Stationery, Subscription Boxes, Unboxing

Spotlight Stationery unboxing – January 2021: artisan stationery subscription box

Spotlight Stationery Unboxing – January 2021
Spotlight Stationery Unboxing – January 2021

Watch our Spotlight Stationery unboxing video! 🔥
January 2021
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BOXES 📦🖋🖊✏📖💌
Spotlight Stationery is a monthly stationery subscription box for £27 inc. shipping (within the UK).
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Indulge your passion for stationery! Every month they curate a selection of contemporary stationery, based on a theme.
They choose only premium brands and artisan products, including items you won’t commonly find on the high street. 📮🖇🖍📔
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https://www.spotlightstationery.co.uk 🔗
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Box charity https://trevi.org.uk/
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Items Included:

JANUARY BOX – ‘New year, new plans’ theme
Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Jottbooks – Double pack, £11.95 https://www.leuchtturm1917.co.uk/jottbook-a5-59-numbered-pages-dotted-pacific-green-and-emerald-pack-of-2.html
Calepino Agenda Perpétuel- 3 pack, €12.00
Mini Moderns sticky labels, £5.99 https://www.minimoderns.com/product/set-of-sticky-labels
Zebra Mildliner Double Ended Marker Bold & Fine Point – 5 pack, £8.99 https://amzn.to/3k3oRBA
Pentel Energel blue – 3 pack, £6.45 https://amzn.to/2ZwDMLh
Pentel Tradio black – 12 pack, £26.28 https://amzn.to/2ZvnpOS
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Lisa Parker https://www.instagram.com/lisaparkerillustration/
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Papergang DOUBLE unboxing | Stationery subscription box | January & February 2021

Papergang DOUBLE unboxing | January & February 2021

Watch our Papergang Stationery DOUBLE unboxing video! 🔥
January & February 2021
Each month you will receive a box filled with brilliant stationery.
The product selection will vary but will include the likes of greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories and art prints. 📮🖇🖍📔
Please use my referral link to subscribe: https://papergang.ohhdeer.com/refer/Louis-TDHXDOPP 🔗

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Blogging, Decor, knitting

My stripy knitted cushion using a Zoë Mellor pattern

This project has taken me many years to finish. I guess I am a faddy person because I find that I start projects and then move on when something new and exciting comes along! Back in November 2020, I posted some images on Instagram of a couple of projects that I wanted to resurrect and finish. One of them was this stripy cushion. The other was a colour-block throw (I’m now approaching half-way on the throw project!). I was inspired to start knitting again by my good friend Victoria of Nelvana Knitting.

The pattern I used was from Zoë Mellor’s Head to toe knits: 25 colorful accessories for your home and children, published by Collins & Brown Publishers in 1998. I don’t think it’s in publication any more as there are only some used copies being sold on Amazon. (I’m not sure why the US spelling of colourful was used when this is a British publication by a British author!)

Head to toe knits: 25 colorful accessories for your home and children

I changed the colours from the original pattern to give the cushion a cute Cath Kidston-like style and I found that the Rowan Handknit DK Cotton yarn was really easy to work with and created a smooth, matte finish.

  • 215 Rosso (Red)
  • 219 Gooseberry (Green) – Main colour which was also used on the back
  • 303 Sugar (Pink)
  • 324 Bermuda (Blue) – No longer available
  • 336 Sunflower (Yellow) – No longer available

Here are some photos of my cushion:

I used 4 mm knitting needles for the project apart from 3¼ mm needles for the ribbing on the opening in the back. The pointed edging, knitted in moss stitch, was quite complicated (I am not a very experienced knitter), but after knitting a couple, I soon got the hang of it. I found the making up of the cushion difficult because the back turned out bigger than the front, and it was hard to sandwich the pointed edging in between. I found using a back stitch with a big darning needle the best way to sew it all up.

The cushion is quite small, 12″ x 12″ (30 cm x 30 cm), and I bought a small cushion pad from Amazon. The square, red buttons I used on the back were from a big pot of buttons I have collected and inherited, so I have no idea what they are called or where they are from.

