Ashi the Hufflepuff

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I couldn’t help myself. This was earlier in the summer but hey! British summers require scarves occasionally…

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Daily Planner

I’ve been thinking about how I can get myself more organised but also work towards some goals.I have a lot of notebooks. Lots of them. Mostly unused as I also collect them, but some of them have been dedicated for various purposes such as “Goal tracking” and “Positive Journal” and so on and they never get used because there are so many of them.

I was looking into printable journal pages on Sunday and found lots of great ones, but they didn’t suit exactly what I wanted. They were either too involved or they were missing things. I came across an awesome kickstarter for a product called the Self Journal which looks lovely, but a) I need something now and this product won’t be ready for months yet; and b) I don’t have the extra $20 for shipping (though it’s probably something that I’ll end up buying!)

So I made some. I liked the format of the Self Journal so used that as a base and smooshed it with a load of free printables I found. I’m not a graphic designer so they aren’t the prettiest, but they’re simple and exactly what I needed. It also meant that I got to play on OpenOffice Writer, which I haven’t done in a long while. It can do so much more than just making letters and essays, I used to love using powerpoint and excel to make things and have a geeky kind of joy about making documents that are interesting (to me!) on office software.DSCN8626

One of the sites I used heavily (and essentially reformatted their charts) was The Project Girl, she has a very nice collection of free downloadable content for organising your life. I have copied the Goal Tracker Worksheet but made it A5 sized. I also love this idea: Become a Better You. It’s nice and simple. I can see her downloadables becoming fundamental to my folder.

I even discovered some free fonts that are wonderful, I used one called Veggieburger as my main font, but found a few others on the same site that looked like great fun too! This is tomorrow’s page, I have more to write in but this is the start of the planning for the day! I haven’t added anything else but the daily sheets to the folder yet as I need to think about my goals a bit.

Baking with the kids

Please excuse the sticky toddler fingers! This was what I did on Saturday with my charges.
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Fed up of the constant “It’s not fair! SHE got to stir for longer!” and “But Nikki, HE got to lick the spoon last time!” and “S turn, S turn, S turn, S TURN.” every time we bake (they aren’t usually so silly, they’re usually lovely but they are kids at the end of the day!) I decided to do things a little differently this time.

I gave each of them a bowl, they each got one egg and had to take it in turns to weigh out their individual ingredients and we did each stage together. Once they each had a batter, they each got to choose a food colouring for their batter, which I then used to make multi-coloured cakes. G had blue, C red and [not-so]-little S had green. They then decorated them with their granny after I left.

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Having found that a lot of recipes now call for oil instead of eggs, I have gone back to the old fashioned way of cake baking. Take your egg/s, weigh them. Use equal amounts of flour, butter and sugar and make as usual (cream butter and sugar, add beaten egg/s and then add the flour). You can use less sugar and even half it without any issues! Or you can do as my middle charge, C, did and pour in extra when you think I’m not looking 😉

The helmet hat

So, my mother is a paddler and has an event coming up, kayaking down the Liffey Descent in Ireland, and she asked me to make her an octopus hat (she originally posted a picture to my FB wall of Chuthlu thinking it was an octopus…).

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I happened to have some more fluorescent yellow and an orange that wasn’t far off being fluorescent, and this was the result. It’s the most hideous thing that I have ever made, but it amuses me so I am not too ashamed to post it!