Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Springclean: When do you do it?

One could argue that this post has nothing to do with crafting, but I have to point out that I just threw a lot of stationery and craft materials away so it is related. So, when do you do it? 

I usually springclean before the New Year and around the middle of the year. At the start of the year, we're all looking forward to a new year, perhaps a better year than the last. We make resolutions and goals, and list out steps that would help us achieve them. And we want our room/house/apartment to reflect the positivity that we are adopting. I do it again around the middle of the year because it is the second phase of my year, when my holidays just started and I feel like I have the energy of ten men and I wanted to do so many things. They are usually the things one put off, or give excuses during the school term, like eating properly or exercising. The middle of the year was also a good time to look back on the first half of the year and reflect on it. 

I have made a change in my life over the last two months. I made writing my top priority. It is something that I have been doing periodically in my life, and something that I really enjoy doing and could see myself doing it for the rest of my life. Really, I am turning 26 this October, if I continue to wait, I may never finish one novel at all. Not to mention I'll be one of those would-be writers who always say they want to be a writer but never do anything about it. 

What does that mean? 

I still knit, but only when I am travelling and can't bear spending an hour staring into nothingness or scrolling through Instagram. Or when I am trying to relax after spending a day writing. I don't really do much crafts anymore otherwise. That means I have plenty of watercolors, markers, stamps and inkpads, calligraphy holders, nibs and inks, papers and notebooks around that I don't really use anymore. 

I am a hoarder when it comes to things I love. I have difficulty just getting one because I am afraid that it will run out and I won't be able to replace them. I mean, you never know right? My room is full of yarns and papers and books and plenty of craft stuff. I've been feeling crowded by them, especially when I don't really use beyond 30% of them. They're mostly sitting around, gathering dust. And since I've been writing, all I've touched are my books. 

What I did on Sunday

I overhauled my room. I kept the ones I will still be using occasionally (for example, stamps and cardmaking stuff) and move them into the cupboard. I threw away books I haven't read for 3 or more years and will likely not touch again. I threw stationeries that I hoard but will not use. I move my writing books and research books down to the shelves that used to contain all art and craft stuff. I  try to be merciless in my decision on what to keep and what not to. 

Some stuff I keep aside instead of binning it because I can sell them and recoup some of my losses, rather than just simply throwing it away. I still have bags of yarns and cloths around that I hope will be able to go inside containers once I threw the comics that had been sitting for years within them. 

Reflection

My room is already less cluttered. It makes me feel happier to be seeing more of my floor instead of knocking over things whenever I am move around. The shelf of writing books also makes me more focus on my writing since I can easily reach for them when I need them now. If I haven't touched something in years and don't miss them, I likely won't miss them if I threw them away. I do keep certain things though for sentimenta reasons, like all the diaries and journals I've written since I was a child. Those are memories.

I've also decided to be wiser and stricter when it comes to purchasing things. I've been very material when it comes to purchases. I should instead buy things that would improve myself, like experiences.  I've actually signed up for ballet classes in June and editing classes in July. Just so you know, I have no sense of rhythm and two left feet, but hey, it is a new thing to learn and I am all for learning. It should be fun, if not hilarious. I don't need six watercolor palettes, really. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Review: Kaweco Fountain Pen

It's been a while since I last posted. I thought it would be good to pick it up where I left off and review these new fountain pens that I recently bought. 

I have two types of Kaweco Fountain Pens: the Classic Sport and the Skyline Sport. As far as I know, Classic Sport FPs have gold nibs and classic colours, like maroon, white, navy, black. Skyline Sport FPs have silver nibs and more colours, like mint, beige, pink and any other limited colours that there are. I heard that there are a nice pink and blue limited edition ones in HongKong. 


The top two FPs are skyline sport and the bottom FPs are classics. I don't think there is any difference between them. 


Lengthwise, it is shorter than both my Lamy + TWSBI. It's length is supposed to make it travel friendly, you know, easy to slip into pockets and all that. It feels alright in my hand, but I prefer my pens to be longer, I think. 


