Hello lovelies! What a beautiful Sunday, finally true to its name. So many exciting things to tell you all about!
Perhaps the most thrilling aspect of this particular adventure was created by the dilemma of lots of clean pens and not enough ink. Being a notorious hoarder as I am I have a box full of old ink cartridges, mostly Sheaffer, that I have been using to fuel my pen addiction as well as one bottle of India Black. The problem with these cartridges, however, is that first of all, almost none of them fit directly into my favorite pens. This means that I have to go through them all and poke a hole in the top, syringe the ink out, and syringe it back into an appropriately sized cartridge. Messy, wasteful, and time consuming. The other, more pressing concern is that they are all very old cartridges. Sheaffer cartridges are made out of porous plastic, letting the water evaporate over time. While some online sources advocate rehydrating the solution to fill the cartridge, this has not, in my experience, gotten rid of the troublesome clogging bits of ink, and it generally produces very watery writing.
SO! Being very satisfied with my bottle of black ink, I decided that the best solution would be to try to find some cool ink store that sold other colors of bottle ink. I just googled 'ink store' in my area, and LO AND BEHOLD! A very cool ink store showed up, quite close to campus. I was intrigued, having assumed that any cool ink store would require at least a 15 minute walk to the downtown area. So, the very next day after class, I noted down the address and made my way to the cool looking and mysterious ink store. Zounds! It was nestled behind a clothing store, and next to a parking garage, with nothing but a very narrow stairway marking its presence. The store itself is quite fantastic, mostly focused on printing large things for presentations and supplies for architecture students, but they had INK! And moleskines, and a large selection of other artsy type stuff of a most pleasing nature. I bought a bottle of Pelikan Royal Blue, and I love it.
On to even more adventures in the world of craftiness? Indeed. A bunch of my pals were going out to frats, as per the usual, but this time something was different. There was an Anything But Clothes party, which is exactly what it sounds like. Rather than allow my darling room mate to go out clothed in garbage bags (paugh!) we set to work on making something a little more awesome: a skirt made of cereal and waffle boxes! (Emphasis on the waffles!!) The construction of this recycled garment is simple.
1. Cut cereal boxes into 1.5-2 inch strips
2. Overlap two strips slightly and staple, giving a pleated effect
3. Repeat until skirt is approximately waist circumference
4. Duct tape over the staples on the inside, the square tops, and staples on the outside for a more comfortable wearer experience.
5. Tres A La Mode!
Fantastic fun! Could there be more? Yes, indeed, but it must wait for another day. The next post will be a fascinating exposé on my most recently completed secret project.