j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink bottle

J Herbin Anniversary ink of 2017 is…

j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink

The new J Herbin 1798 Anniversary Ink series

When Summer comes around and J Herbin announces their new anniversary ink, that is my favourite time of the year.

This year is no exception. We asked and they delivered 🙂 Well done J Herbin, well done…

Let’s have a quick intro from J. Herbin themselves first:

1798 INKS
The Maison HERBIN’s exclusive collection of
1798 Inks celebrates the year Jacques HERBIN
first introduced his own line of quality inks, an
important event in the history of this house
founded three centuries ago and whose story
continues today
 Deep unsaturated colours
with optimal pressure sensitivity, 1798 Inks are
illuminated with shimmering flecks of silver for
an elegant finish.

AMÉTHYSTE DE L’OURAL (URAL AMETHYST)
Solid dark purple in the velvety hue of amethyst
with the satin finish of a silver mist for a lustrous
shimmering effect and a noble allure. Ural
Amethyst suggests the fires of this precious
gemstone from the reaches of Asia, prized by
jewellers of long ago.

LES ENCRES 1798
Les Encres 1798, de la Collection exclusive
Jacques HERBIN, fĂȘte la date de production
originale des encres Jacques HERBIN, événement
dĂ©cisif dans l’histoire de la maison fondĂ©e
en 1670 et dont l’aventure se poursuit
 De couleur
foncée non saturée, sensible aux nuances
de pression, les Encres 1798 sont illuminées
du miroitement de paillettes d’argent qui en
moirent la surface.

AMÉTHYSTE DE L’OURAL
Le violet profond, au ton plein et velouté, de la
pierre d’amĂ©thyste, satinĂ© d’une brume d’argent
pour une robe d’écriture aux effets scintillants
de noble allure. AmĂ©thyste de l’Oural Ă©voque
les feux de la pierre fine des confins de l’Asie,
jadis prisée par la joaillerie.

Well now we’ve learned from the new ink is what J in the name stands for – it’s Jacques 🙂

Apart from tinkering about with the name a little, there are quite a few other changes this year to the overall design and presentation as it looks like they are going through a minor rebranding exercise.

J Herbin 1798 bottle

The box is now a smart grey with purple label and white writing.  It does stand out nicely on plain background. Overall design looks more mature and reminds me of perfume bottle packaging. Capacity stays the same – 50ml of silver sheen enhanced ink aka superink.

j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink bottle

J Herbin listened to feedback and changed the bottle neck – it has new, wider, 2cm opening. Thumbs up! The new bottle is slightly bigger, but the shape remains the same. Cap is covered in purple wax. A shiny looking scarf goes around the bottle neck and suits it very well. I wonder if Jacques himself was so lavishly dressed! On the front there’s the 1798 stamp which ties up the scarf and a colour label underneath with the ink name – AmĂ©thyste de l’Oural.

To finish it all off, the glass on the bottom of the bottle is embossed with Jacques Herbin and his mighty ship.

j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink bottle

You’ve been good so far, waiting paitiently. So a drumroll please!

….And now for the ink itself 🙂 YES!

Colour of Ural Amethyst is everything we wanted – regal, majestic, dark, mysterious purple. This is the first time J Herbin used silver particles – previous 1670 range of inks (see our previous post here) used only gold. The ink is amazing – the more I use it, the more I love it.

I have left it in the pen for a week or so – there were no hard starts, pen started writing immediately. The particles move quickly and distribute very well. That said, the bottle needs shaking before inking (as usual) and turning the pen in hand before writing will make a huge difference to the shimmer.

Now to the main point, how it writes… I did some comparisons with other purple inks and paper from Rhodia, Leuchtturm and Tomoe River. You will hardly notice the green sheen, that is mainly just eye candy from using special paper. As always, the shine does depend on the viewing angle and light source etc but the silver effect is superb though – highlighting the dark tones of the deep purple body beautifully. I think I’ve fallen in love again…

Release day at the time of writing this article is 30 sleeps away (but who’s really counting) :).

What do you think? Will this ink top the popularity of Emerald of Chivor??

Spoiler alert - this photo (and the one at the top) was taken using Artoz Perga paper.

It’s a stiff, card version of tracing paper and is completely ink resistant. Not something we’d use everyday – special occasion only! The sheen and shimmer are simply stunning!!! You will not get this sort of sheen on standard writing paper.

j herbin anniversary 1798 ural amethyst ink

Release date for Jacque Herbin 1798 Ural Amethyst ink is 1st September 2017.

