FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: What What I Read Edition

just a little something i posted on instagram earlier this week

“Each print is a beautiful recreation of the original label and ink it represents.” Noodler’s Ink

“This pen boasts a bold sleek industrial design that will stand out from the crowd.” Ed Jelley

“It’s not exactly the west coast but it is the other side of the Mississippi.” FP Quest

“I went through the first handle bag looking for the little brown bag holding my Akkerman boxes.” From The Pen Cup

“There’s something unsettling about buying unrefrigerated milk.” The Impulsive Buy

“Should I negotiate a lower salary?” Ask a Manager

“It has all the rich flavor of ketchup with a hint of smoky BBQ and a boozy undertone.” Minimalist Baker

What are your plans for the weekend? We have a long list of things that need to be done around the house. Pretty sure we’ll be able to squeeze some fun in along the way, too.




I’ve been struggling with my Midori and talk about it a little on Instagram

Fountain Pen Physicist got all geeky with cartridges.

I’m a Pilot Vanishing Point addict and proud. Totally getting the new Limited Edition in Copper.

What Weird Things Do You and Your Partner Always Argue About? Mr. Pentulant and I argue about how to load the dishwasher. I “let” him win and now he loads the dishwasher all of the time. (The comments are just as funny as the video!)

7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose it’s full of . . . uh . . . colorful language, but there are some good points and questions here.

Did you see that Laurie Huff of Plannerisms is blogging for Quo Vadis? She’s going to be great!

What are your plans for the weekend?  We’re visiting with friends and celebrating Mr. Pentulant’s birthday. Woooo!

FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: Winner Winner Edition

I’m happy to say that Francesca is the big winner of the bottle of Diamine Sepia ink pictured above. Francesca was randomly chosen from all of the entrants and I’ve already contacted her to arrange getting the bottle of ink off to her.  Yaay!

Here’s some of what I’ve been reading this week . . .

Well Appointed Desk and how Crayons are Made. I love crayons. The smell.

Fountain Pen Physicist unboxed her Hobonichi. I did, too, I just didn’t get pictures 😉

Inkdependence reviewed Caran d’Ache Ultra Violet ink. I’d expect SCREAMING color with that name, yes?

Inklode showed us Pelikan Edelstein Turmaline. Not really a color I’d considered before seeing this review.

Pen Addict took a close look at the Sailor Lecoule. I have one of these and had it inked last week – it was a terrible writing experience. Maybe I’ll have a look at the nib and see if I can do anything about that.

The Unroyal Warrant had a paper review for us. I think paper isn’t given nearly the attention it deserves in the pen community. Oh..and did you get your Unexposed Field Notes?

The Clicky Post asked Hobby or Obsession?  Yes.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: Instagram Version


You all know I’m a huge fan of Instagram and think you should follow me there, right?


I post all kinds of things that never make itthere.



Today, I’d like to introduce you to some of the people I’ve met on Instagram.

There is GourmetPens


And wetheppil


That’s It Really is on Instagram.


You can find Anderson Pens . . .


And Ed Jelley.


And here are some more. Just click to go to their profile and follow them . . .






Are you on Instagram? If you’re posting on Instagram about pens and paper and other fun stuff, I’d love to follow you. Just leave your user name in the comments and I’ll see you there.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Edition

Waterman Expert c.1980s

After tossing all of the wonderful entries up into the air, Onder C was randomly selected as the big winner of the $50 gift certificate. As you probably remember, Onder can choose a $50 gift certificate from either Amazon or Goulet Pens.  Thank you for playing and keep an eye out for future giveaways!

Some small news items for you . . .

I’ve owned for quite sometime, but only recently got it set up. This means that instead of going to the Blogger URL, you can just come directly to and see everything. Go ahead, check it out, click the link. Fun, right? My hope is to have a redesigned site sometime around the beginning of January – we’ll see how that goes 😉

I’m listed on Pennaquod. It’s a search thingy powered by Google just for pen nerds and their blogs. My stuff doesn’t come up very often – sounds like it’s a Blogger thing and hopefully that will be fixed when I move to my own site.

TWSBI has re-released their Classic Fountain Pen. Gorgeous pens and now able to be posted. I asked on Instagram and I’m told that there will be a kit available for those of us who bought the unpostable (it’s a word!) version. I’ll be first in line for that kit, yo.

I ordered a Hobonichi 2015 Planner and cover earlier this week. I’m not 100% sure it’s going to work for me – doesn’t the show-through of Tomoe River Paper make it difficult to use? Brush Dance Planners (120 gsm paper!) and Date Books (not as fountain pen friendly) are super-nice and I use them all day, everyday. (I’m the president of Brush Dance, but they are really terrific items.)

Annnnnd here’s what I’ve been reading this week . . .

Mr. Mike Dudek of The Clicky Post shows us the Pilot Murex with an integrated nib.  Love.

FP Physicist reviewed a Quiver – she wasn’t crazy about it.

Gourmet Pens took an in-depth look at the Taccia Savanna. It’s made of BUFFALO HORN! Who knew!

Inkdependence shows off the Franklin-Christoph music nib. I want. I don’t like stubs. I want. I really thought it would be more – it’s $35.

Annnnnnd….I’m still fascinated with The Impulsive Buy. It’s just so…wrong.

Some of my most recent posts over on Instragram for your viewing pleasure . . .

Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium . . . 

Montblanc’s newest inky release – Daniel Defoe – Palm Green . . . 


Hanging on to summer with some sweet Lamy Safari Fountain Pens . . . 

