Thursday, October 10, 2013

Stationery Love and Accoutrements

Ah, stationery love. 

(Not to be confused with stationary love, where people throw heartfelt missives while their feet are fixed, immobile, in cement)

I've had a thing for cute stationery every since I was a little girl. I loved the idea of letter writing, of receiving something in the mail written for me. I used to have this huge collection, with strawberry scented sets, folding papers that became envelopes, special stickers to affix them closed.

Haven't used these in years, sadly.
Sealing wax with stamps (rose, leafless tree, and maple leaf)
One of my childhood friends and I would sometimes send each other letters complete with genuine wax seals and stamps. That took a little practice! You had to drip just enough of a blob bigger than the stamp diameter, and press just at the right time, or it wouldn't work. And that wax burned waaay hotter than candle wax! The scar on my thumb has since faded. ;)

My first (and really, only) fountain pen, a Waterman from college
I even had a thing for fountain pens, loving that scraping of ink onto paper, picking my different ink colors depending on my mood. I had purple, brown, black, and midnight blue. I bought my first fountain pen with my first college work-study paycheck, freshman year. I was journaling back then like mad. I still have the pen! And I absolutely loved the smell of fresh ink. It almost makes me wish I lived in the 19th century. The act of writing was such a beautiful effort, then.

Mix of Japanese and Korean stationery. Not much left!
So that picture above? This is all that's left of my little collection. I need more, though mostly my kids used it to send notes to their cousins and out-of-state friends. Korean stationery is my favorite. Sometimes the typos and grammar errors on it are ridiculously adorable. Morning Glory is my brand of choice.

How about you? Got a thing for stationery or its accoutrements? Are you picky about your writing instruments?


Krispy said...

I am not picky about my writing instruments, but I looooove fountain pens. I think they are so elegant! I have a few that I've received as presents over the years, but I haven't really tried using them. Call me lazy, hah. I also have a wax seal I bought in England from way back (that I also have not used)!

But I used to be all about the stationary as a kid. My friends and I never really mailed stuff to each other, but we'd write notes, fold them up, and pass them between (or during) classes. My issue with cute/pretty stationary is that I can't bear to use it. So it just sits around in my hoard, lol. And omg MORNING GLORY! Brings back memories!

Also, totally agree with you about the 19th century and the act of writing. Everyone from back in the day seemed to have gorgeous hand-writing. It's why it makes me sad that they don't teach cursive in schools anymore (or so I heard). It's like BUT! HAND WRITING!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm a guy - as long as the ink flows, I don't care. My wife has a collection of note cards that would scare you though...

Shelly said...

Oh, how I love beautiful writing accessories! I used to have a wax seal- need to find it again. One of my new campaigns is to revive the art of the handwritten note, and it's all the more lovely when you have great things to write it on and with.

J E Oneil said...

Those are pretty. I'm not a fan of burns though :P.

I'm afraid I'm not much with hand-writing things. I'm a digital girl through and through.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I miss letters. My grandmother loved letters and I have boxes full of them as wonderful keepsakes. I'm afraid it will become a lost art.

Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker and Mantua-Maker said...

How fun! You've brought back so many memories. I used to have boxes and boxes of stationery, and I only sent the pretty ones to people I liked. And I have two fountain pens somewhere. :-)

Old Kitty said...

Sealing wax and stamps!??! That's just brilliant!! I'm totally loving that!!

Pen, paper, paperclips, pencils! And a stapler that works! Stationery heaven! Take care

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I was very excited to order stationery with a logo of a caged grave at the bottom (designed by a friend of my daughter's) before the release of my book in May.

So far, I've used exactly one page.

There doesn't seem to be a lot of use for writing on actual paper anymore, which is a shame. I notice my handwriting has gotten sloppier too, from lack of practice.

In fact, now I'm feeling kind of depressed over the lost art of writing by hand on beautiful stationery with a pen that I didn't pick up for free in a hotel room ...

Unknown said...

Gorgeous, all of it! I have a seal, and a stick of wax, but sadly I've never used either. I really should try, though! They are too lovely to go to waste.

I cannot write stories with any pen but one specific kind. And if someone else in the family "borrows" one of my pens and forgets to return it, or uses up all the ink ... storms arise.

My sister is a calligrapher, and I've always admired her abilities so much, but not enough to visibly improve my own chicken scratch handwriting. I do love watching her work with a calligraphy pen, though! It truly is an art form.

Unknown said...

I love stationary! Office and stationary stores are a downfall for me. I love the look of your stamps.

Connie Keller said...

I love fountain pens. I have a favorite Waterman pen that I bought as a gift for myself when I won a writing award.

As for stationery, I have a box full--nothing like smell and feel of heavy paper, perfect for that fountain pen ink.

Almost makes me wish that we were back in the pre-email days. Almost.

A Lady's Life said...

Oh I love the stamped wax envelope and I love fountain pens and yes having decorative paper to write on is wonderful. Internet spoils it all though cause now we don't send much by mail and when we do we always get shocked at how much it costs lol and then so many more packaging rules...

Canada post automized everything to save money and many people lost jobs
and now they are losing money cause people opt for Fed Ex etc...
Sometimes the saying.. if it ain't broke, don't fix it, is the best.

mooderino said...

I have a lot of pens and clips and pins and folders but the computer has made a lot of that stuff not all that useful. Still find it hard to pass by a stationers without popping in though.

Moody Writing

Shelley Munro said...

I used to love stationery and note cards. I had some sealing wax too. These days I send emails. It's not nearly as exciting as receiving a letter :)

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Anonymous said...

I just donated a box of cards to Goodwill. I don't really use them any more. It was hard to let them go, but at some point I'm moving across the country and all the excess is (hopefully!) being released!

February Grace said...

OMG I don't know how I missed this, except I am so behind reading blogs in general :/ I LOVE this! I have so much stationery...Shabby Chic from Michaels...Disney...Hello Kitty and my favorite My Melody...and the SEALING WAX! I have tons and use it whenever I have a chance. It is so cool to see I'm not the only one out there still loving it!


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