Monthly Archives: March 2011

Pilot Frixion Pens!


What she is now talking about pens!  Well yes I am!

As a child I collected pens everywhere I went and I ended up with quite a collection, even now as an adult I struggle to stop buying pens!  I love them!

Sorry I digress!  Pilot Frixion pens, have suddenly taken the Filofax world by storm, because of the wonderfully, comfortable writing position but also the ability to erase it with the end of the pen, if you make a mistake.

Most people I have come across tend to use the Ball which has a 0.7mm nib, and whilst I do like this pen, it is a little bit too thick for my Personal Filofax.  I tend to use the Ball in my work A4 Filofax, which has LOADS of space!

For my Personal I like the Pilot Frixion Point, which are just 0.5mm nib.  Yes 0.2mm makes a big difference in nib thickness!

As can be seen here!

Yesterday I ordered :-

The entire colour range of the Frixion Point as well as Red Ball pen!  Aren’t the lovely.

So how are you going to use them I hear you ask, you really only need one pen at a time, or do you?  I show you exhibit 2 :-

Yes they are all labelled now!

Blue – Luke

Pink – Sharon

Light Blue – Simon

Green – Household

Red – Finance

Purple – General

Black – Blog Posts

Maybe I need to ask for a Dymo LabelWriter for my birthday rather than a Kindle! LOL!

I know it may seem nuts, but when you are trying to organise a week at a glance, this is going to be so much easier!  As they have only just arrived I am yet to fill in my diary for next week, but don’t worry as soon as I have I will photograph it!

In the mean time I am awaiting the arrival of this :-

in order to carry the colours round with me!

For anyone that wants to get there hands on these pens, W H Smith do stock the Ball but only in Red, Blue and Black, for the full range of colours in both nib sizes do visit :-

There service is incredible!


Filofax setup amendment!


After my trip to London and the Philofaxy meetup I have made some amendments to my Filofax setup!

I have labelled tabs!  Wow that is such a development!  You laugh but seriously I change my tabs all the time but now I have decided to label them and stick to them!

So we have :

Weekly Diary – which house my week on a page layout.  I had thought of getting the week per page with notes, but decided against it and instead I have a to do list on the opposite to my current week, if that makes sense?  If not here is a picture!

This is working so well for me I have to say!  I get to see my entire week on the right and my to do’s for the week on the left.  The highlighted ones are the ones that are now completed.  Please note this page is pre-pen purchase!!!  If you want to know more, check back this week for an update on what I am talking about!

Long Term To Do’s – houses all my to do’s like the books I want to read, my 101 days in 1001 list, photo’s I need to print out.

Short Term To Do’s are exactly that, things that need to be done in the month, not necessarily in the week!

Blog Posts – says it all really!  Do I need to explain?

Website Details – again do I need to explain?

My A – Z not only houses my contact details, but also things like my family’s holiday details, list of books I have for sale on Amazon as examples!

I then have a business card holder at the back that houses my stamps, jotter pad, pictures and smaller pieces of paper!

This current layout is working really well for me and I am loving it so far!  I think I have found my perfect planner setup!

WWW Wednesdays (Mar30)


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions :

  1. What you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers :

1.  What are you currently reading?

I always check out my local charity shop for any good books, and this one just caught my eye!  The first sentence on the back says ‘Do you feel that other mothers are ‘doing it properly’ while you’re getting it All Wrong?’  That really hit home with me as I am not a maternal person at all, but I love my son dearly and he truly is the best thing to have ever happened to me, but if you ask me do I want any more, the answer is always No!  I have always felt, that whilst my son is happy, grounded, loved, wants for nothing, is showered with affection, I am not a Mumsy Mummy, in that I don’t sit for hours playing on the floor with him, etc, etc!  But he is certainly not neglected!  Before all the Mummy’s out there start jumping up and down!

So when I read that I just had to read the book!  I started it on the 28th Mar and am about a quarter of the way through already.  I am loving it.  Again it is an easy read, with light, funny humour, which has had me laughing out loud in parts.

I don’t think this will take me long to read, and I love books like this that grip from page 1 and just suck you in!

2.  What did you recently finish reading?

Finished this book at midnight on Saturday 26th Mar.  I couldn’t sleep and I knew I had just 4% of my book left, and decided to finish it!


Second time to have read it and loved it just as much if not more than the first!

See my last WWW for details on it, which can be found here :

3.  What do you think you’ll read next?

I was meant to start this book when I had finished Dietgirl, however as I had just read that on my iTouch Kindle App, for some strange reason I really wanted to read a paper book, I guess to see how it compares and if I read faster on iTouch or paper!  Jury is still out on that one by the way!  However this shall be my next book to read, as it is a story based on Zimbabwe, a country very close to my heart!

Philofaxy Meetup – 26th March ’11


Saturday 26th March 2011 saw me attending the 2nd Philofaxy meetup in London.  I love these days out!  I get a day to myself, I get to meet new and old friends, I get to shop and most of all I get to indulge in an addiction, sorry two passions of mine, organisation and Filofax’s!

The trip to London was rather uneventful, although saying that there was a huge march taking place, so the trains were alot busier than usual, and I saw quite a few people with signs and banners heading to the march.  And as much as I wanted to shout at the ones with signs shouting at the Tory’s,  ‘We are here because of Labour stuff ups!’ I held my tongue!  I won’t be getting into Politics on here!

I arrived at Tate Modern in good time, about 1130am and took my seat outside the cafe to wait for everyone!  Ever had that feeling that you know people and you see them on the web all the time, but you wonder if you will actually remember them in person?  Yeah I was going through a bit of that.  Whilst enjoying my people watching, the alarms at the Tate went off and we were all evacuated for a good 20mins whilst they sorted it out.  Which was fine, as I soon found Kyla and the rest soon arrived.

