Friday, November 29, 2013

Whiskers & Paws: November 2013 Edition

Peaches in a box
Peaches on the couch
Ellie and Peaches
Ellie and Peaches
Ellie
Ellie
Tyco
Tyco
Koa and Ellie
Koa in the window
Koa
Koa

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giveaway at Planet Millie @MillieLogica

Planet Millie is giving away a Pantone notebook and a Tombow fountain pen! Millie's giveaway is open worldwide. Giveaway closes November 30th, 2013, so head over now to enter!

Giveaway at @JetPens @FieldNotesBrand @FieldNuts

JetPens is giving five lucky winners the chance to win some Field Notes goodies!
Giveaway is open to US residents only. Contest closes December 4, 2013. Click here for details to enter!

Review: @Kaweco Pink Ice Sport Liquid Ink Rollerball - Medium @JetPens

Well, I cannot argue with pink. This is pink. Hot pink. Another yummy specimen sent by Sebastian at Kaweco - thank you again Sebastian. It's so much better to use a hot pink rollerball than a boring black bodied one. Now if only the ink matched...!
Kaweco ICE Sport Pink Rollerball - Medium
ABOUT

Body Material: Plastic
Trim: Metal
Length (capped): 10.6 mm
Length (uncapped tip-end): 10.0 mm
Length (posted): 13.0 mm
Barrel Diameter: 11.1 mm
Section Diameter: 10.0 mm
Tip material: Metal
Weight: 0.45 oz/12.75 g
Fill type: Rollerball
Price: $21.00USD
Where to buy: JetPens

PACKAGING
Kaweco ICE Sport Pink Rollerball - Medium
The Kaweco Ice Sport liquid ink rollerball pen is simply packaged, in a plastic sleeve inside a small cardboard box. At this price point and for this particular pen, it is all that's required. The box is a dark matte colour with Kaweco and flourishes on it. This box obviously doesn't meet the Keep It? cut, so into the recycling it goes, but it's a nice looking box.

APPEARANCE
Kaweco ICE Sport Pink Rollerball - Medium
The Ice Sport is small, pocket-sized, compact, and adorable. It is made of plastic. The cap is translucent hot pink and the barrel is clear. Through this you can see the ink cartridge that comes in the pen. The pen's design is very simple but I very much like it.
Kaweco ICE Sport Pink Rollerball - Medium
PERFORMANCE

The ICE Sport rollerball has a medium point tip with a liquid ink cartridge. The ink is quite smooth, though it is black which I find rather boring. I left it uncapped for half a day and it didn't dry out - that was pretty impressive! The flow is decent, not too wet for a rollerball, which you don't want. It dries very quickly on normal paper - within one to two seconds. It smears a little but drops of water shouldn't spread the ink too much. It's decent ink as far as rollerballs go!
Kaweco ICE Sport Pink Rollerball - Medium Writing Sample
IN HAND

The body is strong but lightweight - something I really like about the ICE Sport series in general. I love posting the pen and writing as the pen feels so comfortable in my hand and it's perfectly balanced to write with. The plastic warms to the touch and I also love that feeling.
Kaweco ICE Sport Pink Rollerball - Medium
PROS
  • Pocket-sized and compact.
  • Great size when posted. 
  • Good ink flow.
  • Refillable.
  • Smooth.
  • Ink does not blob.
CONS
  • None to speak of.
OVERALL

For $21, this is a pretty economical way to get a cute, compact pen with a nice colour and a decent refill inside. Especially given that it's refillable - it's more environmentally friendly! I love the ICE Sport series and I'm happy to recommend this pen to others because of its reliability and performance, as well as its convenience. Also its cuteness.

This pen was provided by Kaweco for review. I was not compensated monetarily for this review. All opinions you read here are 100% my own!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Peaches being held

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giveaway Round Up @CultPens @Kaweco @JetPens @PilotPenUSA @Moleskine

Anita Lim is giving away a Cult Pens Kaweco mini fountain pen with a medium nib! Giveaway is open worldwide and ends December 1st, 2013. Click here for details.

From The Pen Cup and JetPens have teamed up to give away a lime green Pilot Prera fountain pen with a fine nib. The giveaway is open to US residents only and closes November 27th, 2013. Click here for details.

JetPens is having a Thanksgiving giveaway! Giveaway is open to US residents only, until November 27th, 2013. Click here to enter. The prize includes:

The Pen Addict is trying - yes, I know, it's insane - trying to give away this incredibly awesome Topo Designs + Doane Paper Mountain Briefcase. Giveaway is open internationally, and closes November 30th, 2013. Click here for details and make sure to read the rules for entry.

@CoolPencilCase Biggest Sale of the Year!

Ah yes. Use this opportunity to stock up on crazy cute things! Pencil cases and pouches, stationery sets, gift sets, pencils, pencil sharpeners, and other strangely adorable things that want to live in your pencil case.

CoolPencilCase Biggest Sale of the year
Have a peek at over 80 products discounted up to 50% off - pretty much the best time stock up. Do it fast, before they sell out.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Giveaway at Pen Chalet

Pen Chalet is having a gift certificate giveaway, just in time for the holidays! Pen Chalet is giving away “Pen-Cash” with a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner and a second place $25 gift certificate prize and a $10 third place prize. These gift certificates can be used towards any purchase at Pen Chalet! Use the “Pen-Cash” gift card for yourself or give it as a gift.

