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I don’t know why this phrase keeps going through my mind.  Maybe I just need to watch Toy Story!  But seriously, there are staples one needs in life that are just absolutely necessary, like  coffee and girl’s nights out!  And one of the can’t miss items that are very slowly catching on is bullet journals or “Bujos”.

Now, I know what your thinking as you roll your eyes.  Another planner to make you feel like a loser.  Another book for you to carry around and not use, and then when you need it, it is at home collecting dust, but I promise this is like every journal/planner you have ever kept, and unlike any journal/planner you have ever kept.

So lets talk about why journals and planners and diaries don’t work, because that is exactly why you need this.  Some days are just full of stuff.  You basically need to plan out your day in 15 min. increments because between 2:30 and 3:30 you are going to be at about 1000 places. And so you rush off to the store to buy one of those planners with the hourly day planning pages.  And for a week you are right there on top of it.  But then it settles down or you get the hang of it and it doesn’t seem so overwhelming and your day planner sits.  One day you pick it up, cuz life is crazy again and you really need to write that stuff down.  and you flip half way through an empty planner to the current calendar.  “You are a loser!” your empty calendar screams at you. “No wonder you’re unorganized!” You write down one or two engagements in your neglected planner and carry it around half heartedly.  And it really is a bother because its kind of bulky and makes your purse heavy. So after some time of not using it you leave it at home and enjoy the lightness of your purse.  And of course the very same day someone schedules something with you and you don’t have it, so you put the info in your phone or on your hand and develop a new system of remembering things. And the phone is great, till one day you drop it and it breaks beyond repair and you have lost anything not on a cloud. So half your life is gone.

Then you have those short lists.  The groceries, the supplies, the measurements of your windows for curtains.  The ones you shove in your purse, or make and leave on the kitchen counter and then get to the store hoping you can remember what was on them.

And you have those notes you took in church or at a business meeting that float around or get shoved in a desk which you don’t need until after you have lost them or thrown them away.

And finally the diaries (we are grown up now, so they are journals) which we go through spurts of writing fits and then not.

So how can one (to borrow from Blue’s Clues) handy dandy notebook solve ALL those problems?

Well, I am so glad you kept reading, because it is the best. thing. ever.

So a bullet journal starts off as a blank notebook. And you will put anything and everything in it, page by page. So lets back up.  That day, that horrible busy day that made you get the planner in the first place, that day, you wrote out a little schedule for yourself to help you keep up. Now thanks to Pinterest, we can see what that page might have looked like:hourly journalThe next page is a grocery list, which is great because you had your planner with you anyways.  The next page you wrote a list of your son’s lawns that he mowed, and the next page was a to do list for the day.  A monthly calendar would come in handy, so you draw up one of those.  You get the idea.  You use this book for EVERYTHING.

But how do you find what your looking for when you have pages and pages of stuff? I’m glad you asked.  This book starts with an index.  Every page gets numbered and the contents are listed on the index page.  Frequently viewed pages are marked with a tab or a book mark.  I have a book mark for this day, this week and this month.

Your table of contents or index might look like this:

bullet journal index

Or if you like your index a little more organized you can list your pages out by type like this:
subject index bullet journalYou just add the pages to the index as you go.  Journal entries, sermon notes, meeting notes, meaningful inspirational quotes, everything goes in here.  But the biggest benefit is your daily log.  This is basically your to do list but you also include thoughts and notes.

There is a very simple system to keep all this information neatly organized in your journal, maybe a little too much reading for this article, but we will go over all the basics in the fall into order free event.

I started out with a notebook I had laying around the house since I didn’t know if I was really going to like it.  So Just grab any ol’ spiral or composition notebook in a size you won’t mind carrying around.  I will show you how the system works, how to get nice pages made quickly, and fun ways you can decorate and play with your notebook when you have time. You can’t but not love it because you make it just the way you need it to be!

So this coming Friday morning from 10 to 1, bring a notebook and some fun pens (They have these awesome erasable pens called FriXon in ALL different colors that are just sayin!) And bring a finger food and well have a working lunch where we will think about some goals, talk about fun ways to organize and make a vision board to keep us inspired!

Here is a link to the event on Google calendar that you can add you your calendar!


Hope to see you there!


