Daily Archives: May 22, 2014

The Underrated Black n’ Red Notebook

Some examples of my quotes notebook, I keep it with me to always be ready to jot down something without regard for handwriting or notating ink colors or anything. I LOVE this Black ‘n Red Notebook, it has amazingly good paper for fountain pens and is super affordable to boot. It’s at most office supply stores like Office Depot or Staples, and is seriously underrated I think.


Quo Vadis Habana Notebook

I’m always on the hunt for fountain pen friendly notebooks and have this sickness: even though I don’t really USE them regularly, I can’t resist buying them. I’ve tried Moleskines, Leucchturm, Rhodia WebNotebooks, and Clairefontaine – and recently succumbed to temptation and had to try the Quo Vadis Habana. As a new user of the Habana line, I thought I’d share my impressions of this turquoise beauty.

First of all, how great is this color?? Of course I couldn’t resist it. How great does it look with the 2014 Limited Edition Neon Coral Lamy Safari?

I chose the blank journal because I like having the flexibility in case I wanted to use it for journaling, but also can’t write in a straight line to save my life. So I created some ruled/grid guides to place behind the paper. It works AWESOMELY. The red stapler is to weight the page down enough to see the lines in the pic.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the cream color, but I actually really like it.

Also, I need to comment on how soft this paper is. Cause it’s like SILK. I literally want to just sit and stroke it. Mmmm, soft. AND it lays flat. Like, easily and without any resistance. It’s like a miracle notebook.

And of course, it’s amazing with fountain pens!!

All in all, I am really impressed with this notebook so far. Once I actually find a regular use for it, I’m sure I might have more. But for now, I really am glad I bought it.

What My Pens Are Named – Part 5

What My Pens Are Named – Part 5

Continuing the What My Pens Are Named series. This Limited Edition Lamy Safari was tough to name. After narrowly avoiding Leonardo di Limeo, I was listening to the “Put the lime in the coconut” song, and so it became Lyminda Coconut instead. You can see I somehow stained the rim reddish, I have no clue what ink did that. Oh well, my pens are definitely broken in and well used!

The Limited Edition Apple Green Lamy Safari was easier, it of course became Granny Smith, after the type of apple.

The Limited Edition Neon Yellow Lamy Safari, (which continues to defy having its true highlighter yellow color captured by my phone camera) is named Zazzles. Because it’s just so zazzle-y.

And, all together now!

What My Pens Are Named – Part 6

What My Pens Are Named – Part 6


Continuing the “What My Pens Are Named” series, my white Lamy is named the Snow Queen. NOT Elsa from Frozen! I had the traditional Hans Christian Andersen Snow Queen in mind here, way before Disney made their movie. 🙂


This was a tough pen to name! I pondered Scarlett, Carmen, Ruby, Lola, Rose…. Nothing seemed to fit! So instead, it is just Red.


My pink Lamy is Strawberry Shortcake. I got this not long after Skeletor and Papa Smurf, so was still in my cartoon phase haha. And I loved that cartoon as a kid.

Neon Coral:

I named my new Neon Coral pen! It is such a happy coraly tropical color, I named it after the beautiful Bougainvillea flowers I saw while vacationing in the Caribbean last year. So, Bogie for short. 😀 Which just brings Humphrey Bogart to mind, which seems incongruent with a pink red pen, but I actually kinda love that too.

All of them together: