It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a stationery geek. I love it, whether it’s a new pencil, notebook or my school planner, I am in heaven. As I was coloring in my timetable and updating my calendar with new school dates and events for the next academic year, I decided that I needed to pimp up my Filofax (similar one here) a bit. My Filofax is my life. It’s where I put all my jobs for school (and I always have lots!), as well as addresses and other bits of useful information so it’s important that it looks good and colourful.
It definitely needed new dividers, as the old ones were very, very dog eared. After a quick search on Etsy, I came across My Pretty Week, who have a massive range of dividers. I went for the geometric patterned ones, which are doubled sided. I am so impressed with the quality of the dividers. They’re stronger than the ones the Filofax came with, which is great, as I hope these last a long time because I love them! I’m really happy with them.
I also saw a tweet about Fred and Bell planner stickers and thought that they would be a great addition to my Filofax. I got a mixture of the everyday icon stickers and the flag stickers, which I’ll use for blog planning. I also use specific colour pens for certain things, green for holidays, red for school events and deadlines, and I highlight appointments to make them stand out. I use washi tapes in two different ways. I make tabs that stick out for appointments and I also fold it over the edge of the page for special occasions, holidays, that kind of thing.
In September, I’m going to be full time at school and the need to be organised, or at the very least, feel organised, and I’m hoping that my colorful and stylish Filofax will help with that!
I’m always impressed when someone comes up with a new idea or a quirky take on something, especially as I’m not very good at that kind of thing. But it’s exactly what Susi over at Death to Flowers has done with her range of lovingly curated gift boxes. Susi contacted me and told me all about her luxury gift box and asked if I, as an out and proud stationery geek, would be interested. It has dog paperclips, so yep I was interested!
See, dog paperclips! What’s not to love?! The good thing about this box is that it has some lovely stationery, but it also has a supercute necklace in the shape of an origami crane, some delicious chocolate that I’ve earmarked to go with a Christmas present and some kissing notes, that help keep your messages to loved one secret! You can personalise the card and choose one that’s suitable for the recipient. I think it’s a lovely idea and a great alternative to flowers. This is just one of a few different boxes that Susi does, so it’s well worth taking a look at her website to see what’s available. I love the box it comes in too and am planning on using that as my treat box and stash all my vegan goodies inside!
Disclaimer: I did receive a discount on the box and it’s goodies. However, all opinions and reviews are my honest view. Promise.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been enjoying my first summer holidays in a while. We’re not going on holiday, as we’ve already been glamping, so I’ve got a few jobs I want to do, as well as prepping for the new term in September. So far, I’ve spent a day in the garden, doing some much needed work; we’ve redecorated our front room and hallway and I’ve got a few more jobs up my sleeve that I’d like to get done before September. Not only that, but I’m managing to fit in a little bit of rest and relaxation, including another visit to Fawsley Hall spa. I’m also working my way through the box set of Desperate Housewives in Now TV. I forgot how awesome it was. Since completing my skirt at the dressmaking class, I’ve also got a list of things I’d like to make to hone my sewing skills.
I’ve also had a massive clear out of both my home office and my wardrobe. There’s nothing like a good declutter to help you feel fresh. One of the best things about teaching, in my view, is coloring in my timetable and organising my calendar for the year ahead, which I did yesterday and had a whale of a time doing it. Gotta love all the new stationery and organising! Along with preparing for the new term, I’m also thinking about making sure we’ve got lots of healthy meals for the first few weeks so am spending a lot of time on Pinterest, looking for lots of inspiration. If you’ve got any tips for a lazy cook, let me know!
Back in February, I wrote about the newly launched Happy Paper Club from The Green Gables. Just over two weeks ago, the postie dropped a box full of stationery goodies through the letterbox, sending Poppy into a spin. So much so, that Poppy tried to open the box before bringing it to me. It’s fair to say that I don’t get much post, and less that’s very exciting so to get a box full of gorgeous stationery is pretty ace. Have a look at March’s box:
Along with a notebook, note pad, inspirational quote, recipe cards and the cards above, came a lovely bonus gift from Clara and Macy – perfect for the Easter holidays. I love the cards in the picture above. They’re bright and cheerful, which is always a good thing to have in the post. The recipe cards are also a lovely idea – I know a few people who would love them. You can never have too much stationery in my view and I’m always making lists and notes so this box is perfect for me. If you know a stationery geek, then make sure you direct them to the Happy Paper Club!
Orders are now open for April’s box so make sure you head over to The Green Gables for your own box or maybe treat some this Easter. But be quick as they’re likely to sell out pretty fast!