Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sunday, January 10, 2010
During our last trip to NYC, we made our usual trip to Kinokuniya. There I found the DAKS Simpson Slim blue fountain pen. They also had a red pen and a camel-colored pen, but I picked blue since it is one of my favorite colors. :) I was really impressed with the look of the pen (very sleek!) and the size of the nib (so small - the smallest nib I've ever seen).
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
(PICS! for a sample), so what we wanted to do was to find a way to get one of her designs onto a t-shirt.
The drawing we wanted to use.
The best way to do this, we thought, would be to iron them on. First, we had to find the right printer paper to use. I have an HP inkjet printer so we checked out the usual office supply suspects for printer paper. We found some Avery Ink Jet T-Shirt Transfers
at Staples that seemed to be what we were looking for. Next, we picked up some blank t-shirts from Michael's. We scanned the desired t-shirt design and then printed it out in a way that would best preserve the quality of the drawing as well as the detail. I'm not completely dialed-in to my HP scanner+printer so it took some fiddling to get it right. (Side note: if you're thinking of trying this, don't actually print on the expensive Avery Transfer paper until you've found the right set of conditions for the best print-out on regular printer at low-quality. Once you've found what works, print at a high-quality on the transfer paper.)
What proved to be the tricky part was the actual ironing-on of the print-out to the t-shirt. For the first attempt, we placed the print-out face down on the t-shirt and ironed for about 2 minutes directly on the back-side of the paper. This might have resulted in too much heat being applied because the shirt started to brown. We placed a pillowcase over the paper and ironed for the recommended 90 seconds. However, when we attempted to pull back the paper from the shirt, the design itself wasn't completely affixed to the shirt so part of the design started to peel off as well.
Finally, we tried ironing over the pillowcase but for about 3 minutes making sure the transfer was fully applied. This proved to be the best case as it came out beautifully.
We'd like to eventually do a more professionally looking application. We just wanted to try this out. and see how it would work.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Back to School Giveaway!
To help east the transition from the care-free, laid-back summer to the grind of the school year, we decided to have our very first giveaway. We're giving away 3 different packs filled with goodies:
Prize pack #1:
Pilot Varsity Disposable Foutain Pen - Purple
Uniball Fusion - Black
Uniball Fusion - Blue
Wide ruled Marble Composition Book
Prize pack #2:
Pilot Varsity Disposable Foutain Pen - Black
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Black
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Pink
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Blue
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Orange
Prize pack #3:
Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen - 0.25 mm - Black
Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen - 0.3 mm - Blue Black
3 gel ink pens (Black, blue, and green) from Morning Glory, a Japanese stationary store located in New Jersey
How do you get in on all this goodness? Just drop us a comment on this post sometime before 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Sunday, August 30th. One entry per person, please! We'll use that gnarly Random Integer Generator at random.org (if only that would help us pick better Powerball numbers!) to pick 3 winners. The order the winning comments are generated by the "RIG" will determine the order that you get to pick which prize pack you'd like to win. For instance, if the generator comes up with your comment number first, you'll get to pick one prize pack from all three. If your comment number comes up second, you'll get your pick of the remaining two. And if your number comes up last on the generator, you'll get the remaining prize pack. Don't worry, though, there's good stuff in each one! We'll post the winners at some point on Monday, August 31st, so be sure you check back to see if you're among the lucky and if you are, then you have until 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) Sunday, September 6th to email us at the addy to the left with your info.
Thanks for participating!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Ever since Jetpens posted the Limited Edition Pilot M90 Stainless Steel Fountain Pens on their website, I was extremely tempted to click "buy". I'm a sucker for ultra-sleek, elegant pens; among my favorites are the Ohto Fine Ceramic Rollerball and Pilot Duo Color Cavalier, to give you an idea. But the hefty $180 price tag was enough to make me shy away. I know I can have pretty expensive taste, but I wasn't sure if I should take the plunge with the M90. However, my girlfriend knew how much I was into that pen (probably because every time she saw me on the Jetpens website, it was open to the M90) and, before I could do anything about it, she went and bought me the M90 with a medium point nib.
It arrived promptly (Jetpens is always fast and reliable!) and in a large box instead of the usual Jetpens package. Inside was a sleek black box that contained the pen. However, upon opening the box, the cutout of foam where the pen was supposed to be was empty! Minor panic attack! No wait, it seems the pen had slightly shifted during transit and was just nestled under the foam. Phew - crisis averted!
In hand, the pen surely is stunning. The design is ultra sleek. The no-frills approach is enhanced by the tiny "M90" inscribed on the top of the cap. The entire pen is brushed stainless steel. The coolest feature, I think, is the way the body flows seamlessly into the nib; a design so unique, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Adorned atop the cap is a blue gem that accents the pen and it gives the pen the perfect amount of flare.
Of course, I have yet to touch on perhaps the most important aspect of a fountain pen. How does it write? Albeit with my limited experience, I can say it is the smoothest fountain pen I’ve used. (The Libelle Seabreeze a close second, followed by the Lamy Al-star/Vista) The nib literally glides across my Clairefontaine notepad as if on a cushion of clouds. I should say that, like any fountain pen, I think the ink really can make a difference in your writing experience. Initially, I used the stock black ink cartridge that came with the M90, but I think the pen’s true potential was realized when I swapped it for the J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir.
The consistency of the line makes the M90 a great notetaking/writing fountain pen. As a lefty, fountain pens (such as the Ohto Tasche) can give me trouble as often times I’m “pushing” the nib rather than “pulling”. The M90 hasn’t given this lefty any problems. Smearing or bleed-through on Clairefontaine and Rhodia notebooks aren't issues at all, although this probably has a lot to do with the ink as well.
I prefer a slightly broader nib and the medium point the pen produces is the perfect size for me. It’s a nice and thick wet line. As such, I’m not sure if the medium point would be ideal for users requiring finer detail.
If you can get past the premium price-tag, the M90 is certainly worth the money. It has sharp looks and it's certainly a great writer.