Sunday, 28 August 2016

Halloween Batch is up on Etsy!

Hi everyone!

I've posted the Halloween batch up! There are only five types of cards so it is not as big a batch, but I promise you that they are loads of fun! I had such a wild time making them. :)

Visit my etsy shop here: thePenelopeCardShop






I also created a batch of bookmarks that I hand lettered myself! They're really cute! Just the right theme for October. Buy it for yourself or your friends...



Bonus: I crocheted this batch as photography props! Now they're just too cute! 


If you're interested in the bookmarks and/or cards, you may visit them here

By the way, I've also found the paperclips and will be putting them up together with this batch. ;) 

Love, 
Jennifer

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Hobonichi Weeks Review

Hi everyone!

I'm writing this up a few days in advance and scheduling it to post on Saturday. If you've been following closely on my instagram and blog, you'd know that I had a mishap with my computer (with water!) last week. I thought it was fine when I was able to turn it on on Tuesday, but now it appears that my computer couldn't work unless it is plug into the charger. Which also means, that my computer is no longer portable. As such, I thought I would bring it in for service before my school reopens so that I will be able to study outside of my house! I never really thought about how important a role my computer plays in my daily life until I couldn't have it anymore. 

Anyway, I wanted to post a review on my Hobonichi Weeks! I thought it was the perfect timing, since the 2017 Hobonichi will go on sale next Thursday Sept 1st (I, for one, am waiting eagerly for it). I have already decided what I wanted and one of the items I will be grabbing is a Hobonichi Weeks. I got one in April this year and it works out really well. 

Let me show you how I use mine. 


I got the blue hardcover one. It lies flat when I am writing. I have heard that the softcover ones doesn't do that. It's hearsay, since I haven't used one before. But a hardcover one works for me because I am not going to buy a cover for it. 


I have tried bullet journaling a few times, but mainly I am annoyed by the consistent and ritualistic need for updates. I don't do consistent very well, as you can tell. But I am trying to make it a habit to accomplish tasks everyday instead of procrastinating everything to one single day. (I hope to do one post on bullet journaling next time.) 

Here is some pages of how I use my weeks. One side of the page is weekly and the other side is just a plain grid. You can use it any way you want. I have only recently devise the pages above, as well as color coding my days, since I sometimes skip my tasks between days. 


Here is something I did when I just got it: use it as a food diary! I now do it on the calendar section of my Hobonichi cousin. I pretty much leave the calendar section of weeks alone... 


Here's my first written page in my Weeks. I soon realise that I am not someone who like hand lettering and embellishing my notebooks and journals a lot. I tend to just cramp as many words in. I don't even use much washi tapes or stamps at all! Stickers are good though, but still infrequent. The marker I used in this page is Pigma Micron markers. They're one of my favourites! 


Here're some of the blank pages in the book. 


About halfway through till the end, the book is filled with plain grid paper. If you look at the corners of each page, you'll see that they're all numbered! Which means that you can fill in a proper index page at the front of this section. I find such details amazing. 

I use this section to make notes, lists, and travel plans. I have a section on Travel Shopping, a reading list, a huge chunk on Taipei travel information followed by Taipei travel diary. It is such a thin notebook that I brought this with me to Taipei instead of hauling my Cousin, which is stuffed to the brim with notepads, bookmarks as well as a photo album. 


What I love most about Weeks is its size! It is slim and is about the size of a wallet. While I have tried carrying a Midori TN before, I find this even slimmer than that, taking up less space, which means I have more space for other things in my bag. This is great for planning on the go! 

By the way, the blue band I used is from Taipei. It is very useful in securing the sides so that they do not open in my bag and get all the pages wrinkled. 

As usual, the pages by Hobonichi is thin and can withstand lots of ink and fountain pens. I use them habitually in my Cousin. The paper is also the reason why I am hogging Stalogy notebooks like a fiend recently. I like that it is thin so a normal sized notebook has more pages in it than others with usual paper! 

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Hope that you find this interesting! I am certainly a big fan of Hobonichi and have since made my two sisters converts as well. 

If you have not seen the 2017 lineup, you can do it here

On another note, I will have the Halloween cards up on my shop soon! This batch includes some adorable bookmarks. :) 

I would also like you to participate in a short poll on what things you would want to see on my shop. It would help me in deciding what to list in the shop! Any helpful comments are certainly welcome! There is also another one on the posts you'd like to read more on this blog. It would take less than a minute for both of them! :) You can find each on the sidebar. 

