Thursday, December 29, 2016

This Post is Either Quite Late or Somewhat Early ...

Truth be told, it was supposed to be ready well before Christmas Day - a little token of appreciation to all one's readers who, she imagines, are every bit as reluctant as she when it comes to forking over hard-earned cash to buy a Monthly Planner. But since this is the woman who shows up late (if at all) to any and all blog parties she's invited to, is always packing up for whatever market she's attending at the last possible second, and considers herself lucky if she manages to add any new seasonal stock to the website the day before the actual holiday itself, it would seem someone amongst us might really benefit from using one. ASAP.

But when the insomniac  started looking around for one to purchase, they all seemed so boring - and expensive! And being the cheapskate she is, she decided to create one for herself and for those who feel they might also benefit from having a bit more organization in their lives. There must be at least a few of you out there. No? Well that's unfortunate, because she didn't get you anything else for Christmas.

You can bet the desk doesn't normally look this tidy ...

When deciding which full moon names to use in her planner, she searched the internet, made a comprehensive list of all the possibilities, then chose whichever ones appealed to her the most. So although some might call March's full moon the Sap Moon, the Worm Moon or the Storm Moon, the insomniac  decided she liked Crow Moon best. Although Death Moon was definitely a very close second.  

Despite doing an informal poll on Facebook asking her friends what they'd like to see in a planner, she pretty much disregarded all their comments and chose not to include any events she personally is unlikely to ever be fortunate enough to attend - like Whitby Goth Weekend - because who needs reminding they haven't managed to save up enough money to go again this year. One feels that looking back through one's Monthly Planner and noting all the unmet goals and missed appointments will likely be depressing enough.

She also decided against including Sneak a Zucchini onto your Neighbour's Porch Day, which she considered renaming to Hug Your Taxidermy Day but had second thoughts about that too ... because not everyone is lucky enough to own a house full of taxidermy. Which, again, might be depressing for them.

As you can see from the following shot of April, originally there were little pictures highlighting all the important days of the year - Plan your Epitaph Day, Bat Appreciation Day, Walpurgisnacht, etc. But after printing out the first draft, it was apparent that should someone with a busier life than the insomniac  actually have something else to do on one of those days, there was nowhere to write down that information - therefore, the little pictures were eliminated in the final copy.

There just wasn't enough room for BOTH Easter Monday
AND Bat Appreciation Day ...

Someone will probably rot in Hell for making that particular choice.

In theory, the best part of this planner is that pages can be printed out and ordered in exactly the way it suits one best. If a person likes to journal, they can print out more of the lined pages. If they like to sketch out garden planting schedules according to the moon phases or design their next yard haunt project, they can insert more blank pages. And once printed to one's satisfaction, it only costs around $5 to have it coil bound with a piece of cheap mat board on the front and back - perfect for decorating afterwards to make it look a little less commonplace.

Quite the extensive collection of Tim Holtz products
you have there, insomniac  ...

Certainly nothing to be embarrassed about.

It seems almost a shame to defile the pristine
2017 Monthly Planner with appointments and goals and other such nonsense ...

Now that the insomniac  is in possession of her first ever Monthly Planner, be prepared for a whirlwind of scheduled activity here in the Attic: regular blog posts, new handcrafted items for every market she's attending this year (finished in a timely manner and not at 2:00 a.m. the morning before), completion of all those projects that have been on hold since practically forever - wallpapering the entryway, painting the guest bathroom, making the rest of the cobweb stained glass for the kitchen cupboards, sewing a coffin quilt for the guest bedroom (maybe two, if the first one goes well!), knitting a deer skull Cowichan sweater for the spouse (and maybe one for herself, if the first one goes well!). Oh, the list just goes on and on and on. And on.

But most importantly, on November 14th, 2017 the insomniac  has already made a notation in her planner to get started on the 2018 version, which shall be made available on this blog by November 30th, 2017 at the very latest. All being well. You understand.

To download your present in PDF format (8½ x 11), please click on the link:

2017 Monthly Planner - Northern Hemisphere
2017 Monthly Planner - Southern Hemisphere

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.


Obviously, this planner was only just completed at 2:00 a.m. this morning ... there are bound to be mistakes. Please feel free to inform the creator should you find anything that needs rectifying. Merry Christmas.