Author Archives: Liz

How to Find a Pen Pal

I’m writing this post on places you can find a pen pal because…

InCoWriMo is coming up!

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International Correspondence Writing Month is February, where letter writers unite from their individual locations, and write one letter a day for the entire month. It’s a good month because we’re just starting to become a bit batty from all the snow and winter, and it’s also a short month ūüėČ

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Testing Out New G. Lalo Papers – Toile Imperiale, Velin de France, Velin pur coton

This was a post that was on my list for over the break, but things got moved around a bit, and here we are mid-January. It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’ve got a warm and furry beast beside me (Super), and Jon has gone out to pick up coffee, so it’s kind of like a break.

I had planned this post over the break because over November and December, I had special ordered some new G. Lalo stuff to try out, and with the holiday madness, I didn’t have a chance to really get into it all.

Sometimes there are people who are more interested in pens or inks or paper, over the other two.¬†By coincidence, it seems like demographically we have more males into pens, and more females into inks & paper.¬†While¬†fountain pens & inks need each other, everyone with a ballpoint or pencil could use a notebook, so we get a lot of non-fountan pen users who like to browse the stationery. But that’s just me rambling, based on casual observation, and I could be completely wrong.

Personally, maybe because of my situation being exposed to new inks and pens and paper all the time, it’s a bit hard to say. I kind of like all three. I have my favourite pens, which I love, and my favourite inks, which I also love, and then I have my favourite papers, which I also love. It’s just love everywhere all the time.

G. Lalo Verge de France is some of my favourite stuff –¬†it’s thick and textured and super for fountain pen ink, especially wet and flexy pens.¬†Imagine my delight when I recently discovered¬†that G. Lalo actually produces three other different types of premium or correspondence stationery! I know, what kind of stationery shop keeper am I?? I am not looking in the right catalogues. Three years in the biz…

G. Lalo Verge de France, Velin de France, Velin Pur Coton, Toile Imperiale Paper at wonderpens.ca Wonder Pens Toronto Canada Stationery Shop

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Shop Updates

Just a quick update to let you all know what’s going on here! Short answer: this and that and I’m on the bed with ice cream and the dog keeping my feet warm, while Jon is hard at work, keeping the ship afloat.

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Here are a few shop updates:

  1. We got in Field Notes! Everything has been re-stocked, including the fall’s Shenandoah and the summer’s Workshop Companion, and we also got in the winter special edition of Snowblind.
  2. We’re expected more Superior Labor pen rolls soon! Maybe by the end of next week!! But with Canadian customs, maybe the week after. I’m particularly excited because we’re expected a new colour in the pen roll, and I’ve been working hard on convincing Jon that I have enough pens to require two rolls.
  3. We’ve got some new Pilot stuff, along with a bunch of other new products, that we’ve been sitting on for a while, and we’re¬†hoping to get them online soon. Maybe this weekend! Check our Just In section over the next few days.
  4. We’re still shipping ink, and that includes Diamine! You know us, we like to live life on the edge; that is to say, we tend to wait until we hear stories of broken bottles before we pull them from online ordering, which is a bit dodgy because by the time we hear back, we’ve already got shipments out in the wild. But so far, so good, so we’re going to keep on keepin’ on.
  5. New dates for our calligraphy classes are up and listed!

Other items of note:

  1. Your best time to visit us¬†is on Friday, when the soup of the day is Clam Chowder at Shirley’s First Break, which you definitely have to try at least once. Shirley’s is a take-out diner on¬†Carlaw Avenue in the same building as us – look for the red sign. However, Thursdays is tacos, so, tough call.
  2. My lifelong crush on Oprah (Ugh! Wealthy¬†and fabulous!) has culminated in discovering that she is on Instagram. She has a farm, and a whole lot of crazy followers, judging by the comments. I’m just a regular follower, if you were concerned ūüėČ
  3. Caleb sleeps in bed with us, and I’ve been cleverly keeping things like my notebook and cellphone¬†‘out of his reach’ by sliding them under the¬†pillows, but I’ve discovered that he now also stores things, like his toothbrush and Super’s toys, under the pillows too.

That’s about it for now! I had a great time at our last Letter Writing Club this past weekend, and I’m already looking forward to our next. I started and finished an entire letter! Which may not sound like a lot to you, but I usually only manage to get the first paragraph done at these events.

We’ve got a few projects coming along, and I’ve got a few blog posts rumbling in my notebook pages. With this cold weather and wind and snow I’ve been trying to keep indoors, although Caleb still seems to enjoy romping around the park. You’d think that would mean I’d be a bit more active on the blog, but actually I’ve been spending most of my free time trying to wrestle Caleb into his winter gear.