Friday, November 19, 2010

Love for Paper

My cat loves paper, possibly more than I do. He likes to press paper against his body.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

JetPens Fun!!!

As is common knowledge, I am a huge fan of JetPens. My recent order, including a few things for my buddy who is a fellow pen-addict, is shown in the following picture...
Items include, in no particular order because I didn't think ahead about how I would identify the individual components when I was organizing everything for the picture...

1 x Jstory Smile-It Fun Tab Sticker - Rabbit (JSTORY SMILE IT R) = $3.00
1 x Zebra Pticolon Gel Ink Pen - 8 Color Set (ZEBRA JJ6-8C) = $12.00
3 x Dong-A Miffy Scented Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Lavender (DONGA MIFFY 51) = $3.30
2 x Dong-A Miffy Scented Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Violet (DONGA MIFFY 20) = $2.20
2 x Dong-A Miffy Scented Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Blue Black (DONGA MIFFY 34) = $2.20
1 x Dong-A Miffy Scented Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Dark Green (DONGA MIFFY 35) = $1.10
1 x Dong-A Miffy Scented Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Blue (DONGA MIFFY 38) = $1.10
1 x Dong-A Miffy Scented Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Emerald (DONGA MIFFY 46) = $1.10
1 x Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Bottle Ink - 50 ml - Kon-peki Deep Ocean Blue (Deep Blue) (PILOT INK-50-KO) = $28.00
2 x Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Bordeaux Black (UNI UM151.60) = $4.50
3 x Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Blue Black (UNI UM151.64) = $6.75
2 x Uni-ball UMR-83 Gel Ink Pen Refill - 0.38 mm - Blue Black (UNI UMR-83.64) = $2.40
1 x Kokuyo Easy Page Flip Fingertip Protector for Women - Small - Thin Index Finger - Pack of 3 (KOKUYO MEKU-25TG) = $3.60
3 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Cosmetic Colors - Sapphire Blue (PILOT LH-20C5-SAL) = $9.00
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Cosmetic Colors - Sear Blue (PILOT LH-20C5-SEL) = $3.00
1 x Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Sky Blue Ink (PENTEL BG207-S1) = $3.00
1 x Uni-ball Signo UM-100 Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Brown (UNI UM100.21) = $1.50
1 x Uni-ball Signo DX UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Blue (UNI UM151.33) = $2.25
2 x Uni-ball UMR-1 Gel Ink Pen Refill - 0.38 mm - Blue (UNI UMR-1.33) = $3.00
1 x Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Fluorescent Violet Ink (ZEBRA BN11-KVI) = $1.50
1 x Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Nature Colors - Wine Red (PILOT LH-20C5-WR) = $3.00

This was pasted from my order because I'm too lazy to type it all out. But at least now, if you want to check it out on JetPens, you know what to search for!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Field Trip: UN Luggage Fine Writing Instrument Night

On Thursday, September 16, 2010 - yes, I know, this was almost a month ago - U.N Luggage hosted a "Fine Writing Instrument Night". Mr. Michael Pons - (I don't know his exact title, I believe he is the head of Lamy distribution in Canada...) was present and he brought a whole bunch of pens from Lamy, Visconti, Dunhill, Graf Von Faber-Castell and Acme Studios. First, it was eye candy. Second, they had cheese and chocolate and crackers and drinks AND prizes! And 15% off all writing instruments...
In the following fabulous image (sarcasm. I know they're terrible pictures. I was too excited to care), you can see the folder in the bottom right corner...full of all sorts of magnificent pens. I suspect the retail value of said folder is well into the thousands. I touched that folder. That's correct. My fingerprints are on it. All over it.
Usually Kevin and I don't go out and do cultured things because we're a) too lazy b) not interested and/or c) don't want to go through the boringness of traffic but for this, we made our way down to U.N Luggage, located on McDermot. I actually put on jeans and wore boots. Wow. This is huge for me because usually I get home from school/work and put on sweatpants. Poor Kevin.

