Monday, February 25, 2013

It's Good To Have Friends!

I am spoiled, did you know that? Yes, spoiled with good and generous friends. I was reading Serena Lewis' post about her beginning to venture out and do some sketching in public. She posted that she found the coolest all-in-one pencil case-type organizer and that it worked perfectly because it held her moleskine, pens and other sketching supplies perfectly. 

Scuffs Hardhead "Owlly"
pencil case.
The blog post was called "I Love My Owlly" and I must admit I totally drooled over her Owlly too! This all-in-one travel kit is not only perfect for holding everything an urban sketcher would need but it's totally cute too!! See, I had been looking high and low for a good pencil case but to no avail. Even worse, I had just ordered the large Moleskine Cahier notebooks so I could (hopefully starting this Spring if I get my sh*t together, lol.) start venturing out into this big beautiful world and do some impromptu drawing. I've been inspired by the likes of Andrea Joseph, Danny Gregory and Serena herself (I absolutely LOVE her sketchbook entries).

I see myself sitting in a Starbucks with a large mint mocha latte drawing everything that I see. Maybe I could even find some parks around here that I could draw my natural surrounding. I have the duckpond out back and those ducks are just begging to be drawn. (Ok, they're begging for duck food but I'm not judging, lol.) The thing is, just like Serena, I'm a bit trepidatious about trying to draw in public. The great thing though is that I now have the perfect travel set for urban sketchers all because of Serena, just the sweetest person ever!

What happened is that when I saw her Owlly I went hunting the brand down only to find it was not available in Canada or the US. Eek!! Serena is in Australia and the Owlly is an exclusively Aussie product, not for sale outside her lovely country. I left a bereft comment on Serena's blog, a tongue-in-cheek harangue that it just wasn't fair for her to show off her lovely new travel kit when the rest of us suffer without a totally cute Owlly. (I can be known for my sarcastic lip.) 

Scuffs Hardhead "Piper" Pencil Case
Now, I did NOT mean to make her feel guilty or force her to go buy me an Owlly of my very own but that's what she did!!! She actually said she'd gone to buy several (I'm guessing for other friends) and did I want her to send me one? I'll admit this stunned me for a while and I had to give it a minute of serious thought. (Out came the guilt, had my sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek comment made her feel guilty?) Then I got over myself and realized that NO I wasn't all powerful OZ, making people bend to my will, Serena was just über generous and wanted to be nice. I love that about her. 

The Owlly arrived yesterday even though both Serena and I expected it to take at least another month to arrive. YIPPEE, the Canadian mail system actually worked for once, lol. My Owlly is actually bright pink and called Piper, lol. Isn't it just the cutest? It fits everything I'll need and even some stuff I didn't think I'd be able to fit in any travel case. It just fits the large Moleskine cahier nicely and then the center part holds my pencil and micron pens and a smudger. In the back pocket I was so lucky that all of the colored Pentel R.S.V.P ballpoint pens fit perfectly along side my Graphitint Derwent pencil crayons. It couldn't be more perfect. The ballpoints shouldn't bleed through the cahier paper and the Graphitints will allow me to add just a hint of color. I'm so thrilled about how it all came together, it must have been kismet.

Thank you Serena for contributing to my first forays into sketching in public. Now that everything is in one place, I won't lose anything and I'm betting the journey will be successful and you know how success builds on itself! I'm so happy to be your friend. You Rock!


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  1. It's PINK!!! How wonderful.....I was so hoping you were going to post an inside picture....whew!
    Since there are "crocuses" already blooming out west, lets see you 'get out' and start sketching....Hmmmmm....


  2. I saw hers and was jealous immediately! And now, I am jealous of yours! hahaha. They don't even sell them online?! LE SIGH.

  3. that is an awesome thing to have and I hope it makes you get out and push yourself to sketch like crazy... thinking I may just need to go and hunt them down myself...xx

  4. You just had to go an show that gorgeous little case didn't you. I managed to control myself when I saw Serena's case but then you just had to tempt me and I live in Australia. Puffy, the dark blue case is on his way to live with me. Now I will have to go out and sketch too!!

  5. Wonderful item!! It is something I would have just because I'm a bit of a freak about stationery and stationery related items. It would sit, filled with pad, pens & pencils, just waiting for me to pick it up, stroke it, and replace it lovingly.
    Well I can barely draw a wiggly line, so I DEFinitely wouldn't take it outdoors would I !?! Haha. Enjoy, and show us something from outdoors soon! :0) Mo x

  6. Soooo cute. and so motivating!! I'm sure that owl is really excited to go out on sketching trips and wouldn't you feel bad if you didn't oblige? I don't know how brave I am, but I know I need to sketch more...

  7. what a super great friend! i love your owly - Piper - i think i'm jealous, too :) but i don't think you could ever catch me sketching in public, oh my, i shiver to think of it! have fun :)

  8. OH Jenn, what sweet words you have said about me...thank you! I'm so happy you love Piper and I love how you have all the necessities packed in there so neat and tidy. I was only too happy to send you a case....I absolutely adore mine, as you know. Enjoy it! We'll look forward to seeing your on-location sketches soon, I hope. xx

  9. $%#@! Now I want one too!
    I know it's not attractive or a good quality to covet a friends possessions, but what can I do Jenn? It's gorgeous and I want one! I just wish I'd seen this post before I went shopping yesterday! Nothing else for it...I'll have to head back out and locate a 'Owlly' or 'Piper' for myself.
    Even though I'm having difficulty sketching in the privacy of my own studio, so it'll probably never see the great outdoors...but never say never eh?
    Can't wait to see what 'Piper' and you get up to...I can hear those ducks from here. ;D
    Have a great day xoxo

  10. Oh...oh...oh...I've just seen there's a 'Puffy'...and a 'Moia'!


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