The Well-Appointed Desk

Apr 23

Rubber Stamp: Good Old Fashioned Letter

Rubber Stamp: Good Old Fashioned Letter

Oh, Hello Friend Old-Fashioned Letter Rubber Stamp

I’m not the only person making postally-themed rubber stamps. This little lovely is from Oh, Hello Friend and is available for purchase from Moorea Seal for $17. Have your written a letter this week?

(tip o’ the hat to Kimberly)

 

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Typewriter Acquisition: Olivetti-Underwood Lettera 22

Typewriter Acquisition: Olivetti-Underwood Lettera 22

Olivetti-Underwood Lettera 22

I’m an equal-opportunity office supply junkie. Pens? Yes, of course. Paper? Yep. Staplers, paper clips, clipboards? Don’t mind if I do. And the coup de gras of old office goodies, manual typewriters? Oo la la!

This weekend we went out to our favorite antique mall which is often a hot bed of vintage office supplies like old staplers, pocket notebooks with feed store logos and the occasional…

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Apr 22

Desk Accessory du Jour: House Mugs and Coasters

Desk Accessory du Jour: House Mugs and Coasters

House Heath Leather Coaster

Every desk needs a little something-something to make it special. Have you considered the coffee cup or mug you use? Is it something beautiful and appealing to you? What about protecting your work surface with a coaster instead of using an index card or scrap of paper?

House Industries Leather Ornament Coasters

Here’s where typographic legends House Industries might have what you need. They’ve just announced their beautiful type…

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A Knitter’s Notebook

A Knitter’s Notebook

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All specialty skills have their own languages, knitting is no exception. In fact, it has its own codes to convey patterns and notes in a way that might baffle non-knitters. The new True Brit Knits knitter’s notebookprovides a great place for knitters to track projects and pattern notes complete with standard pattern abbreviations and symbols on the inside front cover and a ruler in centimeters…

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Apr 21

New Sponsor: Gallery Leather

New Sponsor: Gallery Leather

I wanted to let you all know that The Well-Appointed Desk has a new sponsor, Gallery Leather!

I reviewed their leather-covered journals and notebooks not too long ago. I wanted to welcome Gallery Leather to the site and hope that you check out all their products which are assembled in the USA in Maine.

Their sponsorship helps keep me in pens, paper and pixels.

Gallery Leather Journals

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Ask The Desk: Less Smudgy Pencils

Ask The Desk: Less Smudgy Pencils

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Ian asked:

As a student, I frequently have to go back and reference older papers and essays (stored in binders) I have written. Though work in pen poses no problem, work in pencil, especially that older then a month, often becomes an unreadable gray smear due to pages sliding across each other. I use standard HB pencils (both mechanical and woodcase), but have often wondered if a harder grade…

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Apr 20

April is National Letter Writing Month

April is National Letter Writing Month

(Original photo from Silvebluestar on Flickr)

(Original photo from Silvebluestar on Flickr)

While it might be a bit late in the month to bring this up, April is National Letter Writing Month. In 2001, the USPS released a statement to encourage letter writing by designating April as Letter Writing Month. We all already know and may have participated in February’s A Month of Letters or InCoWriMobut why not use April to reply to all those…

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Happy Ester(brook) Sunday!

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Spring is the perfect time to pull out the Esterbrooks, dust them off and see which ones need a little spring cleaning. This is my whole Esterbrook collection and I can see a gaping absence of a brown or rootbeer model as well as a need for several more pastel pocket pens to fill out my collection. And I don’t have even one mechanical pencil.

Happy Ester(brook) Sunday!

Of the eight shown, five are in full working order…

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Apr 14

Spring Break!

Dancing vintage easter egg bunnies

The Desk is spending this week cavorting with nature, staring at the crab apple blossoms and skipping through fields of clover (… as soon as the snow stops. Stupid weather!).

Hope you are enjoying a little spring break and communing with nature yourself.

I’ll be back next Monday with lots of reviews, products and stories. Happy Easter!

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Apr 11

Ask The Desk: ID Protection Stamps

Ask The Desk: ID Protection Stamps

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Sandy asks:

Think this is good idea?
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I assume the question regards any sort of blotting stamp for security purposes. Folks seem to like these as an alternative to paper shredders as they are smaller, quieter and portable for obscuring personal information on printed material. While shredding makes sense for a lot of papers, sometimes you just want to throw those credit card offers in the trash…

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