As you might know, Caitlin kicked us off with this month's #pencilprompt about the hot topic of Everyday Carry last week and asked each of us pencil ladies to share ours.
Admittedly this idea of EDC is something I learned about only after opening the shop and stalking our customers on Instagram. For the record guys--you're WAY cooler than me/thank you for helping me understand what EDC means. But I must also say that knowing that this is a thing has also given me some anxiety. Should I be carrying more? Do I need more? Am I missing out of all of these analog activities by not having all these things? I'm more of a planner-and-pencil gal and never regularly carried much more than that. Also--there are so many watches and pocket knives in other people's EDC flat lays. Do those count? Do I need them? Am I still an adult even though I don't wear a watch or own a knife? I have so many questions!!
For me, my EDC really changed when I started bringing my letter writing practice out of my living room writing desk and and with me every day. I'll often prep my letters at home and then finish/actually write them on the go. Even so, I still keep some supplies so I can immediately write postcards clipped to restaurant receipts or decorate a card on the go. Right now I'm probably the most comfortable I've ever been with my daily bag-packing abilities. I have just what a need and a few things I just simply want.
Now, another confession: I don't carry a notebook. I have a work notebook that stays at work, a journal that stays on my nightstand, a few project notebooks that live in my home desk and a grocery list notebook in the kitchen. If I have free time throughout the day I am most likely writing a letter or reading. For the things I do need a notebook for my beloved Smythson Soho Diary (my all-time most important life object of about 4 years) is about half planner, half notebook. Those empty pages are mostly full of lists, things I'm supposed to remember and notes from meetings.
Here it goes:
This is everything that is in my bag today (Thursday, June 8th). I wish I'd remembered this morning that I'd be doing this today because my selection isn't as interesting as it could be. Essentially, my general rule is that if it doesn't fit in my planner or Viking pencil case, I'm not allowed to take it with me.
Good thing my planner has this nice pocket in the back! Not EDC related: a pencil cartoon my Nana mailed to me and a recipe for a no-bake earl grey chocolate tart somehow found their way in here too.
Flat things that go in the planner:
- Vintage postage stamps: Hitchcock, Steinbeck and American Illustrators
- Current stamps: Love Skywriting and Delicioso
- Pizza stickers from Oriental Trading
- Mini heart stickers from Mrs. Grossman's
- Gold star stickers probably from Amazon
- Three pieces of mail--two that I finished today on my lunch break and one that I will do later
The flat things are the most important because they are the most non-essential. These are the things that make me smile most when I'm looking for something else in my bag. I feel less guilty for keeping them with me everyday because they're flat. As long as they fit in the pocket, right?
Other things that go in the pencil case:
- Three pencils: Camel Pastel Pencil, Blackwing Vol. 530, Apsara Absolute. This number is really important. I occasionally lose them and occasionally don't have time to sharpen and need a back up prepared and ready to go.
- One red pencil: This is for marking things off my lists, drawing things on envelopes and editing stuff .
- One NoBlot or comparable copying pencil: For writing letters, signing books and feeling like to well-rounded pencil lady.
- One black brush pen or felt tip marker: I LOVE this one but I can't find mine so this Pigma MB is holding its place until I find it. These are used exclusively for practicing my handwriting and addressing envelopes.
- One regular pen: Today I have my New York Letter Writing Society Cross rollerball, which is heavy and makes me feel really fancy. Sometimes it's a Caran d'Ache 849 or my Lamy Safari. These are used for writing checks and letters.
- Random washi tapes: These are to add flair as needed. I carry the ones that are almost done because they take up less space.
Coccoina glue stick: This is one of my favorite things. It's a glue stick and it smells like almonds. This is for lots of things including gluing stamps.
- Travel scissors: These are REALLY flat and surprising sharp. I got mine from Choosing Keeping last time I was in London.
Matomaru Kun Eraser: I'm not supposed to express such a strong opinion on these things but this is my all-time favorite eraser. It's soft and spongy so I don't have to worry about going to town with it on my paper.
- A sharpener: Today I have one that looks like a lego that was sent to me by a lovely customer. It sharpens to a surprisingly long point and is really small.
There you have it! As an aspiring minimalist, I think I'm doing alright, especially considering the profession I'm in. It's all about loving the things you carry and carrying the things that you love. For me, that's stickers, stamps and glue (and pencils, of course!).
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