Friday, June 10, 2011
Today I have been blogging for 5 years!! Started out just keeping in touch with friends and family, but I have met so many amazing, kind, wonderful people. Who knew!? You just never know where life will lead you and who will cross your path. I am really thankful for Dagan and Leah keeping me on the internet all these years. I never would have guessed it, but I'd be lost without it now!! ;)
Speaking of the internet...I mailed this Monday, so I hope Desi has already received it.
Made a quick thank you card for the handmade bookmark...
...and included a couple of mine in return.
Hope you like them Desi. :)
I am using your bookmark in The Secret of The Shadow by Debbie Ford that I just started recently. It's all about the power of owning your own story--all of it. ;) I'll be spending quite a bit more time journaling this summer, I think. Anyways, I did take the pretty beads off and have them hanging on a lamp. Miss Karma LOVED the noise they made and thought they were just for her entertainment--LOL! She broke it apart grabbing at it! So I fixed the chain and decided they should go on the lamp--added some bright red yarn for a tassel on the bookmark instead. Looks good! Not quite as cat interesting, tho. Makes no noise. ROFL!!
I put together six bookcards. Five are already in the mail. Guess I should make some more.
It was really hot and humid for the first time up here on Monday and Tuesday (93 and 95 degrees). I know many of you have had horribly hot weather, but we've been cool and clammy up here most of the time.
The road crew has been working on that connecting road when it's not raining. (It looks the same to me as it did weeks ago?)
It was way too hot and sticky for me out on the porch, but Karma loves the heat and sprawled out there for hours!
By Tuesday night the rain returned and the temperatures dropped. We were in the 40s at night, but it was still 80% humidity. The humidity dropped a bit since then and the cool weather has hung around the rest of the week. Been raining off and on--40s-50s at night and 60s during the day...occasionally kissing 70.
When it is wet and cool Karma is back inside in her warm cat bed.
Meanwhile, my purchases for the month have been trickling in. I felt like a traitor to Goulet Pens, but I ordered a bunch more of the cheap Preppy pens from JetPens. Hey--$3.00 a pen vs. $3.95 and free shipping over $25.00. I prefer supporting small businesses, but I am on a very small budget and have been a loyal customer of JetPens for years, too.
Anyways, the green one had a half inch crack in the cap. I contacted them about a new cap and they are sending me a whole new pen. This is the first time I've ever had a problem with anything I've ordered from JetPens and they were very prompt answering my email. Good to know. They're always super fast with their shipping, too!
Yesterday I got a letter in the mail from my best friend in high school!! I hardly ever hear from Pat. We keep saying we are going to stay in better touch and then life gets in the way somehow. If she had internet (speaking of--again), I know we would. But she goes to the library to use it there.
Anyways, she bought Karma this cute, red, felt, catnip mouse toy!
Which, after she played with it for a while, Karma guarded off and on all day--hehe!
The long awaited Noodler's Flex Pens went on sale at Goulet Pens at noon central time on Monday. It is amazing their site didn't crash. It was unbelievably slow, but I am patient. I had my cart ready to go (with just some O-rings) and it took me 27 minutes just to add these two pens. I filled them with ink from bottles I already had around pre-Goulet--ROFL!
Lapis Inferno (blue and white swirls) and Cardinal Darkness (red and black).
I didn't want to go for the clear demonstrator because of the evaporating trouble I have had with the clear regular nib Noodler's piston pen I bought. (I think it is evaporating a little less since I plugged the hole in the cap.) These flex pens are piston pens, too, but I figured if nothing else they would be good for trying out the samples inks from Goulet's Ink Drop every month, right? And I have never had a flex nib pen to play with because they were so expensive. These were only $14.00 so I had to go for it. ;)
Anyways, it was a good thing I didn't want a clear demonstrator because they sold out in a few minutes. The blue one sold out in an hour and all five of them were gone within 12 hours. I know. Crazy pen people, eh? I feel lucky to have gotten my two. :)
The reason there has been such a long wait is that Nathan (owner of Noodler's) has to set each nib by hand into each pen and that just takes a long time to get enough of them done to make shipments. He is currently trying to figure out a different method of setting the nibs whereby, hopefully, he can hire someone else to help him. (Apparently he couldn't get anyone else to do it correctly with the current method.) Then there won't be the long waits and runs on the pens. It was exciting, tho. First time I have been involved in a sale crush online like that. ;)
Anyways, those were my two small pen orders. I am still waiting for my JoAnn's order to arrive. (They have the best sales!!) I'll wait till I can show you pictures.
Naturally, I played with pens and inks again the last couple days. My wooden box is already full!! It sits open like this right behind me when I sit at my craft table to write. And my little spiral notebook has all the information as to what ink is in which pen. Seventh heaven!! LOL!
Yes, all of them are cheap pens. Out of these 32 pens (counting the one empty preppy on the lid there) only 6 of them were over $14.00 and only one was over $30.00. Four were free with ink bottles and 16 are Preppys.
All the Preppys to the left of center have ink from actual bottles I own and can, therefore, refill. The Preppys on the right side are all filled with Ink Drop samples. I spend more on ink than I do on pens, obviously--ROFL! Nice ink, cheap pens. But when you are writing letters the recipients only see the ink, right? ;)
I sit at the table to write letters and journal...and can change colors to my heart's content. Hard to explain what a joy that is to somebody who, like Dagan for example, is quite content with Bics. LOL!!
I have been intensely involved with arts and crafting for the past six years. But this year there has been a shift in focus. Ever since last December my days have been so much more about reading, studying, written exercises, journaling, letter writing...harder for me to get going on the craft stuff for some reason. So I have less to show you, but I have been busy. I just dug out my old calligraphy class information, so when I get to practicing that again maybe I will have something to take pictures of. :) Just has been a more contemplative year so far. Very, very positive...and a bit monkish--hehe!
Have a great weekend. :)
"Kindness does wonderful things to a face."