J Herbin Annniversary 1670 bottles

What’s Next For J. Herbin Anniversary Ink?

J Herbin Annniversary 1670 bottles

We have a quick look back at the golden lineage of J. Herbin Anniversary Inks and their beautiful shimmers. What do you think will be next?

In the Beginning

In the beginning, the humble 1670 Anniversary Inks started with a single incarnation called Hematite Red. This was one of their first inks to introduce a gold like reflection in the ink itself to add some magic to your writing. Although a brilliant red with a fantastic sheen, it never really garnered much critical acclaim but did start a small following. Not sure why, it is still a beautiful ink anyday.

(left: old formula, right: current formula)

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Hematite Red old
J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Hematite Red new

J. Herbin went back to chemistry lab and had re-formulated the ink with real gold particles and came back with the ground breaking Ocean Blue. People started noticing that this was a serious line with a luxiourious look. Hematite Red was reformulated the same way and came back with a big revival. This will go down as a defining moment in the history books that helped define the gold/silver particle ink craze we have grown accustom to. With the foundations now set in place we were eager for the next.

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Ocean Blue

All expectations flew out the window when Stormy Grey arrived at the scene. The build up in anticipation for this was on cloud nine and somehow when the ink was released we reached cloud ten. Oh boy did people go bananas for it. A classy look of gold shimmering upon a dark grey canvas. You could just about get away with it on office paperwork 🙂

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Stormy Grey

You would think the story would have reached a climax but the 1670s had a super secret weapon for the next release. Emerald of Chivor, or as I refer to it as the Holy One. Our beliefs of gold and sheen shaken to the core by the unfound beauty that had been revealed to us. There will not be another ink like this in our generation. We have witnessed peak ink.

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Emerald Of Chivor

Now surely we must be on the ink plateau, it can’t get better can it? No, nothing will ever come close to the Holy One, but among the rest Caroube De Chypre holds it’s own as a pleasant golden brown. Even if for it’s unfortunate choice of picturing on the box…

J Herbin Anniversary 1670 Caroube Chypre

With the Famous Five now set firmly in stone, that leaves us with a big question, what’s next? Will they be able to recreate another Emerald Of Chivor? What do you think will be next?

Oh and if you’d like to own one of your very own bottles, you can the get inks here: J. Herbin Anniversary Inks.
Swabs were done on Tomoe River paper, 68gsm, white found in the Taroko Design notebooks.

P.S. Remember to keep those pens clean to keep the gold flowing!

the price of ink

Q&A: Is Bottled Ink Cheaper Than Cartridges?

The Price Of Ink

the price of ink

It is a question often asked – is bottled ink cheaper than cartridges? Is it more economical to buy ink in bottles or go for the simplicity of cartridges? And if it is cheaper, how much cheaper is bottled ink? Well I decided there was only one way of resolving this problem – find out how much ink costs pound for milliliter. And with the results in we have a clear winner and sort of an answer to the question.

Is bottled ink cheaper than cartridge ink?

Bottled ink - Price per ml

Diamine 8p per ml
Lamy T52 19p per ml
Diamine Shimmer 20p per ml
KWZ 22p per ml
Lamy T51 22p per ml
Blackstone 23p per ml
Herbin D 23p per ml
KWZ Iron Gall 28p per ml
Herbin Scented 30p per ml
Herbin 1670 Anniversary 30p per ml
Robert Oster 30p per ml
Edelstein 34p per ml
Herbin Mini 38p per ml
Kaweco 40p per ml
Herbin 1798 Les Encres 42p per ml
Blackstone Barrier 47p per ml
Kyoto 50p per ml
Colorverse 56p per ml
Pilot Iroshizuku 64p per ml

Cartridges - Price per ml

Lamy T10 Cartridges 20p per ml
Monteverde Cartridges 24p per ml
Kaweco Cartridges 32p per ml
Herbin Cartridges 55p per ml

Well, the simple answer is yes – bottled ink is cheaper than cartridges. However it is surprising how little there was in it, in some cases not at all. Take Lamy ink – at 20p per ml in T10 cartridge form it isn’t that much more expensive than bottled T52 ink which comes in at 15p per ml. And Kaweco ink cartridges actually came in cheaper than their bottled ink. But if you want real value then of course a bottle of Diamine ink will see you through for a long time with an 80ml bottle costing just 8p per ml.

