This paper is simply a delight – air mail paper that is a bit like onion skin paper, lightweight and thin, as originally designed to lessen postage costs while enabling the author to fit more pages into an envelope. I favor the thought of stacks of letters, tied along with string, holding the story of months or years apart between two different people. The thin, crinkly texture of the paper is a little nostalgic, and you realize that’s the secret way to my heart.
But what makes this paper truly excellent is that along with being very thin, it is also extremely fountain pen friendly, despite having broad and wet nibs. The paper is so thin it’s translucent, and yet I’m able to use virtually any ink and nib combination We have, with my letters and lines looking clean and crisp.
Alas, because the paper is so see-through, the backside of this paper is certainly not super for writing on, until you’ve used an extra fine nib or maybe not a fountain pen.
This paper is not the identical to Tomoe River paper – it’s definitely thinner (and contains more show through), and in pay for essay addition has a bit more texture. It’s hard to catch a photo of it, but it has a texture sort of like cotton paper while I would still describe this paper as generally smooth. It’s also more crinkly than Tomoe River paper, since it’s so incredibly thin – the Life Airmail paper is a lot more like true onion skin paper.
On the left may be the cream Tomoe River Paper, the lines would be the guidelines included with the pad to position underneath, and in the right may be the Airmail paper.
The paper is B5 sized, which is a size that is great letters and notebooks, one of my favourite. I use A5 for thank you notes or simply just writing to say hello, and A4 when I’ve got a great deal to say, but B5 is an excellent size that is intermediate.
The very best sized envelopes because of this would be the #6 air mail envelopes from Life, that will be the best size for B5 envelopes generally speaking (why don’t more companies make this size?). These envelopes in particular are also thin, but are still very strong. You are meant by this size can just fold your letter up into thirds horizontally, and never have to fold your letter vertically to squeeze in.
The largest drawback if i’m writing a letter in stages, and need to leave the sheets on my desk overnight or for a few days, they tend to get crumpled and show wear more easily for me is that this paper is a bit fragile, so. I guess it is all the more reason to set aside a dedicated time to start and finish something, but these full days i’m wanting to be productive in all the tiny pockets of time I am able to find. Perhaps really, it’s much more reason to be a little more organized with all the current junk I have piled through to my desk.
After our hiatus in December, we’re having our letter Club that is writing again night, Thursday, January 11th, from 7-9:00. We’re hoping to see some of you there! Now with all the baby that is new things are a bit hairy around bed time again, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for 2 soundly sleeping babies so I am able to join in the fun.
We’re coming up on InCoWriMo again, this February. While I give it an excellent go every year, I find myself leaning increasingly more into longer and more meaningful letters with closer correspondents, when compared with brief letters, which does not lend itself to a regular activity. I may, however, make things easy on myself, and maybe compile a summary of visitors to whom I’ll send a postcard or note that is short.
We’re slowly settling into a routine back here, even though there are a few big, sweeping changes coming up ahead of us, and that knows what our day will appear like. Things sometimes look like they’re beginning to end up in place – dinner plans or stock that is replenishing the holidays – and then sometimes I’m looking for renovation photos, find a folder on my desk top labeled “renovation photos,” and then open it in order to find it empty.
The renovations continue to slog along, with a few road bumps. City zoning and permits and environmental testing and weird by-laws. I enjoy this populous city, but sometimes the bureaucracy could be a bit much.
We’re getting ready behind the scenes, collecting furniture, repairing treasures from unlikely places, & most exciting of most, sourcing a few new brands and lines for the opening that is big. It’s all basically a jumble back here, attempting to organizing shipping and the warehouse filling up with areas of furniture taken apart and stacked up. You can even see some of this furniture stacked behind the counters at our shop, like this lovely saran-wrapped library card catalogue in the right. It’s actually a classic University of Windsor card catalogue that Jon paid an arm and a leg to get delivered here, and today that arm and a leg are only sitting inside our shop, operating as a rather tall side table.