Today’s exercise

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vintage blue covered exercise books

We’ve just bought a job lot of unused vintage school exercise books.

package containing vintage blue covered exercise books showing West Riding of Yorkshire County Council label

Adelle used to get very excited about her crisp, clean exercise books at the start of each new school year. It was obvious that the feeling hadn’t diminished much as she tore open the brown packaging to get hold of one.

vintage blue covered exercise book

They’re the very nice sturdy hardback type in pale blue – feint rule lines on one side and blank on the other – ideal for notes & sketches.

vintage blue covered exercise book showing lined page

Perhaps you have the perfect use for one.

vintage blue covered exercise book showing name, form and subject label

They’ll appear on our website this week at £3 each.

Etsy List: Dream Stationery

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'Dream Stationery' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

As a child of the 70s, I remember being part of that great stationery collecting craze. I vividly remember having Garfield, Holly Hobbie and ‘Love Is…‘ note pads in my stash of paper, envelopes and cards. For a while, everyone at school collected and traded scratch & sniff stickers and erasers.

Way back then, I used to write actual letters; I had pen-pals half way across the world. I wrote thank you notes – with a real pen… on actual paper – to grandparents and other family members for birthday and Christmas presents I’d received.

This Etsy List contains paper items that are somewhat more mature and refined… but still with a sense of fun. These days, I use stationery for business, to plan my year, write lists, take messages and just to be able to remember things from one minute to the next – the memory isn’t what it used to be!

Dream Stationery
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Gimme Five! Address Books

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selection of 5 address books | H is for Home

Hand-written address books are fast becoming an endangered species in the 21st century. They’re share the same (sinking) boat as writing paper, postcards, thank you notes, journals… The mobile phone, computer and other technology have a lot to answer for!

Don’t allow them to become extinct, fight back! Go get yourself one and transfer all your Outlook contacts to it – in your best handwriting and using a nice fountain pen!

As the front cover of address book #1 muses (or predicts, if you’re that way inclined!):

Quite sweet how we still write everything down, just in case aliens come and smash up all our computers or something.”

  1. Waldo Pancake address book: £7.50, John Lewis
  2. Personalised address book: £58, by Noble Macmillan on Notonthehighstreet
  3. Liberty iconic address book: £6.38, Hive
  4. Black & white floral birthday and address book: £7.99, WHSmith
  5. Creative Walls large address book: £9.64, Foyles

Christmas Countdown: Paperchase

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selection of Christmas items from Paperchase

When I was at primary school, it was all the rage to collect & swap stationery; writing paper, stickers, pens, pencils. Even though I do a whole lot less writing these days, I rarely leave Paperchase without some beautiful handmade paper, notebook, pretty coloured ink pen or some-such. I guess I’ve never stopped being that little paper goods magpie of yore!

  1. Christmas characters place cards – pack of 8: £3.50
  2. White stags jute gift bag: £6
  3. Doodle Xmas tablecloth: £40
  4. Tartan and stag wrap tapes – pack of 2: £2.50
  5. Hand drawn thank you cards – pack of 6: £3
  6. Christmas tags doormat: £15

Gimme Five! 2014 diaries

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selection of 2014 diaries

Halloween and Bonfire Night have been and gone and Christmas is on its way. Before we know it the new year will be here. That’s why we’ve been looking at what 2014 diaries are on offer. Guess which one’s the favourite!

  1. FILOFAX Original organiser fluro orange – £60.00, Selfridges (diary pages not included)
  2. K TWO Busy Life 2014 Diary – £9.99, John Lewis (shared diary for syncing hectic lives)
  3. Ladydate medium pocket week to view, pencil gold – £8.49, Letts (luxe looks, low price)
  4. 2014 colour a month diary – £31.95, Moleskine (If you can’t decide on a single colour)
  5. The design diary 2014 – £10, Paperchase (for illustration fans)