13 Feb 2013

It's the little things.....


That make me happy.....

.....Waking to sunshine flitting through my window. A kind word, a nice cup of tea, a handwritten letter. Quiet content moments. Hearing an old story that I thought I forget, discovering something new that I never knew I didn't know. When things run as they ought to...  Little details that I hadn't noticed....Do I sound ridiculous?

Well here are more things, each with their own little tale that have delighted me recently:

The porcelain Maiden.....


She once stood with her rather ungainly companion on our mantelpiece in Kenya. I remember thinking that they looked most awkward up there alongside a row of licentious sake cups and a few indigenous cavorting carvings. Looking back now, it was very appropriate. We left our home in a hurry and I never thought that I would see this lady again. Many years later, a cousin of mine who left Kenya for USA some time after our departures, sent me a parcel and so it was that I came to own the maiden once more. I look at her differently now. She is a very resilient even though she is made of porcelain. If you are wondering what is her current fate, well then, I can report that she has been spotted doing a spot of modelling in the Fushigi Shop.

"Porcelain.....
Are you wasting away in your skin
Are you missing the love of your kin
Drifting and floating and fading away"

Red Hot Chilli Peppers
The flower headed pins.......


What strange blossoms grow in the House of Worshipblues! Indeed they are odd but they are useful in their sharpness. My brother-in-law bought these for me as part of my Christmas present. They are made by Clover Japan and they are just wonderful to work with. Super smooth, strong and fine with just the right amount of flex so they don't interrupt the weft of the fabric and slim enough to avoid breaking my machine's needles if accidentally left in. I think they are rather pretty to gaze upon in the absence of real blooms. I think he bought these from | The Eclectic Maker |

The white fountain pen......


My last fountain pen gave up the ghost a little while ago and so I bought a replacement at Choosing Keeping. I decided upon a Kaweco Classic Sport in white. The design is still faithful to the original 1935 octagonal form and it is a very durable yet light pen with a gold plated stainless steel nib. The Kaweco Classic Sport has an oversized lid that acts as an extension to the pocket sized pen that allows for comfortable writing. This reminds me, Julia at Choosing Keeping told me that I must never allow anyone else to use my fountain pen as it will conform itself to my hand, pressure and writing habits and may not fare well in the hands of another.

The pen has an amusing slogan " Small in the pocket, large in the hand". Oooooh really!

The tea coloured ink......




I like writing in various tones of brown, grey and red so I was delighted to notice that the | Journal Shop | has a rainbow of Herbin ink cartridges to make a selection from. I eventually settled on Lie de Thé though I must admit to fancying Cacao du Brésil now too! I have long liked Herbin inks but learned from the Journal Shop that Herbin have been making ink for a long time and were established by a Monsieur Herbin in 1670. I like the little metal tins with their illustrated labels, they do a great job of keeping the cartridges intact.

The deceptively humble notebook......






Take one simple looking notebook and fill it with memories. Everyday things that make you smile. This is the Midori Traveller's Notebook Kraft Paper Refill, another gem that I discovered in the remarkable | Journal Shop |
You would be excused for thinking that this is a very ordinary notebook. However, what sets it apart from the rest, is the quality of its 64 pages. They are quite perfect for the jumbled sort of scribbling that I do. They are blank and strong with a nice texture to them that allows my glue and stickers to hold fast. They are also rather magical for although the pages are fine and translucent, they do not allow my fountain pen nor my felt-tipped scrawls to seep through the pages thus scarring the reverse side. Not ever. Delightful!

The pink thing that prints......





I am still enjoying using my little Polaroid Pogo Printer. It's such a brill gadget and I find more and more uses for the sticker photos that it prints. It prints 3"x2" sticker photos that can be full-sized or in sectioned into collages (you will need an app to do this) which is so fun. Thanks to its ZINK technology it doesn't require any ink cartridges.  I bought mine for £25.00 with 80 photo papers on eBay last year. The pics it prints are pretty low-tech but I happen to like such things and they serve my purpose well, which is generally note-taking of recipes, ideas, adventures, things that I have made and random memory-keeping. It is a great shame that the iPhone refuses to print to this (without doing a jailbreak thingy) via its Bluetooth capability. I have overcome this issue by enabling my desktop to print to it instead. 

It seems that I have waffled on a bit today. I hope that it is interesting waffle and I shall make up for it by giving the blog a rest tomorrow. Before I rush off, I have been thinking that there is very little in life that is truly mundane, it is only a mundane imagination that makes something that way. I think.


25 comments:

  1. What lovely photos. Keep on indulging in those things that bring happiness!

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    1. My dear Intolerant.
      Thank you for leaving a comment. I shall indeed insist on this pursuit of little happy things :)

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  2. I bought my sister a rose gold Schaeffer fountain pen for Christmas and was possibly the most jealous I have ever been of anything! I still seem to like the same things at 40 that I liked at 4. Pens, ink, nail polish, curiosities, cake, hot noodles, pastel shoes and ribbons. Precious.

