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The Bullet Journal Method

The Bullet Journal Method

Want a cheaper more simple way to plan your life and keep track of things? I’ve seen what is called Bullet Journals, Now I may have covered these before but I really don’t recall if I have. I have set up my own for 2018 but I have some things to change for next year. Also I thought maybe I should have 2. a different one for each year, and maybe a more permanent one,  even if its just to have a record of layouts (templates) to use.

I’ve noticed when I use a journal for the year, that by the end of the year (somewhere between July and October I end up not really interacting with it as I did when I started.

I don’t’ have nice neat handwriting or drawing

The Bullet Journal Method EXCERPT by Ryder Carroll

Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

Get the Kindle or Hardcover Edition   *    BOX SET


Or if you want to try your own here are my recommendations to get started.


1        2 Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Medium Dotted Journal [Berry]       3DesignWorks Ink Standard Issue Bound Personal Journal, Green

1How to Guide & Journal set

Leuchtturm1917  5″ X 8.Choose Your Color Dotted Grid Page

3   I also like the Design works brand of Standard Notebooks,  Deluxe Composition Books (choose your color),

Need help on icons and making a key for your Bujo

Bullet Journal Stencils 26 Packs Diary DIY Drawing Stencils, Greeting Card Template             Bullet Journal Supplies, 10 Bullet Journal Colored Marker Pens and 12 Plastic Planner Stencils DIY Drawing Art Supplies on Notebook/Diary/Scrapbook                      30pcs Journal Painting Stencil with Extra 6 Different Design of Cards(No Duplicate)-Notebook/Diary/Scrapbook Plastic DIY Drawing Template,4x7 Inch

26 Pack BUJO stencils starter kit                       10 marks & 12 stencils starter kit                          4×7    30 pc stencils for bujo/art and more    

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Inkjoy Pens by Papermate

Inkjoy Pens by Papermate

I know nowadays some people just write directly to a computer file. I don’t, no matter what I am writing one of the stories i’m starting or still working on same for poems, letters etc I always use a pen. For me I prefer to use the thick (fat) barrel pens so that my fingers don’t hurt and cramp. This is one I’ve been using well over 10 years!

I was in the market for a new set of color pens, as the last ones I had for one…didn’t write smoothly (I had to press on them and that tends to tire the hand out faster) and  2. the orange was more that brownish orange (rust) color.

So I remembered the Inkjoy commercial,

When I first saw this commercial, I wish I still had the old Spirograph set I had as a kid

I had previously grabbed one of the purple ones that came with the ‘pen’ stylus for phones, tablets etc on it. I liked the way it felt and wrote so I ordered a pack of the retractable Color  pens for writing in my journal, and letters. They’re not fat like my Tandem pen, but they aren’t so thin like the papermate stick ones that my fingers start to hurt. Even though these are an average size pen, they are still comfortable to use. As for what the commercials say, I LOVE these pens! They are my new favorite kind! They write so smooth you would think it was water or air! I even found a mini set of them in a discount store! These are great for anyone for summer roadtrips, days at the beach and vacations. No matter what you do draw, journal, doodle or scrapbook and anything else I may be missing.

and just so you don’t have to deal with my my review, here’s a video one from youtube.

For those of you that want them for the office I looked up a few options for your convenience

36 count Office pack Black *  12 pk Blue*





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Posted by on June 7, 2017 in Journals, review, Supplies, Writing


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Blog Badges

Blog Badges

Want to add a badge to your blog?

Someone sent me this link as a ‘Grab my button’ code but sadly for some reason it doesn’t seem to be doing what it should on my WordPress Blog.

