Specifically, the ones by Ticonderoga. Because there’s nothing quite as good as a freshly sharpened, yellow-coated pencil with a full eraser, a blank page, and a head full of ideas.

Ticonderoga pencils- Abby Grace Photography

I like the elementary inspiration of it- it takes me back to a place where I wasn’t bound by self-inflicted rules, by silly self-created boundaries that do nothing but hold me back. And I like that if I make a mistake, I can erase it and start over, without leaving a big black smudge all over the page. (Unless you mistakenly bought the Rose Art pencils, which DID leave smudges because the erasers were awful. Amiright?)

Ticonderoga pencils- Abby Grace Photography

I know that mechanical pencils are more practical, and that you don’t have to waste time sharpening, sharpening, sharpening.

But I think I LIKE the fact that I can see my progress, 1/8″ of graphite at a time. Because if I’ve started with a perfectly sharp pencil point and write until it’s dull, I’ve obviously accomplished something (hopefully). And I like the sound of a grinding pencil sharpener- to me, it personifies getting stuff DONE. The more times I have to turn the pencil sharpener crank, the more I’m writing, and the more I’m writing, the more I’m doing. 

Ticonderoga pencils- Abby Grace Photography

Writing it cathartic to me; whether it’s writing a list, filling in my planner, or just brain dumping onto a piece of paper, writing helps me de-stress and de-compress when it feels like my mind is crammed too full. Something about it helps me center my thoughts and clarify, so that I’m more prepared to take on my next task!

(The camera pencil sharpener above is from Paper Source, but you can grab one here!)

Everyone Loves A Classic- #2 pencils

January 27, 2015

  1. Jean says:

    love the pencil sharpener! Love you!

  2. Rebekah says:

    I much prefer regular old-fashioned pencils too!

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