The crafty mind behind it is Katie Wagstaff, the founder of Oh Squirrel (yes, that name is part of the appeal!). I discovered Katie through some feature writing I’ve been doing for Simply Sewing magazine, and really love the way she brings sewing and papercraft together. Katie sent me a small gift in the form of this lush notebook and pencil – perfect gifts for a writer. I particularly like the message printed on the pencil: Very busy & important. Well, that’s clearly the case whenever I’m writing, no?
I was really charmed by the packaging too – a sheet of music written by L Marshall an Samuel Burnham, with a really delicate sketch of a deer in a snowy forest. It’s called Winter, and if you raise it to your nose it smells faintly of fallen leaves. Or perhaps that’s my imagination getting away from me. I love the way Katie has sewn it together using zigzag stitch in vibrant red. A fabulous blend of practical and beautiful.