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Blotspens is migrating!

I am trying to get this blog set up on blots website and I grow more confused by the day. (it’s not difficult!)  In order to set it up my hosting has had to move to another server and, to move, it had to migrate, propagate ..(?).  At least the website is now back functioning and I don’t think I lost any orders on the way. Maybe I should try one task at a time. I am trying to set this up, organise a regular mailing using Constant Contact, review all the customer accounts… I think I will go and lie down in a darkened room….

Royal Mail Price DROP!!

Royal Mail’s spring 2013 pricing for small parcels has been revised from November. It looks as though Royal Mail had lost an enormous amount of business to other carriers because of their sizing restrictions. It particularly hit our business in posting A3 pads when the postage was almost as much as the cost of the pad. It wasn’t the weight that caused the problem but the size. With the increase of the allowable size the price of mailing on A3 pad drops from £5.85 to £3. A most welcome price drop!

Copperplate Fountain Pen?

Is it beyond anyone to make a fountain pen with a Copperplate nib? Better still, can anyone make a fountain pen with interchangeable Copperplate nibs to suit different writers. I have always presumed that as such a pen is not made that there is some difficulty making it but no one has ever explained to me why. I think there used to be an Osmiroid Copperplate nib section. Can anyone give me a reason/explanation why this pen is not being made?

Calderdale Calligraphers

Visit with pens to Calderdale Calligraphers AGM today. Next Saturday same thing at North West Calligraphers near to Jodrell Bank. Never know what is going to be hot or sell – usually something I only have three of! Maybe it depends on what the most recent workshop covered. Thankfully the bookings secretary is going to let me know in advance what has been recommended for the next workshop and may be a runner.

Calligraphy Season

Looks like the calligraphy season has started. Have spent hours in the workshop making wooden penholders for orders. Thankfully have a plentiful supply of Blots Iron Gall ink as I recently made new supplies for a wholesale order. Must make more effort to promote Iron Gall ink for ink and wash drawing as it produces some remarkable results including what appears to be a sepia tint. I suspect that actually it is undissolved iron that is going rusty!
A beautifully warm blue black with warm sepia tones – tasty!!