Haul Pic: Stuff for my mother

by Mel in ,


August 26, 2014 - Tokyu Hands

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As the weather gets cooler, the summer stationery gives way to warmer autumn colors and I've given in to temptation and bought a few things already.

I was showing my mother some of my recent hauls on one of our regular Skype sessions and she mentioned wanting some autumn postcards. Which would be when my face lit up and I offered to pick up a few things to top off the package I had been putting together for her.

Sometimes, actually quite often, I find things that I think my friends might like and I pick it up for them and may or may not send it off in a timely manner. Just a few things here and there because too much can make the receiver feel bad and that is totally the opposite of the point. But when it comes to my mother...'too much' isn't an issue and I know her taste in stationery pretty well because it's a lot like mine, so there isn't much hesitation about whether or not she will like an item. 

I dropped by Tokyu Hands I got a bunch from Kyukyodo, as planned, and checked some of the other cards that I personally didn't have a reason to get (because 8 had already bought lots) and picked out a good number of postcards and one more ippitsusen. I also picked up a few more Kyupodo postcards. I ended up leaving with over 3000yen worth of stationery. Heehee.

My mom sent me an email after seeing the Instagram pic of the haul, and it turns out we both liked the same postcard the most. Like mother, like daughter. :) 


Tuesday's Haul: Autumn is coming

by Mel in ,


August 19, 2014 - Tokyu Hands

Despite the blazing late summer heat, I couldn't resist picking up some autumn mini sets from 彩彩 (Saisai) by 古川紙工 (Furukawa Shiko).  I also got an ippitsusen for my mom and a padded envelope to send off some tiny presents.

Now I need to justify the starry mini letter set by sending something to someone.


Haul Post: Sketchy stuff

by Mel in ,


July 18, 2014 - Olympia Plus

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  • maruman Art Spiral sketchbook - I haven't filled up my first one yet, but I'm headed home for two weeks, including visiting my Alma Mater, so there's a good chance I'll need more space.
  • maruman watercolor postcards (50 ct.) - with the positive reactions I've been getting from my sketches, I've decided to upgrade to sending sketch postcards as well during my time in California.
  • HS Clear A5 notebook cover - I debated buying this for my Creators Market notebook, but ended up getting it, mainly because it has a huge pocket on the outside.
  • PLUS page turners - i was in a just-in-case mood and bought another pack.
  • 3M Petit Design Sticky notes - These are for a friend, but I included it in the shot anyways.

  • Today's Haul/今日の収獲

    by Mel in


    June 24, 2014 - Tokyu Hands

     The Haul/収獲品:  Talens Japan Petit Color 18 Watercolor Sketch Set (with 20 free postcards)/タレンズ 透明固形水彩スケッチセット プチカラー 水筆入り;   Zebra Macky Kea Super Extra Fine/マッキーケア 超極細 油性 oil-based;   Sakura My Name Super Extra Fine/サクラ マイネーム 超極細;   Kuretake Fudegokochi Extra Fine/呉竹 筆ごこち 極細

    The Haul/収獲品: Talens Japan Petit Color 18 Watercolor Sketch Set (with 20 free postcards)/タレンズ 透明固形水彩スケッチセット プチカラー 水筆入り; Zebra Macky Kea Super Extra Fine/マッキーケア 超極細 油性 oil-based; Sakura My Name Super Extra Fine/サクラ マイネーム 超極細; Kuretake Fudegokochi Extra Fine/呉竹 筆ごこち 極細

    I've long avoided watercolors for some reason. Not quite sure why. Probably a perceived lack of control. But after regular exposure to the brilliant awesomeness that is Drawn the Road Again, images from sketch practice books that I picked up to practice basic forms and field of depth (at which I suck), having always enjoyed the look of watercolor, especially e-tegami, and recently really getting into guying and sending postcards, I decided it might be about time to give it a try.

    The other major reason I avoided watercolors was a perceived neccessity of space for all the equipment. Then I watched this clip last week and it clicked: I don't need a giant tool kit of painting supplies (let's set aside the fact that I would love to have one, made out of wood, that would open up into tiers on both sides); there are small sets available that are compact and totally portable. And as it turns out, quite affordable as well.

    I was good about it for a week, knowing a new toy would distract me from the current job at hand (cleaning my room for the first time in forever). But that has come to a bit of an end, so I dropped by the Tokyu Hands on my way to my grandmother's and picked up a 18 color watercolor set that includes a waterbrush, an adjustable pallet, and even came with 20 postcards. Score.

    I also got some black pens to try out in combination with the watercolors. I'm aiming for hard lines with hints of color. 

    Looking forward to trying these out.