national stationery week | 24th to 30th april

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stabilo pointmax pens

sticky notes from mustard - oxford ruler

stationery! as an illustrator myself, and i can say on behalf of many creatives i know – we all love it. in some cases it quite literally facilitates our work, other times it’s a product we make and sell, and on a base level – if its well designed it’s often pretty to look at too.

if you didn’t already know, next week from the 24th april to 30th, is national stationery week. rejoice!

one of the main messages of national stationery week is actually to encourage people to write more, especially children. a worthy cause i think. writing is a wonderful thing. like at christmas, there’s a ‘seven days of stationery’ which goes as follows:

monday – pen and pencil day
tuesday – get crafty
wednesday – world stationery day
thursday – thank you thursday
friday – fountain pen friday
saturday – signature saturday
sunday – write a letter day

i am genuinely curious …when was the last time you actually wrote something that wasn’t a quick note or a scribble of ‘happy birthday’ in a card? something like a letter, journalling, or even writing out your blog posts in a notepad? i used to journal a lot, but not so much anymore – definitely i want to start doing again as it can be so helpful and therapeutic, as well as getting myself to physically write.

also: do you have a secret stationery draw or stash? i think you’re lying if you say no, ha.

ola studio notebook - national stationery week

lovely notebook ℅ ola studio

edding pens - national stationery week

ola studio notebook and card

as i love to share the love a bit, i thought i would share a few favourite (and a few new to me) stationery sellers so you can fill up your heart and baskets with stationery galore! this is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you are a shop selling fantastic stationery, feel free to get in touch and i’ll add you in. if i can do my little bit to share the stationery love i’m happy!

the stationer | present and correct | papio press | fox and star | paperchase | ola studio | papersmiths | tom pigeon | not the kind | | rooi | not on the high street | kikki k | jetpens | sticker stack | oh squirrel | choosing keeping | mighty paper shop

now you have no excuse – get writing! ;)

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rhs cardiff 2017

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yellow and red tulips - RHS cardiff

pink, layered tulips - RHS cardiff

a couple of sundays ago, i went to RHS cardiff in bute park. laura from side street style invited me along – how could i say no? we actually went together last year too.

when spring comes around after a seemlingly endless winter, it’s always wonderful to see flowers come into bloom, trees begin to bustle with leaves and the skies are blue. as much as i enjoy seeing flowers and nature in general come back to life, it’s always going to be a special treat to go to a flower show, a place literally dedicated to flowers, gardens and nature!

purple and pink cineraria flowers - RHS cardiff

amazing red fringed tulips - RHS cardiff

giant wicker ant - RHS cardiff
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snapshots of my week – 14th april

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red and white striped tent at rhs cardiff

ferris wheel signage close up

i wrote ’14th march’ in the title about 3 times there. in denial that it’s half way through april already!

i had wanted to go to london this week, or next week but as always, finances don’t allow. i try and see my dad 3 or 4 times a year but that doesn’t always go to plan, and sometimes the only way i can get to london is if i’m going to an event and travel is covered. as i’m not an in demand or ‘cool’ blogger those opportunities are few and far between. i always appreciate the opportunities i do get though! i wish he could come to me from time to time but he’s too ill for that.

what i did do recently though was go to RHS cardiff last sunday, clips in the below video and a post to come next week!

blossom on pink foil

yellow tulips at rhs cardiff


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