Wooden pen trays or pen rests are not exactly ten a penny but if you shop around places like Etsy and eBay you will find a reasonable selection to choose from. Continue reading “Hints & Tips No.5 – Flying Tiger Pen Tray”
This was one of those purchases made between COVID-19 lockdowns on a very quick trip to my local Primark; where it caught my attention and I dropped one in the basket. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Golden Wand”
This month’s Ink Of The Month is something a bit different. Writer’s Blood is the result of a collaboration between Diamine and the Reddit fountain pen community which has produced a wonderful dark cherry coloured ink. Continue reading “Ink Of The Month – March ‘21 – Diamine Writer’s Blood”
The Musgrave Pencil Company of Shelbyville, Tennessee have been in the pencil business since 1916; so they know a thing or two about making pencils, so much so that if you browse their website you will see quite a range of pencils. Continue reading “The Musgrave Tennessee Red Pencil”
Since I first came across the Franklin Christoph website, I’ve wanted to own one of their Italian Ice demonstrator fountain pens; it’s been a long wait (they sell out very quickly) but at long last I have one. Continue reading “Model 31 Italian Ice by Franklin Christoph”
As Gryffindor Red was my Ink Of The Month for January I thought it only fitting that I find a gold ink for February to complete the Gryffindor house colours; so after some searching I came across Diamine Amber. Continue reading “Ink Of The Month – February ‘21 – Diamine Amber”
The Kaigelu 316 is a pen I had been thinking of ordering for some time but for some reason I just never got round to it and last December I took the plunge and ordered the orange version and the pen arrived just before Christmas and it is now inked and sitting on the desk. Continue reading “The Chinese Kangaroo – The Kaigelu 316”
When I look back over 2020 I’ve written about a lot of different things and I’ve been very impressed by all of them from the Classiky Desktop Toolbox to the Harry Potter notebooks from Primark. So, it was very difficult to pick one out of the many that really surprized me and stood out as something different. But after much deliberation I have chosen the Opus 88 Demonstrator eyedropper fountain pen. Continue reading “Surprise Of The Year 2020 – The Opus 88 Demonstrator”
As the year 2020 was coming to an end Montegrappa finally released their range of six Harry Potter inks; one for each of the four Hogwarts houses and one for the Knight Bus and one for the Threstrals. Continue reading “Ink Of The Month – January ‘21 – Montegrappa Gryffindor Red”
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.
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.
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.