What I’ve been… #1


I thought I’d try a little something new… A monthly round up of what I’ve been looking at/reading/listening to/doing etc. etc. Not necessarily a round up of stationery blogs – I think other people already do this really well (namely Ana at Well-Appointed Desk and her weekly Link Love), but more likely things I’ve seen on design blogs or just other things I think may one of interest. I may verge away from stationery occasionally, but I figure if I’m interested, you may be too.

So, here’s what I’ve been…

… Listening to

I have binged listened to the entire first series of Mystery Show this week. I love it. Starlee Kine takes on people’s mysteries and investigates them herself. They’re mostly very trivial things, but somehow it makes for compulsive listening. This isn’t really stationery related at all but one of the episodes – Source Code – is a mystery provided by David Rees, well known to the stationery community for his artisanal pencils sharpening. He’s desperate to find out how tall Jake Gyllenhaal really is. Obviously.

… Reading

An Interview with Master Calligrapher Seb Lester, via Booooooom.

A photo posted by Seb Lester (@seblester) on

A really fun and interesting interview on Seb’s methods, motivations and successes. He’s worth a follow on Instagram too.

YStudio’s New ‘Brassing’ Collection, via The All Night Listening Post Ystudio-Brassing-pen-2015-2-960x640
I’ve been reading Arran’s blog a lot recently, and particularly love these brass pens her chose to feature.

Giulio Iacchetti’s Minimal Neri Pens and Pencils are Operated by Brass Dials, via Dezeen Neri_pens-and-pencils_Internoitaliano_dezeen_936_15
These are so intriguing to me. Rather than click or twist to get the nib/lead, you turn the dial. Very cool. 

… Looking at

A photo posted by nrpq (@nrpq) on

This is one of my favourite Instagram accounts. Clean white backgrounds and beautiful compositions of nrpq’s enviable stationery collection.

… Watching

Poppy’s Papercuts on Youtube!

I featured Poppy before in one of my What’s In Your Pencil Case? posts. I’m so glad she’s started a youtube channel. She’s hilarious and so watchable AND can teach you how to do papercutting! Check out her other videos here.

… Doing

I only got one other post up this week – My Gift Guide for Guys (or Girls), with Huckberry. Check it out!

I also went along to the Paperchase Spring/Summer 2016 preview on Wednesday. They put on a great bloggers event to talk us through the new collection. We also did some crafting, and a Christmas Tree decorating challenge. I’ll do a proper write up of the event soon, but in the meantime, you can see my here on the left – taking the competition very seriously, on my own, but happy.

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