Bookshops are my refuge from the slings and arrows of every day life. When I enter a bookshop, the same sense of peace infuses me that I’d imagine people experience when they enter a church.
Somehow, nothing bad can happen to me while I’m perusing books. I love the smell of the new paper and the print. I love the uncracked spines. I love the weave of safety, sanity, beauty and escape that I find amongst the book stacks.
I also love beautiful things (see earlier post on Favourite Men). I especially love beautiful things with a sense of humour (see in particular Dave Grohl and Johnny Depp) hence my delight at finding my local bookshop stocked a new range of stationery.
Running your own business is a fraught affair these days, but running a business on a small Scottish island takes a leap of faith that borders on the irresponsible. How glad I am that the lovely Karen threw herself out over the abyss and started a bookshop here.
Print Point is not the most enchanting name for a book shop, but that's because they also offer printing services (see, it all makes sense really. I bet a man chose it though.). But the bit I wanted to share with you today is the new stationery.
Y'see, for me there's no need to change job, change city or even trade-in Tertarus for a big wolfhound to get a fresh start in life - all I need is a new journal with sheafs of blank paper, a pen and an Autumn evening by the fire with a glass of wine.
These ones, above, come in two sizes. The 'If found, do not publish' size is £3.99 and the '1970s style laptop' one is £5.99.
I've made the photo rather large so that you can read the inscriptions on the fronts. There's six styles in this range.
Hmmm I might buy 'Earth Shatteringly Amazing Ideas'!
These ones are £5.99 each
Karen didn't just buy the journals, oh no, she bought a whole slew of other bits and bobs that go towards making the journalling experience all the more enjoyable.
The pens are £1.99 and are inscribed 'Practice Autograph With' or 'Lose in Bag '
The pencils are embossed with 'My Millionth', 'You'll miss me when I'm gone' and 'Rest Behind the ear and then look for'. £1.99 each
There are two rulers - 'This sentence is 6.9cm long' and 'Use as a comb if Bald' - £1.25 each
The eraser reads ' Pretend You're Never Wrong' and costs £1.25
The pink pencil case reads: 'Use as a V small pillow' and costs £4.99
There is a felt tip pen set at £3.99 with 5 pens.
And lastly there is a note block that says 'Stupid Little Notes' or 'To Do or Not To Do'
Karen says that if anyone is interested in getting an item posted out, she will charge £1 per item P&P - but if you wanted to order more than one thing, she will work out a better price - especially if it's just a pencil or eraser!
You can contact Karen at 01700 503389 from anywhere in the UK.
Thanks for reading this all the way through to the end, I like to support local businesses - and to share things that take my fancy with you, my reader :-)
Normal service will be resumed tomorrow......