I gave myself a one week break after my year-long blogging streak but I’m back. This week I am going beyond just pens and paper to discuss some desk accessories. I was given a very cute tape dispenser for Christmas shaped like a black cat. Of course I immediately loved it, just like I loved our cat, Dill, when we saw him at the animal shelter. I wondered if I should use my gold paint pen to give it little fangs, like Dill has but decided against it. It is made of wood with a metal cutting blade and came with a floral patterned adhesive cello tape. The tape is nice but it would be even better if it had a cat pattern on it. Because of my broken wrist, I am becoming more aware of how many items need two hands to operate. As this is fairly lightweight, you do need to hold onto it while ripping off your piece of tape. Here is a tip if you only have one functional hand – you could use double-sided tape to attach the dispenser to your desk. Fortunately I am not so badly off that I can’t operate a tape dispenser. This one was purchased in Seattle but I am not sure where it was made although I suspect Asia.
I wonder why animal-shaped accessories are just so appealing? A few years ago I was given penguin shaped paper clips, a natural gift choice for me as I love penguins. These are definitely Japanese as they are made by Midori of Tokyo. Midori makes high quality, well-designed stationery items like these paper clips and the eraser crumb cleaner I discussed in my eraser blog post (https://margretputspentopaper.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/erasers/). One thing I like about both the tape dispenser and the paper clips (and the crumb cleaner for that matter) is that they are functional as well as cute.
Of course I can’t speculate on what these accessories would be if they were people because they are animals.