2016_academic_planners
the whole line up of 2016 calendars and planners will be online soon, but for those who want to start planning now the 2015/2016 academic planners are in the shop.

you have a bunch of options to choose from. you can get the original patterned booklet style, a patterned spiral planner or a kraft booklet style planner. there is now also an undated kraft monthly booklet style planner – start any month and on any day of the week.

 


august
another month, another view from my desk.

a few notes about my view this month:
– the weather here has been gross out – hot and humid – and i have not been very productive. so, i moved my computer into what i call the production room since that is where the ac is. not sure i am much more productive, but at least when i turn on the ac it’s a much more comfortable work day.
– the black filing cabinet on the left is my favorite new edition to my workspace. it was my father’s flat file from his office and it housed all of the site plans he was working on. now i have it filled with hot stamp dies, large paper and it’s where the jars of pencils get wrapped and boxed.
– the pegboard on the right is from my trade show booth. i like to give things another use instead of keeping it in storage all year – of course when it comes time to ship it out again, i’m not sure what is going to happen with everything hanging on it. to the left of me is part of the old booth that i no longer use.
– if you listen to music, podcasts or movies while working i suggest getting some bluetooth headphones. so nice to just be able to go from room to room without having to make sure you have your phone or ipad with you.

alright, here’s a desktop for all of you who wish you were hanging out by the ocean instead of working.

POD OF WHALES
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july

this month there’s an extra option for all of you getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend – red, white and blue stripes.

hope you all have some fun adventures planned this month.

RED, WHITE & BLUE STRIPE
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CANDY STRIPE
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may

welcome may! another month, another desktop – both for my computer screen and for my computer to sit on. over the past couple of months i have slowly been moving Letter C to my house. i was working out of a building owed by my father and uncle, but they are retiring and the building is going up for sale. i still have some moving to do, but for the most part i am all settled in. i’m very hermit-like so it is nice working from home. it might not be a permanent solution, but for now it’s a good place to be.

a few notes about my desk this month:
1) the desk is at the end of the living room. i don’t mind looking at my desk when i’m not working, but the miss matched bookshelves housing labels, blank paper stock, files, printer, etc … is not that fun to look at so i hung these curtains to cover it.
— 1a) do not buy the cheapest curtains from IKEA – even if they are temporary. i’m pretty sure if i were to wash those curtains they would disintegrate in the washer.
2) notebooks are my favorite. most of those are samples or misprints filled with paper that came damaged, but they make me very happy to use.
— 2a) i’m working on a couple of new notebook sizes that i’m very excited about.
3) many years ago yellow used to be my favorite color. i think it is slowly making its way back to the top of my list.
4) my desk is not actually a desk. it is a folding table with large shelves placed on top so i don’t have to look at the folding table.
— 4a) once i am back from the National Stationery Show i plan on using the desk i am building for my booth (#2062).

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april

here are your april desktops. i kind of forgot about this month until some contacted me looking for april – thank you! as you can tell from looking out my window spring is not quite here in connecticut yet, but the yellow desktop does brighten things up a bit.

PARTY
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new_notebooks
if you get the Letter C newsletter, you have already seen this, but if not, i thought i should let you know that this month when you purchase a set of 3 mix&match travel notebooks and you will get a free set of 6 coordinating folded notecards. the extra cards are great to keep on hand or go ahead and give them as a gift to a loved one. no code necessary. offer valid until 3/31/15.

also, there’s some new mix&match patterns available on you can get on your notecards, notebooks and address labels. there’s also some new colors to choose from – including chic black & white.

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mini_ring_binder_holes_1
binders are one of my favorite organizational tools. regular (letter-size) binders are great for storing paperwork but for everyday i use a mini binder. they are easier to carry around and take up less desk space.

in the past i used a single hole punch to add the holes. i thought about buying a 3-ring punch for mini binders, but then i discovered my 3-ring hole punch has movable dies – money saved and one less thing to keep around.mini_ring_binder_holes_2just take a screwdriver (or a butterknife) and unscrew the screw under the die; slide it to the correct hole and screw it back in. repeat on the other side. mini_ring_binder_holes_3mark a line where the end of the smaller paper should stop so you don’t have to guess each time. punch paper. done.mini_ring_binder_holes_6mini_ring_binder_holes_5


march
happy march. here are some desktops for you.

this photo was taken at my house and the family photo is of my mom and her family from 50 years ago. the other two photos are from my grandma – from when she was 17 and maybe 70. the one on top makes me laugh. she looks just like mrs. doubtfire. it was one of her favorite movies, but every time i called her mrs. doubtfire she thought i was nuts … have you seen the movie? it’s like they are long lost twins (click on the photo to make it larger).

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houseofcards

i have a friend who i talk probably too much about tv with. we have a rotating set of shows that we feel we need to discuss the day after we watch it. last year i got her hooked on House of Cards. the problem is neither of us have the control to watch just one show a day, so it’s not that easy to recap. this year we decided we just have to binge watch the second half of it together – this way we can go over the play by play live.

here’s how we plan on accomplishing it.

1. this sunday has been marked as our binge watch day. we figured we can get through 7, maybe 8 episodes. this means we both have to get through 5 or 6 episodes between friday and saturday. i’ll get through a few today while i make items and package orders and a couple on saturday.

2. the binge watching will be at my house since my friend has a husband and teenager who are going to want stuff from her. i believe a partial white lie might have been told by her about our plans for the day, but whatever works.

3. it will be a day of comfort. yoga pants, fleece, slippers and lots of blankets. the blankets are mostly for my friend since i keep my house at what i am told is an unacceptable temperature. my glasses will be ready for when my contacts become dry from staring at the screen.

4. there will be plenty of coffee to start off the day. the food will be easy prepare ahead food. like veggies & dip and nachos. the nachos are going to be made with salsa i made last fall and is marked in my freezer as “wicked good”. i don’t remember what is so wicked about it, but i have been saving it for something special. i hope my labeling holds up.

5. half way through we are planning a walk around the neighborhood. it’s going to be cold out, but i figure the fresh air, sunlight and movement will do us good.

if you’re planning on the same this weekend, happy viewing.