Rainbow mystery bag from Hearts by Emma

A while ago I read a review of an Etsy shop on The Lilac Llinet. She had purchased a panda mystery bag from Hearts by Emma and it was just adorable! I mean, panda themed stationery! What’s not to love?

I immediately made my way over there and decided to treat myself to a rainbow mystery bag, and it arrived in my mail box the other day.

The goodies were wrapped in gorgeous flower petal paper – I should probably have taken a photo of it pre-unwrapping for this post, but honestly I’d forgotten I even placed the order so I tore right in to try and figure out what on Earth I had just received!

Inside the paper, I found this (at which point I remembered what I had bought and why!):

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I could see a cute rainbow/shooting star paper clip inside the pencil case, but not much else.

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Once the paper bag was out, it became apparent that there were pencils in there. And a pen.

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That’s all the items from the little paper bag.

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And there’s everything all together.

The day I received my order was grey and rainy, so this rainbow goodie bag added a much-needed splash of colour to my morning. And those pens are AMAZING! Seriously… I don’t want to write with anything else now! I will definitely be purchasing from Hearts by Emma again.

I bought this mystery bag because I wanted to, and I wrote this post because I know I have readers who appreciate pretty stationery just as much as I do. This review is not sponsored in any way! (As if anyone would ever pay little me for writing a review…)

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Looking at art

Since I’m going to be moving into my very own flat soon I thought it might be nice to have some proper pictures to put on my walls, rather than the slightly childish posters I’ve had up to now. Specifically I wanted to see if I could find anything by the artist Rosina Wachtmeister who I discovered just before Christmas. You can take a look at her website here if you wish. She mostly paints slightly surreal things in ridiculously bright colours and seems to be obsessed with cats. I’m not too fond of cats myself, but I do like a bit of ridiculously bright coloured art, so this afternoon I thought I’d do a bit of googling and see if I could find any non-cat Rosina Wachtmeister pictures to beg people to buy me for Christmas. In this process I found myself on the website allposters.de (there’s a UK version as well, but the German one is where I ended up). Here I found Regina Wachtmeister, but I also found a few other things that I have now decided I must own one day. The Regina Wachtmeister one I want, called Red Cheek, is here by the way and I will definitely be buying it once my wages go in at the end of the month.

Now, my taste in art is not exactly what you’d call normal. I like bright, I like sunny, I like hearts and stars and rainbows,  I like pictures where things are not exactly the colour you’d expect them to be (bright red buildings, red and blue cats, purple unicorns. Oh yes! Bring it on), I like Tomi Ungerer (illustrator of Flat Stanley those of you that remember the book). Here are just a few of the pictures I’ve come across today that I now really, really want (Click on the name to see the picture on allposters.de):
Celebration II by Sophie Harding – Three orange flowers on a purple background. Very cheerful
Slipper Tub by Paul Brent – A picure of a bath tub with a pillow for your head and a plant standing behind it. I want to hang this in my bathroom
Sunflowers by Will Rafuse – Three bright sunflowers on a blue background. I love sunflowers – they’re such a happy flower!
Love Letters in Yellow by Anna Flores- Squares containing various different hearts on yellow backgrounds. It looks much nicer than my description makes it sound!
Easy Listening by Rosina Wachtmeister – Two cats looking out of the window on the left. On the right the outline of a piano with music sheets seeming to drip down the side of it. Go and look, my description really doesn’t do it justice.
There are more but I won’t bore you by listing every single one. I’m sure by now you get the picture.
I also bought myself two prints because they were in the sale and going for incredibly cheap.
Mesa Cactus by Paul Brent for only 1 euro and 58 cents, reduced from €5.90. How could I possibly resist? And Mocha by Sophie Harding, originally €9.90, now reduced to €2.98. Again, how could I possibly resist?

I now wish I was a) rich and b) lived in a big house so that I could spend all day finding art online and buying it for my walls. Of course, I would have to do this in between buying books for my library (I am going to have a library one day. Not a lending library – the kind of library you see in old house. You know, with books all around the walls, a huge fireplace for warming yourself in front of and a nice sofa to snuggle up in while you’re reading. My idea of heaven!).
So, which artists do you lot like? Tell me all about your favourite paintings so I can go and check them all out and add even more things to the list of stuff Bev wants but has neither the money nor the space for. You know you want to help me in this mission 😉