Friday, 4 April 2014

National Stationery Week, Day 5

Today is Pencil Case Day, which is quite a difficult one for me.  Honestly, I haven't had a pencil case since I left school, and gods only know where that one is.  It was a plain metal flip-lid case that I glued cut-out anime pictures on and covered with plastic.  Now and again I'd peel off the plastic, change the images and re-cover it.

I was actually 17 or 18 at the time, so it's even more pathetic than it sounds.

Since then I haven't bothered with one, for the simple reason I never needed to.  My house is littered with pens, pencils and large tins of crayons, and somewhere there's a toolbox full of acrylics and gouache, but I haven't seen that in years either so I think it's taken itself off in disgust.  Most stationery just floats around on desks or in drawers.

However!  Very recently I did splurge on a Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer pencil case, in order to keep my inking pens in line.  They were spilling over the case of the unused desktop and I'm fairly sure they were planning a rebellion with the Cocoiro pens, but now they're neatly penned away in their own case.

It keeps them all together, is perked up by four OHTO Smile Slide Clips—I didn't buy them to clip paper together, they were just so cute I wanted to own them—and they're chaperoned by Barkvolio, my furry bookmark who's currently on sabbatical while I work my way through some ebooks.

I no longer have to clatter around fishing out the right pen for the line I'm drawing and it keeps everything in line so efficiently I'm actually tempted to buy another to keep the gel pens in...

Not too bad for my first pencil case in twelve years.

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