03 February 2010

Shiny Pretty Hearts and Things

Pretty things attract the eye of the magpie from time to time.

Like valentines, insanely cute, with no branded characters, and free for the printing. Alpha Mom rounded up a whole mess of them last year, and added more this year. I printed out these whimsical vibrant cards for the first grader to hand out; I'll bet you a nickel that no one else in her class will have the same valentines.

And Japanese masking tape in a gazillion colors and patterns. I want it all, though I haven't any idea what to do with it. Decorate packages? Make collages? Create handmade greeting cards? I could live in my cellar all day long, puttering around and acting crafty.

Or printable graph paper, variously variable, for doodles or what have you. What's so appealing about graph paper? Well, kind of the same thing that makes a Moleskine notebook jump into your hands - the contained possibility.



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8 comments:

Rima said...

Thanks for the Valentine link - I'm always looking for cards without branded characters. Thought they didn't even exist!

flutter said...

I now think I must procure some japanese masking tape

mayberry said...

This is why I looooove stationery stores. Last time I was in NY, I got a card for a friend who was having a run of crappy luck. It said "When bad things happen, I want to call up God and say 'Dude, WTF?' Respectfully, of course."

kathy a. said...

oh no, bad link on the japanese masking tape! i have not seen that before, but daughter secured her christmas packages with a tape-backed fabric that she could cut to size -- lovely japanese fabric, like fancy origami paper -- and i'm getting a bunch of that this spring.

Magpie said...

Thanks, Kathy - I fixed the masking tape link...

allison said...

Oh thanks -- I am now a fuming ball of desire for Japanese masking tape. And the Valentines are brilliant. But I'm up to my ears in birthday party prep at the moment. Valentine's prep has to wait until Sunday. After my sleep-in and a three-or-four margarita lunch.

Coffee with Cathy said...

This is why I love the blogosphere -- I've never heard of Japanese masking tape and now must have some. Immediately. Thanks???

Nap Warden said...

Love the Japanese tape:)