Monday, 26 September 2016

Confessions of a Plannerholic #10 - My Top Must See Films

When I saw this topic I immediately knew which films I would be putting on my list! Aside from planners, food, Guinea pigs, rabbits, horses and teapots my biggest interest is film and television. Often food is involved too so it's all good :) 

There's so many I could choose and from so many different is hard to shortlist them. Below are a few of the ones I couldn't leave off the list....I say a few...I've left one or two without further note otherwise we could be here all day!

In no particular order...

K-Pax (2001)
I watched this film with my mum one weekend when I still lived back at home. I remember we rented it from blockbuster - back when it still existed and people rented hard copies of films, how I miss walking into there and seeing film upon film, then the disappointment where the film you were after wasn't available. I remember being pretty dubious, as at the time this certainly wasn't my kind of film. Too slow paced and not enough psychological thrillerness to it. I ended up watching its with my mum anyway, and I'm so glad I did. The characters and themes strongly resonated with me, I love Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Prot and that the writers/directors left ending up for interpretation. There was no way I was going to miss this one off the list!

Elf (2003)
Will Farrel's best role and the only role I've ever found him funny in. I watch this every single Christmas without fail!

Pay It Forward (2000)
A film given to me as a present by someone dear to me. She'd mentioned it a few times and when I said I hadn't seen it she decided to change that! I can honestly say that no matter how many times I watch this film I'm always left in bits by the ending. Another beautiful portrayal by Kevin Spacey (there's a bit of a theme developing here but I promise they don't all include him!) and Haley Joel Osment as Trevor (he is just so stinking cute as a kid!!), their chemistry on screen is awesome.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Monster Squad (1987)
A film of cheesy 80s kids and Halloween monsters, what more could you want?

The Goonies (1985)
I was introduced to this film by my partner....all I can say about this film is how much I love Chunk. He is basically me, if I were a boy living in America in the 80s. I know so much of this film word for word but I still love snuggling up on the sofa and watching this film with a bowl of popcorn or crisps!

The Burbs (1989)
Another film introduced to me by my partner, seriously he knows all the best cult films to watch! This film makes me chuckle so much, I love the chemistry between Ray (Tom Hanks) and Art (Rick Ducommun), you totally believe them to be grown up boys getting themselves into mischief. Also hats off to Tom Hanks for eating the pretzel and sardines....bleurgh!

Hear No Evil, See No Evil (1989)
This film had me howling with laughter. I adore Gene Wilder in all his films, but he is just perfect in this film. Very typical of an 80s film (another one, yes, but in my defence some of THE best films are from this decade, they just don't make 'em like they used to!) but classic non the less. It has a little American slapstick comedy, which isn't really my thing but there's plenty else to laugh at.

*Batteries not included (1987)
Another 80s cult classic. The special effects are primitive but I find more believable than today's world of CGI.

Stand By Me (1986)

12 Angry Men (1957)
First time I watched this was when it was shoved on in a psychology lecture, and I'll admit I was bored senseless, I remember playing squares and hangman with my friend in attempt to dull the boredom. I'm not sure what possessed me to watch it again, but man did I have a wrong impression about this film. It's actually pretty damn good! I now know who Henry James Fonder is...ha!

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Robin Williams is simply superb in this.

The Boat That Rocked (2009)
A film that takes me back to my uni days, sat on the sofa with my housemates singing along and laughing. I'd lost count how many times we'd watched it together.

The Godfather (1972)
Epically long classic, not my usual type of film as it is quite slow paced and I have a short attention span, but I watched it all the way through 1 to 3....finally!
Dances with Wolves (1990)
I saw this when I was ill, we had nothing left I hadn't seen and I came across this taped onto VHS. I'm not really a fan of Kevin Costner nor this film genre, but it surprised me in being actually a pretty decent watch!

Shawshank Redemption (1994)
My favourite part of this movie is getting to listen to Morgan Freeman narrate. There is just something so silky smooth about it *sighs*. There is something really earthy and gritty about the narrative and it gets me every time.

My Name Is Khan (2010)
This film speaks to me in so many ways, it has a funny yet very endearing message to be told.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
First time I watched this I didn't get it. I mentally switched off about 10 minutes in. Boy was I stupid. I gave it another shot as my partner said I was missing out....and he was right as usual lol but don't tell him that! 

Muppet's Christmas Carol (1992)
This one needs no explanation! It is simply amazeballs.

It's funny that some of my top must see films are not necessarily fantastic examples of cinematography, but it is more the time and place I was in when I watched them, made the fall into my top list...there haven't been many recent films but there a few, I just didn't mention them as most people will know about them! So yeah that's my list :)

Thanks for reading and let me know if you decide to watch any of them or if you have let me know what you thought of them!

