Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WOYWW 320--Minnie loves Midori

Happy Wednesday lovely deskers! Visit What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday to share your madness and mess too.

There's my baby kitty--Minnie--making an appearance in my Wednesday desker photo. She's a crafty kitty...extremely smart and clever at her wise old 14 years of age...and she's constantly following me around and getting involved in my stuff.
I made my own Midori style traveler's notebook--look at me go!
Also there is my babydori. I recently fell in love with the Midori Traveler's Notebooks, and at the same time wanted to find a way to upcycle a beautiful little piece of Coach leather. So I followed a trail of Midori DIY videos and made my gorgeous snatch of leather into a babydori...I call it that because it's just a little smaller than the passport size. I made my own little insert notebooks, pocket folders--see the the striped one there--and even a watercolor notebook. I took some vintage pages from a Workbasket magazine and made the cutest dashboard folder with packing tape to laminate it. That way I can stick post-it note lists on there all the time. I'm still decorating the inserts, and loving how it slips right into my bag and is on the go, safely filled with its pages and pockets.

I posted just a couple of days ago the whole story if you're interested.

Anyhoo, I found those cute clip tabs, on the left, and love using colorful tabs in my planners and now in my babydori.

Since Minnie decided to drape herself on my busy work, I immediately had to cap the exacto knife, and make sure there were no sewing pins laying around. We always have to be careful with kitties on the craft tables.

Have a wonderful week.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch


  1. Minnie looks quite comfy there! I love your notebook cover! Off now to look at the previous post you mentioned! Thanks for visiting earlier! Chrisx 4"

  2. If I had as many notebooks and planners as you seem to have, I'd certainly both double book myself and forget stuff... But that's because I'm not so well organized :) happy woyww!
    Kristiina #22

  3. Wow, I'm so impressed that you made it - it looks so professional. Minnie is so cute, and so helpful too by the look of it! Hope you have a great week and thanks for visiting earlier,
    Diana #25

  4. What a beautiful little book, Sandy - how brilliant is that? and your gorgeous little kittie Minnie looks so comfortable. I have to ban ours from my studio because Beatrice (15) is so naughty and rummages through everything and pulls things out, and generally causes chaos!!

    Thanks for your visit and I'm glad you like what I've done - the faux leather is lovely for books.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #39

  5. Nine husbands? Cadillacs and hotels??? I need to know more! What a gal to have in your certainly have feisty ladies in your family, lol! I hope she is good when you visit her and her spirit is undiminshed. Give her a hug and a kiss from me, even though she wouldn't have a clue as to who I am :-)
    We are having a good summer here. Behind the quilt in the last but one photo in my blog is my gravel garden with pots of lavender and thyme. I grow these as they're brilliant for bees and butterflies and we have to look after our pollinating insects, don't we? My green beans are also flowering and podding like crazy at the moment. I think we'll look like string beans when summer is over! And cucumbers?? I'm giving them away, they are growing so madly. I'm enjoying the garden at the moment, it's brilliant!
    I love the little tag you've attached onto the cover of your little book...I would make a beautiful pendant too. Minnie looks very comfy there. I'm afraid that Harry and Ron aren't allowed on my craft's in our guest bedroom and some of my family are allergic to cats, so it wouldn't be fair to get cat hair on the beds!
    Hugs, LLJ 4 xx

    1. I just have to say my lavender and thyme are some of my favorite things I'm growing, my green beans are going crazy too, and I'm going to go back so I can look at that picture again! I'll give Aunt Margaret your message...she is in surprisingly good spirits right now.

  6. Beautiful Minnie - she fits in there really well :) Love your midori, looks great.

    Happy WOYWW
    Evelyn/Evalila # 53

  7. ,Minnie looking serenely at you as if she isn't draped across your working space!
    I love the babydori, oh my its great,a labour of love and pleasure and I can see already how well it would fit your hand and be a pleasure to use.

  8. How gorgeous.... Both the cat and the planner!
    Catherine x

  9. I agree, love the planner but love the kittie even more. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 28

  10. Great use of the leather for your planner. I have seen the price of the Midori notebooks and think you have come up with a great alternative.
    sandra de #32

  11. My kitty is not yet even 1 year old so I hope he will last as long as your Minnie! What a wonderful project you've made! Don't you just love it when you can upcycle some material you've been saving? Your babydori looks so pretty AND useful! Thank you for sharing!
    Happy WOYWW and thanks for dropping by!
    Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS@3

  12. They love to be in don't they. I usually have a kitty lying across the table too although when you are trying to paint delicate lines and they suddenly get the urge to scratch, it's not good, lol. Love your little book. I was lucky enough to have one made for me as a pressie and I love it. Very special.
    Hugs Lisax #33

  13. They just make themselves at home. I have to be careful with pin cushions. My 2 like to play with the left on threads. So have been putting them in a drawer out of their reach. Love your little planner too. Have a fun week

  14. That's a gorgeous book you've made and Minnie is just as pretty too.

  15. I laughed seeing Minnie spread out comfortably in the middle of your work space. I don't know how you had the gumption to cut the leather Coach but it looks perfect! I Googled Midori Traveler's Notebook because I had never heard of them until your post. Your is so much better. Thank you for stopping by earlier. diane