It was the wired ribbon that did it. As soon as I started twisting it in my fingers - because I just had to use it - I realised I had a tail. And then that meant I had to come up with a tale to go with it and I remembered a photo I had of a little white pencil sharpener, so I made this:
That little pencil sharpener has turned out to be one of the best 50p's I've never spent. It's not even mine: it belongs to the girl with an eye for a bargain, an interest in colouring pencils and a mother who loves useful stationery items and isn't above borrowing them when her daughter is out of the house.
But think about it: if you were to make a list of your favourite little things which didn't cost a lot, but which work perfectly and look attractive in some way at the same time...wouldn't it include a few items from the stationery aisle?
Perfectly plain pencils, maybe? A neat little stapler? A pack of buff coloured luggage labels? What's your pleasure?