So I have asked a WordPress Facebook group if anyone can help figure out why. I’ve tried it on a specific page I need the code as well as the same blog but in the sidebar and it still won’t work right. The picture shows up but the square that I know of that is supposed to show with the code does not. (for me it shows the image twice) Which is what I was trying to figure out why but after tinkering about with the code I couldn’t get it to do what I wanted to I’ll just wait and see

so I finally get an answer Thank you to Denali on a wordpress facebook group for leading me to this site.  which leads to the following button generator

Be sure you have an image you made to use as your button/banner  you can find Miss Musings’ under the share the love section in the sidebar. They do work as I added the banners by the code into the about/contact page on this blog as well.



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Posted by on February 24, 2016 in blogging, Help, Supplies


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7 Must haves When Starting a blog

7 Must-Haves When Starting Your Blog [Infographic]

7 Must haves when starting your blog


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10 Online Tools for Creative Writers

10 Online Tools for Creative Writers


By Robert Morris

If you are a writer, all you’re supposed to do is sit down, open a plain word processor and write. Wrong! Other people think that a writer only needs to be creative and commit to a daily working schedule, but you know it’s never that easy. You need to get through writer’s blocks, find supporting facts from areas you don’t understand, edit the content to perfection, attract clients and readers, manage your finances and cover many other aspects associated to your job.

In fewer words, you need to find the right tools that will help you work more effectively. There is no need to test dozens of online apps to get to the best ones; the following list of top 10 tools for writers will save your time.


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How to make ink

Splatters of stains

Do you or have you ever wanted to use a Quill pen, or ran out of refills for your fountain pen in the middle of writing?

Well here I will explain how to make your own in.

It’s pretty easy, and as long as you have berries in the house (or other items) you can make ink with it!

Like if you have a fire-place… you can use the soot or if you use charcoal to do art, there’s a way to make it from that as well.

I will try my best to explain it all but first I think we should start with the basics

What you will need

Keep in mind, most if not ALL of what is used for the coloring WILL STAIN

Also please be sure to READ THE WHOLE LENS BEFORE making the ink. There’s more information than just the instructions.

Basic instructions…

Put whole berries (if soft) in strainer (with harder more dense berries cut to 1/4 inch slivers)

holding the strainer OVER a bowl or mortar (or better yet hopefully the strainer will stand IN the bowl as you may need bowl hands to…)

CRUSH berries with the spoon or pestle until the ‘bleed’ no more & be sure only the juice goes into the bowl (you can put aside the fruit part to make a smoothie)

Store ink in jar (& I’ve heard to put it in the fridge but I’m not sure if that’s for certain ones or all)

see instructions for each type below

Supplies & Instructions continued

  • an ink well or small container that is spill proof. (if it gets knocked over or on the ground it will not come off & spill out)
  • What you will make your ink from.Berries 1 Cup Fresh or thawed are fine Cherry, Pomegranate would probably be pink,Black Berries work better than blueberries – blue/purpleBeets 1rawbeet for deepredfireplace soot or charcoal Grey.blackwalnut shells, Brown at least 10 shells (if they were whole)

    Potberries black look for the jet black ones though those on the ground would be ideal! (leaves, roots & berries are HIGHLY POISONUS do not make or leave around children & pets!!!)

    Potberry ink has been said to have been used to write the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

    (for every CUP of berries, use 1 teaspoon of the salt & teaspoon of vinegar)

  • 1 teaspoon salt (to prevent ink from spoiling)(Some use alcohol but that will eventual make the ink evaporate, & is probably what the ink companies use)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (will help the ink color last longer)
  • strainer or sieve
  • mortar & pestle (or a bowl & spoon)


Goose Quill Pen with Powdered Ink, Hand Carved Feather Pen
Goose Quill Pen with Powdered Ink, Hand Carved Feather Pen

Authentic goose feather


Individual ‘inks’ information / instruction

by type or color

picture l to r Salt, Vinegar (suppose to be white) bowl and strainer Mortar & pestle & I have the pom juice in there to represent the berries for ink)

Roman Ink

Make a dark gray ink close to what the romans may have used in their time.

