In the post about my trip to Chicago, I mentioned a journal that I did not buy. Remember this?
Even though I DO NOT NEED IT, I began to regret passing it up. It’s just so perfect.
Soon after I published that post, reader “Lipgloss & Wellies” commented with a link to The Mincing Mockingbird , the creator of this exact journal. So I had to explore.
Yup, there it was, and at a better price than in the Art Institute’s gift shop. So I ordered two (“Two is one and one is none.”), another cleverly titled journal, and some ridiculously wonderful pencils.
Truth be told, I could’ve spent my entire paycheck on their site.
Matt Adrian and Kim Bagwell are the married artists behind The Mincing Mockingbird & The Frantic Meerkat. As the “About” page on their site states, they’ve been “full-time purveyors of ridiculous, humorous and beautiful provisions since 2008.” Matt is the mockingbird and Kim is the meerkat.
These are my people. Or maybe I should say, these are my animals.
Anyone who comes up with the likes of the “Jittery Scribblings…” journal finds an instant place in my heart.
I also picked this up, to stash away for a gift…
There are a slew of other oh-so perfect journal options on their site, along with cards, postcards, calendars, coasters, notepads, and mugs. Yeah, I kind of want it all.
Did you catch the imprints on the Troubled Birds pencils?
“I’d sell you to Satan for one corn chip.” “I’m three ounces of whoop-ass.” Snarky. Hilarious. Smart. Had to have these.
Even the back of the box made me laugh out loud.
Those uses? THE BEST. “Writing?” HAH!
There was a slight glitch with my order. One of my Jittery Scribblings journals arrived a little banged up from its travels.
It wasn’t horrible, but I thought it best to let them know. So I dashed off an email with this picture and had a response within twenty minutes with an offer to replace the damaged journal. The replacement arrived a few days later in perfect condition. That’s exemplary customer service.
Both journals I purchased come with dot-grid paper, but there are other styles available as lined or blank journals (e.g., “Mostly Just Whining” and “Creative Ramblings of a Restless Mind”). Each 5″x7″ journal contains 120 pages of 120 gsm paper that reportedly “takes ink beautifully.” So how does the paper perform? Honestly, I don’t know. I haven’t used mine yet. I also don’t care.
These are just too clever and funny to pass up. Well, too clever to pass up a second time.
I’m actually glad that I didn’t buy the journal in Chicago because then I wouldn’t have received that helpful comment from “Lipgloss & Wellies” leading me to The Mincing Mockingbird & The Frantic Meerkat website and their full array of products.
The world could surely use some humor and cleverness, and this site has giant helpings of both.
How could I not share?
Mary, your jittery introvert
Everything mentioned in this post was purchased with my own funds (with the exception of the replacement journal). I was not compensated for this review. Heck, they don’t even know about it. At the time of writing, I’m unable to locate a link for the “Jittery Scribblings…” journal on their site. Hopefully they’re just temporarily out of stock. I should’ve purchased ten. Or more.
Update: Ink testing has been performed and can be found in this follow-up post.