I wanted to link Zoë Mellor in this post, however I can’t see that she is on Instagram or Facebook. I visited the publisher’s website and discovered that she owns Toby Tiger, a children’s clothing website.

What do you think of this cushion? Please let me know in the comments.

Louisa

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: a hoopoe

A Green Wood Hoopoe

This illustration was inspired by the Artful box theme: a hoopoe from Saturday 9th January 2021.

Most people are probably familiar with the orange coloured hoopoe with the amazing crown of feathers. I thought I’d find out if there were any other types of hoopoe and discovered the green wood hoopoe. I loved the rich greens and blues in the plumage, so plumped for this as my subject.

I used some of the inks from my Artful Box along with the chinagraph pencil and fineliner pen. Thanks to a very constructive suggestion on my post Illustration inspired by Artful Box: lighthouse, I had subsequently purchased some blue masking fluid and blocked out some areas including the white parts of the tail feathers. This worked really well, and I’m glad I didn’t risk painting around the negative space, because as sure as eggs is eggs, I would have made a mistake! I would highly recommend this product: Set of three Frisk Masking Fluid Brushes with 60ml Blue Masking Fluid (affiliate link). This is the one I purchased and the brushes are very good quality too.

I took a bit of time to map out the proportions of the bird before painting. My favourite part was using the fineliner to define the plumage and tree branches.

Here is a larger image:

Green Wood Hoopoe

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: an ibex horn

An ibex horn

This illustration was inspired by the Artful box theme: An ibex from Thursday 7th January 2021.

Time was short today after I had a three-hour meeting this morning and then spent some time organising files on my laptop (just the tip of the iceberg!)

I wasn’t ready to attempt an actual animal yet, but I loved the structure of the ibex horn, so sketched this one. This was drawn with F and 8B pencils.

An ibex’s horns appear at birth and continue to grow through the rest of their life. Sometimes older ibex have horns which have spiralled a couple of times. The Asiatic or Siberian ibex tend to have the more prominent ridges on the frontal surface like these.

Here is a larger image:

An ibex horn
An ibex: Photo by Niklas Jeromin on Pexels.com

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: lighthouse

Lighthouse

This illustration was inspired by the Artful box theme: Lighthouse from Wednesday 6th January 2021. The photo I used as my source was an Unsplash photo I found via a Google search. It is Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Portland, Australia by Joshua Hibbert and you can see it among his collection of photos.

I was keen to use the fountain pen ink and bleach technique again and this night sky had lots of stars! The bleach is hard to control and often bleeds into the ink more than I would like. To achieve as small a point as I could, I cut off all but a couple of hairs from a fine paintbrush, but it’s still tricky. If anybody has found a more precise way of dotting the bleach on, I would be grateful if you could let me know in the comments below.

I enjoyed creating the gradient in the sky and using the Indian ink to create the black rocks in the foreground. I used a chinagraph pencil to create some light and shade on the rocks.

The light and shade on the main part of the lighthouse was really hard to achieve because the previous colour would dry down and then leave a hard line, so I had to make it really wet in order for the colours to blend a little.

I didn’t really want to use the fineliner, but it gave me a crisp line especially down the lighthouse and on the railings near the top.

Overall I’m pretty happy with it, but I need to work on my arcs, as they aren’t all in the same plane.

Here is a larger image:

Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Portland, Australia

Here’s the original photo I sourced.

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

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ELF ON THE SHELF: six years of elf antics remembered + photos

Amongst Brits, our family was a fairly early adopter of the American Elf on the Shelf phenomenon. I discovered it back in 2014. It was getting close to Christmas, so by the time our scout elf arrived, he didn’t get the chance to perform as many antics as he did in later years.

I’m not going to go into how the ‘system’ works on this post as you can visit the official website or millions of other pages on the Internet.

