Stationery Week!

Out of all of the thoooousands of national days that plaster themselves all over social media on a weekly basis – this is one I can get behind! Having had a stationery addiction for most of my life, my home is constantly scattered with different stationery items that I use daily. In recent years I have toned it down a bit… I look for well designed and good quality items, I now ACTUALLY FINISH the notebooks that I buy before purchasing a new one, and wait until things have run out before spending hours on websites like Present & Correct. Okay fine, I do spend time on there even when I’m not buying things… but I have to fuel my addiction somehow, right?!

So here are my current most favourite/most used stationery items, as well as a lil’ Wishlist to finish things off (my birthday is in June, hinthintwinkyface).

Leuchtturm 1917 notebook, used as a bullet journal. I was going to buy their actual bullet journal, but the colour I wanted was sold out at the time, so I went for this instead! It also means that I can customise it a bit more to my needs as the weeks and months go by. It matches my Leuchtturm sketchbook as well which is always a bonus, but to tell the truth I’m not that impressed with the paper. It’s very thin, so you can see what you’ve written on the previous page a little too clearly for my liking. It’s especially bad if you use markers/highlighters. When I’ve finished this I’m going to search for a bullet journal with thicker pages! If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to know.

A purchase from Amsterdam last summer; the Kaweco Classic Sport clutch pencil. Kaweco is one of my favourite pen/pencil brands. They are all just so prettttyyyyy *insert crying emoji*. Harry bought the black and I got the white. It’s short and chubby and I tend to use it in my sketchbook for the occasional expressive line. Harry uses his whenever there is DIY going on in the house, to mark where shelves/pictures will go etc. It’s an all round lovely thing to use! Definitely makes me want to start a Kaweco collection. Perhaps I’ll try one of their gel roller pens next…

A few things from the HAY shop in Bath. I was in Bath quite regularly over the past year and a bit up until recently, doing an interior design project. So of course I couldn’t help but have a wander round HAY on more than one occasion! One of the last times I was there I bought their own brand ruler and pen, a Pentel “Colour Pen Fine Point” in a greenish grey colour, some washi tape (I can never resist washi tape), and a really handy DUX pencil sharpener. I’m super lazy with pencil shavings, so this keeps my workspace nice and tidy!

Muji pens! I used to have a green one but it leaked everywhere and got all over my Apple Pencil (now THAT was a drama) …granted, it was a few years old, as these are. I tend to use these either in my bullet journal or to write in greetings cards with. They are nice and smooth and apparently, never run out!

A pair of scissors that I’ve had for years. These were a gift, and I think they are supposed to be fabric scissors. I did use them for fabric for the first few years of their life, but they were accidentally used for paper a couple of times and thats what they’ve been used for ever since! I’m sure if I sharpened them they would be fine for fabric again, but I like having them out in my pencil pot because they are so preeeetty.

And finally, my stationery Wishlist. Collected from two of my favourite stationery websites:

  1. Red Kaweco classic rollerball pen, Choosing Keeping
  2. Quitterie pencil case, Present and Correct
  3. Pen holder band, Present and Correct
  4. Clamp tray, Present and Correct
  5. Enamel stationery pins, Present and Correct
  6. Stamp wall planner, Present and Correct
  7. Large red koi celluloid pen case, Choosing Keeping

Do you have any favourite stationery or stationery websites/shops? Let me know so I can go and drool at more things!

Draw My Duds: Stripy Everything

The amount of stripy tops in my wardrobe is obscene. This is the latest one, from & Other Stories. Which I have in a darker colour-way too, oops. I’ve been wearing a lot of dark colours lately, so decided to mix it up and wear two of the lightest coloured things I own – I didn’t feel like myself, but I kinda liked it. These jeans hardly ever make it out in public anymore, but they are such a good fit… maybe I should dye them darker?

I used my new pastel Promarker set from Winsor & Newton for this one. I’ve never used alcohol markers before, so it was really fun to see the colours lighten and even out as they dried – magic! Definitely got a taste for them now, they are really good for these quick outfit sketches… this might be bad for my bank account.

On a different note; I’m not ready for all of the blossom to leave for another year! Does anyone else feel a little sad when they start to die?



Only the top is available online now, although the jeans are the Farleigh jeans on Asos, similar here.

Inside My Sketchbook: 5

I’m not feeling very inspired to draw at the moment, but I’m trying to push through that and just draw whatever, even if I think its super boring/predictable!

I’m also not getting on with this Leuchtturm sketchbook. It doesn’t like watercolour at all (!!!) and I’m finding it very limiting, and not in a bring-out-your-creativity sort of way. What do you do when you don’t get on with a sketchbook? Do you try to finish it because its a waste not to, or do you just start a new one?

Is anyone thinking about doing ‘May We Draw Daily’ this year? I might just go for it and see what happens!

A Lick of Life: March

It’s a late one this month! I’ve had no internet access for most of the month, so doing anything (you know, blogging… WORK!) has been nigh on impossible. Fingers crossed our new provider can get us back online tomorrow. It’s also been a pretty packed, stressful month for me, so photos haven’t really been first on my agenda, oops!



I had my hair coloured professionally in March… lets just say it didn’t go well. This was the first attempt. After one wash I was left with cartoonish yellow-blonde hair. Every time I caught myself in the mirror I let out an “eep!” sort of sound, but ended up just trying to repeat my mantra “It’s okay; David Bowie Vibes”. I went again just over a week later and its a bit better/darker, but fading fast!

