Surprise! It survived the Pond Crossing.
Remember this? Thank you, Anna. The envelope is as soft as suede. It's as fragile as it feels, yet it survived the crossing.
Aw, gee. I feel like Queen Bee being re-crowned. It's a bee-u-ti-full envelope. Thank you.
The stamps. The stamps. The stamps.
The humor, too.
The other envelope! Interesting calligraphy, yes? And all the colors. Enough to fill a Crayola Crayon box.
More beauty. I love oak trees.
Clippings and articles that don't cost a thing--yet mean a lot. Such joy, and good things that evoke laughter!
And a trio of washi, that brings me back to the wishi in wishi-washi. Little B was on sale! I think. It had to be, or I would not have gotten it. I buy most of my washi tape when it's on sale. Thrifty me. I just have to hope I'll remember the hearts come February.
Texas Art Supply did good. I like the blue cutters. Do they have a proper name? (Cutting edges?) And I won't remove the tapes from the dispensers, and tuck them in the washi drawer. I have a better idea. If it works, I'll share.
I like mail washi. I especially like washi because it's tacky enough, but not it's truthfully not tacky enough for everything. You know what I mean.
Being a little tacky is great. It allows me to reposition the strips when I need to. But it is not tacky enough to survive travel, and remain intact. So. Here's a trick that helps a lot. Burnish, burnish, burnish!
I have almost as many burnishers as I have letter openers. Remember when Letraset was cool? There were even cooler burnishing tools! My first one is still around somewhere, but Popsicle sticks are cold diehards. There's even a plastic variety.
Repeat. You can never have too many burnishers.
In a pinch? The end of a letter opener is a cinch.
Rub-rub-rub! Rub-a-dub! Pardon the bit of clay on the tip of rubber/clay tool.
Even E-xact knives can serve double duty. Burnish your wishy-washy wishi-washi to keep it bee-u-ti-full! Use the end, my friends! The end!
Burnish well and your ends won't bend. Or roll, or curl. A real good burnish will helps slow washi-end-furl. We don't want no Shirley Temple curls! This is beautiful washi, yes? Sweet hearts and birds. Yes, very, very pretty, Anna, girl!
When burnishing alone just won't do? This is what I do. I run a fingertip over the end bit, and if it snags or unfurls, I reinforce. A little Matte Scotch Magic Tape is just the thing! It doesn't take much. Use just enough to secure the start and finish. If you overlap, one little piece will do. It's like the old Brylcream commercial said, "A little dab'll do ya!" Burnish the top a tad, just in case.
And one last thing . . . Remember me touting the new Kleenex packaging? Well, I'm sorry to say this, but the package is better than the contents. The tissues are thinner-smaller-less than stellar. You get less for more. The package is better than the tissue. Achoo on you, Kleenex!