Check out some of the other awesome contributors to this series!


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Confessions of a Plannerholic #2 Q&A

A few questions devised by Emma (thestationerygeekette) to help you delve a little into the mindset of a planner addict. I am always a bit rubbish with Q&As but hopefully it'll be enjoyable..haha!

What is your favourite planner?

Ahh. If I'm brutally honest I don't think I have one. I tend to swap around quite a bit, partly through boredom and partly because I feel guilty for not using all the planners I have! At the minute I'm using my A5 doki Midnight Zip and I'm loving the 'classyness' of it! I am also using an Hourly Erin Condren for work which is finally keeping me on track.

Does your planner have a name? If so what is it?

Weirdly enough for me, no, none of my planners have names. My cars do. They are called Nelly and Leecey (The Mint Green Machine). It has never struck me to personify my planners and give them names, to be honest I'd probably forget given the size of my collection.

Favourite Accessories.

Recently I've got myself into using highlighters for well you know highlighting stuff. I'm a very visual person so changes in colour draw my attention. Pens I'm not too fussy over, although when I find a comfy one I'll use it till the death...mourn its loss and move onto another comfy pen and the cycle repeats. So yeah definitely a comfy pen helps.

Paperclips and magnetic clips, awesome for when you need to clump bits together and flick back and forth between pages. I don't tend to decorate my planners too much, but I do pop the odd one or two in for visual appeal.

Planner Charms, you gotta love them! I like to use them as bookmark of sorts, so I can flip to my current page quickly, it also helps that they are pretty too.

What is your top planning tip?

Throw out the rules, throw out your concept of neat and pretty and have fun. My planner always looks a mess, it isn't as pretty or coordinated as other planners, but that's me in a nutshell. I'm messy and uncoordinated. I have fun, my planner is for me, no one else, so who cares!
So yes, my top tip is have fun and make mistakes.

Why Planners?

As previously mentioned I'm so uncoordinated it isn't even funny.  Planners and organised structure in general helps to keep on the right track. I have a tendency to become distracted by things and my short term memory is rather dire. Having things written down for me to refer to whenever I feel myself losing the plot helps. I have so much admiration for my mum who can hold a million and one things in her head, organise a very disorganised family and still function as a human being. I forget to eat most mornings.

If you were stuck on a desert island what would your top 5 items be that you would want to have?

 Assuming water, and ya know other important bits like food are provided for then I'd say;
- A Leatherman - 'cos it would be handy to have tools for doing stuff and that.
- A Toothbrush - so when you're feeling rather poop and gross from being on an island you can at least feel clean by brushing your teeth
- My SLR and a bunch of film - to document my time and for something to do - hopefully I'd be rescued and I could develop them.
- Pens and paper - to write all the things I have to say because there is no one else around to hear them, to show that I lived and breathed.
- A companion perhaps?

You win 1 million. You can only buy three things. What would buy and why?

Selfish me;
- A property with land & stables to keep horses and a donkey or two. Why? It's always been a dream.
- All of the Irregular Choice shoes *sighs* - do I need to explain why?
-  A world holiday or something or maybe a cheeseburger and a pint...mmmm!

I've enjoyed reading the answers some of the other contributors to the series have written. If you fancy a gander....check them out below:


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Zinnydori in tha house!!

Ahh. Well I was attempting the whole 'no spend thing'...yeah it didn't go so well. Pretty badly, if truth be told. I treated myself, like I always do when I'm feeling blue. I was perusing the web but I didn't see anything that took my fancy. I was looking up TNs and other Dori type notebooks and then I remembered Daisy (mygreencow)doing a review of her Zinny Dori.

Off I go and order myself a gorgeous Sour Lime TN. Paid up and felt that warm tingly feeling when you've just purchased yourself something new! I didn't think much of not getting a confirmation e-mail, having seen payment was successful I forgot about it. Whoops! Despite being the quite diligent (ha!) planner that I am and noting the order down in my 'online orders' page, several weeks had gone by before I remembered I hadn't recieved it! I popped a message to Zinny who was so lovely and helpful, investigating the issue for me. There was a glitch and my order had been missed so she got straight on to dispatching my dori and it arrived a few days later. Note to self: Keep track of orders in future.

