Indigo is a Canadian bookstore that I’ve never heard of before. Perusing the website makes it seem like a Borders or Barnes and Nobles here in the US. BUT, the important part for this paper, ink, pen junkie is that they are carrying super cool custom Moleskines.
I love maps. I love blue. I think I must have the custom Indigo Cartography Moleskines. Yes, even though I’ve got it on good authority that Moleskine paper is the devil. Yes, even though it is expensive. Yes, even though I have just gone on a shopping moratorium. It is so beautiful and fleeting. I need it. Like all Moleskines, it is overpriced but…
Did I mention that blue is my favorite color? Or that journals are my secret addiction? I could use this journal even if I have to not use my fountain pens. I could cut out magazine articles and use this journal for crafting. I could make a baby journal for my kids. I could do a lot of cool things if I only had this journal.
Maybe I should start singing “Santa Baby”….
Tallahassee is a smallish town. We only have one real mall and even the Macy’s and Dillard’s at that mall have pretty generic merchandise. Generally, I don’t have real high hopes for cool stuff here. Imagine my surprise when I happened upon the Utrecht store in town. I had seen it a couple of times before and decided to stop in and see what it had to offer.
There was no fountain pen ink but they did have dip pen sets and calligraphy (India) ink. They also had a wide variety of Rhodia and Paperchase products. *Full disclosure* I don’t like Paperchase products. I’ve been told that they are fountain pen friendly but they are just too ornate and fiddly for me. Rhodia on the other hand are sheer perfection. I am pretty much exclusively into the orange. I occasionally buy a black Rhodia product but always regret it and end up wishing that I had purchased the orange. The paper is gorgeous and sets off my fountain pen inks beautifully. Even though I’m left handed and often smudge inks that dry slower on Rhodia paper, I still love the Rhodia brand. I generally buy my Rhodia pads from Brian Goulet at Goulet Pens but thought that I could avoid shipping charges by buying from this store. Alas, that is not to be.
How to put this? The staff at this store is straight up crazy. The first time I entered, they were threatening some random student who was upset that the store wouldn’t take her credit card since their credit card machine wasn’t working. They told her to come back in two weeks. Two Weeks!!! So I went in today, hoping that they had this fixed and walked past a girl about to make a delivery. She shouted as she left, “I can call him Sam or Douche! Which do you prefer?” on her way out. The other lady was trying to get her to call him Mr. Something or Other but clearly that wasn’t working. I almost left right there but was willing to do some extra work to get my Rhodia. So I bought a 4 x 6 case and a smaller (don’t remember the size case) and refills. On my way out I noticed that the refills I’d bought for the 4 x 6 case were in fact 5 x 5. So I tried to return them. Tried being the operative word. I was asked for the pin on my debit card several times. All along I asked if I was being double or triple billed. Finally, I was given my refund in cash but I have no security that I haven’t been re-billed for these items. I left. When I spoke to my mom just after leaving she asked that I never go back… and check my card for the next few days.
I bought a used Vanishing Point off of FPN (Fountain Pen Network) and had it customized with a .9 Binder Cursive Italic. Later, it went missing and I mourned it. So, I bought a .7 Binder cursive nib and Slate Grey pen body to replace the missing pen which may still turn up somewhere. I inked that pen with Pelikan Edelstein Jade. I’m thinking now that I like this Jade but not the .7 cursive italic nib. To me, it seems like the .7 misses the point of contrast in strokes entirely. Maybe I would have been happy had I bought the .7 first but I didn’t. I bought a .9 first and LURVED IT!! The .7 is just not doing it for me and I’ve had it here just a few hours. The Binderized VP nibs are $91 which may not be much for some but I’m a college librarian with two kids. It’s tons for me. So I’m gonna have to live with this one.
