Keeping an Exercise Log

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Do you keep a log to record your physical activities? How many miles you ran or biked, hours spent working out at the gym, new yoga poses learned… How does this help you? Does seeing it on paper keep you motivated?

Keep an Exercise Log to Record Your Daily Activity at Dummies.com

Why You Should Keep a Workout Journal at WeightWatchers.com

How to keep an Exercise Diary at Weightloss.com.au

Why Keeping an Exercise Journal Helps Keep You Motivated and Involved at Yahoo Voices

100+ Year Old Journals

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I spent a few hours yesterday at an ephemera show. If you’ve never heard of such a thing, it’s basically vintage book and paper items. Loads and loads of postcards, vintage advertisements, ancient handwritten letters, worthless stock certificates… you name it.

I hadn’t been to this show in at least a dozen years and didn’t really go looking for anything in particular except maybe for items that might either inspire my art or things that I could potentially use to make art with.

The first thing that really caught my eye was a booth filled with advertising posters of Hollywood-style glamorous women. From that vendor I ended up selecting a Coles Phillips illustration from a 1911 Life Magazine cover that depicted a stylish woman holding a fountain pen and appearing to have writer’s block. Continue Readering »

Enter Now to win 1 of 20 Rhodiarama Webbies in Stephanie’s Anniversary Giveaway!

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In celebration of my 4th anniversary writing for Rhodia Drive, I’ve got 20 assorted Rhodiaramas to give away! 

What are the Rhodiarama Webbies? A 3 1/2 x 5 1/2″  notebook somewhere between orange and black…

  • 96 sheets of 90 g ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral,  lined or blank
  • Italian leatherette w/ signature orange elastic closure
  • Embossed Rhodia logo
  • Inner pocket, printed full color flyleaves
  • Round corners and an orange ribbon marker

The contest will be remain open until midnight EST on Tuesday 10/08/13. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Thursday 10/10. One entry per household please. If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. As the color/ruling options are limited to the 20 Rhodiaramas currently on hand, we will make every effort to offer your preferred selection  - though no guarantees.

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The Importance of Color

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I drive a black car – my 4th black car in a row. When offered a choice, I really want to drive a black car.

When selecting items of practical (or impractical) use, how important is it to you to have them be a certain color? Does it in someway make the item more pleasurable to use?

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September Link Share

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Image above courtesy of Eva Peters. Follow her as Public_Eva on Instagram or visit her on the web. Photo taken at Urban Espresso Bar West. 

From ballpoint back to…pencil?! at Recording Thoughts

Working in My Art Journals… at Random Acts of Art

The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors at Flavorwire

How to Make More Time for Creative Writing at Writing Forward

Rhodia ve Clairefontaine Notebooks @D&R’s at Write to Me Often!

Three New Mechanical Pencils at Dave’s Mechanical Pencils

Giant Office Supply Props at The Well Appointed Desk

Arnold Pens at Fountain Pen Restoration

Colour or no colour? at Nordljus

3 Functions of the Comma at Daily Writing Tips

New Pencil Blog on the Block at Pencil Revolution

Would you buy a Clairefontaine composition book? at Quo Vadis

50 Years, 1 Imagination: Man Draws 2000 Sq Ft Map by Hand at WebUrbanist

Dream Journaling Puts Your Dream Fairy Back to Work For You at Create Write Now

Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover at Life Imitates Doodles

Rhodia Notepad Paper Comparison: Classic Pads vs Premium Pads at Jenni Bick Blog

An Alternate History of the Mongol Pencil (or Yes Virginia, there is a Pencildom) at Contrapuntalism

From our friends at Pentorium: Introduction to Rhodia

Brian Goulet’s Top 3 Daily Carry Fountain Pens at Ink Nouveau

Friday Link Share: Late Summer Edition

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Five Best Paper Notebooks at Lifehacker (Guess who made the list!)

5 Reasons Journaling is a Life Changing Skill at Kaizen Journaling

Difference between ballpoint and rollerball at Write to Me Often!

Quotes on Writing: Ernest Hemingway “Learn to Write” at Writing Forward

Draw 3D with ruled Notebook Paper at Instructables

Review of the ePure Trolley Bag at Life Imitates Doodles

Handwriting Makes You Smarter at The Well-Appointed Desk

Miss That ‘Back to School’ Feeling? Here’s How to Get It Back at Inc.com

Goulet Q&A Episode 1 at Ink Nouveau.com

Canvas Pencil Holders at AlisaBurke

A Fountain Pen For MacGyver at Inkophile

Don’t Ask What I’m Writing at The New York Times

How to Draw a Complex Knot in 29 Easy Steps at Daisy Yellow Blog

Lamy 2000 Review at The Pen Addict

The Big Rhodia Review Part 1: Bloc Pads at Pentorium

Image courtesy of lylyle71 on Instagram.

 

First You Sow the Seed…

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Captain’s log, stardate 8232013.1. The cucumber plants have all begun to perish. While I understand the cycle of life, I can’t help but think that I did something wrong as I look at their withered, brown vines that once held so much life. I’d clapped my hands with tearful joy when the seeds first sprouted, then again when I saw signs of the first itty bitty cucumber.

I cheerfully ate 2-3 cucumbers a day for weeks – I especially liked them topped with smoked salt as a simple snack and now I’ve only two or three left in the crisper until next year- if I even choose to grow them again as it’s just so sad to see them run their course without an opportunity to offer them a fond farewell…

Rhodia On The Road with Stephanie

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I snuck out this past Thursday for a much needed getaway. It had been two years since I had taken a trip that was just for me and boy, did I need it! From Thursday to Sunday I went to The Great Rhythm Revival which is described as “3 Days of Ecstatic Rejuvenation + Conscious Learning.” It is run by my friend Jim Donovan who was one of the founding members of the band Rusted Root.

