Five things: The July edition

Five things: The July edition

One. I’m crazy about card making right now. I’ve dived head first into YouTube land with the likes of Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire (and more) and have gathered bundles of inspiration that I think my head is going to explode. Thank goodness for Pinterest! I need more excuses to send cards to friends. And I’m hating on the fact that Australia Post keeps increasing postage prices but it won’t stop me. How I love snail mail.

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Two. I’m in full KonMari mode again and attempting to purge all my unwanted material possessions. I’ve discovered Carousell and Shedd. Why do these apps need the superfluous extra letter you ask? Maybe it adds to their success. Who knows. I’ve sold a bunch on both apps. I find it convenient enough to list quickly and efficiently, but find the hagglers a bit much to deal with.

Three. Truffle season is happening right now and whilst it is usually Canberra that gets the bulk of the celebrations, Sydney is getting onboard with the truffle party. I’ve visited some restaurants with truffle specials and I’m addicted. I just can’t say no to a smattering of fresh truffle atop my jaffle. And all other indulgent foods just because. Winter.

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Four. Hobonichi research dominates my free time right now. At the moment I’m using an Appointed weekly notebook planner. I love it for task planning and an overview of what’s to come, but what I’m really craving is the day-to-day journalling. I guess this related to point number one and documenting and stamping everything in sight. I think I’ve decided on an A6 version, now whether I want the Avec or the traditional… I really wanted some cute planner clips so I ended up making my own.

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Five. I saw they just released the Instax Square, which is a hybrid camera. Not sure how I feel about this. I love how the older Instax captures moments without any editing. However I can see why you would want to edit your photos to print. I just purchased the SP-2 printer after years of detesting it, just because I can’t deny it in this digital age. I have SO many photos on my phone, on my hard drive that I just want to physically touch.

Now, all I need is some time to pursue my 103,482,298 hobbies. That is all.

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Calendar talk

Calendar talk

For two years straight, at the beginning of each year I would buy a Frankie calendar to stick up on my wall. Then last year I waited too late and they sold out before I could get my hands on one. I decided I was over calendars and the tedious exercise that it was to flip over the months as they went past.

Then yesterday during my lunch time stroll through Westfield, I noticed Frankie diaries and calendars on sale at 25% off. With only one calendar left, I knew it was a sign to get one. If you’re still looking for a diary, there are still a bunch of them available from The Lucky Charm newsagent in Sydney Westfield!

I did in fact have a short list of calendars that I had at the end of last year in anticipation of potentially purchasing one for 2014. It probably is a bit late to post about them now, but, I like me some designer eye candy.

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Love these floral yearly calendars. The black contrast [left] just really stands out, and what a great idea to frame a pretty blooming calendar [right].

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I have a soft spot for little feathered friends [left], and gorgeous little geometric botanical designs [right].

il_570xN.504888716_m8nhThis last one is another a pretty floral print, available on Etsy. The artist advertises the versatility of being able to remove the calendar portion and retaining the top for a lovely art print after the year is done.

How do you feel about calendars? Do you have one for this year? Would love to see what you guys have up on the wall!

Ikea paper shop

Ikea paper shop

I saw a preview of the Ikea paper shop on the Decor8 Blog the other day. Needless to say I’m pretty excited and I  hopehopehope HOPE it comes downunder. Surely it has to. Right? So far it is available in the UK + Sweden.

There are some great colour and patterns in the range. I don’t even know where to start with what I want. I’m a bit reluctant with getting non-original washi tape (I’ve had some bad experience with them not sticking nicely in the past), but I’d definitely check out the rest of their stationery. I’ve been told I have enough, but really, when is enough ever enough.

Here are some bits and pieces that I thought were particularly noteworthy. The paper shop spans notebooks, gift wrapping, note paper, ribbons and more!

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Please tell me I’m not the only crazy stationery freak out here?