If I have a choice, I'd prefer all my FPs with gold nibs. I only have one Fine nib and 3 ExtraFine nibs. I have some trouble with the EF nibs at first. The ink seemed to spread too much on paper, which makes the nib look bolder than it is. 

I've since switched the ink out and refilled it again. But, as you can see on the photo below, there didn't seem to be much difference. 


Design wise: I like it better than the design of TWSBI Eco. Especially when it has matching gold clip. 

Price wise: Cheaper than Lamy/ TWSBI


So far, my stalogy is holding up my fountain pen writing very well, which is good, because I have been using FPs and dip pens on it a lot recently. 

I also want to take some time to talk about Kaweco squeeze converter. I couldn't get the piston one so I settled for the squeeze one. It works alright, but I never could get it to fill up full, until I start refilling the converter with a syringe. Which is so handy. Everyone should get a syringe for ink refills. Highly recommended!! 

Currently, I'm using my Lamy LX Rose Gold a lot. Indeed, I just got the Gold one too, and another batch of Lamy Al Star. I have a theory that the nibs of the Al Star is different from the Safaris. I'll check. 

Hope this has been informative!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Online Sticker Haul!

My stickers and goodies finally arrive from Taobao! It's the first of half dozen that I bought in the last two weeks. :)


Some really cute post-its. All these food are going to cheer up my day!


I love emoticons. I like my stickers with plenty of emotions so that I can match it in my journal entry. These emoticons will come in so handy! And they're so cheap too!



I'm also loving all these stickers! I found this shop online that handmade stickers. The quality is really good, and I have already put in a second order for more! I like stickers of people, and not really liking food or flowers much. 

I'm also a big fan of Line Brown and Cony stickers. :)


I also got some sweet jewellery last week! These mindful cuffs from TheMindfulCompany are very beautiful and I really love them. They came in a very beautiful packaging. Everytime I look at them, they remind me to stay positive. :) I only take them off when I'm showering. 

And the hobonichi cover that is in the photo above- it's a new one! I bought 3 from TaoBao too. I'm currently using 5 notebooks everyday now. One for my daily journaling, one for my knitting log, 2 writing notebooks, and one for my random notes.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Review: Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

It appears that my packages from TaoBao will only be arriving next week. This week has started productively (I studied a lot at Starbucks), and then by the end of the week, it faltered off. So today, I decided to put up a review of my Pilot Metropolitan FP instead. 

I got this pen with the TWSBI Clear, but I instantly take a dislike to the weight. It is made of metal, when I am used to the lightness of plastic FPs- both the Lamy and TWSBI are made of plastic. Additionally, the pens I prefer for my daily writing are usually slimmed not so bulky. 


I got the F nib. I'm not sure if there is an EF nib. This pen came with its own converter, which I used for the first few times. The pen had leaking issues, which really really annoys me. Between the weight and the leaking, I don't use this pen much at all. 


So, I wrote on the Stalogy paper as well, which uses Tomoe River paper like the hobonichi. As you can see from the above photo, you can see the ink at the back. 



Some closeups of the pen. I wanted to get the white ones, but the colours of the Metropolitan really aren't my taste. But I have read so many positive reviews about this pen that I wanted to give it a try. It was one of the pens that were highly recommended to beginners wanting to try out FPs.  However, I am very disappointed in it. 

Here's to hoping that my new orders will arrive next week!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Review: TWSBI Eco on Stalogy 365 vs Hobonichi

How did your new year holidays go? I visited my grandma in Malaysia last weekend, and then more visiting this week. I'm not exactly a big fan of the holidays, crowds are never my favourite, but this year, I made up for it with plenty of stationery goodies.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you'd know that I just bought a trio of white fountain pens: Lamy Safari, Twsbi eco, and Kaweco. Kaweco turns out better than I expected, though the one that I bought had a fine nib instead of a EF nib. I also bought the latest Lamy LX series in rose gold. It was pretty, but what I really like was the case. Such a handy way to carry a pen, instead of merely throwing it into your bag. 

