Diamine Poppy Red

Diamine Poppy Red is a solid true red. This colour really pops and looks great on all shades of paper. Despite it’s vibrant colour I would have no problem using this ink in a variety of applications.


Diamine Poppy Red

Diamine Poppy Red

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Post-a-Nut

Apparently on the Hawaiian island of Molokai you can send a coconut anywhere in the world. The local Post Office will even supply you the coconut as long as you pay the postage. I would love to receive a nut from Molokai so if any readers out there are on Molokai asked me for my address.

read more at Boing Boing.

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Ottawa Pen Posse – April 10th

Today I attended my 2nd (the Posse’s 3rd) Ottawa Pen Posse meeting and it was another great opportunity to get together with other pen enthusiasts nuts and talk shop. The highlight for me was working my way through Gerry’s box of ink and expanding my ink journal.

samples

samples

There was plenty of sharing going around as I had a Piccadilly Journal to give away as well as a bottle of Diamine Amber. Scrawler gave me a couple of Hero 266 and not to be out done his friend Mike gave 2Hearts a Montblanc 146. Now before everyone rushes to Ottawa for the Posse meeting next month Mike does not regularly give out Montblanc’s and he and 2Hearts know each other from outside the posse.

There was a great variety of inks and pens at the table but I believe that Scrawler’s giant bottles of Akkerman Oranje Boven and Simplisties Violet stole the show. The bottles are enormous and quite stylish. A quick writing test proved that the ink in the bottles backs up the promises made by the bottle. What a great ink!

I had brought a camera to this meeting but as I turned it on the batteries died, fortunately 2Hearts had a camera and we got the waiter to snap this group picture.

Ottawa Pen Posse- April 10

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I am still here

Sorry about the lack of content as of late but life has happened.

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Posts of the Week March 20

Stephanie talks about one of my favourite Rhodia products…The No. 38 - Rhodia Drive
Pocket Blonde scored some pens at the Flea Market – Pocket Blonde
The Classissist features Polar Blue – Penned House
Pen Addict has a thorough look at Noodler’s Antietam – Pen Addict
Julie has a look at the Caran D’ache Dunas – Whatever
Brian Goulet shows off the much anticipated Edison Nouveau – Ink Nouveau
Another link to Brian and his great video demonstrating the easy switch out of Lamy nibs – Ink Nouveau

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The Zen of Letter Writing

*Disclaimer: I am not a practitioner of Zen and/or Buddhism. I am using Zen in the common appropriation of the word as meaning calmness and ease of mind*

A few months ago when I began my adventures in letter writing and correspondence I found myself getting a little anxious as I approached my house each night in hopes that a letter, postcard or some other missive would be there awaiting me. I would try and anticipate the amount of time a letter would take to be received and a reply returned and I would stress or worry if the reply did not arrive within a day or two of my estimate. Upon receiving a letter I would rush through my evenings duties to sit down and reply, regardless of whether I felt inspired to do so or not. This I have discovered is not the way I want to enjoy personal correspondence.

I now enjoy a more relaxed, Zen-like pace of letting myself surrender to the ebb and flow of mail. I still enjoy receiving letters but I let be a surprise now and I have stop anticipating letters and just let them come to me and welcome them when they are there. I enjoy the moment of reading a message but I do not struggle to force a reply into the little time I may have or if I have nothing to write, I reply when I can and when I have something I would like to share. I find that this letting go of my expectations and embracing the moments has greatly increased my pleasure and quality of my letters.

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Diamine Mediterranean Blue

Diamine Mediterranean Blue is another great colour brought to us by what is quickly becoming my favourite ink company. This blue has a definite lean towards turquoise which might be why I like it so much. Mediterranean Blue is not just a great colour, it is a great performing ink that is very well behaved. The only negative aspect of this ink is a slow dry time and no water resistance, neither of these are concerns for me but something users should be aware of if that is something they need.


Diamine Mediterranean Blue

Diamine Mediterranean Blue

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