It was great fun dipping all the fountain pens he brought and trying them out. He had a bottle of blue-black Dunhill ink out and it was a beautiful color. It was rich and vibrant and a good match for the pen sampling. Included in the collections he brought were Pen of the Year 2010 by Visconti and Graf Von Faber-Castell. They were priced upwards of $3000 CND. I won't lie, I'd never before considered I'd ever want to spend that much on a pen and if it were pocket change to me, I probably would have bought them. They're amazing works of art, those pens. I can't even draw stick people. I don't understand how people can create a masterpiece of a pen. I wish I had taken better pictures of the PoTY when I was there, but I don't think pictures would do the details justice anyway. Mr. Pons was explaining that many people buy the PoTY and hold on to it. As years pass and collectors start hunting for their archives, the pens sell for much higher. I guess it's like owning really, really nice cars? Personally, I would use them. Why have something so awesome and not use it?

Visconti Homo Sapiens: "Visconti Pens Introduces Fountain Pen Made of Lava With Virtually Pure 23 Karat Dreamtouch (TM) Palladium Nib"
Umm...yeah. If "Visconti Pens Introduces Fountain Pen Made of Lava With Virtually Pure 23 Karat Dreamtouch (TM) Palladium Nib" doesn't make you drool, I'm not sure what will. It's a wicked pen, fascinating to hold and touch. Not a texture you would expect at all. That line isn't mine, by the way, I found it here. A very cool, very masculine fountain pen. I'm a girl, and if I had it, I wouldn't feel like a man. But it's really cool for a man. Anyway, clearly I don't have this pen so there won't be much yammering from me about it. But there are many reviews out already on it. Consensus seems that it's fab.

Visconti Limited Edition Templar Fountain Pen
Visconti Limited Edition The Jewish Bible Silver Fountain Pen
And, just to make me look super cool because I associate with cool people...
Ok. So...that's all for now. But I have something very exciting in store...I have an exam tomorrow and I was really hoping for a package from JetPens today but maybe it'll come tomorrow. Therefore I shall sign off now but I will be back with more drool-worthy images. Oh, so many. Because I took a lot of pictures of my addictions this week. Instead of studying.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Clairefontaine Scrumptiousness

This picture makes me drool. Credit goes to Clairefontaine's Facebook Am I allowed to post it? Anyway. I'd link to it if I could but it's through Facebook so I don't know if it would work. Is it not beautiful? A closet full of stacks of Clairefontaine journals?! AHHHHH. They have such beautiful, smooth paper. Even someone who doesn't care about stationery would notice how amazing these journals are. It's marvelous fountain pen paper. I only own ONE Clairefontaine journal which I bought in Ottawa at Papier Papier (located in the Byward Market). I love stationery stores...*sigh*. When I finish my current journal, I will get to my Clairefontaine and I'll post some pictures with ink pens!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Associated Addictions: Pencil Cases

Ahhh it has been so long! For no good reason other than a bizarre sleep schedule. Amidst watching copious amounts of Degrassi and Ready or Not. YES! Classics. Pure classics. Anyway, here I am now, with fun new things to blab about. In the effort to try and keep ourselves busy while fasting, we like to go to HomeSense and check out the pet aisles...well...I like to go to HomeSense and check out the pet aisles because there's usually some good deals. Kevin prefers the kitchen junk. Boring. As I am also obsessed with animals (cats in particular), I like to look at pet accessories. Not clothing accessories, but pet-related items. I'm making no sense. Carrying on... this time, there were pencil cases! Haehaheaheh! So exciting! There were 2 different ones and I couldn't decide but because they were cheap-ish I couldn't resist getting both. They are made by Naughty Naughty Pets and both feature a handsome cat named Marty Cohen. There is a blog and a shop where you can get Naughty Naughty Pets stuff. I obviously enjoy strange things and bizarre looking creatures.

Not only are they fabulously weird looking, they hold tons of pens and whatever else you'd want to stick in them. I collected all my blue pens and stuffed them in.

