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national stationery week | 24th to 30th april

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stabilo pointmax pens

sticky notes from mustard - oxford ruler

stationery! as an illustrator myself, and i can say on behalf of many creatives i know – we all love it. in some cases it quite literally facilitates our work, other times it’s a product we make and sell, and on a base level – if its well designed it’s often pretty to look at too.

if you didn’t already know, next week from the 24th april to 30th, is national stationery week. rejoice!

one of the main messages of national stationery week is actually to encourage people to write more, especially children. a worthy cause i think. writing is a wonderful thing. like at christmas, there’s a ‘seven days of stationery’ which goes as follows:
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starting a stamp collection

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collection of stamps in glassine envelope

(i wanted to do some witty/punny title there but in my cold addled state that’s pretty hard.)

for almost as long as i can remember i’ve always been interested in stamps, pretty much since i was a child. i don’t remember anyone in my family ‘collecting’ them per se, but i’m pretty sure my dad and/or grandad kept a few here and there. i do distinctly remember and have very fond memories of going to the market in maltings in farnham a few times with my grandparents and slightly obsessing over boxes of postcards and stamps (amongst other things).
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preparing for christmas with john lewis

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gold christmas tree with baubles

bauble from the john lewis ostravia range

i’m just going to go straight ahead and say it.

i’ve not had a christmas tree (of any kind) since i was a child. the last one i can remember was when i was about 8 or so. we may have had one a few times beyond that, but not in any time beyond my teens, that i can recall. unlike most families in the UK and worldwide that celebrate christmas, actually *celebrating* it was not a big thing in my family beyond childhood. similar to trees i don’t think we even got or gave presents much beyond that point.

as i’ve said many times before, having a nice meal is the one thing that has always stuck though and in the past 7 or 8 years i’ve always tried to visit my dad close to christmas. one year, when we were still living together he made what we described as ‘sleepy pudding’ because we both dozed off almost immediately after eating it. in reality i think we just ate too much and that was the last sleepy straw. ha, i’ll never forget it though!
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the gift of tea

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green tea from jing tea

tea is special, isn’t it? well, unless you don’t like it, that is. in which case this probably isn’t the post for you.

for some, tea is just part of the habit of their day, weaved in without thought but enjoyed nevertheless, and for others it is a time carved out to take stock, to take a few moments and just relax. i go to tea when i’m stressed and need something simple and comforting to focus on. the whole process, from getting everything ready, to waiting for it to reach that perfect drinkable temperature (and of course, the best bit, drinking it) can really be a few minutes of zen in an otherwise stressful day.
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