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Fashionable Friday: Hodge Podge

This week is a hodge podge of things I’m excited about right now.

One of my favorite local shops is Wonderfair. They made some postcards to send to politicians, just in time to keep up with InCoWriMo, and express your personal displeasure with political decision makers or anyone else. I like the one that just says “NO”. I feel that way about Mondays, moth holes in my sweaters and stale donuts too.

After a succession of misplacing my keys, my work badge and other items, I invested in the Tile. It is a bluetooth device tracking system that works with your cellphone (and everyone else’s) to help track your missing items. There are several different styles available now that can be attached through a loop, adhered with adhesive or slipped into a wallet or purse. Should an item go missing, you can use your cell phone to “call” the item and it will play a little tune so you can locate it in your home, under the couch or in the seat cushions. If you left it at a friend’s house, at work or in your car, your phone will show you on a map, where your item is. And, if the worst case scenario has occurred and your item was stolen, you might be able to see on a map, where your item is now. In my case, I can just figure out where in my house, where my badge is instead of spending 40 minutes every Monday morning turning my house upside down trying to find it only to discover I left it in the cup holder in the car.

One of my favorite European online retailers is now stocking KWZ inks! Fontoplumo now has all your favorite KWZ inks including the iron galls and the standard fountain pen inks available, starting at £9,95.

I am so nerdy I subscribe to the Star Wars weekly newsletter so I now know I can make Death Star chocolates for Valentine’s Day and that Kay Jewelers makes licensed Star Wars jewelry. Kay created an amazing replica of Jyn Erso’s kyber pendent but it was really pricey and completely sold out. They also make a fancy Rebel Alliance pendant with black manmade diamonds that says “Use the Force” on the reverse side. That’s my idea of Valentine’s Day jewelry!

While we are on the subject of Star Wars, Etsy creator Andrew Brozyna Design & Illustration has made some excellent enamel pins. His C3PO “We’re Doomed” is oddly appropriate presently. But I also like his “Fly Casual”. His lettering is fantastic. He also has some for the bookish crowd and fans of Gilmore Girls. How do you pick just one?

Then there’s the new Sailor 1911 in Fresca Blue. So, beautiful! It’s a North American exclusive available in a standard body or large body and can be pre-ordered at Anderson Pens right now.

I also learned about yarn bombing which is a sort of urban art/graffiti using knitting and crochet and other fiber art that is wrapped around trees, public art, telephone poles, fences, benches and other objects in the urban landscape to beautify, make a statement, amuse or surprise. Kristy Glass Knits has issued a Share The Love Yarn Bomb challenge on YouTube to all the knitters and crocheters out there for Valentine’s Day.

I’ve tried not to get too political here on the blog because I know that it can be divisive and this is a place to disagree about ink colors and nib widths not political rhetoric and ideology but there have been some things that have come up recently that make me roll my eyes back in my head. So bear with me on this one as I feel that this statement is important for so many women… still. I am pleased to see that this downloadable “Nevertheless, She Persisted” Print from Imaginarybeast is donating all the proceeds to The Black Youth Project, Planned Parenthood, and ACLU. I’ve had days I need to be reminded that I need to persist, don’t you?

Since CuteTape joined as a sponsor, I have been trying to figure out what to do with all my many, many rolls of washi tape so I now have a Pinterest board of Washi Tape Crafts. Go forth and washi tape the world!

I get so annoyed with X-Acto and the craft knives I use at work. The quality of the blades and blade holders are subpar. X-Acto, despite being the name most often associated with craft blades isnot very good. I’m thinking about trying out Olfa Craft knives and blades. I’ve heard really good things about them. I need a better quality knife and blade. I make a lot of paper mock-ups of greeting cards.


Thanks to my sponsors for providing some of the images I use for Fashionable Friday. Please consider making your next purchase from one of the shops that support this blog and let them know you heard about them here. Thanks for your support and for supporting the shops that help keep it running.