Sidenote: I also own this Envirosax bag, starring Rusty. I have yet to figure out if it's a cat or dog...They have a whole line of "kids" bags that I love because they're weird looking. I haven't found any more in Winnipeg though. Bummer. He's always a big hit when I pull him out of my purse hahahahaha. I always keep some reusable bags in my purse so I can feel like I'm doing my part to be eco-friendly. I hate to see plastic bags flying around when it's windy or when they get stuck in trees. And it makes me happy when stores have biodegradable bags. Or when they donate to a charity if you don't take a bag, like Mountain Equipment Co-op does. OR! When they give you a discount on your purchase if you have your own bag.
I shall be more...punctual?...with my next post. Hopefully this one isn't terribly boring. I assumed the pictures would be enjoyable. My best friend, Stasi, refers to myself and "others like me" as pen pervs. Can't argue with that. Clearly my pen pictures are pen porn. Yes, that's right. I said pen porn. I'd be hesitant to Google "pen porn" if you're in a public place. I imagine there will be some interesting search results. *a few moments have passed* Yes. There are interesting and bizarre results.

I'm rambling again. I have plenty more pencil cases that I will also take naughty pictures of and post. Pencil case porn is what it shall be. M'kay. Enough of me.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pen Collection Preview

Ah yes, a little bit about my favorite pen site...

Even though I am strongly opposed to Facebook as of late, I had posted a picture of my pen collection on the JetPens page. (You can read about/explore JetPens here and here). Apparently by submitting a picture, I was entered to win a gift certificate if my picture was selected for awesome-factor. Which it was!!!

This month's theme for JetPics is people and their pen collections. You can check out the JetPics page for the pen collections they picked to display! Mine is the second of the five. Sadly, it doesn't look as impressive as it really is. This is actually my "gourmet" pen collection, I didn't include all my markers/Sharpies/highlighters/erasers, etc, as one of the other people did. Rats. Anyway here it is...
Fortunately, I took many, many pictures of this set up (which took three hours or so to perfect) so I will be able to upload and post some more for everyone's viewing and/or drooling pleasure.

The great staff at JetPens also sent out a whole bunch of postcards from Japan to their fans. They're really good at building rapports with their customers!! I'm such a sucker. Naturally, I check their site daily and obsess regularly over the things I'd like to acquire in the future.
If you also have a pen addiction - which I assume you do since you're still reading this - JetPens has a fabulous site that is chock-full of wonderful stationery products that every person should own.

I hope you like the pen collection picture! I'm not sure if others are as fascinated by useless pictures of pens as I am but I can post them anyway.

In other news, my cat, Tyco (a very peculiar Ragdoll) has crazy whiskers. Today, one of them has a little loop-the-loop at the end of it. Although he enjoys attention, he is currently face-planted on the floor so I haven't taken a picture of it.

Update: I took a picture of it. It's not that weird. I just have an unhealthy obsession with my cats. He's a little confused because I just woke him up to put a camera in his face.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Back to Winnipeg...

Pen collection/pictures to come soon, I promise.

I'm just spending my last few hours in Penticton, B.C. We're heading home early tomorrow morning and should be back sometime Sunday evening. I have nothing to do next week so I can spend lots of time taking pictures of pens! Which pretty much sounds like what I want to do for a living hehe.

Kevin and I spent an hour or two at the Forest Green Man Lavender farm. I tried to get pictures of the honeybees on the flowers. I took many, many pictures and only a few came out nicely. The field was buzzing with all the bees! It was so cool and so pretty. A few pictures for viewing pleasure:
Thank you to Sybil (Animated Confessions) for the first (and encouraging) comment!

I'll be back soon! Back to cold, mosquito-ey Winnipeg.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Almost Ready...

The blog is almost ready for public viewing! But you're reading this so you have already seen it. I've gone back and forth on templates, changing them constantly and trying to pick one!

I learned a lot of HTML though. At some point when Gourmet Pens is popular, I'll have to get someone to redesign my blog! Hee hee so exciting!

Anyway. Stay tuned for pens, paper, journals and inks!


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