Monday, August 31, 2009
I'm still a fan of using coffee mugs as pen holders; many of us have way more mugs than we need, so why not put one to another good use? But if you'd like a pencil cup that isn't a coffee mug, look at the following options!
Let's start with these beautiful pencil holders from Galison/Mudpuppy. The patterns come from woodblocks in the Victoria and Albert museum; not surprisingly, the museum shop also sells these pencil cups. Update on Jan. 22, 2013: I'm no longer seeing these pencil cups of the V & A web site, or the Galison/Mudpuppy web site, but I see them at See Jane Work — not this specific design, but another by the same company. There's just one design left, though, of the three originally offered.
I'm also very fond of these pretty pencil cups from SuzyJack, available in six patterns, and made with recycled paper. They come with 22 pencils, too.
Thomas Paul also makes nice pencil cups, available from See Jane Work, RedStamp.com and doe. Update on Nov. 7, 2010: These pencil cups are no longer available.
Heading out to Australia, we can find this cloth pencil cup from kikki.K. Update on Jan. 22, 2013: The company no longer sells this pencil cup.
And this is just one of the many beautiful pencil cups made by Il Papiro, in Firenze.
Over on Etsy, Little Black Duck sells these suede storage bags which readily serve as pen pots. [via Apartment Therapy] Update on Nov. 7, 2010: I no longer see these at Little Black Duck.
Want something funkier? Etsy seller Monkey Travel Club has this monkey pencil cup; there's also an owl version. Update on Jan. 22, 2013: I'm no longer seeing this pencil cup.
Staying with critters for a moment, we have this oriole pencil cup. (I wish the whole collection were available!) [via Sparkle Paradise] Update on Nov. 7, 2010: I can no longer find any source for these pencil cups.
Here's a different sort of hand-crafted wood pen holder.
And finally, here's a totally different pencil holder.
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[photo at top of post by Lex in the City, licensed under Creative Commons]