Fashionable Friday: Pumpkin Spice Latte Love

ff-pumpkin spice latte

I must confess I’ve never actually had a Pumpkin Spice Latte but I love the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg and the sight of a warm latte topped with a dollop of whipped cream dotted with fragrant spices on a chilly fall afternoon gets me into the autumnal spirit in a big way. So, today I’ve decided to embrace the spirit of the season and stop at my local coffeeshop and order my first ever PSL. I’ll pack my TN with my pen filled with pumpkin or apple ink. How totally appropriate!

  • Field Notes Portland Edition Notebooks – 3-Pack $9.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Hobonichi Techo Planner with Cover – 2017 – A6 in Pineapple Yellow $47 (via JetPens)
  • Palomino Pencils Mixed Grade Graphite Set $10 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Conklin Duragraph Amber Fountain Pen € 55 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Monteverde Jewelria Fountain Pen in Candy Yellow $35 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Rhodia Webnotebook 5-1/2 X 8-1/4 with Orange Cover in Dot Grid $21.80 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Diamine Pumpkin Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte fingering weight sock yarn $24 (via MacheteShoppe)
  • Monteverde Brown Sugar Ink (30ml Bottle) $8 (via Anderson Pens)

PS: This is the one day all year that I can use the default leaf spatter brush in Photoshop! Yippee!

Link Love: Late-Week Apple Mojo

A little late-week mojo from Anderson Pens' midweek mojo Apple Picking post. It seemed appropriate after my trip to Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, eating cider donuts and petting sheep. How are you enjoying the fall weather?
A little late-week mojo from Anderson Pens’ midweek mojo Apple Picking post. It seemed appropriate after my trip to Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, eating cider donuts and petting sheep. How are you enjoying the fall weather?

The highlights this week are the release of the new Baron Fig Archer pencil and the close of the NockCo Lanier Briefcase. Other big news is the Trilogy Zero Fountain Pen, the launch of the Slice Planner Kickstarter and the new Sailor ink colors and Diamine Shimmer inks are starting to make their way into the blogosphere so we’ll start seeing reviews and samplings like the ones listed below. There are also two recaps from the Insights X Stationery event for you to peruse. Enjoy and sorry for the last post this week. I’m slowly getting back on schedule post-holiday and should be back to my regular schedule by Monday.




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Giveaway: Denik Notebooks

Denik Love Sketchbook

Last week, I did an epic review of the Denik notebooks and I’ve been using the Denik Sketchbook for my Inktober challenge as well.

The kind folks at Denik have 10 notebooks for me to give away so you can have a chance to try them out yourselves.


THE RULES: Leave a comment below and tell me which Denik notebooks covers above is your favorite. Those are the ones you have the chance to win. One entry per person.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, October 24, 2016. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. Your email address will be forwarded to Denik who will handle the shipping. The giveaway will be open to US residents only.

Thanks to Denik for sending these the notebooks and giving all my readers a chance to try them too. Be sure to check out all their notebooks and sketchbooks.

Announcing: Baron Fig Archer Pencils

Baron Fig Archer Pencils

It’s not everyday that a company unveils a new pencil. Today, Baron Fig announced its new Archer Pencil. Or should I say “rolled” out its new pencil since they are packaged in a matte charcoal paperboard tube? Inside, are snuggled a dozen hexagonal graphite painted pencils with a charcoal tipped ends.

Baron Fig Archer Pencils

Discreetly stamped in white foil is the Baron Fig bran name and a monoline arrow on the opposite side on the barrel of the pencil just below the the black dipped end. Very nicely designed and very simply branded. The paperboard tube doubles as storage for your pencils much like the tins of yore but with a modern Apple/21st-century twist.

Baron Fig Archer Pencils

Baron Fig Archer Pencils

Baron Fig Archer Pencils Writing Sample

I sharpened the pencils with a 2-step, long-point sharpener and the HB lead had no problem holding the point and keeping a nice point for the duration of my test writing. The Archer is a lighter pencil than a Blackwing since it doesn’t have the large ferrule and eraser on the end so I found it light in the hand and easy to balance. The lead is lighter and harder than the Blackwings as well but that means its a bit less smudgy too. I even did some heavy scrbbing tests after I photographed the writing sample just to verify my instincts, and the Archer really did maintain a god crisp point even after scrubbing a good chunky of graphite on the page.

I’d compare the Archer to one of my favorites, the Faber-Castell Grip 2001 HB, in terms of hardness but the wood is a bit weightier. It smells good too. Yes, I sniffed it. This is a full-service blog.

I really like these pencils but I am biased because I like pencils that are HB, a bit on the harder side without erasers and are well-designed. The price is right and the packaging and design is SPOT-ON.

The Archer is available in a tube of one dozen for $15. You can order today and pencils will start shipping on 10/20.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Baron Fig for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Off The Grid: Up To My Ears In Fluff


Just wanted to let everyone know I’m taking a little vacation. I’ll be off the grid in upstate New York for the rest of the week, communing with knitters, nature and hopefully a few alpacas like my friend above at the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival. Hope you all can survive without me and don’t steal the hubcaps off the blog while I’m gone.

I’ll be back next week for a late edition of Link Love and some much-anticipated pen and ink reviews. I’ll do my best to keep up my Inktober drawings while I’m gone so check out my Instagram. I’ll try to post if I get any cell reception or if I can squeeze any bandwidth from the other enthusiastic social media mavens.

Day 2 "A is also for Alpaca"

Art Supply Posse Ep. 19: Leap Without a Net

This week on Art Supply Posse, discuss our Inktober projects, Big Magic, Learn-to-Draw books and listener feedback. We pour it all in, add ice, a dash of bitters, shake, and garnish with a lime. We serve it up in a Collins glass with snacks and a bowl of links.

You can listen to it here, on the web site, or hop on over to iTunes and click on that subscribe button and add it to your favorite podcast catcher so you never miss another episode.

And just so you know, we won’t be recording an episode next week as Heather and I are both on vacation. So this episode runs a little long… enjoy our babbling, catch up on some back episodes or use the extra time to check out Magic Lessons while you wait for our next episode.

Link Love: Getting the Gist



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