Simply Gilded

I’ve been trying to get a subscription to Simply Gilded for what seems like forever!  But I’ve been waitlisted!  I HATE being waitlisted.  But, I suppose that’s the price you pay for super cute planner things!  While I waited to be admitted to this super special club, I sought out a couple of past kits on my yard sale site.

Here are a couple of things you need to know about buying Simply Gilded second hand:  1.) You will either a., pay a premium price, or b. luck into finding something that someone obviously wanted to either get rid of or didn’t realize the value of.  2.) The washi tapes are highly collectable and people will pay hundreds for certain kinds.  So don’t get too attached to a particular type of pattern unless you want to fork up over $300!  No… seriously!  3.) Even if you find a kit on a yard sale site or Ebay, it is likely that the seller has removed the bow washi from it to resell separately at a much higher price point.

Lucky for me, I was able to find the last two kits online moderately priced, and one set even included the bow washi!  Huzzah!

Let’s start with May’s box:  Life’s a Peach

I really loved the colors of this box!  The peach with that bright tropical blue is so summery.  It just so happens that the crochet project I was working on this week was also the same color of peach, which led to a crafty kind of bliss.

The washi is packaged like this, in a plastic bag with matching colors.  I know it is just a little plastic bag that will probably rip super easily, but it’s a cute touch.  I’ll have to brainstorm some crafty ideas to use them for.  Hum…

Yum!  I must have ALL the washis!  Look at those peach blossoms!  Special programming note here:  I find that the washis by Simply Gilded are thinner than the washi from The Planner Society.  I’m not sure one is better than the other.  Thinner means that it doesn’t make my notebook puff up quite as bad.  But the thicker washi from TPS feels more substantial.  I like the feeling of TPS more, but the thinness of SG is probably better for my bullet journal.

Luxe stickers and a journaling card are also included. The stickers appear to be reposition-able, which is a super nice touch, especially if you change your mind as much as I do!

Lots of foil all over the Simply Gilded items.  Irene from Simply Gilded markets it as “boutique” planner supplies.   I can see it…  

Also included was a small Journal and a gel pen, which I have put to good use this week and received compliments on.  And I’ve broken open that bag and have begun using my little book as well!  Yay!  Pretty things!  I feel like a little girl opening up a new Lisa Frank kit.  (P.S., and totally off topic, but did y’all see that Lisa Frank is collaborating with Sponge Bob?!?!  Suddenly I NEED to pencil in a clothing allowance to our monthly budget!  I mean who doesn’t need a t-shirt with SpongeBob riding a magical unicorn over a rainbow?  I rest my case.)  

The paperclips I received from The Planner Society are one of my favorite things, so I was super happy to see this set in the May Simply Gilded box.  Now, the bow… I’m not sure what to do with that.  Because I bullet journal, there aren’t really any places to clip on things.  Speaking of bullet journaling, I have almost filled mine up and we are only half way through the year.  Oy!  I’m hoping to get my hands on a jewel colored Leuchtturm 1917 this fall.  I am currently using a lime green one (my favorite color, by the way), but I hope to get a little richer color for my next one.  I’m thinking a nice midnight blue, or a deep mustard yellow.  Who knows.  Next week I might fancy a hot pink one, ya never know!

And now for the June box!  With this box I was not able to find an affordable one for sale with the seaglass blue bow washi tapes.  Boo!  I could have the washi for the low, low price of $35 separately.  <— majorly not amused.  That’s just not in this gal’s budget!  That’s right, people are paying hundreds for these washis and I’m over here like, “$35? No sir!”.   

I love this theme so much that I have barely touched anything.  I just want to keep it boxed up forever and never, ever ruin it!  But, alas, where’s the fun in that?  Ugh, look at that pretty little green bag!  Yeah, I’m the kid who plays with the cardboard box…

Sealife washi!  I’ve ordered a purple mermaid washi as well from Simply Gilded and I simply cannot wait to get it!  No earthly idea what I am going to do with these glorious rolls of happiness, but I shall come up with something!

Another travel notebook and a seriously beautiful pen.  From the picture the pen looks a little gaudy, but in person I feel like the freakin’ Little Mermaid.  It is quite dainty and charming, really.  “Look at my stuff!  Isn’t it neat?  Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete…”

Sticky notes and seals.  Again, that foil gives them a little sophistication (says this hillbilly).

Diecut stickers.  Cute, but not sure what I’m going to do with them.

June’s stickers are two parts.  Functional and… well, I don’t know what the other part is called.  Regular?  Anywho, they’re cute and I just can’t bring myself to use them.  

And that’s my boxes for May and June from Simply Gilded!  All in all, less items than The Planner Society.  Certainly great quality!  Super obsessed with getting ALL THE WASHI.  And I have to admit, I’m getting excited about all that bow washi energy.  I think that The Planner Society is great for paper working.  And Simply Gilded is great for BUJO, or equivalent journaling.  Similar type of product but a different feel from each.

You can get on your very own waitlist for Simply Gilded by going here:  Simply Gilded

I’ll be posting a post from July’s boxes soon, as they arrive.  The sneak peaks from both companies have been such a tease!

