If you follow me on Instagram or have read my blog recently you will know that I love stationery and have started to use a planner more and more lately to help keep life organised. I have even set up a dedicated planning and stationery Instagram account – ButterflyPlans. I thought I would share a few of my favourite planning supplies shops.
Erin Condren – Ok so postage might cost quite a lot from the USA and then there is the possibility of customs charges but, I love my Life Planner. I opted for the vertical layout to start in 2017 (I’m working in a personal Filofax at the moment) but I am SO excited to start it. Aside from a Life Planner, Erin Condren also has beautiful notebooks which (along with the Life Planner) you can switch the covers on to suit your mood, you can also pick up sticker books and all sorts of planning and stationery lovliness. If you’ve not ordered before, my referral link will get you $10 off, click here and it will take you to a sign up page, once signed up you will be emailed a $10 off voucher code. You can read previous blogs about my Erin Condren February Haul and April Hauls to see more of my purchases.
Basil & Mint – An Australian based sticker shop but oh so worth it for the stickers! I absolutely love the quotes and sayings sticker sheets, the print quality is great but they are not too thick to bulk out your planner.
Stickers Washi & More – One of the first sticker shops I tried out on Etsy I love the itty bitty stickers to mark out functional things like laundry, writing blog posts, pay day etc. The stick sheets are around A6 in size so easy to tuck inside my current Filofax and plan on the go.
Pretty Crafty Stickers – a sticker shop based in Ireland and the stickers are super pretty. I love the decorative kits and the sticker sheets are a really good size so they feel like great value for money. Again the stickers are not too thick which means the pages of your planner won’t bulk up too much.
Kikki K – I discovered Kikki K when we were in Australia on our honeymoon (see my honeymoon haul here) so I was super pleased when the first store opened in the UK but also online shopping was made more affordable postage wise. Kikki K is a lifestyle brand with beautiful stationery to help you stay organised, create a beautiful desk space and be the best that you can be. I have various planning accessories, stationery and a gorgeous tea pot!
Fred & Bell – a new sticker shop based in the UK, Fred & Bell is just starting out with functional and decorative stickers but the quality is super thick making the stickers feel like a luxury. I’m excited to see what Leanne has in store for her new shop.
Have you found the world of planning and stickers yet? How do you keep yourself organised? I would love for you to share your favourite planner and stationery shops with me, leave a comment below or come and share with me on Twitter or Instagram.
Whenever I make up a batch of these oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies they never last long in our house. Milk and a biscuit before bedtime is a big childhood memory of mine. Ok, I still have a mug of milk and a biscuit before bed now, but often it’s something I’ve made myself and I feel happier eating one of these cookies as they are a bit healthier with the oatmeal.
The cookies are so easy to make, basically just combine all the dry ingredients and then add the egg and butter, make into balls and bake. They taste delicious a few minutes out of the oven once they have cooled slightly but also make a great treat in a lunch box for children at school….or in our house, husbands for work.
You’ll get around 20 Oatmeal, Raisin and Chocolate Chip cookies from this mixture depending on what size you want to make.
You are going to need:
1 1/3 cups of plain flour (all purpose flour)
1tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1cup of porridge oats
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup flaked almonds (if you want nut free cookies, substitute the almonds with sultanas)
1tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup slightly melted butter
This is what you need to do…
- Preheat your oven to 180C (Gas 4), grease and line a couple of baking trays. If you only have one tray then you will need to bake in two batches.
- In a big bowl, measure out and combine all of the dry ingredients. Basically everything in the list above down to almonds. I just use a big metal spoon as find it easier to mix well than using an electric mixer.
- In a cup lightly whisk the egg, then add it to the mixture and give a good stir.
- Add in the vanilla essence and slightly melted butter and stir well to make the dough, it will take a bit of work.
- Divide the dough into balls around 5cm and place on the baking tray, don’t have them too close or they will merge into one giant cookie when baking.
- Pop in the oven and bake for around 12mins until golden, then place on a cooking rack and cover until cool – how long can you resit tasting one?
I think July 2016 needs to be regarded as the month of cake! Life lately has been hectic to say the least, we are progressing with our house renovation but now my parents are moving closer to us (SO excited!) and I have had to put creating new things for Butterfly Crafts on pause for a little while. With life being a bit busy I think I have consciously tried to be a bit kinder to myself this month and take time out.
Paul and I went for a delicious afternoon tea at The Old Barn in Wadenhoe. It was the July envelope for his first anniversary gift and we really enjoyed an afternoon out. We would both recommend afternoon tea at The Old Barn, so many sandwiches and cakes to eat in really pretty surroundings.
My love of stationery has been progressing this month too. I ‘won’ a bumper jiffy bag of washi tapes in a giveaway, bought some gorgeous stickers for my planner and discovered some super pretty stationery in Sainburys and blogged about my haul. If you love planners and stickers come and say hello over on my stationery Instagram account Butterfly Plans.
I absolutely love flowers and try to have a vase of them when ever I can. I particularly love carnations but am drawn to most flowers that are purple or lilac in colour. I really love these lisianthus too. I’m working on an online flower arranging course at the moment to help improve my arranging skills, I’ll share more photos at the end.
I took an afternoon out to learn all about iPhoneography at a workshop run by Shutter Hub and Me & Orla. It was great to spend a couple of hours with fellow creatives in Cambridge and pick up some tips. I blogged about the workshop and shared some of the iPhoneography tips learned.
I did find room for a little crafting as there have been birthdays for a few family and friends in July. I was so happy with how this card turned out and the recipient really liked it. If you want to see some more peaks behind the scenes at what I’m crafting some and say hello on my Butterfly Crafts Instagram.
So that was July 2016. It doesn’t feel like much here, but it’s been a very busy month away from Butterfly Crafts which I think has been good for my soul! August us set to be super busy too. Maybe I need another cookie….
Being a creative blogger can mostly be a lot of fun, we get to craft a lot and have fun making. But, it also has its own challenges, especially during those times when you’re not feeling particularly creative, or when all inspiration has dried up. It’s the same for any blogger really, and so when the lovely Holly from A Branch of Holly asked for submissions for guest posts on her fantastic blog, I jumped at the chance to write some top tips for bloggers when ideas run out. Click on this link below and it will take you directly to the post on A Branch of Holly….
Seven Tips for Bloggers When Ideas Run Out
I’d love to hear what you do if your inspiration dries up, have you any more tips you can share with me? Let me know in the comments.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Holly for letting me guest over on her blog whilst she enjoys a well deserved week off. If you’re not familiar with A Branch of Holly then get yourself there quick sharp, there is a whole heap of information and advice for bloggers and small business tips.