Color Me Crazy?


I have this thing.  About school supplies.  I suppose office supplies could be included but staplers and hole punches don’t really do it for me.  Pens and pencils and notebooks and paper and markers and push pins and generally anything related… I dig it.

I have a pack of Sharpies that come in 12 different colors.   I bought a box of crayons last year for a quarter.  One for me, one for PodMate.  I know, Big Spender.  I have a super fun notebook to keep my blog notes in.  Recently, I purchased some colored pencils.  A pack of 24.  I had to have a box of my own after getting some for my niece’s birthday.  To use with her Project Runway fashion stencil set.  I envied a ten-year-old’s birthday gift – I think I may have a problem.

(I didn’t purchase the fashion stencil set.  I thought about it – but then thought better of it.  Vacation fund donation.)

I know that I’m not the only one that enjoys these little things.  But I feel like a dweeb.  I’ve tried sorting out exactly why walking down the Crayola aisle makes me happy and I’ve come to two conclusions:

1. I’m a crafter.  I like crafting.  I have a huge stockpile of scrapbooking supplies, boxes of paints and brushes, stamps and inks and even supplies to emboss things.  I like to emboss.

2. I’m a girl.  A woman rather.  But definitely girly.  But not like fru-fru girly.

The second conclusion falls into that old formal logic Venn diagram where not all school supplies lovers are women and not all women are school supplies lovers but a portion of them fit the bill.  Are you asking why would I even think this?  Never fear, I have reasoning behind my logic: my niece.

My Monkey of a niece is obsessed.  We walk into Target or a book store or wherever, she flocks to look at ink pens and markers and journals in the coveted Crayola aisle.  She always wants to go into the book store when she visits.  Not for books to read.  For books to doodle in.  With pretty colors.  Child after my own heart.  This was me when I was ten.  Hell, this is me now.  A new pack of colored pencils excited me; I was  immediately inspired to draw.  And think of different ways to photograph the colors.

So tell me, am I on to something?  Or am I completely wrong and possibly *gasp* stereotyping?  Or am I just a complete weirdo that thinks about school supplies a bit too much?  I could live with that last one… I do love me some colored pencils.

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July 22, 2010 - 10:23 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Boo, I can’t answer that question. But I adore the photo. And I too am a sucker for the notebooks and pens.

July 22, 2010 - 10:27 am

Rebecca - You’re not onto something. You’re 100% correct.

July 22, 2010 - 11:03 am

Jun Belen - I love school supplies, too. But only because I’m a nerd. Growing up I would get all excited to get all my school supplies ready for school. Pens, scissors, markers, crayons, the whole nine yards. But I also get excited to get all my textbooks. I read them over the summer so that I’d be on top of everything by the time school starts. NERD.

July 22, 2010 - 11:03 am

Jun Belen - By the way, I hit submit too quickly. Love the photograph!

July 22, 2010 - 12:52 pm

Dawn - Dude, the best part about going back to school is the fact that I have an excuse to buy school supplies now! But I’ve always been more excited about the folder and binders and organization supplies. I love me a good excuse to organize things into folders and binders. Not to mention packs full of empty notebook paper to fill up with stuff. So much potential in a new notebook and pack of new pens/pencils/whatnot!

July 22, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Thomas Stazyk - I don’t know the underlying pscyhological factors, but I know what you mean. I love Office Max–for me it’s plastic templates (like for drawing curves) and colorful rulers.

July 22, 2010 - 7:11 pm

san - Hi, I came over here from Almost Crafty and there it is, the first post that I read from you and that perfectly describes ME! :)
I love school supplies, too… I could buy them like other girls by clothes :)

July 23, 2010 - 9:54 am

Amy - You are not wrong and you are not a weirdo (at least not in a bad way). I love school and office supplies. Post-its, sharpies, pencils, notebooks (I have a million of ’em), post-it flags, hi-liters, push pins, magnets, stickers, stencils, envelopes, stationery and I could go on. I could spent hours in Michael’s or Hobby Lobby just looking around.
That’s an awesome set of pencils you got going there!

July 23, 2010 - 1:56 pm

Ramblings of a Woman - Oh, I LOVE school supplies, well, office supplies! I love clean, empty notebooks! And I love I actually have a budget in my job for office supplies, lol!
I live your picture too. I have done photography in the past, not very talented as far as the equipment techie stuff goes, but I have an eye for it andI have always loved “pattern or texture type” pictures, such as the colored pencils!
I am going to follow, come visit me sometime!

July 23, 2010 - 3:34 pm

Becki D - Dude. You are not alone!! I am psycho for pens, I have to stop myself from buying the $.30 pack of crayons at Wal-Mart EVERY TIME, and I absolutely LOVE notebooks. But my psychosis goes a little further because it takes me FOREVER to actually use a notebook….cause I don’t want to mess it up and I want it to have a specific purpose and I am just.not.that.organized.

One of my favorite Christmas presents from hubby this year was this this Walls notebook:

I finally started using it last month. For jotting down recipes from the interwebs, of course.

July 25, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Kristin - In the movie “You’ve Got Mail,” they talk about school supplies and bouquets of sharpened pencils. I have to agree, I love the stuff. I actually had to make it a year long goal of mine not to buy another pack of Sharpies. I did it, but friends felt sorry for me and I got about 20 of them for Christmas that year :) Clickable Sharpies are my favorites.

August 11, 2010 - 9:46 am

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