Pottermore Sorting… Where do I fit?

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Everyone that knows me knows that I am a massive Potterhead (Harry Potter Fan).

I’m 35 going on 11 and still hoping to get my letter to Hogwarts. I mean what isn’t there to love about the world of Harry Potter? It’s full of magic, intrigue, magical creatures and of course Hagrid!

When I saw the films and read the books I thought like most people that Gryffindor was the best house, the coolest house, the house that has all the action however, I was wrong.

I found out about Pottermore and I just had to go take the Sorting Hat Quiz and find out where I truly belonged.

Sure enough I was put into the house which actually represented me better, and I have to say I am proud to be standing with the likes of Luna Lovegood in Ravenclaw.

Everything about Ravenclaw is perfect for my personality type and my character traits, right down to the wit.

Of course I didn’t stop there. I also went to to discover my Wand type, Patronus and my Ilvermorny House. Details of which you can see below.

#harrypotter #pottermore #wand

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I’d love to know if any of you are Potter fans and what your houses are! Feel free to leave me a comment below letting me know where you fit and if you think it’s an accurate representation of you.

If you have yet to take the quiz, you can do so here.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

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Planner Girls Collective: My Planner Journey {Why I plan}

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Hey everyone,

It’s been a few weeks since my last Planner Girl’s Collective post but I am back on track now (thanks, Easter!).

This week we are discussing our planner journey’s, and why it is we use planners.

I have always loved stationery and organisers but up until early 2015, I didn’t realise just what a world it was.

I had a baby in late 2014 and during pregnancy and early motherhood I found out about A Bowl Full Of Lemons and revolutionised my organisation however it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Post-natal depression that I got my first Filofax.

With everything going on in my head and with having a newborn, house to run and 2 other older children it was a necessity for me to just know what my life was doing on a day to day basis.

About 4-6 months later I discovered planner groups on Facebook and I was introduced to other planner manufacturers, traveller’s notebooks, washi, stickers. You name it, I found it. My world suddenly got a lot bigger and a lot brighter.

I have since discovered creative journaling, memory planning, and other forms of planning and journaling which I have come to rely on not sure to organise my life but to organise my head.

People may not understand this obsession, that is fine they don’t need to but for me, it helps me organise my thought’s and has helped with my PND in a huge way.

Planning for me is a lifeline, not just a hobby. Without them, my life would be chaos.

To see why the other ladies in the group plan and to read their journey please visit their blogs listed below.

My Chaotically Eclectic Life

The Scrapbook Girl 

Kerry-May Makes 

Joanna’s Planner

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

Book Tour: Across Great Divides by Monique Roy {Excerpt}

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Today I have an excerpt for you from the book Across Great Divides by Monique Roy.

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Across Great Divides is a timeless, World War II story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler comes to power in 1933, one Jewish family refuses to be destroyed and defies the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting Apartheid in South Africa.


As Jews, life becomes increasingly difficult for identical twin sisters Eva and Inge under the oppressive and anti-Semitic laws of Nazi Germany. After witnessing the horrors of Kristallnacht, they flee their beloved homeland, finally finding a new home for themselves in the beautiful country of South Africa; however, just as things begin to feel safe, their new home becomes caught up in its own battles of bigotry and hate under the National Party’s demand for apartheid. Will Eva and Inge ever be allowed to live in peace? Across Great Divides is a tale of one family’s struggle to survive in a world tainted with hate, and the power of love that held them all together.

Excerpt…

Situated in the city bowl of Cape Town, at the foot of Table Mountain, and within sight of the docks, District Six was an inner-city, lively community made up of former slaves, artisans, merchants, priests, fisherman, teachers, midwives, and other immigrants, as well as Muslims brought to South Africa by the Dutch East India Company during its administration of the Cape Colony. A microcosm of clogged streets, filled with butcher shops and bakeries, churches and mosques, Victorian houses, markets, and bars. While it was home to a mostly coloured community, it was also comprised a large Jewish population.

The community of people came from all over the world and different corners of South Africa, and together created a rich mix of distinctive cultures, all living in harmony. But a blighted area existed among this community. The slum was dangerous, rife with gangsters and drug abuse. This den of vices was full of immoral activities, like gambling, drinking, and prostitution, and residents were prone to social ills, poverty and alienation.

Zoe and her daughter Zola lived in the slum in a corrugated iron shack. That was all they could afford and the shacks they lived among almost touched each other. Each shack was not just made from plain sheets of metal, they were adorned with colorful rope and plastic bags, anything the residents could get their hands on to personalize their homes.