Fashionable Friday: Love Is In The Air

I really need to start calling this something other than Fashionable Friday because it basically takes me all weekend to get it posted or to get it right. So here it is, late as always, but full of love and hearts and a little something to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day — for the guys and the girls! I even have a wild hair to make a decorative chandelier using stripey straws and paper to make our house feel festive this week. This must be a direct result of NOT working on Valentine’s Day products at work this year.

  • Lamy 2000 fountain pen €205 (via Fontoplumo)
  • MT Bengt & Lotta Candy Washi Tape $4 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Valentine’s Day Polish Chandelier (via The House That Lars Built)
  • Candy Apple Red Paper Straws Striped 25 for $3.50 (via CuteTape)
  • Be Mine Heart Alexya Satchel $398 (via Kate Spade NY)
  • Platinum 3776 Nice Lilas Fountain Pen $200 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Fountain K Mini in Red Aluminum starting at $75 (remember to use the code WELLAPPTDESK for 10% off your order) (via Karas Pen Co.)
  • Sailor Jentle Four Seasons Sakura-Mori Ink (50ml Bottle) $18 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Shimmering Firestorm Red Ink (50 ml Bottle) $20.50 (via JetPens)
  • Palomino Blackwing 344 Box of 12 for $25 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Palomino Blackwing Replacement Erasers Pack of 10 for $3 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Monteverde Fountain Pen Ink in Rose Pink (30ml bottle) $8 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Chanel Suit from the Spring 2017 Haute Couture (via Harper’s Bazaar)
  • PIUMA: Super Minimal Fountain Pen Pre-orders available, starting at $60 (via Ensso)
  • De Atramentis Black Edition Black Ink (35 ml Bottle) $15 (via JetPens)

Thanks to my sponsors for providing some of the images I use for Fashionable Friday. Please consider making your next purchase from one of the shops that support this blog and let them know you heard about them here. Thanks for your support and for supporting the shops that help keep it running.

Fashionable Friday: Year of The Rooster

Any chance to try to jumpstart my week, my month or my year over again, I will take. And Chinese New Year is one of my favorite holidays. Partially because it is so much about clearing away clutter, starting fresh and making a new start. For some reason, the Year of the Rooster is one of my favorite new years too so it has extra “oomph” start-over power for me. Maybe its one of the first that I remember celebrating, maybe its the association I have with that magical sinus-clearing Sriracha hot sauce? Whatever the reason, this is a great time to cock-a-doodle-doodle your way to new all those goals you might have set on January 1 that might have languished already. So, go order some pork buns or dumplings or other “purse-shaped” deliciousness and help to bring some wealth and good fortune into your life. Gong Hei Fat Choi!

  • Velos Gold Push Pins $5.50 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Rhodia Rhodiarama Notebook in Poppy A5 (5.5×8.5) Blank or Lined $24 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Sailor Jentle Four Seasons Irori Ink (50ml Bottle) $18 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Shimmertastic Golden Sands Ink (50ml Bottle) $20 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Red Dragon Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • YEAR of the ROOSTER Letterpress Print Junishi $5 (via Tag Team Tompkins on Etsy)
  • Lamy LX Fountain Pen in Rose Gold $56 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Fountain K Mini in Red with Brass or Copper Grip Section $85-$90 (via Karas Pen Co.) Don’t forget the 10% Discount for Well-Appointed Desk readers! See the coupon code in the sidebar!
  • Kaweco Brass Sport fountain pen € 74,50 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Palomino Blackwing 530 $25 per dozen (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Japanese MT Red / Blue Fan Dots Washi Tape $3.50 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Lihit Lab Smart Fit Cover Notebook – A5 – Orange $24 (via JetPens)

PS: This week’s Fashionable Friday was created entirely using Affinity Photo. It was the first time I have used the software EVER after over two decades using Adobe Photoshop. If you’ve been thinking about trying it out but were afraid that it would be too difficult to switch, I’m here to tell you, it’s not. The key commands are the same for most functions as Photoshop. Spacebar is the hand tool. M is the marquee. B is for brush. T is for text. The masking tool is a little different and how Affinity Photo organizes some of the Live Effects like Drop Shadows is a little different but not so much that you can’t figure it out. There’s some cool extras to how it handles color layers and some micro controls that seem vastly superior to Photoshop. If you mostly send out JPG, GIF, PDF, PNG, etc files and do not need to build multi-page documents, seriously consider switching to Affinity!


