Monday, August 31, 2009

Back to School Giveaway Winners!

The official drawing for the Back to School Giveaway was ran with the Random Integer Generator at
Here are the results:
So congratulations to #5 Simon, #1 BoutiqueStitches, and #3 Passion! You each have until 7pm (Eastern Time) on Sunday, September 6th to write with your shipment info. Simon, since you're post number came up first, you'll get first pick out of the 3 prize packs. Once I've heard from Simon, then I'll let BoutiqueStitches know which two are left. Then we'll send the remaining prize pack to Passion. We'll ship the prizes as soon as possible.
Thank you all again for reading! Congrats to the winners and to those that didn't win, we'll certainly have more giveaways in the future so check back soon!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back to school giveaway!

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 (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!

Good luck!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Review: The Pilot M90

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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tattoo Art

We apologize for the lack of updates recently, this summer has been slightly busy to say the least.  Melissa and I wanted to post some pictures of tattoo ideas that she had designed for her and her mom.

Tattoo ideas.

Melissa's tattoos.

Melissa's mom's tattoo.  She previously had the vine on her arm, but Melissa designed the flower.