Filofax Friday: Unboxing My New Filofax Patent Domino in Hot Pink

Spring is arriving in Jersey this weekend.

Or at least that is what the weather reports are saying.
After a long winter, a rainy week the sun is making small attempts to sneak out and give us hope before setting in the evening. I am really excited about getting into the garden and working on my very neglected flower beds and rose garden.

(If you are a creative who loves to garden you may want to check out my other blog: Building Harmony House where I plan to share some videos of this weekend’s progress)

Today however is Filofax Friday and I am really enjoying sharing with you guys my growing Filofax collection. As I explained here I don’t use a Filofax in the traditional sense and my A5 Dominio is no exception-but that’s next week’s video :)

Today I have a quick little video (where I am accompanied by a very cute assistant) to share the unboxing of my brandy new Domino.

I purchased mine directly from the Filofax website however they do have it available on Amazon if you like to shop that way. (The Amazon link is an affiliate link so if you do use it they will send me a little thank you monies :)

Alright now on to the unboxing!


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Until Next Time….

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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Filofax Friday: Planning for the Week

Welcome to Filofax Friday!

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I am really excited to be taking part and hope to make this a weekly series here on the blog as well as my YouTube channel so please comment below and tell me what sorts of things you want to see.

So last week I went and purchase not one, not two, but THREE new planners.
Absurd right?
Well first let me say that I bought them all on sale or fairly inexpensively and stayed within my budget so WOOHOOO for me!

“Why on earth does someone need 3 new planners?”

Believe me I get it.
When I first delved in to the whole Filofax Phenomenon I thought the same thing.
Until I opened up my first Filofax Saffiano in Raspberry.
She’s so pretty.
And in that moment, I got it.

Now let me start off by saying I am not OVERLY organized. In fact, I don’t like to have a lot of scheduled time, or “to-do’s” and all that structured living just messes with my mojo and makes me cranky and want to go listen to music really loud in my bedroom while eating cake.

I do however like to remember what bills need to be paid and when, what I did with the forms for our registration and where the paperwork for our taxes are.
Still the whole idea of a “planner” was way to college prep for me.

So I decided instead to think of mine as a “manifester.” A place where I gather up all the parts of myself and fit them together so they make sense.

Or at least remember what we did with the new insurance cards.

Now as for my 3 new planners I do have a special and unique purpose for each of them.
In fact my current Saffiano  is going to be the only actual calendar/planner while the rest will be housing a special magic all their own.

This week I am sharing with you my actual “planner” the aforementioned Saffiano (personal size) in Raspberry.

I am walking you through how I decorate my pages and what sort of information I pluck in to my week on 2 pages. If you would like to see a full set-up of this planner you can watch that video below.

And now we are off to the show. You can watch the video by clicking below or hopping over to my YouTube channel here.


 

Here are the products I used in the video (some are affiliate links)

Staedtler Pens

2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook

Until Next Time…

-Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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Handling a Creative Blocks

If you are creative you have, undoubtedly faced some type of block.

It could be severe like being unable to create your art at all or mild in so as you just don’t like what it is you are creating or it’s not coming out just right.

I’ve been there.

A lot.

Actually, I’m there right now as I write this blog post.
The words feel muddled and perhaps a bit forced as I struggle to convey my meaning, yet a truck through. Awkward and unbalanced but hell, I’m writing aren’t I?

Sometimes, that’s all you can do.
In fact, I would venture to say MOST times that what you should do.
Sit down and paint the crap out of that canvas.
Write the most God-awful piece of poetry that ever graced a writers forum.

Just don’t stop.

The truth is, when you write the crap, or paint the crap you have released it out into the ethers. The words that were forced and harsh, the colors that were mudding and lifeless are gone from you.

Leaving space for the magnificence that is your true creative muse.

Another thing I have found helpful is having multiple creative outlets. When writing has me stumped so badly that I just hate it. I cannot possibly look at the notebook or screen anymore and am convinced that I should just give up this whole publishing thing and just write for me. Privately, in my own room where no one will ever see the shit that I have managed to string together and call story telling.

It’s those times where you can benefit from stepping away. Getting out of your own way and do something that is fun and perhaps you care a little less about.

You know the thing-the creative outlet that is just fun and you do it just because it’s fun.
Sometimes, those multitudes of expression are what move you through and to the other side of a creative block.

One of mine is smash booking and I really feel like I finally get smash booking.
It’s not like scrapbooking where you are creating this page that expresses the emotion behind a particular photo.
It’s not journaling.

It’s just gluing stuff you like into a book.
In no particular order.

I like that.

What do you do to overcome creative blocks?

