First Signs of Autumn beginning to show

I feel we are in a transitional period from the end of Summer to the beginning of Autumn and on my trips up the lane with Monty the dog I have definitely seen evidence of this.  My Eastgate Project, showcasing the beautiful spot on earth where I am lucky enough to live has been going now for 13 weeks and it is amazing how much change there has been.

From the May Blossom….


Through sunny summer days…


And now the first signs of Autumn are upon us – berries ripening in the lane and the cheerful Rudbeckia brightening up a grey sky…



It’s good to take a moment to appreciate how lucky I am, living here in #myspotonearth and to remember that there are many less fortunate than me.

There’s still time to join in if you want to show where you are in the world.  Just take some photos, each week and tag them on Instagram with #myspotonearth. Tag me @crafthippy so that I can see where you are.  Happy Saturday everyone.

Jane 💕

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Blast From The Past.. a very old stationery addiction!

I just had to mention this on my blog as it made me laugh!  Years ago (and I mean at least 20) when I first met my husband we were spending the weekend away with some friends.  Filofaxes were clearly in fashion (first time round) and our trip away must have involved a visit to a craft fair of some sort.

Anyway, my friend bought an amazing wooden filofax cover,  handmade and utterly gorgeous, and my husband-to-be bought me a glass pig.  Yes, I know, a glass pig!  I was clearly so in love with him I was thrilled with this gift but I must admit I have always secretly coveted the filofax cover instead!  The pig had a 5 pence piece in it (not sure why!)


I know, beautiful isn’t it (this will be appreciated by the Bullet Journal minded!)


We have just been away for the weekend and the amazing filofax cover was out on the kitchen counter!  “I remember that from year’s ago” says I.  “Didn’t you get a glass pig” says my friend!  Stationery envy rears its ugly head and we dissolve into fits of laughter!

Yes, the filofax cover was/is amazing.  But so is my husband and so is my pig!


which stands proudly on the display unit and has done for the last 20 years!

Have a happy journaling week my friends…..

Jane xx 💖

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What’s happening in your part of the World?

Summer is rushing by, at least it seems that way.  I’ve been on a week’s holiday to Kefalonia in Greece and now I’m back at work so the days seem to go by so quickly – the only person relishing all this time off is my son who has done his exams this year and is eagerly awaiting the results at the end of this month!

One day I was walking up the lane with Monty and the field was full of barley – the next day it had been harvested and the straw bales were all lined up ready for collection!


Having said that, the field directly next to my house has these strange things growing in it and for ages after I moved to this beautiful part of the world (from the city) I thought they were parsnips!  But they’re Sugar Beet which are harvested at the end of the year and go off to be made in great British sugar!


So we will be mid-August next week and I wonder what secrets the lane will give up!  I hope you’re having a lovely summer wherever you may be in the world.  If you want to join in the challenge – which you can at any time – just take a photo from your little spot in the world and tag your photos on instagram #myspotonearth.  I look forward to seeing them!

Jane 💕💕

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July Roundup – my best bits!

What a busy month it has been – work is very busy at the moment and we successfully moved our eldest son to his new digs at University.  A week’s holiday in Kefalonia in the Greek Islands then back to reality and work!

I’ve been busy with my Bujo as well, so here are my best bits of the month – hope you enjoy them.  I would love to hear your comments so feel free to leave one below.  Here’s to August!


Big moment for me this month, reaching 250 followers on Instagram – I just love the bullet journaling community – there is so much support out there for a relative newbie like me and your support is generous and kind.  Thanks to each and every one of you!


As well as journaling, I have been trying to practice a bit each day on my brush lettering but it’s hard!  Still practice makes perfect as they say and my lettering has come a long way since the beginning.



Packing a reading lists necessary this month as we travelled to Kefalonia for a week’s break in the sun – pure joy!


Not strictly bullet journal related but it was such a gorgeous place (swoon!)


No need for my weekly spread on holiday as it was relaxation all the way, so I though I would just practice a bit of lettering each day noting down something that we did!


Back to reality with a bump upon our return and the appaling atrocity suffered by the people of Nice in France.  My heart went out to each and every one of you.  We live in an evil world at times but we will not let them win!


