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Giveaway! Bleu Ocean, Stormy Grey & Rouge Hematite

I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weather! The long winter seems like a distant dream/nightmare and I hope you’re wandering around outside in shorts and a t-shirt, and maybe getting some ice cream. In our new neighbourhood, Leslieville, there’s an ice-cream shop on Queen that always seems packed with people, and even a few dogs waiting longingly outside, but we haven’t tried it yet. One day, soon enough!

Jon and I are really enjoying the new space and also the new neighbourhood! I think we’re both a little sad to think about all the old regulars who lived around the corner from 906 Dundas West, and who came by to pick up an ink or a notebook but who would stay for forty-five minutes to shoot the breeze, but it’s also been a lot of fun to meet some East enders. A few people from our building, which is mostly commercial units, have stopped by to introduce themselves, and we’ve had a chance to meet some people who just live in the area. In fact, our building faces a large residential building, and we’ve had a few neighbours who have just seen us out their window, and who have come by to say hello!

Being a fountain pen shop and hanging out with people who use fountain pens all day, it’s been interesting to tell people-not-yet-initiated-into-this-wonderful-world that we sell inks and fountain pens and stationery. You’ll be pleased to know the response has been really great! Maybe because there are a lot of graphic designers and creative people around here, but instead of the “People are still using those old-fangled gadgets?” I sometimes expect, we’re getting a lot of “Wow, that’s super interesting! I’m so glad to see that there’s still so much interest in writing and these kind of tools!”

Before we moved, Jon and I discussed a few promotions and giveaways to help celebrate and publicize our move. Well, things kind of got away from us (no kidding), but we’re still celebrating!

We’re giving away a bottle of the newly released Bleu Ocean, as well as a bottle of Stormy Grey and Rouge Hematite.

Giveaway from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Stormy Grey Bleu Ocean Rouge Hematite

These gorgeous inks all have sheen and sparkle, and are perfect for letters, greeting cards or anywhere you need a little bit of excitement in your life.

1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Say hello, which of these three inks is your favourite, how you’re enjoying the warm weather, or whatever you like!

2. Shipping within Canada only.

3. Comments welcomed before Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner, selected randomly, will be announced on Saturday, June 6th. The winner will have three days, until Tuesday, June 9th at 11:59 pm EST to contact us.

Have a great weekend 🙂

J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink Bleu Ocean

Things are hustling and bustling over here! We’ve had our grand re-opening this weekend, and that first Saturday we were open, there was a lot of, “oh yeah, converters, right…we need those to sell with the pens” or “hmmm right…those notebooks come in dot grid and ruled…”, We had a busy Monday with errands and some family obligations, but there’s no rest for the weary!

I kind of thought that after we opened, it would be all settled and we could relax and enjoy some coffee while sitting back in the new shop. There are still ink samples to be made, a few items lost in the wilderness of half-unpacked boxes that need to be rescued, some scary looking boxes of “miscellaneous” goods. I think Jon’s biggest disappointment in moving here is that the coffee machine is in the apartment, so he has to leave the shop, walk through the packing area and into the apartment to refill his mug…

We have a few boxes of inventory from some of our distributors, and we have more expected soon, which we’re really looking forward to. We tried to keep our stock as even as possible gearing up for the move, but now that we’re here, we’ve been scrambling to fill up the missing stock.

But the big news is that we just got our shipment of J. Herbin’s 1670 Anniversary Bleu Ocean! We’ve had a lot of questions about these inks and when they were coming, but we’ve been a little distracted by the moving.

Bleu Ocean J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto, Canada

If you’ve been in our new shop, you’ll know that there are four steps down from the entrance. When the Canpar delivery man arrived with the two giant boxes of ink stacked on his trolley, he and I both looked down the steps. I was going to call Jon to help him lift the boxes down the steps, but before I could, the Canpar guy just wheeled them right now, with an oomph and a bump at every step. I almost had a heart attack. I mean, it’s not that I have trust issues with all new delivery people on this side of town, but…that’s some exciting ink I’ve got packed in those boxes.

The Bleu Ocean is a reformulation of one of the now three 1670 Anniversary Inks from J. Herbin. Rouge Hematite has been around for a while, a rich red ink with goldish green sheen, which I used for basically all of my Christmas cards. Stormy Grey came last year, grey with gold flakes, and there was a bit of a crazy rush to grab those few bottles in the initial shipment, but we’ve got more now. The grey is really also a beautiful ink because there aren’t too many great grey inks, and this one has some really spectacular gold in it.

Stormy Grey J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

They’ve just released this new Bleu Ocean, which is a blue with gold flakes. One day I’m going to convince Jon I need an Ahab for each of these inks and do some side by side comparisons, but for now I just have the one Ahab, and I don’t think I can bear to flush out this Bleu Ocean in it right now…

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean Anniversary Ink 1670 from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

It’s a dark, rich blue, but really, if you’re getting this ink, it’s for those gold flakes…

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean 1670 Anniversary Ink from Wonder Pens, wonderpens.ca Toronto, Canada

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean Anniversary Ink 1670 from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

The writing samples above were with my old trusty Ahab, on Rhodia 80gsm paper.

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean 1670 Anniversary Ink from wonderpens.ca Wonder Pens Toronto, Canada

Even just the bottles for these 1670 Anniversary Inks are beautiful! It’s a square bottle with a thick, heavy glass base. It has a waxed cap and also a wax seal on the front with the 1670 imprint. The wax on the cap is pretty soft, so you will probably be able to open it without breaking or cracking the cap.

J. Herbin Bleu Ocean 1670 Anniversary Ink from Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto, Canada

This is “perfect” for a work ink with a little pizzazz – you know, if your boss can handle a little shimmer in life 🙂

And, as a side note, after we posted the video of the moving of the furniture to set up the shop, we’ve had a few customers comment to Jon that they were impressed by all the furniture moving he did and how manly he is and how tired he must be. Jon has just accepted these compliments like there’s nothing to it. I just want to point out that while it appears that Jon is doing most of the moving, if you look closely at 0:58 of the video, there is some mysterious ghost moving that vintage sewing desk around, and that ghost would be ME. That’s right, me, moving furniture, while taking pictures. Multi-tasking.