thus, I built this week’s theme around Van Gogh’s washi and my favorite poetic quote from Sarah Williams, which you can see on the Sunday column.  I really needed the reassurance of the stars this week.

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(click image to enlarge, as per usual)

I’ve been trying to find the artist of the starry Goddess on Thursday’s column – not only to give her proper artistic credit, but to hopefully get a print of that image, which I absolutely adore.  I tried TinEye and Google and Pinterest but only found a single link to the original Tumblr post which seems to go nowhere.  If by some off chance you recognize the work and know where I can find the artist, let me know!  I’d love to have that Goddess hanging on my new bedroom wall.

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