WOYWW 48: A Year Of Marjolein Bastin

My 2011 Appointment Book – Isn’t It Pretty?

One of my favorite year-end rituals involves the annual search for the perfect appointment book. Over the years, I have tried them all – artsy, business, whimsical, corporate, electronic, pocket, desktop, wall – in an attempt to find the perfect book to inspire me, organize me, and manage my days!

Two Page Calendar Spreads Are A Must For Me

This week, after crinkling my nose at the selection in my local bookstore, I stopped by a Hallmark store and found this gorgeous date book featuring the art of the renown Dutch artist Marjolein Bastin.

I Thought You Might Enjoy A Peek Inside

I immediately fell in love with Marjolein’s beautiful watercolor paintings, her delicate handwritten notes, and the soft colors throughout. I liked the design of the book as well. So – for just a few dollars (thanks to the $10 coupon in my pocket) – I have a beautiful new book to record the events of the new year! 

There Are Lots Of Beautiful Floral & Nature Scenes Inside –
I Just Happen To Love Her Animal Art!

So I’m curious … do you use traditional paper calendars and appointment books to mark your days or do you record this information electronically? How about address books and journals?

Maybe This Will Be The Year I Update My Contact Info

Now that you know What’s On My Workdesk This Wednesday – what’s on yours? Hop over to Julia’s to share your workspace and to peek at everyone else’s!

But – before you go:

Click here to see Tsunami’s Thanksgiving photo – my turkey loving Coon weighed in at 22.8 pounds after his holiday fiesta!

Click here to see my latest Christmas card (I hate to disappoint you if you came to see something crafty!)

Click here for my Green Beans & Almonds – Asian Style recipe (I thought I’d go light before the holiday baking begins!)

Happy What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday to you all!

32 Responses to “WOYWW 48: A Year Of Marjolein Bastin”

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  1. jude says:

    What alovely journal you have there for 2011.I like anice journal prefer page a day as usually gets filled up.those photos look so cute .Enjoy using it !Have fab wednesday hugs judex#4

  2. Bleubeard and Elizabeth says:

    Lovely new calendar, dear. I don't use a calendar. I never have anywhere I have to go. I use my computer (lower right hand corner) to see the date and time, but that's it. I'm probably a big disappointment in that department (grin).

  3. Wipso says:

    What a gorgeous book.
    A x

  4. Rachel says:

    That is a great diary. You'll get a little bit of beauty every day in 2011. Me, I use my computer calendar for appointments and a page a day diary for drawing every day. Nothing nearly as beautiful as you have.

    Thanks for sharing.
    cheers, rachel #54

  5. Sue says:

    Hi ya
    a beautifuo book you found, lovely artwork, have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x (23)

  6. Victoria says:

    love the journals, i use a desk diary a week to view but the flower fairy one i used to have we cannot find, moving to a wall calender and a white board i think now the children have a social life too!
    Vicky (80)

  7. Lionelsa says:

    I felt in love with your 2011's book. Great work!#81

  8. airing cupboard crafts says:

    Thats a beautiful journal xx

    laura – 83

  9. Lizzybobs says:

    loving your new book – thanks for sharing with us Liz

  10. Theresa says:

    She's a favorite of mine too!

  11. Tiny Stone says:

    Such a beautiful planner… so vibrant/alive, I like it. 🙂

  12. Rachel says:

    I love this book! I am following you through Friendly Wednesday blog hop!
    Have a great day!

  13. Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio says:

    Hi – Found you on Welcome Wednesday blog hop and am your newest follower!
    Would love for you to check out my blog as well- have a great day!


  14. Terry says:

    Very nice calendar.

    Terry (24)

  15. Theresa says:

    Visiting today from iFellowship. I love your new planner. I use a big desk planner and color code all of our family member's appointments. Not very pretty, but practical.

  16. Serendipity Stamping says:

    Such a lovely book to keep track of comings & goings. I use all three methods and still don't know which end is up most of the time, LOL.

  17. Vagabond Carnival says:

    How lovely! Usually I just use one of the plain templates downloaded off the Microsoft Word site. In my case, I've found I use them more than dedicated planners. Now blank notebooks are a TOTALLY different story, lol.

  18. Bethany says:

    Saying hello from the cornucopia hop…love your blog! I'm a total pen and paper kind of girl- your new calendar is great! I'm your newest follower- come stop by my blog and follow along too! 🙂

  19. Julia Dunnit says:

    Nice date book. My ideal is ringbound ( I like it to sit flat when open) and a week to view. I prefer an beautiful tooled leather but mostly buy something in the sales…I have my eye on a moelskine for 2011 though, even to the point of compromising over the binding!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful planner, I'm sure it will inspire you to keep your diary up to date. My husband bought me my 2011 diary already – just an ordinary one with no illustrations but it does the job. I nipped over and your card is great. Elizabeth #85

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  22. Pam says:

    I was just looking at appointment books yesterday! I keep a pocket sized calendar that slips into my purse every year. I'll transfer to other electronic spots etc, but that is my easy little cheapo go to spot. I keep them all together in my office for easy reference – they go back about 10 years. Also, loved the asian green beans – looked so yummy and healthy!

    AmberInk got lucky @#1!

  23. Penni says:

    Wow what a pretty Journal.


  24. The Teacher's Pets says:

    I love Ms. Bastin's artwork as well and I used to buy her wall calendars all the time so thanks for the reminder!
    I have just posted your cats photo on my THANKFUL FUR 3 THURSDAY BLOG HOP and I hope you come on over to take a look at what I wrote about you!

  25. butlersabroad says:

    Lovely journal, very pretty.

    Brenda 90

  26. Spyder says:

    Lovely journal, I really must get a newone this year, and use it! Happy WOYWW!!

  27. Nicky says:

    Great Diary – the family use a wall calender – but I just use my iphone and computer :)~Nicky~30

  28. sasa says:

    Great to see that people still want tp use real paper and ink! Enjoy your journal.
    sasa 7

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  30. Kym's Crafty Cards says:

    Another week seems to have around so quickly. What a gorgeous journal you have found and you'll certainly enjoy looking at those pictutres. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 40)

  31. Kalyber says:

    what a pretty calendar. I've tried them all too. I have a pocket calendar in my purse that I rarely use a wall calendar in the kitchen that we use occasionally and the electronic one on the computer that I use all the time. Must get a smart phone and sync it up so I can be organized all the time. Someday {sigh}

  32. curlie girlie says:

    Don't you love starting a new appointment book/planner each year? Something about a fresh start feels so good! I love finding just the right planner, yours is beautiful!

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