The Birdhouse Calligraphy: Beautiful Calligraphy, Quotes and More!

Recently, The Birdhouse Calligraphy got in touch with me asking if I could feature some of their products on my blog.  I love working with brands, and when I saw their products I completely fell in love and jumped at the opportunity.  I was sent over a gorgeous card, which I’ll be using for my Mum’s birthday (when this goes up, that will have been yesterday!)

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Not only is this card super gorgeous, it’s beautifully crafted and so relevant to me and my mum!  I totally love it!

The Birdhouse Calligraphy offers many designs on their website, all hand written in beautiful calligraphy, and they do quotes and cards.  The quotes can be framed around your house, or just used as a gift or anything really!  They’re beautiful and many are so inspiring: plus, there are lots of pieces available for animal lovers!  You can see examples of their lovely work on their instagram here or on their etsy store here.

I truly am in love with their designs, and I think that Louise is so talented.  I’ve featured some images of their other designs below, which are my absolute favourites!

Those are some of my favourite designs from the shop: they’re so pretty and would look so lovely pegged up on a photo line (I have one of these in my room, filled with pictures and postcards from paperchase: these quotes would make such a wonderful addition!). However, if you don’t find one that tickles your fancy, worry not.  You can always ask for a personalised design, they make whatever you want, which is so lovely.  Everything is hand drawn, there is no digital printing; this makes it personal, and so sentimental.  I love thoughtful brands like The Birdhouse Calligraphy – they’re so special!

Also, Louise has given me a 10% off code for my readers, which you should totally use! It’s THANKS10 !

Soph xx

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My Stationary Favourites

I’m a self confessed stationary junkie, and so when I find cute stationary I will buy it.  I have my selected favourites, and I’m always using them.  I use cute stationary all the time; when I’m revising, doing homework and just making notes – I have enough to sink a ship and figured I would share with you guys some of my favourite bits.

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I love ring-binder folders, and I use them for everything; they’re so useful for storing my revision notes in for GCSEs and considering I’m in year 10, I assume I’m going to start to build up quite the collection!  Wilko do such amazing, but cheap stationary and their folders are no exception.  This one is so pretty, and I am in love with the gold foil writing ‘Hello Lovely’ – plus, it was only £1.25! I’m going to use this for English at the moment, and I’m going to gather myself a collection of pretty folders for each subject, it just helps to make revising that little bit easier!

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Revision cards are so useful, however sometimes I find them to be a little small or flimsy feeling, so I like to use these Silvine record cards, which are only £1.00 for 100!  They’re great for writing quotes on to learn, and then I like to stick them onto my wall so I can see them every day and they’ll ingrain in my memory.  I like that they’re a clean white ruled card, and they’re not super flimsy either.

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I’m a total highlighter junkie, and Stabilo Boss make the best highlighters.  I love the skinny flash ones, because they’re so easy to fit inside pencil cases, and they’re easier to hold than the fatter chunky ones.  Only, they run out quicker and don’t have as many colour options.  The chunky ones come in huge packs of eight with really interesting colours, and I love them because they’re so vibrant.

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On the topic of pens, I love fineliners.  Staedtler do some great ones, and I really like to use these fineliners.  They’re great for mindmaps, or writing notes in my planner.

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Finally, possibly the most used out of all my favourites, my planner.  Because all my homework for school is online, I love to keep track of it all in a planner like this cute one from paperchase, and then highlight it when I’m done. It helps me to keep track of everything I’m doing day to day, and I can stay more organised.

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So, I hope you all liked these favourites.  I’m planning on doing a whole huge post on revision and how I revise, although I know it’s not very apt considering GCSEs have started (how did they go, by the way, for those of you who’ve been doing them recently?) but better late than never right!  Anyway, I have my Year 10 exams soon, so I’m trying my hardest to start revision for those and get decent grades, which is unlikely but we can pray!

Soph xx

DIY: 2016 Memory Box

Hi guys!

Today I bring you the first DIY of 2016, and my first proper post of 2016.  I’d taken a break but I’m back into the blogging schedule now, so expect to see me more regularly!!

Anyway, today I have a cute DIY box to store your memories of 2016, it’s extremley simple and I’m sure many millions of poeple have also thought this up.  I lack in even the most basic creativity, so don’t expect anything good.

What you need:

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Post it notes or basically anything you can fold up to fit in your jar.

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You will need some colourful fineliners to write with.

So, this is really simple.  Basically every time something good (or bad) happens to you in 2015, you write it on a postit note and pop it into your box.  This can be anything, from photos and notes, different memories of things you did, people can write notes for you, whatever, you get me?  At the end of the year, you look back on these notes and feel really happy. Or sad.  I hope you don’t feel sad.  Have a happy year.

That’s all really, I aready have notes about conversations with my best friends about boob farms and other bits and bobs.  I just think this is such a cute ideas, and will be really nice at th eend of the year.  It also gives me some use for my new box sooooo.

Anyway, sorry for the short post but tomorrow I’m bringing something better to the party.

byeeee x

 

 

Winter (Sort Of) Haul!!

