It’s official – I may have a planner supply addiction!

...Yeah, even I was surprised once it was all out!
…Yeah, even I was surprised once it was all out!

Instagram, I blame YOU!

A year ago I didn’t have this problem but now it’s a completely different story and I think it’s official – I may have a planner supply addiction without realizing it! For those who follow my rambling blog you will know I ditched Facebook a while ago and I haven’t looked back; however I think Instagram has replaced that and I place 98% blame on my enjoyment of the app for starting my journey into the world of washi tape and planner mania! The more I searched for stuff, the more wonderful photos I found of stores and self-proclaimed ‘Planner Geeks’ that showcased beautifully laid out diary pages and filofax collections.

My very modest collection of Filofaxes and my striped Websters Pages Planner alongside my amassed 'collection' of stationery!
My very modest collection of Filofaxes and my striped Websters Pages Planner alongside my amassed ‘collection’ of stationery!

I am not, thanks goodness, a ‘Planner Addict’; by that I mean I don’t feel the need to purchase over 15 Filofaxes! My addiction is the stationery side of things – the paper, stickers, tape, pens…you name it, I love it! Walking into a paper store or art store has always excited me so that aspect isn’t new, but the kawaii/japanese washi tape side of things is new and that’s my downfall. The colors, the patterns, those darn cute little bits and pieces just ignite my passion for creating something that I’ll enjoy looking at everyday. I like looking at my diary/Filofax/planner pages and seeing my week planned out with important dates highlighted by a silly little smiling cat or a weekend expedition made more eye catching by a beautiful washi tape border. This month, being October, sees my organizer pages dotted with little Halloween stickers and I love it!

October Pages, complete with Halloween stcikers!
October Pages, complete with Halloween stcikers!

I know many people choose to turn their passions into a business venture but I honestly don’t think I could do that – all that wonderful ‘stuff’ would probably see me, and my daughter, hoarding everything and driving my husband bonkers with all the little bits everywhere (Potting Shed!) For now though I will enjoy my new found hobby and try very hard not to go overboard whenever I visit The Paper Place or Etsy.

Ever since I was a child, stickers have been a weakness....and growing up has done NOTHING to stop that!
Ever since I was a child, stickers have been a weakness….and growing up has done NOTHING to stop that!

10 Weeks to Go? Better Get Prepared!

That’s right – there are only 10 weeks left until Christmas, 11 weeks left of 2015!

What is it about the last 4 months that makes them fly by unbelievably fast? Every year the days seem to go by quicker and this year, with both kids now in school, the days seem to be going by even faster than before. When I looked at my calendar over the weekend I decided to count the weeks leading up to Christmas and I was stunned to learn how little time is left before we see yet another year finish and a new one begin.

Getting the kids class Trick or Treat bags ready!
Getting the kids class Trick or Treat bags ready!

This weekend here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving and for me this is the start of the holiday season – magazines start issuing their holiday editions which usually combine American Thanksgiving and Christmas, the stores are already displaying a few Christmas themed items and the Sears Wish Book is also out, something my kids get very excited about! As an organizer/planner enthusiast October is also a time to start the gentle plan for the season so I am able to stay on top of all the things that need doing leading up to the big festivities. For example I have already started my Mother Christmas duties and I’m rather excited about this year’s stockings! The date has been set for making the family Christmas cake (a Nigella Lawson recipe which is AMAZING!) and this weekend we also got the family gathering dates set so we all know who we are visiting and when.

Being prepared lowers my anxiety!
Being prepared lowers my anxiety!

As far as I am concerned you can never be too prepared for this time of year – you never know what fun spanners could go flying into your well laid plans. For example, last year, our entire family came down with some form of dreadful lergy, probably brought home from school, and semi-ruined the festivities by rendering most people slightly useless! My poor husband who is normally the heart and soul of Christmas could barely move off the sofa. This year we have all sworn to religiously take our vitamins and infuse our systems with Cold-FX – no sickness here this year!

Having begun my gift search I found Ebay to be an eye-opener for stocking stuffers, hotly followed by a favourite site of mine, Etsy; lots of handmade lovelies to be found there. I’m also going to visit the wonderfully eclectic Queen Street West here in Toronto as there is always a fun shop to find unusual and silly gifts. For the female side of the family everyone adores Lush – my towel closet always smells so wonderful when I have a few bath bombs squirreled away in there! For the guys, if you want to find something really cool, I recommend looking over the goods on Uncrate –  their stuff is amazing and I have my eye on the Tempescope Ambient Weather Maker…..

I know being this prepared isn’t for everyone but for me it helps lower my anxiety and gives me a boost of excitement when the cold and dreary Canadian weather strikes. It also gives me an excuse to troll through fun websites while I sit in my office!