What's New at The Paper Mouse

Spotlight: Felix Doolittle
Photo courtesy of Felix Doolittle Visitors to our shop are often drawn to our occasion card wall, which holds row upon row of illustrated cards that celebrate, sympathize, encourage, thank, and congratulate. The vast majority of the cards we carry...
Spotlight: Bellroy
Australian startup Bellroy was launched in 2010 by a team of product designers and engineers who were passionate about carry—their word for bags, wallets, cases, luggage, and all those items we use to carry our things.  They started with a...
Spotlight: Special Pens for Grads
A pen is a traditional graduation gift, a symbol of learning and intellectual pursuit that has long been given to honor a graduate’s achievement and entry into adulthood. But “traditional'' doesn't have to mean a pen is stodgy or old-fashioned;...
Letter Writing All Year Round
Back in 2001, the USPS designated the month of April National Letter Writing Month. The Paper Mouse team loves to celebrate this snail mail jubilee, and we encourage everyone to join in the fun of writing and receiving letters this...
Tutorial: Make Your Own Envelopes
Back in 2001, the USPS designated the month of April National Letter Writing Month. The Paper Mouse team loves to celebrate this snail mail jubilee, and we encourage everyone to join in the fun of writing and receiving letters this...
What to Write during Letter Writing Month
Back in 2001, the USPS designated the month of April National Letter Writing Month. The Paper Mouse team loves to celebrate this snail mail jubilee, and we encourage everyone to join in the fun of writing and receiving letters this...
Coping with COVID: Boredom Busters
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve written about the challenges of coping with heavy emotions and massive changes in our lives. But during the past year we’ve also been contending with plain old boredom. The sameness of our daily...
Coping with COVID: Some Tools for Reflection
Do you remember the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic? When it first began to impact our lives, there was a great deal of novelty in the situation. It wasn’t a fun or happy time, but there was a sense...
Coping with COVID: a Plant Perspective
After a year of slogging through a pandemic —dealing with heavy emotions about illness and death, being cooped up inside, missing our loved ones, and adapting to major changes in our plans and our daily lives—and after a long winter that’s...
Structuring a Creative Habit
We’ve all felt the fire and excitement of beginning a new hobby. Our brand-new project is all we can think about. In the initial rush of excitement, we practice our new instrument daily, read avidly to learn everything we can...
Getting Started With a Creative Practice
During the past year as we’ve spent more time at home, many of us have taken up new hobbies to sustain our spirits and have discovered how fulfilling they can be. Sourdough baking has taken off. Home improvement projects are...
Love Letters
“Of all letters, the love-letter should be the most carefully prepared. Among the written missives, they are the most thoroughly read and re-read, the longest preserved, and the most likely to be regretted in after life.” So states Hill’s Manual of...
Problem-Solving Stationery
Have you ever stumbled across the solution to a problem that you weren’t even aware existed? If you wear glasses, you may recall the first time you saw the world with corrected vision. You had grown so used to a...
New Year's Resolutions
It’s a new year, and for many of us, that means it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. This year we will exercise more, learn the guitar, eat less meat, spend more time with our friends. If we take a...
End-of-Year Reflections
2020 is drawing to a close, and you can almost hear the collective sigh of relief. This has been a hard, strange year for all of us, and we’re looking forward with hope and optimism to better things to come....
Behind the Scenes at the Holidays
The holiday season is the busiest time of year for our little shop. The days are a hectic but exciting blur of visitors, packages, and products flowing constantly in and out the door. In our little back room, we’re wrapping...
Tutorial: How to Make Paper Snowflakes
Making paper snowflakes is a fun winter activity that's easy to do at home! All you need is a piece of printer paper and a pair of scissors.  1. Start with a piece of paper placed flat in front of...
Spotlight: Maileg Toys
A beloved brand at The Paper Mouse, and one that we’ve carried since our shop’s early days, is Danish toy company Maileg. Maileg is best known for their utterly charming mouse toys, which of course we find irresistible. But though...
An Update on Our Event Space
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to all our lives, and to our business too. Some of these changes you’ve seen already - like our brand new online store and the shiny new hand sanitizer dispenser in our shop. During...
What's the Big Deal about Limited Editions
Maybe you were eyeing a special pen or pencil, and then discovered a month later that it was gone for good. Or maybe you’ve seen people getting super excited about a brand new notebook and you don’t get what all...
Reader Recommendations for National Book Month
As the leaves change color and the days get shorter, those of us who live in a cold climate start to feel a familiar sensation: a yearning for socks and sweaters, a craving for stews and soups, an urge to...