Homemade shops, barbershops and salons, and car repair shops, housed in tiny tin huts, were also vibrantly decorated. And the secrets of the community were hidden in their walls. People socialized at the busy shebeens, illegal bars run out of sterile matchbox houses, and at the spaza—small, informal shops that operated out of homes—that sold cigarettes, soft drinks, sorghum beer and milk stout, as well as necessities, like maize meal, bread and sugar.

Life was lived on the streets, but the street they lived on was not really a street. It was an unpaved, dirt road, marked by blood, sweat and tears. It breathed in the sadness and hopelessness from the heavy footsteps of the residents.

Every day Zoe thanked God they were alive. In the warm summer months, their tin shed was like an oven. In the damp, cold winters, they froze and rain water flooded into their home. They shared a dirty toilet with a few other families, and there were no showers. Instead, they washed with water from a standpipe poured into a plastic bucket.

Buying Links…

US Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Across-Great-Divides-Monique-Roy-ebook/dp/B00DQB0ON8

UK Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Across-Great-Divides-Monique-Roy-ebook/dp/B00DQB0ON8/

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/across-great-divides

ibookstore

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/across-great-divides/id668241043?mt=11

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/across-great-divides-monique-roy/1115892591?ean=9780615832401

Thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

NaNo Planer set up using Royal Planner Design Team Kit

Hey everyone,

It’s been a while since I have done a planner set-up post but that’s because I have been pretty steady in the planners I am using.

As a writer, I often take part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) but I tend to have stuff dotted all over the place. For April I decided to work on my current novel during that time.

Now the book I am writing requires a lot of background research which will probably take more time than writing the actual story. As such following a friend of mine I set up a ring binder for it. I am using the Grey Wellness Planner by Kikki-K.

First of all, as you can see I have kept the pockets pretty simple as I may need to use them for bits as I progress. When you open the first thing you see if this beautiful acetate dashboard which I cut too since from A4. This was included in the Design Team kit I received from Royal Planner.

Next, we have a few other dashboards and some plastic wallets and then the pocket I have made with papers and stickers from the kit.

The first divider, well all dividers and tabs also came from the kit as the box includes papers to make items with.
This opens the section into drafts of written chapters, these are unedited and rough.

The next section contains andy helpful things I made need like this word association wheel.

After that, we have character profiles and descriptions.

Next in the scene setting trackers.

Followed by other bits which are useful, tools to help with the climax, rising actions etc.

Lastly, we have a setting aid.

These sheets are all printables from various sources but mainly from Writer’s Digest.
The Royal Planner kit is from here and is available in various styles and sizes. If you use code Emma15 you will also receive a 15% discount.

For more information on NaNoWriMo please visit here.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Small Business Spotlight: TheGingerCatCo.

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Hey, Today in the Small Business Spotlight we have the lovely Shona owner of TheGingerCatCo.

1) Tell us a little about you, who is the person behind the shop?
Hi! I’m Shona! I’m 24 and live in Nottinghamshire with the OH, our two girls aged 4 & 5 and three cats! 😸

2) What does your store sell?
My store sells mainly planner stickers and personal size kits but also a few travellers notebook charms

3) Is there an item which you have made that you have loved above all others?
Every time I make something new I get all excited and it’s my new favourite sheet or kit! But my favourite are the cat emojis!

4) What is your most popular seller?
The most popular sellers are the bullet journal stickers! Especially the days of the week in font 1! Lol

5) What inspired your shop name?
Well it’s simple really, I have a cat which is ginger! I couldn’t think of an amazing plannery name but I still like the one I’ve got.

6) What planner do you use?
I used my kikki k medium vanskap for about 10 months but I’ve recently switched to a personal size zipped dokibook!

7) What is your planning style?
I love vertical! No matter what size planner I’m using its always got to be a vertical layout!

😎 What are your social media channels?
Facebook

Instagram

9)What is your planner ‘unicorn’ – I suppose it was the royal purple personal size zipped dokibook and it took me a good 6/7 months to find one!😂

10) What is the link to your shop
Etsy
I have the code CAT15 for 15% off £10 or FREESHIP for any internationals when they spend over £20/$24/$25 and if you follow my Instagram then I often have sales 😸

Thank you Shona and thank you all for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: Sweetpea by C.J Skuse {Spoilers}

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have a book review for you. I was sent a copy of Sweetpea via Netgalley in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is in no way biased by this fact.

