The Midori Traveler

March 12th, 2015 Posted in Books, Filofax | No Comments »

Being that I’ve been a very big fan of paper-based planners, it is no surprise that I became enticed by the Midori Traveler.  I found out about it through one of Tracy Reinhardt’s a.k.a. Crazy Suburban Mom’s earlier You Tube posts.  While I don’t use this wonderful cowhide leather buildable notebook as a traditional organizer, I do use it as a field book of sorts dedicated to my hummingbird observations e.g. sketches, feeding times, and general behaviors.  I’ve gotten to know the principal characters of my garden fairly well.  The brown Midori comes in two sizes (medium and pocket-sized versions) and I believe they just released one with a navy blue leather cover.  You can also accessorize it to your liking (which I joyfully had done from day 1) :).  I ordered mine from The Journal Shop in Spring 2014 and found the staff to be very pleasant to work with…  I’m also very thankful for this since I had to rely on international purchase & shipping.

*Photocredit: Midori-Japan Company

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First Thoughts of Spring: The Sweetest Window-Mount Bird House!

March 10th, 2015 Posted in Home & Garden | No Comments »

A few months ago I purchased Kettle Moraine’s window-mount style bird house and can’t wait until Spring arrives, fairly soon too, to get a first glimpse of a feathered friend’s growing brood!  I have to admit that the initial placement wasn’t the best… huhhh lesson learned… and I must move it soon, that is, after the ice around it melts :(.  Before placing it outdoors and tethered on metal wiring (because I don’t exactly trust the grip of any little suction cups; even though there are three), I stained the cute wooden house a very light brown in hopes to extend its outdoor longevity.  Though I must scoot the house over to the other side, the spot seems otherwise perfect because I have a casual dining set up which will allow me to watch how the birds are doing while providing them enough shade and privacy (I have a vintage valance with small cut-out designs).   Fingers crossed, I hope my Carolina wren or chickadee mom will eventually take residence :)!  Should this fortunate happenstance occur, I will be sure to update all of you bird-lovers with photos…

*Photocredit: Kettle Moraine

The Glitter of Manhattan Portage…

March 10th, 2015 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

This time all that glitters is gold!  With it’s many great features of generous depth to fit more on-the-go necessities, leather-free, overall practicality (and even comes with velcro silencing patches), and attractive styling (eye catchingly glittery non-glitter good whether for day or night), I knew I had to own a bag from Manhattan Portage’s newly introduced Midnight Collection.  I first saw the collection at the Manhattan Portage/Token flagship store located on Elizabeth Street in New York, but regretfully realized later on I should have purchased something from the Midnight Collection that very visit.   You know how it goes when something you like lingers on your mind ;)…  Well, maybe waiting became a virtue because months later, the Midnight Collection was further expanded with such awesome designs such as the mini messenger pictured below.  Had to snag that baby up!

*Photocredit: Manhattan Portage