Tuesday, 18 September 2007

swap!

Now anyone who knows me could tell you that one of my favourite things is stationary. Nice pens, bits of paper, little clips and bits and bobs. The highlight of my day at work is the placing and then subsequent delivery of the stationary order. I can go wild and order 30 black fine liners, or an entire bulk box of miniature bulldog clips (I think my colleges think I am slightly crazy, getting so excited over different sizes of note books, but I say 'what do they know?') When I was younger one of my favourite birthday presents was always a WHSmiths voucher; I would plan my visit carefully to get maximum amounts of stationary for minimal cost, coming away with letraset, 2B pencils, notebooks and numerous novelty rubbers... lasted me all year. So when I heard about the 'back to school' swap hosted by the lovely Marta I signed myself up straight away!


Now I must admit I was slightly daunted when I found out my swap partner was to be Marta herself. I love her blog, her sense of style and the beautiful stationary she makes, how can I match that with anything I send?! But luckily I think she was pleased... (and she took this photo above. Marta, I hope you don't mind me using it here, it looks so much nicer than the ones I took in the half light before I packaged it all up to send...)


And yesterday my package from Marta arrived! It was just what I needed to cheer me up, the lovely spotty tissue wrapping and the lovely spotty ribbon to match! She included one of her favourite supplies; scotch tape and it's double sided no less! She may have to become my supplier as I've never seen this stuff in Britain but it will certainly come in useful! Unfortunately I couldn't get a photo of the bubblegum she sent because as soon as I unwrapped the package my boyfriend spied it and was blowing bubbles before I could get the camera out. He wouldn't let me get a photo of the bubbles he blew (though they were pretty big!) he's very camera shy...

Marta also wrote a lovely note on a home made collage, it brought a tear to my eye! She is full of beautiful thoughts as you can see in her blog post here and I'm so glad to have met her through this swap. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I think blogging is great!

6 comments:

BookGirl said...

What a wonderful package to receive, a bit like opening a birthday present. I understand your passion for stationery and paper in general. I have what I call "paper lust." I wander stationery stores ooohing and aahing over the cards and stationery and wrapping papers. And, like you, I collect notebooks, some of which I've had on my shelf for years without using, simply because I love the idea of a fresh new notebook awaiting me.

When I was a little girl, I used to play "office" (my parents thought it was very odd), which meant that I collected a pile of paper (my "stationery"), pens and pencils and then set about to write. At that time, I thought that offices were where paper resided, so I imagined that they must be a wonderful places to be.

Sarah said...

Oh yes, I can definitely empathise with the blank notebook thing! Piles of them...

Your 'office' game sounds like my 'post office' game (my parents thought it was cute until my mum accidently took the pretend dog licence I made to the post office to be renewed instead of the real one! Well it wasn't my fault...) We were obsessed even then weren't we! x

BookGirl said...

Wow, Sarah, that must have been some good looking "pretend" dog license, if you were able to fool your mother!

Sarah said...

Either that or she'd had a very busy day!

amisha said...

thank you for introducing me to marta's blog... it's wonderful!
and i am with you on the school supplies... without a doubt the best part of september :) new notebooks and pens, all fresh and full of possibility.
xox

Kenlo said...

Hi Sarah, first time visit ur blog, like it very much, really interesting!