Monday, November 30, 2015

T is For Taking It Easy

 Good day everyone! Hope those of you that celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Despite the work I had to do we had a lovely time:

 An eclectic mix of things for the table-including a printed linen cloth from my great grandmother, a vintage tablecloth and napkins, some newer wine glasses, vintage cut glass water glasses from Aunt Betty along with the carnival glass centerpiece she also had given me, vintage silver that belonged to a dear elderly friend who gave them to me before she passed away.

                                                                I made a 14 lb turkey

 And here we are having dessert: hubby, my Mom, Aunt Betty , Kyra-Todd's GF (she is a doll!), and our son Todd.

 The reason for my post title? Well, hubby has been battling a nagging cold for the last two weeks and guess what? I began with a bad sore throat Sunday and by this AM I could hardly talk and developed a nasty cough. We did manage to get to an art museum and lunch Sunday but those photos will have to wait for another time. There was NO Black Friday shopping for me-nor cyber Monday shopping either. It was all I could do to post this today along with photos of a DIY planner I made for next year.

 Here is the you tube video I used to make my planner:

 It's by thefrugalcrafter - Lindsay Weirich. As soon as I came across it I knew I had to make one for myself! I pretty much followed her directions. Here is mine:

 My front and back covers. I took two photos of journal pages I had done for the last Summer Of Color Challenges, resized them and printed them to slip into the plastic.

 Here's a view showing all the tabs and pages etc:

And here are a few pics of the inside:

 This is the first folder which holds my dollar store week at a glance book that I recovered in decorative paper and washi tape.

 This is my month at a glance section. Each month was printed from the site recommended in the video.

 This is the category I labeled for art projects and ideas. there are two pockets and paper for writing notes. My category dividers were laminated just as Lindsay did and what a difference it makes!

 Here's another:

 This category is for food-recipes, shopping etc.

 And one more:

This category is for Christmas ideas, gifts etc.

 I did add a few other categories too. What I SO love about this is that I can change out the covers, book and month pages each year and still have this binder intact with dividers and pockets!! Plus, I did not buy anything outside of the binder itself. Everything else was from my stash!

 My question for you is-do you use any type of planners? I have always used  several but I love being able to keep just this one for everything.

 Linking to my T Stands For Tuesday peeps at Altered Book Lover. I'll be around to visit with lots of tea in tow. Please pardon my coughing :)

        "Never look back unless you are planning to go that way."      Henry David Thoreau


  1. So sorry you are sick! Please take care of yourself ♡ Your planner is fantastic and I'll have to check out the video . Thanks for sharing! !! Get better !

  2. You are so creative and on the 'ball' ~ lovely work and lovely family ~ glad you had a good one! xox

    Wishing you a magical week,
    artmusedog and carol

  3. That binder is awesome. I love The Frugal Crafter - she has so many great ideas. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

  4. Love the file you made to hold all your things, beautifully decorated, too. Your thanksgiving table looks great, and the turkey looks delicious. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  5. i love the photos of the planner and must check out the Video. actually i do not have such an artistic planner, just a dull "Dentist, lunch-appointment, stampers´ Meeting..." one, in which are the Dates of all Family members so we don´t cross our intentions...
    take care of yourself and take it slowly!

  6. I'm sorry you're feeling so grotty. Hope you feel better soon.
    Thank you for sharing the Thanksgiving photos.As we Europeans don't celebrate Thanksgiving, it is interesting to see. Nice to meet your family. Lovely turkey. What do you eat at Christmas? Another turkey?
    Your planner is great! I'd love one. I like to be organised. Must see if they sell things like that in this country. (I live in a village out in the sticks, miles away from any large shops) But we are going to Holland and will look there after Christmas. Living out in the sticks, in a foreign country, I have no idea what Black Friday is. I see it in advertising and I know that stores do discounts then. Apparently everyone goes out shopping. I think I would actually avoid that day for shopping.
    Well, hope you get better soon,
    Happy T Day!

  7. Get well soon dear Linda !
    Wow what a fabulous Thanksgiving table and the turkey looks brilliant !
    Your planner ist super.... very well done! Lindsay is such a creative and generous artist and crafter! Her channel is a gift !

