Having not wanted to write by hand at all for years, I’ve suddenly switched back to it. This is partly because I’ve been cut off from a keyboard for so long, and partly because I’ve been diving into stationery in a big way for my fledgling business.
I was down at the London Stationery Show at the start of this month and picked up a few notebooks and pens to try out. The notebooks aren’t that exciting, although I do like my teeny mini bright pink notebook for shopping lists, but two of the pens have taken over my life. My pencil case bulges with fineliners and biros in a million colours, and yet every time I reach for the same two Pentels, one a Tradio in blue and one a Slicci in pink. They’re both 0.7mm ballpens, which I’ve never liked before, but now I love them.
To go with them, I’ve been shopping a bit. I wrote to some of my friends whilst I couldn’t Facebook them on some gorgeous Japanese writing paper, and dragged out some of my ridiculous collection of notebooks. I’ve also added to it, of course, with not one but two of these gorgeous notebooks. It’s between A5 and A4 in size, and the colour doesn’t come across in the photo because it’s a lovely bright blue with gold embossing. The brand is Eccolo World Traveller, and I’ve already got an A5 one. Lovely tactile paper, acid free to boot, and the covers are just so strokable. Best of all, they open flat.
The unfortunate thing about it is that my supplier seems to
have run out. I get them from TK Maxx – surprisingly good for stationery and storage solutions, if you’re ever in the mood for something gorgeous and different. I love shopping there because you never know what they’ll have in, but unfortunately it’s a pain in the backside for the same reasons. I cottoned on too late to their Eccolo collection, and only managed to grab the three before the next season stock came in. The new paper isn’t as nice, it’s bright white instead of cream and not as nice to touch, but you never know what’s going to be in their next delivery. Unfortunately, I no longer have a store with a huge stationery department half an hour’s walk away, so instead I’m stocking up when I can get there. Today was my last trip until I go over to Leeds, so I stocked up on the gorgeous butterfly storage box, another set of letter paper and the notebook above. Now I just need to start filling them.