Blurb….

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always manhandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

Review…

Right from the start of Sweetpea, you get an insight into the mind of Rhinannon. The book is set out in dates like a diary format. In the first entry, we see Rhinannon cut off a man’s penis and leave him to drown. Now Rhinannon doesn’t really kill for the sake of it, because of the urge to, she kills as an act of vengeance or justice. Not for her but for victims of paedophiles, child abusers, rapists, murders and anyone else that has done something which she feels they have not served the appropriate time for. Rhinannon also kills for self-preservation. The killing urges are always linked to her partner Craig’s infidelity.

As we continue through the book we see the highs and lows of Rhinannon and her temperament, which does hit a point where it does look like her mind is unravelling and she loses grip of her mental stability and we see her kill an innocent taxi driver.

However, after this she manages to grasp herself again and ends up falling pregnant and starts to see things differently, losing the urge to want to kill.

However, it all goes a bit wrong when AJ the man who is the baby’s father demands to be part of it. AJ is a young man of 19 who Rhinannon has been having an affair with behind her partner Craigs back, this started because she admitted that she had killed someone and wanted to keep him quiet.

Rhinannon kills AJ as she feels backed into a corner. Things have been going well for her and Craig, he has stopped his affair and is giving her and her bump all the attention she has been craving. AJ threatens to ruin all that.

Things then take a bad turn as Craig is arrested abroad during a football match for bad behaviour and ends up been a suspect for all Rhinnnon’s murders as she was setting him up prior to them getting back on track.

Rhinannon goes away for a hen party and gets a call from Craig saying he has been arrested and that the police may go to their home, this panics Rhinannon as she hasn’t moved AJ’s body. She immediately goes home to try and dispose of him. During which she actually admits she loved AJ and it’s pretty obvious she realises she has made a mistake and Craig isn’t who she wants.

The book ends as there is a knock on the door before Rhinannon has the chance to move AJ.

I found the book really enjoyable. You couldn’t tell from one entry to the other how things were going to go, how Rhinannon’s mental state would be and how far she would go. AJ was such a shame as he really did love her and she could have had the life she wanted with him.

I will be picking up the sequel to this if there is one as I really want to find out what happens to Rhinannon now she is pregnant.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

 

 

 

 

TSG Book Box June Theme Reveal and Shop Update

Hey!

So as you can see from the picture. June’s theme is ‘A Sprinkle of Magic’

I’m looking forward to this theme as we all love a little magic in our lives.

Boxes will be shipped between 1-6th June.

May’s Superstitions and Celebrations box is due to be shipped between 1-6th May.

Also new in shop you will find a permanent listing for a custom children’s box, Personalised Bookmarks, Keyrings and wax melts. The melts are available in Fresh Linen, Candyfloss and Rhysand currently with more due to be released during May.

You can check out the shop here and don’t forget PayPal option is available if you contact me via the Facebook Group.

Thanks for reading 

The Stationery Geekette x

Small Business Spotlight: Bits Of Stationery

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Hey,

Today I have the lovely Rachel from Bits of Stationery for the Small Business Spotlight.

1) Tell us a little about you, who is the person behind the shop?

I’m married with 2 children, Adam is 8 and Emily is 6. I’ve always loved stationery and used to hoard notebooks and pens as a child! I had a sticker maker when I was little and used to colour in random pictures and turn them into stickers for my younger sister. I love making things and like scrapbooking as well as planning.

2) What does your store sell?

I make and sell stickers, planner dividers and page markers, dashboards and paperclips.

3) Is there an item which you have made that you have loved above all others?
My favourite item is the foil name stickers which are also the best sellers.Which can be purchased: here

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4) What inspired your shop name?

My shop name evolved from another little business I used to have. I used to make things out of little bits of felt, I liked the name and it fitted well plus I thought it was unusual.

5) What planner do you use?
I use a Classic happy planner for day to day planning, it doesn’t leave the house though. It lives open on the dining table, my handbag planner is a personal sized planner. I use a rose gold Kate spade which I brought in UKPA not long ago… It’s my unicorn planner!

6) What is your planning style?

My planning style for my happy planner is more full on than my personal. I don’t like white space in my HP and cover as much as possible. My personal has more white space as its more of a list making ‘on the go’ planner.

7) What are your social media channels?

😎 social media
Twitter: @MrsStationery
Instagram @bitsofstationery
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bitsofstationery

Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/bitsofstationery

New website www.bitsofstationery.co.uk

Join the group for a special giveaway happening soon.