For this you will need

*Gum Arabic (or Honey)

*charcoal sticks or soot from the fireplace

put the charcoal sticks in a plastic baggie and crush them completely with a small hammer or mallet, bowl (lean on it) or spoon even with a rolling-pin it should be right quick.

Place 5 teaspoons of the soot or crushed charcoal into a small metal or glass bowl

add 2 teaspoons of gum arabic (or Honey) and 4 teaspoons of vinegar stir until all its combined.


Blue Ink

if you want to make a dark blue ink

mix 2 tablespoons of LAUNDRY bluing powder to 5 tablespoons of water. This gives a deep rich blue ink.

(or to try, add only 1 tablespoon in to the berry mix)



Slice a raw beet in 1/4 inch slices

place int a sauce pan with a 1/2 cup water

and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the slices are tender.

add a 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar & 1/2 teaspoon of salt.


Berry Ink

Aside from the previous berries mentioned, You can also use wildberries such as Pokeberries, mulberries, or Hawthorne berries.

(But do not eat them as I only know that Pokeberries are poisonous)

Be sure to use a metal or glass bowl only so it won’t be permanently stained.


purple Ink

In a small sauce pan bring to a boil a 1/4 cup grape juice

2 tablespoons of vinegar & 1 tablespoon of salt


Dark Brown Ink

simmer 5 to 6 black tea bags in a half (1/2) cup of water, until it has reduced to a quater cup.

add a teaspoon of powdered gum arabic & stir with a wood skewer or of the sort that’s disposeable.


Walnut Ink (see videos)

If you are using English or black walnut shells first beware of Squirrels & chipmunks!!!

Put the walnut shells in an empty bag, & Pretending you are Thor whack them with the hammer.

Repeat until; they are small little pebble pieces.

Now put them into a saucepan with 2 cups of water on medium heat bringing it to a boil for 45 minutes to an hour

. Let simmer until the water gets dark (around 15 minutes)

add your salt & vinegar & simmer another 5 minutes

Strain using an old t-shirt/rag or cheesecloth as a filter.

This ink WILL stain plastic, clothes, & fingers but will wash right out of metal or glass pots


Here’s one for EXTRA fun!!!


Mix equal parts baking soda and water mix it well

inject with syringe into your ink cartridge.

Once the paper dries hold it up to a warm light source for a surprise message!

(maybe adding a bit of laundry detergent. (see videos for why)

I’ve also heard lemon works but never did for me. Check out the videos for something

else that works as invisible ink

Standard well

Clear Cut Glass Inkwell Antique Reproduction
Clear Cut Glass Inkwell Antique Reproduction

Clear hinged inkwell with clasp to keep closed.

How to make Ink videos – a Variety of help

I’m also including a few more ideas, & if you are under 18 I will NOT be liable for anything you do to ruin anything in the house!

But The 2nd video would be really cool for a Halloween haunted house effect..Hint Hint (that I WILL NOT deny)



Elaborate Ink wells –

If you purchase one of these then color me jealous!

I’d like something intriguing, with more personality than the above affordable one, but less complex than one of the ones here. I WISH however I could get that writing desk.

Have you ever made home made Ink? What did you use (as for the ink resource)? Did it work?

Well I think we all should be able to afford this well

Solid Brass Captain Inkwell with Moving Swivel LidSolid Brass Captain Inkwell with Moving Swivel Lid

•Writing Pen Inkwell is a beautiful antique reproduction made from solid brass

•Featuring a moving swivel top, this ink well is representative of the writing pen inkwell used by a ship’s captain

•The swivel top was intended to keep the ink in the inkwell during travel across the rough ocean

•Inkwell measures 3 1/4″ wide at the base of the ink well, and 4″ tall from the base to the moving swivel top

•Solid Brass Antique Rep. Captain Inkwell Ships Brand New in Manufacturer’s Packaging

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Posted by on October 14, 2014 in DIY, Supplies, Writing


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