Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Favourite Things

cityroad and cityroadvintage has come forward to share with us one of her favorite things...

Moleskine Cahier Notebooks--favourite because I love them, because I need them (or think I do!) and most definitely wouldn't be without them.

For years, I have made lists--what to get, what to do, where to go, etc., etc., etc. They used to be on bits of scrap paper or envelopes and, mostly, they got lost. I made a couple of attempts at using a Filofax, but ended up only using the diary bit, which wasn't great. I'm not good with diaries! I'm not sure why notebooks never really worked for me, but I never bothered to replace any until I came across the moleskine.

Coincidentally, as a teenager, my favourite author was
Bruce Chatwin. I remember him writing about his favourite notebooks and being impressed. I even recall looking at them, admiring the quality and truly coveting them. But his moleskine was a proper artist's or writer's notebook and I knew I'd never keep it going...

For me, the latest incarnation of the moleskine--the "cahier" (found in my local department store)--ticked all my boxes and won me over immediately. the cahier has a plain cardboard cover with 64 lined pages of which the last 16 are detachable. The spine is stitched together with exposed thread. There's even a handy pocket on the inside of the back cover for loose notes and ephemera. It measures 3.5" x 5.5"--the perfect pocket-size! I prefer the "kraft" or plain, old brown cardboard cover as it's perfect for doodling on.

Most days, I start a new list. Often, before bed, I'll start tomorrow's list in case I forget anything. I tick off items when I finish and transfer anything I don't do to the next day's. My daughters love to grab my pen and draw little pictures for me. I just love finding their little surprises! I don't throw my notebooks away--well, not yet, that is. 
They sit on the shelf above my desk, they make me smile...

Thank you, Sam, for sharing (and making me feel completely disorganized--ha!) I may have to investigate this novel idea you call list-making...

Here's hoping you all get everything crossed off your to-do list today! --Katie :D

Have a Favourite Thing you'd like to share with the team? Leave a comment and I'll get in touch or contact me via Etsy and next Tuesday's Favourite Thing could be yours. (It's either that, or I'll hunt you down and wrangle something out of you myself. Really. Kendra, I've got my eye on you.)


  1. Katie-I guess I better think of something!! hahaha

    I always think of buying myself moleskine notebooks because I love making lists and having endless sheets of paper floating around to be sorted is a pain. Thanks for the inspiration to just do it, Sam!

  2. Oh, I LOVE this! They make me smile too, especially the part about transferring till tomorrow the things that don't get done today. Now I need my own little cahier so I can write that little note to myself!
    xoxo Mollie

  3. Wow... these are great! What a fabulous little item, and so useful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lovely posting, Sam! and it looks like you found the perfect notebook for yourself; love the little surprises left by your daughters, too!

  5. i can't tell you how many times i lose notes..... this is a great idea sam! :D laura

  6. moleskin notebooks are super duper. i so enjoy knowing that you love them and use them all the time sam. everyone should have a lest 10 on hand--right?

    great post! :) :) :)

  7. Moleskines are awesome...great for personalizing and drawing in. So many different formats available. I used a Moleskine date book for years until I got my iPhone...I kinda miss it :)

  8. Sam, I have to say, that blue strike through the list looks so satisfying! Love your girls' work! Perhaps you have some future Etsians on your hands... :D

  9. I love them! That's a little bit of family history, right there ....! xx

  10. i can't tell you how much i NEEDED to read this and now i need to investigate owning about 10,000 of these...Thank You so much for the idea and the inspiration to get out of the confusion of writing notes on slips of paper and into organization...!