You can check out my latest smash book session with the video below.

 

Until Next Time…

-Michele Fawcett, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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My Saffiano Set-Up for January 2015

Hello all!

I don’t know about you but I am feeling so grounded this year. It’s as if I let go of a lot of schtuff that was conflicting and just settled in to do things me own way.

It’s pretty cool.

Part of my goals for the year (I don’t do resolutions) is to do more of the things I love which is blogging and making videos. I really do enjoy recording and sharing my hobbies and interests with you all and feel like I have found a system to make this happen on a more regular basis.

So exciting :)

So this week I am sharing with you, my fellow Filofax lovers, the set-up for my Filofax Saffiano Personal sized planner. I have to say I am really happy with this planner. I love the color and it’s working really well. I am however already thinking that I may just need an A5 down road.

Well ok, I don’t need an A5 but since I am using this primarily at home and don’t need to carry it with me I think an A5 will give me a bit more space to organize and such. However I am not running off to buy a new one…unless there is a really good deal on Amazon….

Today however I thought I would share with you my set-up. I spent the weekend having a play and making some dividers and stickers for my planner and really settled in so to speak. I feel it speaks to me and most importantly is working for me.

So without further adieu here is the video set up.
Be sure to look below the video either here or on my YouTube channel for the links I mention to some other wonderful Filofax resources.

Affiliate link to my Filofax Saffiano in Personal Size

My Pinterest Board for Filofax Inspiration
Follow The Dreaming Dilettante’s board Filofax on Pinterest.

My Pinterest Board for Images, Quotes & Sticker Making Follow The Dreaming Dilettante’s board Planner Images on Pinterest.

DIY Filofax Folder Tutorial by Alexis ask Ms.Trenchcoat
http://youtu.be/O-XV_k9QWL4

2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook

Month on 2 Pages Planner Insert (Download)

Phone Calendar App: Cozi Calendar

Blog Planning Printables by Mrs. Brimbles

 

Until Next Time….
Michele aka, The Dreaming Dilettante

 

*Please note that some links on my blog may be affiliate links in which I am compensated for clicks and/or purchases. I do not recommend items that I do not personally use and enjoy however only you know your situation and nothing stated on this site should be used in place of your own best judgment.

 

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And the Winner is…..

I had so much fun with my latest content!

It’s so nice to give away a little thank you to your readers and most importantly-share a product you love!

A few weeks ago I shared here and on Instagram about my latest giveaway. I put all the entries names on little slips of paper and my 4 year-old daughter drew the winner…..

MARY!!!!

Congratulations Mary! I have emailed you so be sure to check your inbox!

I also want to thank everyone who entered-no worries if you didn’t win, I will be doing more giveaways in the future. Be sure you are signed up for my newsletter and are following me on social media, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube so you don’t miss out!

Until Next Time…

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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A Return Home Through Journaling

travelersjournalOver the years I have gone in spurts, writing then not, writing again. Now, more than ever, I feel the necessity for this time of quiet introspection.

I have been researching the traveler style notebook, loving the name, the flexible cover. The idea that it would hold multiple notebooks, serving different purposes, that could then be replaced when full was extremely appealing.

I decided to give it a shot and opted for an inexpensive version I found online.
It arrived on Saturday and I was writing in it that evening.

I love it!

Now, if you are new to the concept let me say there are a ton of tutorials online on how you can make your own version relatively inexpensively. I however, after looking at materials thought the price for this one ($22.29 with shipping) was a fair price when you included the notebooks. I honestly don’t think I could have made it for that. (Although I am contemplating making more ;)

So why this an not just a regular notebook?

For me it’s purely the aesthetic.

Something that I love to look at, hold in my hand, makes me want to write in it more often. It’s that simple.
I also really love that one cover holds multiple notebooks (those of which you can easily make yourself) and when full these notebooks are stored and new ones take their place.
Brilliant!

For 2015 my goal is to journal more often. I am not setting a specific number, just to be more aware of that voice with in. And strive to connect to it as much as I can.

If you would like to see the journal itself and perhaps buy one you can check out my affiliate link here.

You can also watch my unboxing/first thoughts video below.


Until Next Time….

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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I’m Perfect (And So Are You!) & A Giveaway

2015WorkbookIt’s January 13th-that should tell you how far behind I am in the “It’s a New Year a New You!” train.

I am usually really behind in anything that trends or is popular.
Like I hear those Harry Potter books were pretty big.

All kidding aside though I do believe in constant self-love, self-analysis and always, always, always moving forward towards your dreams.

So I plan…ish for things.
I write stuff down so I don’t forget to do it an I look at that list regularly.
If it has a due date I write that down.
I still miss stuff.

