Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I know, last week was paper and pens and wax week. But I just found out about this: The Hunger Games stationery!
With Katniss and Peeta on the envelopes and paper and district stickers! Is it totally goofy? Yes. Do I want it? Also yes.
I have no idea if the paper is of good quality. Signs point to maybe not, as it is consistently referred to as "stationary" by the sellers. But I'll write with a rollerball if I have to. And I would only be able to write letters to Cate and you guys. But I love you all.
Buy through Amazon for $10.99.
Image via the same.
Happy Hunger Games!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Well, this is Robert Louis Stevenson, one of my favorite writers. One of everyone's favorite writers, I assume. I mean, this man single-handedly invented our current perception of pirates. Parrots and peg-legs and adventure!
He didn't just write Treasure Island, though. He has many other novels and things under his belt, as well as poetry. I'm not remotely familiar with all of Stevenson's work, but that is because of my short attention span, not his skill.
Also, as you can see, he is writing on paper with a pen. I swear I do some things because they make me feel like Robert Louis Stevenson. "Why are you reading by lamplight?" It makes me feel like Robert Louis Stevenson. "Why are using a messy pen?" It makes me feel like Robert Louis Stevenson. "Why are you giving the camera that look?"It makes me feel like Robert Louis Stevenson. And that is enough.
Picture via here.
Ever your covetous friend,
Friday, February 24, 2012
In all honesty, because I have my twenty-cent Target notebooks, I don't need fancy stationery to write on. I write in my notebooks and send letters on printer paper. So far I haven't had an ink and nib combination that bleeds through even the cheap stuff. But that doesn't mean I can't long for the day when I get to shell out entire dollars for one notebook!
I have issue with the name "Black n' Red," but I don't make these sorts of decisions. Black n' Red notebooks are made with thick, heavy paper that I'm told is perfect for fountain pen ink. I'm sure I'd feel extra fancy busting out a notebook like this and taking notes. Wouldn't you?
Pick the notebook that suits you and buy through Staples for $5.99-$10.49.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Look! Look what I found, you guys!
That looks like a pen, you say. It is a pen! A fountain pen, too. But not just a fountain pen. This is Noodler's Ahab, an affordable fountain pen with a flexible nib that has received great reviews.
I have never written with a flexible nib, and most others like me probably say the same. Flexible nibs aren't really a thing nowadays, but they allow for varied thickness in your writing, and that can probably impress some folks. The nib is steel, so not ideal for flexing, but it should be harder to bend out of shape. And even if you do, busting the nib on an inexpensive pen is not a great tragedy.
The only con, I'm told, is that the pen has a strong smell because of the material it's made with. It may or may not fade, and it may or may not smell like cinnamon. I think I could get used to it for an addition to my pen collection.
Buy for $20.00 through iSellPens.com.
Picture via the same.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I've gotten ahead of myself. Sure, you need to be able to seal your letters, but you have to write them first, don't you? So you better pick out a good ink. One that can take anything the Postal Service may throw at it.
While no ink can survive inconsistently applied non-machinable charges, Noodler's Black can, I'm told, handle most anything else.
It's a dark, saturated black that bonds to the cellulose in paper (that's what they keep telling me, anyway) so it sticks for good. And for you patriotic types, it is all made in the USA--the glass, the cap, the ink, all of it.
Buy through iSellPens.com for $12.50 for a three-ounce bottle.
Image via the same.
I remain, as ever, your most humble servant,
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Ignore the bee and the dragonfly. I want the peacock.
The beauty of this peacock seal is that it is not only a seal. It is a fob as well. Fobs can go on anything, I suppose, but I am thinking specifically of a fob for a watch. I'm silly and old-fashioned, I know, but I carry a pocket watch, and I think it deserves accessories. What could be better than a fob that serves a second purpose?
Cate loves birds. I don't have an inordinate fondness for them, but the peacock is really something. So pretty! All those feathers! And so dignified!
Well, anyway. I want a peacock seal so I can seal my letters with it. All I have now is an M, which is so very basic. I need a little excitement!
Buy through Nostalgic Impressions for $14.95.
Image via the same.
Monday, February 20, 2012
I understand now, though. And now I send people letters sealed with wax. I am delighted that they have invented flexible wax for mailing things, but I am also deeply interested in traditional brittle wax.
This is Abraxas sealing wax, the amber color. It's translucent and looks lovely in the light from what I've seen of pictures, and I'm told it smells nice while melting. I want it. I may not even be able to send it through the mail, but I want it. Maybe I could use it to seal packages or as part of wrapping presents or SOMETHING. I'd figure it out.
Buy through Castle in the Air for $15.00.
Picture via the same.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
So, well, I have to be honest. I have a confession: I am a huge sucker for nail polish.
And China Glaze has a Hunger Games tie-in collection.
I especially love shiny, glittery things. I can tell you right now that I need Electrify. I need it. But this collection isn't out yet, and I honestly don't know what I'm going to do.
Which colors have you entranced or underwhelmed? And what will you be wearing to the premiere of the movie? (I won't wear anything to the premiere of the movie--but I will wear Electrify to a matinee!)
Image via here.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
PS Speaking of penguins, how much do I want this to happen to me?
Friday, February 10, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
PS As far as I'm concerned, Clint Eastwood won the Super Bowl. And also my heart.
Monday, February 6, 2012
PS Charlotte Olympia also has a matryoshka handbag, this one slated for pre-fall 2012!
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Tennebaum-Sternberger Room of the Central Library
219 North Church Street, Greensboro
A short open mic will follow the reading. If you're in the area, by all means stop in to share your work or talk to me!