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2019 Vol.III – Love Songs 08.02.19

For those who don’t want to write a love letter this Valentine’s Day, how about a mix-tape instead? Here are 10 of our favourite love songs to get you started


How to Write a Love Letter

It’s almost Valentine’s Day which means it’s the perfect time to pull out all the stops for your loved one, and what better way than to write a love letter. In todays society we all now communicate via text message, email or social media and it seems the art of letter writing is fading into obscurity, however this can actually make writing a love letter so much more special. A letter is tangible and is something your partner will open, read and then cherish forever, love letters can solidify milestones in your relationship and can be read again and again to reaffirm feelings. We realise that it can be hard to express your true feelings sometimes but you don’t have to be a poet or literary genius to write a love letter, so to help you get started here are our top tips…

Make a list

Begin by making a list of all the things you love about your partner, including treasured memories and dreams of the future.

Make it Personal

This is for the person that you know better than anyone, so mention all the little idiosyncrasies and moments that they might not even realise you notice or have remembered.

Speak from the heart

Be honest, this is a chance to write the things you want to say but can never find the the right time or words. Writing will give you chance to to think of exactly how to express yourself and you won’t be in danger of saying something of the cuff and it coming out wrong.

It’s easy to be cheesy

Steer clear of clichés and rhymes but quotes and song lyrics can work well in moderation.

Short is sweet

Don’t worry about the word count, because remember it’s the thought and effort that counts.

Use good stationery

A beautiful envelope and some luxury writing paper can take your love letter to the next level (we might just know where to get some). For writing, we would always recommend a fountain pen, it brings out personality in your handwriting and will give it a classic timeless feel.

Send it

This sounds like the easiest but can sometimes be the hardest part. Just think how much you would appreciate receiving on and then take the plunge.

Images courtesy of: Home of Juniper, Jollity Shop and Paper & Grace.


Charlotte Donates 01.02.19

This month Charlotte donates to Help for Heroes and has chosen the Not All Superheroes Wear Capes card.

Help for Heroes supports Serving and Reservist Personnel and Veterans who have suffered injuries or illness as a result of their service to the Nation. The Charity also helps their close family and dependents. I have chosen this charity as my older brother has been serving in the army since he left school and although not affected by injury or illness himself many he knows have. I feel that they do such an important job for us and our country that we in turn should help to support them.

Charlotte


2019 Vol.II – Burns Night 25.01.19

Happy Burns Night to all of our Scottish friends! To celebrate we have put together a playlist of some of our favourite artists and bands from Scotland. 


Meet Our Stockists: Seed 24.01.19

Meet SEED, a shop on the beautiful Catherine Hill in Frome, Somerset. Home to an emerging generation of creative talent, they specialise in sourcing a diverse mix of homewares, jewellery, textiles and ceramics from across the UK and beyond. We caught up with Sinead to talk about running the shop, her love of notebooks and all you need to know when visiting Frome.

Q. Tell us about why you opened the store?

I had the idea for Seed when I was at university. Then whilst I was working in fashion, I saved and started planning the store and website.  I was lucky in my job to shop around the world, but there became fewer stores especially in UK which were different and offered something inspiring and with provenance.  For me the high street was becoming a blur of mass produced homogenised products and I wanted to offer something hand crafted, something that has a story. We opened the first shop in 2010.

Q. Is there a story behind your stores name?

I named the business Seed, from the proverb ‘from small acorns do mighty oaks grow’ It was the Seed of my idea and the independent makers, nurturing and supporting each other to grow together.

Q. What has been the best moment in your stores life so far?

Oh that’s tricky we’ve been lucky to have lots of great moments. More recently opening our newest shop was incredible.  We relocated to the bottom of Catherine Hill, Frome in February 2018.  I had always loved the space but never imagined it would one day be home to Seed.  It’s a beautiful light and airy two storey building, with lots of period features, the huge windows look out on St Catherine’s, it’s the perfect spot and has given me the space to extend our ranges.  We’ve just introduced clothing and will be offering workshops in the coming months.

Q. What is one item you can’t live without?

My notebooks, I love a list and have to jot or sketch all my ideas down.

Q. Where did you first hear about Katie Leamon?  

We met at a trade show in the early days of our businesses, it’s been wonderful to see her brilliant brand grow over the years.  It’s always a real treat to see the new collections and see the team.

