Saturday, August 22, 2015

Clean Drawers

Clean drawers:  √

That's the hardest thing I've done all day. I've cleaned one drawer. More things came out than went back in. Now my desk is cluttered with little things that need to set up home in another drawer. But that's a job for tomorrow. 


Okay, I take back the first statement. The hardest thing I did was buying another dip pen set. It was hard because it wasn't in my budget. I'd never before seen the brand, I had another 40% off coupon . . . I put it back twice. I grit my teeth and went for it before store security decided to mess with me. I'm glad I bought it. A trial practice session proves it. 


My initial plan was to take this beauty and her sister to Aaron Bros. for a mat and frame. Randall gave them to me. Thank you again, Randall. They must wait their turn though. I have to justify bringing all the new paper and stuff into a life that needs some serious downsizing. 


Squinting did not change a thing. 


A view from another angle did not help either.


A close-up only shed light on some of what should . . . Out of sight, out of mind does not work here. I've had the daisy for so long I forget when I plucked it. It's beautiful.


The gold coin? The acorn, the beads, the giant's molar, the turtle, seed pod, toe ring . . . Treasure! Pure treasure!


I cannot explain the empty cartridges. Perhaps I can. The ink might have evaporated. Who knew seed pods would shed their skins in such an annoying fashion? I missed getting stuck on the tacks. Yea, me. The little seal now resides in a box with the others.


This was at the back of the drawer, away from exposure to harm. I'm inspired every time I look at it. The hand is reminiscent of what I call old world handwriting. I should say, "European." No? It reminds me of days when penmanship mattered more. It seems to fit the old fashion label, doesn't it? 


At the back of the drawer, next to the little glassine bag, and atop a small orange Moleskine journal lay this. I've looked high and low for these. The live in the first drawer of the white Bisley. It's the drawer I open most often. The second drawer holds good stuff too. Only eight more drawers to go. Check off one at a time, but not necessarily cleaned in consecutive days. Making this mess took time. It takes time to clean it up. My rewards for doing good work are major pay-offs. Okay. Tidy working space, organized necessaries and guilt-free days are major pay-offs. It's still hard to believe all the stuff that needed a clean-up in one drawer. But I figure I'll write better in the long run after clean-up is done.


Here's a fun tip:  Always check the bridal sections for pretties such as fancy labels, sealing wax, nice white envelopes, note cards, and even monogrammed stickers. 



The manufacturer, in this case Gartner Studios, recommends using 3 or 4 layers of wax. I used a single application here for my test. Four sticks come to a box. The wax is supple, not brittle, like most inexpensive brands. You're supposed to get 10-15 seals per stick. My seal is large, so you might get more or less.


A clean, restocked wax and seals tin, ready to go back. It's one of the first things to be restored to the first cleaned drawer. 


When you free up space by tossing packaging, don't forget to remove important instructions and tape--in this instance--inside the lid. 


No mail went out today, but I have clean drawers! Oh. And three bags of trash. I found five tweezers, three boxes of matches, five Scotch tape dispensers--two with actual  Scotch tape, my missing Pelican Italic pen, and some other good stuff necessary to letter-writing. 

Was yours a productive Saturday too?

And, yes! I found something I wished really hard for. Wait and see what it is. I'm such a happy writer.









12 comments:

  1. I live in a tiny apartment and could really reclaim some space. Maybe I'll try going through some drawers today.

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    1. Pull up a chair and have fun. Be surprised, tickled, shocked, enlightened, proud of yourself and see how much you can do without. Make some trash! :)

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  2. oh you do sound like a happy girl ...me not so much I have an ear infection and cannot find a dr who will take my Obamacare . we have no drs here who will take Obamacare guess if it gets too bad I will have to use the er don't want too but we shall see how long it lasts . take care my friend.

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    1. I'm sorry. What insurance did you have before "Obamacare?" There are free clinics there. Our doctors used to work at one. No one should have to be sick and unable to to receive medical care. Do a little networking. There's always help. Go to the ER. Untreated ear infections can cause irreparable damage.

      Take care. Be well.

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    2. I'm in awe of the gold turtle by the way that is just fab-u-lous darlink LOL !!!!

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    3. The turtle is actually a pin. LOL. I bought it because I needed a model to draw. I will leave it to you in my will. :)

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  3. Hey -- that is my writing, isn't it??? So funny to see it....i like seeing all your stuff. Looks like my studio. I too clean out a drawer or shelf and then end up with lots of odd bits sitting out that I don't know where to put.....

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    1. Indeed it is. I keep the gift in my "right hand" drawer next to my desk, among other goodies I cannot archive yet. I have stuff I cannot explain. :) Everyone has at least one junk drawer, right? My stuff isn't junk. ;)

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  4. I was a little surprised at all of the duplicates I found when packing our house in preparation to move. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that we have nine rather large boxes of just blankets, and that doesn't count the ones we gave away. When will we ever need that many blankets?

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    1. It's okay. You're in good company when it comes to duplication. Your generosity speaks wonders seeing as how you could have had a house-moving sale. :) I own a single blanket, should buy more, but you have all yours for a reason. Tell us what it is if you discover it some day before we've all exited. :)

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  5. Impressed with the amount of wax and seals you have there. I also have a little nib storage tin (same brand). I don't have correction fluid but I use stickers sometimes to cover up squiggled out words.

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    1. Your comment makes me wish I'd included the others. :) They're in another drawer since they're much too large for the tin.

      Aren't the Leonardt nib tins the best? I have a few and need more.

      Squiggled out words? Correction fluid is always too thick. I try dabs from white gel pens first, and go to the fluid as a last resort. :) I read that it's impolite to cross out mistakes in letters, but do it anyway. There was a time I'd re-write the entire page. I've gotten over myself since then, but I'll still redo a drawing if I mess up. LOL.

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