More Field Notes

I re-newed my Field Notes subscription going back a few weeks. I just love collecting Field Notes. Like many others who read this, I too have a stack of Field Notes now, more so than I probably need or will ever use, but, I have started a collection and I will feel weird to stop. So I renewed my subscription to continue for another year of collecting these great notebooks. I also enjoy the feeling of receiving a package in the mail every so often throughout the year. It is always a surprise. And this time around I was surprised by the new packaging the Field Notes subscription came in!

My first thoughts on this Utility edition were…

  1. The raw feeling of the cardboard is nice.
  2. Why doesnt the ruler fold over the pages like a bookmark?
  3. Nice sending one pack of each a ledger and a graph.

I have finally started using my Field Notes as my catch all notebooks that I keep in my pocket now when I am at work. They fit nicely in my back pocket and age well in there too. I finished one of my Black Ice editions the other week and due to the weather here in Sydney (rain every day) I switched it out to Expedition to withstand the water that leaks through my backpack. It has also been a great little show off item at work watching people trying to rip the pages or wet my notebook.

I really love the look of how the Black Ice edition has worn. Being my first Field Notes that I have just let be in my pocket, I am now excited to see how the other editions will wear! I can already see the fading/scuffing of the Expedition edition and am amazed how well the cover is keeping up in my pocket.

Snail Mail #4

I know it is now February almost March but I had to post this.

Each year, my good friend and artist Tomoko sends me a personalised nengajo. A nengajo is a Japanese post card sent on New Years. If you have lived in Japan or have Japanese friends, you have no doubt seen or heard about these postcards. People design their own postcard to send best wishes to their friends and family. 

Well, Tomoko has been illustrating and sending me one each year in the hopes I collect all 12, which I am told, is very good luck.

The fun thing about collecting Tomoko’s nengajo is that she illustrates it and paints the New Years zodiac sign on the front in great detail. Her art style has its own unique touch

Each year I look forward to receiving her beautiful pieces and cant wait to build my collection of her paintings.

As well as the beautiful illustration on the front, she also greets me with exceptional Japanese calligraphy too. I just had to share with everyone how perfect it is.

A Little Update

2016 came and went.

It was the quickest year I have ever lived, well, at least it felt that way.

I think the whole waiting and planning our move back to Australia took so long, that when it finally happened, it didnt seem real. Almost a year later, we are only just settling in and only just now does it feel real.

It is now 2017.

That means a new daily journal was purchased and started. Like last year, I chose the Moleskine Daily Pocket Diary, soft cover of course. It is the perfect size to jot down a little something about the day that was. Maybe I’ll add photos in another post.

I received more Field Notes subscriptions in the mail. Can we just stop and admire how sexy the Black Ice edition looks. It’s my current catch all note book at the moment. It got saturated the second day I used it due to some unforeseen rain that I got caught in. I have a habbit of getting all my new notebooks saturated within the first week of use. However, I have learnt to appreciate the wear and tear aesthetics of an aging notebook.

I bought a big new Rohllbahn Silver Metalic notebook that I currently use as my work study book.

My Midori permanently lives in my bag. It hasnt seen the light of day for some time. I get excitement rushes still to bring it out and use it but am finding less need for it. I know, I am talking crazy. It’s okay, it can’t hear me.

After realising people read this blog and actually want to hear what I have to write about, I have decided to continue it. And since my love for stationary is never ending, why not continue to share all my stories about it with you all who want to read.

So welcome inktastikal to 2017.

Midori Update

Months later I feel it necessary to give a quick update how I am currently using my Midori travellers notebook as seeing how other people used theirs was something I was always interested in when I first got mine.

I used to have the following set up.

– Plastic card wallet
With some cards and plastic stickies
– Craft folder
To place loose papers
– Filed notes ambitions planner
Used to note dates and stuff
– Field notes unexposed
Used as my anything notes
– Field notes two rivers
Used to jot down unknown words in the languages I learn
– Craft folder back
More loose paper
– Plastic zip wallet
Contained random bits

This was my set-up since I got my Midori and it worked well. 3 field notes fit nicely in it, the overhang is not annoying or that bad as some other people mention it. It never annoyed me and thats coming from a perfectionist.


Actually the overhang is barely noticeable. The wear, scratches and marks are starting to accumulate as I now throw this thing around, and it has been through snow, rain and squished in my back pack which is usually full of stuff.

My current set up is a lot more simple as I no longer really use the day planner or take notes in my language field notes book. I now only keep one field notes book in it which is my catch all notebook.

Midori Inside

Current set up.

– Plastic zip wallet
Random things
– Craft folder
To place loose papers
– Field notes unexposed
Used as my anything notes
– Craft folder back
More loose paper
– Plastic card wallet
Various cards

This set up is working well so far and my Midori is a lot skinnier.

Snail Mail #3

Finally I own my own Deadprint Fieldnotes notebook thanks to fieldnut and talented artist Ms Demars who did a swap with me. She also added a little surprise original art piece in the mail.


Deadprint 2

Another exciting successful swap thanks to the fieldnut community on Facebook! If you’re not a member, go there now and join! Everyone is friendly and happy to help you catch them all! Pokemon style.

Snail Mail #2

I am back! Where did I go? No where really. I have just been busy setting up life in Australia and settling into my new lifestyle here. Now that things are going back to normal, it is time to update with some snail mail I received.

Keith, a fellow Fieldnotes fieldnut, did a #killwinterwithorange giveaway a few weeks back and I was lucky enough to win one of his original orange notebooks.

Orange Book

Orange Book 2
Hand stitched with Tomoe River paper.

I love how hand stitched and bound books have that delicate feel. This books is bound with matching orange string, perfectly tied and aligned may I add.

Please check out Keith’s instagram account @randomthinks for more stationery goodness and orange overload.


Sydney Harbour Bridge

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and that is because I moved country. I moved out of Tokyo and into Sydney and have spent my last week settling in and setting up jobs, apartment and just trying to re-culture myself back to the Australian way.

The flight over to Australia was very smooth. It was also a bit of a special flight because not only was I relocating with my partner to Australia, but, it was also my birthday on the same day of us arriving in Sydney.

I wanted to share with you all what my partner got for me as a gift as I think you would all be interested.

Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

I have recently just got into calligraphy and dip pens and inks so this book was perfect.

I can’t wait till all my pens and inks from Japan arrive in my mail now. I posted boxes and boxes of things back by boat so will have to wait a bit, but in the meantime it looks as if I have some reading to do.