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Are you a stationery supplies addict?

8:57 AM

I don't think it is much of a confession at this point, because I already came clear about my love of all things paper when I told you I was a notebook junkie.
I am the type of person that could groan and mutter at the idea of having to go shopping for clothes (wait, could? Noway I totally do...I hate clothes shopping).
However, I get ridiculously exited at the idea of going book shopping (just drop me there and check if I am still alive after a couple of hours) or stationary and art supplies shop.
It is really hard for me to resist the siren call of craft paper, pretty notebooks, stickers, and binder clips.
Ah! Binder clips!

I posted this picture on Instagram yesterday announcing that I felt compelled to by these because they were not only too cute but also "100% Me" as in : totally my style. Sure, I needed them too, I was not looking for them, but we always have a clip problem of one kind at home, so it wasn't a totally frivolous expense (not that should anyone care).
Beside, if you think that is crazy, wait until you see Ishita raid the crystal sticker section.

Tell me  that I am in good company and that there are some of you who like me get excited at the sight of pretty office supplies, notebooks, and 3D liner glue (sorry guys I lost the address to the "Glitter glue anonymous" group meeting, can you send it again)!
It can't be just me? You know, being delirious when the new stock of washi tape hits the store? Or the pretty new pens...oh and the 3D liner paint (wait! I said that already right?)

A stationary and art supply shop is the kind of place that let my creativity run WILD, it is thing I have developed since childhood. Other kids would spend their allowances on candies (I did that too, I am not entirely crazy) or trendy toys or items, I would blow mine on stickers, notepads and Hello Kitty Stamp sets (which by the way was totally super mega popular then, you were a cool kid if you had one).

So, are you ready to join the rank of the paper clips nuts? Please tell me you are...pretty pleaaaase!

Oh and if you haven't checked Home Cyn Home's instagram account for your daily fix of all things colour...go follow me there already! That's an order! (Just kidding, but yeah go check it out, it is pretty cool...if I say so myself)

12 comments

  1. Stationary stores are far & few in Nepal. Although I do have quite a collection of handmade papers from Nepal- they're quite beautiful & made of daphne often incorporating leaves, flowers, & fern fronds.
    I just spent the last 2 days trying out various apps for sketching & drawing online. My conclusion- drawing & sketching with a mouse is ridiculously hard. Even the touchpad versions with a stylus seem to have some sort of lag making them difficult to use. Back to paper, pencil, erasers, & acrylic paint for me!

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    1. Most stylus are apparently hard to use, I did a little research recently because I wanted to use my Adobe apps better. I haven't bought a stylus yet and scarily the only one that really cuts it is the Adobe stylus when combined with the Adobe apps. The Adobe apps are fortunately free, but the stylus cost a cool 10k rupees...yuk, not happening anytime soon. Quite a few years ago I learned how to make all this pixel dolls that were hugely popular in message boards signatures. It is time consuming to do, but the results in the days were good, of course now most would look terribly pixelized with screens having such a superior resolution. It is definitely faster with good old fashioned brushes, paint and paper.

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  2. Anonymous12:13 PM

    since u are so fond of glitter are u fond of glittering bindis too??

    I don't like stationery. reminds me of school . stationery for us was pen, pencil and ink strains and of course dry classes. Once a while there was a crafts project which was pretty tame and routine. We never got the chance to experiment. There was of course bad handwriting which increased the academic anxiety. so pen and pencil was about academics.

    about diaries they remind me the things that could have been done in that year but were not done due to some reasons. missed opportunities perhaps. stationery does scare me.

    I did love the smell of notebooks and ofcause story books in the curriculum. when my father brought books for the new session every year, I used to read all the stories and poems in HindI and English. it was such fun. i in fact all kinds of litrrature. if u tell skmething has to be learned, i really get disinterested. so give me literature, even the slightly prohibited one, I am game. written words have always fascinated me

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  3. Anonymous12:24 PM

    I think stationery for u is arts supply and creativity. For us it it was about academics very dry. Black board, chalk dust and strict slightly sadistic teachers. I think I has written something similar earlier. sorry for repeating my comment. I hope I have not offended u.

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    1. School was kind of fun for me growing up so I guess I never got repelled by stationary because of it. I think I got to like notebooks because my parents used to buy them for us to doodle in. My dad is a sailboat fanatic, and we spent most of our Summer weekends and vacation sailing, as a result my parents didn't want paper to just fly everywhere when we wanted to get creative on board (No TV there).
      By the time I was in middle school we were to buy our own diary for noting homeworks and tests and such, there is a huge market for Academic year diaries in Europe, picking the right one is a ritual because even though it will contain boring stuff like "German pop quizz" or "Finnish reading 40 pages of Les fleurs du mal" it had to be a reflexion of our personality, there were some with photo inserts on all themes, but the most popular sport were the plain ones that you could slip in a fabric cover that you reused with a fresh insert years in and years out. The reason they were so popular was that we could fill them with our own pictures, drawing and what was all the rage in the 90's : babies and cats postcards LOL. We literally all bought the same teenage magazines that all came with the same free 4 postcards a month and we all would end up pasting them in our planner. Plus all the pages we could not sacrifice to freebie postcards or boy bands stickers were half full with homeworks and half full with doodles drawn during classes. I kid you not I felt really bad throwing my old planners away then because of all the graphic art that went into it, along with autographs of my classmates and friends. Those academic planners were really teaching a different story of the school year by the time said year was over and it was awesome,p. In the end it contained probably more friends notes, doodles and stickers than it was containing homework reminders...the good days!

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    2. Oh and I am pretty sure the only bindi I wore were the glittery kind, I only really wear them for special occasions when I dress up all ethnic.

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  4. Anonymous9:58 AM

    I did saw your picture in sari. You looked like a strict class teacher. I almost felt you would say "Class keep quiet, finger on your lips". I was very afraid LOL. No offence meant.

    Talking about creativity, the film "Tare Zami Pe" did two things I guess. One it made the people aware that even children have problems, which is good. Secondly, in these days in drawing competitions for children, even parents participate. Perhaps to replicate the last scene of the film where both teachers and children participated in the drawing competition. I don't know whether it is a trend but is good for a society which considered art as frivolous.

    Indians are very fond of fads and I hope not that this is another of the fads.

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    1. That picture is quite old LOL it was when I just learned how to drape one :-)

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    2. Anonymous12:54 PM

      I had a few Punjabi and Kashmiri teachers who looked just like you in sari. You can easily pass off as a Punjabi or Kashmiri in an ethnic dress in Delhi.

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    3. You aren't the first one to say it, a few shopkeepers in Bangalore made the same comment. In Mumbai I also get the "Which country ma'am" question less than I did in Bangalore. Not sure if it is because people are too busy to ask though. I don't colour my hair like I did in that picture, actually I don't colour them at all, they are reddish brown in their natural shade.

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    4. Anonymous2:26 PM

      That is probably due to the fact that according to the Aryan invasion theory the ancestors of Europeans and Indians were said to be same, there are doubts about it. The Kashmiris and many Punjabis are very Europeans looking with strong jaw lines and different coloured eyes. Even some native tribes of Rajasthan Rajputs and Gujjars have the same features despite dusky complexion. Sometimes it is fascinating to find they look so different. These are said to be the descendants of foreign tribes which settled down in India.

      It also means that you are most likely my distant cousin LOL.

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    5. Europe and Asia have been linked forever and a lot of people moved along the trade routes. That alone makes it likely lots of us have ancestry in both continents. Then Genghis Khan invaded a lot of Asia and Europe. It is said that a lot of Europeans have some ties to Genghis Khan and his tribe. No idea how big the percentage is.

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