One of my weekly spreads this month – wanted to make a few changes but not sure this left me enough space for notes, meals etc.  The great thing about bullet journaling though is that if you don’t like it or it doesn’t work for you then just change it next time.  Genius!

Happy July to you all and see you all in August!


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My Bullet Journal comes of age!

She was frivolous, colourful, a bit skittish and young but now she’s elegant, sophisticated, has gravitas and style!  My Bujo has come of age!  And it’s so exciting.

When I arrived home from work yesterday evening, there it was, sitting on the hall table just waiting for me.  What, I hear you ask.  Well, my Start Bay Notebook cover, that’s what!  Ready to wrap around my journal, but more than that, other slimmer journals, up to four in fact, all in the same beautiful leather cover!

Anyway enough of that – here is a little review of this beautiful thing – Enjoy 😀


Encased in a pretty cotton cover with a leather label, just ready to be opened….


Sneaking a little peek inside – immediately glad I chose the yellow option for the elastic..


And there she is!  Alongside my chunky yellow fountain pen (which incidentally matches my Leuchtturm1917 A5 notebook).  The leather is dyed all the way through and is stiff enough to keep its shape but not too stiff so that it feels hard….

Mine is the Start Bay Navigator, A5, made in Devon in the UK, from full grain, vegetable tanned leather.  I chose the original dark red/brown but there is also a chic tan version.


Inside you can see where the elastic is down the spine to hold up to four notebooks, although I fitted my Leuchtturm1917 through two pieces of elastic which left two spare for other notebooks…..


which I also purchased – shame on me!  Two side stapled Rhodia Dot Pads and a Clairefontaine Lined book.  I also treated myself to a set of self-adhesive transparent inserts and a transparent pocket insert.


My Bujo fits in neatly, although I think I would take it out if I was going to be using it for any length of time and this goes for the extra notebooks.  It would be quite difficult to write in the notebooks with the cover on as the knot on the cover elastic sits right in the middle of the right hand side – see two pictures up from this one and you will see what I mean.

There is a combination of a notebook on the left and a pad on the right, called a Duo and the knot for the cover elastic is in the spine – it would be a good idea to do this for the Navigator as well but I’m not that bothered about taking it in and out of the cover – assuming that this doesn’t compromise the elastic holding the notebooks in.


So here she is in all her glory – I feel that I need to name her now, something grown up and sophisticated of course!  I will have to put my thinking cap on or make a few notes in my Bujo! Thanks for reading and I hope you found it helpful.  I love to support British handmade goods but I’m pretty sure they ship worldwide.  Links below and please leave a comment if you have an observation or would like to ask a question.

Thanks for reading 💕 Jane xox

#MySpotOnEarth Challenge Week 9

Many things have been said about Norfolk in the United Kingdom and one of them is that it’s flat!  Now this may be true however this can mean only one thing – BIG SKY!

On my walk up the lane this week I noticed the sky, an overwhelming blue with wispy clouds forming and wanted to capture the magnitude of it all.  Makes you feel very small but privileged to live in this corner of the world!


Poppies creeping through the grass and rubble in a farmer’s field.


A wealth of dandelions and grasses in the verge by the side of the lane.


Cornflowers in the shade of a big oak tree.


And grasses galore, all waiting to shed their seeds in the wind.

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And all underneath that huge Norfolk Sky!

My Eastgate project highlights the place where I live, #myspotonearth and is a journal collection of photographs, one from each week of the year.  If you would like to share your spot on earth then join in on Instagram using the hashtag #myspotonearth.  Details on the challenge can be found here.

So here is my entry for week 9 –



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Doodling in the Instagram Challenge

This is the second month I have joined in with the doodling challenge over on Instagram run by @christina77star and @alexandra_plans and it has been great fun – I even got to doodle whilst I was away on holiday on the beautiful island of Kefalonia.

Here are some of the pictures:


I took my Staedtler Ergosoft pencils with me on holiday and they came in handy for the doodle project


Pretty nice view eh?


Pencilling in a few days before colouring – funky flip flops!


Back at home catching up with the rest of the month – I know the idea is to do one per day but sometimes I just don’t have the time so have to draw out a few.


Ahead of schedule but here is the finished spread in my bullet journal – very happy with the outcome – it will be something I can look back at in the winter months and remember all that sand and sea!

