Showing posts from September, 2012

Lessons Never Learned

Why is it that I never learn my lesson when it comes to my planner?  I have been faced with this situation before—I tried Franklin Covey inserts , tried trimming them so they would fit nicely in a personal Filofax .  In the end I didn’t like how the repunched holes took up more writing than I had anticipated.  I abandoned the idea altogether.  But that didn’t stop me from trying again .  I didn’t learn then, and I didn’t learn now. A while back, I decorated my monthly tabs with scenes from a Vermont calendar.  This worked very well—I love them, love looking at a new scene each month.  And since that worked so well, I wanted to decorate my tabbed sections in a similar fashion.  I tried this once before as well.  That resulted in my compact binder being too bulky and my not being able to turn the pages with ease.  So I removed those tabs from my compact binder and added them to my household Malden .  However, those tabs were decorated with thick cardstock-type paper, so of co

NYC Meet Up Canceled

Just in case anyone hadn't RSVPed but was thinking of joining the NYC meet up on Saturday (September 22) , I am sad to say that it has been canceled.  We had a number of people who could not make it, so the remaining three of us decided to hold off until we have a bigger group.  (I am having knee trouble at the moment as well, so it helps me out not to have to be up on my feet for the good part of the day it would take me to travel and attend.) I would like to say that we will reschedule for later in the fall, but I don't know if that will pan out.  If I have a free weekend in November or December to schedule something, I will definitely post about it here to see if there is enough interest.  I know it's difficult to plan anything extra as we approach the holidays and end of the year. We have usually done a meet up in the spring, so if nothing else, we will look to meet then.  I know it's a long way off, but sometimes life just gets in the way of well laid plans.

The Future of Filofax – An Open Letter to Helena Bloomer of Slam PR

I don’t like confrontation. I thought long and hard about whether or not to post this, simply because it goes against my nature to argue anything, especially here on my blog. However, I have to agree with Zoe on this front (I couldn’t come up with anything more to add to her honest opening). I am not doing this to be confrontational; I am not doing this because it’s “trending” its way around the blogosphere worldwide; I am doing this out of loyalty, love and respect of a community with which I have been involved for several years. I have interacted with wonderful people there, found similarities and commonalities among us that go far beyond planner usage and organizational needs, have had people tell me they understand what I am going through and offered support—that is very rare in an online community, a community of virtual strangers. It is because of this community that I have actually met some people that I never would have otherwise and have made some very good friends, wit

In Honor of J and Holy Matrimony

I’m not exactly sure of her timeline, but if you’ve been reading J’s blog , you know that she is now married and will be returning from her honeymoon soon.  In honor of all things wedding, I am dedicating this post to J and B (and J’s Malden for all the hard work (s)he’s put in ) as a sort of wedding gift.  This was a joint effort by several in the Philofaxy community (thank you to all who helped me put to this together and for all of the ideas that were expressed on Twitter the day of J's wedding, which was the springboard for this entire post).  Please sit back and enjoy… Source Indie and Songbird Nonleather request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Diamond Deco to Handsome Malden on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at one o'clock in the afternoon Fast forward to the day of the wedding and envision… Reverend Portland is officiating: Source The choir is singing a delightful version of “ There Is Love .”

For Nan: Hair 101 – A Test in Self-Confidence

This post is something that I wrote back in 2006.  Yesterday, Nan made mention about the possibility of going to a salon that she’s “not cool enough” to go to (her words, not mine—I say she IS cool enough for anything).  Below, you will see that I have had the same feeling about myself.  So, this is for you, Nan! **Disclaimer: I am not trying to offend anyone with anything I have written here (six years ago).  I am a very sarcastic person, and this post was written in jest (with a smattering of truth about my own self-confidence issues, back in 2006).  The real issue here is just that—my own lack of self-confidence (back in 2006) and not an issue with any type of person regardless of their physical appearance and/or personality.  Please read it in the humorous way that it was intended.  And again, I wrote this six years ago—I’d like to think that I have grown up some since then.** I just came back from the hair salon.  It’s always a baffling experience for me – a mix of man

Guest Post from Zoe: What’s In my Bag

As part of the Philofaxy All Stars Blog Tour , today’s post is brought to you by the fabulous Zoe of Zeitgeist of Zoe .  If you have never visited her blog, do it.  Now.  (Well, maybe after you’ve read this post.)  I promise, you won’t be disappointed. What’s in my bag?  Glad you asked. Fair warning…this post is going to leave a lot to be desired after Kanalt’s glorious bag post on my blog last week (especially because I only have, like, one measly bag to write about)! But here goes nothin’… For Autumn, I’m using a Coach bag that I scored last year at the outlet for way cheap. I think it was something like $89, which I know doesn’t technically count as cheap, but it is for Coach, so bear with me. This bag is light grey signature fabric with large black C’s scattered all over it. The trim is black patent leather. The lining is simply black fabric. What I liked about the bag was its messenger-esque quality; I thought it would carry a lot while still looking stylish. T

Guest Post at Steve Morton

As part of the Philofaxy All Stars Blog Tour , my latest post can be found at the blog of the very talented  Steve Morton . Enjoy!

Reminder: New York City Meet Up

There are still five spots available for the Philofaxy meet up in New York City on Saturday, September 22.   Click here for all of the details.

Guest Post at Zeitgeist of Zoe

As part of the Philofaxy All Stars Blog Tour , today's post is over at the brilliant Zeitgeist of Zoe .  Head over there and check it out!

Guest Post at Bluebonnet Reads

My first Philofaxy All Stars post of 2012 has been published.  Please visit the fabulous Bluebonnet Reads to read all about my book life.

All Stars Post: Philofaxy Web Finds: How They Are Created by Steve Morton

Today we have a special guest post.  As part of the Philofaxy All Stars Blog Tour , Steve has offered to share how Web Finds posts are created. Web Finds on Philofaxy are posts containing a collection of links to all the Filofax blog posts on the web in the last few days. It’s a focal point for anyone interested in Filofax organisers, who wants to read about other peoples set ups and their creations, but without having to search the internet for the posts themselves. Twice a week Philofaxy serves up a varied set of links to blog posts from around the web.   I’ve been putting these posts together for nearly two years now. Although there were a few similar posts on Philofaxy as far back as July 2009, we became serious about sharing these posts in about 2011 and they have become more and more popular as the Filofax blogging community has grown. So how are the Web Finds posts created every 3-4 days? Posts are created from a clean sheet twice a week, although the format/la