Merry Christmas!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted on this lovely blog of mine. This Christmas has been a difficult one as the majority of the Ray gals are down with a nasty virus (even the furry canine Ray gal is ill). Abby is the one sole holdout, although she’s been running hot the last day or so, so I would not be surprised if she were not fighting the germs!

Until that time, she’s been crafting and creating a smorgasbord of artwork. I’ve hung our new additions right behind our vintage Christmas tree which I have newly glued ornaments onto and acquired two new stars- a pink and aqua- both of which I adore, but ultimately I settled upon the aqua one.

I had so many plans for this Christmas! Unfortunately, this virus had plans of its own. I have quarantined myself to nearly three whole days in bed. My sole comfort being a festive and throat soothing Cranberry soda and vodka tonic. Good for the throat AND good for the soul. I need ALL the ice!

I have a couple of new crochet patterns that I‚Äôm getting ready to share with you in the coming weeks. One of those patterns is a mason jar cozi that I put on my soy candles once they are purchased. They are cute and provide a nice pop of color and lantern type of effect once the candle has burned down a little bit. So, stayed tuned for that! Oh, and my soy candles are selling like hot cakes! …um cake ūü§§

December was filled with lovely little planner surprises as well. Check out all these goodies!

Washi from Bloomsical and Simply Gilded, planner cover from Stylish Planners, and felt poinsettia from Fir and Yew.
Planner cover from Stylish Planners, and bookmark from Fir and Yew.
Planner covers from Stylish Planners, felt flower from Fir and Yew.
Look at this beauty up close! Absolutely a work of art! Hard to believe it is handmade! Fir and Yew.
These adorable clips are from Peonies Paperie . Aren’t they the best?!?! I have matching ones for January and February, but those will be shown in a future post.
And what would Christmas be without a couple Pioneer Woman purchases?
These were supposed to be used on Christmas Eve to make cookies with the girls ūü§®. Obviously that didn‚Äôt happen.

Until next time, you adorable little crumpets,

The Colourful Teacup

The Planner Society September box!!!

You guys!!! My September planner society box has arrived! And, as always, it is amazing! I just received it today and I could not wait to take pictures and post them for everyone to see.

Now this box is super random! I mean, generally the boxes have a color theme and they all go together, but this box is REALLY random! And yet, it still all manages to look great. It has silver and gold highlights, but rather heavy on the gold side.

Here are a few of my favorite things.

This pen is filled with water and confetti, and has a little bow dangle with a lobster clasp that can be removed and put on your notebook or planner. That blue also happens to match my new PeachPom clip and spread (pics below for comparison). I am super feeling this rich deep blue for the fall/winter season.

My PeachPom clip and spread (I’ve already used most of the sheets, but I’ve been hoarding the deco page):

Here are the washi with this month’s box. The top three are part of the washi subscription which I get in additional to the regular box. The bottom three (10mm, and two 5mms) came with the monthly box subscription. Super excited about those 5mms!

It’s that 10mm floral just to die for!?!? ¬†I love her dedication to florals. ¬†One I share, and I hope she never gives them up!

And speaking of cute little clips, check out this one!  Foxes are amazing little furry animals and this box is FULL of them!

Post it Notes…

And, a patch!  Gosh I love these patches!


She has also spoiled us with another sticker album.  These albums sell for major mark ups on yard sale sites, like Mercari.  But I have no intention on selling any of mine!

Oh this paper! ¬†I need this in wallpaper! ¬†I feel like I’m using a lot of exclamation marks in this post but… !!!!!!!!!! ¬†It’s just perfect for fall, yet can be used any season.

Book marks or dashboards, depending on your preference…

The stickers with this box are gilded and go right along with the theme I had already selected from PeachPom.

I love that we have some bow stickers as well. ¬†I’m not sure I understand why bows are so popular right now, but I’m going to just go right along with it. ¬†And, they are super girly, after all!

My favorite stickers are these ladies in, not one, not two, but four hair/skin colors! ¬†Still not the right combination for my own color, but getting closer! ¬†I suppose “dishwater” hasn’t reach mainstream planner supplies yet, but at least I don’t have to look longingly at the blonde/black hair options and wish I had been born with a more popularly recognized color. ¬†Am I right, 80’s girls with the two barbie choices? ¬†Until ‘Shannon’ came along I had two choices to play with: blonde barbie (who I secretly hated, but always wanted to play with because my cousins wanted her for her luscious locks) or jet black crimped hair barbie (who I thought was totally rad, underrated, and would TOTALLY want to be my best friend in real life… and maybe help crimp my own hair. ¬†Bonus that she had the cutest eighties jacket and pantsuit EVER. ¬†I seem to have gotten off topic… ahem).

Nice to see that my daughters have more choices, in general, and the ability to find girls that are representative of all types of people. ¬†Parenting win: when my daughter picked out a “baby” with hair and eyes like mommies (brunette and blue- take that blonde haired barbie!). ¬†Marketing win: when the store actually had a brunette with blue eyes, which is so much harder to find than you’d imagine! ¬†Yay for representation!

