Tried & Tested: MFM Series #3

m.studio Products
 *Quick Note: Yes, I know it is Wednesday and not Monday (insert unhappy face here). Last week and this week have just been beyond manic work wise. Yesterday, I had a stressful and rather big presentation and I had high hopes on Monday for posting MFM, but I had to focus on what lay ahead. I'm really trying to get round to more blogging - doesn't seem like it is working. Anyway... here is MFM on Wednesday! 

I'm having such fun testing out lovely stationery to share with you. Each and every brand that is part of the MFM  planning and organising series are awesome (obviously). I'm not bias or anything, but it is so great to have local creatives making wonderful things so we can get even more organised. There are some particularly delightful options available for SA stationery lovers or as gifts in preparation for the festive season ahead. I mentioned on Facebook last week, that I will share a review every second week so that I can make sure I actually get a gap to use the products for a week.

m.studio is a personal favourite - who is always creating and making beautiful stationery / useful crafty goodies. It's pretty difficult not to be tempted right! I have been fortunate enough to meet Mariaan several times and I've experienced her incredible stand at Kamers . She is a kind, happy soul who is always ready to help and of course a brilliant local business woman too. 

I tested out the Magnetic Checklist Notepad, Magnetic Groceries Notepad, Magnetic Things to Do Notepad and the Sunshine Tote Bag. I also got a sneak peek of a few other items that will be launched online - one of them being the colourful and useful heart stickers you might spot in the photos.

Overall Review:
Awesome, lovely, affordable products! It's that simple. I particularly liked the Things to Do and the Groceries notepads. Both have lived on my desk for the past week and have been well used to capture many a scribble and fleeting thought. I usually make shopping lists on my phone, but much prefer a papery option to take along on my aisle travels. The perfectly sized pages (90 mm x 200mm) are a perfect accompaniment to my planner, as I could slide in the to do pages and deal with extra tasks as needed. The bag was ideal as a holdall for meetings to carry my planner and iPad (and all the other paraphernalia I seem to require in order to function). I also loved using the tote to hold my packages to post on errand days . It would be ideal to use as a gift bag too - filled with beautiful presents.

Best Feature:
The prices! Useful, pretty stationery at low prices means you can get double as much (I'm not enabling you - I'm just saying btw). 

Useful For:
All your organising needs. I find the m.studio paper products, like the notebooks great to use for snail mail gifts. They are flat and lightweight, plus South African - so they are just lovely to share with faraway friends. 

Prices:
Groceries Notepad (Magnetic) - R32 (50 pages)
Checklist Notepad (Magnetic) - R32 (50 pages)





Where to Buy:
You can shop online on the m.studio shop or lookout for these lovely products at the next Kamers event (take plenty of money to spend - it's irresistible).






m.studio is giving away a R500 goodie pack of products to one lucky (damn lucky if you ask me) blog reader! How awesome is that.
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Seven Things via Instagram

Wow! I haven't done a Seven Things post in like seven months! Ridiculous... it suddenly dawned on me the other day... so here I am sharing seven things of late. I did share a few of these snippets on Instagram and I also saved some for this post. I now have two accounts - one for business, stationery and creative updates. The second account is for more personal out and about photos. Follow along here... nadiavdmescht and hellonadiavdm.

1 > Movember: I've been waiting all year to bust these out. Finally, I can wear them and be part of the coolest man month. I got these little earrings as a gift and love wearing them for a touch of quirk.

2 > Stationery Packs: My creative escape time is spent getting crafty. I made this one for a pen pal. Now, if only the strike backlog would ease up so I can actually post it. I would be heartbroken if it got lost on its merry travels.

3 > Christmas Time: There is no more denying it... the festive season is upon us. I recently wrote my first card and used a very pretty tag from La Cartoleria.

4 > Night Out: About two weeks ago it was a close friend's thirtieth birthday celebrations. We had a fun day and night, which ended with dancing and sore feet. As I was unpacking my bag the next day these remnants stood out. My darling friend also gave me the sweetest gift topped with a Nifty250 strip - how kind considering it was her birthday.

5 > Smashing Colours: On Tuesday night I headed out with Sabrina from Fashion Nanny for a Smashbox event. We were spoilt and tried loads of beautiful products. We also caught up with a few other Durban creatives.

6 > Housewarming: Taryn from Smith's Bakeshop always outdoes herself. This delicious and beautiful creation was part of some recent housewarming celebrations for two lovely friends.

7 > Boiler Room Cafe: Finally, I am cool too. It was exciting to visit this awesome Durban space with a few of my fav creative friends. Worth a visit for sure - especially to see the art by Resoborg.

DIY Snail Mail Jar for Consol


Consol recently reached out to me and asked that I put together a little something using their new jars with coloured chalkboard labels. I decided to get creative and share a gift that could also lead to more  giving or sharing down the line and that's how I came up with a Snail Mail Kit in a jar. The idea is really simple and easy to replicate as a special DIY gift for a friend. I included a pen, washi tape, envelopes, a few cards, a stamp and scissors. You can fill it with anything stationery related to get them started on their snail mail journey. I made use of  other crafty bits and pieces too like buttons, glitter paper and tape, as well as small bells to decorate and add to the Olive Finch Christmas tag around the bottle's neck. It is so easy and fun to create - I hope it inspires you to get making this Christmas.

I bought my supplies mostly from Typo and one or two elements like the envelopes and glitter paper from a general craft shop. The MT washi tape is from Washi Bug. My Motex label maker from Love Letters Stationery also came in handy. As mentioned you can include anything creative so it's an easy DIY to shop for.

Poster Fun with Recite This

On my recent Pinterest adventures I came across Recite This, a really fun site which allows you to create posters with quotes. I had a ball making a batch of my own and it was so easy! Here is some creative business food for thought. Visit the site to get making yourself!



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