The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-08-11

Friday, August 16, 2013

Whoa! It's a Portland enabling fest on eBay and a few notes about proxy bidding

Portland Filofaxes don't come up for sale often.  I see them from time to time but don't think I've ever seen four up at the same time.   These are truly beautiful binders and even in used condition my Portlands stand out as planner perfection.  Prices vary but in general they sell easily; people just want them and I totally understand that.  

My brown Portland has some of the best leather I've ever seen and I'm including all leather goods in my comparison; from other planners, to wallets, to shoes to fine leather coats.  It's really amazing and my Portlands are really what I hold up all other planners too.    

A note on eBay bidding:  I've seen a lot of posts recently about losing things at the last second on eBay.  I've been doing eBay since 1999 and my best results come from putting in the highest amount I'm willing to pay right off.  Your high amount doesn't show and if no one else bids you'll get it at your lowest bid but if someone tries to out bid you, your bid will climb up to, but not over, your maximum bid.  

You can still lose this way, I have.  But not often.  The end sniping bids are usually attempts to get an item below what it's worth and many are a bid of only one or two more increments.   I can't outbid a sniper manually but I can by putting in my maximum bid right off.  

I think it's easy to get lulled when you bid low and no one else bids for days and days but many people don't bid early, they just hit the watch button and bid the last day (or last few minutes).  When I want to win something I usually wait until the last day, assess how much I'm willing to pay and put that in the bid box.

eBay calls this Proxy Bidding and has a help page about it here.  If you've never seen it or never considered proxy bidding check out that page.

I can still lose items this way but, and this is a huge but, I don't lose it unless it's more then I wanted to pay anyway.  Really considering what something is worth to you and then putting that number in the bid box assures you won't pay more for an item then you can afford and that you won't lose it in the last second to a bid you would have been willing to top.  

And onto the Portland Parade....

Ohhhh!  I've never seen a blue one.... fabulous. Current bid is £4.00 and bidding ends August 25th.  UK shipping only...

This is a red pocket Portland.  The current bid is £12.00 and it ends on August 21st.   UK shipping only.

A black one too.   Current price is £12.00 and bidding ends August 18th.  Looks like there is no specific shipping info for US shipping but it doesn't seem excluded.   There is a note about contacting the seller...  so maybe the seller will ship.

This looks like the one I have.  Current bid is £5.15 and auction ends August 18th.  Shipping is available world wide.  


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Midori Traveler's Notebook compliation

This is a compilation of several of my videos on the Traveler's Notebook - ONLY THE FIRST 8 MINUTES OR SO IS NEW - I found I kept referring to other videos and blog posts and it would be easiest for people who'd never seen them if I just tacked it all together as one.

Most people have probably seen the older ones already so please just click out after the first 10 minutes.


Yep, still workin'

Earlier this week I did a 'would I buy it again post, and this is part two.  I know there are a lot of haul posts - and for sure - they are fun.  Who doesn't like a bit of office supply porn from time to time ( I know I do!) and it's great to see wondrous papery things you never knew existed but if they don't work,  few things really do over time, buying them wastes money I could be spending on things I really need...  Like toilet paper.

For real - I love stickers and pens but if I spend my toilet paper money on them, life just got a whole lot harder !

I still love my pink pocket Rio.   I got it at a very reduced price from a local store that was clearing out their inventory.  I don't remember how much I paid but it was something like $5, crazy.  In the past I used it as a wallet but working with cash made that difficult.  I'm carrying a months worth of grocery money with me and it's very bulky the first week or two so I've moved into a Vera Bradley wristlet...  But I still carry my Pocket Rio

BeFunky Beautify on iPhone

I slip two pens in the full back wallet pocket and now I always have a pen.  Then I punched all those cute smash / project life pages I've accumulated and use them as note paper, it's  a great size for that.  The last thing I did was cut down a small aqua notebook - All but the front cover and punched it.   It works great as a jot pad!

I've cut down on the decorating in my main planner but in this one it works great and makes me happy when I see it in my purse!  Being all pink and aqua it's easy to find in there too.

Spendvelopes in my filofax

Yes, the Spendvelopes again.

I posted on these back in May and had them for a few months at that point. They still look great and at $7.99 they are a bargain.   Every time I pay a reoccurring large bill painlessly I thank my Spendvelopes.   They are the perfect size for a personal Filofax but certainly fit in an A5 as well.  

It just happened - My Amazon Prime bill is coming due so I went to that envelope, took out the cash and deposited into my checking account.   Done.  

These aren't available with Amazon's global shipping but there are some cash envelopes with international shipping at this link.   I can't vouch for their quality but it's the whole cash thing that works for me.  

japanese book punch

I did a post on my Japanese Book Awl over a year ago and it's an amazing thing for punching stacks of paper, much better then a traditional hole punch.  

The item takes up about the same space as a few pencils and most come with multiple bits - Perfect when you need to punch holes for different sized binders.  The quality ones sold at bookbinding sites run about $75 but there are cheaper ones around.

 I'm sure mine isn't as smooth as the expensive ones and I did purchase a higher quality bit but I'm always surprised more people don't use these.

kawaii diary journal template from japan

The last thing is a template I purchased from a seller on Etsy, Kawaii Tokyo.  The seller doesn't stock these but was glad to buy one for me and she would be glad to do this for other people too.   I tried to find one of these things for over a year online and never was able to.  It's so helpful - it's easy to do arrows and symbols with OCD precision - which sadly,  appeals to me like nobodies business.  

It's about personal page size so it's easy to carry in all but the smaller binders. 

I love to see posts like this and hope some people will do them.  Knowing what has worked over time really helps me. 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Well, it's not a Filofax, but it does have dividers!

Months ago I was inspired by Judith's video to order Flow Magazine's international (English) version and I've had a love fest with it ever since.   A few days ago I found one lone copy at Barnes and Noble of another issue and grabbed it up.   I've searched endlessly for it on Amazon and there is a link but it looks like they are sold out.  I still have the link bookmarked though because you never know...

I finally did a video on it and oh!  Flow Magazine forgive me for taking so long.  I couldn't get my head out of your beautiful pages long enough to post.  You've been my constant companion for long car trips for a good six months.  

I did this post to compliment the video (which I'll add at the end of this post) but I thought some still images would help convey how much fun this Magazine is.

Flow magazine

It's all about paper, and life, and happiness, all wrapped up in a LARGE kitschy package that makes my heart go pit-a-pat...

Flow magazine

There are tons of craft ideas...

Flow magazine

Beautifully done.

Flow magazine

And the sections are separated with dividers... Be still, my planner obsessed brain.

Flow magazine

The fun and beautifully designed tear-outs release endorphins like nobodies business.

Flow magazine

They are so much fun they oughta be illegal.

Flow magazine

They had me at graph paper...

Flow magazine

Simplify.  Yes, I need too...

Flow magazine

But you're one thing I'll never get rid of.

Flow magazine

Look at the paper it came with...

Flow magazine


Flow magazine

Beyond all the fun craft and project ideas... It's also great reading. Articles about interesting people and ways to work on yourself.

Flow magazine

And for real, I love the images.

Flow magazine

I need to reread this one.

Flow magazine

Perfect, it's just perfect...

Flow magazine

And now to the video...


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