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Miss Dotty Loves- Museums, Filofaxes and New Year

Hello all and happy 2014!

I want to start off by saying I really love New Year and luckily as a teacher I get to celebrate New Year twice! Once in September when the new school year starts and once on January 1st.  I am not one for making resolutions but I do pay extra attention to my goals and 2014 is a year I am going to focus on goal setting a lot more. But sharing goals isn’t the point of this blog post, instead I wanted to share the first few days of 2014. I am coming to the end of my holiday and so my attention is slowly refocusing on school but I wanted to make sure I still made the most of my time off before term starts at full pelt.

January 1st was spent reading (I am currently gripped by The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon), waiting for and then watching Sherlock (#SherlockLives!), a little bit of planning for school (I was feeling inspired) and sorting out my Filofax setup for 2014. Check back soon for a set up post. A lovely relaxed and chilled day!

Cambridge January 2014

January 2nd was spent wandering around Cambridge buying a few stationery items (well how could I resist) and trying to find an A5 Raspberry Finsbury of A5 Holborn Filofax in a sale somewhere. Sadly there were none to be found but I thought I would try anyway! I then went for a walk around The Fitzwilliam Museum which is one of my favourite ways to spend some time. Every time I go I discover new things I missed before and as I wandered around I scribbled notes of things to look up, artists I admired and areas in history I wanted to know more about. The trouble is there is just too much and every time I go to any museum I find my attention and imagination is captured by the stories being told.

Fitzwilliam Cambridge January 2014

So here’s to the rest of 2014! January brings Mr Dotty’s and I birthday and we will be going watch the National Theatre live broadcast of Coriolanus which is currently at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Now to begin planning for more 2014 adventures! What are your plans for this year?

Miss Dotty


Sunday Summary – 7th July

Afternoon all! How are you on this lovely weekend? I hope that if you are in the UK you are enjoying the summer sunshine as much as me! I thought I would share a little ‘Sunday Summary’ for you and am thinking of making this a regular feature to share Filofax, stationery, letter writing and journaling bits as well as some of my weekly adventures in real life. What do you think?

Weather- Well I certainly cannot complain about the sun currently shining can I? How glorious! I hope wherever you are the sun is just as lovely, it really brightens the mood. The week however started off a little differently as I took my lovely class on a trip to Hunstanton. It stayed dry but it was chilly and very breezy. Eating our sandwiches was a fun occasion! The cold obviously didn’t stop us gazing at the ice-creams as we walked past.





Reading- This week has been a busy week, staying at work until late so most of my reading has been news websites and blogs as I haven’t had the energy to read. Bad book lover. I did start ‘The Long Earth’ by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett. I love anything by both so this has been something I have been looking forward to.



Writing- Apart from reports I managed a little writing at Cam City WI’s creative writing night. It was an interesting look at how objects can inspire writing. I took a letter from a penpal I had all those years ago in primary school. I also started a new Moleskine journal, it is amazing how a certain type of journal can just fit. I have had a bit of journaling lull but since starting the Moleskine I have been writing like a mad woman! I have also been keeping organised in my Personal Holborn Filofax. I am so totally in love with it. She is becoming a little full though so I need to have a rethink.

Holborn Filofax

Letters- After a few weeks of minimal letter writing due to assessment marking and report writing, this week I started catching up on some snail mail. Always a joy!letters and postcards


The postcards were swap-bot thank you notes and one letter was for #Postcircle and one for Anna @walkthedust on Twitter and from the Postal Society. Sorry for the delay Anna!

Inspired by- I have been loving reading stationery related blogs lately (Filofax bloggers are awesome!) and have continued to be addicted inspired by Instagram and Pinterest. I have also enjoyed seeing my little container garden grow and here is a sneak peek at some of my little tomatoes. I nearly have some strawberries ready!




How has your week been? Please share in the comments below, I would love to know what you have been up to!

Kelly Dotty






Miss Dotty says…thank you (and why a gratitude list is great)

I am a very lucky Miss Dotty. On those grumpy days I will often write a gratitude list to show that actually life isn’t that bad. And little things happen that make me think how lucky I am. There are some people that keep a gratitude journal daily and I think that is such a positive way to go and something I would love to try.

But on to the purpose of this post. Today I want to show my gratitude and thanks to people over the past few weeks.

As some of you who follow me on Twitter may know just before Christmas my lovely Micra was written off as someone drove into the back of my car. I was parked at a red light and they just didn’t stop. I was shaken up and fine and my first thoughts were that the car was a little dented but looked like it would be fixable. So I put a claim in and my insurance company came to do an assessment of the car. A few days later I hadn’t heard anything so I gave them a ring and was told my car had been written off! Thanks for telling me lovelies! To cut a long story short it took weeks and the money I got for my car was not very much. During that time I was very grateful to my wonderful school who were amazingly supportive and my colleague H and Mr Dotty who gave me lifts to work when the hire car went back. But getting a new car meant I had to make some cutbacks money wise so I had to pull in the purse strings and save some money where I could. And here comes my first thank you.

