Friday, 27 November 2015

My week #47

It was my birthday last week so I went with an over the top pink and girly theme for my pages to cheer me up and stop me feeling old!  It was also a really busy week so I had quite a few more notes and reminders than usual.  

My week #47

My eldest daughter was away on a school trip for most of the week, she missed my big day but I did get a phone call from her headmaster first thing on Wednesday morning so she could wish me a happy birthday.  To be honest I was surprised she remembered, she's only nine!

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I have been doing lots of Christmas preparation too, I have ordered my turkey, nearly completed my gift shopping and have a stack of cards to write and post before the end of the month.  I just want to spend December relaxing and having fun with my family instead of stressing about being ready and finishing a massive to do list.  

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Products used:
Van der Spek custom made organizers - 30mm standard size (personal)
Lorabailora drops washi tape
The weather stickers were from Paperchase but I can't find them online anymore

Lucky Dip Club - Biscuit Box

Have you ever seen the giant biscuit cushions by Nikki McWilliams?  They are made to look like custard creams, jammy dodgers and lots of other fun biscuity designs, I think they are great and I have had a couple of them on my wish list for a while now.  Anyway I follow Nikki on Instagram and she announced that she had designed some products for the Lucky Dip Club, I was intrigued so I went off to investigate.  I found that the Lucky Dip Club is a monthly subscription box for people who love handmade products, personalised presents and receiving a surprise in the post.  It sounded right up my street so I got onto the computer and ordered myself the October box.  The boxes are available on the 1st day of the month and sell out pretty quickly, they are then made up and posted to you at the end of the month.  I was so excited by the time my parcel arrived in the mail!

Lucky Dip Club - October's Biscuit Box

Inside the box you find your Club zine booklet which tells you a little about the lovely products and the people who have made them.  


Lots of fun things to read with a cuppa and a biscuit

Underneath the booklet your surprises are wrapped up in bright yellow tissue paper.

Your surprises are waiting...

The first thing I spotted once I opened the box was the biscuit brooch with my name on, you get one personalised product in each box and you can pick which name or word you would like on it.

Look at all the goodies!

I was over the moon to discover that one of the goodies supplied by Nikki was a DIY mini biscuit cushion kit.  Inside the packet was a printed rainbow party ring image and a yellow piece of fabric to make the cushion, stuffing, fully illustrated instructions and a little sewing kit with pins, a needle and coloured cotton.  

Nikki McWilliams DIY biscuit cushion kit

My mini cushion after I made it

The Lucky Dip boxes have contained a charm of the month for the past eight boxes (including this October box), my charm is a jammy dodger biscuit and it came on a silver coloured necklace.  The December box, which goes on sale on the 1st December at 7am will have a cats and cocktails theme and it will contain the last charm of the month.  I emailed Leona (the lovely lady who makes the Lucky Dip boxes) and asked her what will be inside next year to replace the charms but she told me it is a surprise so we will have to wait and see!

Charm of the month, personalised brooch & sticky notes

You can see my sweet biscuit brooch here, isn't it cute?  There was also some pink party ring sticky notes which are really fun! 

I'm a smart cookie wall art

The second product from Nikki was this holographic word wall art print, it is really hard to photograph but it looks great in person!

You see the lovely biscuit background I used for these photos?  Well that is what is printed on the back of the club zine, how cool is that? 

Everything together

So this is everything I got in the box all together, I am really happy with it!  I paid £20 for a one off box including free P&P but if you subscribe then the boxes only cost £18 each and they also include free UK postage.  There is no set time limit for a subscription so you can cancel it at any time if you wish. 

So what do you think of the Lucky Dip Box?  Is it your cup of tea?  It is certainly mine!

* Disclaimer - I purchased this product myself and was not paid to write this post.  I am not affiliated with the Lucky Dip Club or Nikki McWilliams.  I received my box by the end of October, it has just taken me a while to finish my review, sorry!

Monday, 23 November 2015

My week #46

I am really going to miss autumn when it is over, I've had so much fun decorating my pages with autumnal colours and themes!  I can't believe how quickly the last half of this year has sped by, there are only a few days left until December and the start of winter.  I guess that means I need to dig out my Christmas washi tapes and stickers soon!  Yay!