Thanks to my sponsors for providing some of the images I use for Fashionable Friday. Please consider making your next purchase from one of the shops that support this blog and let them know you heard about them here. Thanks for your support and for supporting the shops that help keep it running.

Fashionable Friday: Marble Madness

I spent two days this week marbling paper for a project for work so I am in the “marbling zone”. It’s definitely a trend right now and fountain pens have always utilized marbled resins and plastics so this was an easy crossover. Hope you enjoy your own Marble Madness this week.

  • Genuine Ingenuity Sleeveless Top in Indigo Swirl $49.99 (via Modcloth)
  • Aurora Optima Nerla Perla Fountain Pen $445 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Palomino Blue Eraser-Tipped HB Pencil $13 per dozen (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • E+M Marble Nib Holder – Silver-Black $1.80 (via JetPens)
  • Paperblanks Mini Blank Journal in Rococo Revival Crystal Chandelier $12.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Pelikan Classic M200 fountain pen marbled green € 119 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Monteverde Prima Fountain Pen in Black Swirl $37.50 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Bookbinder’s Blue Coral Snake Ink (30ml Bottle) $12.50 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Delta Matte Journal Fountain Pen in Ivory $120 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Anderson Pens Special Edition $165 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun Ink (Old Man Winter) – 15 ml Bottle $13 (via JetPens)
  • Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen in Grey / Gunmetal aluminum € 65 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Hand marbled original artwork marble case – iPhone 7 PLUS – Aqueous Orbit in Silver & Turquoise – by Roo Bannister $57.14 (via Marbleous Roo on Etsy)

Thanks to my sponsors for providing some of the images I use for Fashionable Friday. Please consider making your next purchase from one of the shops that support this blog and let them know you heard about them here. Thanks for your support and for supporting the shops that help keep it running.

Fashionable Friday: Snow Day

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This week saw snow along the Eastern seaboard in the US and this weekend, the weather reports are threatening snow and ice throughout the Midwest and South and Southeast in the US so I was inspired to plan a Snow Day theme for this week’s Fashionable “Weekend”. I picked warm tones inspired by fresh chocolate muffins, hot out of the oven and icy tones reminiscent of the snow and ice outside our frosty windows. I hope everyone is warm and toasty indoors with their favorite inks and pens and projects to work on. Maybe you’re knitting up a new hat to keep you warm if you have to shovel the drive or wait at the bus stop? Or maybe you’re finally getting a chance to work on that craft project, story, photo album, or painting you’ve not had time to tackle in the past? Happy cozying with some of these lovely inspirational pieces from some of my favorite sponsors, friends and shops.

  • Handmade ceramic mug, in blue and white glaze $20.09 (MeganLouiseCeramics via Etsy) and consider Adagio Teas Sweet Tooth Sampler $9 (via Adagio Teas) in your mug.
  • J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Ink (Amber Gold of Burma) (10 ml) Fountain Pen Ink $4.75 (via JetPens)
  • Rhodia Ice Pad No. 18 A4 Lined $13.75 (via JetPens)
  • Pilot E95S Fountain Pen – Burgundy and Ivory, 14K Fine Nib $136 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Stipula Netto Fading Gray (Grigio Fumo) Fountain Pen Ink (70ml) $17.10 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Caran D’Ache Paul Smith 849 Ballpoint in Pistachio Green with metal case €45 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Lace Doily Wooden Craft Rubber Stamp $15 (via Cute Tape)
  • PIUMA: Super Minimal Titanium Fountain Pen, starting at $75 (via Kickstarter)
  • Great Lakes Lacquer Freshly Fallen Snow (via Right on the Nail)
  • Purl Soho Snow Day Hat Pattern knit in Purl Soho Super Soft Merino (via Purl Soho Blog) and maybe use some awesome handspun yarn like Widdershins $39 (via Corner of Knit and Tea on Etsy)
  • Snow Day Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe (via Mother Nature Network) with Unbleached Kraft Cupcake Liners, starting at $2.05 (via Cute Tape)
  • Bamboo Plant Decoration Mini Roses $24 (via Decoy Lab)
  • Sailor 1911 Large Fountain Pen in Transparent with Rhodium Trim $248 (via Anderson Pens)
  • CDT Stapler $18 (via Fresh Stock Japan)

