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Midori D-Clips Paper Clips

These days have been busy and full and there’s lots going on here. Maybe it’s having the baby, maybe it’s having a business where it’s all hands on deck all the time, but every day is something new.

We’ve been busy getting online orders out, but also trying to organize and re-organize here so we can be lean and mean, but our pile of boxes-to-be-sorted-later is just getting bigger. A regular customer of ours said we should do thing where we put all of the boxes in storage for 6 months, and whatever is left that we haven’t retrieved for use yet, we just throw out. I know I’m a procrastinator, but that is too daunting for me just yet – I mean, there could be good ink in some of those boxes!

We took Super to the dog park on Monday where he got his tennis ball stolen by a corgi about 30 seconds into a game of fetch. Super walked for a while around looking lonesome and pitiful, but found a new friend pretty quickly. Those corgis may have short legs, but they’re fast… and also Super is not very well-coordinated.

The baby has learned this thing where he likes certain food and he doesn’t like other food. He’s been feeding himself for a while, which I initially thought was the greatest advancement he’s made yet because it meant I could eat/read/cook/fold laundry while he was fingering up all those Cheerios – I didn’t even have to get my hands dirty!

However, Caleb has recently discovered he can now feed himself whatever he wants, meaning of course only the tasty bits. Even if you hide some lumps of that horrible tasting tofu in a mash of cheese and banana, cleverly similar in colour and shape, by the end of lunch, he will have eaten all of the cheese and banana, with all of that tired old tofu sitting on his tray. And potentially around smeared around his face.

Jon says he learned this picky-eating from me, which is ridiculous, since as an adult, I now only purchase and cook foods that I am willing to eat, and therefore I eat everything on my plate.

In the shop, we’ve been working hard on ordering to re-stock low and out of stock items from our regular lines. Things were all over the place as we moved – some things showed out of stock online, but we had a whole box, and sometimes it was the opposite. We’ve been getting shipments in and we’re counting and inventorying everything up.

And we are also getting a few new items in! These we ordered quite a while ago (a lot of our overseas, in particular Japanese, items we need to order pretty far in advance), and they’ve just arrived. We got a big shipment of Midori items – although no new Blue Midori stock yet!

The first of these new items that we’re getting online are these adorable Midori D-Clips or paper clips. Jon says I’m not allowed to put these on any of the papers we have to organize for our accountant for taxes, so she takes us more seriously. But how can I resist.

Midori D-Clips Paper Clips Toronto Canada Wonderpens.ca Wonder Pens

We have two sizes – the small ones come in a box of thirty, and then larger ones that come in a pack of four.

For these smaller ones, I was originally thinking I’d be all over the elephants, because you know elephants are just beautiful and gorgeous and funny looking but I’m really liking the airplane and also the crocodile. Also, the hippo and whale. And the turtle.

Midori D Clips Paper Clips Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada


They come in a box of 30, and even the box is kind of cute! It slides open, and I’m sure you could find a few ways to re-use the box once you’re empty, maybe holding extra nibs or sorting different sizes of cartridges?

The large ones come in a pack of four, by theme – vehicle, aquarium and zoo.

Midori D-Clips Paper Clips Toronto Canada Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

Midori D-Clips Paper Clips Toronto Canada Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

The large ones are great for all kinds of things: they obviously hold more paper together – it says up to 20 sheets on the back, but in Japanese, so it’s a bit of a decoding game here. At the very least, they are sturdy enough to attach onto the leather cover of a Midori or another notebook.

You can also use these large ones as bookmarks for reading, or a way to mark sections or important pages in your notebooks you need to refer to. The larger clips are pretty heavy, so you can also use this to hold a few pages together to weigh them down if you have your book open for reading hands-free.

Wonder Pens Midori D-Clips Paper Clips Toronto Canada

And actually, these are would make great enclosures (items accompanying a letter) to include with your letters to pen pals or whoever you’re writing to, just as a fun surprise – they’re flat and can go through the letter mail system. If you are going to send a few, I might recommend sliding them onto your letter or paper, so they don’t end up all bunched loose in a corner, making it hard to go through a machine.

*With Canada Post, the letter mail has size and weight restrictions, and while it says letters can be no more than 2 cm in thickness, it is also for items that are totally flat and are acceptable going through mail sorting machines or rollers. This is part of why lettermail is so inexpensive. Once you get into parcel mail or sending packages, your postage rate goes way up.

Lots is happening here! Every once in a while a customer catches us at the right with the pot of tea, and we clear off some space on the back table to chat. It’s a bit hairy because they can see all of our piles of paper and things we’re supposed to taking pictures of or I’m supposed to be testing out and blogging about, but it’s a wonderful kind of busy.