Colorfully yours,

The Colourful Teacup


Planner Society June 2018

Guess what came last week?!?! A new planner box! It’s amazing! It might be one of the best ones I’ve seen yet! Check out these beauties:

First of all, can we talk about how JUNE these colors are?  Christy is amazing!  When you consider that she has to plan these themes probably months in advance, and yet still seems to pick colors and themes that are remarkably on point…  I just can’t believe how awesome it all is!  Just a box of amazing awesomeness!  Unfortunately, I love it so much that it’s difficult to actually use any of these things!  I just want to keep them in my box and horde them away!


Looks at those papers!  SQUEE!!!  Do you hear that sound?  Its the sound of Central Florida dogs everywhere collectively barking at the out of control, high-pitched squee coming from my house!

Specialty papers!

Look at those lemons!

These are a little more difficult to see, so I tried to hold it up over the box and the lemons.  Do you see those cute little birds?

These are bookmarks y’all! BOOKMARKS!  Nerds everywhere unite!  I am absolutely in LOVE with these!  I desperately need dozens of bookmarks so these will get worn out!

And here we have a great pen (seriously getting spoiled with these pens), tabs, a birdie notepad, some metal paperclips, and another delightfully sweet washi tape.

These are also some of my favorite items I received this time around.  Adhesive pockets, labels, and a badge!  A badge y’all!  That’s going on my adult Girl Scout uniform, 100%!


Cute little inspirational cards.

Shout out for the Tolkien quote!  In love!!!

Die Cuts! Oh, so many delicious die cuts!

Another look at that pen.  Those are crystals in there!  So shiny!  Which means, of course,  the loss of at least 15 minutes of me just staring and spinning that dang thing- ha!

That’s a nice badge, I think.

Till next time friends!  

The Colourful Teacup 

Planner tabs

I love my new Planner Society tabs! The problem with bullet journaling is that, despite your best efforts, you loose your pages in this massive book. I’ve tried to use Washi tape to mark sections off and bookmarks, etc, but they all fail. Either they rip off in my purse, or they make certain parts of my planner too bulky, while other parts are too thin. So when I saw how adorable the Planner Society tabs were, I knew that I had found my solution! Check these bad boys out:

A section for my homeschool lesson plans:

This section houses my weekly schedule, appointments, sectioning of my time for school work, grocery shopping etc.  The glue is still little wet on that one!

Personal, for all my quirky little notes, recipes, bill lists, etc.

My Girl Scout troop section- like a boss, a Girl Boss!!!

Community, for my Girl Scout team leadership role.  I’ll have to be careful to not glue the edges together!  This one is a little wet still as well.

Church, of course!  Where else am I going to keep Vestry notes, and Children’s ministry plans?

I pasted them into my planner using my Ranger Glue N’ Seal and my fan brush. Ranger glue NEVER disappoints!

No clue where I bought either of these, its been so long.  But knowing my habits, I am sure it was Michaels or Amazon- ha!



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Planner Society July 2017

Today I received the kit from July 2017 and it did not disappoint!


This one I received second hand as well, but nothing in the kit had been used and it still retained its sparkling brand new quality. Check out its summery goodness:


And the special papers; look at those ladies!  So cute!


And look at all these extras!


I just love these colors!  Nothing says summer quite like those lime green colors and bright purples.

Isn’t this adorable!  That’s going to make for some cute little honey-do notes for my husband.  Ha!


Of course, this was last July’s kit, so we will have to see what amazing things Christy Tomlinson has in store for us this summer!  I have registered to start receiving the kits, and expect to see June’s box sometime soon, which I will immediately snap a hundred pictures of to share with all of you here.  I’ve even gotten an email that it is on the way!

Meanwhile, summer is in full swing in Florida and we are enjoying ourselves immensely.  Now that my daughters have phones, I find all kinds of gems on there, like this one my youngest took at a restaurant on the coast called The Tiny Turtle, which makes the most amazing sofrito bowl EVER.  I’m not lying y’all!


If you fancy a trip, check them out at 249 Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach.  You will not be disappointed.


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Pioneer Woman Magazine Summer 2018

Y’all, have you seen the new summer magazine? It’s as amazing as a summer magazine

should be!

Highlights for me? A spread on Fiestaware and sunflowers! 🌻

Now personally I have never owned a piece of Fiestaware. But that doesn’t stop me from drooling over the colorful goodness!

And this lady here? She’s from Orlando! So it’s possible that I could run into her and we could have a conversation about her fiesta collection! We could be bffs! Maybe she will gift me her collection! Ok, probably not all that, but more drooling ensues!

There’s something so magical about a rainbow of dinnerware all nicely lined up ROY-G-BIV like.

And did you know there was polka dot Fiestaware? Me either!!! But dreams do come true!

Summer isn’t complete without sunflowers. They are one of my favorite flowers and I just love, love, LOVE them!

The pictures make me want to squiggle into my yellow bikini (true story) and jump in the pool.

Look at all the variety!  I want them all in my backyard!

And I am personally resisting the urge to log into Etsy right now and buy this adorable baseball hat:

All this sunflower talk inspired me to go grab my own bunch, along with some green mums.