The winner will be drawn on December 15th, 2013. Click here for details!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: @CoolPencilCase Mamegoma Notepad Set + Mini Erasers

Um, if mini erasers didn't catch your attention already, perhaps the picture of them will get you.
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Ok, sometimes you need a little piece of paper to scribble a note on to give to someone, or just to tuck into your pocket to remember something, or into your purse. Whatever the case is, sometimes you need to write something down. And sometimes you want something really cute to write it on.
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TA-DA! In swoops the Mamegoma notepad set, accompanied by beyond-cute mini erasers that will probably make you gouge your right eyeball out. This little notepad set unfolds and opens up to reveal these adorable pads of paper, each different - some lined, some not. They are about 2.75 inches (70 mm) wide and 3.5 inches (90 mm) in length. There are six notepads and six tiny erasers.
July 15 - 16. 2013 - iPhone 049
Some of these sheets make a great tuck in for your pen pals as well! Or even an eraser, if you can part with one. 
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Pick up a Mamegoma notepad set with mini erasers for $5.85USD. There are two sets - this one is the pink and white set.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Ellie on the stairs with a bengal

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Reads - November 17. 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Review: @SulaJaneandEarl Journal, Phone and Pen Cover - Cloud

I finally got an iPhone a few months ago. Yes, after five years of having a BlackBerry (shut it). So when I saw Sula Jane and Earl making this Journal, Phone, and Pen Cover, I was like WHAAAAA. Because I love having things that hold all my accessories together in one place. Yes, like a bag. Only better.

ABOUT
Sula Jane and Earl Phone, Journal, and Pen Cover - Cloud
Size: 6.25" x 10"
Color: Cloud
Price: $47.00USD
Where to buy: Sula Jane and Earl

APPEARANCE

This handmade Journal, Phone, and Pen leather cover has three openings - one for your smartphone (or mobile, I suppose... do people still use those?), one for your writing instrument of choice (I'm guessing a fountain pen and stylus combination), and a pocket-sized notebook. A beautiful trifecta, no? There is a little strap to button your leather cover closed so nothing falls out. I rather love it. It is simple and lovely.
Sula Jane and Earl Phone, Journal, and Pen Cover - Cloud
PERFORMANCE & FEEL

I love the leather used by Sula Jane and Earl. In this case, it is the perfect softness - soft enough that it molds around your device, pen, and notebook, holding them all snug in place, but it's easy enough to remove them. It is soft to the touch. Oh, and it smells delicious.
Sula Jane and Earl Phone, Journal, and Pen Cover - Cloud
Is it handy? Most definitely. I love being able to pull this from my bag and have my three favourite things ready and waiting for me. In the coolest way possible.
Sula Jane and Earl Phone, Journal, and Pen Cover - Cloud
PROS
  • Many gorgeous colours to choose from.
  • Lies flat, even when full.
  • Very convenient way to keep my three favourite items together!
CONS
  • No.  None. 
OVERALL
 
I really love this journal, phone, and pen cover. It's most convenient, it's soft, it's handmade, there's so many beautiful colours to choose from... what's not to love?!

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This brilliant journal, phone, and pen cover was sent for review by Sula Jane and Earl. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions here are 100% my own and not influenced in any way. Except by the awesome product.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Giveaway Round Up @WeThePPIL @FieldNotesBrand @PilotPenUSA @FieldNuts @RaildroadLeather

Head on down (to funky town) - Pen Paper Ink Letter is having another giveaway! You could win one of five prizes! Click here for details! Giveaway ends November 27th, 2013. US residents only.
  • 1 Scout Books DIY Dot Grid Notebook (Passport size 3.5″ x 5″)
  • 1 Hero 616 Fountain Pen (Maroon body, includes squeeze convertor)
  • 1 Pilot Acroball Ballpoint Pen (White w/ Black Ink)
  • 1 Zebra Z-Grip Medium Pen (Your Choice of 7 Body & Ink Colors)
  • 1 Field Notes original 48-page memo book (3.5″ x 5.5″)

The Railroad Leather Co. is giving away a gorgeous No. 120 Field Notes cover. Giveaway ends November 25th, 2013. Instructions to enter can be found here!

Wordless Wednesday

Peaches in a box

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review: @Kaweco Aubergine/Summer Purple Ink @JetPens @AndersonPens

Another beautiful sample from Sebastian at Kaweco! Thank you so very much. I rather fancy this sweet purple colour.
Kaweco Summer Purple/Aubergine
Kaweco Summer Purple/Aubergine

ABOUT
Kaweco Summer Purple/Aubergine InkSwab
Color: Purple
Bottle: 30 ml
Cartridges: 6 for $2.30USD
Price: $15.75USD
Price/ml: $0.525/ml
Where to buy: Cartridges at JetPens
                       AndersonPens (bottle) 
Kaweco Summer Purple/Aubergine Writing Sample
Kaweco Summer Purple/Aubergine Writing Sample
Kaweco Summer Purple/Aubergine Writing Sample
Kaweco Summer Purple/Aubergine Writing Sample
PROS
  • Good flow, even with the fast drying time.
  • Very nice dusky/sunset purple. 
  • Some water resistance with wet application.
  • Good saturation.
CONS
  • Expensive. 
OVERALL

A lovely colour purple - not just plain boring purple, but a sweet dusky purple that makes me think of a dusty sunset. I'm not sure about calling it Aubergine which I would think of as a much more solid, deeper purple. Nevertheless, a nice colour. It is a premium priced ink though so that may deter some folks.

I received this ink free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday Reads - November 10. 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

I Fancy You, @TWSBI Diamond 580 Rose Gold @AndersonPens

Have you gotten one? I do very much fancy this. Broad nib, for sure. Double broad would be even cooler. I do have a clear 540 and a clear 580 but this is justifiably different, right? RIGHT?


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