Monday, 25 October 2010

Notes and questions



Shimelle's new class starts today :-) In honour of class, I went out to buy myself a new, pretty notebook. I had a fairly clear idea of what I was looking for; this was, of course, a big mistake, because I couldn't find it. *sigh*....

I did however find a cute A5 polka dot notebook, and decided to give it a home and dress it up a little.


I set myself the challenge of only using bits and pieces from one particular pile of 'stuff I haven't yet put away' (*ahem*).

Luckily, within this pile I found a little strip of paper from a music score (it was only afterwards that I realised the genius of using musical notes on a book for notes! Yes, my friends, I call that genius.... Humour me!); two salvaged clothes tags, one of which being printed with the phrase 'Express yourself' and the other bearing the letter 'm'; a butterfly punched from an old book page, linking with the idea of text and writing and imagination taking wing (do you think I'm maybe looking too hard for hidden meaning now?!); a little silver-edged vellum tag just the right size to hold the butterfly; a heart embellishment I made from cardstock, felt and a tiny button which just happens to coordinate beautifully - and, of course, I'll be writing from my heart... (yeah, OK, really pushing hard now!)


I did break my self-imposed rule so that I could add a couple of scraps of ribbon and some silver glitter alpha stickers, and then I remembered these perfect stamps that came in the LSNED kit from Shimelle:


I embossed them with white detail powder to match the colour scheme. The stamping's a bit dodgy because I'd already stuck everything onto the cover by this stage so the surface wasn't flat and even, so I embraced that particular imperfection - after all, I suspect my own writing will often be ragged around the edges, patchy, and uneven (well, at least give me credit for trying to link it all together, huh?!)


This isn't really a notebook to carry round with me, as I'd worry about damaging the decoration, but my diary has notepaper every other page so I already have a notebook with me at all times for when (if!) inspiration strikes. This book can stay at home for when I get time to properly respond to the prompts. There are plenty of pages, too, so I'm hoping it will keep me going for a while - I'm not completely certain what to expect from the class, but I'm hoping it will kick-start a 'writing habit' in me, and that this will be the first notebook of many :-)

Now, I don't want to give away the contents of each prompt as that obviously wouldn't be fair to Shimelle. However, I think it would be OK to say that one of the ideas today was about FAQ. I'd like to invite you to help me out here, folks! Are there any questions about me that occur to you? In the past several people asked about 'Melsh', and I added a kind of definition of that onto my sidebar. Honestly though I'm not sure if I have many other frequently asked questions! So I'd be interested to hear from you. Do you have any questions? Not that I'm promising to answer them all, though - I have to preserve some mystery, you know.... ;-)

This is my post for the 25th day of Blogtoberfest - 25 days and still on track!

23 comments:

Mary B said...

Love the note book love all the connections too.
One question that I would like to ask you, is the Doctor a dr of Medicine or some other kind of Doc? just curious

Ruth said...

That note book looks gorgeous! I've got as far as speed-reading prompt 1 ~ half-term, with DH (and the car) away and a DS who no longer naps in the afternoon: where will I find my 'me' time? Apart from 10-minutes now, as DS has been allowed CBeebies ...

Ruth said...

Oh, yeah, my question!? What made you decide to become a teacher? A long-held ambition or just how it worked out?

Linda said...

Love your notebook. I procrastinated making a decision and finally signed up late last night (AM for you in the UK) Haven't even checked out my email to find out what I got myself into.

JO SOWERBY said...

chosen notebook and matching pen, has eeyore on it. as im never sure what mood i'll find myself in he kind of covers bad and goodish!!!! love ur pretty notebook, im gonna put the bookplate inside mine and go from there.
FAQs: oooh hard one as I've learned so much. what about something like ur favourite phrase u use most often often?
Jo xxxx

Sian said...

Very cute cover on your notebook. It's a great idea to ask for questions - I'm a bit stuck because nobody ever really asks me anything. Maybe I'm not as mysterious as I think lol. Or maybe it's because it's half term and my head is full of other things. I'll be interested to see what your fine readers come up with :)

melissa said...

Oh I LOVE it!!! So pretty :)

Giselle said...

A few well chosen embellishments and hey presto - a unique notebook!! It's just fab!

Giselle said...

A few well chosen embellishments and hey presto - a unique notebook!! It's just fab!

Cheri said...

Love the notebook Mel - and adore all the connections you made - I think that just makes it more special! I have so many notebooks already going from other classes - I'm going to be lazy and just add this into my "Life Well Crafted" notebook that I made nearly two years ago!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm a bit stumped on the FAQ, too. Although I did come up with a few for myself. May steal your idea and ask the readers. Mine for you would be "What is the doctor a doctor of?"
Rinda

Liberty :) said...

How and why are you a mathematician?

alexa said...

Love your journalling in this post! You are skilled at connections already :). Can I ask - are you an avid hat-wearer or it the one in your photo just a one-off?

Amy said...

I'd like to know how on earth you are able to cater for four differing food requirements each day - often you have referred to all of your varied tastes and requirements, how on earth do you keep up?

Very cute notebook Mel! I've only had a quick look at the prompt - I'll have to work on my FAQ as well!

Elizabeth said...

When I read yesterday that you'd had The Boy after two years of marriage when The Doctor wasn't The Doctor I started wondering if you'd always taught in the same school and if you taught while you had babies?

I too love the notebook but (since I collect so many notebooks) I'm using one from my shelf. I've nearly begun!

Beverly said...

Love the notebook :) My question....photos of your lunches always look so healthy, is that a pretty accurate picture of your eating habits? Tell us about your decision to start eating meat again.

Cheryl said...

Love your book Mel so cute, I have my book, but that is as far as I have got. Great idea to ask everyone questions. The thing I would love to know is how you find time for everything that you pursue x

Liberty :) said...

Also, are you a Melanie or a Melissa? You don't have to answer that here if you don't want to!

Rachel B said...

I have two Mel, 1.Which is your favourite coffee shop for an espresso? and 2.Have you always called the little ones 'the boy' and 'the girl' or is that just for your blog?

You just know that mine have to be coffee related - right? ;)',

jillconyers said...

Enjoy the class Mel. I'll have to think of a question for you.

Deb said...

Oh, Mel, I love what you've done to embellish the notebook. And I love that each of your embellishmens were chosen with meaning behind them. :o)

Questions? Hmmmm...I'd have to think about that one... The obvious are already taken such as "The Doctor's" actual field of profession, and what made you decide to be a teacher...

Enjoy your class! xo

Jerrie said...

Love your notebook. Very pretty.
As this is my first visit to you I could ask a ton of questions however I think I'll just go read some posts...

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Adorable book!