One night after a lovely night out at a friends having dinner I arrived home to find a package waiting for me. A Crafty Creatives box. I had been enjoying their boxes of crafty goodies for a few months and reluctantly had to cancel so I was surprised to see it. When I opened it this was the message I saw taped to the front.

Craft Creatives Note

When I cancelled my subscription I joked on Twitter to Claire from Claireabellemakes that I bet the next box would be dots. The lovely Crafty Creatives ladies had obviously seen this tweet and yes the next box was dots! So they very kindly sent me the box as a gift with this little note. Now that is customer care and I want to thank you Crafty Creatives for your loveliness.

CC Dotty goodies

I cannot wait to renew my subscription, the boxes are packed with such lovely crafty goodies!

My other notes of thanks are much quicker you will be pleased to know! Firstly to Mum Dotty for this lovely necklace she got me as gift. It is so gorgeous and I will wear it with pride and as a reminder of how fab she is.



Secondly thank you to Claire who got me this card. I loved how she prefaced it with ‘I know it’s not your birthday but…’ Yes you are seeing this right. Dots AND hamsters! There is some debate over whether it is a hamster or guinea pig but the label on the back says hamster and that is what we are going with!



And finally thank you to family and friends, online and off who have listened to me going on about my crochet progress. ‘Yes!’ they must cheer when I post yet another picture of my crochet progress. Not.



Actually this is the finally. Finally thank you to all those people who offered their showers whilst our landlady gets our bathroom refitted. We really appreciate your offers of help.

So thank you for reading this snapshot of why I am grateful and want to say thank you to those around me.

Does anyone keep a gratitude journal or list? Do you have a special notebook? A section in your Filofax? Keep it within your regular journal? Please share in the comments below and feel to leave a link to your own blog posts on the subject!

Take care,


Miss Dotty


New Filofax Set Up- Pennybridge A5

Ever since I have been knee high to a donkey I have always been on the quest for two things. The perfect handbag and the perfect organisational system. Over the years I have tried numerous Filofaxes, diaries, Moleskines, online systems and homemade planners. None have worked for long. My drawers are cluttered with half filled out diaries or Filofax inserts and my to do lists are strewn everywhere! However I have used the start of the holidays to start my grand organisation project.


1) Declutter and organise the house.

2) Find a planning system that works!

More on 1 tomorrow (just how do I organise all my craft clutter and teaching stuff?!) but today I want to share how I have set up my A5 Pennybridge. I have always been a fan of Filofaxes and part of my stationery geekiness has me regularly reading Filofax blogs looking for inspiration for the perfect set up. It was whilst reading some blogs that I saw people sharing the gorgeous A5 Holborn Zip. I completely fell in love with it (cue eye rolling from readers lol!) and so I searched around Cambridge (secretly knowing it was a bit above my budget but I wanted to see if it was as lovely in real life) but to no avail. Filofax and planner fans will know I am sure about the search for ‘one’ that will make everything work.


Holborn Zip, Personal Organisers

This is the personal sized. Image taken from Filofax UK


Instead of finding that I instead found the Pennybridge A5. Cheaper and purple, it had the zip I wanted so much. The Pennybridge is designed for those with iPads but I have adapted it slightly. So here is the tour! (apologies for the pictures, I still have to use my phone as a camera and the light is rubbish at the moment. Come on Spring!)


On the right is the space to slip your iPad in.


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However I have instead used it to house my Moleskine week on a page diary. I love this diary so much and had been using it to record books read but instead thought I could use it as my day to day planner. When I don’t want to take my Filofax out and about I can just take this and still have my appointments with me.


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I also have room for a little plastic wallet for stickers and post it notes!


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The actual Filofax binder is fully removable so I can slip it out and work without the main binder itself being in the way.

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At the front I have a year to view planner so I can see everything at a glance. This is a new way of working for me and I think it is great, why didn’t I do it before!

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The actual Filofax diary inserts are now to be used as my to do lists. I used to have my appointments and to do list in one place but my to do lists get so large that everything was becoming confused so now it is separated out.

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Then I have separate divided sections for personal stuff, school, WI etc to keep it all organised and in one place. And importantly I can move things about, get rid of things easily which helps in the organisation!

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And so that is it so far! I will probably keep tweaking for a while but at the moment I am feeling confident that this can work.

However if an A5 Holborn Zip appeared as if by magic…well it would be love instantly!

Do you use a Filofax? If so what size have you gone for? If not what do you use as a planner? Please share below!


Miss Dotty