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    1. Dear May,
      How you managed to part with the pen, I shall never know but I applaud you for your kindness. You are a better woman than I.
      Wonderful! I like these everlasting likeable things. They are much like Willy Wonker's Everlasting Gobstoppers only far more satisfying and kinder to the teeth :)

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  3. Wow... loving the white fountain pen and the notebook. I always enjoy reading your stationary posts. Btw, you have beautiful handwriting :)

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    1. Dear Sri,
      Thank you for your comment. I am glad that you too like my white fountain pen! I am tempted to only ever by white fountain pens from this day forward. Is that too odd I wonder?!

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  4. Do you find the pen easy to write with? Since my beloved old Parker pen "died" a few years ago (it wrote miles and miles of notes at the university) I never managed to find a fountain pen I felt comfortable with...

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    1. Dear Patuxxa,
      I do find this lovely to write with. It did take some getting used to but I am very happy with it. As it was not expensive, I am happy to take it everywhere with me too. Ah, Parker! If I recall, Parker pens are quite weighty and so perhaps you will find the Kaweco Classic Sport rather light for your hand. Do give it a whirl though if you can find a stockist that will allow you to try before you buy!

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  5. ♥ the brown ink with poetic name as if handwriting with a fountain pen wasn't enough poetry in itself.

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    1. Soapy!!!! Where have you been! I was thinking of you just a few days ago and here you are leaving me a comment. It is wonderful to hear from you xx

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  6. Beauty lies in the little things and in the the details of such little things;)

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    1. Hello wonderful FAAOF!

      I am in adamant agreement with you...yet again!

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  7. eek! that nasty little "enter" button sent my comment before I got to finish! >_<
    I was going to say.....
    what a lovely post :)
    now I tink I need zee zink! what a wonderful little gadget that is!
    ~xoxo

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    1. Darling SJL,

      It's a joy to get a comment from you. You would love zee Zink and damned that button!!

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  8. how have i not heard about this journal shop before, have you mentioned it? you works ring so true with me, i couldn't agree more and even know we have never met i think you know that. imagine if we didn't have all the little details and it was all about the bigger stuff, life would be never different and quite serious i imagine. i guess there are a lot of people would do live like that, not saying they're boring at all but they just don't know it exists.

    that pen looks lovely and the slogan is a pretty funny one. never heard of the brand before but i do like the shape. never considered writing in brown but i agree it's got a nice look to it. i need to organise a scrap book of day to day happenings, i'll forget all the times if not. i need to get that sorted. great post.

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    1. Dear Mat,

      We do seem to have found ourselves on a patch of common ground in our like of less obvious, quiet details so often overlooked many. Imagine a world without that indeed. I think I would be bored senseless and would find myself in a sort of Bedlam. Perhaps you may wind up next door!

      I think you will like the Journal Shop, I have indeed mentioned it before.

      You will love the graphics of the Kaweco ink cartridges boxes! They are really brill!



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  9. You've just reminded me how much i love the smell of ink! I often wrote with a fountain pen when i was younger, i think it's something i'll rekindle, thanks for the inspiration! x x x

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    1. Dear Maspooase

      You lovely curious thing you!! Sniffing ink and loving it! I jest!! I too like the smell of ink and I am not even talking about the array of scented inks available these days. Do! Fountain pens are lovely and perhaps less wasteful?

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  10. Ooooh, how I love fountain pens! Yes, please, I want that one. I have a few in my humble collection, but I love them all. I like your journal, and I especially like your handwriting. I love looking at one's handwriting. Somehow, it tells me something about that person. Yours is beautiful! :)

    Sandra

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    1. Dearest Sandra,

      Trust you! Trust you to have in a bag! I would love to know more about your collection. Which are your favourites? Do you have any favourite brands of ink? I need to know!

      Bless you. You say such nice things to an erratic strange person and I adore you for it!

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  11. I love this entry :) the little things tell the most about a person, in my opinion. I love how everything you have has a little character, reflects a piece of you, and is wonderful and unique. Tea colored ink! Mini polaroids! Love!

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  12. I love the idea of notebooks full of small pictures to better capture any memories dear to us! I should consider buying that mini-Polaroid...Yasumi, have a great w-e! Caterina

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  13. Ahhh fountain pens! I used to learn manuscript in school and I had to 'pump' ink refill! Thankfully these days there are cartridges. You make me want to start using fountain pens again!
    Really enjoyed your post...the magical fountain pen, ink, journal, polaroid and recipes. It's nice how simple things make us happy.

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  14. Ahhh fountain pens! I used to learn manuscript in school....now you make me want to restart on fountain pens!!
    Love your article as usual...fountain pens, special inks, Polaroid and journals... It's great little things like these make one happy.
    Agnes ^^

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  15. Your picture makes the kaweco look much more expensive that it is! Actually I have a little sample of cacao du bresil in a vial, still haven't got a chance to try it though. My favorite color of the line is poussiere de lune, a deep dusty reddish purple...

    I buy the bottle and refill them to empty cartridge with needle/syringe though.

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