Last night something I was made aware of a strange mystery involving a “William Blake Notebook”, my hometown, and GizLie.
I went to visit a good friend of mine after two months away from home and couldn’t help but notice a lovely Paperblanks William Blake Notebook on her coffee table.
“It’s not mine she said. Actually I have no idea whose it is. I’ve asked everybody I could think of, and nobody is claiming it.”
The notebook looked used and loved. It contained a mix of phone numbers, ideas, doodles, to-do list and whatnot. It had been used exactly the way I use my own notebooks, and the idea of losing one of them and never being able to find it again has always been dreadful to me.
This notebook needed to find its way home!
I started asking questions to my friend: Who came to visit her in the last two months? Where was she on April 13 at 7.43pm in 1999? Could I take a DNA sample of the coffee table?
“You want to know what’s the weirdest part?” added my friend, who wasn’t very impressed with my Cumberbatching. “Look at the notebook’s back.”
And so I did, only to see this:
A GizLie sticker!
The presence of a heart sticker on this notebook is odd for a number of reasons.
You see, GizLie had a popup shop during Christmas in my hometown, where we sold our creations, including our heart stickers for the very first time. Which meant that this sticker and this notebook can’t have found each other until December 11, 2014 (at best).
The sticker looked washed out, as if it had been there forever, but my friend told me that she had noticed the notebook’s presence in her apartment over a month ago. That means that the sticker went on crazy adventures on the back of the notebook for maybe a month, a month and half before ending up on my friend’s coffee table.
Also, it seems like this notebook belongs to a man, and I would love to know the story behind this sticker ending up at the corner of his notebook.
How did this sticker end up on this notebook? Where is his owner? How did the notebook end up on my friend’s coffee table? Why nobody who came to her apartment has been claiming it? Who finished the Nutella Jar?
I don’t know. And I don’t know if there will be an answer to any of these questions any time soon.
I am fascinated to see that something we created was part of someone’s journey, if only for a brief period of time. Even though I know what we sell goes somewhere, it is something else all together to see something you made being actively present in a stranger’s life.
This mystery also made me do something I haven’t been doing before, add my info so a good soul could help me and my notebook find each other back:
I hope the William Blake’s Notebook will find its owner back and will keep going on adventures! In the meantime, if you have a notebook: write your lost&found section inside!
Love and Papaya,