Remember the sitcom Mad About You?
A recurring theme was that Jamie Buchman (played by Helen Hunt) was a meticulous planner, if a bit uptight. Her sister Lisa, on the other hand, was a hot mess, the kind of person who lurches around with a doll head and a stun gun in her bag.
In one episode (number 65, “Purseona,” linked up top in case you are procrastinating something), the sisters’ black shoulder bags get switched. Helen finds herself without money, subway tokens, her husband’s passport, or an umbrella in a downpour, and she slowly comes apart.
Meanwhile, as Lisa crashes through her day, she keeps miraculously pulling handy necessities—an umbrella, spare pantyhose, a pen, a pack of gum, subway tokens—out of “her” purse. At the end of the day, one of the purse-crossed sisters (Lisa) gets a job—and the other (Jamie) loses a client.
What I’m saying is: Each of these clever, beautiful, and useful items from the MDK Holiday Shop is something Jamie would love, and they would totally help Lisa get that job. These gems will turn us all into well-put-together people who are living our best life and always have a wintergreen Altoid when we need it.
Upgrade Your Bujo
Doesn’t everybody hope that Santa brings an effortless, flexible way to plan, track, and migrate tasks this year?
There is no better way to ease into a new year than a fresh, crisp Bullet Journal. O, the possibility that those dotty-grid, blank pages contain.
If you’re in search of a simple, notebook-based system for organizing work and life and also preserving your doodles, read about Bullet Journaling here. And if you’re already a member of Bullet Journal nation, the MDK Shop has supplies and reinforcements.
In addition to the Bullet Journal (or Bujo) itself (in three highly organized and efficient colors), this year we have upped the fun factor and the handiness, with two new items.
Fact: You can’t Bullet Journal without a writing implement. The Smiley Attachable Pen Case is a cheerful zippered case that has a flat elastic band, so it slips around the front cover of your Bullet Journal (or notebook of choice), and stays there.
It’s a game-changer for victims of the common household pen thief, er, “borrower.”
The case has room for two or three pens. Or a pen and a six-inch ruler. Or a pen and your emergency crochet hook. You get the idea. It comes in five colors, so you can coordinate it with your Bullet Journal. Which is important for creative expression.
This is pure fun. We squealed with delight when we saw Felicity Ford’s washi tape featuring her brilliant colorwork knitting patterns. How did she think of it?
When it comes to washi tape, you want to have a full range of colors and patterns to work with, so our set includes all six of Felix’s designs.
It’s just the thing for blinging out a Bullet Journal, for sealing up gift packages, for turning a to-do list into a satisfying little art-and-procrastination project.
The more you play with it, the more ideas you’ll get. The tape has a nice, gentle adhesive, so you can adjust it a bit as you work out exactly how you’re going to decorate the edges of your desk, your phone, your water bottle, your cat. DO NOT HOLD BACK!
Contain and Corral: The Revolution Basket
Ellen Schiller builds forms of exquisite beauty that are also sturdy, machine-washable bags and vessels. The gray zigzag stitching is so beautiful—the pattern and randomness of it are not like anything we’ve seen before.
We asked Ellen to design a basket especially for MDK. We wanted a yarn and project holder that would work equally well perching on a shelf or toted around the house to our favorite knitting spots.
But if you would like to fill it with gorgeous seasonal decorations for a holiday centerpiece or keep it by the kitchen door holding mail and keys, the Revolution Basket is ready.
Kermit suggests: catnip toys. Olive suggests: turkey sliders.