And there they sit in one of my Anchor Hocking Soreno vases (60s-70s, avocado color way) and on one of my pioneer woman tablecloths- journey full circle little sunflowers! 🌻


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Why, hello there planner supplies!

So I did a thing…

I’ve been eyeing this subscription group for a while now called The Planner Society. And, unlucky for me, when I decided to finally sign up (I am very indecisive when it comes to where I spend my money, as I am sure ALL homeschool moms are), they were closed for new subs for the month! Nooooooooo!!! *cue the dramatic music*

Luckily, this yard sale app I use had a few kits listed from people who felt the colors “just weren’t for them”. Um… ok.

Feast your eyes on these adorable pink and green goodies! This is the May 2018 kit:

So great!  You can subscribe here, between the 2nd and 14th of the month, The Planner Society

So this kit came with some papers, including speciality papers:


Can you see these adorable little flamingos?

Best paper selection EVER! I’m so lucky that these colors are SO MY STYLE! Love!!! ❤️

We’ve also got this great pen:

it has rose gold accents and is a heavy, professional feeling pen that writes like a dream.

Let’s check out some of my other fabulous goodies in this kit:

That bag is legit amazing! It’s made of a faux leather and very tough thick plastic. It’s quite nice. And those clips are going immediately into my bullet journal!

Yeah, so that’s happening! And those little flower accents are exactly the type of thing I’ve been needing to find for a project with the littlest Ray gal.

Check it this beauty!

Little habit tracker stamps! Huge in the bullet journal community to make tracking boring things entertaining. Ha! Now, personally, stamps and I have not gotten along very well, but I might have to give it the good ‘ole college try again because those stamps are heaven!

Paper dollies:


Journal folders (you can just glue them right on the inside cover or on your dashboard):


Washi tape, cards, page flags, headers… so many cute goodies!ff09b1bf-52cf-4ea5-b375-914d0a466d88-849-000000bad5a8f1a7_file.jpg

And now, my favorite part! Check out these page tags, labels and stickers:865e44b8-d575-42a6-8556-cd7862542f55-849-000000bc5692a757_file.jpg

Best ever!!! I love it so much I don’t want to use it!

Speaking of planners and bullet journals, check out my new weekly spread. It’s colorful and cheerful!

And a LOT of coloring! Which, come on let’s be honest, I don’t really mind! I used the template from Kate Louise and added my own colorful spin to it.


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Happy Easter! 🐇

Easter is one of my most favorite holidays.

Firstly, it is in my birthday month and I take extra special pleasure in thinking others all around the world are celebrating with me.

Secondly, it is, for me, truly the beginning of spring. It meant that winter in Kentucky would soon be wrapping up and longer days were on the horizon! The whole world was decorated with pretty pastels, which were hard to find colors the rest of the year, and a particular favorite of mine. It meant cute little sheep and multi-colored rabbits and chick-a-dees were speckled around the neighborhood (don’t judge, it was a different time).

Thirdly, it meant the cutest little Easter dresses for church, with adorable little ruffle socks and either bonnets or Easter hats dyed to match. This is a tradition I have, unfortunately been unable to share with my children who look at my suggestions of bonnets and derby hats as ghastly old-fashioned. Bah! As a kid who didn’t have much, I loved my brand new Easter dress and my brand spanking new dress shoes. No hand me downs, but MY VERY OWN <— very important when you are 7 or 8 and your closet can only be defined as hand-me-down fashionable.

Fourth, the candy! Good Lawd the candy! Other than Halloween it was a rare reprieve from the spinach and Brussels sprouts! Especially those tiny little bubble gum eggs… oh, and the peeps! No matter what you say, those things are amazing!

This year, our Easter plans were almost ruined by a thief who stole $1000 from our account. A $1000!!! It seems a bit overkill if you ask me. But luckily we were able to get the money back in time for me to go Easter shopping the day BEFORE Easter. Have you ever went shopping at Walmart the day before Easter? If Walmart existed during the time of Jesus scripture would have said something like this: “verily, verily I tell thee, if thou wait until the day before, you will truly spend thou time in line praying.” Over 45 minutes y’all in line to check out. I tell ya, by the time I was through that line I was praying all right!

Despite our unplanned Easter at home we have had a fabulous day! My brother came over for an impromptu Easter fest, and we started a new tradition in my house. While the girls dyed Easter eggs I read and held up resurrection eggs. I had been wanting to start this tradition for a couple years now but always seemed to miss out on buying the resurrection eggs from the store. Ironically, I found them this year! I had thought for sure that they would be sold out since I had to wait so long, but it must have been meant to be!

If you’ve never seen resurrection eggs, each egg has a symbol or icon from the story of Christ’s resurrection. There’s a book included with scripture and story info, so you don’t need to look up each scripture reference yourself. I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $19.99, with 40% off!

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believe that in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. –John 3:16

What a wonderful holiday! We’ve been so blessed with so many wonderful things: family, a home, fur babies, a successful business, friends, a wonderful church family, and gorgeous weather!

Easter truly is a time of renewal and counting of blessings!


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