Opening the Latest Happy Mail from Kitty

I know I've been absent a lot lately, and it's not fun that I keep having to struggle to make time just to be able to work on here. However, I've been working on the blog the past couple of weeks, writing a few posts to get ahead, as well as planning what will go up over the next month. It's shocking that it's the end of June already!

I'm on holidays from work for the next two weeks as the school I work at is closed for winter break. I'm pretty excited about this as it means I have more time to myself, and to focus on finding out what is triggering my migraines, and what began it in the first place. I highly believe it's a result of severe B12 deficiency, aka pernicious anaemia, so I need to organise for a B12 injection as soon as possible. Possibly tomorrow.

Cat and I have finally settled on a name for our care package swaps! Last Tuesday, I brought Cat's parcel with me to work and sent it out as soon as I finished for the day. I intended for it to be sent out on Monday but I was having trouble figuring out how to finish the cover I made for her planner. Then, I had to go and get it printed and laminated at Officeworks.

Cat's box arrived last Friday, after being delayed for four days. Apparently, Australia Post wasn't prepared for the sudden and unexpected increase in international parcels at this time of the year. They likened it to be worse than at Christmas time, even more so because they were understaffed. The parcel almost didn't arrive on Friday, as it was nearing the very end of the business day and the sun had set. The poor delivery guy looked so frazzled!

The weight of this box is much like the first ever care package that Cat sent to me. I kept telling her not to buy more than the amount we decided on because these packages are expensive enough without having the hefty price tag associated with shipping it halfway across the world. But the damn woman loves to spoil me!

Australia is known for being completely slow with the latest trends in the US. It was many years before we even had our first Sephora in Sydney, and another couple of years for one to open in Melbourne. The planning trend is gaining traction here in Australia, but our hobby stores such as Lincraft and Spotlight are severely lacking in planning supplies. That said, Cat wanted to make sure I had everything I could possibly need to go with the Happy Planner that she also bought for me.

For our first friendiversary; the theme was paper, and since Cat recently got herself hooked onto planning, she wanted to get me hooked as well. I keep a small planner for day-to-day activities and reminders, as well as for the blog. So naturally, we settled on sending each other planner goodies as part of the paper theme. It is a stark contrast to the makeup-laden boxes that we've sent to each other before.

In fact, Cat sent me two lipsticks from Lime Crime, the matte Velvetines in Wicked and Rustic. I'm really excited about these as the formula from Lime Crime is one of my favourites, and Wicked is perfect for this chilly season. I've always wanted the Rustic shade, so I was pretty excited when Cat bought it for me. She surprised me with a Colourpop Creme Gel Eyeliner in Show Me, a metallic copper that I just know I'll use all the time, as copper is one of my favourite colours to use on my eyes.

She also included a copy of the Allure magazine as she wanted me to read a couple of articles that she bookmarked for me, as well as a box of pointy cotton tips and a sheet mask from Leaders Cosmetics. I flipped out over the little trinket dish because it had the letter 'S' on it and was trimmed in gold. Which, of course, is perfect for blog photography.

She gave me the MAMBI Modern Marble Classic Happy Planner, and I was really excited to start using them. I did my first layout already, complete with unicorns, and I'm working on next week's layout, centred around Spider-Man Homecoming. It's not yet finished, as I need to draw Spider-Man as well as some webs.

She gave me a bunch of stickers to use in my planner, and I can't wait to start using them. She also included a couple of sticker books from MAMBI as well, one of which is the watercolour set, and the other the 1829 piece set which contains all the basics. The last sticker set is a smaller, golden version of the 1829 piece set. There was a variety of sticky notes from Cat as well, one being of cute tropical flowers and plants in pots. A few of them were of retro establishments like a bakery, a diner and a boutique. Oh, and a set of cute sticky notes from MAMBI.

Other things that she sent along were the 9 hole punch for any inserts I may want to make for my planner, a set of expander rings, three pocket folders, a set of magnetic bookmarks and a stack of lists that you insert into the planner. There is a To Do list with a marble print, as well as a USB in the shape of a camera, which I'm going to use solely for the planner for when I need to print some stickers and inserts. And two sets of sheets for writing down notes and lists. I'm really fond of the covers that she included in the parcel as well, as on one side we have some retro stripes and on the other teal polka dots on a white background. Cat sent along some washi tapes, and I could not believe that she also included washi samples! As if 10+ tapes weren't enough, right?

We have an inside joke, which is that I'm the unicorn in the relationship, while she's the mermaid. It's why she decided to send a few unicorn goodies, and why I sent her a few mermaid sticker sets. The unicorn goodies that she sent was a set of sticky notes, stickers and some unicorn washi. Not only that, she also had her cousin make me a Harry Potter bag for my planner, and threw in a really cute pen of Harry.

Her cousin, Erica, made me a makeup bag with Eiffel Tower printed fabric. Pink may not be my colour, but I just love it, and the quality is amazing for something that was made by hand! It's my go-to makeup bag from now on as it's so roomy on the inside which fits all of my daily essentials. In it, she included a few stationery pieces. There were pineapple paperclips, as well as a small notepad with a pineapple print. Because, apparently, all Australians love pineapples, even as decor.

I ordered my new camera earlier this week, and it's due to arrive on Tuesday. I'm really excited because I'm getting fed up with how my current camera keeps corrupting my memory mid-shoot. Basically, it means I have to stop whatever I'm photographing, run to the computer, import everything and then reboot it. It's definitely a pain in the arse whenever it happens while I'm travelling and taking photos of my surroundings. The camera I'm replacing the piece of junk, the Olympus E-420, with is the Canon 750D. This should teach me not to buy shitty seconds from people without doing my research about said piece of junk.

I highly suggest that you guys stay tuned for my next post on Sunday, because I'm going to reveal the first layout I ever did on my planner. I was going to do a little preview of my planning collection but then I remembered that I had a few more things due to arrive next week. So, that'll have to wait. The one little drawer that I allocated for washi tape is now practically full, with room for about two or three more rolls. Crazy, hey? The sad thing is that I don't think I have enough! I'm trying to focus on stickers though, because I've got my heart set on some really cute ones, like the ones I mentioned in my wishlist earlier this month.

Do you have a friend in another state or country that you send mail to?



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