Sunday Quote #10 / Pazar Alıntısı #10

Bugünkü Pazar Alıntısı İngiliz tasarımcı Vivienne Westwood’dan: “Daha az satın al, iyi seç.

Uzun süre kullan.

Nicelik değil, nitelik.

Herkes gereğinden çok fazla kıyafet alıyor.”

No-Spend November: Final Update

November was one busy and difficult month for me. I had so many responsibilities at work that I wasn’t surprised that sometimes I forgot about I wasn’t buying anything in November on some days. I wish that we had some sort of a winter break here in Turkey, but even New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday. Here is a handwritten report on how November was:

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So, I made 5 purchases in total:

1. an iPhone 6S. I wasn’t sure about it, but it turns out I like my new iPhone a lot, but I have to agree I miss BlackBerry Hub and the awesome BlackBerry keyboard. I’m still not on good terms with iOS keyboard and autocorrect, especially when I  write half-Turkish half-English and don’t check what I wrote before posting. I did send some meaningless texts!

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2. A red block note for my mother-in-law. She loved it and was looking for a way to make it a permanent notebook by writing quotes or verses in it.

3. Teacher’s day gift for my teacher trainer: A journal and a nice pen in a box.

4. Rhodia pad (A6 size): I am so happy with this small notebook. The paper is the stuff dreams are made of!

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5. and finally, some cartridges for my Platinum Preppy.  (and in the photo you’ll see my beautiful Christmas plant that decided to blossom a month before Christmas)

When I set out, I had 5 criteria for things I won’t be buying this month and yeah, stationery was one of them. Apparently I spend much more money on stationery in a regular month, but although I was mindfully trying to keep out, I couldn’t. Even the two gifts I bought this month are notebooks and pens. I knew I liked paper and pen and ink all right, but this challenge helped me see that this is my weak spot.

Awareness is the key, after all.

A new Purchase which made me so happy

Recently I am working on my handwriting and trying to learn calligraphy, and for a person who likes writing, it is quite enjoyable. I am keeping a very loose journal which is inspired by the bullet journal concept, but in a reality it is far from that, it is like a Virginia Woolf novel where there is a stream of consciousness sometimes only the author will comprehend.

In an attempt to improve my handwriting, I found a facebook group called #rockyourhandwriting, which is very cool. Every month they publish a challenge list where you get to practice handwriting through a certain prompt. I’ve been doing it since the beginning of August and love it.

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(This is one of the prompts)

And the more I practiced, the more I wanted to write with a high quality pen, especially a fountain pen. Seeing my passion, my father-in-law gave me a vintage pen of his, but I found out fountain pens are much like musical instruments. They only get old and wary once you stop using them.

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It is really gorgeous, but its upper part wouldn’t open. After days of work I managed to open it, filled it with blue ink, and it was doing OK until it stopped writing. I tried and tried to open it again for days, did anything that can be done but no, it won’t open. I think I’ll give it back to him or maybe seek repair. I doubt I will find a repairperson that can fix it though.

So I decided to buy a brand new fountain pen. I decided on a yellow Lamy Safari, which I heard is both affordable and durable. It was designed in 1980 (you can tell from the avantgarde design) by Wolfgang Fabian and it’s been produced ever since.

I filled it with purple ink and voila! It writes so smoothly and easily that I fell in love with it!

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I read in an article that happy people are those who pay money for experiences, or rather things that will provide them with experiences, like books or this lovely pen. I doubt it will be my last fountain pen, but I plan to downsize my other pens and I guess I won’t need ballpoint pens as much anymore. It is also more environmentally friendly (and more minimalist, yay) to buy ink rather than a whole pen again and again. So this beautiful Lamy marks the beginning of my fountain pen journey. Lots of things to learn!