Pipsticks Review

So I ordered this at the beginning of July, and actually received it not long after I ordered it, and it finally crossed my mind that I should share it with all of you! I had never heard of this company until I stumbled upon it on Instagram, and after some investigation, I had to try it out. What is it? It’s a subscription kit full of stickers!!! Yes…I am that excited about it. They offer one specifically catered to adults, so I got their sampler pack just to try it out and see what’s inside.

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(Come on, if you know me, you know I can’t resist a package full of stickers. My inner child is on cloud nine right now.)

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All I can say, is that I love it so much. Each pack comes with 15+ sticker sheets, the cute little vellum envelope it’s packaged in, cute paper or cardstock, and 1 pre-stamped postcard.

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I’m really excited to use a lot of these in my planner, and those puffy ones are so stinkin’ cute, I don’t even want to use them!

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If you want to check out this subscription for yourself, head on over to their website, here.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda

 

Laundry Care Tips: Viscose

Remember the last time you walked into a store and touched a simple t-shirt and thought, “Wow, this shirt is so soft! But it just look’s like a basic tee.” Well, you’re right. It was just a basic tee, but what you were probably touching was a viscose tee. Viscose is known for it’s silky appearance and texture, but it’s breathability similar to cotton. It also is known to drape very well, so those basic tees you love, lay even better than your cotton ones once you put them on your body.2015-04-27 22.03.05

Well, when it comes time to wash those favorite staples of yours, it can be a pain. The majority of the labels will say dry clean or hand wash only or lay flat to dry. Nothing can be more annoying than feeling like you have to wash your basic knits by hand, however, I’ve been washing all of my viscose pieces (most definitely not by hand), and I thought I’d show you how I do it, without feeling like they will shrink, become deformed, or get ruined. 2015-04-27 16.47.43

Step 1: Place your viscose pieces into a mesh laundry bag. Anytime you wash anything that is made of a delicate fiber, you should place it in a mesh bag to prevent it from getting caught on other laundry pieces or any part of the washing machine. It also helps keep your pieces in a normal shape, as opposed to getting all twisted up.

Step 2: Set your laundry cycle to “Hand wash.” If you don’t have a hand wash cycle, the delicate cycle will be fine.2015-04-27 16.48.24

Step 3: Instead of using your normal laundry detergent, use a delicate wash instead. I prefer the delicate wash made by The Laundress. This ensures there are no harsh chemicals that could potentially break down the more delicate fabrics.2015-04-27 16.48.37

Step 4: After washing, DO NOT PUT YOUR PIECES IN THE DRYER. This is super important. Viscose likes to tense up on itself when placed in heat for longer periods of time, so if you place your viscose tees in the dryer, it might come out looking a lot smaller, or very misshapen. Reshape your shirts by laying on a flat surface and lightly pulling at the edges. If your seams aren’t lining up, don’t worry, they will once the piece is completely dry. Sometimes viscose can feel very stiff when wet, but don’t worry, it will feel as soft as it was originally once completely dry.

Step 5: Store your viscose pieces folded neatly or hung. You can easy steam out any wrinkles before wear.

If you have any questions on the care of viscose, let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Lynda

My Planner Organization + Current Decoration

2015-04-17 11.49.20So, I know this is a bit different from what I usually post, however, I’ve recently discovered the planner community, and since then, I’ve been about all things planner and stationery related. Since it’s a Monday, the start of the week, I thought I’d share some peeks inside my planner and a few of my current favorites for how I decorate and organize it.2015-04-17 11.48.37

I really like my planner to double as sort of a scrapbook, so I picked up some Heidi Swapp Project Life cards to help decorate my planner.2015-04-19 10.39.33

I use stamps, washi tape, my instax printer, and stickers I’ve ordered on Etsy from different sellers to fill my planner.2015-04-19 22.06.17

This is my very favorite Etsy shop!  Sweet Kawaii Design.  She ships fast too! 🙂  I’ve also uncoiled my Erin Condren planner and placed it inside of my large personal Kikki K in Black Cherry.2015-04-19 22.06.45

I used a Heidi Swapp card from her planner line and attached it to a Martha Stewart heavy duty page flag.  I then hole punched it to place inside of my Kikki K to hold thin, translucent page flags that I picked up from The Container Store.2015-04-19 22.06.52

I made a bookmark out of another Heidi Swapp Project Life card to mark which week I’m on. 🙂

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I carry her everywhere with me. 🙂  Don’t be surprised if you see more planner related posts in the future.  I’m addicted!

Are there any other planner nerds out there that love ordering cute stickers from Etsy? Let me know in the comments, so I can become addicted to those shops too!

Have an awesome and organized week!

Lynda

Dear Planner Community (+ a little bit about me)

Dear Planner Community (and anyone that wants to know more about me),

Where have you been all my life? But really though.

While I was scrolling through Instagram one day, I saw someone post the cutest little planner layout (I don’t even remember who it was, or else I would credit them), with the cutest stickers, washi tape, paper clips, and everything, and thankfully, they hash-tagged about 30 different things, so I could pretty much stalk each one of them. Let me just say: instant obsession. 2015-03-21 16.38.04

Now let me trail off for a minute and give you some insight on historical me.

