Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Sorry. I am forced to take a break today. The story parts may not seem longer than my usual blog posts, but they take me all morning and sometimes into the afternoon to write...and I am just not up to it this morning. My own fault. It was such a gorgeous, perfect day yesterday...
...well, later in the day, actually. We started out with our usual 80% humidity, but by early evening the sun had dried it up a bit and it had gone down to a pleasant 50%. So, after working on the blog until afternoon while I washed clothes...and making a vat of cabbage soup in the afternoon...I was on the verge of overdoing it, right? Gorgeous evening. So, for the first time in ages and ages I opened the place up! Ahhhhh! And Karma and I spent the evening on the porch. (This is an old shot of Karma on the comfy porch chair--pre herb garden.)
I decided to leave the bedroom window and the porch door open all night because it was supposed to get down into the 50s. Perfect sleeping weather. Supposed to have sun for a few days, so I left things on the porch and the padded chair uncovered.
I did sleep well. But I woke up to a darkening sky!
I was lucky it hadn't rained or, if it did, it didn't get into my porch.
Packed everything away...and by that time the sky was completely dark. But as I have been waiting for pictures to post and writing the clouds are starting to break up?
Anyways--it went up to 82% humidity during the night. And I haven't the heart to close it up just yet. Been waaaay too long closed in up here!! So...break time today...intermission. On the edge of overdoing it...can do one of these regular posts in an hour or two...extra sore from the humidity...and you all know it turns out well, right? LOL! Hopefully tomorrow. :):)
Meanwhile, I do have a couple things to show you. My paper order came from Writer's Bloc, the new-to-me shop. :)
Karma claimed the box, of course.
I slid the package out from all the popcorn pieces...
...and there they were!!
First of all, I found this shop by googling Clairefontaine after I fell in love with their gorgeous, fountain pen friendly paper. Was looking to see if they sold regular 8 1/2 X 11 inch sheets and I discovered these! Packets of 100 sheets in lilac...
...and cream. They had a grey, too, but since there were a couple other things I had my eye on...LOL!
This Clairefontaine notebook, for example!! It's called "Mlle No". (??) I just love it! So colorful with the giraffe, leaping tigers, parrots flying, and flowers!
And when you flip open the magnetic closure flap...you discover the girl standing under the giraffe with a tiger (very small in proportion to the girl--LOL!) leaping away from her feet...and more birds and flowers on the backside of the flap.
And the lovely Clairefontaine paper inside, of course--lined.
And this is the back side with the flap opened...
...and closed. More flowers, a purple rhino, more birds.
I know they are kind of abstract and cartoonish (remind me of manga, even tho it is made in France) and I wondered if I would like it as much when I actually had it in hand...well, I do! Too pretty to write in! But, I'm sure I'll find some use for it. ;)
Anyways, the main product I was waiting for with baited breath was this refillable journal.
It's made by Exacompta--another french paper company. The forest green "buttery soft calfskin-like Maderia cover" is just that--buttery soft and supple--whatever Madeira is? Feels like leather. But what I was interested in more than anything was the paper and would it work well with fountain pens?
There are a couple of printed pages next to the inside covers, but there was still one regular page glued to the bottom edge so that I could cut out my trial page.
I ordered the blank journal refill so I can use my own writing guides. And it even has a built in bookmark!
I wrote with all my fountain pens--and even a couple LePens and Triplus fineliners...
...and no bleed-thru at all! Not even with the wide Parallel pens!! :):)
My quest for a refillable journal is over--tada! Now all I have to do is slowly stock up on refills. Happy Dance! Happy Dance! :):)
Also, several days ago, I decided that I was sick and tired of running out of my bookcards. When I went into my prepped stash (all cut, folded, sorted--ready to be punched and sewn) I decided to sew them ALL together! All 42 of them!
Over a couple of days I punched the holes in all of them, picked the embroidery threads...
...and then sewed them together while I watched TV at night.
So, I'm set for a good while--LOL!! Is it any wonder why I need this intermission!? ;) Like I said--my own fault. Sorry.
This afternoon Caroline comes to clean. Tomorrow night Dagan and Leah are planning to come over. And on Monday my dear friend, Ruby, is planning to drive all the way up here from Wisconsin for a long-awaited visit!! We have not laid eyes on each other in nine years!! So excited!! :):):)
But--today--I will be very good, I promise. ;) I will take it easy and be back next post, hopefully tomorrow, with Flowers and Garbage. Hope you are having a wonderful week!
"If a nightingale sings with her breast against a thorn, why not we?"
Susan Gilbert Dickinson to Emily Dickinson in 1861