I know I’ve been quiet lately, but I’ve been in Kefalonia on holiday! After dodging my partners excuses, I finally managed to get him to book time off work and decide where we wanted to go. Actually that’s a lie – after being fed up of waiting for the right time to sit down together and put some concrete plans in place, I booked it online and told him where we were going haha!
It worked out quite well because, thanks to my extensive research, our hotel was on the sea front and close to the bars and restaurants (and shops, of course!). Our holiday consisted of sun drenched beach days and lilo’s in the sea… and relaxing evenings around the shops, retiring to a restaurant and sipping Robola Wine… and then having last minute cocktails and a pool match back at the hotel outside pool bar.
I miss it terribly already (I don’t miss the mozzie bites however – they’re seriously itchy!).
But anyway, you may ask – what has this tale got to do with Filofaxes – or Midori?!
Well I wanted something to take on holiday to sort of journal with and to write down my thoughts and feelings and things that happened while away. Looking at my beloved Amazona, I thought “honey, you just don’t look like you should be on the beach”. And so, my lovely Marilyn Amazona was dismissed to the cupboard for a break, with the rest of my collection.
I knew I wanted something that could withstand life on the sand and wouldn’t look too out of place – somewhere I could store our passports and flight tickets and hotel information etc… my eyes settled on my Raydori I purchased about a year ago.
So on the run up to our holiday, I scoured youtube for ideas and pinterest for printables… and I ended up doing a half job on it making a couple of notebooks for it using A5 exercise books and trimming them down to size. I also made a little Craft File using scrapbook paper. It was all so badly done and rushed, I can’t even show it here haha!
My partner, not into Filofaxes/Diaries or planning tools at all, even commented on the Raydori several times (and several times since arriving back home, too), saying that it looked “cool”. “Nice” was another monosyllabic word he may have uttered also (you know what guys are like when they don’t really know what they’re talking about). So I took it that the Raydori was a success.
With all these youtube video’s in my brain, when I got back from too much thinking on the beach and not enough doing… I ordered myself a Midori from Amazon. The Passport size.
On 12th June I ordered it. It arrived today… 19th July. From a Japanese company. Seriously, I’m amazed. I’m based in the UK, and I strongly recommend this seller: Arigatone Fukuoka-Japan @ Amazon – I’ll be ordering from these guys again through Amazon, definitely. I’ve never been one to order from Japan etc due to their shipping times. I’m one of those brats that has no patience! But if there are shipping times like these, I have no issue whatsoever.
Here are some of the photo’s of my unboxing 🙂
Such a cute little thank you note and origami present! Perfect colours to match my new free spirited journal 😉
I love how Midori have wrote that this little notebook can totally change your life. It brings me hope and anticipation – bring on the adventure!
A replacement orange rubber band, and the white muslin bag that contains the Midori Traveler’s Notebook
Ta Daaa! It’s finally here!
This is the back corner of the Midori
Interior. The Midori’s come with a black notebook inside.
And the back of the notebook is like a passport – clever Midori!
I’m in love already! I recall a few other YouTube videos mentioning that they had white powder on their Midori’s when they arrived… And I’ve noticed the same thing, you know, just a few specks here and there!
And so, just like that, I’m now part of the Midori Revolution!
I shall update you very shortly on my progress, for this weekend it’s all about getting that old Craft Head on! Yippee, “Project!” (As Cher from Clueless would say).
Some of those dreams you have… It’s ok to follow them 🙂