And yay for well timed planner supplies!  I had been feeling a little blue, so these arrived just in the nick of time!

I have more goodies on the way and can’t wait to share with you!

Your planner pal,

The Colourful Teacup

Weekly spread

This week I have been so super sick. So this week I’m super ready to get out of this house and get busy! I’ve created a planner spread with remains from one of my favorite kits. This is it, slightly before the pen. Well, at least before I marked it up really good! The lighting is really horrible, but t is so pretty in person! I used mostly pieces from the June Simply Gilded kit.

And my pen from Planner Society July kit matches so perfectly!

Ugh, we are so behind in schoolwork now! My littlest is still suffering from this virus and isn’t interested in catching up either.

Gosh, I loves that little sticker: sweet ‚̧ԳŹ salty! Yeah! ūüź≥

I also found these little mermaid files that matched perfectly and I just so happened to need a new file after breaking my last one. Huzzah for happy coincidences! ūüßú‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ

Happily yours,

The Colourful Teacup

Simply Gilded August box

This box IS AMAZING! ¬†The value of this box ridiculously exceeds the amount I paid for it. ¬†I have not had a single subscription thus far that is this good. ¬†Every single item is well done. ¬†Nothing sticks out as not matching the theme. ¬†It’s just subscription gold. ¬†Before we had even received this box people were offering large amounts to purchase. ¬†Because Irene’s subscriptions to the boxes are limited and only so many spots open each month, there were many people who could not make it into the list.

First off, let’s talk about these washis! ¬†Rose gold accents, soft purples, book washi! ¬†It is amazing that she can create such solid pieces month after month. ¬†The book washi alone instantly became a highly sought after item.

I haven’t put this pouch down since I received it. ¬†It feels like blue jean and is so soft.

Inside, it is sewn with a nice polka dot pattern, and the washi fits just perfectly inside.  The bag actually opens on the bottom, allowing you to stand it up if desired.  I have it stuffed with pens, craft scissors, and my inhaler.  Because no one likes fuzzies in their inhaler.

I’ve attached this bow to the zipper of my bag and it has held up so well! ¬†I’ve had to attach it a couple of times because I am so rough with my things (pulling it in and out of my purse has been an issue), and it just keeps on holding on despite the abuse I have put it through.


We also received post it notes and a Juniper magnet! ¬†Hurray! ¬†I didn’t have a Juniper magnet yet and I am super happy I had not purchased one on my own. ¬†This Juniper has rose gold accents as well. ¬†Other items pictured are a journaling card (so magical!), two pockets, a TN, and sticker set!

I am slightly annoyed that the books in the pockets does not match the purple washi.  One book even says Lavender on it, but clearly is NOT lavender.  Granted, it is a nice blue, but I want lavender dang it!

As much as I loved these stickers, I had no problem ripping these suckers out and putting them in my planner!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

Such a lovely box!  And a great deal, which makes this spend thrifty mommy very happy.


the Colourful Teacup

The Planner Society August box

Oh this box is amazing!

I know I say that every single time.  But this time the box is in lovely shades of rose gold.  I never realized how much I like rose gold, but it matches these flowers and soft muted colors in such a lovely way.  It really is magical.

Ugh! ¬†Drool! ¬†I need more of this paper! ¬†Seriously, I want this paper to be my bed linens. ¬†It is perfect and screams summer in Kentucky to me! When I see this piece I think back to my childhood, lying under the dogwood tree, watching the clouds float by and disappear behind the mountain. ¬†Suddenly I am back home, on the mountain side, surrounded by all the flowers daddy had planted for mom. ¬†Roses, peonies, tiger lilies, bleeding hearts! ¬†I miss those summers when the clover begin blooming again, but the trees haven’t quite yet started turning. ¬†The summer days where dusk brings a nice crisp chill, but your day is still nice and long. ¬†Sigh. ¬†Oh, country summers, I miss you!

Sticker book!  These are super coveted items by TPS gals!  They have an incredible resell value.

Here are some more items included in August’s box!

Stickers, elastics, and binder clips (in rose gold, of course).


This pen! ¬†Ugh, so lovely! ¬†It writes like a dream! ¬†Also, puffy stickers, which I personally don’t like (they are too bulky for my bullet journal), but are super popular so far among other subscribers.


Pockets, labels, and a cute new habit tracker stamp!  That stamp is adorable!  I seriously need to find some good ink options!

Paperclips, note pad, and die cuts.  Super cozy looking!


Subscription box washi!  Those wild flowers have my heart!

Washi subscription!  I will seriously use up all of these washis!

These tabs are great! ¬†Christy has begun putting foil on all of her tabs and stickers. ¬†I loved these so much I made new tabs for my journal. ¬†Someone on the group site actually posted a “how-to” to make these tabs into reusable tabs, using regular office tabs and double sided sticky tape! ¬†Life changing y’all!

