The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-02-05

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Organ!zed: New uses for old things #2

Here's something you may or may not know about me; I drink tea every day.  This is one of my current favorites...

This is a past favorite.  

BeFunky Viewfinder 5 on iPhone

Many of my favorite teas come in  kicky artwork-covered tins, perfect for the attractive storagizational containment of long thin  notoriously cluttericious items; i.e. colored pencils.

How did it take me so long to figure this out?


Friday, February 10, 2012

Filofax as art, and magic.

 I have a crush on my Filofax.  At first I thought, I'm just romanticizing; all that leather  -- leatherish, if you're talking Malden - is so -- Intoxicating. 

A lot of thought/time/planning/effort goes into making my planners organizational nirvana; hacking it's standard-issue parts to suit me and prowling stationary aisles for friends to bring home so it won't be lonely.   There's more to it, being organized is useful but not roller-coaster exciting.  And it doesn't explain why I have a couple o' few too many filofaxes and still. want. more.  

 I wish there were more varied/interesting/functional insert options but maybe it's the lack of them that makes Filofax works so well; it's a blank canvas.  

Something occured to me the other day as I sat, surrounded by art supplies, tarting up my dividers.  My Filofax binders are the ultimate adult art project and I can turn them into anything that makes me giggle.

Tarting up supplies are everywhere.  I've never been lucky enough to find an actual Filofax in Marshall's ... Oh wait, I lied. I did.  It was personal sized black Domino that looked like it'd been banging around the back of a Jeep for a decade.  So I guess I meant to say, I've never found one worth buying there...   

But the other day I found something I did want.  

I'd never considered using rub-on transfers but for $1.49 I couldn't resist.  Big SCORE! They were VERY easy to use, a breeze really.  You just put the design face down on the page and rub with their 'trademarked tool' (i.e. a stick) and voilĂ , a perfect design. 

 The color is vivid even on black dividers.  These transfers are made by American Crafts but there are a lot around, I will definitely look  for more things to rub.

This is the entire design set.

I also got a white set, and man. I love this one.

They look great and are opaque, even on black.

One of my favorite divider designs is a 5"x 7"  photograph tacked on with Washi Tape. This image of Ventura was in front of my pet section but I liked it so much I made it the very first page of my whole Filoshebang.

I look at a lot of pictures of planners, I love doing that.  I've seen a lot of great custom-cut dividers and have tried that; mine look like badly done school projects.

Cutting things evenly isn't my strong suit so use I  pre-cut found things.

This one (above)  is a large-format post card that came with an order from Sublime Stitching; it decorates my crafting section.  

 Any sized postcard is great for decorating dividers in an A5 and the normal sized cards are perfect as dividers in personal sized organizers.

They have great decorative and functional uses; punch holes in them, add a top tab and you can subdivide sections,  put one at the beginning of each section as a launch pads for sticky notes, or just use them cause you love the card art or message.

Baum-Kuchen sent me great post cards when I ordered Midori Traveler's Notebook Inserts.  I immediately put one in.

Filofax Finchely A5 inserts

And flip to back to it when I need to remember the message.

I love the clear zip envelopes which I'm sure have a serious officey purpose, for me they are themed dioramas.  This one's about my dog.

The I  Greyhounds thing is something called a car tattoo but  it makes a great Filotatt. 

He's had a bunch of surgeries in the last few months, I kept a few of the steel rods they took out of his leg.  I don't know what to say about that, maybe...  You never know when you'll need a steel rod?

It's also a good place to store Paper clips, the pink cherry blossoms came from JetPens and they make sticking pieces of paper together a peak experience.    

I have a thing for Washi Tape, if you hadn't noticed.  I can only get it online but it's easy to find - I've gotten it here, here, here..  here... Easy.

BeFunky Warming on iPhone

It comes in every color and design you could imagine and is perfect for sticking anything to anything.  Where has this stuff been all my life? (Okay,yes. Japan)

 While it's certainly unnessary to do any of this - dividers are useful, plain -  there is something to be said for adding a little magic to every day.  

The magic of  unnecessary, silly fun is highly underrated.

Edward De Bono considered creativity essential to thought in his book, The Mechanism of Mind.   He is quoted as saying creativity is "a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing." Agreed.  

For me, his quote, "Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting."  is probably closer to what the divider art's about.  Like I said..

