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What I can’t teach you.

Can you teach me how to lose weight? – asked my friend right before we were about to have our late lunch. She didn’t ask because I’m qualified to give her well-rehearsed answers. She just knows I’ve had few problems with staying slim. And she has a mind open enough to listen to my suggestions.…

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Strangers in London – South East

We’re sitting in a local bistro. Before visiting a bookshop, after chatting about health, families, movies, books and jobs. A woman who spent some time drinking coffee and talking to her kids nearby: – I think I designed your sweater. It’s from XY, isn’t it? I confirm. – Yes, I remember the side stitch. I…

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Anniversary

Like many couples I know, we were not sure when our relationship started. Certainly not when we were in college together (I was dating somebody else) although Karol would often return my overdue books to a local library and we found similar joy in ridiculing our college’s teaching methods. Certainly not when we met a…

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Shop update: Origami notepads

It definitely looks like Asia will be inspiring my paper goods this year. Well, this is hardly surprising, considering what I’ve been reading and what trip I’ve been planning – in my head, for now – for the last couple of months. This time it’s about origami, clean lines and basic Japanese stab binding again.…

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Etsy wishlist – tablewares

Shopping local is important, quality is important and so are makers. When I started learning calligraphy and bookbinding, I truly understood how much time and, I know it sounds corny but there is no better way to describe it, love goes into everything handmade. This year, I will support artists whose work, to me, is…

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Shop update: Weekly Plummers Collection

Making paper notebooks has been the best way to keep away the thought of February. There is a new small collection in the shop. These four can be used separately or together – they will give enough paper space to every serious and not too serious note taker. Watercolour, cream pages, Japanese stab binding –…

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Studio lately

Mess, random objects and work in progress – this is what’s been happening here lately. I finished a new set of notebooks and it feels great, especially now, when my tax return is screaming for attention. These days I wish I could stretch time. Everything takes too long. When I look at this room in…

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Support local. Support small. Or not?

It’s hard. How many times have I heard this from different small business owners? More than I remember. It was hard for a photographer I knew. The big chains came and took the customers away. The digital age came and stole if not the tricks of the trade, then definitely its value. It’s hard for…

StuffedMice February Trees

### Rule: never complain on your blog

February, the month I never liked, arrived. Most people dread Januaries but I find them filled with organizing, arranging and cleaning – things I don’t mind in the least. But February… even though it’s short, it’s long enough to make me feel bad. Make all things pointless. Question this and doubt that. It’s like one…

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Quick fix: covered windows

The studio is the saddest room in the house at the moment. With random furniture and usually biggest mess. Although the mess actually livens it up a little. But yes, still very sad-looking. When I work from home or stay at home, I spend most of my day here. Which really only adds to my,…