That is where self-love comes in.

We are almost conditioned to be constantly pushing, never faltering, never making a “mistake” and always living on discipline.

Or maybe it is just the Catholic school education that makes me feel like that.

I admit that letting go of the negative thoughts-the “have-to’s” the should haves is a constant struggle for me and one I am hoping to explore more on my other blog. I prefer, instead, to set dreams in motion. To explore and have fun. To be gentle with myself, allow days to flow as they do while always moving forward in the direction of my dreams.

There are so many workbooks/planners out there and I believe they are all designed for certain people. Me? I like pretty, flexible, fun and open. I don’t want to feel like I am in school studying for a test or at work and saying, “Ok time to sit down and work on my dream.”

BLAH!

So the workbook that I have used for about the last 5 years maybe? Is Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Shining Year. I love this workbook so much so that I joined her affiliate program. It’s a way for me to share my love for a great product and I also earn a bit o’money as well. It’s important to me that I only share products I use and believe in and this is definitely one of them.

(I also think the products I share should be affordable and this is definitely affordable!)

I am still working through mine. Planning, dreaming, thinking, digging into myself and unearthing a lot. Some good, some a bit painful, all healthy and important.

So I thought it only fitting to share a bit of love with you guys, my readers and give you a chance to check this workbook out for yourself!

You can even join my Manifesting Group if you like to add a little support system as you start digging in.

I am really happy to announce my first giveaway of 2015!!!

You can win your very own printed copy of the Create Your Shining Year 2015 Workbook!

Entering is super simple!

1. Sign up for my newseltter
2. Tweet this post (or share on Google + and/or Instagram) just be sure to use hashtag #dreamingdilettante2015giveaway
3. Comment below that you have done all three

That’s it! I will draw a winner on January 23rd.

Or if you can’t wait you can always purchase your own copy.

If you do buy one I hope you will join me in my manifesting group-it’s a positive space for you and your dreams!

Good luck!

Remember-you are perfect, don’t make resolutions make space for the good things in your life. You so deserve this!

Until Next Time…..

Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

 

 

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My Saffiano Planner Unboxing

Well if you are listening to my daily podcasts you know I have been eyeing a new planner for a while.

To be honest I wasn’t sure what to do because I love planners but am working towards a life that doesn’t involve a reliance to time and dates so buy a fancy calendar, kinda seemed counter-productive.

I love paper, I love notebooks and I love having a special, sacred place to record thoughts, ideas, plans and dreams in and a planner seemed like the perfect combination. I will get more into how I use the planner in another post/video but I wanted to share with you my unboxing/first impressions.

The one I purchased is the Filofax Saffianno in Personal size. I bought mine, new from Amazon. (If you decide to buy one and use this link I get an affiliate commission ;)

The price was right as I could not justify spending a lot right now on a planner. I think I spent just over $30 with shipping for mine and that was a price I felt comfortable with.
I have made a separate play list just for my planners on my YouTube channel so if you are into planners be sure to hop on over and subscribe.

As always thanks for visiting! Now on to the show!

Until Next Time….
Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante
 

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The New Moon in Scorpio

October 23, 2014
New Moon in Scorpio with a Partial Solar Eclipse

So let’s start with, what a solar eclipse is.
A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and earth all align and what we see is the moon moving across the sun.

So what does this mean for us who are trying to manifest amazing things within our lives?
This disruption in solar energy (aka the moon blocking the sun and telling it to take a break) is what kinda resets things so that we can trash the old and make way for the new.
The eclipse is almost like the period of a sentence.
Ending one chapter and making way for us to start fresh.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a pattern, a behavior, a relationship or a job, we have the power to use this energy to help us shift.

Imagine you are gathering up this new moon/eclipse energy in a big tub.
This beautiful liquid can now be used to not only wash away the old but to water and bring to life that which we most desire.
It refreshes as equally as it cleans.

So what is Scorpio telling us?
Focus in on what you are the most passionate about.
What is the one thing that has been quietly waiting in the background just hoping for a chance to shine?

Is it a song waiting to be put to paper?
Is it finally brushing off the resume and applying for that amazing new job overseas?
Are you ready to finally give your heart to a new relationship?

Dig in deep within yourself and pull up all of those beautiful dreams that have been sitting in the shadows.
Take some time to put them in the light.

And watch the magic begin!

To help celebrate this I have created a New Moon workshop specially for the members of The Life Collective and my newsletter subscribers. If you would like to take part in the New Moon workshops sign up here and you will be sent the link to all the goodies which includes a special meditation.

Until Next Time….

-Michele, aka The Dreaming Dilettante

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