Q. What is your favourite Katie Leamon Product?

I’ve always loved stationery, so I’d have to say my pencils.  However I can’t bring myself to use them as they’re just so gorgeous, so they’re an ornamental feature on my desk.  Please tell me I’m not the only person who collects stationery and doesn’t use it?!

Q. What would be your top tip for someone visiting Frome?

I’d recommend staying for a weekend and wonder off the beaten track, you’ll find an array of brilliant independent shops and wonderful cafes and restaurants. Then just 5 minutes away and you’ll be in the most beautiful countryside.  A perfect weekend to visit is the first Sunday of the month (March- December) when the streets are closed off and the Frome Independent market takes over the town.  There are food treats, flea market, artisan products and lots of live entertainment. I don’t know anyone who has visited who hasn’t dreamt of moving here.


Our pledge to be Plastic Free by 2020 11.01.19

We are all aware of the devastating impact plastic has on the environment. At Katie Leamon, we are constantly trying to find new ways to make our company as sustainable as possible. Currently, all of our products are made in England, of which the majority are recyclable and we ensure that all of our cards are FSC certified, this is a method by which companies can show their commitment to the environment and responsible forest management.

Moving forward, we are committed to using recycled and biodegradable materials in our products and are looking into plastic-free alternatives for packaging. The time is now to act to ensure a better future for everyone and that is why we are pledging to go plastic-free by 2020.


What notebook should I buy?

It’s a new year and you’ve decided you want a new notebook to help you get organised for the year ahead. Not sure what kind of notebook you want? Well, we’ve put together a small guide to help you choose one from the many notebooks in our range.

Lay-flat notebook

the lay-flat notebook was created with designers, artists and writers in mind. The lay-flat binding allows for ease of writing/drawing on all 300, 90gsm blank pagesThe robust gravure texture cover means it’ll be protected in your bag and would make the perfect travel companion. There are 6 different designs, so whether you like bold patterns or classic block colour there’s a style for everyone.

Wiro notebook

The Wiro notebooks are ideal for note taking or the art of bullet journalling. The wiro binding means they also lay flat and the bullet dots are the perfect solution if you can’t decide whether to go for plain or lined pages. We think this is a great option for students or someone who likes to get a bit more organised with their notes or designs.

Personalised notebook

Well, who doesn’t like something with their name on? This is for the #stationeryaddicts and will sit perfectly alongside your other personalised stationery and correspondence. The gold foil initials adds a touch of elegance to your notebook and you’ll be looking for every excuse to use this when you’re out and about.

Marble notebook

Trying to find something chic and on trend? Then look no further. Our Marble notebooks are best-sellers and have been the mainstay in our notebook collection for years. The wide selection of unique designs can make it hard to choose one, but the option of either A5 lined or B5 plain means you can buy 2 instead!


2019 Vol.I – New Year 10.01.19

Happy new year! We have a feeling it’s going to be great. 


Rachel Donates 04.01.19

We are very proud to be continuing Katie Donates into the new year! Thanks to everyone who supported the project last year and we hope it’s even more successful in 2019.

This month Katie’s sister Rachel donates to the Plan International UK “Because i’m a girl” campaign.

“I have chosen this charity as I believe as a mum of 2 independent little ladies, more needs to be done on equality for girls. We need them growing up in an environment they feel equal, as well as feeling safe and secure. The need to feel that they can stand up for what they believe in. This campaign aims to tackle real issues girls and young ladies across the globe face daily.”

Rachel


Playlist: Christmas Vol.III 14.12.18

Rock around the Christmas tree with these festive rock ‘n’ roll hits.


Last-minute Christmas gift guide

For some, Christmas shopping was sorted in November, other’s haven’t even started yet. Most of us have bought a few things but still just looking for the tricky to buy for family member, Secret Santa, or mysterious friend. No matter which of these “festive shoppers” you are, we have put together a last-minute gift guide to tick at least one person off your list!

Wiro Notebook

For the creative

Kaweco Fountain Pen

For the writer

HiDE Pencil Case

For the designer

City Map

For the traveller

Assorted Pencil Set

For the artist

HiDE Card Holder

For the big spender

Personalised Notebook

For the artist

POST Subscription

For the stationery addict

Love Print

For the romantic

HiDE Personal Organiser

For the pragmatist


Playlist: Christmas Vol.II 07.12.18

Does your granny always tell you that the old songs are the best? Listen now to our favourite Christmas classics from yesteryear…