When you see the back to school displays in the stores, you know that summer is half way over. Or you realize that retailers are an overzealous lot. Stores are filled with big yellow displays full of pencils, pens, pads, protractors, small refrigerators and computers. Almost anything in a store can be considered a back-to-school supply, especially when you take college kids into account.
I love this time of the year! It’s so exciting and even if your student isn’t too thrilled with the thought of inking Shakespearean quotes into their composition notebooks, or pondering the Pythagorean Theorem in their Trapper Keepers, they still want you to buy them all the cool stuff for school.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for school supply shopping. Back then, there weren’t a lot of displays to poke through, or eye-catching bins right as you walk in the door to trip over, but I still loved walking down the office supply aisle at Zayre (that’s an old name for you) or Kmart, being so careful to pick out the coolest pen (Papermate, blue) or pencil (Huskies), college-ruled paper, and the biggest, fanciest Trapper Keeper that was made. Even then, I had an obsession with keeping things organized.
Now, when I walk into a store with my 15 year old, I am absolutely astounded at what is available for kids to take to school. And frankly, I am smitten with the fact that schools send around to the retailers what they require for the kids to have on the first day. That’s such a brilliant idea. Granted, I usually have to take out a small loan on the house every July just to outfit him for school, between clothes, shoes, accessories and of course supplies, but I’m just as excited about it as he is!
Locker mirrors and organizers, book jackets in bright colors and patterns (I used brown paper bags from the grocery store…not fair), backpacks with shoulder pads…the list just goes on. I think this time however, I’m going to pick up some cool supplies for myself as well! Happy shopping!
If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again – I love art work that uses unusual mediums. Not just art work either, but repurposed items too. Give me a tin coffee can and the best I can do is nail it to some driftwood and call it a planter, so people who can turn flatware into a work of art have my vote. Check out the images below for some truly interesting artwork!
So I’m going to go a little off our own little patch of happy office supplies, and move on to the exciting and infinitely shoppable Etsy. I adore Etsy – its fun, funky, quirky, vintage and there is something for everyone, whether you’re hippy-dippy or geektacular. There hasn’t been one time that I’ve gone to Etsy and NOT found something to buy.
Today I went looking for vintage office supplies in addition to artwork for my son’s room. I also found some interesting old office paperwork that would go quite nicely with the work scrapbook I keep thinking about starting…big procrastinator that I am. Don’t look for that anytime soon.
Special Thanks and Photo Credits go to:
BlueGrizzlePapers – http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueGrizzlePapers?ref=seller_info
AllVintageMan – http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllVintageMan?ref=seller_info
DivineOrders – http://www.etsy.com/shop/DivineOrders?ref=seller_info
Theartfloozy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/theartfloozy?ref=seller_info
Posterexplosion – http://www.etsy.com/shop/posterexplosion?ref=seller_info
I’m going to keep it simple today, and just give you beautiful works of art using common office supplies. Happy Tuesday everyone!
I think today’s blog is pretty self-explanatory. I love finding new desk accessories because I would rather accessorize my desk than myself! I know we have a lot of modern fans out there, so I figured today I would stick to modern desk accessories, and http://www.Yliving.com didn’t fail to come through!
They had some great stuff, but some of it would be hard to identify if there wasn’t a description. That’s the challenge today. If you can figure out what everything is, like the post and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your answers (subject line Office Supply Guessing Game), and you’ll win…my ever-lasting respect and admiration. And I’ll offer up congratulations on the blog :)
I’ve always admired people who can draw, because I can barely draw a straight line. Well, that’s not entirely true. I spent an entire summer when I was twelve learning how to draw a horse head. See terrible example below. As you can see, I have reason to admire people who can do what I so obviously cannot.
My son can draw, as can his father and grandfather. Their family is very artistic, and use most mediums – pencils, watercolor, pastels, paint…you name it, they can make beauty from it. I’m actually kind of jealous. I was cleaning my son’s room this weekend, and came across an art kit that his grandfather got him for Christmas last year, and it got me thinking about all the pretty pictures that I could find on the internet.
So this morning, being the thoughtful person I am and knowing how much everyone who reads this blog likes artwork, I decided to bring you some beautiful pencil art that I came across on the web. After I subject you to my horse head. Enjoy!
I’ve talked many times in the blog about art made from office supplies, and pencils aren’t a topic I’ve touched on before. This is odd, considering I’ve been watching Dalton Ghetti’s work for a while now. He.Is.AMAZING. He actually makes it look so easy, and I want to try it myself, but I know I’d end up cutting off the tip of a finger or something.
He takes pencils and sculpts the most detailed miniatures from them, and I just don’t get how he does it! First off, he has to keep that X-acto knife of his crazy-sharp, and the patience it has to take is epic. The finished product is astounding, and so perfect that you just can’t believe it came about from something so tiny as a pencil lead! I can go on and on, and spout numerous adjectives to describe his work, but I think I’ll let it speak for itself. Enjoy!
Special Thanks to Dalton Ghetti and Sloan Howard Photography!
Today will be a brief departure from the norm, and will be mostly pictorial. I wanted to have a little fun with a basic staple of dining tables everywhere – the humble dinner napkin. The beauty of the dinner napkin is that it is so versatile when it comes to being twisted, folded, and mutilated into some napkin work of origami art. Enjoy the pictures, and try these at home!
As anyone who reads this blog knows, I like art made from office supplies. I like traditional art as well, but that’s for another blog. I’ve blogged numerous times about art and office supplies, but it’s just such a fun subject! Maybe it’s just my lack of drawing capability (I can craft and photograph, I don’t need the artistic tri-fecta) but I LOVE creative ways to bring art to life.
I’ve tried to paint and draw. I gave it the old college try. I bought Prismacolor chalks and pencils. Pastels and oils. Watercolors and acrylics. Paint brushes have grown like a grove of trees on my desk, and palettes and trowels work double duty as organizers and letter openers. In all these years, the only thing I can draw/paint/sketch is a horse head. I learned the hard way that having the right tools don’t an artist make.
I’ve also learned to channel my need for creativity into Google searches. In my search for various office supplies, I came across one picture that blew my mind. I have no idea why I keep getting surprised by the things I see online, but I just do. I’m in love with creativity and in its thrall when I see new examples of it. So I saw this whiteboard art, and I quickly searched for more…
And found all of these! AMAZING! On a whiteboard. And windows. Should it maybe be call dry-erase art instead? The whiteboards are just incredible, and the window doodles crack me up! Makes me wish I had a window to draw on. Or mutilate with color, as it were. So fess up, do you doodle at work?
It’s an all too common sight here is South Florida- overpasses and train cars and snails…anything stationary or near-stationary can (and most likely will) be covered in graffiti. Some of it is pretty, some of it is downright scary, but almost all of the places you find it want it removed.
There are heavy duty graffiti removers on the market, and they really work, but when does it become an eyesore as opposed to art? I’ve seen some beautiful works of art that were technically graffiti, and it would’ve been a shame to destroy it. Unfortunately though, business owners don’t find it so beautiful.
I’m crafty, but not so much “artsy”. I can devise a way to make a picture frame out of driftwood, raffia, and florist wire, but ask me to draw a picture to put IN the frame? Not happening. However, that doesn’t preclude me from appreciating stunning works of spraypaint-or-chalk drawn art on the side of a building.
Also, graffiti has become part of our urban landscape, almost a trademark. Graffiti on the side of a skyscraper in the city downtown is not as out of place as graffiti on the side of a barn in the country would be. It’s almost expected! So that begs the question – is it art or nuisance?