A Proper Pencil Sharpener

Yet ANOTHER birthday present I’m afraid (I might even have one more to post about…), this time from my boyfriend, Harry. He got me a Boston 200 desktop sharpener from the 70s.

It’s not the prettiest of items, but there’s something I really like about it. It’s totally just made to be fit for purpose, no frills. And has a 70s colour scheme.

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(It could actually use a good clean)

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The little tray for sharpenings is quite loose, but I think this is only an issue if you’re moving it around. I desperately want to actually attach it to my desk as at the moment, you have to hold it really hard in order to sharpen a pencil… This would be much easier if a table top was take that pressure.

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And it makes a decent point. As I say though, I need to try it properly when it’s attached to my desk.

It was made in England by Joseph Gillott & Sons LTD, apparently. So that’s cool.

I love it – thanks Harry!

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Smythson Pocket Notebook: Want list no more

Well, my want list series is proving as a bit of a gift list!

I received a late birthday present from my boyfriend’s lovely parents. It arrived in the post like this:smythson

Which opened to this:
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A beautiful Smythson Pocket Notebook, with a lambskin cover, à la my recent WANT LIST post.

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It’s pretty lovely eh? The paper is light blue/grey and featherweight. The only real negative about this notebook is that I don’t think anything I ever need to write down will be worth of it’s luxury… But I’ll have to get over that and think of a special purpose for it.

Thanks Bish and Steve!

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!

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

Rifle Paper Co.’s New Website

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Pretty dreamy isn’t it? I love the redesign and going on the site is very dangerous as I want EVERYTHING! How that they even made a boring old legal pad look desirable?!

I just a quick look look through the new pages and these are my top picks:

Certificate of Awesome $4.50

Passport notebook, set of two, $10

Legal Notepad, $8

City Toile Wrapping Paper, 3 sheets, $8.50

I Pine For You Card, $4.50

This last one is mainly because I’m currently in the middle of a fairly intense addiction to Pineapple…

Anyway, nice one Rifle Paper Co! As usual, all your stuff is GORGEOUS.

New Brand Find: Lovely Pigeon

I think the first time I saw Lovely Pigeon‘s notebooks was in Smug, but I didn’t know who they were by. It was only once I discovered their Instagram that I found out what their name is, and that the Scottish company make lots of lovely stuff!

Their trademark look is copper foil in geometric shapes:



The notebooks are £4.



And the cards are £2. Pretty nice eh?

Also, I feel strangely like I absolutely NEED this copper tape:

Which is £4.50.

They also have jewellery, screenprints and some really nice vintage homewares on sale on their site.

I’ll be watching this brand closely!

WANT LIST: Smythson Pocket Notebook

I’m starting a new series, the WANT LIST. My problem at the moment is that I keep buying all the stationery things I want, rather than just covet them. So in the interest of not being bankrupt, I will be posting about lovely things I have seen but don’t necessarily NEED to own.

So, my first one is a Smythson Pocket Notebook:

I walked home today (4 miles in a very tight pencil skirt, in 25 degrees…), through London City, with it’s luxury shops, and it was the Smythson shop caught my eye.

Their pocket notebooks really are a thing of simplistic beauty, with their leather covers and lightweight paper.

Some of them have embossed titles, such as ‘Blondes, Brunettes, and Redheads’, ‘Dare to Dream’, and ‘The Boss’, but I prefer to keep it simple, either plain, or ‘Notes’ are the classiest ones I think.

Anyway, after seeing the price – £45!!!!! – I think this’ll be staying firmly on the ‘want’ list. I can’t ever imagine thinking anything I had to write down is quite that important!

What stationery items are on your want list?