Stationery Spotlight: Usem Cards


I'm sure all of us stationery heads are always on the look out for the latest, prettiest bits of stationery on the market... but what about more practical ones? I must admit I often go for looks rather than function, but I've recently come across a product I thought was a game-changer.


These are called Usem cards; simply put, they are note cards the size of a credit card. Their maker thought there was a gap in the market for a product of that size. What if you just need to jot down a short message for someone and don’t have time to go out and buy a full size card? I mean, you could use a napkin, but as romantic as it is, it’s not the most practical solution, is it?

This is where Usem comes to the rescue as thanks to their size, they fit perfectly in your wallet, business card holder, and they’re just easy to carry in general. I don’t know about you but I love this idea.


I have the bad habit of tearing pieces of paper from my agenda when I need to hand someone a note - which leads to having a pretty ugly looking bunch of pages with missing corners throughout my diary and journals.

I also think that as much as we rely so much on our phone and apps, sometimes jotting something down on a piece of paper is much better - regardless if it's a reminder for yourself or a note to someone else.

I'm already using my cards for a couple of things: I've put one in my card holder, purse and wallet with an "if lost" message with my contact information (which were previously scribbled on the back of an old receipt, ha!) and I also carry some in bag in case of necessity.

Have you ever been blown away by something so simple yet genius? I think Usem cards did it for me, but I'd love to hear about your discoveries, too. ☺️

ƒ. xx

5 Questions With @EdelweissPost - Mail Artist

Instagram is a wonderful place to find like-minded people, and I’ve been really lucky to stumble upon some brilliant individuals that not only inspire me with the beautiful images they share, but also with their incredible passion for what they do.

‘5 Questions With’ is going to be a segment where I introduce you to those people: it will be a great opportunity to learn more about them and also to - hopefully - inspire you, too.

Today I’m asking 5 questions to Patrick, aka EdelweissPost, a mail artist and supporter of all things postal.

Hi Patrick, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thanks for having me, Fab! I live in a city of lakes: Minneapolis, Minnesota. I grew up as a military "brat", as my dad was a pilot in the Air Force, so we moved all around the US - California, North Dakota, Alabama, Maryland. I went to the University of Iowa and majored in History and Film Studies. I was a social studies teacher for a few years before becoming an Immigration paralegal. As a paralegal, I was required to mail many documents and I was always bored with the US Flag stamps, so I'd spice things up with colorful commemorative stamps, which my boss wasn't so keen on! My favorite foods are movie-theater popcorn and blueberries (but not together!). I have a love for classic films (All mail lovers should see Audrey Hepburn's Charade, but my all-time favorite movie is Katherine Hepburn's Bringing Up Baby. Both of these films happen to co-star Cary Grant. And all three of these stars appear on postage stamps, by the way.)

On your IG you share lots of photos of your mail art and postage stamps. When/How did you first get into it?

I first got into vintage stamps - and mail - when planning my wedding, actually. I wanted my invitations to be something nobody had seen before, and a treasure my guests would want to keep forever. My stamp-collecting grandfather had passed away recently and I also wanted to do some kind of memorial to him which didn't involve candles, and I saw online that someone had used vintage stamps on their invitations and I was sold! What a special and fitting homage to him. And when I traveled to the local mom and pop stamp shop a mile from my house, it was truly love at first sight. There were so many options with vintage stamps, because you had decades worth to choose from - all different colors, subject matter, etc. On most of my invitations, I catered the stamps to what I thought each recipient would like, so they were even more personalized that way.
Many people ask "Why the name Edelweiss Post?" Well, I had always had a fondness for The Sound of Music and my grandparents had an old Swiss music box which played that haunting lullaby. Additionally, the flowers at our wedding appeared in different classic movies. It was edelweiss we wore as boutineers, as the symbolizes male fidelity, because it only grows on rocky cliffs high in the mountains, and suitors would venture out on the treacherous terrain in order to pick it for their love.

edelweiss-post-instagram© IG: EdelweissPost

What do you love the most about mail art and philately?

The best thing I love about mail art is that it captures the imagination. After I send off mail art plastered in beautiful old stamps, I daydream about who comes across this unexpected art, from my local mailman to the postal workers on the line, in the trucks, and the delivery person on the other end, and finally its intended recipient. What pleasant surprises mail art brings to all who are lucky enough to receive it or come in contact with it!
And stamps, well they are simply tiny pieces of limited edition art. But they're more. Not only do they decorate the envelope, they are magical tickets which give wings to our very thoughts and wishes, flying them 1st Class to almost anywhere on earth we want them to go. If that's not magic, I don't know what is.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into mail art or letter writing?

The advice I always give to people starting out doing mail art: Don't wait - Just create! Don't question it. Don't think it's not good enough. Experiment. Be bold and brave.

Any IG account you’re most inspired by?

There is so much beautiful mail art talent I'm inspired by on Instagram, I'm reluctant to mention just a small group, so I'll stick with my all time favorite: The Devoted Diarist, who also runs the postal-themed subscription box Mail More Love. She has since become a pen pal and my snail mail bestie, and we finally met in person a few weeks ago after a year and a half! That's another thing about mail - it brings people together from great distances.

A huge thank you to Patrick for taking the time to answer my questions and for sharing with us such beautiful and insightful answers ♥

Make sure to check his Instagram account for more gorgeous photos of his mail art, and his Etsy shop for lots of philatelic goodness.

I have many other wonderful people lined up for this segment, so I hope you're as excited about it as I am!

ƒ. x

Stationery Spotlight: Mustard


After a year and a half, I’ve finally come to accept that my creative-mess desk days are a thing of the past; the desk in my flat is really small, so I have to keep it as tidy as possible if I want to be able to comfortably work on it.

That’s why I don’t really display anything on it anymore, except for a corner where I keep my corkboard, pen pots, books I’m currently reading, and the occasional bits and bobs I may have laying around (because let’s face it, there’s no way my desk would stay that tidy for longer than the time needed to take a couple of photos, no matter how I hard I try).


Because the creative space is limited, I like to mix it up every now and again, so that I don’t get bored of it. My current setup is featuring lots of pops of teal (no surprises there) and a couple of pieces from Mustard, a stationery brand I've spotted in a few different shops in the past, but that I got to know better at the London Stationery Show earlier this year.

They specialise in very trendy, novelty stationery and accessories. They have several collections out now that I really like, but they all seem to be very fun and bright - which is something I can definitely get behind.

They kindly offered to send me a couple of things from their catalogue, and this is what I've picked.


Cactus Push Pins: I don't think I need to say more.. just look at them! I was using just regular black push pins before and I don't think I can go back now!
Lucky Cat Pen Pot: I do love me a bit of Japan-esque decor, so this was an obvious choice. What really sealed the deal tho was the magnetic paw.. how genious is that? No more loose paperclips!


Typewriter Sticky Notes: when I moved to London I had to leave behind my beloved typewriter - and because of the lack of space mentioned earlier, I can't see myself getting another one anytime soon - so this sweet sticky notes holder is the perfect compromise.
Metallic Notebooks: again, easy chioce! If I see a notebook I like, chances are I won't resist getting it.. even better if they come in packs of three AND are metallic, right? I love the plain yet stricking covers, and I am currently DIY-ing them, so stay tuned for the upcoming post.


Have you added anything to your desk lately, that you really love? If so, please do let me know! ❤️

ƒ. x