Saturday, 22 November 2014

Finally I can tell you!

I'm so excited!  You might remember a few weeks ago I said I had received a parcel to review but didn't know if I was allowed to say anything more just then, well now I can.... I was asked to write a post for the Official Filofax Blog!  How amazing is that?

They sent me one of their new eAccessories, a very luxurious Nappa leather iPad mini case, and you can read my review of it here.

My post on the Official Filofax Blog!

If you do pop over for a read please leave me a comment on the post so I know you did.

Thank you!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Planner Friday - November

It is Planner Friday again and my design team post is now up over on the Twine it up with Trendy Twine!     

Hello, welcome back to another Planner Friday post!  I will be the first to admit I have gone a little overboard with my decoration for this week but it is a week full of birthdays including my own so I wanted it to be fun.  I have just realised that I showed you a cupcake theme last month too, you must think I am cake obsessed!  Don't tell anyone but... it's true!


How my week started out

For such a big week I have used a lot of Annie's Paper Boutique products, I have listed them all below.


Pictured: Trendy Page Dots

You can read the rest of my post here!

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My week #46

After last week looking so festive I thought I'd better do something a bit different this week.  Though if you look closely you'll see the Trendy Page Dot reinforcements I used look a bit like peppermint candy canes, well that's what they remind me of anyway!

My week in my Filofax #46

I had to write myself lots of little reminders this week, there were school trips, music lessons and special event days at the school that I had to remember.  I don't know how anyone can keep track of all these things without using some kind of planner!  At least once I have written it down I don't have to worry about them any more, otherwise I'd wake up at 3am panicking about forgetting something!

Close up

Close up 

It is my birthday today and I can hear my cake calling my name.  I can't have a slice until the children are home from school so I am going to treat myself to a cup of tea and a couple of ginger biscuits and maybe do a bit of online shopping until then.      

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My week #45

This is not a Christmassy theme, I repeat this is not a Christmassy theme... it just happens to be a red and green week for little red riding hood!  The fact it looks Christmassy is entirely incidental and nothing to do with my growing excitement. 


My week in my Filofax #45

But seriously there's only six weeks to go and in my mind I am already rearranging the room to make space for the tree and trying to remember where I put all the fairy lights back in January.  Why didn't I write it down!  This year I am going to try and be more organised.
 
Close up

Close up


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Friday, 7 November 2014

Fountain Pen Day - Lamy Al-Star review

When I heard it was Fountain Pen Day today I thought it would be a perfect time to review my Lamy Al-Star I purchased from Europens a little while ago.

Now the first thing I have to say is Europens were fantastic.  They happily answered my questions about engraving and the fonts available and were really lovely to deal with.  They offer a free engraving service so I just had to personalise my pen!


My aqua/blue/green colour crush!

The Al-Star is available in a wide range of colours but I went with the limited edition blue green pen.  I also brought an aqua pen case, which is an exclusive to Europens, to protect it.  

Making notes

The Al-Star is very similar in design to the popular Lamy Safari pen but the main difference is the Safari is made from plastic and the Al-Star is made from aluminium.  The Safari price starts at £12.99 and the Al-Star from £18.99 but the metal finish makes it look so much more expensive.

Medium size nib, turquoise ink and my
awful cursive writing!

Another difference between the Safari and the Al-Star is the bottom half (or is it the top half?) of the pen is translucent instead of a solid block of colour.  I think I prefer this look and like the barrel of the pen it is also squared so it is comfortable to hold, easy to grip and it wont roll when you put it down.

Yes my notepaper matches my pen!

The pen comes in a nice presentation box with a single cartridge in blue so you can use it straight away.  I would take a photo of the box but I took the pen out of it and put it into the leather case straight away and now I'm not sure where the box is.  I must have put it "somewhere safe"!

Pros:
  • writes very smoothly, it doesn't skip at all
  • the ink flows easily and at just the right speed
  • looks expensive and stylish
  • comes in a good range of colours, there's something for everyone
  • lightweight but feels substantial in your hand
  • a good starter fountain pen
  • has a window so you can see how much ink is left
  • affordable 
  • wide range of coloured ink available
  • stainless steel nib
  • you can purchase a converter and use ink from a bottle
  • well balanced - both posted and unposted

Cons:
  • aluminium might scratch or dent though I've had mine for a few months and it still looks brand new 


Random things I write when trying out a pen 

If you want to join in with the fun today you can find the Fountain Pen Day team on Twitter and Facebook.  Europens are also running a couple of competitions on Twitter and their Facebook page if you want to enter or you can treat yourself or get a head start on some Christmas shopping with 10% off your order using the code:

 FPD10

The code is valid for today only


Have a great Fountain Pen Day!



*Disclaimer - I purchased this pen for myself and I was not paid to write this review.  As always all opinions are honest and my own.  I am not affiliated with Europens and will not receive commission on any orders placed using the links in this post.


Monday, 3 November 2014

My week #44

Ok so the theme for this week just had to be Halloween, it is one of my favourite times of the year!    

My week in my Filofax #44

For me Halloween signals the start of so much fun.  It is quickly followed by Bonfire Night, three family birthdays (including my own) and then it's December and Christmas!  I am trying to reign in my excitement because it is only the 3rd of November but I have this little fizz of it growing inside me and it's only going to get bigger as the month goes on! 
 

Close up

Close up

Angel Jem asked me to show her the pumpkins we carved for Halloween so here they are lit up and looking spooky.  My eldest two took over the carving duties this year, I just got to cut the tops off and scoop the insides out.  At least it was a fun activity for them to do during half term and they are really proud of how they turned out.

Our Halloween pumpkins


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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Mrs Brimbles October photo challenge - final round up

I can't believe October is already over!  I had such a blast taking part in Mrs Brimbles photo challenge and the good news is she will be running another one in December.

Day twenty-two - Colours of autumn

As you may know I'm totally nuts about autumn so I have these colourful leaves as the wallpaper on my phone.


Day twenty-two - colours of autumn

Day twenty-three & twenty-four - Journalling & Autumn decoration

I was playing catch up with this photo so I did two prompts in one shot.  I love using my journalling stamps to record how I am feeling and I think this gold washi tape is perfect for decorating autumn pages.

Day twenty-three & twenty-four - journalling &
autumn decoration

Day twenty-five - Out and about

I was "out and about" on Saturday and spotted these flowers that were the same colour as my aqua Finsbury.

Day twenty-five - out & about

Day twenty-six - Pens of plenty

This is a very small selection of my pen collection!

Day twenty-six - pens of plenty

Day twenty-seven - Changing

The clocks went back an hour the day before I took this shot so I was changing the time on my Alice in Wonderland pocket watch necklace.

Day twenty-seven - changing

Day twenty-eight - Pimp it up

My favourite thing about using a Filofax as my planner is that I can pimp it up and make it my own!

Day twenty-eight - pimp it up

Day twenty-nine - To be read

I have had this book sat on my shelf for a while now and I really do need to sit down and start reading it soon.

Day twenty-nine - to be read

Day thirty - Treat

I have a thing for kawaii jewellery and charms, especially when they are shaped like sweet foodie treats!

Day thirty - treat


Day thirty-one - Halloween

Happy Halloween, I hope you had a good one!  This year I was demoted to cutting the tops off the pumpkins and scooping out the insides, my eldest two children had all the fun carving the faces into them.  Next year I will have to buy one to do myself!

Day thirty-one - halloween

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