Hermione’s Washi Tape

This is a first for me as I’ve never written a proper review about a role of washi tape before!

I’ve bought washi tape in the past and have a few roles in a box somewhere but it wasn’t until I saw the Magical Castle washi tape by Kookie & Rookie that I started to take an interest in washi tapes and I bought several roles of Magical Castle.

Then I saw this tape and I thought “this is something special”, and it is. 

The design on the tape is based on the Fairisle scarf Hermione is wearing when she and Harry visit Godric’s Hollow in the Deathly Hallows Part 1. 

Fair Isle designs are traditionally knitted by hand and the designs are quite complex and whilst much of what is now called Fair Isle does not follow the original patterns knitted on the island it is, at the very least, inspired by them. And Kookie & Rookie have done an outstanding job replicating the pattern of the scarf and scaling it down to fit on a roll of tape.

The next questions I faced was how to test the tape; especially as washi tapes can be used for all sorts of things from marking pages, decorative crafts and gift wrapping. 

So, with this in mind, I decided on some very basic tests, cutting and tearing to see what happened. And as you can see it cuts and tears easily without any snagging or fraying and I suspect it would also work well in a tape dispenser. Which is ideal if you are like me you often end up trying to secure wrapping paper by holding it in place with one hand and trying with the other to cut the necessary strip of tape, which never ends well.

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On the subject of gifts, I would suggest, as Christmas is literally days away, that you order some rolls of both the Fair Isle tape and the Magical Castle tape as they will make excellent stocking fillers and whilst there is still time to order check out the rest of Kookie & Rookie’s Etsy site and stock up on Harry Potter gifts; either for you or the Harry Potter fan/s in your life.

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Disclaimer: All of the washi tapes were purchased with my own funds at retail price. The opinions expressed in this review are my own; and I am not connected with either the retailers or manufacturers in any way.

Stationery by Anand Prakash

I first heard about Anand Prakash a few years ago when I read a footnote in a review of Indian fountain pens; the note was very complimentary and talked about how old blueprints had been saved and recycled into notebook covers and the like. I was intrigued by this and took a trip to the website and sure enough there were the blueprint notebooks and a whole host of other wonderful things. I purchased a few items as gifts and was very impressed and then this year I ordered quite a few things and decided to review them. Continue reading “Stationery by Anand Prakash”

The Great Harry Potter Haul

On the 28th February ’20 I decided, on my way in to work, to take a small detour and visit a Primark store; assuming, correctly, that it would be quiet first thing in the morning and I could look around in peace. What this normally amounts to is me buying far more than I expected; and that’s exactly what happened. Continue reading “The Great Harry Potter Haul”

Papelote Pen Holder / Notebook Strap

I was lucky enough to be one of the last people whose orders were shipped by Bureau Direct before they closed their doors. My last order with them was a small one; I ordered five Papelote Pen Holders. If I’d had an inkling of what was to come I would have ordered more, a lot more as these excellent note book straps are hard to come by; even Papelote don’t sell them separately you can only buy them with a notebook or similar.
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Tradisign Leather Pen Holder

Before I go on to talk about the pen holder, I think I should tell you how I came across it.

I was reading some posts on Fountain Pen Network (FPN) and one of the members, OCArt, had posted that he had seen this pen holder on a French site, Stylo-Plume.org. This peaked my curiosity and I decided to investigate a little further; with the help of Google Translate I was able to follow the trail back to Tradisign and explore the site. Continue reading “Tradisign Leather Pen Holder”