The one thing I will say, is that as I’ve noticed more and more families taking part, particularly with ‘unofficial’ elves, the ‘official rules’ are beginning to dilute. For example, I have seen photos and videos of children touching and cuddling their elves days before the ‘final goodbye’ of the season, clearly unaware of the ‘no touching’ rule. (Elves can only be touched and cuddled on 24th December, before they fly back to Santa at the North Pole). Now, the consequences of this should be quite severe – an elf should become ill and have to stay in bed for a few days, but I don’t always see this reflected in the next day’s antic. Of course, time-poor parents who are stuck for ideas may wish to use this ploy so that an elf is put out of action and therefore doesn’t need to be relocated, usually late at night when they have forgotten to plan something! (This oversight runs along the same lines as going upstairs to bed and realising you still need to make up the bed because you stripped the bedding that morning!) It is at this point that they feverishly trawl the Internet to find an antic which can be set up in minutes with scant resource! We had a few of those along the way!

My younger son Charlie, named his elf, Sam. He flew away for good on 24th December 2019 (his sixth Christmas with us) because he was being reallocated to a new, younger child in 2020. My son was aged ten at that point and by the next Christmas he would have already started secondary school – it probably isn’t too cool to have an elf when you’re eleven! If older children have younger siblings, they can probably start to come up with elf antic ideas themselves, but proceed with caution, eleven-year-olds can be quite macabre!

Photos and a few videos of the antics were posted contemporaneously on our Instagram feed, but I have added them here too, with their captions. I hope you enjoy them and if you have come here looking for ideas, I hope they help you out.

2014

Sam the scout elf finally arrived yesterday! Charlie was a little worried that he might mess up his toys and Bobby seemed pretty freaked out by the idea that Sam will come to life in the nighttime (so we’ve had to let him in on the secret!! But I still don’t think he’s convinced!) Sam has started his antics gently by just scribbling in a Christmas colouring book. Let’s see what tomorrow brings eh?
Sam thought he’d surprise Charlie as Spiderman today!
Sam was double-checking Charlie’s wish list!
I think Sam needs toilet training!
Charlie caught Sam playing DC Superheroes Top Trumps with his festive friends!
After Charlie’s bout of bad behaviour yesterday, Sam thought he ought to give him a warning!
Help!
Sam visited Marioland today!
Sam is incredibly tired after all his antics so far this December. A little rest should refresh him for a few more!
Sam’s been found hanging out with Ken. Sam’s been given styling tips and a makeover!
Well it certainly looks like yesterday’s makeover has had the desired effect!

2015

Sam helped to hang the candy-cane mouse that Charlie made at Beavers yesterday.
Sam fell asleep watching a movie!
Polo to ko a banana?
Family ‘Elfies’!

What did Mrs. Clause say to Santa when she looked at the sky?

Best Family Ever!

Snowmen are cool! Brrr…
Have a good last day of term!
Sam wanted to have fun in the ball pool!
How did I get in here?
Hot Choc Treat!
Scout elf snuggle time.
Sam took a leaf out of the York family’s book and did his Christmas food shopping yesterday!!

2016

Identity theft!
Charlie the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Hot lips! Sam found some sweets Charlie bought at Bath Christmas Market and thought he might like to finish them!
Snap, Crackle and Pop! (Sorry Crackle)
CyberElf. 
Fairy and Sam sitting in a tree,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
“I can explain…”

Creeper Sam.
How do you scare a snowman?
Elf antics are no fun when you’re ill.
Sam did a spot of Christmas tree decorating!
Elf twister. 
Ornament hunt.
Caught in the act!
Elf marks the spot!
Constant antics makes for a thirsty elf!

Christmas Eve boxes.

2017

Oops, I pea’d myself!
Marsh mellow!
Noughts and crosses.
Snow Angel.
Sam has been caught stealing Charlie’s Advent Calendar chocolate!
Sam is as baffled by how to duel with Charlie’s Yu-Gi-Oh cards as you or me!
Sam caught some Minion Haribos!
An ‘elfy meal’!

Holiday Hoops!
Fear of dogs.
Jurassic elf.
Sam and his friends after their work’s night out!
Sam found the mini copy of ‘the ELF on the SHELF: a Christmas Tradition’ that we made him!
Here’s our mini ELF on the SHELF book!
We’ll see!
Only 6 days to go!
Let’s play North Pole Bingo!
Elf yourself selfie kit.
Elves Rock!
Christmas Eve Boxes.