A close up of the habit tracker stamp!

Guess who got a new Bullet Journal? ¬†This gal! ¬†For those of you who haven’t followed along or who are just joining us, I use the Leuchtturm 1917. ¬†For weekly spreads I use stickers sized for the Erin Condren planners, as they are smaller and fit better. ¬†I use my bullet journal to track our homeschool assignments, my daily todos, dinner planning, and for my diary entries. ¬†This time I went with the berry color, medium, dotted. ¬†So far I have been very satisfied with these journal. ¬†There is practically no bleed through from my pens, AND you can apply watercolors.. ya know, if you are actually talented like that. Sadly, I am not. ¬†*sob*

Don’t mind the couch pictures. ¬†My living room couch is the best place in the house for good lighting!


the Colourful Teacup

Simply Gilded July box

I am not a fan of leopard. ¬†Like, at all. ¬†But I am a huge fan of toucans! ¬†And rainbows. And color. ¬†So I viewed Simply Gilded’s July box with a bit of mixed feelings.

We were really spoiled, I feel like with the items in this box.  We essentially received 8 washi tapes!  But, more on that in a minute.

Look at this journal card! ¬†Gosh, I do love Toucans! ¬†But, in all seriousness, I am not sure what to do with all these journaling cards that I keep getting. ¬†People, I have noticed, collect them and some put them in photo albums. ¬†It seems like as good of an idea as anything else, but I’m just not sure its worth keeping them. ¬†Others use them as a dashboard of sorts in their planner, but as I use a bullet journal that really isn’t helpful for me. ¬†I’ve also seen examples of people using them in picture frames. ¬†But I have enough “decorations” without piling more on. ¬†No, none of those ideas will do for now.

Post-it notes.  I get a lot of these with my boxes, which is fine with me because I use so many of them with my husband and his job.

Personal sized TN. ¬†These are one of the best items I receive. ¬†I just pop them in my purse and use them to jot down ideas, grocery lists, notes, etc, that I don’t want to add to my bullet journal.

This pen is seriously no joke!  It weighs a lot, writes like its made of gold (gel), and is just so pretty!  I did mention that I love rainbows?  Anywho, mine arrived bent on one side, but SP shipped me out a replacement.

I love getting bags in my boxes.  Again, not sure I will ever use this one, but its a nice touch for the boxes.

These stickers are amazing!  I love, love, LOVE them!  These will 100% be used!

Subscription box washi!  Three 15mm, one 10mm, and four 5mm.

The 5mm match the tropical themed washi.  Here it is with my 15mm tropical set:

So, all in all, a stunning bag.  Irene always does a phenomenal job on these kits.  The reviews appear to be mixed.  There are many items that I will never use in the kit, but still I consider it a solid addition to my Simply Gilded collection.

Colorfully yours,

the Colourful Teacup

The Planner Society July box

July’s Planner Society box was all about Unicorns! ¬†So much fun! I was a little in Unicorn overload considering the little one’s birthday party prep was in full swing when I received it. ¬†But, unicorn overload considered, it was jam packed with great items!

Let’s talk about my favorite part first. ¬†That pen! ¬†Little tulips, and flower confetti! Pastel rainbows! ¬†Look at me, I can’t even construct full sentences anymore! ¬†That’s how exciting this box was!

Also included was a cute new stamp and an adorable patch. ¬†Somehow I managed to keep the little one from “acquiring” my new patch.

As far as the stamps go, I am still looking for a good ink pad to use for all my TPS stamps. One of my friends suggested using a foam block to get a better result. ¬†And I’ve tried the stamp makers where you apply the color with a marker and then stamp. ¬†Hum… the search continues for now!

This washi is not only adorable, its very shimmery too! I’m not sure how often I will use it, but it definitely fit the summery mood!

The die cuts were just perfection this time around.


Post-it notes! How fun would these be to drop on your husband’s desk. LOL!

“Please pick up milk, eggs, and hey! ¬†How do you like my unicorn post-it notes?”

I love the tabs that the Planner Society include with all their kits.

Paperclip! ¬†Planner paperclips are so satisfying. ¬†They fall out all the time, so they aren’t too practical, but there is something so satisfying about seeing them poking out of the top of our little planners. ¬†They give it all such pizzazz.

Let’s see some more up close pictures of that lovely pen, shall we?

I miss Tulips so much! ¬†When we lived in Scotland I could have them practically anytime I wanted them, and now that I am back in Florida tulips just don’t stand a chance in our heat.

And here is another picture of that patch.  So sparkly!

This time Christy included these Vinyl Stickers.  I am not sure what I am going to use them for, but I am super excited that this is a new possibility for my future crates.  I really feel like compared to other kits, the Planner Society boxes are so sophisticated.  And vinyl stickers can be put on practically anything from water bottles to computers.

I LOVE it when there are pockets!  This time around there are holographic bows and scalloped edges.  I could just die!  They are so pretty!

That’s it for this crate!

Peace out dudes!

the Colourful Teacup