Currently, I'm waiting for my purchases from TaoBao. I bought a hella stickers, post-its, fountain pens and inks there. Hopefully it'll all arrive by the end of next week. 


But today I'm here to talk about TWSBI Eco. 

What I like about it: 
  1. It allows me to fill more inks than the Lamy or Kaweco. 
  2. I can see the ink pretty well (although it'll probably looks cooler if I fill it with shimmer inks instead of blue inks. 
  3. The nib is sharper than Lamy even though they are both EF. 
  4. I like the shape of the pen. It's very mechanical. 



I'm writing it on my Stalogy notebook in the above photo, and you can see the slight seepage in the following page. 


Compared it to my Hobonichi below. There is no see-through at all. You can only see the writing marks because the page is so thin, but I am alright with that. It is a small price to pay for thin paper that works with a variety of mediums (like watercolours and markers). 


I use my TWSBI Eco mainly for journal writing, i.e. in my Hobonichi. I would have liked to use the Hobonichi notebooks for all other things except the daily or month by month doesn't really work when I am using the notebook to capture random thoughts and odd notes. I am really a big fan of the simplicity of Stalogy 365 anyway, so there is no complaints from me. 

*I use Lamy and Kaweco FPs in the Stalogy. They work, oddly, and they don't show on the following page. I'll show it here once I get all my new FPs. 

I'll probably also do a write up on Pilot Metropolitan FPs. I really don't like that pen because it's very sharp and oddly, it leaks. :( 

That's all I have for TWSBI Eco. I am currently eyeing the black one as well. This is the most economical line of the brand, and it is very worth it. I recommend it to anyone who wants to try a FP.

FYI, you can see my first post on TWSBI Eco here

Sunday, 15 January 2017

This Week's Summarized

I did:
  1. The heel of a sock (Vanilla is the new Black)
  2. I frogged the heel of said sock
  3. I started on a hat
  4. I am halfway through said hat
  5. I only finished one head of the cupid
Next week, I'll:
  1. Finished 1 sock
  2. Finished the hat
  3. Finished 2 more cupids
The cupids are more time-consuming than I had initially thought. Plus, crocheting for long hours make my hands cramp. 

It's late and I feel like having some chocolate. 

Monday, 9 January 2017

First Week of 2017

How did the first week of 2017 went? 

The weather is turning warmer here. And my parents are actively engaging in spring cleaning. My curtains are washed today, and it's odd to sleep in a room without curtains. My curtains blocked out part of the sunlight, so I was able to sleep in till late afternoon without the light in my face. 

Anyway it had been a crazy week. When my head felt too full, I tend to plan more, schedule more. I feel like if I keep working, I'll feel better. And perhaps I will. 


Working on new socks. I'm excited about this new yarn. It's Stroll Handpainted in Northern Lights. It's turning out rather well. I want to knit a pair for the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC). Yes, I'm participating in a group this year! It should be fun, right? 


Also working on some cupids. It is taking a rather long time, and I'm making these 5 at a go. I'm making these to sell, because I'm got too much yarn materials laying around in my house. I enjoy making shawls, but I can only wear or giveaway so many of them. So, perhaps selling will be the way to go. 


I miss hot chocolate from Starbucks. I drank them consecutively for three days in a row. It felt nice. 


Finished my first project of the year! Fibi the Fox, with pattern via Lalylala. Here's it on my Ravelry Page. I have to say, I'm not good with updating materials on my projects page online, because I keep a yarn/knitting/crochet project book. I used Schachenmayr Catania yarn and 2mm hook. It turned out much better than my first Lalylala Bina the Bear. 


I used Sachenmayr Catania Tomatoe, Creme and Fango (390, 130, 387) and a Moda Vera Mini for the scarf. I have to buy another Tomatoe yarn because I ran out halfway. 

Also, I sewn an arm in the wrong direction. 


I have to admit, I prefer knitting to crocheting. ;)