I do like the slate grey body. Seems to be one of those colors that won’t attract attention in a meeting. That is exactly what I was hoping for, I have a decimo in champagne pink which is also a subtle color in a meeting. A few people at work know I’m into fountain pens. One, even takes my leftover samples from the Inkdrop to use in his fountain pens. He found out I was into fountain pens and resurrected his old fountain pens. I now have a fellow convert in the Tallahassee area.
Okay, okay. I know. I have a Webbie. I’m gonna give it away. I promise. Pinky swear.
But in the meantime, I feel like I need to do a thorough review of a Webbie before I do that AND lots of people gave away lots of Webbies all at once. So, I can take my time. I should give some context to where I’ve been. For the past two years, I’ve been pregnant. I have two under two. These are the only two kids I’m ever gonna have so I’ve been concentrating on them and what they’ve been up to. It’s not that I haven’t been journalling and whatnot but just that raising them has been consuming me.
In addition to all of that, I’m a full time faculty member at FSU. I had a year off but then had to come back in the summer. That wasn’t so bad but oh my sweet Jesus, the Fall Semester has been hell on earth. I’ve been run all to pieces teaching classes, fine tuning my Tech desk, and working reference in the library. I love it but it’s been a bit much. I’m always busy. I also teach Technology classes for area senior citizens so I’ve not had a great deal of free time. What free time I have had, I’ve used journalling not blogging. But I feel like now, I’m getting things under control. Plus I have tons of stuff that I’ve been using to write up. Yay me!
Did this post do much? Maybe. Maybe not.
I’m not gonna prevaricate. I was supposed to do my review and giveaway last month this time. Clearly, that didn’t happen. It’s been a long time since I was involved in the madness that is Fall Semester at FSU. Plus, I have a new job that includes a ton of teaching one off classes so I have to prepare for each one by itself. When I got home to my two under two the last thing I wanted to do was more work so I haven’t blogged or done much writing in my journals.
But I haven’t been completely slothful, I received a Webbie 2.0 (lined) to compare to the Webbie 3.0. I broke open my Quo Vadis Habana and used it. I’ve bought a couple of new pens so when I get around to a full post I will have an embarrassment of riches to choose from on a topic.
AND, I’m still going to give away a new blank orange Webbie 3.0. Stay tuned.
I am so geeked! I get to be one of the bloggers that Karen from Exaclair gave two of the new Webbies to. I have one FOR ME and one to give away FOR YOU!! Sorry, I’ll try to stay calm.
I have plans to do a review soon but I want to spend some time with both the Webbie and the ePure. I’m gonna do reviews of both of them and then have the giveaway. Oh, you probably want details. I am really a fan of the Rhodia Orange. In this case, both Webbies are large, blank, and orange.
You’ll have to wait until the weekend for more. Stay tuned…
Here’s where we get to the ranting. I had a journal. A lovely journal with lovely paper and excellent binding. It was from Paperchase and has since gone missing. So I did the reasonable, rational thing and went to get another one. Only another one wasn’t available that was just like the one I had. So I picked up one with a similar format with a different cover. Makes sense, right?
Except this one has a terrible binding. I didn’t bother to check but the first couple pages are stuck together. And, the paper isn’t lovely. It feathers something awful. Oh, and the pages don’t open flat. I don’t know why I was so surprised. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this journal.
The question now is which journal to pick up? I have some plain journals like a Rhodia Webbie and a Rhodia A6 Pure but both of those have blank pages and I like lines for long term journalling. I have a Habana but that book seems thin. I just feel like I’d run out of pages in a month or so. I prefer to have a good chunk of my life in one place.
I live in a small town so I can’t just run out and get something amazing and I’m fairly picky about what I write on (and with). I don’t have plans to go to a big city until the holidays which is just too far away to wait for. However, if anyone knows of great pen/paper/ink stores in Orlando, Charlotte, or Houston then please let me know…
Looking for a lined journal with lots of pages, high quality paper, and a binding that lays flat. Bonus if it doesn’t say “Journal” on the front.