I’m writing this at 1:05 pm on Sunday, less than 5 1/2 hours before the big game. It will be on in my house but I won’t be watching it. These days, I’m really not much of a sports fan but I know there are those who wouldn’t miss this game for the world. In America, Super Bowl day is like an unofficial holiday with parties and beer and tasty treats like buffalo wings, nachos, and chili. Advertisers pull out all stops to create the best and funniest commercials to air during the game and the halftime show is always a mega-production with a huge superstar singer set to perform. (This year it’s Beyonce.)
Now that it’s over, do you think the best team won? Which was your favorite commercial? And what was your favorite game-day food?
My birthday is today, December 31st and to have a birthday that pretty much aligns with an actual calendar year is interesting in many ways. One thing I can never seem to escape is using the end of the year to reflect on what I accomplished in that year and what I wish to accomplish in the new year. With this tradition comes another one- the changing of the journal. For the last few years I have raced to finish whatever journal I had been working in for the later part of that year whether with words, art, or ephemera, I always get it done so I can begin anew.
So with the clock counting down, I offer you the challenge to do the same. To finish whatever journal/notebook you’ve been working in and break out a nice new one for tomorrow.
Are you with me?
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I think there is something special about Christmas Eve that doesn’t exist in any other form. It’s a frantic craziness that settles into a deep calm. Anyone who has worked retail on this day will know what I mean – all the last minute rushing around to get the perfect gift, traveling to get home for the holidays, cooking meals for the big family dinner, and trying to keep the kids from discovering “Santa’s” gifts hidden in the hall closet. At the end of the day when parents are near exhaustion, they help their children set out a plate of freshly baked cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer.
For some, it’s eating dinner at the only restaurant in town that’s still open then having your boyfriend get down on one knee and propose marriage. (At least that’s what mine did 24 some odd years ago.)
Whatever this day may bring, I wish you the very best.
How The Grumpy Cat Stole Christmas by GAF Comics You do know who Grumpy Cat is, don’t you?
Another great gift idea for your favorite fountain pen user would be a new bottle (or three) of J. Herbin fountain pen ink. J. Herbin inks are non toxic, pH neutral, lightfast, water based, and are available in 30 colors. The inks are made from all natural dyes and are smooth flowing and fast drying. Each 30 ml bottle is elegantly labeled and has an integrated pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks” with the “D” referring to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine”
I have personally tried all of the Herbin fountain pen inks with the exception of the new Ocean Blue 1670 Anniversary Ink. My favorites include Perle Noire, Orange Indien, and Violette Pennse.
Which of these inks are your favorites? Are they on your holiday wish list?
11 days until Christmas and you could use a few more Rhodia products for under the tree? Meeting Book for Uncle Harry, #8 Shopping List notepads for Mom, Rhodia pencils for your little sister the artist? Check out our list of online retailers on Rhodia-Pads.com. Some of these retailers offer expedited shipping options so you should be able to get everything you need in time for Santa to come down the chimney.
PS: Don’t forget to leave out a treat (typically carrots) for Santa’s reindeer.
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Years ago, my Gram started up a tradition of giving us Christmas “socks” filled with little gifts like candy and trinkets. There would always be an orange in the toe sitting on top of the other matching sock.
Can you imagine a Christmas “sock” filled with pens, paper, pencils & art supplies? I sure can…
Do you have a similar sock/stocking holiday tradition of your own? What kind of things do you include, or wish would be included in your sock?
Image courtesy of joshjames on Instagram.
This past Friday (November 2nd) was The first EVER National Fountain Pen Day and I’m wondering how you chose to celebrate. Did you buy a new bottle of ink? Swap out the summery colors in your pens for ones to better represent fall and the changing leaves? Or maybe you treated yourself to a new or vintage pen – if so, tell me! I’d love to hear. I myself inked up my Pelikan M200 and was writing about Hurricane Sandy in my blank Webbie.
Didn’t get a chance to celebrate? Let’s make a whole month out of this holiday!
The image above is from Ivan Romero – ivan365 on Instagram.
It isn’t too early to be thinking about gift giving for the holidays-or for your friend’s retirement, your sister’s birthday, doghouse gifts… you get the picture.
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What’s in the image above? 1) hand painted #fireclay coasters, 2) #paddywax hand-poured candle, 3) siskiyou cedar pouch, 4) #rhodia notepad. Image courtesy of Andrew Kimmel. Follow andrewkimmel on Instagram.
Warm summer days will soon give way to colorful tree leaves and cool fall nights. Sitting on the lawn in front of the iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, I am watching a Cajun/Zydeco band from Louisiana play under the rapidly setting sun.
Enjoy the holiday everyone. Labor Day might signal the end of the summer for most, but I’m secretly hoping for a few Indian summers and no Halloween ice-storm this year. (Or ever again!)
We were standing on the bridge connecting the north and south sides of town last night waiting for the fireworks to begin when I looked up towards South Mountain and said out loud to no one in particular, “Aunt Evelyn isn’t home any more.”
Aunt Ev was actually my great aunt – my grandmother’s sister. There were ten children in their family and the house where my aunt Ev lived until she passed earlier this year was where they all grew up. Everyone in the family affectionately referred to Ev’s house as “Up Home” as in, “We are going up home for a 4th of July picnic.” Continue Readering »
I believe in some cases, there may be more than one woman responsible for nurturing us and offering us their unconditional love. In recognition of Mother’s Day, here’s to all the amazing women who’ve helped to make us who we are, and also to those who continue to help us grow each and every day.
What would it mean to you to discover a notebook that your mother kept during her childhood? During yours?
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Was it the squirrel scene in Christmas Vacation?
The leg lamp in a Christmas Story?
Some people enjoy the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street.
Or maybe the end of It’s a Wonderful Life…
Or maybe you’d prefer a television moment – this was always one of my favorites:
As an adult that no longer observes any specific traditions, I can’t help remembering the way I felt about the holidays as a child – especially when I come across any of these movies.
From Anne’s Etsy listing: “A bright green gecko slithers down this great little notepad cover. It’s designed to fit a Bloc Rhodia Pad No. 12 and also has a pocket in the back for loose little papers. When the notepad included is full (or empty, depending on how you use it), simply slip it out and replace it with a new one — the durable cover will keep on going!”
Anne B. designs and makes pocket protectors, book covers, wallets, trays, and more using vinyl fabrics, especially oilcloth and sparkle vinyl. Sturdy construction, meticulously stitched appliques, and awesome extra details make her stuff unique, durable, and very vinylicious.
The Rhodia No. 12 is a long-standing favorite of Anne’s. She’s been toting one around for over four years now, but only recently thought about making a swanky cover for it. While she totally digs the look of the classic naked orange Rhodia Pad, she thinks having a unique reusable cover is even more fun.
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