Posted May 8, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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I didn’t have this problem in Brooklyn, because our house there was much more compact (2 stories, 2 rooms per floor). Our new house is modest in size, but it’s been added on to over the course of its 200-year-old history in a way that is totally charming — and totally maddening whenever I need a pen.
My fountain pens live near my desk (or they will, once the room has been finished), but I like to have other pens on hand when I need to, say, jot something down for the contractor, or take note of a random idea. I don’t have this problem with notebooks, perhaps because I’ve accumulated so many over the course of our six-year history! So I’ve ordered a box of Pilot G2s to distribute throughout the house. We’ll see if that helps… or if they’ll continue to accumulate in random rooms and/or under the couch.
Do you have trouble keeping track of your pens?
Posted May 7, 2013 by Karen Doherty
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Here’s a question for the group:
Apple is going to move away from skeuomorphic designs. (Like turning the page, typing, pen or pencil icons, records, wooden shelves for books, etc.) Basically skeuomorphs describe design elements that have no purpose in their current form but are used to give a familiarity to something from the past.
Apple’s designs will change, which means many other developers and inventors will take note, including app developers. Apps are rapidly becoming indispensable tools and aids for living.
Do you think the moving away from familiar but older products will have an impact on their use? Will less and less people be able to “recognize” them, and therefore, pass them by?
Posted May 6, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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Thanks again to all who entered our anniversary giveaway! Our winner, whom I’ve just emailed, is Jonathan R., who’ll soon be receiving his set of 12 Memoriae Notebooks.
We’ve also got two consolation prizes for runners up Matt A. (who’ll get the “My Hikes” notebook) and Shaynie M. (who’ll get the “My Dreams” volume).
Check back soon for more goodies…
Posted May 3, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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It’s another lovely day in New York, and I’m pleased to share these lovely reviews of different products in the Exaclair family.
Posted May 2, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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There was never any question that we’d eventually need to leave Brooklyn — that our modest rental would grow too small, too rickety, too run-down for two parents who worked from home and a baby who’d soon start exploring the gaps between the floor and the wall. When that baby was born, of course, we had no idea how, and how soon, we’d have to go.
The truth is, we haven’t had time to miss Brooklyn amidst the chaos of our departure. But now that it’s spring — though I can’t believe my good fortune to have landed in this lovely Hudson River Valley town, and though I’m thrilled to observe the hyacinths and irises poking their way out of the ground in our new yard — I really miss my garden. The lovely Rose of Sharon we inherited, the Siberian irises and poppies that I splurged on at the garden store… (The termite colony and six-inch leopard slugs I’m just as glad to have at a comfortable distance.)
I always assumed I would bring a few plants with us whenever we moved, and would occasionally indulge in a bit of pragmatic self-importance as I reasoned through which ones. The blueberries were in a wooden container, which was dicey given the termites. The roots of the irises were knotted deep into the ground. The Black-eyed Susans and daisies were easy to transport, but also easy to sow anew. And pragmatism aside, I knew it would be nice to let the house’s next tenants enjoy the surprise of watching what came up in the spring.
I trust they are, perhaps with the added awe of nature’s post-storm resilience.
Posted May 1, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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So… it’s been six years! And a month or so. But you can’t control when inspiration strikes, so here we are on May Day with a special giveaway: a whole set of Memoriae notebooks for one lucky winner.
Memoriae are a set of journaling books that made in France, and we don’t carry them here. Each book is dedicated to a different theme — food, books, travel, and so on — and is the size of a small Habana, with 80g ivory paper.
Enter by Sunday, May 5 at midnight EST by completing the following form:
Posted April 30, 2013 by Karen Doherty
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The inserts are on their way from France, and we expect delivery in early June. The second the products are in our warehouse and ready for sale we will announce it on the blog, so look for the announcement before mid-June.
We expect to have a page of these Exatime inserts on both exaclair.com (Exacompta brand page) and also on a special page on quovadisplanners.com. This page will show the inserts in stock and link to paperbistro.com, which is our e-commerce site.
We didn’t order a large amount of stock initially–but if there is interest we’ll keep the inserts in stock and look to expand in future months. Depending on demand, we will seriously consider making inserts here in the US.
The inserts are “Exatime 17 Etroit” Papier Ivoire, 170 x 98. They are made with Clairefontaine paper, 85g, so it’s good for fountain pens.
Here is what we ordered:
Ref 18544E – 2013 weekly view with notes
Ref 18511E – grid notes
Ref 18515E – ruled notes
Ref 18551E – ruled notes – 5 color sheets
Ref 18516E – address pages
Ref 18523E – address separators
More soon. Thank you for your patience!
Posted April 29, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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Many thanks to all who entered and/or spread the word about our latest contest. We are pleased to introduce our planners to the following lucky winners:
- Savanna D.
- Roger P.
- Kay L.
- Jim G.
- Derrick D.
- Sandy R.
- Jeffrey U.
- Lee S.
- Dave M.
This is a contest we’re planning to run again in the future, so check back if we whet your appetite and your name isn’t on this list. We’ll also run new contests soon for everyone to enter.
Posted April 26, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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It’s a gorgeous day here in New York, so I’ll cut to the chase with today’s reviews so we can both go outside and enjoy it.
Posted April 25, 2013 by Leah Hoffmann
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Here’s something else that ought to please any North American Francophiles out there… if you’d rather go Lundi à Dimanche than Monday through Sunday, you can visit our Canadian website, which sells directly to the public.