Pen Pal Match Up for February 2022

Pen Pal Match Up for February 2022

Another pen pal match up!

January 21, 2022 — Liz Chan
New Japanese Correspondence Stationery

New Japanese Correspondence Stationery

New stationery, fresh from Japan! You can find them here on the website, sets of correspondence stationery with envelopes, stickers, tiny little people wandering the earth in search of tasty concession snacks.

January 14, 2022 — Liz Chan
Chicken’s Corner of Caleb’s Bedroom

Chicken’s Corner of Caleb’s Bedroom

I had previously stated that Tuna had ceded most of the house except the kitchen and bathroom to Chicken, and this has turned out to be untrue, no news cycle able to keep up with the vagaries of love between these two.

January 12, 2022 — Liz Chan
Notebooks for the New Year

Notebooks for the New Year

I am sipping my tea, and looking out the window at the various shades of winter and enjoying the neat stack of beautifully warmed leather beside me. In the photo above, I have my TSL pen and wallet case, housing my fountain pens, my Traveler’s Notebookmy Midori A5 leather cover, and on the bottom my TSL leather A5 cover, all of which have been with me for some time.

January 08, 2022 — Liz Chan
Currently Inked January 2022

Currently Inked January 2022

Some time ago, I had had some vague idea that I could do a monthly blog post on which pens I had inked up, something to keep me on track, and would also be useful since I sometimes ink up new pens or new special editions that come into the shop. Lots of potential birds with one stone. It goes without saying that that was a bit ambitious, if still a nice thought.

January 02, 2022 — Liz Chan
The Holidays and Year-End

The Holidays and Year-End

Just a quick hello from over here, your favourite shop cat caretakers, as we round out the year. We hope you had a holly jolly holiday, and or if it was terrible for whatever reason, we hope the year ahead brings you some lovely surprises.

December 31, 2021 — Liz Chan
Acadia Books

Acadia Books

Acadia Books has been an institution on Queen East since (apparently) 1931, at Queen and Sherbourne. I remember when I first moved to Toronto, walking past it with curiosity, often only in the neighbourhood on Sunday mornings. 
December 27, 2021 — Liz Chan
Chicken’s Corner: Chicken of the Sea

Chicken’s Corner: Chicken of the Sea

It’s getting colder, and I am embracing all the warm and furry things I can get. The other day Jon called from the road, and he told me that he saw the grey cat following the mailman on Berkeley, which is a residential street adjacent to us. 
December 20, 2021 — Liz Chan
End of Year Journaling Prompts

End of Year Journaling Prompts

Most of my journaling these days has to do with trying to keep up, trying to get things down on the page, things I’ve been meaning to record, to think about, things that are happening. The school boards here are contemplating a switch to remote learning after the holidays, the shop is busy and bustling and we’re also trying to get a jump on some projects for the new year.

December 17, 2021 — Liz Chan
Bruce Lee Blackwing

Bruce Lee Blackwing

One of my favourite things about the Volumes special editions is the treat of a new box of pencils for the next little while. A box of pencils! Almost an archaic notion in itself. I rarely get through more than a couple before the next Volumes is out, and then all of the old editions commingle in drawers and cups, and occasionally with only a small gasp at the bottom of some irresponsible child’s backpack.

December 13, 2021 — Liz Chan