My week #46

I wanted to do one last week with an autumn theme but I was a bit fed up of yellows and oranges so I went with pink and brown for a change. The Hello Fall stamp set I used for decoration is very sweet and I love the little cute leaves and pumpkin characters! 

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Are you excited for winter and Christmas?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

My week #45

Hello!  It is so dark and grey here and I have been waiting all week for a sunny day so I could take some photos for my blog posts but the clouds aren't cooperating!  I have given up today and taken my planner outside to try and make the most of the natural light and used a blank canvas as my background.  These photos are better than the ones I got indoors but they still look a little dark even after editing.  It's really bugging me! 

My week #45

Week 45 was the week of my son's birthday party so I had so much to do to get ready for it.  I thought I might need a lot of coffee to get me through the week so I went with a Starbucks theme for my pages and used my favourite mint colour too.  I toyed with the idea of adding some pink as well but in the end I thought I would just keep it nice and simple.

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Mrs Brimbles photo challenge - week four

Sorry for the delay in sharing my final round up of photos from the October challenge, I've been very busy recently so I am playing catch up again!

Day twenty four - stickers

I decided to show off my new sticky notes for today's prompt, aren't they cute?

Day 24 - Stickers

Day twenty five - Toasty

Nothing makes me feel nice and toasty like a big cup of hot chocolate and if it is topped with cream that is even better!

Day 25 - Toasty

Day twenty six - Preparation

I ordered a new sparkly dashboard in preparation for Christmas.  I love how nicely it was packaged, it was like receiving a beautifully wrapped present.

Day 26 - Preparation

Day twenty seven - Crisp or crunch

Crisp or crunch?  Both when it comes to autumn leaves!  I am also counting this as my photo for the Out & About prompt I missed last week.  While I was taking this photo is started to rain and you can see a few drops that landed on my planner, I am happy to report that my Van der Spek organiser can handle a rain shower and all the spots disappeared once they had dried!

Day twenty eight - Pumpkin

I had a few pumpkiny things to share in this pic, I brought a glittery pumpkin bubble bar from Lush and a sweet new charm from Kawaii Studios  to see me though the Autumn months.  The little pumpkin was eventually carved into a smiling jack-o-lantern to greet the trick or treaters who came to our door on the 31st.

Day twenty eight - Pumpkin

Day twenty nine - Changing

Changing the theme of my planner, I had a pumpkin dashboard at the front when I opened my organiser but now I have a lovely, glittery reindeer dashboard to get me into a more festive mood!

Day 29 - Changing 

Day thirty - Treat

My favourite treat is a coffee and cake, especially if they are Christmas ones!

Day thirty - Treat

Day thirty one - Halloween

This was my Halloween theme for the last week of October.  I hope you enjoyed your holiday as much as we did!

Day 31 - Halloween

Thanks for stopping by!

Planner Friday - Novemeber

It is November already and time for another Planner Friday over on Twine it up with Trendy Twine!...

Hello!  Welcome to another Planner Friday where I share my ideas for prettying up your planner pages.  I love to get creative with my weekly layout and make staying organised a bit more fun.  This week I got to play with a brand new set of cute Fall/Autumn themed stamps that I have had my eye on for a little while!

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

My week #44

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song...

In this town, don't we love it now?
Everybody's waiting for the next surprise

In case you can't guess I love Halloween and The nightmare before Christmas!  I always get very excited around this time of year as Halloween is the first event we celebrate in the lead up to Christmas!    

My week #44

I decorated the pages with my favourite spooky stickers and washi tapes, I even used some Halloween themed Trendy Page Dots reinforcements to complete the look.  

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Products used this week:
Van der Spek custom made organizers - 30mm standard size (personal)
Cloudycow spotty cat washi tape

Thursday, 5 November 2015

My week #43

More autumn leaves I hear you say?  Yes!  I am still happily stomping around on crunchy fallen leaves and enjoying the season immensely.  

My week #43

I didn't have any stickers to match my washi tape so I improvised and used a tear drop shaped stamp and drew the details over the top.  Don't they go well together?  

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Products used this week:
Van der Spek custom made organizers - 30mm standard size (personal)
Lorabailora leaves washi tape
Lorabailora ombre yellow washi tape