It arrived packaged so beautifully with a fabricy type tissue paper stuff...seriously I've no idea what its called, but it is nice whatever it is. Kept that for journalling too, always a bonus when you have journalling materials included. A very generous gift as a means of apology for the hiccup, Zinny had included a written note and a weekly insert. It wasn't really an issue, these things happen but I was touched by the thought. Not sure what I'll use it for just yet, but it'll be put to good use, the splash of watercolour on the pages is just to inviting not to use!

Wow! The colour is stunning :) the closest thing I can liken it to is the Filofax Saffiano in Pear, the faux leather has a similar look but a much softer buttery type feel. I adore the stamp (her shop/business logo) Zinny has added, although I don't think it is on all of the colours available. It looks a bit odd without any inserts in it, as the stamp is quite big, but once I've stuffed it I think it will be dead cute!

The quality is superb, the stitching is all neat and tidy. Nothing really to fault. The pockets on the inside add quite a bit of bulk and weight, but visually the scalloped edges of the pocket go some way to overcome the potentially 'clunky' look and feel. It is nice and wide, so there is lots of room to stuff this planner with my art journals (I don't do day to day planning in a TN, it just never worked out for me!). 

Thankfully a handy zip pouch is included with the TN, I've already marked the back of it...blimming typical, although I'm not sure how well it will fit when it is holding all of my inserts...we shall see ;)

If you have thought about getting yourself one of Zinny's notebooks I would seriously consider doing so, you won't regret it!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

When a happy mail comes in....

First Happie Scrappie kit. Coffee theme

Ahh that feeling of happy warmth spreading through you (and no I'm not talking about when one wets oneself). No it is the most glorious of all days. Happy Mail Day! The day when everything feels right with world, when things just fall into place and harmony ensues....for about an hour anyway.
My long awaited, much coveted first Happie Scrappie is here in my very hands...well figuratively anyway, otherwise typing might be a little awkward.

I've been umming and ahhing about whether I should grab myself one of these packs, after spending several hours in the bottomless ocean that is youtube I decided I'd just do it, given the subscription is rolling and there's no issue with cancelling, if it I didn't like it, I could always cancel at any time. Bonus. So there I was putting in my data, whilst being driven to wherever it was we were going, ignoring J – much to his annoyance - get coffee most likely and bam it was done. Easy peasy. I twiddle my thumbs and stalk its progress via the tracking (love it when tracking comes FREE! I mean who doesn't?) for a few weeks and it arrives. It is here, hurrah!

I decided to opt for the travellers notebook kit, because I'm trying the whole TN thing - much love! Originally I began with just my gardening journal, documenting you know plants, dirt and pretty flowers and things. But more recently I've been drawn to the style and the idea of using it in conjunction with the whole bullet journaling system (yes I know I'm jumping on the bandwagon, so shoot me). So yeah, TN Kit it was.

Here it is for purposes of photos and because I was too tired to remember to take a picture of it on the floor which is where I found it all bleary eyed this morning. Just imagine it in a brown jiffy bag on some, shall we say interestingly red hued floor tiles (the previous owners of our house had some real interesting taste in d├ęcor.....they had wallpaper on their kitchen counter tops, need I say more?) and you get the picture of how it arrived.

Inside the kit is gorgeously presented in a cardstock envelope, with a little hint given as to the theme inside. I'm one of these people like surprises, only good ones mind, so I've been avoiding facebook and skipping posts to avoid spoilers. They seriously dampen my hype!

Ahh! And what do I see before me? Coffee, be still my beating heart. I LOVE coffee, like not just a little bit, seriously, uncontrollably, undeniably in love with coffee. Without it I couldn't function as a human, I'd be subhuman, one with underdeveloped capabilities of speech and social grace. Being a night owl does that to you. Not so sure about the cats bit...but hey I'll roll with it!

The notebook is scrummy. I was surprised at the quality, I know that sounds kinda bad right? But seriously sometimes when you get bits in boxes the paper thickness and construction can be a little bit underwhelming. But nah, not in this instance. The designs are really lovely, clearly a lot of thought has gone into this. Another thing I loved about it was there is a good amount of doodles before they are repeated. So I can either add my own, or alternatively cover if I fancy something a little different.
Here's a couple of my favourite doodles.

Paperclips! Who in their right mind would say no to a cute paperclip? Since I'm an avid teapot, mug and cup collector (I've mentioned this before right?), I may have let out a little, teeny, tiny squeal, just a small one mind, when I saw these beauties. I really love the way they've been presented, and I may have just kept hold of the card to use in my scrapbooking/journalling.