November has lots of fall and Thanksgiving inspired paint classes! And remember, you can tweak some of the colors to go with your decor pallet!  Some of this year’s fall trends are pinks and teals.  It’s going to be an amazing season!

November Paint Classes

cheveron pumpkin paint nite

Chevron Pumpkin

$25/person (includes refreshments)
Friday, Nov. 3, 6:00pm
click here to add to your google calendar

autumn fall tree paint nite

Looking Up to Autumn

Saturday, Nov. 4th, 6:30pm
$25/person (includes refreshments)
click here to add to your google calendar

grapes thanksgiving paint nite

Give Thanks Paint Nite

Friday, Nov. 10th, 6:00pm
$25/ person (includes refreshments)
click here to add to your google calendar

Cow Paint Nite

No pic yet, I still have to paint it!
Saturday, Nov. 11, 6:30
$25/ person (includes refreshments)
click here to add to your google calendar

windmill sunset paint nite

Windmill Paint Nite

Friday, Nov. 17th, 6:00pm
$25/ person (includes refreshments)
click here to add to your google calendar

vintage snowman paint nite

Vintage Snowman Paint Nite

Saturday, Nov. 18, 6:30pm
$25/ person (includes refreshments)
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You can RSVP to any class by texting or calling


Children are welcome to paint. All classes are step by step instructions.  All the materials for painting classes are provided, you just show up!  Easy enough for first time painters!

I also offer private painting parties.  They are perfect for family get togethers, team building activities, church socials, and birthday and holiday parties!  You pick your painting and invite your friends!

Paint parties are not the only activity I have at Merchant Kitty guided art! During the month of November, the crafting theme is TABLESCAPES!  All month long I will be having classes and to show you how to entertain in style! But don’t wait for November, run a Pinterest search on tablescapes to get your eye candy and awesome ideas! Then check out the whole schedule here!

Hope to see you soon!



Lots of Painting Parties and crafts to get your creative juices flowing so you can pumpkin spice your life!

Recipe Painting Paint Nite
Bring your favorite recipe to paint! Makes great kitchen art or a thoughtful personalized gift!

Paint your Favorite Recipe

Tues, Oct. 3, 6:00pm
1614 1/2 Main, Clovis
Bring your favorite recipe and
we will paint the ingredients.
You can add this event to your google calendar!


Barnwood Fall Welcome Sign
Barn wood Fall Welcome Sign

Barn wood welcome sign

with Pumpkin painting
Saturday, October 7, 7:00pm
1614 1/2, Main
$30 / sign, all materials provided
You can add this event to your google calendar!

Fall Into Order Organization Workshop
Friday, October 13, 10:00am to 1:00pm
The holidays can be crazy, but you don’t have to wait until the new year or the end of the holidays to get it together, before things get hetic, come to our organization workshop. We will discuss innovative ways to keep all your thoughts, plans, dreams and lists in one handy place. We will also look at ways to get your inspiration on a board so you can stay inspired every day! This is a free event! So bring a finger food, come out with notebook and pens ready to learn something that is as fun to keep up as it is handy! You can add this event to your calendar

Fall Pumpkin

Friday, Oct. 13th 6:00pm
1614 1/2 Main, Clovis
add to your calendar

Chicken Wire Frame

Craft Class
Saturday, October 14, 2017 1:30pm
We will construct the chickenwire frame and go over uses and decorating ideas
Merchant Kitty Guided Art
click here to add to your calendar

Painted Pumpkin Screen

Pumpkin Screen Painting

Saturday, October 14, 2017 6:30pm
Merchant Kitty Guided Art
1614 1/2 Main Clovis
$25 / person
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Scarecrow Painting Party

Saturday, October 21, 2017 6:30pm
Merchant Kitty Guided Art
1614 1/2 Main Clovis
$25 / person (includes refreshements)
click here to add to calendar

Fabric Pumpkins

Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:30pm
Merchant Kitty Guided Art
1614 1/2 Main Clovis
$10 / person
click here to view more info or to add to your calendar

Ghost Pumpkin Painting Party

Saturday, October 28, 2017 6:30pm
Merchant Kitty Guided Art
1614 1/2 Main Clovis
$25 / person (includes refreshements)
click here to add to your calendar