Days of Future Pastel

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Like Thor and the Midgard Serpent, my craft table and I are always fated to meet in battle (perhaps until the end of the world). As my collection of snail mail supplies multiplied over the past few months, I’ve struggled to contain it and keep it organized. Washi tape, paper stacks, scraps from old magazines, stickers and ephemera–it’s a little too much for one small space!

For this reason, I haven’t acquired any new supplies in a while: but occasionally I’ll discover an irresistible assortment of paper goods in a charity shop or thrift store and my legions of materials will simply have to grow once more.

(And if everything’s in a cheerful, pastel-ish hue? So much the better!)

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School’s back in session at my favorite secondhand store! I actually regret not buying more of these little organizers (which were a steal at $1.50). They’re perfect for holding stickers, postcards,  small washi tape rolls, or even stamps. Aren’t the new “Additional Ounce” penguin stamps just adorable?

(Tucked beneath them are a new sheet of Vintage Rose forever stamps–though I was tempted by the new Summer Harvest series, I couldn’t resist getting a few more of my old favorites…)

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It’s been decades since the reign of the gel pen, when your elementary school societal rank could be measured by how many glittery golds or reds you had. I’m probably three times the age of anyone who still uses gel pens today, but nostalgia is a deadly thing: and that’s how I ended up with a stack of Gelly Rolls for a dollar.

Surprisingly, they’re very useful for letter-writing (the brightness offers a great contrast with even the most impossibly dark stationery) and I have to admit that there’s something inherently cheering about writing in such gorgeous ink. If I ever end up as a professor, I could see myself scribbling a comment on a student’s paper that encourages her to draw out a potential post-colonial reading of an exhibition–written in metallic teal, of course.

(This is why I should never become a professor.)

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He’s not stationery or desk supplies by any stretch of the imagination, but I couldn’t resist including my new pastel Pusheen by Hey Chickadee. Nothing like a sea-green, egg-shaped cat with a heart applique to add the finishing touch to any creating space, right?

3 thoughts on “Days of Future Pastel

  1. Ah, I love your commitment to snail mail–handwritten letters are an art to be savored and saved! I have to ask, though–what is washi tape? And I do just want to say I have been a college English instructor, but I have never, ever used red pen. That metallic bronze, or gel purple, or even fluid black is so much kinder and more communicative than harsh, bold red!

    • Oh yes–writing letters as a hobby brings me such delight, and I don’t know what I’d do without it! Washi tape is a sort of very thin, decorative “paper” tape (originally from Japan) that comes in enough different patterns and styles to make a collector out of any scrapbooker or crafter. And I certainly agree with you on that sinister red ink: anything written in red can seem so alarming, even if the words themselves are positive!

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