Fashionable Friday: Happy Hygge

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With the cold, (and in my case) snowy days and long, dark nights of winter officially settling in, the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah, like a football cheer in a Scandinavian accent” according to the NYTimes) seems a fitting, if slightly odd, topic for Fashionable Friday. However, the concept of Hygge is all about coziness and happiness, which I think goes nicely alongside writing and stationery. Also many start-of-the-year goals pair nicely like writing more, journaling, going for walks, spending time with family, stay home more, cooking, etc. So, I hope you find this inspiring. I just purchased the book The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country which I hope will shed a bit of light on the Hygge phenomenon.

  • The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living $11.75 (via Amazon)
  • Blue Border Letterpress Cards (Set of 50) $5 (via CuteTape)
  • J Herbin Spiral Glass Dip Pen in Sky Blue $20 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Noodler’s Georgia Peach Ink (3 oz Bottle) $15 (via JetPens)
  • Triangle Pennant Banner Washi Tape $2 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Lamy Scala Glacier fountain pen (special edition 2016) gold nib € 215 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Mercury Moonglow Candle $40 (via Anthropologie)
  • CDT A5 Notepad $11 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser $21.95 (via Amazon)
  • Mimira Mug $14 (via Anthropologie)
  • London Fog Hot Chocolate + Mapled Whipped Cream Recipe (via Kitchen McCabe)
  • Diamine Chocolate Brown Ink (30 ml Bottle) $7.50 (via JetPens)
  • Diamine Beau Blue Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • PIUMA Super Minimal Brass Fountain Pen starting at $55 (via Kickstarter)
  • Bookbinder’s Ground Rattler Snake Ink (30ml Bottle) $12.50 (via Anderson Pens)
  • EDK Pen starting at $60 (via Karas Pen Co.)
  • Retro 51 Tornado Limited Edition Twinkle PPopper Rollerball $45 (via Anderson Pens)

Fashionable Friday: All That Shimmers

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In the spirit of the holidays and an urge to celebrate New Year’s with the proper sparkly pomp, I bring you “All That Shimmers” this week. I hope your holidays sparkle with promise and celebration this week and all of 2017.

  • Daisy Place Pencil Cup $20 (via Kate Spade NY)
  • Sailor 1911 Large Fountain Pen in White with Gold Trim $248 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Shimmering Moon Dust Ink (50 ml Bottle) $20.50 (via JetPens)
  • Mercer Large Bonded Metallic Leather Satchel $298 (via Michael Kors)
  • Zodiac Journal $18 (via Anthropologie) (30% off full-price gifts reflected at checkout)
  • Piuma Super Minimal Fountain Pen, starting at $45 (via Kickstarter)
  • Ananas Trinket Dish & Clips $18 (via Anthropologie) (30% off full-price gifts reflected at checkout)
  • Midori Brass Pencil $16 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen in Black Diamond with Fine Gold Nib $165.66 (via Pen Chalet)
  • CUBE- Machined Pen/Notebook Storage $95 (via Karas Kustoms) (Use coupon code “wellapptdesk” for 10% off your order)
  • Super Gold High Class Rubber Eraser $ 9 (via C.W. Pencil Enterprise)
  • Liquid Glitter Voila iPhone 6 Case $45 (via Kate Spade NY)
  • Glitter & Be Gay Polish $15 (via 1898 House)