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Book Review: Virgil Wander

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5 Stars (out of 5) I started reading Virgil Wander on loan from the library and before I had completed the first page, I knew that I was going to purchase my own copy. I was already in love with Virgil based on his name, Virgil Wander, and the beautiful star-filled cover evoking small-town America…

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A Visit to the Twin Cities Book Festival

Earlier this month, I attended the Twin Cities Annual Book Festival which I had talked about in this blog post as a prelude to the event. We had other plans going on that Saturday so I was only there for about an hour and didn’t get a chance to see any authors who were speaking…

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Halloween Stamps 2019

  The USPS has four  stamps coming out for Halloween. The Spooky Silhouettes stamps feature digital illustrations with black silhouettes in differently colored backlit windows. The images include a cat, two ghosts, a spider, and three bats. These stamps will be for sale on October 11 and are first class forever stamps (currently .55). For…

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State Fair Stamps & State Fair Postcards

Last week I wrote about my annual search for the newest postcard from the Minnesota State Fair. What I didn’t think to include was the 2019 release of the State & County Fair Stamps from the USPS this July. There are four images included on this sheet of 20 first class postage stamps. Here’s some…

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Mailbox Notecards

I was recently visiting The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis when I came across this set of Mailbox Notecards published by Chronicle Books. The package was wrapped, so I couldn’t see the cards, however, there was a picture of the cards on the back (see below). I had already made my purchase and was on…

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Siren Call of the Paper Addict

Octopus Notebook Set

The Bell Museum and Planetarium opened this summer in Minneapolis-St Paul and I am thrilled to live close enough to get there once a month or more! On a recent visit I purchased this lovely “Sea Life” three-piece notebook set. These mini notebooks are 4 x 5.5 inches and have one book with lined pages,…

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Letter Enclosed Stamp

letter enclosed written on rubber stamp

I enjoy decorating my envelopes when I send a letter and I think most people like to receive envelopes that have been decorated – I know I do! Recently I’ve been using this lovely “Letter Enclosed” stamp that I purchased at the Well-Appointed Desk shop (online). You can see how the stamped image appears in…

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A Visit to the University of Minnesota Bookstore

University of MN Bookstore, stationery and notebooks

I love a bookstore that has an insane amount of notebooks and pens. Welcome to the University of Minnesota Bookstore (Minneapolis). On the right we have a long aisle of notebooks – all sizes and bindings.This is one of the few places where you can buy a left-handed notebook. On the backside of the same…

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Brillante Pencils

The shimmery brilliance of these metallic colored pencils by designer Louise Fili are called, Brillante, companion to two other pencil sets, the Perfetto and Tutti Frutti.   There set of twelve double-sided pencils comes in six metallic shades in a strong and sturdy keepsake box. The six colors are silver/purple; copper/blue; gold/green.   These pencils…

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Observer’s Notebooks

 Notebooks for visual thinkers. That’s the premise of these unique notebooks published by Princeton Architectural Press. These notebooks, the first in a new series (to be followed by Observer’s Notebook: Weather in spring), went on sale October 4th. First up is the Astronomy Notebook (Amazon / Publisher  / B&N) This sturdy, cloth-bound journal is filled with stunning images and a variety…

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