#PaperHaul Featured: Eleanor Carter


Things I love:

  1. Foxes
  2. Bright colours
  3. My house
  4. Cups of tea
  5. Stationery

The latest #PaperHaul box- a collaboration with Eleanor Carter– is right up my street. If last month’s box tapped into my childhood, this one definitely represents all the things about life that make me happy as a grown up. It’s a coziness that is especially welcome in the cold, dark, dreary days of January.


Apologies for the terrible photography here- but aren’t those stickers super-cute? The washi tape has little caravans on it! Very sweet (although caravans remind me of the time I got badly sunburnt in Bridlington- I probably wouldn’t have minded so much if it had been as pretty a caravan as this one.) The fox is clearly the star this month.


The notebook is cute and I’ve got it earmarked for a friend who is cycling mad and also mentioned that she could do with somewhere to write knitting notes (they’re just the right side for a craft bag!) The Home Sweet Home card will end up being framed and placed somewhere to welcome guests and the bath card will probably end up being sent to someone who’s under the weather.

I love this and, a few months in, I’m loving the Featured series. It’s fun seeing an artist showcased and being able to look at their website (and buy stuff directly from them if it’s available!)

You can register for #PaperHaul here.

Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.




#PaperHaul: Featured- Rory J. Murphy

It was a stormy grey day when this month’s #PaperHaul landed in my mailbox. I tried to resist it, but as any stationery lover knows, these little boxes are as hard to resist as a dame in a silk dress. What would the box yield to closer inspection, I wondered?

Oh, Ava Gardner, I love you.

Oh, Ava Gardner, I love you.

And then I had it. It was a collaboration between #PaperHaul and Rory J. Murphy. I knew then that all hope was lost; that I was drawn in to something beyond my control. You see, this box held something inspired by a weakness of mine- a love of film noir, of broads and dames, detectives and bad guys; of Bogey and Bacall.


Let’s examine the evidence, shall we?

ITEM 1: The Whole Shebang


Here you can see all the evidence together, clear as day. Paints a pretty picture, don’t it? It’s Film Noir with a bit of Frank Miller (but without the violence.)

Item 2: The Notebook


Every detective needs a book to keep a note of hoodlums, dames need a book to keep track of conquests. I just need a book to keep track of boring things like budgets and how many rows I’ve knitted. Whatever, I’m channelling my inner crimefighter with this.

Item 2: The Calling Cards


Everyone has a vice. What’s yours? Liquor? Lipstick? A pistol? Your calling card is here, my friend, in the form of these mini-cards.

Item 3: The Main Event


Film noir needs its femme fatale and this one appears to be influenced by Rita Hayworth in Gilda. Is that a stocking brandished sexily or… with murder in mind? Only you and the recipient can decide.

Item 4: The Mugshots


That bobby pin shows that a woman’s been in the interrogating room… has she been up to NO GOOD?

You’ll never get anywhere in this town if you’re not good with faces, kid. Helpfully, you can stick these wherever you like. And the cards are cool; the top one reminds me of Ava Gardner and the bottom one, of course, has more than an air of Bogey and Bacall.

Item 5: The Tape


Tape’s important. It seals crime scenes and holds your anatomy in its place when needed. This tape will declare your love of the hard stuff AND stick paper together. What more could you want?


You can register for #PaperHaul here.

Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

#Paperhaul Featured: Eilidh Bruce


September’s edition of #PaperHaul is the first in an exciting new line called ‘Featured’; unlike previous boxes, which have been united by a theme, these boxes are also the work of a single artist. Eilidh Bruce is this month’s featured artist and her theme is all about fun, fruity cats:


Above is the card and two postcards (the meow card is already on my Wall Of Awesome, because of course it is!) I like the new rounded corners and the design is cute and fun.


These badges have been sent as a little present for a friend’s daughter- she’s ten and I figured the cute, kitschy illustrations would be perfect for her backpack!



I’ve already used the stickers up on letters and D’s party invitations. He’s been very taken with them.


I like to call this design ‘Batcat’, but maybe I’ve been watching too much Gotham. Anyway, a certain small person has become very taken with this washi tape and I had to wrestle it off him before he unspooled the whole bloody thing.


This month sees a nice little extra addition- a notebook- which is a nice little touch. I have so many notebooks, but I always have room for just. one. more. This one is a nice size for my knitting bag!

You can register for #PaperHaul here.

Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

#PaperHaul: l’édition parisienne!

First of all, I’d like to apologise for this being a bit late; what with everything going on lately, it did slip my mind. Which is daft, because I LOVE THIS BOX. Paris is one of my most favourite places in the whole wide world. Benn and I stayed in Monmartre for our honeymoon and, on grey dreary days, I dream that I am some fabulous Parisian lady going about nibbling on macarons.


This postcard (which I was unable to locate for this post, I have no idea where it currently is, but it will be on my Wall of Awesome when I find it) sums it all up:


Don’t judge my photography. Shall we get on?


 Here is all of it in its beautiful glory:


It definitely felt like the biggest box so far- and it’s my favourite so far. Although I’ve liked the last few boxes, they haven’t really ‘wowed’ me. This one definitely has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. (See what I did there? Yeah, there’s more to come. Hold onto your hat.)


Chic macaron coloured notecards and matching stickers. C’est bon!


