Wrap and Roll

This is the first entry in a series that could be called “nice things people have given me and I’m guilty about.” Getting a gift throws me off guard since I’m probably unworthy of the kindness. That doesn’t mean I’m not both appreciative and moved when someone thinks well enough of me to send something.

In this case one very generous friend hand made two pen wraps and another was considerate enough to ship them the great distance to me. If you don’t know what a pen wrap is let me explain. Let’s say you have a lot of pens (and I do) and transporting them somewhere is your goal. There are a few choices: You can put them loose into a container which could damage them (bad). Maybe you could fill your pockets with them (worse). If  you have a lot of little one or two pen cases you could slip your pens into those and put the lot into your backpack (me).

My new leather pen wrap open. Beautiful lining.

My new leather pen wrap open. Beautiful lining.

Actually, the last time I needed to bring numerous pens with me I rolled them into an old stringy towel I had. That concept is really quite like a pen wrap where you have pockets that pens fit into, a flap that folds over the top, and a ribbon to hold it together when rolled up. I’ve never had a pen wrap…until now.

An orange and green felt pen wrap with pens in it.

An orange and green felt pen wrap with pens in it.

And what lovely wraps they are! Hand made out of some neat materials in lovely colors. As you can tell I was thrilled and remain so. I have used one already to take some pens on my recent trip to Chicago. This weekend I’ll use both to cart even more pens to the Washington DC pen show.

To close this wrap you fold the flap over first.

To close this wrap you fold the flap over first.

Thanks, May, for taking the time to create these totally unexpected wraps for me. Ack! The guilt! I don’t deserve them. I’m going to try and make the level of guilt unbearable for me by showing some more gifts in future posts.

Last step is to roll it up and tie the ribbon to secure it.

Last step is to roll it up and tie the ribbon to secure it.

  1. Kim
    August 6, 2009, 12:10 pm

    Oh, I love those! I have a PlePle pen wrap that I got from JetPens which I love. But hand made by a person you know is so much better!

    I am not sure what pens I will bring to the show Saturday. I just don’t know. I don’t have anything that needs repair or customization!

  2. TAO
    August 6, 2009, 2:00 pm

    Kim: I can’t imagine better wraps then these. May really works magic to make them. Do you have any nibs that you want to be reground to something else like a stub? I’m know they’ll be people at the show doing that. If not just bring the pens you might want to share. That’s what I’m doing. 🙂

  3. August 8, 2009, 8:21 pm

    Whee!!! 🙂

  4. Mona
    September 7, 2009, 6:10 am

    Don’t you just love the color combinations?

  5. TAO
    September 7, 2009, 7:20 pm

    I certainly do!