I’ll be writing more soon about some of the other new Midori things we’ve got in. Blue Midoris will be coming soon, I’m hoping in July, and we are expecting more Edison Pens any day now. We’ve got some new calligraphy things on the way, so stay tuned for that.

Also, we’re expecting the new J. Herbin 1670 Emeraude of Chivor ink to come sometime in August, which will be very exciting – it’s a greenish blue ink with gold sheen. As a side note, I don’t have favourite distributors, but if I did, I think the J. Herbin distributor would be the one because they always call me “Madame Chan” in a French accent so I feel all important.

New (Regular Line) Midori Products

We just had our first home-cooked dinner here last night (i.e. frozen pizza and a can of soup), and Jon has set me up with a place to hook up my laptop and get to work. Super has peed on every tree around the block, so it’s like we’re home again. It’s busy and hectic and hustling, but we’re almost there. Even though I’m sitting here staring at a giant hole in the wall just put there by our friendly contractor, Nick, today.

Jon is at the old shop, wrapping up our last few days of business there, and packing up, leaving me here “in charge” with contractors and builders. What this really means is that I try to stop Super from smelling everyone and knocking over things while calling Jon every time a contractor has a question.

And, wouldn’t you know it, the world doesn’t stop just because we’re in the middle of a move. 

We got some new Midori products from their regular line for the Traveler’s Notebooks. We got these with the shipment of the Blue Midoris, but you can guess that these got overshadowed just a bit. We are getting more of the Blue Midori’s at the end of May, so sign up for in-stock e-mail notifications if you are interested in grabbing one.

Midori Traveler's Notebooks Inserts and Accessories at Wonder Pens Toronto, Canada

For now, we’re starting to fill out our line of Midori Traveler’s Notebooks accessories, and while we’ve carried their weekly planners, we decided to bring in their monthly planner for both the regular and passport size.

Midori 017 Regular 006 Passport Traveler's Notebooks Monthly Calendar Inserts at Wonder Pens Toronto, Canada

While we’ve always had the kraft folder for the regular size, we now have the kraft folder, 010, for the passport size.

Kraft Folder 010 for Passport Midori at Wonder Pens Toronto Canada

By now you’ve all heard my sob story about not being able to keep a Blue Edition cover, which Jon has compensated for by offering to let me keep one of these kraft folders for my Passport Midori. On a scale of one to ten, this is consolation of about …zero, but who am I to turn down more inserts for my Midori.

Kraft Folder 010 for Passport Midori Traveler's Notebook Wonder Pens Toronto Canada

After this, the baby will be up, and we’re off to Home Depot, which is basically the worst job ever. Jon gives me a list of things I’m supposed to get, and convinces me that I am a capable and intelligent human being who can purchase thousands of dollars worth of inventory for a stationery business and therefore indeed buy a “hose” for hooking up the dishwasher, based on instructions of “just don’t get a toilet hose or anything.” I just know I’m going to end up aimlessly wandering the aisles of Home Depot not understanding how there could be so many different types of hoses in the world, and then come back with the wrong one.

“Don’t worry, Liz, it’s, like, just a standard size. You can’t go wrong. But don’t get the wrong one.”

Midori Blue Edition + Pan Am Accessories

They’re finally here! And they are gorgeous…

Midori Blue Leather Special Edition Traveler's Notebooks and Pan American PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

The blue leather is beautiful, and I can wait to start seeing photos of how the leather is wearing in. The paper covers on the accessories are also really nice – they have a vintage, retro kind of look, which of course I’m all over.

We got our shipment in, but the news is grim. We didn’t get as much as we were hoping for in this shipment, but we will be getting more.


The demand has been very high for these, and we’re as disappointed as you in this small shipment, but we will be getting more in May, June and again in the fall. We’ve pre-ordered a good number from our distributor, and he has assured me that we will be getting significantly more than what we have currently received. I think it may be that the demand in Asia took out a lot of the initial production, and we are having to wait a bit for more to come out.

For this initial release, we’re asking that you limit yourself to a quantity of one for the notebook and for each of the accessories. Once we start getting additional shipments in, we will open it up again.

If you try to add more quantity of any of these, we will hold and delay your order to sort it out with you.

Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Leather Cover and PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Leather Cover and PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca


Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Leather Cover and PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca



Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Leather Cover and PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca


If you didn’t get all of the items you wanted this time around, don’t despair! Consider signing up for the email notification for back-in-stock on the product pages of the items you want. We are expecting more in May (and then more shipments later), along with some other new products from Midori that I’m pretty excited to share with you.