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June 24, 2015 By silverpebble 29 Comments
June 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm
Love your new fountain pen and the whole idea of going back to basics. Good for you! I had a Smith-Corona typewriter that my parents gave me in the 60's, I loved it! . My daughter has it now, I might want it back….oh dear.Enjoy your pen, xoRobin
June 25, 2015 at 12:26 am
Emma I do still write some letters by hand…and can see some of my vintage fountain pens right now from where I type. Keyboard quickness has led to my handwriting deterioration. If I concentrate and take my time, the letters seem much better formed.
Your blue inky words look quite wonderful to my eye. xo
June 25, 2015 at 6:06 am
we had to write in fountain pen at school, I still have one of them, I love it. I had left handed nibs and always felt very grown up writing with it.
Saffa Barkhordar says
June 25, 2015 at 6:08 am
Love this project your doing Emma 🙂 I love to make cards for friends and loved ones and have always been quite obsessed with stationary. It always feels more personal to write a card or letter then emailing them and making the cards is wonderful. Can't wait to see what your project evolve, love Safxxx
June 25, 2015 at 6:19 am
My daughters love using their fountain pens at school – the excitement in year 5 of being awarded a pen license! I enjoy using my fountain pen with different coloured ink and have even heard of scented inks which I would very much like to try. Still, most days it's a biro that comes to hand when I am hurriedly scratching notes & lists.
Sadly my handwriting remains an illegible scrawl even with a lovely pen in hand – once likened to a spider crawling across the page!
Celia Hart says
June 25, 2015 at 6:41 am
I love using fountain pens, Em. I remember going to choose my school fountain pen at Heffer's in Cambridge stationery dept on the 3rd floor (building now Austin Reed, I think) I still have it – a space age style brushed sweet Parker.Hand writing means Google searches won't find the text – but I see you've put some key words at the bottom.This week I'm working with someone who has beautiful handwriting! I'm inspired to pick up my fountain pen and write neater notes on my work. xx
June 25, 2015 at 7:06 am
Hi Emma my Hb, daughter (nearly 30) and I all use fountain pens at work. They are so much easier on the hands! I also have found a recent love of doodling and fountain pens are brilliant for this too.Enjoy writing those letters and that typewriter looks great fun x
June 25, 2015 at 8:09 am
All I seem to write by hand these days is endless lists or the occasional greetings card. I used to write letters all the time.The biggest negative of writing on a keyboard for me seems to be the huge numbers of spelling mistakes and typos I make and, as a good-spelling obsessive, this upsets me!This is a project after my own heart.You're an inspiration Mrs P xx
June 25, 2015 at 8:48 am
What a wonderful pen, and gorgeous handwriting. I love fountain pens, although I haven't got one at the moment. I browse them online sometimes, maybe one day I'll buy one. I've got a vintage typewriter, that I absolutely love. The type is wonderful, although I can't touch type on it. I have the utmost respect for the women who used to work on them all day long.
June 25, 2015 at 8:51 am
One of my teachers once likened my handwriting to the track of a drunken spider, and although I write by hand every day, it isn't for anyone else to read…
I'm looking forward to seeing what you do when your typewriter arrives!
June 25, 2015 at 9:56 am
What a wonderful post! I used to love writing to my penfriends when I was younger. Sadly, communication seems to have dwindled to brief exchanges on facebook or the like, but I have recently been rekindling my love of "snail mail". I've also been thinking about buying myself a fountain pen, and a vintage typewriter has been on my wishlist for several years!
June 25, 2015 at 10:50 am
What a delicious project idea, Emma! i love fountain pens. and soft lead pencils. since i have a bit of arthritis, i can no longer hand-write long letters…but i do love handwriting letters and receiving them.
Melanie Wickham says
We love writing letters & drawing with ink too! It is the best thing 🙂 We've also been making our own ink out of oak galls and berries just to try and regress even further…When i did my Illustration course one of my tutors told me never to do any work that included my handwriting (maybe it was a little scrawly), so I make a point of using words regularly now…..
June 25, 2015 at 11:31 am
You have lovely handwriting! Mine is terrible these days after years and years of typing all day (sometimes the connection between brain and hand fails completely when trying to write with a pen!) There's nothing like receiving a proper letter in the post though, so I might drop you a digi-line about joining in!
June 25, 2015 at 4:05 pm
I still write by hand the letters to my pen pals! I love it!AriadnefromGreece!
June 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm
What a great idea. I have to say your handwriting looks very elegant and uniform here. I have awful, messy handwriting. I've just started a new job and seem to be forever jotting things down and leaving notes, and I'm so embarrassed by my scrawl. Maybe a fountain pen would help me?
June 26, 2015 at 8:01 am
That's a wonderful idea. Words are chosen so much more carefully when writing by hand. And you can't use all the emoticons – you have to express your feelings – not just show them in a stereotype way. I'm very interested in the way your experiment is going to develop itself. Greetings from Germany, Mila
She loves to crochet says
June 26, 2015 at 11:56 am
I still hand write to my childhood penpal, though not so often these days. I love this post, is anything better than a hand-written missive popping through the letter box? Hx
June 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm
I love handwriting letters and papery letters, but…I don't have a fountan pen!Miriam
June 26, 2015 at 8:01 pm
I love this idea. And I love my fountain pen. Inky fingers are a wonderful thing… Must invest in some typewriter ribbon too 🙂
Belinda Norrington says
June 27, 2015 at 2:01 pm
I love handwritten notes and letters and journals – I'm trying to write a creative one at the moment but am not very disciplined about it and the weeks slip by! I lost a beloved fountain in a house move years ago and never got a replacement, so will check out the Lamy make you mention. I wish there was a place one could try out loads of pens and nibs?! You have provided the nudge I needed to get a new fountain pen! 🙂
Heather @ my little red suitcase says
June 28, 2015 at 9:18 am
It's lovely to see the blue hand written ink, it definitely reminds me of school! until we all started using biros that is! It's a nice idea. The typewriter almost has a fossil name don't you think. X
Katie Bedlow says
June 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm
Adore this post, very nostalgic seeing that blue ink, your handwriting is much much nicer than mine! Although a fountain pen does encourage me to write more neatly, you've inspired me to find one soon! Enjoy your writing! Katie x
The Creative Academic says
June 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm
I love my Fountain pen and even blogged about it(creativeacademia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/precious-things-2.html)Such a lovely post and such a good idea. I hope you really enjoy your letter writing.
Peonies Bridge says
June 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm
I used to write with fountain pen when I was a child. We had blotting paper as well.Probably my daughters do not know about blotting papers. Great post!
Sara Phipps says
July 3, 2015 at 10:17 am
Handwriting is a form we must try to keep. The slower process of putting thoughts on paper give some time for reflection in this busy busy world. Good luck with the typewriter thought, I hope you have strong nails!!!
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Hi – my first visit to your blog, came across from Driftwood's.
I do think this is an excellent project – there is something special about receiving the written word, wish you well.
All the best Jan
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