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!
I’ve been excited about getting the Ratatouille Pop’s since I saw the preview/pre-order pictures a few months ago and I was finally able to order them last week. I ordered Remy and Linguini from Pop in a Box, and Emile from Disney Store UK as he was out of stock at Pop in the Box.
I’d like to mention that it was my first order with Pop in a Box and unfortunately it wasn’t a smooth experience. I ordered 5 pops from them as they have a deal where you can get 5 for £40; it said they were all in stock and would be dispatched within 24 hours. I ordered on a Thursday. By Monday I had still had no dispatch notice so I messaged them to ask what was going on. I had a reply and was told there had been an error packing my order in the warehouse on the Friday and it had been halted so they would look into it and get back to me in a few hours, and refund me if necessary (as they had already charged me). Luckily they did get back to me later in the day and say that all was sorted and they had been dispatched to me that day; but they couldn’t offer any explanation as to why my order had been halted; or about the fact that they hadn’t informed me themselves, it was only by me asking them where my items where that they actually bothered to tell me. So, I wasn’t too impressed by that, but I will try using them again in future as they did sort the problem quickly once I’d messaged them and my items then arrived later in the week well packaged etc.
Anyway, on to the Pops! I was fully expecting that my favourite’s from the trio would be Remy and Emile, but actually, Linguini wins it for me! He is just so cute! His face is perfect, they really captured his kind of “worried” look and I love his little hairy chin (or beard if you can call it that XD). Remy is also super cute, I love his pose and his little smiley face and chef hat; and Emile is so cute and pudgy and love how they have done his mouth/face so its like he has a mouthful of cheese ❤ They are definitely some of my favourite Pop’s I own and it’s so nice to see new merch from Ratatouille. I’d definitely recommend getting them if you’ve been thinking about it.
As promised, here is the fourth and final figure from the exclusive set released by the Disney Store when the film was released. This one is Remy’s dad, Django. The other figures available in this range were Remy, Emile and Git.
Again, the box is the same as for the other figures but with pictures of Django on it; and like all the others there is the little cardboard divider in the box with a background scene from the film printed on it which is great for photos. Django’s raft pieces consist of two bottles with a little wooden platform linking them together. As with the other figures, Django is really nicely detailed. His facial expression is awesome; I love his teeth and his droopy nose, they captured the look of him being an old rat really well. Again, like the others, his is slightly poseable too. The final picture here shows all the raft pieces from the different sets connected together to make the one larger raft. Its pretty awesome! I will take some better pictures of it soon with it all set up with all the figures on it too.
Git was the third to arrive of my Disney Store exclusive Ratatouille action figures. They originally retailed at £10 in store when the film was first released but I got each of mine on eBay for significantly less than that.
The box is the same as the others, just with pictures of Git on instead; and he has the same little cardboard scene divider inside the box which is neat for a photo background. His raft pieces consist of a big ladle with a sail and a knife for steering. It was almost impossible to get them to stand up for the photos, I had to secure them with blu-tac. Like Remy and Emile, he is really detailed as a figure with a lovely butch shape and slightly poseable like the others too. The final figure in the set, Django, arrived this morning so I will share pictures of him tomorrow 👍😉
The second of my Disney Store exclusive Ratatouille figures came yesterday. This one is the loveable Emile. I won’t go into huge detail about the box and stuff like I did in my post about the Remy figure, as its basically the same but with pictures of Emile on instead. I did forget to mention in the Remy post though that these figures were released back when the film first came out, they aren’t available in store now (a few people asked on my Insta account so just wanted to clear that up). As you can see from Emile’s box, they originally retailed at £10 each which I think was actually a great price for how detailed they are. I am pleased to say though that I paid under £10 for each of mine on eBay 👌
Like the Remy figure, Emile is really lovely and detailed. His face is so cute and he has his cute round belly 😍 He is slightly poseable; its not a massive range of movement but acceptable enough for some decent photos etc.
As with the Remy figure, there was the same little cardboard divider in the box with a scene from the film printed on it which is cute to use as a background for photos.
As mentioned in my review of the Remy figure, there are four figures in the series (Remy, Emile, Git and Django) and each of them come with pieces which go together to make a raft but that can also be used individually with the characters too. Emile comes with a broken tea cup and a spoon for a paddle. I did use a little bit of blu-tac to keep the spoon in position for photos but with a little more patience it might be possible to pose it without 😜 My Git figure actually arrived today so I’ll hopefully add up a review and pics of him tomorrow; so its just Django I am waiting on now!
I have been meaning to get this set of Ratatouille action figures for a while but kept putting it off for one reason or other; but last week I decided I need them in my life as soon as possible and took to eBay to hunt them down! There are four in the set to collect (Remy, Emile, Git and Django) and I was fortunate enough to find all four at great prices from separate sellers and the first to arrive was Remy this morning.
I am often not too fussed about boxes for things because I take them out the boxes anyway so I’d actually rather buy something out the box than in it; however, I’m so glad I got all these in the boxes because they are gorgeous and actually really easy to take them out without damaging the boxes too much.
Remy himself is just such an amazing figure. He is a great size and his face and detail has been captured really well. He is fairly poseable which is really cool; with moveable arms and legs, and you can twist his head and torso also.
Something I found really cool also is that inside the box is a little cardboard divider that divides the Remy figure and his part of the raft into two section which has a background scene from the film printed on it which you can use to put behind Remy as a backdrop for photos 😍
Each of the four figures comes with a piece from the raft and when you have all four sets, they can link together. Remy’s pieces form the back part of the raft. Again, it is super detailed, I am just blown away by the set. My only complaint is that its actually quite hard to pose Remy on it with the posts by his hand and the knife paddle resting across like in the photos on the box, but otherwise, its brilliant.