Review: Oh You Pretty Things “Pixar” Surprise Box

Now if anyone knows me, they know that I really like surprise boxes and subscription boxes. Sadly at the moment I don’t get any regular subscription boxes because to be honest, there aren’t any around at the moment that cover my interests enough; but luckily I am still able to get my surprise box “fix” from one of my favourite small businesses around, Oh You Pretty Things, which is run by the fabulous Lauren (aka Queenkewpiex on Instagram). As well as surprise boxes, Lauren also offers prints and mugs of her own artwork; plus she sources some amazing vintage/retro Disney (and other items) such as badges, mirrors and more. She doesn’t just do Disney either; other recent boxes she has done include Anastasia, Thumbelina, The Simpsons, Trolls, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and much more! I also happen to know she is working on a new box that I am SUPER excited about and will definitely be getting when they are available 😉

So anyway, lets get back to my order! As well as ordering my surprise box, I also ordered a couple of vintage badges from Lauren of Genie and Chip which you can see below; and Lauren even kindly included that amazing Sorcerer Mickey keyring, as well as a cute card and some princess stickers ❤

Now onto my surprise box! Firstly, everything comes BEAUTIFULLY packaged and I stupidly didn’t take pictures of that because I was just so eager to open it all up! But anyway, below is a quick picture of everything I got inside.

I’m afraid I forgot to take a picture of the Toy Story trading cards (another of my favourite things!) as I have already put them in my folder, but they were super awesome. In terms of handmade items by Lauren, she included the amazing Edna Mode quote print, the beautiful Reach for the Sky necklace, and the To Infinity and Beyond banner. I need to mention here how incredibly sweet Lauren was with regards to the necklace. She knows that I can only use one hand/arm so she was so super sweet and ordered some special magnetic fastenings for the necklace to make it easier for me, and even included some extra ones in the box that I can use on some of my other necklaces. Such a kind thought, I was so touched ❤ I need to get a frame for my print but the banner is already hung on my bed and I adore it!

Also inside my box was the amazing Anger plush, and a figure of Merida which I was super excited about as she is from a set they did in Disney Store of all the princesses but the only one I wanted was Merida so I didn’t buy it, so I am thrilled to have her now 🙂 I also got the amazing Bing Bong Little Golden Book which has actually been on my Amazon wishlist for months and the illustrations are just adorable; plus the iron on Woody patch which again, I’ve been meaning to order one for a while to customize some clothes so really happy with that. Finally, I also got the beautiful pin of Carl and Ellie from Up which I am just over the moon with as I adore them and its such a beautiful pin ❤ Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with my Pixar surprise box and will definitely be ordering again from Lauren in the future!

 

Shop Review: Retro From Scratch (Custom Notebooks)

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a review with you today of a fantastic etsy shop called Retro From Scratch which re-purposes old books, including loads of Disney ones, into notebooks.

There are quite a few shops that do this but Retro From Scratch really caught my eye because of their range of options for inside your notebook. Most other shops I have seen just offer blank or lined pages for their books but RFS has a vast range of options such as wedding planners, diaries, recipe books, holiday planners and more, along side the regular plain and lined options. Also, the pages are all designed by Becky herself. You can also get other cute upgrades for your notebook too such as a glitter spine or a glitter book band.

I’d been meaning to order for a long time but I had to keep spending on other things but finally I was able to place an order a couple of weeks ago. As some of you know, I have a chronic autoimmune disease and as a result, I have been on high dose medical steroids for a long time which resulted in my putting on a lot of weight. I decided to try Slimming World again as I’d had success with it before I got ill, but to try and keep me a bit more motivated I decided to order one of my notebooks from Becky with the Slimming World food diary option. I really wanted a Ratatouille cover for my notebook as I thought it was the ideal choice but when I browsed through the shop, there weren’t any listed. I contacted Becky via her Instagram account to ask if she had any in stock and she was super lovely and looked through all her books and was able to find me a fabulous little Ratatouille guidebook to use. I also opted to have a glitter spine on it and told Becky to use which colour she thought would go best and the light blue she chose is perfect ❤

The other style of notebook I ordered was one with dotted pages to use as a bullet journal. The cover I chose was a beautiful Finding Dory book with an amazing metal 3D plate on the cover. Again, I chose a glitter spine upgrade too and Becky chose perfectly again with the darker blue.

The other cool thing about Becky’s notebooks is that she leaves some of the original pages from the books in and she really seems to have a knack for choosing the best pages to put it. I haven’t shown all the pages she left in in the photos below but I particularly love the contents page and the “Remy and Linguini’s Cooking Tips” sections that she left in my Ratatouille book. Perhaps the only negative, and its not really a negative, is that it made me want to get a copy of the actual book but luckily I was able to immediately go on eBay and find one nice and cheap 😀 In my Finding Dory book, its so beautiful when you open it and are greeted with the gorgeous coral reef artwork on the first pages ❤ Also, the books came beautifully packaged so it was a real joy and really exciting to sit and open them.

I really, really couldn’t recommend Retro From Scratch more. The books are absolutely beautifully made and Becky is so kind and helpful. I’m sure I’ll be ordering again in the future!

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Review: Retro From Scratch Custom Notebooks

Photo Background Papers

I am often asked on Instagram what I use for the backgrounds in some of my pictures and as I ordered some new ones this week, I thought I may as well do a post telling you about what I use and where you can find some 🙂

Sometimes I use sheets of wrapping paper or wallpaper samples but most of the time, I use Disney themed scrapbooking papers. The size I use is pretty much the largest you can get in scrapbook papers which is 12×12 inches. They are a pretty good size for using for small plush, figures and Tsum Tsum’s etc. However, anything larger and thats when I tend to use the wrapping paper sheets or wallpaper samples.

The main website I use to order my Disney scrapbook papers is Scrapping the Magic. They have quite a large range and all reasonably priced and they ship nice and quickly too. The order I received today though came from a shop called Sunshine Scrapbooking. They don’t have quite as large a range but they had a few lovely ones that I hadn’t seen on Scrapping the Magic before so I gave them a try. Again, shipping was nice and fast and the papers are gorgeous. My absolute favourite is the “Its a Small World” one, its beautiful! I haven’t photographed them all fully but you can see previews of the ones I ordered in the pictures below.

Hopefully you guys will find the links useful 🙂

Clintons "Inside Out" Sadness Pencil Case

I picked this pencil case up recently in the sale at Clintons (Clinton Cards) here in the UK. It was made by AG Retails Cards Limited, for exclusive sale in Clintons stores. They did a great range of Inside Out merch but this was the only piece I was able to pick up unfortunately (though you can still get some things in the sale online on their website). It originally retailed for £4 which I think was already a good price, but I got mine for under £2.

It is a round barrel shaped case that opens and closes with a zipper. On the sides it has a cute drawing of Sadness with the phrase “One of those Days” in writing, and the Inside Out logo on the bottom left. On each end of the case is the Inside Out logo again. On the zipper pull, is a cute little puffy charm of Sadness’s head. Its a really good size case and I could fit a lot inside it so if you can get your hands on one, especially in the sale, I’d really recommend it 🙂