Category: news

I’m off to see the Wizards of Arkansas!

I’m headed to the Arkansas Pen Show today and I’ll be setting up my very first (ever!) table at a pen show and I’m super nervous. If you don’t have plans this weekend, and live in the Arkansas area, please pop by the Crowne Plaza in Little Rock this weekend and say hello! The show opens Friday, March 17th and 10am and will be open until 6pm. The show will also be open all day Saturday, March 18th from 9 am until 6 pm and again on Sunday, March 19th from 9am until 4 pm.

Skylab Letterpress and I will be sharing a table full of goodies including:

  • vintage typewriters
  • letterpress notecards, notepads, prints, and coasters
  • rubber stamps
  • vintage office supplies
  • assorted Field Notes Colors Editions and Blackwing Editions s as I’m clearing some space in the stationery cupboard (Some Field Notes are still factory sealed and Blackwings will be available individually!)
  • and our brand new product release, The Col-o-ring Ink testing book!

A one day pass is just $5 and a 3-day pass is $10.

There are evening events both Friday and Saturday night.

Friday night is the Open House and Aurora “Flexi Pen Party” at Vanness Pen Shop. The event starts at 6:30 and goes until Lisa and Mike kick us all out.

Saturday night is the Pen Addict meet-up hosted by the one-and-only Brad Dowdy (AKA Pen Show Husband) and the Arkansas Pen Club. The event starts at 6:30pm and is FREE and open to the general public in addition to all pen show attendees, vendors, exhibitors & sponsors. It will be hosted at the Crowne Plaza but specific location will be announced later.

Desks are for more than just writing!

On Mardi Gras, of all days, it seems appropriate to celebrate the use of desks for more than just writing or reading or other solemn or sedentary acts. Today, let’s celebrate the winner of the third annual Tiny Desk Contest. The winers are Tank and the Bangas who are appropriately from New Orleans, the soul of Mardi Gras in the US. They jammed out on the desks in the art room in a school classroom showing that desks are great for making music, making magic and making dreams come true. Congrats to Tank and the Bangas! And Happy Mardi Gras! Roulez Bon Temps!

For full details about the Tiny Desk Contest and to listen to the full radio report, visit NPR.org.

News: The Pencil Perfect

Look what popped up this morning in my Amazon recommendations! Yes, folks, Caroline Weaver of CW Pencil Enterprise fame has a book on the way! The book is called The Pencil Perfect: The Untold Story of a Cultural Icon and it will be released in hardcover on April 24, 2017. The price is listed at $40 for the hardcover and I’m sure that CW Pencil Enterprise will be hosting an epic book release party. Keep an eye on their blog for more news.

Congrats, Caroline, and I can’t wait to get my copy. Maybe someday, you’ll sign it for me?

Upcoming Events (AKA I’m terrible at self-promotion)

First, there’s just a few hours left to back The Pen Addict Live 2017 – RelayCon Atlanta & DC Pen Show on Kickstarter and get a chance to the special video of Brad and Myke in Atlanta (and ME in the third chair) AND get the cool Pen Addict podcast NockCo “only-available-here” Sapelo pen case. Three years of RelayCon wonder! I can’t believe how lucky I am!

Of course, this means that I will be in Atlanta for the Atlanta Pen Show in April. I will be helping out at the Vanness Pens table for most of the weekend this year but can be found behind a mic for the Pen Addict Live event and at the bar in the evenings. Or at the Waffle House. I will need my sustenance!

Before Atlanta however, The Well-Appointed Desk and Skylab Letterpress will make its pen show debut at the Arkansas Pen Show on Friday, March 17th – Sunday, March 19th at The Crowne Plaza in Little Rock. We will be selling some vintage office supplies including a selection from my typewriter archives, some fine stationery products from Skylab like notecards and assorted paper goods. I’ll also have an array of rubber stamps for those interested.

And… we’ll be debuting a brand new product from The Well-Appointed Desk and Skylab Letterpress! We’ve been working on this for several months and a few people in the community have been privy to details about the project but it will be unveiled at the Arkansas Pen Show just a few weeks away! After the release, I will make it available online.

So stay tuned and I hope to see folks at the upcoming shows!

Future show plans include Chicago, DC, San Francisco and Dallas this year. I’m hoping to be helping out with Vanness at most of these shows this year but I’ll keep you all posted as things develop. Let the pen show season begin!

Letter Writing Call To Arms!

I have two big news items I wanted to share and they were too important to wait.

The first is the new Love Letter America web site. Artists are creating postcards you can download and send to you representatives to tell them the reasons you love your country and the values you want them to uphold. The first artist to submit designs to the project is one of my favorite artists, Oliver Jeffers the creator of The Day the Crayons Quit.

The second item is a local Kansas City event this Saturday. It’s a letter writing event to show support for the immigrants and refugees in the Kansas City community at the KC Library’s #ToImmigrantsWithLove open house event. The event will be held this Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library at 14 W. 10th Street downtown in the Helzberg Auditorium on the 5th Floor from10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The library will provide postcards at letter-writing areas in the auditorium along with a photo station where you can snap a selfie with your letter. Postcards and letters will be collected and delivered to local immigrant families through Jewish Vocational Service.

There will also be activities for children and families in the Children’s Library (2nd Floor) with coloring sheets available, and two special themed story times at 10 a.m. and noon.

RSVPs are requested so the library can anticipate the number of attendees. RSVP or for more information, email Hannah Johnson at hannahjohnson@kclibrary.org.

Letter Writing Month: Day 2 and It’s Not Too Late to Start

February is both InCoWriMo and LetterMo, two challenges to encourage you to write a letter a day for a month. I started with A Month of Letters (AKA LetterMo) many years ago, so its the challenge I think of first, but I know many people think of InCoWriMo as the larger of the two challenges. They both accomplish the same goal… to write more letters.

I’ve been trying to slowly prepare you all for the whole month of January in Link Love but I forgot to post an official post yesterday to kickstart February yesterday. But I did write my first letter.

So, if you didn’t write a letter yesterday, its okay. Just write two postcards today… or do two thank you cards for those holiday gifts you got to get started and You’ll be all set. Easy peasy.

My goal is to make my way through some unanswered letters, write my thank you notes and write to big wigs in Washington and give them a piece of my mind. I don’t know if it will help but I’m hoping that having to stumble over giant bags of mail will at least annoy some interns. It’s the little things.

What are your plans?

Winner: Decoylab Wall Calendar

Thanks to Decoylab for offering the wonderful opportunity to get organized with their aweseom wall calendar and to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’m glad I’m not the only one still trying to get my act together for 2017.

The winner of the Wall Calendar is :

I’ve contacted Pete directly so he’ll be receiving his wall calendar soon!

Decoylab wall calendar are still available for purchase for $26 plus shipping. And there are add-ons available like moon stickers and a big bulldog clip for hanging as well. I can’t wait ti get mine!