Has there ever been a fashion accessory more perfectly aligned to the readers of The Well-Appointed Desk than the Art Gang Scarf by Karl James Mountford? At 55″ square and made from microfiber polyester, this scarf can double as a cover up or even as a coverlet as demonstrated by my darling pal Sara Harvey over on her blog, Bleed in Colors. The scarf costs $35 and can be shipped in time for Christmas. So, if you were trying to think of a last-minute gift for me… this is it! 😉
Sometimes, the stars align and my in-box is full of tips related to one specific topic. This week, it seemed to be all things pencIl-related. So, I thought I’d share my finds.
This darling little pencil twig topped with a big pink eraser “mashmallow”. Perfect for fireside doodles. $13.99 from Animi Causa.
Then I found this beautiful hand dyed yarn from Yarn Enabler on Etsy that will stripe as you knit to make these awesome pencil socks. Yellow pencil stitch markers are also available as part of the kit. Yarn kit with stitch markers are $30.69US.
And my last pencil-related find this week is a darling little children’s book called Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet about “a brave, little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000).” $12.75 on Amazon.
Show your pen or pencil pride with the new collection from Tattly. Each tool comes in a set of 2 for $5 and there are six designs to choose from: pencil, pencil/sharpener, round paint brush, flat brush, pen or craft knife.
While in Chicago, I acquired this wonderful Pencil Cluster charm from Fossil ($28). Its exceedingly detailed and I had the clerk put it on the Dainty Charm Starter Bracelet ($48) in silver. I hope I can find a pen or envelope charm to go with it.
What’s a podcast without a little t-shirt love? The Erasable podcast is offering a t-shirt on Teespring. Available in both men’s and women’s cut. $22 each. Three weeks left in the campaign so get your orders in soon.
How could you not love the clean graphic simplicity of the enamel jewelry created by City of Industry? I particularly like the Correspondence Set ($20) that includes both an enamel pencil and envelope lapel pin.
The Ruler Enamel Necklace ($28) is also darling. It includes a gold plated 30″ chain. There are also some summer themed options as well. Enjoy!
I hope everyone is having a day full of happy handwriting.If not, try handwriting your grocery list, copying down a favorite quote or poem or just jotting out a a few pangrams. If you do, leave a link in the comments so we can marvel at your penmanship — for better or worse.
Happy Handwriting Day!
In honor of Handwriting Day, I picked out my vintage penmanship shirt to wear today. Yep, I am that nerdy.
The folks behind the start-up Easy, Tiger are rocking the local KC scene with their inventive card vending machines in area coffee shops as well as their pop-up shop on First Fridays in the Crossroads. For those folks outside the KC area, you can purchase their unique, witty cards, tees and prints from their online shop.It’s not as fun as pulling the handle on a vending machine but the cards are just as cool.
The 2-person team has created an assortment of tees, cards and prints and the web site is hinting at journals being on the horizon. I can’t wait to see the journals!
Tees sell for $19.99.
These are a few of my favorite cards. Fun, playful and everyday sendable. Each card is $2.49.
The new print is a gold foil stamped design on black paper. It’s 13×19″ and sells for $24.99. The perfect gift for the champ in your life.
Easy, Tiger have kindly offered a prize package that will include a print, a tee and an assortment of cards. Please tell me what your favorite Easy, Tiger card is in the comments to be entered to win.
FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, December 13, 2013. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner (this means that international readers are welcome to enter if you’re willing to pay for postage. If not, please do not enter this giveaway). We are generous but we’re not made of money.
With a simple canvas tote and a some thread, you can easily make a notebook-style tote bag. Stitch the blue lines with a sewing machine, a little wonky gives it character and then use embroidery thread to create the vertical red margin line using a simple embroidery stitch like backstitch, running stitch or stem stitch. How charming!
The gorgeous brilliant blue leather clutch, from designer Karina Hesketh, is stitched with vintage travel decals, postcards and postal marks with ivory leather tie. While the £80 price tag is a bit much for me, the whole thing is giving me IDEAS. A leather clutch that looks like a letter? Of course I need one!
Feeling particularly back-to-schoolish? Then you might just want to put on a pair of socks that show your love of notebooks and pencils with these fabulous socks from Sock Dreams. Both the pencil socks and the notebook lined paper socks are available in mid-calf versions with sizes for men or women. The knee high versions of both the pencil and notebook paper socks ($18 each) are only available in ladies sizing.
I imagine seeing just a peek of the striping from the cuff of my favorite social studies teacher’s trouser leg and never knowing what a sock wit he was.
Men have the advantage of having pockets in just about every garment they wear. Their trousers have pockets; be they jeans, chinos or cargo shorts (extra capacity!). Their shirts have pockets, and sometimes even their t-shirts have pockets. But we ladies face the challenge of where to put our phone, cash, cards and keys. Most women’s clothing do not have pockets and, even the items that should like jeans have these ridiculously small pockets that are almost there solely for looks. “Fashion industry, I’m talking to you! Its time to put pockets and useful additions into women’s clothes while still making them stylish!”
So sure, we can lug handbags, totes bags and briefcases with us everywhere we go, but sometimes, the need arises for a slimmed down solution.
Enter the wristlet. It is a small “portable pocket” large enough to hold those items you need for a jaunt to the grocery store, a trip to Chipotle or just around your enormous (corporate) campus. The solution for a lady’s everyday carry (EDC).
I found the Fossil Key-Per wristlet with pencil shavings pattern on Zappos for $35. It is large enough to hold the average smartphone, has pockets inside to keep ID and credit cards and a gusset on the side to keep coins and loose items from falling out. A short pen like a Fisher Space Pen or Kaweco Sport would also fit. There are other wristlets available on the Fossil site and of course other brand make other options. My co-workers carry a Kate Spade, Coach and BlueQ zippered pouch which range in price from around $10 to well over $100 at retail so there are lots of options to suit your tastes and your budget.
If there was ever a handbag designed just for me, this is it. Its made of bent aluminum handles and a wool felt by Peter Bristol. He has yet to get distribution or manufacturing partners but let’s all keep our fingers crossed that he’ll find funding soon because I need one ASAP.
After the household break-in, I had to start a jewelry collection from scratch and the first thing I stumbled across was this working scissors necklace. I’ve wanted to post about it sooner, as one office supply lover to another, but I purchased the necklace locally, and I wanted to wait until I could find a source available to all. So here it is. Modcloth sells this sweet little costume necklace for a whoppin’ $11.99. So, in the next meeting of boring rhetoric, you can reach for your scissors and tell those windbags to “Cut it out!”