Flashback to 16-year old Lynda when I was first able to drive without a chaperone in the passengers seat (aka mom or dad), I would head to the closest little scrapbooking shop (which was, and still is, located on Emerald Isle), and ogle over all the pretty scrapbooking things. I purchased quite a lot of things from there as well as at Michael’s over the years while I was in high school, and I loved making scrapbooks. So much so, that in my biology class in 11th grade, I went all out for our project on the different trees in North Carolina, and I still have the scrapbook I made for it (with all the dried leaves still in it) because I really did think it was the bee’s knees. I’ve always loved scrapbooking, however, in college, it fell to the wayside for many different reasons. 1. I just didn’t have the time anymore. 2. Everything was much more digitalized and I just started saving my memories on my computer. 3. I was a poor college student and would stress out if I purchased un-necessary crafty things. And 4. One of my degrees was applied arts, so I spent many hours already using my creative outlet on the vast number of projects and assignments I had for school. Not to mention, I was also in a sorority, and spent countless hours decorating things for my 2 littles, etc.

And then I graduated. And all of those projects and assignments didn’t exist anymore, and my forced creative outlet was gone. That’s when I started making stationary, and baking a lot (sometimes just to decorate the cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc.). I wanted to go back into scrapbooking, but I felt like I didn’t capture enough life moments to do that. Not to mention, I’m almost always the one behind the camera, rather than in the picture, so it isn’t always fun to make a scrapbook about your own life that you aren’t even in!

And then it happened. I found the planner community. I’ve gotta say, I don’t know what was wrong with me in that I didn’t figure out on my own that I could be decorating my planner this entire time and journaling in it in a way that makes it a scrapbook in itself! I mean, I already made myself a customized planner with things I found at The Container Store and Staples that many people that know me were practically drooling over. I was satisfied with it, but still wanted that creative outlet. And that’s where the planner community comes in. It’s showed me that I can keep myself [overly] organized, while also recording things that happen in my everyday life in a fun and creative way.

So thank you planner community. I am now addicted to both Kikki K and Erin Condren and I don’t even have them yet! But stay tuned, because you’ll definitely be seeing more about my organization style now that I’ll have these bad boys girls by the end of the day!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

Keeping Fresh Flowers Fresh

2015-03-04 03.16.44With spring right around the corner, you might be thinking of all the fresh flowers you can add around your house or apartment. I’ve been trying to keep fresh flowers in my house at all times, because there is just something about flowers that make me happier. But when they wither away only a few days later, that’s such a bummer, which is why I try to help those freshly cut flowers last as long as possible.

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Step 1: Start with a clean jar or vase. Add room temperature water about 1/3 of the way up.

Step 2: Drop a penny into the jar.

Step 3: Add Sprite to your jar, filling another 1/3 of the way up. Your jar should now be 2/3 full of liquid now.2015-03-04 03.12.15

Step 4: Cut your flowers to the desired length diagonally, and add to your jar.2015-03-04 03.14.302015-03-04 03.17.04

Why a penny?

Copper is known to act as an antimicrobial agent, so adding a penny to your jar can keep bacteria from attacking your precious flowers.2015-03-04 03.16.36

 Why Sprite?

Sprite, or any other lemon-lime soda is a great way to keep freshly cut flowers looking great longer, because the citrus keeps bacteria from growing, and the sugar acts as a food for the stems.2015-03-04 03.17.31

When I use this method to keep my flowers fresh, they stay upright and happy looking 3 days longer.2015-03-04 03.16.38

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! Don’t forget to spring forward!

Lynda

Moving Across the City 101

2015-03-04 11.51.07Fun fact about me: I hate moving. It’s probably my least favorite thing in life to do. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of moving, having a new place to decorate, and usually, the place I’m moving to is more exciting to me than the place I currently am. However, the actual moving process is something I absolutely cannot stand. It causes me unwanted stress, takes up almost all of my free time, and wears me out more so than I’d like to admit. Not to mention, once you’re all moved into your new place, you then have to unpack everything, resulting in living out of boxes for a month or two.

Why am I telling you this? Because I’ll be moving across the city (I know…it’s not that far) in less than a month! I am excited for many reasons: it will be the first time Michael and I live without roommates (finally!), we will have a separate space for our office (currently our room is our all-in-one living area), we will be moving closer to the places we spend our free time, and we won’t be right on top of all the college students anymore.

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I’ve already started getting ideas of how I’m going to decorate the new place, and I haven’t packed a single thing yet!

I am also so excited to finally decorate and share my design style with you! (I just have to get through the moving process first.)

I’m going to try my very best to continue posting as frequently as I have been during this hectic month for me, but please forgive me if I don’t. In the upcoming weeks, while I’m packing my life into boxes, I’ll share with you some moving tips I’ve learned over the years, so if you’re moving soon too, you might be able to benefit from my past mistakes! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any moving tips you’d like to share with me this month, please feel free!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

5-Minute Handmade Birthday Cards

This month, I had a few birthdays to celebrate. I’ve always loved making handmade cards for every occasion, and this is one of the easiest go-to birthday cards I make. It only takes 5 minutes to make one card, and it looks very presentable!

2015-02-04 12.22.19Supplies

Martha Stewart Cupcake Punch

Hole Puncher

Glue gun and glue sticks

Adhesive cardstock

Microbeads

Blank Card and Envelope

Directions

  1. Punch cupcakes into adhesive cardstock and arrange on card they way you want to place them.2015-02-04 12.25.48
  2. Peel off backing of cardstock and adhere to card.2015-02-04 12.37.06
  3. Using the hole puncher, punch a few small circles in red cardstock to make cherries. Adhere to some of the tops of cupcakes.2015-02-04 12.42.13
  4. Using your glue gun, add some glue to certain cupcake tops and sprinkle on microbeads to act as sprinkles.2015-02-04 12.50.02 2015-02-04 13.18.47
  5. Write a cute note inside and you’re done!2015-02-04 13.19.21
  6. I also like making other cards with the cupcake punch on the card itself.  Or using the negative space after I’ve punched out a cupcake.2015-02-04 13.56.19 2015-02-04 13.59.29

I hope this quick and easy tutorial inspires you to make some handmade cards of your own!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lynda