Write On, Mama!

In the age of never-ending digital messages, put your thoughts on paper for dear sweet Mumsie on Mother’s Day May 12.

By Kristin Belz May 6, 2013

Le Pine fountain pens could be an heirloom.

Sure, Mom would probably appreciate a Happy Mother’s Day text this Sunday May 12. But she might be a little underwhelmed. And flowers and chocolates and scented candles are always in style. But flowers fade, chocolates are eaten, and candles burn away.

A handwritten letter, however, on nice stationary, along with a packet of fine paper and a lovely fountain pen – now that’s the kind of Mother’s Day gift that could begin to express how much your Mumsie means to you. 

Just getting a handwritten letter these days is a treasure. People don’t tend to keep and reread emails or text messages (unless they’re in the swoony beginnings of a torrid affair, perhaps). Letters, though, can be read over and over again, slipped between the pages of a favorite book, or kept carefully in an archival box of photos and mementoes, saved with a smile for someone to (re)discover with a sigh years later. 

Oblation Papers & Press makes its own 100% cotton paper from garment industry fabric remnants.

Fine stationery and writing implements are part of a long but not quite forgotten tradition of tangible, physical personal expression through the written word. The paper and pens themselves can be works of art. So for Mother's Day, a Bic and a pad of post-its is probably not going to cut it. But a French fountain pen and some handmade 100% cotton fiber paper? That could say something sweet.

To go high quality, try a pen that's not sold at a drugstore (and that you can't just accidentally nick from the office supply cabinet). Oblation Papers & Press carries a number of highly tempting fountain pens (as well as a few rollerballs, ballpoints, and pencils) that are in the potential heirloom category.

Le Pine, from France, might be at the top of that spectrum ($100 and up), Lamy at the lower, more accessible end (about $40). But all will look and feel in Mom's hand like a reminder that her little one (no matter how old you are) doesn't take her for granted. 

Oblation Papers & Press
Monday–Saturday 10 am–6 pm
Sunday 12 pm–5 pm
516 NW 12th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209


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