    Happy T-Day !

  8. Hope you and your dh are recovering quickly! I really admire the journal you made--I'm going to watch the video as soon as I post my comment. I usually just use a cheap dollar store calendar to keep track of appointments, parties,birthdays, etc.

  9. Sorry you are feeling rough but the photo of the dinner table is lovely and I think having all those bits and pieces from different loved ones is perfect for Thanksgiving. Love your planner, it looks fabulous! Annette

  10. Happy T-day Linda......sorry to hear your battling the same thing DH and I are........this is nasty stuff....... and my poor nose. My sore throat only lasted two day.....about two days too long!

    LOVE your table setting !!!! and your turkey looked delicious.

    Yes, I have made that same planner......I like Lindsey too. I just have never have gotten into the habit of using a planner. I had an appointment book for the many years I did nails but my life is a little on the boring side, so there is nothing to put "into" the planner....LOL My little binder now houses stamps....and my pocket pages became dividers for finished cards...*grin*

    Happy T-day

  11. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving photos. Your turkey looks great! I'm so glad that you and your family had a nice holiday dinner. I'm sorry to hear that you are sick, though. Hope you'll feel better soon.

    I do use a planner. For the past several years, I've been using one from Polestar Calendars, which is a Canadian company. My planner is nowhere near as fancy as yours, but it serves me well. I think I might have to do a planner share post sometime, since I've been enjoying seeing other people's planners.

    Take care!

  12. So sorry to hear you're not well. Hope you make a speedy recovery. Love your planner and will check out the video for inspiration. Thanks for the link.

  13. Your Thanksgiving table is lovely :)

    I have a little purse-sized filofax I use, mostly for taking notes when I'm out and about.

  14. i love your planner and what a huge turkey

  15. This looks like such good idea - I think I have to make one!! Sorry to hear your weekend was spoilt - hope you feel better soon! Chrisx

  16. Wow! Your Thanksgiving table looks wonderful. That turkey looks yumm. Linda your planner looks great. I too must think of something similar to this for 2016.
    Happy Tuesday

  17. Oh no! I hope you get well a whole heck-of-a-lot faster than we have over here.
    I'll have to watch that video. I have a Franklin Covey planner (which is a binder) and a Bullet (which isn't) that I use all the time. Things like pockets and dividers and such are always fun to have in a binder planner. Happy T-Day! :)

  18. I do use a planner, from Meade- about 5"x7"...but mostly it ends up covered in doodles and art. I record a few things each day that I did... Love yours! happy T day!

  19. I wish you were feeling better, dear. I hope by now you have at least lost that nasty cough.

    Looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and great company, too. That turkey looks good, even for this vegetarian (grin).

    That's a great planner. I keep a calendar, but it's things that I've done, not to do lists. Yours looks great.

    Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving dinner, your art, your wine (as if I hadn't noticed) and your lovely family for T this Tuesday.

  20. That's an awesome planner! Hope you are feeling better. I made a 14 lb turkey on Saturday for us since Thanksgiving was at my inlaws...we got no leftovers.

  21. Hello and Happy T Day! Sorry to hear you and hubby are sick, please rest and feel better soon. So nice of you to join us even under the weather. Yay for a nice family Thanksgiving, it all looks good and nice family photo to treasure.
    Linda, I love love your planner, how fun to make it yourself and the way you want it too. I don't use planners but love seeing others. Have fun with yours and thanks for sharing it! Feel better and savor some quiet time resting. xo

  22. Hello Linda,
    I am glad you had a good family Thanksgiving. I was sorry to hear both you and your hubby have been ill, I hope you both return back to good health soon.
    Your planner is marvelous! I need to do something like that too. Yours has such lovely cover and back! Well done : )

  23. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving photos with us all! It is nice to see your home and family! :-) Also I hope you are getting well again. Love the planner ! It is amazing! I am looking and seeing what to do for 2016 and this is right up my alley!

  24. Wonderful seeing your table, your turkey and family!!! Great journal too... wow a nice meaty post with beautiful art. Sorry you were sick...everyone seems to have it though... Take care!

    Hugs Giggles


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