Notebooks, notebooks. Stacked on the desk, beside the pillow where I rest, in cabinets, in drawers, in purses galore.  Filled with quotes and notes, projects, ideas and posts. Scribbles here become projects out there, and the magic of that transformation remains a constant surprise and delight (and a large part of why I love to write).  Jot down your ideas ... you never know where they will lead.

Colorful composition books from Target and lime mini book & pen from Staples, about $1 each; little black book with small silver pen inside from Baekgaard; Barbie, Dr. Seuss, Keep Calm & Have A Cocktail polypro spirals by Graphique de France excavated from the stationery aisle of Marshalls for half the full retail prices.

Photo by Doreen Creede / Style Maniac.

"Use the good china for breakfast."