Following up on last weeks post about Rachel Saint, this week Theology for Girls posted a video interview of the widows of the five missionaries slain by the Auca/Waorani in Ecuador in the 1950's. It's a remarkable story.
Here's an interesting idea - a book review video! I don't think the "speech-to-text" program he's using works very well though and couldn't help but laugh at some of the subtitles.
Ink (& pen & paper) Links:
This tip from Brian Goulet sounds like it just might help keep the ink in your fountain pens from drying out so quickly.
Heather at A Penchant for Paper has posted lots of Journaling resources. I often feel I'm not creative enough to keep a good journal so I'm going to check out & try some of these.
Recently I hacked a Zebra Sarasa 0.5mm refill to fit my Retro 51 Tornado (Paperwhite carries the pens but not the refills) and it works well. But PenAddict has a good pen hack for those who like very fine point pens. I never would have thought of this.
There's a weekly note card giveaway going on at 365 Letters blog. This week's deadline is July 1st so hurry over to enter.
After seeing some of the letter writing events that groups like the ladies of the LWA & Good Mail Day put on, but unable to find such a group in our area, some friends and I decided to form our own little letter writing club. We named our group Write to Delight, after my daughter's senior project in high school which was an event she held at a local gift/paper store to encourage people to write letters of encouragement and support to our troops overseas. (Of course, she also had enough supplies for participants to write to friends and family as well - doing her part to help keep the art of letter writing alive.)
We try to meet once a month, picking a new location for each meeting, and yesterday we met at the park. It was a beautiful day, warm but not too hot (thankfully we managed to snag a picnic table in the shade) and it turned out to be perfect for visiting and creating. We chose to make collage post cards this time so we all brought lots of cardstock, magazines, paper, glue & tape, pens, and stamps and stickers. We do plenty of chatting as well, so I only finished two post cards but it was lots of fun and seeing what others come up with helps me be more creative. Of course, my daughter decided to work on her own project: a "plate post card" to a friend who loves Hello Kitty.
Okay, I admit it, I like all things stationery & I especially like Japanese envelopes so when I saw this cool template on this blog, I immediately wanted one & hurried to price them at JetPens. Being on a painfully tight budget though, it's way too expensive for me and it's a good thing they're out of stock or I would've been tempted to spend money we don't really have.
But I seriously wanted to make some homemade envelopes in that style so I got to thinking...and I decided to make my own template. First, I chose one of my Japanese envelopes to use as my pattern.
Next, I carefully pulled the glued flaps apart so it would lay flat, traced around it onto a clear plastic folder I bought at Staples for $0.99, and cut it out.
Once I had it all cut out, I scored the "fold" for the flaps to help me see how my envelope will look, arranged it on the page/paper I was using to make envelopes (these ones are for baby gifts so I used an old picture book) and traced around my template. Now I can easily make Japanese style envelopes. :-) (The slideshow below has more pics showing the process.)
Gospel e-books has posted an article listing the 15 Reasons You Should Buy an Amazon Kindle (as opposed to the other e-readers on the market). I wish I'd know about reason #14 - Family Book Sharing, back when my daughter & I got our Kindle's for Christmas! We would have put them both on my Amazon account so we could have shared books (& read them at the same time). Instead she set up her own Amazon account just for her Kindle. Hindsight really is 20/20. ;-)
This YouTube video of Mark Dever has some great ideas about Creating a Reading Culture in Your Church. Had to smile when he mentioned that he keeps extra copies of John Stott's book Basic Christianity on hand to give away because I, too, have given away several copies of it over the years.
Voddie Baucham posted about why some labels are not only helpful but sometimes are necessary.
Dianne at Theology for Girls has a short post about Rachel Saint with YouTube links to an old TV show she was on many years ago. (I haven't had time to watch them yet - hope to do that this evening - but they should be iinteresting.)
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The Pioneer Woman has posted a yummy sounding recipe for Macaroni salad which I plan to try soon.
Paper-Source has a tutorial showing how to fold a paper wallet.
This sounds like fun - a MailArt call for kids in a camp in New Hampshire. Those lucky kids get to take a MailArt class that will have tons of great incoming MailArt from all over the nation.
JetPens is hosting another giveaway; this time it's for a $25 JetPens gift certificate.