Thank so much for reading each post, and for participating in the polls :) 

Cheers, 
Jennifer

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Last Week's Knits

Hi everyone! 

There was a little hiccup (ok, it as a pretty big deal since it involves my computer being soaked in water) over the weekend so I couldn't put up this post, but now that the incident is over, I'm writing it up now! 

My school still haven't put up the study materials yet so I can't study anything, and last week was spent drooling over Stalogy notebooks (my new favourite, up there with Hobonichi), waiting for the 2017 Hobonichi lineup to appear on Friday (did you take a look?), lying in bed reading, and working on my knits. 

Here's a look at the cowl I'm working on. It's the Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland. I doubled up my Knitpicks Stroll Brights in Hot Tamale and am going to use all four skeins I have. So far I've counted 12 repeats of the patterns (that is 2 skeins) gave me 6.5inches. I intended to have a thick cowl! 

Here's the front of the pattern. It's super bright on my computer! Hope you guys don't get blinded by it... The color is beautiful though.


And here's the back! It is just a lot of purls. It looks nice, but of course I prefer the front side. The pattern is very easy to manage, just knits and purls. Oh, did I mention that I made a mistake and my cowl has a twist now? I only discovered it after an inch or so into the knitting and by then, I  didn't want to cast on all 240 stitches anymore... so... 

Here's the second project I'm working on! Doesn't the cable look glorious? This is the first time I've tried such an intricate cable work and it takes a lot of attention. I call it active knitting.. you know.. when you can't knit and watch movies on your computer at the same time. Yeah. I spent last week working on five rows at a time. Yesterday I turned the heel, and I'll be trying all 10 rows in a day, split between morning and night knitting, of course. I decided not to rush this one. 

Here's another photo. I'm using Knitpicks Stroll in Duchess colorway. It is a very nice royal purple that showoff the cables perfectly. I made some adjustment near the heel, since I am knitting FLK heel... I'll say more when I am done with the socks! 


This pattern is Lady Eliza by Caoua Coffee. You can find the pattern free on Revelry! 

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What happened with my computer? 

Well, as always I have a mug of water on my desk, and on Friday morning, I spilled it all over my Macbook. It was completely drenched. My computer went dark immediately. I picked up my laptop, and tried to get all the water out, but alot of it went into the computer. When I held it at an angle, there was water dripping onto the floor. It was that bad...

Anyway, I did what anyone would do. Use my phone to google what I should do. So for the last four days, I placed my comp at the edge of the computer, keyboard on the desk and the screen hanging off the side, and let it dry. I didn't touch it at all. And hope for the best...

And this evening, I decided to try it again. I pressed the power button. Nothing. I plugged in my charger, and then pressed the power button again. And the screen came on! I was so relieved!!! 
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Lesson learned:
Be very very careful with liquids on my desk. This is a very very bad scare that might leave a huge hole in my savings. 
My computer is a huge part of my life! I was so bored without it. My iPad barely scratched the itch. 

Have anything ever happen to you like this before? Share it with me, 

Jennifer 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Shop Update: Washi Tape Samples

Hi there!

Another short post for the week.

I've put up listings for Washi Tape Samples on my shop! I've got too much washi tape and I can't finish them all, so I thought, heh, why not share all the washi love!

Set A - D features all the slim washi tapes that I have. Shop Listing here:





Set E - H are normal sized washi. Shop Listing here





Incidentally, I've also got some beautiful paper clips too. The downside is, when I was clearing my desk this week, I kinda misplace them in the move! I'm not worried though, because they'll turn up sooner than later right? Does this kind of thing happen to you too? 

I'm still not crafting as much. Last night I frogged my red/white cowl and instead cast on a honey cowl. When I've got more stitches on the needles, I'll share them here! 

It's really been a quiet week. 

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! 

Cheers, 
Jennifer

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

How Do You Cross-stitch?

Hi, everyone! 

How's the week so far for you? 

Yesterday was our National Day so I huddled at home and spent my day reading my novels. It wasn't too bad at all. I am also clearing up excess projects so that my table would be tidier in lieu of the new school year! I must say I am looking forward to it! Absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on new texts and reading materials! It'll give me something to do everyday, and a goal in mind. Of course, in a couple of months, I would probably be a little sick of all the studying. But in the meantime, I can enjoy all the new books and stationery and the feeling of getting to start something all over again! Kind of like the start of a new year, for students. It is the time of new resolutions and good intentions!


