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Back Again!


The past two months have been a bit crazy, but I’ve managed to fit in some “Suzy time” with some of my favorite art supplies.  Of course I still love my fountain pens, just needed to change it up a bit.  Enjoy the pics!

Diamine Music Ink Set!


What’s better than one new Diamine ink? TEN of them! Yes, thanks to the wonderful people at Goulet Pens, my Diamine Music set arrived today! It took me about 1.4 milliseconds to open the box, ink up the nearest ten pens and get to writing! I will post more in-depth reviews on some of the inks in the coming days…but my first thoughts are: Beautiful set, FANTASTIC colors and (as expected) smooth, wet flow just like any other Diamine ink! Yes, if you do the math it is about $100 for $50 worth of ink. But this is some lovely ink! My only wish is that they’d sell “Handel” by the gallon! It’s beyond gorgeous!





Hopefully, they will sell individual bottles sometime in the future. I could see myself going through the entire 30mL bottles of Handel, Wagner and Vivaldi very quickly!

Did you get this set, too? I’d love to hear what you think of it!


Ink Review: Diamine Sepia


When I think of sepia ink, I think of a deep, rich walnut tone. Visions of antique documents and intricate scrimshaw come to mind. Diamine Sepia is different. It isn’t the color of centuries-old writing, but more the color of the parchment it’s written on. It is a gorgous, warm butterscotch shade. In fact, if it were my ink, I would have named it just that. Butterscotch. I can’t look at this ink without craving a butterscotch ice cream sundae, complete with crushed peanuts, fresh whipped cream and a cherry on top!

Now that I’m hungry, I’ll simply post my review and let you be the judge. Either way, it’s beautiful! A full bottle of this is definitely in my near future!

Diamine Sepia

Written with: Noodler’s Konrad Flex Pen & Kuretake brush pen w/water

Written on: Ivory Clairefontaine (Quo Vadis journal) & 32# HP inkjet paper, bright white

In Short: smooth flow, average dry time, mostly not waterproof, good shading with some haloing. I also noticed that it darkened up slightly as it dried overnight. Interesting!

Let me know what you think!

Ink Review: J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean


Well, here we are! I haven’t blogged regularly for about two years, but I am back. It’s good to be back!

I really wasn’t planning on returning to blogging, but then I fell in love with fountain pens! I just couldn’t resist their charms. And, oh, the inks! Hundreds of pretty little bottles full of color, all waiting their turn to be made into artwork, journals, letters, announcements and more! They are all so different and so beautiful, it’s nearly impossible to choose which to buy first! (And as I think the Goulets can attest, I can never choose just one!)

After winning August’s Ink Drop Contest, I decided to head over to Goulet’s and make J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean my prize!

Which brings me to the purpose of this post…My first “official” ink review! This ink just happens to be a shade I find so inspiring, I can’t help but review it. You will see that my style isn’t very formal. Formality was never my thing. This isn’t meant to be complete or scientific in any way. It is simply my “real world” test and spontaneous thoughts on the ink. So here we go!…

J. Herbin 1670 ink in Bleu Ocean
Written with a Lamy Al-Star with black M nib
Washes done with a Kuretake brush pen full of plain old tap water 😉
On ivory Clairefontaine paper (Blank Quo Vadis journal)
Why is this review on ivory paper instead of white, you ask? Well, there is no shortage of beautifully done ink reviews on white…but this is the paper I use most! 🙂

Without further ado, I present my review. Thanks for reading & comments are welcome!


Birthday Wishes


Today is December 10th.  My Mother’s Birthday.  Mom died in 1989, when I was just 12 years old.  I am very lucky to have had quite a few people in my life take on a motherly role for me since then.  Of course, no one can truly replace a Mother.  So through the years, I’ve done various things in memory of her on her Birthday.  Flowers on her grave, choosing the Birthday card I think says best how I feel, doing something nice for someone else because that’s something a Mother would do.  I’ve also assumed the tradition of a Birthday wish.  I make the wish I imagine she would have made if she were alive.

Last year, on this day, I wished that I would find a way to put the negatives of my past behind, to once again have my own house to call home, and be surrounded by people who truly care about me.

Today, I sit in the bedroom-turned-home-office of my beautiful home.  The home John and I bought together.  The 140 year old Victorian house I’ve dreamed of owning since I was a little girl…eight or nine years old, staring up in awe at the huge, colorful, gingerbread-trimmed houses in Cape May, NJ.  It needs different paint colors to bring it out, but our house has its’ share of gingerbread…and even daisies at two of the peaks.  Could it be more fitting for me?  I have great neighbors in every direction, and one very special set of neighbors who have become like family to us.  I could not have imagined feeling so lucky and so blessed.  I have a good Husband, good family and good health.  What’s more, is this week I took a big step towards putting one of the biggest negatives of my past behind me.  I don’t know if anything will come of it yet, but I know I tried with an honest heart.

Although I can never know for sure what my Mother would have wished on her Birthday, I think being proud of your children is towards the top of any parent’s wish list.  I am told by many that Mom would be proud of the woman I am today.

So Happy Birthday, Mom.  As I’m sure you knew, life doesn’t always turn out as expected; but yes, wishes DO come true.

My Mother and Grandparents in the backyard of the family home.