Mrs. Duffy of LetterMatters shares about a creative letter she received. I've used recipe cards as the base for my "MailArt" post cards for awhile now but I've never tried combining them with other assorted papers & bags, etc. as the pages of one letter. Interesting idea. I love seeing what other people have done with mail to use as a sort of jumping off place for things I can try, a way of getting the creative juices flowing: "if they used ______ maybe I could do ______," My most recent was a recycled, (clear plastic) one gallon water bottle that I decorated on the outside & stuffed a T-shirt into for Father's Day. Turns out Dad liked it so much he still hasn't taken the shirt out & is showing to to others as is. Unfortunately, I was in such a hurry to get it mailed that I forgot to take pictures of it.
"Brief history of American penmanship" - check out IAMPETH.com for more samples of beautiful handwriting. I especially love the Spencerian. Sad that some schools don't even teach cursive any longer.
Doing a happy bunny dance. (^o^) A little over a week ago I entered an online contest to win an HCSB Study Bible, and much to my surprise and utter amazement, I won. It arrived yesterday afternoon and I love it. I've liked and used the online version of this study Bible for a year or two but never thought I'd be able to afford to own such a nice edition. Thank you Lifeway for having this giveaway.
Precept recommends Sakura Pigma Micron pens, which usually run for about $2.99 per pen. But Dick Blick Art Materials carries them for $2.24 apiece. Since there is a Dick Blick store in San Francisco I haven't ordered from them online so don't know what they charge for shipping. The next best price I've found is at JetPens, at $2.50 apiece and you can get free shipping on orders over $25.
JetPens also carries both Pilot Slicci and Pentel Hi-Tec-C multi-pens, where you buy the empty pen body and then fill them with the colors and nib/point sizes of your choosing. This way I can take more colors but fewer pens with me to Bible study. For lighter colors such as yellow, I buy a larger nib size so it stands out better and smaller sizes for darker colors. The only downside is that they aren't really archival like Pigma Micron pens.
For my colored pencils, I use Crayola's Twistables and I usually get them on sale at Target. They're semi-erasable as well, as long as you don't press real hard to make your coloring really dark. If you want erasable colored pencils then my favorites are Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils.
The Precept Bible study leader who blogs at PreceptCamden recommends using Pilot Frixion pens in combination with Crayola Twistables. I like Frixion pens but I'm not sure how long their Bible markings would last - I've had numerous times when I've written my "To Do" and shopping lists with them then had all my writing vanish off the paper when I set it on the dashboard of the car because the ink is heat-sensitive. The ink will reappear when it's cold, but if all my marking in my Bible disappears, do I really want to put my Bible in the freezer? (^0^) I guess as long as I never set my Bible up on the dashboard in a warm car...but I often take my Bible study with me while running errands or on lunch break, etc.. and work on it in the car.
Nine times out of ten, declension from God begins in the neglect of private prayer. —C.H. Spurgeon
Miscellaneous "Ink" links:
Pocket Blonde reviews a great looking new Ink Journal for fountain pen lovers to record their pen & ink combinations. ------------------------------------------------------->
This is a different twist on letter writing: the world needs More Love Letters. I'm not sure what I'd write to a total stranger.
Al Mohler shares his summer 2012 Reading List - a few look like they might make good Father's Day gifts. ;-)
The Letter Writers Alliance posted about an interesting Stamp store in Chicago - the Stamp King. Sounds like fun but Chicago is a bit too far for me; maybe there's a similar store in San Francisco.
Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens posted this video covering fountain pen maintenance, most of which I already knew but want to share for anyone who may be new to the world of fountain pens. In the past I've just used regular tap water to flush my pens but after watching this video I think I should switch to distilled water.
New issue of Credo Magazine is available online - Chosen by Grace. Some of the articles are: Let God be God: Martin Luther on Predestination, Suffering for the Gospel and the Certainty of the Salvation of the Elect, The Solution to All Earthly Troubles: B.B. Warfield on Divine Predestination and Providence, along with plenty of book reviews.
The Well-Appointed Desk reviewed Pilot's Prera fountain pen, which I sort of wanted but couldn't see spending the money when our budget is so tight. So I'm happy to see that the Pilot 78g is a great runner-up choice because that's the one I got instead. (^o^)
On our way back home this afternoon we decided to take a slight detour so we could stop in and check out the Snail Mail Social and see the World's Smallest Post Service - so cute! We each got to write a tiny letter and then the "post mistress" put a very tiny wax seal on it. Amazing, especially when I know how hard a time I have getting a regular size wax seal to look halfway decent and hers was perfect.
I'm not sure where to put this blog or how to classify it. This blogger is a daughter of a friend and while I'm pretty sure she's a Christian, it isn't a Christian blog, or books & reading or letter writing & mail art. It's basically about their travels so I'm putting it here for now: Jen's blog: 3toGo