Stick it to Me: City of Industry

Correspondence Kit Pencil and Envelope Pen Set

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.

City of Industry Enamel Ruler Necklace

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!

(Shout out to StoneZebra for the tip!)

Happy Handwriting Day!

Happy Handwriting Day

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!

Vintage Penmanship Shirt

In honor of Handwriting Day, I picked out my vintage penmanship shirt to wear today. Yep, I am that nerdy.

Easy, Tiger Giveaway

Easy, Tiger Vending Machine

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!

Easy, Tiger Tee

Tees sell for $19.99.

Cowboy Card I blame you card Nothing I Won't Do Card

These are a few of my favorite cards. Fun, playful and everyday sendable. Each card is $2.49.

Best at Life Print

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, 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.

DIY Notebook Tote

DIY notebook tote

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!

(via Say Yes To Hoboken. For stitching tips, check out Sublime Stitching)

Back-to-School Socks

Pencil Socks

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.

Notebook Socks

(via Sock Dreams)

A Ladies EDC

Fossil Pencil Shavings Wristlet

Fossil Key-Per Wristlet $35

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.

Coach Heritage Wristlet in Sky leather $108

Coach Heritage Wristlet in Sky leather $108

Link Love: Instagram Love

CLockwise from top left, photos by: _______, TagTeamTompkins, Ben Jones, and new button badges from Emma at LetterLoves

Clockwise from top left, photos by: Pilot Falcon by Bakanekosan AKA East…West…Everywhere, a new stash of Pilot Hi-Tec C pens straight from Japan by TagTeamTompkins, PMS3965 inked up on a Heidelberg windmill press by Benjamin Cole Jones, and new button badges from Emma at LetterLoves

Acquired any new pens or office ephemera this week? Put your Instagram username in the comments so I can see your fresh goodies! And if you want to follow me, see the link in the sidebar.

Cut It Out!


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!”

Link Love: Good-Bye 2012

(via Stillman & Birn)

Two Color Wheels by Moses Harris (via Stillman & Birn)

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Doane news for 2013

Doane news for 2013