The Lockdown Returns

The Lockdown Returns

Things have deteriorated here in Toronto, and we’ve been put into lockdown. It’s both unsurprising and demoralizing. 
November 24, 2020 — Liz Chan
Pen Pal Match Up Out in the Wild

Pen Pal Match Up Out in the Wild

The pen pal match up is, at long last, completed. It was a beautiful, cumbersome beast, and I can’t wait to do it again.
November 21, 2020 — Liz Chan
Midori MD 2021 Planners

Midori MD 2021 Planners

While the Midori MD 2021 planners don’t have quite the splash that Hobonichi has, some of you have been using these planners for a while and have been waiting for these ones to come in. The MD notebooks are popular because of their high quality paper, but also the really simple binding and design.
November 18, 2020 — Liz Chan
Tags: 2020
Plant Life

Plant Life

We recently got in some stationery-adjacent things, which are sometimes my favourite things to get in. We (I) spend a lot of time overanalyzing the specifics of which ink with which pen, or how I’m going to use which notebook for what, but sometimes it’s nice to have something entirely new to contemplate.

November 02, 2020 — Liz Chan
On Keeping a Multi-Year Journal, Featuring the Midori 3-Year and Hobonichi 5-Year

On Keeping a Multi-Year Journal, Featuring the Midori 3-Year and Hobonichi 5-Year

This is the one thing I recommend for basically everyone, keeping some format of a journal where you write some lines a day. 

In a stationery shop where preferences and details are so personal and vary so widely, from nib sizes to pen sizes to paper smoothness to mixing technology and analogue, so much of what we try and do is find just the right thing that you’re looking for. There are relatively few things that I would suggest for everyone in a blanket way, but this is one of them. 

October 30, 2020 — Liz Chan
The New Website

The New Website

The new website is launched! It has been unwieldy. We’ve been receiving lots of feedback from “I love it! Great work guys!” to vague ambivalence to grave disappointment at font sizes and other missing things, phantom functionality giving us all stabbing pains.
October 28, 2020 — Jonathan Chan
Field Notes United States of Letterpress

Field Notes United States of Letterpress

The latest seasonal release from Field Notes is the United States of Letterpress, and it’s one of my favourites, right up there with another past letterpress Two Rivers. I also did of course really like the National Parks editions. So it’s a tight race.
October 23, 2020 — wonderpens
New Website Delays + Hobonichi Update

New Website Delays + Hobonichi Update

This is our final shipment from Hobonichi. It’s a big one, there’s lots there, including some new stuff. Some items, mostly just the special edition covers, are out of stock from Hobonichi, which is sadly part of the nature of some of these special edition releases. 5-year planners as well as of course all of the standard planners are coming back in.
October 19, 2020 — wonderpens
A New Wonder Pens Website

A New Wonder Pens Website

Enormous news for us! Big changes are in the air, and it’s not just the smell of pumpkin. Several months/years (literally) in the making, we’re now finally launching a new website. It’s not been quite a labour of love, more a labour of endless emails, expensive development costs, and death by a thousand tiny decisions.
October 14, 2020 — wonderpens
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

But we are grateful. For our team who are keeping this ship afloat, for healthy kids who can run around in the backyard, for a community of people who are cheering us on and passing our names onto friends and colleagues, for teachers who smile brightly as they drop dollops of sanitizer onto kids’ hands, for a fridge full of food, for books and toys and pens, and even for a crusty cat who mostly only meows when he’s disgruntled. For all the grey hair and the excitement of this adventure.
October 12, 2020 — wonderpens