Eek there's even notepad! I live by these things. Even better it is double sided. I have these eco warrior moments, particularly with paper. I HATE wasting paper, I'll use every scrap of it up before I'll recycle it! (can you see the hoarding tendencies building?) But yes, the fact it is double sided makes my heart sing. I can list away to my hearts content and admire the colours and doodles. I'm a very visual type of person, colour/doodles etc really draw my attention. So they work for me, I see it, I do it.

The Stickers are awesome, a really good mixture of functional and decorational. They also pick up and run with the theme nicely. I'm looking forward to using these (at some point....the problem with stickers is I like to hoard them, I can never decide whether to use them or just look at them). 

Next out of the bag/envelope thingy are the die cuts/ephemera whichever term you prefer. They are printed and cut on lovely thick cardstock. No worries about scuffing or ripping these babies when working with them. Currently I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the smaller ones, most likely outcome is they'll go in my box of bits (which I rifle through and nab anything relating to my project). I may make a page marker or tip in type thing in my filofax or journal with the larger pieces, or I may not. I'll have a think on.

Mug coaster – love it, so cute! It now has a place next to my sewing machine for the days when I 'm sewing more bits for my etsy shop. Nice little addition to my current ones from my mums holidays away. I kept the packaging too! It's just too lovely to throw away.

Dashboard and page marker. Im not really a dashboard for TN person. I say that, but in truth I've never used one, or had the means (the plasticy wallety thingies) to have one. I guess I could wing it, or paperclip it in somehow but hey. I may just pop it on my wall above my desk as inspiration or something.


There was a pen. Imagine a black pen, with a twisty bit rather than a click bit. That's the one! I'm not sure what I've done with it. I used it to write something down (what one usually does with a pen) and then left it somewhere, or it has been swallowed up by the messy desk monster. But I remember it wrote smoothly and was rather comfy in the hand.

Overall thoughts, theme is well put to together, really looking forward to getting the next kit, I think its great value for money. Also love the envelopes that the kit comes in, perfect for revamping and using in another project. I'm looking forward to my next one!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Let us start in the middle...

I've been meaning to sit down and write this for weeks now, I open up a new document, begin writing a sentence or two then I blank. I just end up staring at the cursor blinking on the screen. I give up and walk away thinking “I'll just do it another day”. It has hit me that actually that day will never likely come. I'll just keep putting it off, thinking that inspiration will hit later.....nah. I've put aside crafting today after slicing my finger with a rotary blade and it is all gross so I can't be working with my hands. I'm a person that needs to be doing something, so after twiddling my thumbs for an hour or two (and a couple of episodes of OITNB – how have I only just discovered this!!) I am finally giving this a go.

I remember reading somewhere that you should add media to your posts to make them more interesting and attractive for readers. Yes, I did swat up on the “how to's” and the “do nots” but, I'm not a stickler for the rules. Imma just make my own way. But is a picture of a teapot. For like, reasons. Plus I like teapots. This is from my personal collection.

I've never been good at these introductory type of things. I'm a jump feet first in type of girl, and hope that people catch up along the way. I guess, technically speaking, there is no right way of doing this, although I'm sure a decent and proper introduction is helpful. Sets the scene and all that jazz, right? If I'm honest I never read introductory posts, I find them awkward. I just skip to the heart of a blog and read the posts that come after. This probably why I am struggling so much with my writing my own! I dabbled doing this on paper (since I organise everything on tech for me) but I find the words flow better on screen.

I'm just going go all listy on this one. I've tried the fancy worded stuff and it just sounds pants...ha! So listing it is :) (seriously though I LOVE me a list....I totally live by them). If you've read my bio (laying no blame if you haven't ;)) you'll know that I'm a twenty something living in a northern town with her long suffering partner (almost 12 years now...yikes) my herd of piggies, my two fluffy bunnies and a nutcase for a dog.

I am a self confessed hoarder and claimer of all things pretty. Major magpie.

My collections include:

  • teapots (the wackier the better), tea cups and saucers, and mugs.
  • Pencils (from days out when I was child...thankyou mum and dad for that one!)
  • Art supplies, paints, chalks, pastels, sketchbooks, scrapbooking supplies
  • wool for my knitting and crochet projects – one can never have enough of this stuff although its at the stage where I find it all over the house
  • planners and notebooks
  • children's books and rare/vintage books
  • beanie babies....who remembers them? Best place is charity shops...always come away with at least two!
  • Dream catchers and windchimes.

Luckily most of my obsessions coincide with my hobbies so, I have legitimate reasons for buying these things, despite my partner's protestations to the contrary.

I'm hoping this gives a flavour of who I am and what you can expect from me and my blog. Crafting related stuff and perhaps some other more lifestyle things thrown in, and anything else that grabs my interest :)

Ciao for now guys.