The magic of unnecessary, silly fun is highly underrated. 


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sticker Shock

Two weeks ago I posted that I would be putting myself first on my own to-do list.  I make one every day.  It keeps me focused and I enjoy the whole process of writing one out.  

I  committed to making a section in my Filofax for Nutrisystem and I've got progress to report.

I hacked up the Nutrisystem's Success Daily Planner and (washi) taped it on the section divider because I love the fresh, bright colors and leaf graphic.  There's just something so positive about it, happy possibility it says to me and I want to be reminded of that every time I open my Filofax.

And everything is prettier with a little washi tape; especially washi tape with rose buds.

I stalled on the name of the section.  I thought about Nutrisystem but the tab's small so I looked around for a sticker because like washi tape, everything can be improved with a sticker.

Well, most of the time, talk about sticker shock.

 Did ya ever?  No wonder people go on and off and on diets, it's the attitude people have about what a diet is....    This was a random sticker in a pack meant for journaling...    I'll take NEGATIVE SELF TALK for $1000, Alex.  Yikeroonies!

This was better, but still....  I don't know.  I'm changing my life, making all sorts of positive steps. I wanted the title to reflect that.

In the end I went with 'healthy'.

The sticker is boring, yes --  But it's so positive-sounding and has a much better feel.  And there's no pig on it.  

I don't have the individual sheets figured out but I need to do that today.  I have to log My Daily 3!  

Today I walked the longest I've ever walked, a mile!  I know it's a mile because I charted the whole thing on google maps. It might not seem like much to some people but for me that was a distance I've always driven.  

 I want to record that in the HEALTHY SECTION.  I want to keep my Daily 3 but also a list of non-scale victories - The things that matter.  The things that show things are changing, I'm changing.  

 And  I want to be able to keep these kinds of goals, go back to them on days that aren't going so well and get remotivated all over again.    I want my own space.  A space that I can record the wonderful changes, a place I can grow into.

If you want to lost weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem click HERE! or call 1-888-853-4689

Click on my favorite way to start the day for more information on how you can have success and donuts for breakfast.

*This post was sponsored  by Nutrisystem who is providing me with the food  and program materials in exchange for blogging. 


Nail Polish(es) of the Day, ICING Glimmer and After Party

I found an ICING store yesterday and since one can never have too much nail polish (or fake diamond earrings apparently) I went in.   ICING's parent company is Claire's but the vibe is mercifully different.  When I go into Claire's I feel like I'm being squeezed between the scintillating bands of a migraine aura.  

ICING is bright and colorful but without the frantic edge that sends me running  out the door searching my purse for Advil.

Claire's goes for the teens and tweens crowd while ICING has a higher price point and a more mature decor; boutiquey.   ICING does have a lot of merchandise but it's easy to navigate, Claire's looks like she has to lie down to zip her jeans...

When I say 'higher price point' it's relative, the nail polishes were $4.50, buy one get one half price.  Two polishes for $6.25 is less then many brands I consider inexpensive.

I had nine polishes in my little basket (Note: The  little --mesh/net-- baskets were fine for earrings but weebles when nail polish was in there.  They really need regular baskets.) but decided on two; Glimmer and After Party.    I didn't want to be stuck with a gaggle of polish  if I hated them but no worries, love them.

Glimmer looks like, hm...  You know when the sun shines on a beach and the sand sparkles like diamonds?  Well, that's Glimmer.  It's a sandy color, stuffed to busting with micro gold glitter.

Here is the bottle against a backdrop of my dog Ventura because everything looks better against a backdrop of my dog...

 icing nail polish glimmer

Glimmer does glimmer.

  icing nail polish glimmer

That is one coat.  Amazing coverage for a color like that, and so sparkly.  It's not the easiest polish to apply, it's bit thick but it dries VERY fast --  Incredibly fast.    All that micro-glitter gives the finish a sandy feel, you will probably want a top coat --  Personally that kind of gritty feeling drives me nuts.

It also has a matte finish but it's so shiny I didn't even notice that for hours.  

I put on a second coat and then decided to use the other color because you can never have too much cha-cha-cha.

icing glimmer and after party

OMGleamingGoodness!  With After Party and a top coat my nails were so bright they threw light prisms onto my palm...

glimmer and after party


icing glimmer and after party

It was hard to get a shot of  After Party that reflected all the colors but imagine dipping your fingers into a metallic foil rainbow and you'll get the idea.

