On my last postย I mentioned how well I behaved at the Filofax Meet-up.
I purchased ONE tinny little item – only a flyleaf!

**pet, pet, pet on my back**

Oh, but wait. It was just a trade-off!

Believe it or not, this juicy thing was RIGHT ACROSS STREET from the hotel in our Chicago trip:



Seriously, I was stoked!

I had a suitcase, a humongous purse, and people walking and bumping all around me but I still couldn’t move when I saw it.

Too dazzled for it.

{I really don’t leave in a cave if you may wonder about that again. I believe my suburban life has been suffocating the city girl in me, and I get dazzled with random things}

My reaction – as I couldn’t move – was my usual subtleness when I get excited:


And there I was pulling DH’s arm, shaking it, squeezing it as I tried to explain that ย “I have JUST ordered online, before leaving home, a watercolor pan set from them!!!!! OMG I CAN’T BELIIIIEVE IIIITT They are right here in front of me! I CAN”T BELIIIEEEEEVE IT”

The delivery of the watercolor set was schedule to happen right the day we were back home but still….
It would have been much more fun to actually walk into the store, touch everything possible and make a purchase right there in person! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Oh, sure thing I could go in, touch everything anyways and purchase other stuff couldn’t I? hehe ๐Ÿ˜Ž

And so I did.

I went in and out of that store every single day.

And could it get any better? Yes, it could!

I soon found out that right across the BACK street, this juicy thing was awaiting me:


Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

Did I have fun browsing around? ๐Ÿ˜†

And here it is my very first purchase at Utrecht:

Because those items can *only* be found at Utrecht! HA!ย ๐Ÿ˜€


Then just to vary a bit, I walked over to Blick to get that:

Because… fun! ๐Ÿ˜„



After many, many, ins-and-outs, browsing, touching and such, all the goodies from both stores together:


The pic is missing the masking fluid


AND when I got home there it was:



The unwrapping of that baby will come in the next post, so I don’t overload with pics again!


Oh, I m so excited! Have been working on them since I got back and I can’t say enough how happy I am to be back on it!


Much, much more to come! Keep tuned! ;D

Thanks for reading and till next time!





Hey, love! I'm Raine.๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ

Artist, designer and believer that โœจjoy & funโœจ are a MUST in our lives. My hope is that my posts will bring you a giggle, a smile, and also remind you {when you happen to have forgotten} of the importance of your own happiness โ€“ to yourself and to those around you.

Cheers to this delicious truth! ๐Ÿฅ‚โœจ


  1. innvestigators

    It was absolutely amazing that two quality art supply stores were just a few blocks away from each other.

  2. Nancy

    I feel your thrill!


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