Diamine Inkvent Calendar 2019

Diamine Inkvent Calendar 2019I’m normally not the sort of person who buys an advent calendar. Hell, I usually don’t even think about buying stuff for Christmas until late November. However, Diamine might be changing me. Their advent calendar (or “Inkvent Calendar”, as they’ve named it) honestly just blows me away. It is brilliant. I have seen quite a few stationery advent calendars over the years but none have tempted me as much as this one. I mean, it’s September and I’m seriously considering hitting that ‘pre-order’ button. The biggest issue I foresee with the Inkvent Calendar is if I’ll be able to resist opening it all before December or not!

Appropriately named, the calendar features little bottles of inks – rather than the usual chocolate. Diamine ink is a staple product in the stationery world. The majority of my ink collection features this brand because they have brilliant colour choices and it’s good quality ink. The Inkvent Calendar features 24 small ink bottles to give you a good range of colours to sample from. That’s 24 different colours to play around with. You get 7ml of ink in each of these bottles. There’s also a 25th bottle, for Christmas Day itself, which is larger and holds up to 30 ml. Diamine describe the product as a ‘treasure trove of 25 inks’ and I couldn’t agree more.

The inks are all housed in a beautiful blue package, with a lovely design on it. There’s absolutely no spoilers on the package itself to tell you what’s inside – other than the fact that it will contain bottles of ink (which you should have been able to guess by the name, to be fair) – so you can rest assured that it will be a surprise. Part of the fun, after all, is in the surprise for some people.

All of the inks are new too. They consist of “standard”, “sheening” or “shimmer” – or a combination of “sheening” and “shimmer”! That’s all the hint I am going to give you. Diamine has released the names of each of these inks – which, of course, all have a festive twist to them. So if you’re curious, you can find out at any of the retailers listed below. I have excluded them from this post, just to avoid giving people too many spoilers – in case you wish to be surprised.

The Inkvent Calendar is available to purchase at a number of retailers. Here’s a couple from the UK that I’ve found so far:

1. The Writing Desk – 10% off until 20th September. [Code: INKVENT_10]  – Full Price £66 with free UK shipping

2. Cult Pens – Full Price £67 with free international shipping*, I believe.

I actually caved before I finished writing this blog post and have pre-ordered mine from The Writing Desk, taking advantage of the discount that they offer. However, I am totally going to have to give mine to someone to hold until the end of November or I might actually just cave and open all the doors as soon as I get…

* Cult Pens is currently trialing Free International Shipping when you spend more than £50 and the items weigh less than 2KG. I believe this might be eligible but you will have to double check on the website before ordering.

Wherever you get it from, let me know if you get it. I would love to hear about everything you do with your new bottles of ink. I know I cant wait to start playing with my collection.

Celebrating Calligraphy – Featuring the Pen Museum

In the 19th Century, Birmingham was the centre of the world’s pen trade. Here, in an area called Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, various writing utensils were created. An upgraded pen nib was created that could be mass produced in a manner that allowed them to be made efficiently and sold cheaply. These were sold worldwide, allowing many more people to write. The Birmingham Pen Trade not only boosted the economy but also provided people with writing instruments for cheaper – which boosted education and literacy for all. The irony of that, however, is that the history of this pen trade is not taught very widely in school. And so, in 2001, the Pen Museum was opened in one of the former pen factories.

On World Calligraphy Day, I had the absolute pleasure of spending the whole day at the museum. It only seemed appropriate to visit such an important location on this day. The Pen Museum has three spaces. The first contains the history of the museum and the pens, a beautiful display of nibs and a great little shop. The second has more nibs that a stationery shop. They walk you through the manufacturing process here and you can even make your own nib to see how it’s done! The last space is where they set up several little workshops. I wanted to take a moment to share some of the things that happened on the day at the museum. Continue reading “Celebrating Calligraphy – Featuring the Pen Museum”

