Of childhood pastimes and inspiration

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When I was a little girl my favourite time of year was the month of January. In Australia, the end of January signifies the end of our long summer holidays, the end of festive celebrations, and the beginning of our school year. Most people would typically hate this time of year. But I loved it. I loved it because, for me, the beginning of the school year meant stocking up on new stationery. Oh my word! I used to get so excited about pristine exercise books, a new pack of bright coloured pencils, coordinating my colours and organising all my equipment for school.

When I was in high school I used to make my own notebooks. Not satisfied with what was available to me at the time, I would pull apart pages from an old exercise book and create a new, much prettier cover, and bind them together with ribbon.

Fast forward 10 years and I am still that girl. I love stationery. I love that, for not a lot of money, you can buy yourself something that not only looks good but is practical as well.  For me, stationery is not just about pen and paper. It's about feeling ready and organised - with a touch of pretty. It's about the excitement and possibilities of what these tools can help me achieve (is that as geeky as I think it sounds? Oh my gosh... so geeky).

Five years ago a colleague of mine introduced me to a line of perfection that seemed to embody everything I loved and believed about stationery. Last year kikki.K celebrated their 10th birthday and I discovered the story behind the stationery. You will have seen kikki.K products featured in this blog and I'm certain there will be more to come. I am not in anyway affiliated with kikki.K. I just find their products inspiring. And now I find their founder, Kristina Karlsson, inspiring too. I will always respect someone who refuses to just accept circumstances, who takes a chance, and who has the courage to make changes in their life. Thank you, Kristina, for being such an inspiration to women all over the world. And thank you for helping keep my love of stationery alive!

Who inspires you friend? I'd love to know!

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