That’s it from me this week!

What have you been reading?

FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: Leisurely Stroll Edition

Did you see the giveaway?  
There’s still time to enter right here.

I mentioned in the giveaway post that we should take a leisurely stroll through some older posts and then ended up just getting right to the point of the giveaway – ha!

So, let’s take that stroll through some posts of yore now . . .

I wrote about J Herbin Gris Nuage way back in 2012. I finally got my bottle of it a couple of months ago.

My first Lamy Safari.

I loved this now-discontinued ink.

One of my most-read posts was this review of Diamine Grey. It was also the beginning of spam posts for me. I saw it as a positive thing – at least someone was reading!


I’m so glad that this post about fake Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pens at Costco has seen so much traffic. Buyer beware!

I love this pen. Seriously.

I didn’t think I’d like Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium, but I ended up loving it.

Earlier this year, I met Susan Wirth at the LA Pen Show. She complimented my handwriting!

Diamine Flamingo Pink shades from pink to orange. How do they do that?

I sometimes look at this post and even pull the original sheet of Tomoe River Paper because it makes me that happy.

And finally, one post from Instagram . . .


In closing, I want to thank you. These last two years of blogging have been wonnnnderful. I’ve made some good friends and have learned so much.  Thank you. Thank you.

I hope you have a wonderfully lazy weekend filled with lots of things you want to do.


FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: What I’m Reading and Instagram Edition


Earlier this week, I reached a whopping 900 Followers on Instagram.  I hope you’re one of them. I usually just have a list of links for you on Friday mornings. I’m going to sprinkle in some images this time.  Oh yeah, it’s getting wild and crazy here, people. You never know what I’ll do next 😉

On with the show . . .

Last night, Edison Pen Company announced their 2014 Limited Edition. Are you in? I’m a maybe.

Inkophile has the cutest watercolor paint tin!

Fountain Pen Physicist reviewed Leuchttrum’s Journal.  I have a couple of their products, but have never tried them – crazy. I need to get on that!  And I can’t even talk about this.

Gourmet Pens reviews the Pilot Knight.  And..this.


I have a review coming soon – DeAtramentis Jasmine. Have you tried it?

I ordered mine.  And…omg. And…a new gray/grey ink!

Fun from Inkdependence.  I’ve played with doing this – just not like this.

Inklode is killing me.  I have around half a bottle left.

Kaweco review from MyCoffeePot.

Peninkcillin talks about a stained Kaweco and the DC Pen Show.

Pens! Paper! Pencils! reviews a Diplomat fountain pen. I once had a well-known person in the pen world try to tell me that within a few years, Diplomat would overtake Montblanc as the finest pen maker in the world.  Yeah, ok. That was 5+ years ago.

Mr. Mike Dudek of ClickyPost shows off his new Pelikan. I need it.


Quick fact for you:  Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but his ink sure is pretty.

The Pen Addict reviews a glorious thing. (I agree.)

Unroyal Warrant fills a new Penvelope. And this!

In other and unrelated news, I’ve started reading this blog.  I’m fascinated – not in a good way.

Have a great weekend, friends!



You guys!!!

I had no idea they were going to, but Goulet Pens mentioned me in The Goulet Communique today!

I am thrilled. And honored!  In fact, I texted Mr. Pentulant with something like the following:

omg omg omg
omg omg omg 
I’m Internet Famous!
Gotta go. Bye!

Their shout-out is sending a bit of traffic this way (so appreciative!) and I thought it would be fun to post a little something about who I am and what I do here.

Let’s see . . . my name is Christine and I love all things pen-related. 

I think that sums it up!  I hope you poke around a little, like what you see, and stick around.


P.S. Follow me on Instagram – you won’t be disappointed.

P.P.S. The Goulets were kind enough to send me the following items in exchange for my honest opinion.

Edison Nouveau Premiere Summer Edition (swooon!)

Apica Premium C.D. Notebook (loved it!)

Monteverde 36-Pen Case (mixed feelings)

P.P.P.S.  What? You don’t know about The Goulet Pen Company?  I’ll do a full post about them sometime soon, but really, go buy some ink samples, ok?

FOUND AROUND FRIDAY: Catching Up Edition

You guys. It’s August. Where did July go?

I was so far behind on my blog reading, but I’m all caught up now.  Check it out . . .

Inkophile reviewed an ink I have, but haven’t gotten to yet. I like the color!

Unroyal Warrant has a CRAZY Field Notes thing going on.

My Instagram buddy, Fountain Pen Physicist, is working on an epic ink test and a different sort of test for her students. (Pretty sure the answer is either 42 or yes.)

Peninkcillin has a detailed (in a good way) review of the Pilot Metropolitan. Check it out here.

Do you read Inklode? I’m gonna start.

MyCoffeePot looks at the Parker Duofold Centennial. He says it’s his most favorite pen and I can certainly see why. My goodness. (Watch the video – pretty sure I can hear him about to burst with giddiness.)

Office Supply Geek bought a Poppin notebook from Staples. After my other Poppin experiences, I’m going to pass. (Though I still have, use, and love the ruler!)

I’ve been excited about Kaweco lately. Check this one out from The Pen Cup. That milky color. I loves it.

New ink from J Herbin?  That’s what Inkophile tells us! I won’t be at the DC Pen Show – will you?

Oh my. A Colorado Pen Show. I love it there. I have good friends there. Hm.

And, finally, over on Instagram, I was getting ready to mail out some ink samples . . .


Do tell. Which blogs should I be reading?

Have a good weekend!