This is the only lipstick I’ve been wearing all month. Urban Decay Comfort Matte in ‘Carnal’ – apparently its super close to the sold out Nars limited edition lipstick in ‘Kiss Me Stupid’, and I’m finding it really suits red hair!



It was this one’s birthday! Aaaand, he bought himself his first car! He is now the super proud owner of a shiny gold Mini One – and I’m in looooove with it. It’s gold – of course I’m in love with it.

Harry took around 200 photos to get this one. I need to get better at having my photo taken.

Lets hope April is full of better, warmer days for everyone! Did anyone else have a full on March??

Favourite Things; Colours

1. Legion. I meeeeean…!
I know this word gets thrown around a lot in the blogging/youtube world (and quite frankly, it grates on me), but I can’t think of another word to describe it: I am OBSESSED with this show. AHHHH. The futuristic retro, clean, abstract, dark, colourfulness of it all has me completely hooked. It’s all I think about. I’m not exaggerating. The amount I talk about it I’m surprised Harry hasn’t told me I’m crazy. It’s really making me want to up my photography game and implement lighting more. Plus, Aubrey Plaza is INSANE and I love it.

2. I see a theme forming… This colour combination:

(Can we just ignore that this was taken on my phone?)

3. This lipstick from Urban Decay:

I missed out on the Nars limited edition satin lipstick in ‘Kiss Me Stupid’ (shakes fist), but learned that this is the closest thing I’m going to get to it on Tempatlia. It’s (comfort) matte, which isn’t something I usually like, being a dry skinned person, but as the name suggests; its comfortable. And I think it rather suits my freshly red-ed hair!

Draw My Duds: Grey Trousers

Okay I’m probably going to change the name of this series because I don’t like the word “duds”, but for now that was the catchiest thing I could come up with! I’m so bad at coming up with names for things…

Anyway; I have been meaning to draw my outfits and include them in blog posts for the looooongest time, I think it was one of my first ideas when I started this blog and I don’t really know whats stopped me doing it??? SO I’M DOING IT NOW!

These are my new favourite trousers. Surprisingly they’re from New Look!? I haven’t bought anything from there in years. I guess you just grow out of/ graduate from different brands as you get older, and never ever did I think I’d find anything I liked from there again. But low and behold! Grey checked trousers of my (affordable) dreams! They are super comfy, and super high waisted and super flattering for my shape. SUPERRR.

1.Black roll neck top – h&m, very old
2. Moon brooch – Judys Affordable Vintage Fair, Cambridge
3. Brown belt – Levis, similar
4. Grey tailored check trousers – Asos, New Look
5. Bottle green brogues – Clarks, similar

Do you find you avoid/don’t shop with certain brands anymore as you get older?

Etsy Shop Update/Reopening

My Etsy shop has been receiving a little bit of an overhaul these past few months and I’ve finally uploaded some listings to it! I guess you could call it a miniature reopening. In the process of doing this I’ve also been drawing a lot more, and trying to hunt down, catch and keep my style. I feel like it differs day to day depending on what I’ve seen/read/heard – I guess I’m easily influenced creatively. I do feel like I’m getting there though and I’m expanding my “themes” more as I go to see how far I can stretch. It will be interesting to see how I progress over 2017!

These listings are a mixture of new and older pieces that I’m still happy with, and more will trickle in as I create…


Moon Keeper A3 print – £15 plus shipping. Finished painting this a couple of weeks ago.


Cat Friend A4 print – £5 plus shipping


Imagined Flowers blank greetings card – £2 plus shipping


Honeybee original mini gouache painting in vintage frame – £35 plus shipping

I’ll try to always have a few things to list at a time, so I will do shop updates on here as regularly as I can get things printed.

What would you like to see in my Etsy shop? More “useful” things like notebooks and other stationary? More mini originals? Pins? Let me know!

Little Lick of Life: February


VERY slowly going through this book, both for myself and Stark & Goodwin. It asks such basic questions that you kind of naturally think about, but never write down. This forces you to get everything down on paper and really look at it all. Saving my head from swimming with branding ideas!

I’ll be making a blog post about an Etsy update in the next few days – this has been made in to an A3 print!

Lil teacake-head


Harry got me some of my favourite flowers for Valentines Day. We don’t normally do anything out of the ordinary on this day, but colourful flowers are always appreciated!

I visited Bath again this month for work – finally started to see some amazing progress with the apartments. If you’d like, you can see more of my interior photography on my (temporary) portfolio site: meggieamey.tumblr.com


I really like this teeny face I quickly sketched up out of nowhere a little while ago. The eyes are really different to my normal “style” – but I kinda love it.

What did you do in February? Are you planning anything interesting for March? I’m hoping for brighter, warmer days. A girl can dream!

Inside my sketchbook: 4

Sketchbook update… I’ve been drawing a lot more lately, and having more ideas for finished art pieces – something that hasn’t happened for a while!

Some quick messy warm up sketches

A self portrait – I found out the hard way that this paper doesn’t like watercolour. It bobbles up underneath my paintbrush – so, if you like watercolour in your sketchbooks, maybe don’t go for a Leuchtturm 1917 Sketchbook. Its a pity, because the the most beautiful sketchbook I’ve ever owned!

This has since turned in to a gouache painting, and will be for sale on my Etsy shop some time next week.

And I’m just about to start making a painting out of this one, too! I’ll be testing out a new watercolour paper as well, I have a feeling its going to spoil me.