I have been working on two cross-stitch projects last week. This photo is taken from the Dimension one that I got from Amazon. It is a nice scenery of hot air balloons floating in the sky over some houses by the water. It is really beautiful. 

Unfortunately, I quickly ran into some problems with this project. It consists of not only cross-stitches, but half-stitches and back-stitches. You can see the half-stitch in the blue/purple area above, and in the hot-air balloon. It wouldn't have been much of a problem, but the half-stitches are made out of strands from different colors, and sometimes they consists of more than two strands, which is the de facto number of strands for the rest of the work. So, the project works up to be oddly textured in certain areas... and I have trouble enjoying it. 

Another complaint that I have about this project is the quality of floss they used. The threads kept coming apart and getting shorter and shorter. I am not entirely certain that I'll have enough of it for the project. 

As of now, I've chucked both projects in the cupboard, where it'll hibernate for an uncertain amount of time while I work on other stuff. I am doing to attempt a complicated cable sock pattern again. I really like it the first time, but I made a mistake, and unfortunately, fixing cables is not in my repertoire yet. 

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Still on the subject of cross-stitch, how do you start your project? Do you fold it and mark the center of the cloth and start from there? Or do you estimate two inches from the end of the cloth and start from a corner? 

I always thought starting from the center is the safest way to go. :)

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Anyway, have a lovely week! 

Thanks for dropping by my blog,

Cheers, 

Jennifer

Monday, 1 August 2016

My First TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen

Hi everyone! 

It's been a while since I blogged, mostly because I have nothing much to say. I am buried in my room with my new cross-stitch, my half done red&white cowl, and my just cast-on sock. I've already frogged two other socks that I have begun, and I'm running out of both inspiration and patience. I feel antsy when I can't feel the smooth flow of creativity. Right now, my creativity is kinda like choppy waves, the ones that make you seasick and throw up overboard. 

Amidst the odd patches, I've finished A Life in Stitches by Rachael Herron, which was truly a delightful read. I also got my results from my examinations, and I have finally completed my Year One of my degree! I am excited to get started immediately! I also got a new order of fountain pens from Overjoyed! I'm really enjoying my new pens and inks, it's just too bad that I can't use fountain pens to make study notes (highlighter and fountain pen inks doesn't mix well at all!) 


So... I've been seeing a lot of TWSBI fountain pens around, especially on stationery blogs. It doesn't look that fanciful to me, since I prefer my pens to be simple and sleek. Like LAMY. (I like it's simplicity!) But I have heard a lot about the quality of TWSBI Fountain Pens and I wanted to try it out. TWSBI Eco is the economic (i.e. cheaper) series so I thought it would be a great wait to try the brand out. 

The pen is nicely packaged, with nice instructions. I got the clear one, but there's a white one (which looks beautiful as well) and a black one. TWSBI Eco is a pen with a build-in piston, so you can just load up the pen with whatever ink you like! I really like this because I do not like to use ink cartridges, and getting converter with a fountain pen just seem like a hassle. 


The ink filled up quickly, although, oddly enough, it doesn't fill up the entire space in the pen, but around three-quarters? I thought it was odd but perhaps there is a technical reason for it- like something to do with vacuum and air and ink. The body of the pen is thicker than what I preferred but I can handle it fine. The pen cap is a screw-on, for better security, I guess, or to counter worries about ink leakage in bags or pockets. I do worry that I would accidentally twist the piston-knob at the end of the pen instead of holding the body when I am securing the cap, and get into a horrible ink accident! Hopefully it won't happen.


I filled up the pen with my new Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-Iro, which is a brilliant sky blue.  I chose the Extra Fine nib, as is my preferred choice, and it wrote beautifully. I enjoy watch the ink in the pen too. Can't wait to buy a shimmer ink and see what it is like when the pen is filled with shimmer inks instead! I've seen that on Instagram and they look beautiful! 

A full page of writing later and I realised that I do not like medium blue at all. It is too bright, making  it hard on the eyes when I try to read the page again. No more bright medium blues for me. 

I am not going to lie when I say I am not planning on getting another TWSBI now (I think I'll get a TWSBI mini perhaps, or a white TWSBI Eco). A clear LAMY isn't out either. ;) 

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On a side note, My boyfriend just got me some copics from his trip to Japan! And a bunch of Frixon too! Ain't he the sweetest? 

Thanks for dropping by!

Cheers, 
Jennifer