My last birthday present and a reason to visit Paris

This is my last birthday present I’ll be writing about – promise! (this year anyway…)

This time from my friend Annie who found a couple of items for me when she went to Paris. Apologies in advance for the photos – a thunderstorm rolled in just as I set up so the lighting is terrible!

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I’ve seen these pens “Color On You” pens from Korean brand LiveWork before, and although they look great (the different colours they come in are listed on the packaging above – not sure about the one called “mayonnaise” though…), I’ve never been that interested as they just seem like a normal ballpoint pen. However, after writing with it, I absolutely love it!P1040702
I assumed that a 0.7mm would be really thick but this has a pleasingly thin line and feels really nice to write with.

She also got me this card:P1040705
It’s by Papier Tigre, who I now am totally in love with… It’s a great geometric design – I’m not sure if it’s a French things but I noticed that Season Paper Collection also leave a blank space on the front of cards, to allow you to write “Happy Birthday” or ‘Congrats!” or whatever the occasion on them. Which is a nice idea.  I really like to logo on the envelope too.
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Papier Tigre have a shop in Paris. I have been to France probably at least 20 times but have somehow still never been to Paris!

This shop gives me even more reason to make it happen! Now, excuse me while I go and look at Eurostar tickets…

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Pensée Sticky Note Roll

A colleague left something on my desk last week with a note on it and I practically chased her down the corridor to find out what this amazing post-it thing was! She showed me, and told me she got it in Paris, so of course I saw that as a challenge to get my hands on one myself…

So, may I present, the Pensée roll, by Marks Inc.:

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It is, essentially, one long sticky note, on a tape dispenser, so you can tear off as much as you need and stick on to whatever you want. It comes in yellow and blue.

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And to make it even better – they have grid squares!

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I found it them Fred Aldous for £5.75 each.

I hadn’t heard of Marks Inc. before, but surprise surprise, like most great stationery things, they’re Japanese.  It seems like they have an enormous catalogue of products, and Pensée is just one of their ranges. I think there must be some sort of French affiliation with the company, but their website is a little confusing/in Japanese so I’m finding it difficult to work out. Either way, I’m glad I know about them now.

Pensée translates as “thought” and the writing on the dispenser seems to say “man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed” or something to that effect. So… errr… yeah…!