World Calligraphy Day 2019

WCD LogoThe past few months have been a bit of struggle. A lot of trying to find my feet in the world and getting back to where I want to be. In order to improve my physical wellbeing, I started to focus a bit more on my health. Attempting to eat a little healthier, take the stairs more or walk a bit. But my physical health is also very intertwined with my mental health. To look after the latter, self-care became a priority. For me, this was finding a way to relax as well as express myself. Self-care means something different to everyone, unique to people’s hobbies and interests. For me, stationery is one of the biggest ways for me to look after mental wellbeing. After all, I did list the top Stationery Self-Care methods I recommend, which I still use to this day. And so, World Calligraphy Day could not have come at a more appropriate time. And I am super excited to be involved with it. Continue reading “World Calligraphy Day 2019”

Pre-release Aumsome Postcards – National Stationery Week Giveaways

With National Stationery Week sadly over, it’s about time to announce something special. Inspired by all of the stationery love out there, my own love of letters and a desire to spread a bit of joy in the world… I’m very pleased to announce that Aumsome the shop will be coming soon. I have designed my own selection of postcards to start selling. There are currently five designs but I plan to release new ones every month, to increase this. I am really pleased with the current selection, which I hope will be popular. These Aumsome Postcards are something that I have previously made for myself to give out and I love them. I am so pleased to be able to share them with you.

The shop will launch in a few weeks. However, the first batch of postcards arrives this week. For the third and final giveaway of National Stationery Week, I wanted to share with you a set of the postcards. The winner will be the first person to sample them! I cannot show you a picture right now – as they have not even arrived yet. However, this is one of the designs that was printed in a test.

Aumsome Postcard - Thank you for being you

The rest of the four are surprises. However, the winner will receive a bundle of postcards that they can send to their family and friends. As you know, I love writing letters. So I really hope this prize helps inspire you to write some too. As a thank you to all of you for your support, I’ve held three giveaways out of my own pocket…

The Three Giveaways:

As you may know, there are THREE giveaways that are currently open. All of them will end at the same time and can be entered the same way. The following prizes are up for grabs… Click the images or links for more information on each of the giveaways.

A Busy B Busy Life Notebook in A6 – Find out more here

Busy B Notebook

A Spotlight Stationery Subscription Box OR a £25 Gift Certificate from Stationery & Art – More Info here

Spotlight Stationery Box

Spotlight Stationery Box

A set of Aumsome Postcards – 5 different designs

Aumsome Postcards

How to enter all of the Giveaways:

For the chance to win any of the above prizes, all you have to do is comment on any post on this blog. This competition is open internationally. You may comment once on each blog post, each will count as an additional entry. I will randomly pick a winner from the comments I have received between May 2nd until the end of the competition.

The giveaway ends on 12th May 2019. The winners for all of the giveaways will be contacted on 13th May to claim their prize.

Oh and if you’re interested in finding out about the launch of my shop, be sure to follow me on Twitter or Instagram. There may also be an extra entry over on one of them.

#SendALetter – Writing Letters for Good

Today, we come to the end of National Stationery Week and what better way to end it than with my favourite theme: #SendALetter day. Writing letters is a way to spread joy, love and kindness. I have always said that we should write more letters. However, today, I want to focus on using letters in a way that benefits the society that we live in. Let’s write letters. Even if you don’t know who to write to, continue reading. There are so many people out there that could benefit from receiving a letter from you. Strangers, friends, family.  Donate a letter to help someone today.

You can write to anyone: a friend, a family member, a colleague… Anyone you know that could benefit from receiving a bit of love. Perhaps you have someone to thank. Do it through a handwritten letter. Maybe you just want someone to know that they are not alone. Write it down and remind them. If you’re not sure who to write to, here are my top three choices of organisations or sites that you can refer to. These all encourage you to write to someone who could really use a smile…

Let’s start with my top choice, From Me to You, which I have spoken about before. I absolutely love their mission and just had to share it with you today:

From Me to You - Donate A Letter Continue reading “#SendALetter – Writing Letters for Good”