When we stayed in Monmartre, we rented an apartment not far from Amelie’s (I believe you can rent the actual one, but we weren’t that rich.) Anyway, these cute architecture-themed sheets of notepaper and card are very sweet and very Parisian. Also: I would love more note/letter paper, as it’s something I use regularly.

PicMonkey Collage

Here’s the front and backs of the craft papers this month. Can you guess which is my favourite? The tea and macarons is so cute. One of my favourite tea companies, Palais de Thes is based in Paris and you can’t really beat a delicate tea paired with an even more delicate macaron. If ever you’re in Brighton, I suggest you check out Julien Plumart for the best French treats.


Here are the postcards- I am a massive fan of the cat postcard! The gift tags are super cute and would work for a variety of people… who knew a mime would be so useful?!  I especially like the cheeky ‘Bonjour Monsieur!’ card. Seriously, PaperHaul boxes are brilliant, because I save these cards and then pick them for the perfect person at the right time.

Finally, no #PaperHaul box would be complete without the washi tape, would it? This month, it’s a cute hearts design, which will be useful for a variety of things. I love washi tape.


So, there it is. Another great #PaperHaul box! September’s box is looking quite exciting; it’ll be a ‘featured’ box, so I’ll be sure to get that up tout suite as soon as it arrives! Let me know what you think of this month’s box!

Bisous! Je ne regrette rien. x


You can register for #PaperHaul here.

Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

#PaperHaul: Under the sea…

Summer’s here and so is this month’s #PaperHaul box, which has a pleasingly nautical theme. Let’s take a look through what arrived this month!


As you can see, there’s a definite blue theme happening this month…


This month, there’s only one card- but I rather think it’s handsome! The mini cards are the same print as one side of one of the craft papers.


After quite a few months, I’ve finally decided that the craft papers will be used to make seed envelopes. Yes, it’s slightly frivolous, but also: pretty. Plus the paper is good quality and strong- just what you need for seeds.


The postcards are cool this month- I’ve already sent the mermaid one to a friend.. I added some glittery details (using nail polish!) and it looked really quite cool.


The stickers are fun- the big ones are already on the cover of my planner for next year. After all, nothing says ‘professional’ like ‘cute and comical pufferfish’, right?! Whatever, they’ll cheer me up in boring meetings…


The washi tape reminds me of the Japanese painting of the waves. I love the badges, which are a new addition this month and the tags are cute too. Overall, a really good (and PACKED) box this month! Well done, #PaperHaul!

You can register for #PaperHaul here.

Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

#PaperHaul: Ice cream and hazy summer days

My #PaperHaul arrived on one of the hottest days of the year- and the theme this month, ice cream and cooling down, was just the ticket!

20150628_155453I’m currently slightly obsessed by Magnums (especially those new pink ones), so these gift tags are PERFECT! I like the simplicity of them. You can also see two of the postcards- aren’t they just so cheery? A friend of mine just relocated to the States and I might send her one to remind her of Brighton.

The washi tape is ice cream perfection too.


On the left, we have the two large stickers. I’ve already stuck these on my recipe notebook, as it’s full of sweet treats!

On the right are the cute little notecards. These can be a bit hit or miss for me, but I do like these a lot. I think the watercolour style is really pretty.


The cards from this month are sweet- I especially like the one with all the ice creams on!


The vintage ice cream stickers (top left) are my favourite part of the box this month! I think they have a proper 50s, malt bar feel. Ace. Next to that is the final postcard- again, it’s all about the Magnums!

Underneath are the craft papers, which as always are super fun. The alternative view is below:


Overall, a super sweet box of stationery! (I’m still hoping for a dino-box though…)

You can register for #PaperHaul here.

Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but my reviews are honest and reflect my own opinions.

#PaperHaul: March and April

This is a double post, as March’s box was a little delayed due to a bag of boxes deciding to go temporarily AWOL at Royal Mail HQ. I can’t say I minded too much, as two boxes in one month is A-OK with me!

March’s theme was stripes and April’s is balloons.

Want to see what was inside? Come on, then!



A couple of the stripy ones are VERY Brighton- the deckchairs on the beach (obviously) but also the stripy legs remind me of the legs on top of the Duke of York’s cinema, which are look a bit like the Wicked Witch of the East’s when Dorothy’s house falls on her in The Wizard of Oz.

Also, three of these (the cup of tea, the girl with balloons and the cat in the hot air balloon) have joined my Abstract Gallery of Cheerful Things on the wall by my desk in my workroom/study. A lot of the #PaperHaul postcards end up on there.

Notecards and large stickers


These are really cute- I especially like the bees and the children with balloons.

Craft papers, washi tape and tags

20150419_175239I could only find one of the raccoon tags- cute, right? Although I did use one for a friend’s birthday present- D had grown a sunflower for her, so it was only natural he got to choose her a tag!


Oh, and here’s the other side of the craft papers (I always forget to show the back in my reviews!)




How I have resisted sticking these ties on photos, I have no idea.



These are just lovely. The cards are probably my favourite bit- I’m keeping them for birthdays and so on, mainly because I usually have someone in mind when I see them. I spend a small fortune on cards for occasions and these are just as good quality- if not better- than those of specialist card shops.

I can’t WAIT to see what May’s theme is!

You can register for #PaperHaul here

Disclaimer: I get my box at a discounted rate, but this does not affect my reviews, which are my own opinions.