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Journal Flip #2: Second Midori Traveler’s Notebook Refill

IMG_4190I realized that I never uploaded a video of this second notebook, but thanks to my wonderful reader Althea, I was reminded and so you can thank her for this guys! Just click the picture and enjoy! (PS: Sorry for the poor lighting in the video, I only had my phone to work with.)

Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link to the first flip video I made:

Midori Traveler’s Refill #1

Have a great weekend everyone!


Minor Improvements


Hello all. Just wanted to show you how I’ve finally started decorating my second Midori Traveler’s Notebook refill. A few days ago, I posted a video of the first completed one. All your positive feedback has given me the encouragement to personalize my notebook more. I originally went with simple layouts when journaling (except for those few crazy days) because I always worried that if I went crazy with the decorating, it would take away form my writing. And, frankly, I had this horrible misconception that “adults” didn’t put glitter in their notebooks. Now though, I’ve started to let loose and just decorate my notebooks however I like. Everything goes! (Granted, no glitter has been used thus far. It’s too messy, even for me.) Well, for all of you journalers out there, what do you use in your own notebooks? Also, if you have pictures please send me a link!

For those of you who never saw my first flip, here’s a link to the Youtube video. Well, hope you all have a wonderful day!

Mail Surprise!

Hello everyone! So sorry for the neglect. I’ve been preoccupied with work and school these last few days. I had an essay due yesterday (on Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter”) but turns out class was cancelled till Thursday, so now I have a few more days to work on it. (Precrastinator, who, me?) On another note, this fine little surprise arrived in my  mailbox just before the first rain of fall hit us with a vengeance. (It’s been raining for two days straight.) This is another wonderful parcel from Elisse in Belgium, thanks Elisse!!


Here is everything in the clear plastic envelope: 3 dimensional flower stickers, a personalized booklet, an umbrella sticker, a leaf bookmark, a “have a nice day” tag, a circular tulip card, and one of the cards from a 350 card collection of avian species in Belgium. (I deduced this from the French section, as the other is in Dutch.) This bird in particular is the Willow Warbler. What a cutie!


Now, for a closer look at the little booklet. The first couple pages have a note, and an envelope with the first page of her letter.


The 3rd and 4th page have a packet of tea and an other envelope with the second page of her letter.


The 5th and 6th page have an adorable collection of washi tape and the final page of her letter.


I have to admit, Elisse’s creativity never ceases to amaze me. I will be replying to your awesome package soon Elisse!!

On another note, here is an equally amazing letter from my pen-pal Jamara, in Odenton, Maryland. It took me a while to get back to her, but I was finally able to finish a response letter and will be mailing it out to her tomorrow. This is her letter though, on really cute stationary. Also, the Sleeping Beauty card she included is beautiful!


Well everyone, have a great day and stay dry!!

Letters from Germany and Belgium!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all starting the week off well. Here in the Bay Area the sun’s shining down on everything, but it’s cool (for now) so I’m going to enjoy it as much as I can before the impending heat wave strikes yet again. Anyway, what inspired this post are none other than letters from my pen-pals in Germany and Belgium: Franziska and Elisse. Here’s what they sent:


The above letter (package really) is from Franziska in Germany. She’s an amazing girl, a sketch artist and professional violinist. Of course, what really makes her unique is her fiery determination, creative and honest nature.  We’ve been pen pals since May. If you’re curious, this is her tumblr: cchtml.

Now, for those who want to know, this is what’s in the letter: 3 sketches, one of ballerinas, one of the actress Julia Ormond, and one of a beautiful eye. Amazing aren’t they? I’m going to look into getting them mounted or framed. Next come 2 old postcards of Poland, and a pollish bill (“Ztoty”) from the Soviet Union era. Lastly, there are the two decorated envelopes, one that held the letter and one that held everything. The larger envelope (upper right corner) also has a quote from Socrates in the back, which isn’t shown in the picture. This is the quote: “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” A great quote if I do say so myself. Overall, this letter was a great find in the mail this morning, brightened up my entire day! Thanks so much Franziska!


Now, Elisse’s letter came in a few days ago, but I wasn’t able to update my blogs because of work. (Extra hours though do mean extra money, so I can’t complain.) Elisse is from Belgium, and is also a very creative spirit. She dabbles in almost everything as far as I know. If you’re curious, check out her personal blog as well!! (Elisse’s Blogspot) We’ve been pen-pals for a long time now, almost a year, if not already that. (I need to look at her first letter to be specific, only it got packed away when I moved.)

This is what she sent: a letter (of course) kept closed by a bird-shaped paperclip. (So cute!) A small pouch of antique stamps! (Seriously there was one in there from the US, a 3 cent one that you lick!) There was also a bag of stickers and other goodies, a bird post card that I plan to add to the wall over my bed with the rest of the ones that Franziska has sent me over the last few months, a couple stacks of post-it notes that are really cute, and of course a polaroid of her adorable new kitties! Thanks so much for the goodies Elisse! I am still working on my response letter, but hopefully I’ll have it out by the end of this week. (Along with the rest of the stack that’s accumulated over the last couple weeks. Sorry guys!)

Overall, these letters are amazing, as well as all the others that I get from my pen-pals.