Thank you very much to Rachel for taking part, and thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: Alice by K.L Loveley {Excerpt}

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have an excerpt for the book Alice by K.L Loveley.

Excerpt…

A home where they could build on their marriage and forge good relationships with extended family.

Indeed, the house lived up to their very expectations. That was, until the day the rain water had started to seep under the foundations of the house, seeping into the floors and rising up the walls, ruining the plaster and the floors of their beautiful home. Their hallway and downstairs cloakroom were damaged from the rising water resulting in the supporting joists and battens becoming severely damaged. Thankfully the kitchen had been spared from damage, which was a blessing. The kitchen was Alice’s pride and joy. It had cost all of her savings, which she felt was worth the expense as it made up the difference of investment she had made when they purchased the house.

This was an important issue for her in the long term as she wanted to be recognised as having equal share in the house. Between them, Robin and herself had carefully planned the design of the kitchen employing a project manager and a reliable company to install. They chose solid French oak wood, which was in a natural state with the knots of the wood visible, giving a rustic country look which was reinforced by the addition of pewter handles, an authentic range cooker and the electrical appliances integrated behind the oak panel doors. The pièce de résistance, her favourite piece of furniture, was the large dresser which stood in the dining area of the large kitchen. The dresser, with its two glass cabinets and open shelves, was where Alice displayed her prized collection of antique tureens, jugs and plates. In the illuminated glass cabinets she displayed her collection of fine crystal-ware, most of which were wedding gifts from family, and the exquisite champagne flutes herself and Robin had purchased during a memorable holiday with their friends when they visited Prague for a long weekend. Alice just adored collecting antique objects, she had a special interest in ceramics and occasionally Robin and herself would visit a local auction house and bid for something special. Robin was also interested in collectables. He particularly had an interest in clocks; with an ambition to one day own a grandfather clock. Robin already had a place marked out in the lounge he deemed suitable. They already owned a Westminster chime mantel clock that Robin had purchased from a local antiques fair which stood pride of place on an oak mantel table in the lounge. Their home was a good mix of old and new that blended together well, giving an eclectic feel to the home.

Alice entered the kitchen looking around with a deep feeling of satisfaction. She loved this room. The wintry sun shone through the kitchen window reflecting on the pine kitchen table and chairs, which had been strategically placed there to allow for the penetration of maximum light during the winter months and the bright sunshine in summer, thus giving a welcome feel to the dining area. The large bowl of fruit in the centre of the table was piled high with fresh fruit which Robin had kindly purchased on his way home from work on Friday. Robin always took on the mammoth task of the family shop, which, with six adults to provide food and drink for, was an extremely expensive shopping bill. It was one of the many bones of contention building up and festering inside Alice, eating away, waiting to erupt any day now.

She glanced at the fruit bowl, making a mental note to use some of the apples in the red cabbage dish she was planning to serve with the roast turkey and accompaniments around half past two when they would be joined by her mum and Robin’s dad. The sweet and sour red cabbage dish was one of her favourite vegetable dishes to compliment white meat and pork. Her first mother in law was of German origin and had taught her to cook some traditional German dishes. Alice herself had lived in Germany for a number of years which had been an interesting and most enjoyable experience, one which she truly appreciated, as having the opportunity to live in a different country was an experience that she felt had enhanced her life.

Sometimes Alice would reflect on her years spent in the black forest in Bavaria. She was young then and a new bride with so many hopes and inspirations. A smile forced its way into her face as she remembered her first few weeks in the village. Having a limited knowledge of the language, they ate only pork chops and potatoes for the first week as she had purchased far too many of each. The conversion to metric values was something she had needed to learn along with an improved knowledge of the language. That first bag of potatoes she had carried home from the small grocery shop had been huge and extremely heavy. The grocer must have thought she was quite insane, reflected Alice.

Even now , each Christmas, she prepared a traditional German plate full to the brim with fruit, nuts, biscuits, gingerbreads and chocolates. And she felt that some traditions should be passed on. Alice hoped the Christmas plate would remain as part of her future grandchildren’s traditional Christmas. She filled the kettle while gazing through the kitchen window, which overlooked the back garden. Alice never tired of admiring the view from this window. Throughout the changing seasons the garden mesmerised her. The resilience of nature as the first snowdrops pushed up through the hard permafrost of the land; the beauty of spring when colour burst into the garden as the many daffodils, tulips and narcissi – which she planted the first autumn after they had bought the house – nodded their heads in the early spring breeze. During the summer months the garden continued to be a blaze of colour from the array of petunia, lobelia, marigold and nasturtium which Alice lovingly planted in the borders. There was an abundance of urns and tubs scattered around the patio area, which they had laid with paving stones imported from India. In these she planted red, white and pink geraniums, reminding her of faraway Mediterranean holidays which she had shared with her family and with Robin.

