Phone Accessory Review: Lihit Lab Smart Fit PuniLabo Earphone Holder

Phone Accessory Review: Lihit Lab Smart Fit PuniLabo Earphone Holder

Review by Tina Koyama At first I thought this would be the world’s shortest product review in which I say: This is the cutest phone holder ever! [End of review.] But I’ll say a bit more so that you get your reading’s worth.  In fact, this shiba inu dog not only holds your phone –…

Pencil Case Review: Peg & Awl Sendak Mini Artist Roll

Pencil Case Review: Peg & Awl Sendak Mini Artist Roll

Review by Tina Koyam\ Whenever I see a lovely, handcrafted pencil roll, it evokes fantasies: Seated at a sidewalk table in a Venetian or Parisian café, sipping an espresso, I sketch – my colored pencil roll, charmingly patina-ed with years of travel, casually opened next to my sketchbook. Despite the fantasies, I didn’t think a…

Review: Formal Dept Notebook Case (& Giveaway)

Review: Formal Dept Notebook Case (& Giveaway)

Several months ago, the team that creates Formal Dept (illustrator Kate Pugsley and industrial designer Charlie McArthur) launched a Kickstarter to develop a watercolor dish and cup set. I was super excited to see the project reach it’s goal. Unfortunately, the Kickstarter launched in the middle of pandemic lockdown which affected the outcome and it…

Pencil Case Review: Sonic Kodawari

Pencil Case Review: Sonic Kodawari

Review by Tina Koyama One distinctive characteristic of the popular Palomino Blackwing pencil is its trademark large, flat eraser and ferrule that make the Blackwing about an inch longer than conventional woodcased pencils. While I have many pencil cases, most are not quite long enough to accommodate new or freshly sharpened Blackwings. I’ve been looking…