If you want to see other people’s work in the challenge just search the hashtag #doodlewithusinjuly over on Instagram.

Happy doodling for next month!

Jane 💕

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#MySpotOnEarthChallenge Weeks 7 & 8

I hope that for those of you who have been followig the My Spot On Earth Challenge you have seen a little piece of the beautiful place I call home!  It would be lovely to share this landscape with others so if you want to join in, please do so by tagging your photos on Instagram with #myspotonearth.

I have combined two weeks into one in this post as the time seems to have flown by and summer seems in full swing here in the lane.


I love roses – they just epitomise July and these beauties I am lucky enough to pass by each day when I walk with my dog, Monty.  The quote in my journal I thought was so lovely and when I look back during the cold winter months I will remember these blooming roses, how the air felt and the scent they gave off every time I walked by.


A little further up my lane are fields of barley and so I included the lyrics from one of my favourite songs by Sting, again to remind me when the fields are bare in the winter of the beauty of the summer months.  It’s a truly inspirational place to live!


I certainly will remember this day and my walk in fields of gold.



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Brush and Fountain Pen Review

As I mentioned in my last post here I am slightly stationery obsessed and found myself purchasing a few more pens – like I need these!  So I thought it would be a good idea to do something useful with my new stash and review them!

So here goes…..  First up is the Lanxivi Jinhao 159 Medium Nib Fountain Pen which I purchased from Amazon in the UK for a JAW-DROPPING £8.00 👍


Sitting in rather a colour coordinated way in the middle of this week’s spread in my ever-so-lovely bullet journal!  She is chunky with a screw top lid and has a weighty feel with a good balance when writing and has smooth ink delivery – bit technical! She writes nicely 😀 in other words…..


Excuse my doodling ‘work in progress’ but now you can see the nib which is medium and gives a nice smooth line – there is not much change between thick and thin but I don’t think this pen was designed for calligraphy use – just for general writing.  I am really pleased with it – for the price it is amazing, rivalling many more expensive pens that I have seen recently.  And one more thing in its favour – the colours.  It comes in black, blue, yellow, purple, orange, champagne (gold), green, white and red, so plenty of opportunity for further purchases!

Not content with these two pens (I also bought one in green) I then decided to buy some more brush pens.  Now, I have some Tombow Dual Brush Pens and love them but holey, moley they are expensive!  When I saw these ones from Amazon which were a fraction of the price I thought, hey, why not – nothing ventured.


These are by a company called Magicdo which is written in the description on Amazon – I must admit I’d never heard of them but other reviewers gave them the thumbs up and they don’t disappoint – so far!

They are not as ‘floppy’ as the Tombow pens can be and the brush is a little more solid – however you can still get very thin and thick lines depending on the pressure used.  The colours are lovely and they seem to be full of ink although I am not sure how long this will last – watch this space.


So, altogether a good few purchases to add to my stash. Does anyone else use these pens or similar?  I’d love to get your feedback, so leave comment below or catch up with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – buttons at the top.

Jane 💕

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I really shouldn’t – oh go on then!

No, it’s not about cake – although I am very fond of the odd slice – it’s more about an obsession of mine.  Stationery – I know, sooo glamorous isn’t it!  But I seem to be slightly stationery obsessed – pens, paper, pencils, you name it and I want it.  So during my pre-trawl on Amazon a few days ago (ahead of their Prime Day) I noticed a few more items just waiting to be bought!  By me.  Obviously 😁.


Can you see them?  Nestling in with the other pens?  Two beauties – all I need now is a green Leuchtturm1917 notebook and I will have a matching pair!

Not content with two fountain pens I decided that some practice paper would be needed so added a Calligraphy Paper Pad and Rhodia Dot Pads to the basket along with some more brush pens – like I need more of these!


So these brush pens only cost £13.79 from Amazon and I must admit I was a bit sceptical as I am well aware that brush pens can cost a lot of money – well the Tombow ones do.  However I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of these beauties – check out my review on these and the beautiful Lanxivi fountain pens here.

So to accommodate all these new goodies, I’ve had to have a bit of a tidy up in my workroom- looking tidy now, but give it a few days!


What are your favourite supplies?  Share some of your ideas here – I’m always on the lookout for new goodies!

Jane 💕

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