I loved both of these colors.  Even though Glimmer was thick it dried very fast, because of that the application was a breeze.  After Party is as much fun as a bottle of nail polish can be and my nails are having more fun wearing it then I ever had at a party so, yeah.    Love them both.

The brush in Glimmer seems a little wider to me, it could be that the polish was thicker or maybe their brushes vary a bit.  I'm a fan of wide brushes so I liked it.

The nail color range is shimmery, glittery and bright  for the most part.  If you want tons of subtle neutrals - like nine off whites and seven versions of greige, although why would you?...  You won't find a lot in their line.  

As for me, I will be going back for the other seven polishes soon.  

Very, very soon.

Score:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥1/2  out of five hearts

*Bought everything myself, ICING doesn't know me or my dog.*


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Oats every morning, it's a good thing

Still going strong on my Naturopathica all-inclusive regimen and my skin is smiling; unusual for February.  Around this time of year it's normally pretty sad.

 The kit I'm using contains a morning and evening cleanser, a daily moisturizer and a full sized Plant Stem Cell treatment ($48 on it's own and a pore-shrinking miracle that I wrote about here ). 

My kit, ahem - Age Defense - contains Sweet Lupine Cleansing Cream, Oat Facial Polish, Plant Stem Cell Serum and Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex. 

This time around I'm going to discuss the Oat Facial Polish.  The website describes it as: Soothing Oats and Jojoba Beads gently sweep away dry, flaky skin, removing impurities and leaving the face soft and radiant.

Apply a pea size amount to moist skin and gently massage.  Rinse.  Gentle enough for daily use.

SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types
HERO INGREDIENT: Oat Beta Glucan:  a biopolymer from Oats that produces excellent sustained moisturization of the skin and improved skin appearance

This is a great scrub, I've used it every day without any negative skin drama in fact; my skin's loving it.  The beads are gentle and rinse away entirely.  The base is creamy and leaves my skin feeling soft and not stripped.  

My skin is definitely less flaky and that is huge, considering it's cold outside and dry inside that's amazing.  

The large size Oat Facial Polish is 50$, the whole travel size kit is $65.  It's a great try-me offer and well worth it; give your skin some soothing comfort this winter.

*Naturopathica sent me the age defense kit to try for 30 days, my skin's opinion is it's own.*


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happenstance is sublime and so is stitching...

 Did you ever read the exact right thing at the right time?   Happenstance is such cool beans...

Last week I found a quote that wrapped and stuck a bow on my state of  mehness; totally explained how I feel.  I thought it was winter but Henry might be right, it might  be -- Old.

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." ~ Henry Ford

No idea how Henry knew I've been feeling creaky and flat but I decided to take his advice and learn me something new.  

And since I'm so way, way, deep down in the doldrums (I'm measuring my distance from chipper in light years) I wanted to learn something fun.  Something bright and cheery, something kinda artistic too.  But  wacky.  Oh. And cheap too. (I won't be picking up gold-leafing any time soon.)

I decided on embroidery.

I always pick up other people's  embroidery at thrift stores so I thought, Why not?   The supplies are minimal, it's not (all that) time consuming and when I'm done I'll have something concrete.  Something I can hold in my hands and feel  warm-fuzzy accomplishment about.

 I just had to find something fun to embroider. No problem, stitichable fun found at Sublime Stitching.  "This ain't your gramma's embroidery!™, they say on their site.  And so true.  

I bought two heat-transferable patterns, $5 each - and they are on sale for the next few days for half that.  CRAZY! - Or should I say, Krazy.   I got Krazy Kitchen and Vintage Lamps.  

I made my first poke this afternoon on a flour sack kitchen towel.

It's the timer from Krazy Kitchen.

I kinda love it, and not awful for a first try, right?

Can't decide if the timer needs more do-dah and if  the towel needs more tarting up, but I will definitively do more embroidery (probably tomorrow).  This was way fun, in fact...

 I feel younger already.

PS - And because everything is within six degrees of my Filofax, I made an embroidery section in my Filofax using the postcard Sublime Stitching sent with my order.   

Sublime Stitching doesn't know I posted this, I'm just a customer.


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