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Planners – What Size Do You Use?

Goldilocks was nowhere to be seen…

I have recently been designing planner inserts. I started out making some for myself. It occurred to me that it might be something that other people could use too, so I created a few Weekly Planner inserts in different sizes.

I use a Personal sized planner but there are so many different sizes available. What size do you prefer? Many people that I have spoken to seem to like the A5 size but I suppose that it depends on how much information you need to put into it and also whether or not you will be carrying it around with you.

There is a lot of opportunity for customisation too. I love owls, foxes, etc. The whole furry friends from the forest thing! So I put some on to my inserts.

I have ideas for all sorts of other inserts too, from shopping lists to sewing project sheets and all sorts of other things in between! I also have lots of ideas for different designs.

I would love to hear your thoughts on planners. Do you use one? What Size? Fancy or Plain? Are there any inserts that you would love to have but cannot find in the shops?

I decided to make my inserts into digital downloads. That way anyone who buys them can make themselves some new inserts without having to go out to the shops. I live out in the sticks so the ability to easily print off things and use them straight away is important to me.

The inserts that I have made so far are available here

These are the Weekly Planner inserts that I made first.
Quickly followed by some dividers
Some extra pages…

Stop your apples going brown and keep your loo nice and white!

High-angle close-up of a lemon, natural source of vitamin C and citric acid, with shadow on white background

For a long time, I have used citric acid as part of my wool dyeing process but it has some other uses as well.

Citric acid is a weak organic tribasic acid. It occurs naturally in citrus fruits. Here’s wikipedia’s entry on the subject.

If you find that, when making stewed apples or apple pie, your apple slices are discolouring before you can get them in the pan/pie dish, then add a sprinkle of citric acid to some water and drop them in there until you are ready to cook them. Drain the water off, you don’t need to rinse, and you are good to go.

Citric acid is used commercially in many foodstuffs but don’t use massive amounts of it in cooking.  Small amounts are sufficient. As with most things too much of anything is not good for you.

I also discovered that it makes an amazing toilet cleaner. First of all I dissolved about three quarters of a cup of citric acid crystals in a litre of boiling water. After skooshing most of the water out of the toilet bowl with the brush, I very slowly (don’t want to crack the toilet) poured the hot water into the toilet bowl. I left it for a couple of hours, overnight would probably have been better though. Then I gave it a quick scrub with the loo brush and after flushing the toilet it was sparkling clean. Yay! I had previously struggled to remove the limescale in there, even with commercial cleaners.

I also chucked half a cup of the citric acid into my empty washing machine and put it on a hot cycle. It had previously had a musty smell and the citric acid got rid of that so now it smells nice and fresh!

Apparently you can also use it to make cheese, although I haven’t tried that yet.

Here’s a link to a couple of pages describing the process:

I am sure that there are many more uses for this stuff, please tell me if you know any of them.