A Little Update

2016 came and went.

It was the quickest year I have ever lived, well, at least it felt that way.

I think the whole waiting and planning our move back to Australia took so long, that when it finally happened, it didnt seem real. Almost a year later, we are only just settling in and only just now does it feel real.

It is now 2017.

That means a new daily journal was purchased and started. Like last year, I chose the Moleskine Daily Pocket Diary, soft cover of course. It is the perfect size to jot down a little something about the day that was. Maybe I’ll add photos in another post.



I received more Field Notes subscriptions in the mail. Can we just stop and admire how sexy the Black Ice edition looks. It’s my current catch all note book at the moment. It got saturated the second day I used it due to some unforeseen rain that I got caught in. I have a habbit of getting all my new notebooks saturated within the first week of use. However, I have learnt to appreciate the wear and tear aesthetics of an aging notebook.

I bought a big new Rohllbahn Silver Metalic notebook that I currently use as my work study book.

My Midori permanently lives in my bag. It hasnt seen the light of day for some time. I get excitement rushes still to bring it out and use it but am finding less need for it. I know, I am talking crazy. It’s okay, it can’t hear me.

After realising people read this blog and actually want to hear what I have to write about, I have decided to continue it. And since my love for stationary is never ending, why not continue to share all my stories about it with you all who want to read.

So welcome inktastikal to 2017.

Midori Update

Months later I feel it necessary to give a quick update how I am currently using my Midori travellers notebook as seeing how other people used theirs was something I was always interested in when I first got mine.

I used to have the following set up.

– Plastic card wallet
With some cards and plastic stickies
– Craft folder
To place loose papers
– Filed notes ambitions planner
Used to note dates and stuff
– Field notes unexposed
Used as my anything notes
– Field notes two rivers
Used to jot down unknown words in the languages I learn
– Craft folder back
More loose paper
– Plastic zip wallet
Contained random bits

This was my set-up since I got my Midori and it worked well. 3 field notes fit nicely in it, the overhang is not annoying or that bad as some other people mention it. It never annoyed me and thats coming from a perfectionist.

Midori

Actually the overhang is barely noticeable. The wear, scratches and marks are starting to accumulate as I now throw this thing around, and it has been through snow, rain and squished in my back pack which is usually full of stuff.

My current set up is a lot more simple as I no longer really use the day planner or take notes in my language field notes book. I now only keep one field notes book in it which is my catch all notebook.

Midori Inside

Current set up.

– Plastic zip wallet
Random things
– Craft folder
To place loose papers
– Field notes unexposed
Used as my anything notes
– Craft folder back
More loose paper
– Plastic card wallet
Various cards

This set up is working well so far and my Midori is a lot skinnier.

Snail Mail #3

Finally I own my own Deadprint Fieldnotes notebook thanks to fieldnut and talented artist Ms Demars who did a swap with me. She also added a little surprise original art piece in the mail.

Deadprint

Deadprint 2

Another exciting successful swap thanks to the fieldnut community on Facebook! If you’re not a member, go there now and join! Everyone is friendly and happy to help you catch them all! Pokemon style.

Snail Mail #2

I am back! Where did I go? No where really. I have just been busy setting up life in Australia and settling into my new lifestyle here. Now that things are going back to normal, it is time to update with some snail mail I received.

Keith, a fellow Fieldnotes fieldnut, did a #killwinterwithorange giveaway a few weeks back and I was lucky enough to win one of his original orange notebooks.

Orange Book

Orange Book 2
Hand stitched with Tomoe River paper.

I love how hand stitched and bound books have that delicate feel. This books is bound with matching orange string, perfectly tied and aligned may I add.

Please check out Keith’s instagram account @randomthinks for more stationery goodness and orange overload.

Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and that is because I moved country. I moved out of Tokyo and into Sydney and have spent my last week settling in and setting up jobs, apartment and just trying to re-culture myself back to the Australian way.

The flight over to Australia was very smooth. It was also a bit of a special flight because not only was I relocating with my partner to Australia, but, it was also my birthday on the same day of us arriving in Sydney.

I wanted to share with you all what my partner got for me as a gift as I think you would all be interested.

Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

I have recently just got into calligraphy and dip pens and inks so this book was perfect.

I can’t wait till all my pens and inks from Japan arrive in my mail now. I posted boxes and boxes of things back by boat so will have to wait a bit, but in the meantime it looks as if I have some reading to do.

Tachikawa T-25 Nib Holder/Dip Pen

 

Tachikawa T-25 nib holder with Zebra G nib.

Bought myself a small present while out shopping the other day. A Tachikawa T-25nib holder. I have been looking at buying a nib holderĀ for a while to get more into calligraphy and using my inks and paper. And since most of them are made here in Japan, I just had to buy one. There was also the Tachikawa T-36 for sale too. The difference being the T36 has a rubber grip for your hand but I liked the plain wooden look of the T-25 a lot more.


The Tachikawa T-25 is a nib holder that can hold various sized nibs. I purchased some Zebra G nibs to go with it after seeing reviews that these are pretty much the standard kind and best ones for beginners to dip pens. I have never used a dip pen and I was told there is a steep learning curve to learn writing with one. Being a leftie too brings a whole new bag of problems too, but, I tried it out and think I did pretty well with my first dip experience.

Paper: 3 Feet, Pen: Tachikawa T-25, Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai

I have been using my Iroshizuku Shinkai ink with it. Some Youtube videos say that using fountain pen ink is not reccomeneded because the ink drips off too quickly, so I will look into buying some proper dip pen ink and see what the difference is.