Right I know I said I’d get this up on Saturday night but I forgot.  But I’m doing it now, so don’t kill me, okay?

Okay, so while we’re technically still in Autumn, and I guess we will be for a while….THE CLOCKS TURNED BACK AT 2:00 AM THE OTHER NIGHT (or so Google told me). Anyway, so this is a Winter haul, but really it’s an Autumn haul. A/W we’ll call it form now on.

Anyway, I’m super festive and (It’s nearing the end of October which is when I allow myself to post Christmas posts on here, excitement) currently listening to Boney M Mary’s Boy Child (one of the best songs for Christmas).  I got me some baubles, exciting or what?!!!

*Whispers about Christmas*

Anyway, I guess I’ll just show you all everything that I’ve got.

PRIMARK:

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I got this oversized jumper for £10.00, it’s a soft grey colour and has a dark silvery zip right down the back until about half way.  The fabric is super soft & this is really easy to wear.  It is long so it covers your bum and for a tenner this was a steal.  It’s sort of a bat wing, sort of not. I can’t explain very well but I have a picture of me wearing it, except wordpress is being awkward and not letting me post it, but I’ll try get one in for you later.  I’m wearing this jumper now & it is seriously the comfiest thing on earth.

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Then I got this wine coloured, burgundy ish top.  It’s got like ribbing detail all over it, which you can’t see because I take shitty photos.  Anyway, one thing you can (kind of) see from the photo is that it has a longer back than the front so it covers the booty, and it has slits down the side, small ones but they add a decent bit of something.  I’ve worn this one too already and it’s super comfy & easy to wear. Oh and it was £6.00, which is really good!

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Then my Mum bought me some touch screen gloves because she was buying my brother some and just decided to buy me some, thank youuu.  These were £1.50 I  believe and having tried out my brothers I know they work!  I’ve never had touch screen gloves before but they are now one of my essentials for winter, no more cold phone fingers anymore!  Plus, I’m loving this colour right now.

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Lastly, I got these mini baubles for £2.00.  To be honest I don’t think you can go wrong with these for a couple of quid, and they had so many colour options.  Personally I want my tree in my room to have sort of a white/pink/blue theme this year, which is quite different from my regular ‘LOADS OF SPARKLES & GLITTER AND GOLD AND RED AND ALL COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW’, which, while festive, didn’t look as good as it could’ve done. Anyway, these are perfect for a small tree or just as filler baubles for your bigger tree! Primark had some great Christmas stuff this year, and I even spotted rose gold tinsel which I got a little too excited about & will definitely be nipping back to replace my tinsel with this year! Exciting much!!!

BOOTS:

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I needed a new concealer & I stuck with my fave, Rimmel’s hide the blemish concealer. It’s £3.99, and although it doesn’t last me long because sometimes I prefer to just go to school with concealer on, meaning I have to use more to get a decent coverage, it has a really great amount of product and is still my favourite, even though I raved about the NO7 one in my review a long time ago (check it out here, although it snapped a few days later, very disappointed I was).  Anyway, yes I got that.  And boots also have an amazing selection of Christmas gifts this year.  If you’re from the UK, you’ll be familiar with what I’m talking about, but otherwise it is basically a section of boots full brimming of massive huge boxes of beauty stuff that you can wrap up for Christmas.  Don’t even get me started on how excited I am!

CORN EXCHANGE:

Okay, so for those of you who aren’t familiar with Leeds (where I go shopping), and I’m assuming that most of you aren’t, it has a big building called ‘Leeds Corn Exchange’.  It’s a weird name, and I never thought to go into it because I thought it’d be like a huge building full of tea rooms and old people.  My Mum took me in and it is now my favourite place in Leeds.

It’s basically a huge, 3 tier hall with a hippy market thing on the bottom, and the next two wrap around balconies and full of cute little shops.  they have super unique pieces of jewellery, bedroom stuff & clothing. It’s gorgeous, and if you’re ever nearby for whatever reason you need to pop in.

I only bought two things, but I’m going back when I go see Zoella (Friday btw omg!!!) and I’m going to do some very serious damage,  anyway, I’ll stop with my rambling & show you what I bought.

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That’s right, I bought an incense burner.  I’ve had one before from when I went on holiday, and I’ve loved it.  I’ve never found a place to buy replacement sticks and mine were tiny anyway and fit only that diffuser.  Besides, they were floral and I didn’t adore the scent.

So, I got this new incense burner which is this pretty wood & has gold stars and a butterfly on it.  And the sticks are cinnamon scented & smell just like Christmas (there’s a running Christmas theme here?).  Anyway, the holder cost £1.50 and the sticks £1.30.


Okay, so that’s the end of my haul!  Sorry it came up so late, I didn’t intend on it but I just never got around to it. Be prepared for a particularly bloggish day today, I’m going to be making up for my lack of posting.  One will be -gasp, Christmas themed, because I want your guys opinion on my Christmas posts.

Anywayyyyysssss,

Zalfie Fanatic Out