2018

Sam the Scout Elf is back and has brought his trusty St. Bernard, Chunky, with him this year!
Going canvassing for the Lib Dems in the rain today along with faithful friend Chunky!
Polite reminder!
Q: Why did the gingerbread man go to the doctors?
A: Because he felt crummy!
Chunky elfed himself…
Don’t eat me Chunky!
Our overnight child’s elf, Eric, came to have a snowball fight with Sam. Chunky just ate the snowballs!
Chillin’ with Egg Sheeran!
Sam tested out my Glossybox makeup items to get in touch with his feminine side.
Christmas wrapping!

Frosty blue, just for you!
That’s no candy cane!
Ribbon rock climb.
Rainbow Magic!
Rainbow Magic!
My scout elf adventures.
My scout elf adventures.
Sam and Chunky brought Charlie a snowman from the North Pole… but he melted!
Holiday elf-ercise!
Kissing booth!
We couldn’t wait!

2019

Candy cane hunt.
Funny feet!
Chocolate coins fail.
You gotta give… to get!
Still waiting!
Third time lucky!

Tinsel paper!
Vote for Alex White in North Devon.
Gingerbread 3D Christmas Tree Kit.
Toilet humour!
Christmas Countdown.
Any last minute present ideas?
We got trapped!
Elf bunting!

Elfie Shark Do Do Do Doooo!
Eli the visiting scout elf, decided to challenge Sam and Chunky to a Tug of War!
Eli the visiting scout elf, Sam and Chunky found the ribbon drawer!

Well I’m sad to say “that’s it folks!”. I’ve had a great six years of creating these antics for the children, and I’m glad to have been able to share them with you.

If you managed to make it to this point, please comment “So much elfing fun!” in the comments below! Thanks for reading.

Louisa

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: a pocket with personality

Pocket Rocket 2021

This illustration was inspired by the Artful Box theme A pocket with personality from Saturday 26th December 2020. I sketched the design with a pencil and drew the black lines using a fineliner. The watercolours are acrylic inks and the smoke is indian ink. I know that the phrase pocket rocket can have sexual connotations, but this interpretation is along the lines of a small feisty girl. My first thought was Minnie Mouse for some reason(!), as well as a pocket being a literal rocket!

I am disappointed with the scan actually, because the pinstripe pocket and Minnie’s dress were coloured with a very light wash of pink. Unfortunately, my scanner has not picked it up well and it appears grey with a faint line of pink around the edges in some places. The orangey-red tones in the flames are also washed out. It was scanned using the highest setting of 300dpi. Nevermind. I’m sure you get the idea.

Here is a larger image:

Pocket Rocket 2021

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: fireworks

Firework and smoke

This illustration was inspired by the Artful Box theme Fireworks from Friday 1st January 2021. It was made using Indian ink and acrylic ink. I used a chinagraph pencil and a fineliner.

Unfortunately, the bleaching technique which worked with the fountain pen ink, did not work with the indian ink. I decided to start again and this time around I tried the wax resist technique. However, that it didn’t really work because my firework was a bit pathetic! (I couldn’t really see where I had laid down the clear wax crayon.)

I went back to my original backgound and used the chinagraph pencil instead. It worked fairly well over top, but is quite dull in comparison to the star and shooting star effect I achieved using bleach on An inky night sky. To compensate, I used some yellow acrylic ink to make it more golden in colour. I used the fineliner to extend the light burst and drew around the edges of the clouds where the pooled ink had dried, then highlighted them with the chinagraph pencil. I am actually quite pleased with the final result, albeit the firework is not very bright.

Here is a larger image:

Firework and smoke

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: fountain pen ink tutorial

An inky night sky

Well, I’ve finally made a start with some illustration using my first Artful Box subscription kit. I followed their first tutorial which showed me how to use fountain pen ink, bleach and a chinagraph pencil. The tutorial should be made available to non-subscribers in about three month’s time.

Here is a larger image:

An inky night sky

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

ARTFUL BOX UNBOXING | December 2020 – February 2021 | Ink | Art Supplies | Rhubarb & Burble | 📦🎨🖋🖌

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