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

July Birthday Fiasco for the Tiniest Teacup

It was a birthday for the ages.  It started with a simple request.  My [soon to be] nine year old daughter requested that we have a birthday party for her this year.  Simple enough.

She wanted it to be a super girly Unicorn party.  Okay dokie.  Simple enough.

She thought it would be super cool if we could invite a bunch of girls over, swim, maybe do a craft, and create some epic swag bags.  Simple enough.

See where I am going with this?  Yeah.  It was NOT simple.  Next year she gets a birthday cake and a hardy handshake.

I thought, being the overly ambitious and crafty gal I was that I would crochet some bags for the girls, stuff them with some washi tape and a little homemade book (my daughter has inherited my love for all things planner), and maybe a couple pieces of jewelry.  I’m great at crocheting pretty much anything with a pattern, and I’ve gotten fairly skilled at creating my own patterns as well.  Well, I wipped up a sample bag in no time at all and thought- “Wow!  I can totally do this!”.  I was wrong.  Oh, man, was I ever wrong!

See, I overestimated my ability to sew in the liners.

And I also forgot that I have zero foresight.

And I forgot I would have to make 15 of these bags.  FIFTEEN!  For the love of humanity!

But, alas, I finished with… well something.  Not a finished product I’m terribly proud of, but decent enough I suppose!

They are crocheted with Special Stylecraft DK yarn, imported from the United Kingdom (my favorite yarn).  The snaps are KAM snaps.  The fabric liner is from a bundle I bought on Amazon of just random cuts of fabric.  I had planned on writing the pattern out and sharing it with all of you, but..  don’t, just don’t.  Just go buy something shiny and unoriginal.  It’s not worth it y’all!  My fingers were bleeding before I finished!  I was flying by the seat of my pants, did not have time to properly block the crocheted part, and abandoned my hand sewing for a machine after the first one.

P.S. If you didn’t know, you can’t easily machine sew on crochet, as the machine gets caught on the yarn and tangles it with the thread from the bobbin.  That’s if it doesn’t suck it into the great bobbin abyss.  This was lesson number 15 million.  And the worst one.  Nothing like spending hours creating something to have it pulled apart in front of your eyes!  Huzzah!

ROY-G-BIV… that’s a little relaxing.  I loved all the floral and gingham prints.


Oy!  Sigh… lesson learned.  Moving on to happier items.  Birthday party shopping!  Squee!


What Girly Birthday party would be complete without pig-tail hair bows?  Well, not this one!  Every girl was sent home with her choice of a matching homemade (not by me- gosh not by me) pair.

(Don’t mind the great mountain of law books in the background.  It’s my husband’s stack and it could not be moved in time for the party.  I just sat things on top and used them as a kind of shelf, while getting the side-eye from the hubster, te he.)

We ordered some jewelry from China which made it super affordable to get great looking pieces without breaking mom and dad’s checkbook.  What girl’s outfit is complete without her own set of pearls?  And these rings are so AMAZING!  Because I had to order in bulk, I got to select and keep several pieces for myself and I have received so many compliments on them.

Target spot pens and pencils!  Bright colors for a sunny child!

The setup y’all!

So much happy!  But gosh y’all, Mommy is going to need the next few months to recover from this party.  It was so exhausting!

Celebrating the not-so-tiny teacup,

the Colourful Teacup