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January 15th, 2006 (11:32 pm)

current mood: geeky

And so, after ginny_t so cruelly introduced me to Herbin inks, I must now fight for some semblance of self-control and keep from going hog wild after a bunch of other inks and pens while waiting for my orders to come in. >_< I went hunting through my things today and discovered that, of my old inks (calligraphy inks), 4 didn't survive the years, and my Pelikan 4001 was looking a bit thick but still usable. Straight small nib pens though might be a bit of a pain, and I think I might look for some better holders. I was never into calligraphy enough to actually warrant buying really nice holders. ^^;

Talking to the female sibling unit today, I asked if she'd be interested in hitting the high-high end yarn shop in town. We've never been there and only have a vague idea of where it is, but I thought it'd be worth a try. She was amenable to the idea, so assuming I finish all my work quickly on Wednesday, we'll be hitting the yarn shop, a spa/salon where she has a gift certificate... and Mona Lisa art supply store. >.< Apparently if we can't find parking, the female sibling unit said she'll just take the parking ticket. Parking tickets vs parking fees down in that area is supposedly different by ~$10. >_<;;

I wonder if I'll be able to convince her to hit Kensington which is on the other side of downtown (and the river) while we're at it. Kensington's art supply store actually lists Herbin as a company they carry which might mean the pens or it might mean the inks. Either way, it's nice knowing they definitely carry it rather than the stab in the dark approach. Oh well, it definitely won't be a wasted trip. I'm thinking about tossing my Pelikan 4001 anyways since it really was thick, and I'm thinking I'd like to get some nice paper supplies. While we're at it, we can see if anyone might even remotely carry 8 squares/1" 11"x17" grid paper. This is really common for use in calligraphy, but the local print shop that used to make it stopped many years ago. I did find a shop that carries it in the US, but it'd be nice if we could buy the stuff locally. *sigh* Oh well. If I'm really lucky, someone will either carry Noodle Inks or Private Reserve inks and I can have fun with them. *evil grin*

And... I think the female sibling is starting to want her ipod back. She signed up for a 3 year contract for high speed internet with Telus tonight. (It includes a free 2GB ipod Nano. We're hoping we can get a black one since white simply is NOT my colour. Me, I was thinking about picking up an ipod on my own anyways but... *shrug*). I'm happy at the thought of higher speed transfers but am not happy at the thought of all those telephone solicitation calls making it through to the house. There's a good reason for me to sit on the phone line all day/night long... :P Methinks I'll have to look into buying a proper firewall now. ^^;


Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)

Often, seemingly dead ink can be revived with careful (dropwise, if necessary) additions of water and/or dilute alcohol. This is sometimes also true of pens; I'm terrible at losing track of my fountain pens and only finding them again after most of the ink has evaporated, which eventually results in extremely cakey nibs.

I haven't actually tried out this site for printable graph paper, but I can't think of a lot of things that could go wrong with the concept, and the link came from a reputable source.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)

*laughs* I tried reviving my Higgins Eternal but am not sure if I was successful or not. I think I was trying to use a brand new nib when I was trying out the ink so it didn't work well (I later discovered the nib didn't take well to the Pelikan ink which other nibs were fine with). I'll have to check again later. My Osmiroid Brown is looking pretty nifty; crystalline strands running through an empty glass bottle. ^^;

Unfortunately, for the graph paper, we definitely need to have it printed with non-reproducing lines. We actually need it for the office for drafting / sketching. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
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Me? *innocent look* But! But! Imagine, if you found out, 10 years from now (10 Herbinless years) that I'd known about it all along? Wouldn't that be more cruel? ~_^

mmmmm… yarn store… *sigh* Soon, soon. *pets the Visa*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)

*laughs* I suppose you have a point there although my pocketbook would probably be much happier. :P

*wince* I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to the yarn shop or not. I'm sure I'll be doing lots of petting in the shop, but depending on what they carry... From what we've heard about the shop, they only carry high end stuffs, so it could prove interesting. ^^;;

Otherwise, the female sibling unit just bought me 40 balls of I think DK weight yarn from Elann to do an afghan with. She figured if I didn't use it, she could make two sweaters/tops instead. ^^; Of course, my current wool WIP hasn't moved this past week especially since I started making doe eyes at pens... ^^;

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: January 16th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Akiru - alone

I checked out the Herbin website. And I admit to lusting after the glass pens on there. The bamboo ones look neat, too.

I want an iPod nano for myself really badly. I'm hopin' for my birthday, but if not, I may have to get one myself. I'm such a gadjet junkie, it's not funny.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)

Aren't they beautiful?? I'm sooo tempted to buy one, but I'll be good. Hopefully Shakespeare's Den will get back to me tomorrow about my pen order from them (I forgot today was a holiday in the US). From what I can tell, I definitely picked up two different types of glass pens so trying them out and seeing the differences will be interesting. ^___^

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: January 17th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)

And hey, if I ever decide to get any, I may feel like writing more letters to people!!

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