I could rattle off now into how the day unfolded, however there are some excellent links about the day with photos here :

I love the fact that we meet at the Tate Modern first.  The food is always lovely, and it gives us a really good chance to get to know each other better, have really good conversations about our Filofax’s, life, family, etc.  It is amazing how much other stuff we actually have in common, it is great!

The walk from Tate Modern to Neal St is always a pleasant one, even if some people don’t wear walking shoes!  Looking at no one in particular Kyla! LOL!  You realise I am only jealous, as I wouldn’t ever be able to wear shoes like that!

Neal St once again didn’t disappoint and once again I admired my goal Filofax, the Imperial Purple Finchley :-

Isn’t she just beautiful?  But alas I have 9months to go and a challenge to complete before I can call her mine!

I was all set the buy the new Apex, until I saw it!

I have to echo CP here when she asks WHY?  This Filofax has to be one of the most uninspired ones I have come across and I can only think that the design is aimed at children, as no self respecting adult is going to want to use it!  Ok off my soap box now!  Been on that alot lately!

So did I make any purchases???????????????  At this point I really want to say ” Do bears s**t in woods!”  Of course I made a purchase!  But I was restrained and bought what I wanted rather than what I liked!

But in my excitement to sort out my Filofax setup on Saturday night I forgot to photograph it all!  So here goes, the list :

Travel pack in Pocket size (blog post to follow about the setup!)Travel Journal Pack

Multi fit jotter pad (thought I would give these a try for quick notes!)Click to view larger image

Week per page 2011 – now I know I am sticking with my DT Page per Day but I really miss not being able to see my week in full view, so I had to get these as well.  So yes I am now using both layouts and they are working great!Click to view larger image

Zip lock envelope – but realised I don’t like the zip when I got home!Click to view larger image

Large assorted sticky notes (have always wanted and needed one of these!)Click to view larger image

To do (for some reason I am not liking the cream ones and so needed some white ones!)Click to view larger image

Not that much really is it?

I won’t go into the nightmare that was my journey home, but let’s just say I was very happy to finally be back on Suffolk soil by 7pm after the journey I had.

As for the meetup, all I can say is ‘Steve, when is number 3 going to take place?’ LOL!

Craft-o-Fax Update! (at last!)


Some of you will remember my beloved Craft-o-Fax that I set up last year?

Here it is in all it’s glory, bursting at the seams!  Yes my lovely Red Domino A5 is packed to capacity and more!

So I thought that 2011 I needed to be better organised and after bidding on another A5 on Ebay I won an A5 Black Identity!

It really is rather uninspiring but actually I still really like it!  I set about setting it up straight away, and this what it is looking like now :-

The inside front cover!

List of 2011 Crafting Goals!

Section 1 – contains all my knitting patterns of projects I want to complete this year.  I have a today marker placed on the pattern I am currently working on and mark the pattern where necessary as I go!

Section 2 – is for my crochet projects!

Section 3 – has pictures of all my cross stitch projects that I am doing in 2011!

Section 4 – has a list of all the books I want to read, not necessarily in 2011 but I am hoping to make quite a dent to it this year!

Section 5 – houses my sewing projects that I want to make, not a lot in here to be honest, only about 3 but that is enough!

Section 6 – has a copy of 101 things to di n 1001 days list, as well as patterns I have completed I take out of the relevant section and house here.  There is also a pad of paper, some empty to do lists and quadrille paper in this section!

Finally at the back I keep a knitting book called ‘Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters’ just in case I need to check how to do something, at least I have the reference on hand rather than  having to go search for it!

So that is my Craft-o-Fax no 2!

Hope you like it, or at least the sound of it! LOL!


WIP / Stash update!


Seems ages since I last did a stash / WIP update, however there is now  a page dedicated to my 2011 craft finishes, and a box down the side with my current WIP’s in!  Loads I know!

2011 is going quite well for me in the WIP department, at the moment I am finishing about a project a month, which is great, but I am now about to start on some pretty large projects, so I expect that to reduce now!  But we shall see, as I still have a lot of smaller projects that I want to do!

January saw me add to my fabric stash yet again!  Why I am not entirely sure, but I saw this fabric and just fell in love with it!  Wouldn’t you?

Aren’t they just lovely?  The crayon pattern I wanted to make Luke a pencil and colouring book folder to take on holiday, if I can before June!  The car one was to make him a car track, but he will probably be 21 before he gets and the others, will I just liked them!

Hmmm what other stash have I bought?  No yarn that is for sure, really surprised by that, but I have so much I need to work through it and whittle it down before I start buying more!

Cross stitch, well I just couldn’t resist this lovely kit I saw on Ebay in February :-

Isn’t it adorable?  Just another African themed kit to add to my already enormous stash!  I have my eye on just 2 more African themed kits and then I am done, till of course I see some more! LOL!

So not that much stash buying, which I am rather happy about, now to carry on working through it!

Anyone have any ideas on what to use the fabric for, please do post a comment, as I would love to hear!


WWW Wednesdays (Mar 23)


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions :

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers :

1. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading this for the second time.  I just love this book!  It is such an easy read, and one I can totally relate to and enjoy!  Well worth a go for anyone out there that has ever tried to diet, or has dieted and been successful or unsuccessful, or like me just likes to read others diet journeys!

2. What did you recently finish reading?

Well besides magazines, at the moment I am a one book at a time lady!  However I did try and read  and totally hated it.  So this will be my recently finish reading, as I tried and couldn’t so finished it in the sense I gave up!

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Being from Zimbabwe, I can’t wait to get stuck into this book!  It has some really good reviews and will definitely be my next read!