Now as she earnestly looked out of the window there was a light scattering of frost and a ray of weak winter sunlight creeping through the clouds, adding a glisten to the tiny drops of water on the stone bird table that her parents had made for her fortieth birthday. She breathed a deep sigh, remembering the two other gardens the bird table had enhanced. For three years it had stood majestically in the small back garden of the house she had shared with her first husband. The house where her children were born, the little garden where they had played as children. The garden had also been home to Anne Marie’s pet rabbit Snuggles. What a good life Snuggles had, thought Alice. She was allowed to freely roam the garden from dawn to dusk, going into her cosy hutch every evening, following a simple prompt from Anne Marie. Consequently, Snuggles lived to a ripe old age. A little smile crept over Alice’s face as she remembered the mounds of rabbit mess she regularly swept from the patio area.

Following the divorce, Alice was intent on saving enough money to move up the property ladder and into a detached house, which she eventually achieved by working in her full time position in addition to working as a supply nurse to provide weekend hospital cover. The bird table went with her, providing a free lift to a perky little frog which had sat in the bowl and much to Alice’s surprise jumped out at her as the table was lifted out of the removal van. However, within a year of achieving her ambition, Alice was on the move again, this time with Robin and into their first home together. Consequently, once again the table went with her, but minus the frog that time. Her love of gardening she had inherited from her father, who kept an allotment in addition to the small garden that surrounded their family home. There was always a supply of fresh vegetables and soft fruits such as blackcurrants, strawberries and gooseberries to be shared amongst the family.

When Ann Marie was a small child she loved to spend time with her granddaddy in the allotment and as she grew up her love of the land had continued. Both Alice and her brother were keen gardeners, a very useful interest to have inherited. Looking out of the window , her attention was drawn to the garden swing, as a light breeze set it gently rocking. It was covered in debris from the conifers and would need a good clean before the summer arrived. She looked up towards the conifers, hoping to catch sight of the other robin in her life; the little bird with its proud red chest and friendly attitude. That morning, there was no sign of her favourite little bird. Perhaps she might see him later, while she drank her mid-morning coffee in the conservatory that backed onto the garden, giving tremendous views and a very useful place to store her more tender plants away from the winter frosts.

There was a time when she had hoped to have a greenhouse, but perhaps now wasn’t the time to be dreaming of such additions to the garden. Staring out of the window, Alice was lost with her thoughts, troubled by what she knew she must discuss with her husband. The sooner she did, the sooner the heavy burden of stress hopefully would begin to ease and release the tension she felt throughout her body. Her troubling thoughts were overridden by the sound of a click from the kettle, signalling the water was boiled. If only my problems would evaporate into the air like the steam from the kettle, thought Alice as she made herself a coffee. The lovely aroma as the hot water hit the granules relaxed her a little, allowing Alice to concentrate on the task in hand.

Robin preferred tea in the morning, so while the tea was brewing Alice sipped the freshly made coffee. The best drink of the day was always the very first one following a restless night’s sleep. Alice carefully carried the mugs up the stairs, each one balanced on a saucer, which always amused Robin. He said she was the only woman he knew who was so fastidious as to use a saucer with a mug. Just one of the many things which made Alice different. And Robin and Alice were certainly different from each other in many ways. Fundamentally, they had different views and opinions. Alice tended to have a positive outlook in life, always looking for the good in a person or situation. Mathew, on a number of occasions, said his mum would have made a good defence lawyer and would probably have found something good to say about the Kray twins. Robin tended to be more negative and pessimistic, and probably more realistic than his wife. Very apt with quips, Robin could also be unashamedly sarcastic which Alice found difficult to cope with at times.

While Alice enjoyed continued learning and trying new activities, Robin was content to watch the television or go to the local pub. He preferred going to working men’s clubs where he could enjoy a game of bingo and watch live entertainment. Of course, Alice joined her husband on these occasions, enjoying the entertainment herself but not the bingo or the meat raffles, which she found most amusing when the prize of a pack of sausages was won.

If this sounds like the sort of book you would enjoy you can purchase it here.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x