Back to the 90s with a Tele-index and a rad pencil case

Sorry I was a little quiet last week, I’ve just got back from my best friend’s hen do (I think that’s a bachelorette party for those of you in the US/canada) in Marrakech. It was AMAZING, but the planning for that got in the way of blogging towards the end of last week.

Anyway, I’m back and ready to show off some more birthday presents, this time from one of my oldest friends, Diane. She really came up trumps with some 90s vibes stationery. Starting off with a “Tele-info Index”. It looks like this:

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Pretty old school eh? You slide the guide button to the letter you require, then push the button at the bottom and it pops up to (hopefully) reveal your contacts.

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It’s by Esposti and is an updated version of the 80s/90s Teledex, as it has space for Name, Number and E-mail address. To be honest, I’m not really sure that I would ever bother writing down people’s numbers and email addresses as I use iPhone/MacBook and everything is synced up, but I DO keep meaning to write down people’s home addresses, and this might be a good place for this as I don’t actually have a proper address book.

Next up, is this super dreamy pencil case:
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It has a hard case with a magnet fastening, and inside has compartments for all your bits – including a pocket which is the perfect size for a Field Notes! It was made by Flying Eagle China, but I can’t really find any info about them (anyone?). There are a few others of these pencils cases floating around online and people are saying they are 1980s, so I’ll go with that.

I’ve filled it with some of my favourite items:diane4
Thanks Diane – you’re the best!

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Parcel labels, and lots of them

As I mentioned in my last post, I found a great independent stationers (which I can’t remember the name of and isn’t google-able). As well as cards, I’ll also grabbed a couple of bundles of parcel tags, which were a total bargain! The manilla bundle (of about 50) was £3.25 and the Turquoise bundle (also about 50) was £2.50 – amazing, right?!

I’m not sure quite what I’ll end up doing with them but for earlier I made them into a small “work of art”:

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Aaaaand, then I messed them up again:
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Anyone got any creative/fun/interesting/useful/crafty ideas of what I could you use them for?

 

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside…

The week before last, my boyfriend and I  drove down for a few days in Cornwall, where we stayed in a Yurt. The weather was amazing, and it was pretty much the perfect holiday, full of seriously idyllic things like making dough and cooking pizza in the wood fired oven on the camp site, whilst watching the sunset…

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Me and said pizza and oven…

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Cycling through rural Cornwall

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Our home for the week

We also did one night in a hotel in Penzance before hitting the road back to London. Penzance is a funny ol’ place. It seemed to have one road with lovely old pubs and great shops and restaurants, and then a slightly grotty high street. But I did find a great independent stationers on that high street, and some cards in the window caught my eye. They were beautiful designs and we thought they summed up our holiday pretty well – so of course, I had to buy some. They’re by Kate Broughton. I knew I recognised the name and it was only later that I remembered that I had bought some of her nail art transfers a couple of years ago. seaside Deckchair card, £2.50. This one represents all the time we spent on Cornwall’s gorgeous beaches. This is part of the Summer Cards series. seaside3Oystercatcher card, £2.50. This one doesn’t represent anything necessarily, but I just really liked it. This is part of the Coastal Bird Cards series.  seaside2 Bicycle card, £2.50. And this one represents our bike ride from Mawgan Porth to Padstow (turns out Cornwall is a lot hillier than we realised…). This one is also in the Summer Cards series. You should check out her stuff, she has some REALLY lovely cards – including a vegetable series, with seeds attached, and a bird series with bird seed attached.

Review: Le Pen by Marvy Uchida

As mentioned in this post (it didn’t stay a wanted item for very long), I came across Le Pen in the US and managed to order some from eBay. They actually arrived really quickly. I got two, four packs; one was the “primary” set – 2 black, 1 blue, 1 red, and the other was the “bright” set – 1 lavender, 1 light blue, 1 pink and 1 orange. I got both packs for $11 (about £6.50).

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I think the thing that most attracts me to these pens is the simplicity of the design, and the fact that they’re narrow. I don’t like an unnecessarily bulky pen.

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Here’s how they write, on my trusty old Moleskin.P1040633

A nice fine 0.3mm nib.
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It writes really smoothly, and is really satisfying to use. The blue, black and red bleed through the page ever so slightly but as I say, only lightly, and the lighter colours don’t at all.

My usual every day pen is the Muji gel pen, which a roller ball, so when using the Le Pen I am aware that I can’t push as hard, as the nib may break. But that’s not a problem, as much as something I need to be careful about.

I think it’s definitely going to become one of my standards – big thumbs up from me!

1940s Parsons Desk Calendar

It was my birthday on Friday, and a few of my lovely friends went down the same route with presents and I ended up with several amazing vintage stationery pieces. I wanted to share these items with you, and I’m starting with this Parsons Desk Calendar which Ashley bought me.

Here it is in all it’s glory on my old school desk, accompanied by some of my birthday cards (stationery and cats… That’s a given)

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And here’s a close up, you turn the wheels on either side to change the date, like so:

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I’m told it’s 1940s. I done a bit of searching and I can’t find anything out about Parsons… Not sure if it was a stationery company, or a different kind of company that gave these out as promotional gifts. Does anyone by any chance know anything about them??

Either way, I think it’s completely gorgeous and it’ll definitely have it’s place on my future dream desk 🙂

Thanks Ash! x