Today, to my surprise I received a delightful box from Charles Smith in the mail. A few months ago he had written to ask if there were any art supplies that I needed as he was traveling to Japan where art supplies are cheap and plentiful as opposed to here in Eastern Canada.
After numerous emails from Charles I finally conceded and I wrote back and asked if he’d pick me up a few Pilot Choose Pens in white as my one lone one had all but run out. Well, I opened the box and there were five pens, two boxes of Prismacolor 36 pack Verithin coloured pencils and one box of Prismacolor 12 pack Watercolor pencil crayons. OMG. I was in tears. My pencil crayons were running out fast so this colourful box of goodies has really brightened my day.
It’s pretty easy to go through a full pencil crayon in one sitting when you are beginning to work on larger pieces such as I’ve been doing recently. And I’m super ecstatic to have the 36 pack as all I had before was the 24 pack. Before that, I use to have 72 colours and watercolour pencils but when my ex-husband and I split up 10 years ago he got the coloured pencils in the deal. He is an artist too and a fantastic one at that.
Desperate, I had run to Micheal’s about a week ago to buy emergency replacement pencils and was saddened that Prismacolor doesn’t sell singles of their Verithin brand so I reluctantly bought the softer leaded brand which don’t work as well for what I do as the leads are softer and bigger and you can get too detailed with them. I love their Verithin brand as they have hard leads that keep their points for a longer amount of time and they don’t break as easily when you are sharpening them.
The next thing I want to say thank you for that I never formerly published on the blog was a gift from Winsor & Newton in the UK. They sent me a little metal Bijou Box of watercolor last Summer! While I said thank you on Facebook and Twitter, shortly after that was when I began to feel ill and sadly, lost touch with them. I’m still working on using up another set from 2007 that I have before opening this new set. And I do prefer using cakes of watercolor over tubes. They are just sweeter to work with! Thank you Winsor & Newton.
Lastly, I wanted to say thank you to Nicole who had purchased The Easy Way for Women to Stop Smoking book from Amazon and shipped it to me. Sadly, the packaging slip was a little mutilated and wasn’t readable so I had no idea who had sent the book until she had written a few weeks ago asking if it had arrived. BTW, I’m still smoking outside mind you and do hope to stop one day soon. I’ve read the book twice now. I think I’m feeling rather ashamed that I’ve been unsuccessful at quitting nicotine. This eats me up more than you all realize as it seems to be a very taboo topic to actually talk about so I mostly suffer in silence.
All in all these supplies and the book couldn’t have arrived at a much better time as many of my supplies are dwindling. You all have made my day very special! Anyhow, I’ve added my mailing address to my about page.