A tiny Kate Spade Wellesley Planner Review

A Kate Spade card holder and keychain atop a planner.

This past weekend I visited a Kate Spade outlet store for the first time! I was mostly curious about seeing if there were any purses that caught my eye (oh my yes!), and figured that there may be a tiny chance that they’d have a Wellesley planner in stock. They did! A ton of black ones, and one last pink one in the back! Guess which I got?

Pink Kate Spade Wellesley planner with pen atop.

I’d seen these planners on Pinterest and Instagram, and the slew of pockets and zip around closure appealed to me a great deal for a purse planner. I love my little kikki.K, but I sometimes worry something will fall out of it. I tend to do a lot of tucking of slips of this and that when I’m out.

I’ve already moved, and I think the Wellesley is going to suit me just fine. It’s a little longer than the kikki.K, but a touch narrower. The pockets can hold all the cards/coupons/parking tickets that I may need to grab on the fly.

Interior pockets of a Kate Spade Wellesley planner..

I also loved the quality of the paper in the inserts that came with it. My experience with kikki.K paper is that it’s apparently made of tissue, and while my Filofax paper immediately went to Mr. Martie for his planner, it seemed really good. (Yes, I converted him, though he’s not on the decorating bandwagon.)

The inserts were fairly standard, with a week on a two page spread with the months interspersed throughout on their own two page spreads. Additionally, there were birthday, restaurant, address, and to do and notes pages. I liked the designs, too – the calendar pages were nice and neat, and the additional pages all had a cute graphic that didn’t take up too much page real-estate.

Opened Kate Spade Wellesley planner with lined paper and pen.

I’m pretty pleased, though this has started a bit of an avalanche effect in my planner system. This may be a good thing, though – my “main” A5 was fairly exploding under the weight of everything I’d crammed into it. It was actually getting really hard to even fold it closed… I’ll do an updated entry on what my system is in a few days! I’m really happy with it, and while I’d love to put everything into one planner, it just doesn’t work for me.

Oh, and of course, I picked up a few other goodies while I was there, too.

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Anyone else have planners they always carry? Let me know!



#washiwednesday Collection!

I’ve been busy with work lately, but thought I’d put up a few of my Instagram photos for #washiwednesday! It’s always a gorgeous tag to peek at, and a lot of fun to take photos for! All the tape below is from Michael’s, except in the last image – which is a bonus peek at my whole collection!

Gold, pink, and mint washi.

This roll is probably my favourite! It’s light and delicate, and the mint brings the colour scheme in my teal planner to a more pastel realm! I’ve also snuck in two tapes from different sets!

Rainbow watercolour washi stack on a desk.

Whenever I have a really busy day, I tend to turn to these rainbow watercolour tapes. They’re really vibrant and make a task list much more cheerful! (They seem to get used every weekend…!)

White washi with green leaves surrounded by fresh lavender.

I think these two tapes were the first I got at Michael’s. They’re so delicate and beautiful. I’ve used small snippets of them to create stems for punch-cut flowers.

An irregular stack of colourful washi.

And this is just a stack of colourful silliness. I tend to save these for special days, such as birthdays.

Washi tape in a box.

And this is the box that I’ve allocated for my washi! I’m limiting myself to what I can fit in here, and no more! It’s getting tricky – I could probably still pile some on top of the rolls and manage to close the lid…..? (Most of those are from Micheal’s, but the majority of the second row from the bottom hails from Tchibo years ago, and a few on the bottom row I got from online stationary shops.)

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear about your favourite washie – if you have photos, even better!


Victoria Day Weekend in my Garden!

Lilac blossoms.

May was such a busy month for us, not least of which was Victoria Day weekend, during which my family typically does all our garden planning and planting for the year.



We don’t tend to have many flowers – no room! – but this year I finally got these little things. The smell is amazing, like soft honey, and I love looking at their cheerful little blooms. We still haven’t actually planted these in the ground. I really should have thought about space a bit more!


Fern sprouts.


The ferns unrolling is one of my favourite gardening moments. They were such a surprise when I first found them years ago – I had no idea what the big brown knotted thing in the ground was.

The most exciting part of the garden, for me, is the herb patch. I love the variety, and the fact that I can pop out there and pick something that changes the entire flavour of dinner, or make a nice tea that will help with upset stomachs. (Nevermind simply sitting there and smelling the lavender!)


French lavender.


I have both French and English lavender – the English, I find, holds a bit more aroma, but the French (above), has lovely long stems that make for beautiful dried bunches.


Golden sage.


Two varieties of sage this year – this one a golden one which looks beautiful. I love using this when I make a tofurky roast.




The oregano was already here when we moved in, and we’ve wrestled it into two pots in the ground to keep it manageable. It certainly didn’t suffer from the procedure. Adding fresh oregano to pasta makes a big difference in the flavour.


Stevia plant.


A new addition this year – some stevia. I’ve never grown this plant before, so we’ll see! I’m really looking forward to tasting it. The dried leaves are supposed to be incredibly sweet.


Various strains of basil plants.


Two different kinds of basil! I adore it as a presto, and mixed fresh with some light cheese and tomato. I usually do this by slicing tomato and fresh mozzarella, and spreading the slices on a platter. Then I sprinkle with a touch of olive oil and a light wine vinegar and a touch of salt. This is then topped with oodles of fresh torn basil.


Sugar snap pea sprouts.


And another new addition – sweet peas! We rotate the crops in our planters, and these were supposed to be good for the soil to recover after last year’s tomatoes. We’ll see how it goes!


Tomato plant.


And a tomato plant. This is what we mostly focus on. We try a slew of varieties, and I’ll share a chart I did last year of how much crop we got out of what kind of plant. This year we have a few new ones, as well, so that’ll be fun to track.


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We also keep a number of berry bushes, the above being red currants. Last year we had an aphid problem on this guy, but he’s bounced back and hopefully this year won’t be affected.


Gooseberry berry.


And my personal favourite – a gooseberry bush. The berries are coming in for the first time this year, and I’m ridiculously excited. I hope the squirrels or rabbits won’t eat them before I can!

Tell me what your favourites are to grow!