The event is held on the same farm where the Blue Heron Music Festival takes place in Sherman, New York. I’m not typically one for camping but find it a little easier in this type of environment when there are hot showers available and super tasty organic food being prepared for you three times a day.

After the event ended midday on Sunday, I stayed in the area for an additional three days at a friend’s house near Findley Lake, NY. Now I feel refreshed and more in alignment with the path of least resistance!

In this photo I am holding a small orange Webbie which I use as a gratitude journal. Inside is a four leaf clover that I found while taking an outside yoga class at the retreat.

Chocolate Rhodiarama Webnotebook

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Who doesn’t like chocolate? Or a chocolate Rhodiarama Webbie? Each time I visit the health food store, I discover another interesting type of chocolate bar. Pretzels in chocolate, sea salt with caramel, and hot peppers are a few that I’ve tried but the one I bought a few days ago was what I believe to be the most ultimate chocolate bar flavor ever: lavender and blueberry. It sounded so wrong that I had to buy it. One bite and I was amazed at how good it tasted and how well those flavors worked together.

What has been the most unique chocolate bar flavor combination you’ve tried?

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Friday Link Share August Edition

Review of the Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook on Life Imitates Doodles

Transforming Fear Through the Power of Journaling at Creative Write Now

Art Journal Prompts Galore at Daisy Yellow Blog

Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper at Notebook Stories

4 Things You Can Do At Your Desk To Be Happier at Inc.com

start by starting at Wild Thyme Creative

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler O’Leary as She Explores the U.S. at This is Colossal

Where nibmeisters differ at And ALl Other Tasks

How to Keep Motivated When Working From Home at Under30Ceo

Review of Neon Ticonderogas at Pencil Revolution

365 Collages | Week 30 – the Post It Note Edition at iHanna’s Blog

Fader Vanishing Ink Highlighter at Office Supply Geek

Sanford / PaperMate Liquid Expresso Extra Fine Line Pen at A Penchant for Paper

Archival Images Combed for Signs of Amelia Earhart at Mashable

Pen Loop at The Well Appointed Desk

Creative Every Day Theme for August 2013: Cycles at Creative Every Day

The Persistence of Pencil at Little Flower Petals

A Week’s Worth of Journaling Prompts: Embarrasing Moments at Writing Through Life

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 65 – CSI Pen-Town

Image courtesy of spanisharchitect on Instagram. What was in the cup? “It was tiramisu mocha, really yummy!”

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And how is your garden?

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While I did not think to take notes of what and how I was planting, I do have a few things worth noting about my first real year gardening.

  • When you put seeds in the ground and give them water, they grow. So simple yet so very magical…
  • Plants grow really big. I now know that I planted too many things way too close to one another.
  • Nothing I built prepared me for how these cucumbers would sprawl…
  • I planted two types of tomatoes three ways. Some seeds were started indoors then transplanted to the ground – others went in buckets. I also planted some seeds right in the ground. Transplants into the ground are doing the best.
  • Herbs bolt. I didn’t even know what that word meant. It means that the plant starts to flower and the taste changes. My cilantro bolted early. Best thing to do is to sow seeds at different times so they don’t all bolt at once.
  • Next year I will plant a better and more functional variety of herbs. I don’t even like parsley and I have no idea what to do with that pretty purple sage.
  • I should have bought 50 lavender plants instead of just one.
  • The Indian Poona Kheera cucumbers I planted (from The Seed Savers Exchange) can be eaten at any stage. They seem to have more flavor when they are smaller. The skin turns brown like a potato when ripe. (Shown in my hand above.)
  • Some tomatoes bear all their fruit at once. I sure hope the ones I’m growing don’t do that.

What have you learned about your garden this year?

New Sketchbook Test

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Got a new sketchbook, journal, tablet? I love testing them all with anything close at hand. Favorite pens, markers, pencils… It becomes a rite of passage to initiate a new pile of pristine paper in this way.

A few years back when I was performing countless notebook reviews, my big thing was to grab a dozen different fountain pens, (each inked with a different color) then test each one on the first page of a new book to see whether or not the inks would feather or bleed on that particular brand of paper. After the fountain pens, I’d typically try a few watercolor washes to see how the paper would hold up to the water.

Do you have a favorite “new notebook/sketchbook” ritual that you would like to share?

Image courtesy of almighty5 on Instagram

Customizing your Webbie Covers

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Well now, this is different! Anitropius seems to have a knack for expressive minimalism – not to mention a fearless attitude towards creative expression. I like it! I’ve seen stickers, paint and leather covers. How have you personalized your Webbie? Send me pictures: stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com OR post them to Instagram and use #Rhodia to tag them.

Image courtesy of Anitropius on Instagram

Write Every Day: Morning Pages

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Are you familiar with the concept of “Morning Pages” from Julia Cameron’s popular book The Artist’s Way?

From Julia’s website: “Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind Continue Readering »

What would you do with this large Habana notebook?

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This is one of the new 8×11″ Large Quo Vadis Habana Notebooks and to tell you the truth, I can’t decide how to use it. For journaling, I typically prefer something in the 5×8″ range or smaller – like the 4×6″ Habana. Are you familiar with the concept of a vision board? I’m thinking about using this as a “Vision Book”

How would you use this book?

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