To be clear, these results were based on our retail prices as of 1 May 2017, across all bottled and cartridge inks in our range. For cartridge ink there was a small problem because no one seems to quote the volume of a cartridge, but general consensus seems to suggest that a small cartridge (e.g. Kaweco or Herbin) is 0.9ml and a larger cartridge like the Lamy T10 is 1.5ml so I based all calculations on those volumes.

colour choice

What Is Our Favourite Colour?

colour choice
The team in our colour choice. See, we do like the colour we chose!

And what does it say about us?!

Here at Bureau we spend a lot of time choosing colours for our products, everything from notebooks, bags, pens and of course inks. Everyone here has their favourite, usually reflected in their clothes, but also in their ink choice. But what does your colour choice say about you?

We decided to investigate with a thoroughly non-scientific piece of research and found that even the most sceptical (that would be me) found something to cling on to. Some of it was spookily accurate so check out our findings and see what you make of it all.

Black

Lovers of black typically have a secretive, hidden nature and an air of mystery. It can be sophisticated and elegant with artistic and intuitive leanings but can hide vulnerabilities, creating a barrier between you and the outside world.

Jo’s Choice

I feel black has a bit of a bad rap here but I do like pink too so maybe I have tempered my dark side a little. My current ink choice is Diamine Moon Dust, a sort of black/grey with silver particles.

colour chart black
Colour chart red

Red

Those who love red are pioneering, ambitious and strong-willed. They tend to be optimistic, confident and competitive with great determination and drive. They are also risk-takers and crave attention.

Dominic’s Choice

I chose red before reading the description of it and so I am having to retro-fit that description around myself. Pioneering? Well… maybe. Ambitious? OK. Strong willed? Is that the same as stubborn? Whatever, red it is. Occasionally in what I wear, sometimes in my pen (Robert Oster Fire Engine Red is there right now and it’s a stunner), and always in my choice of football team (Arsenal, since you ask).

Green

If you love green you will be down to earth, practical, calm, loyal and frank. Good in a crisis and quick to learn, your reputation is important to you and you like to belong to social groups.

Mishka’s Choice

I have hundreds of pens and more inks than Bureau so my current ink is hard to define. One of my all time favourites is Herbin Vert Olive though and I am just about to put Diamine Golden Oasis in a pen.

Faisal’s Choice

I find green very calming and my current choice is Herbin’s Lierre Sauvage which reminds me of the peace and tranquillity of forests.

colour chart green
colour chart blue

Blue

If blue is your go-to colour then you are likely to be conservative, reliable and trustworthy. You think before you act and you are genuine and sincere, taking your responsibilities very seriously.

Des’s Choice

In all honesty I don’t write much, I’m a computer guy, I type it up and print it off. If I do write though, I use blue, always have. Current ink choice is Lamy Blue.

Purple

Purple indicates a sensitive, compassionate and understanding nature, sensitive to hurtful comments, dignified, creative and perhaps a bit unconventional. You are a perfectionist and a good humanitarian.

Armi’s Choice

I have Diamine Purple Pazzazz in my TWSBI Eco and I write with it daily here at Bureau and at uni. My notes are definitely unconventional and hard to follow but purple makes them magnificent.

 

Colour chart purple
colour chart yellow

Yellow

You are happy, fun to be with, creative, analytical and independent. Though methodical in your thinking you can still be impulsive and are prone to snap decisions. Yellow lovers tend to prefer small groups of close friends rather than big social groups.

Emma’s Choice

I’m using a brown ink at the moment but accenting it with a yellow felt pen to give my diary a bit of colour. Current ink choice: Herbin Caroube de Chypre.

 

Pink

Unsurprisingly, pink is strongly connected with the feminine side of our nature, in both women and men. A love of pink is associated with a warm, kind and generous nature. The maternal instinct is strong and care of others is paramount.

Monica’s Choice

I love pink and as a passionate animal lover I have to agree with this. My current ink is Diamine Hope Pink.

 

 

colour chart pink
colour chart orange

Orange

If you have chosen orange then you are probably warm and optimistic as well as friendly and good natured. Likely to be a bit flamboyant, you are often the life and soul of the party and need people around you.

Sadly we had no takers for orange but if this is your choice then we can wholeheartedly recommend Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin  or Herbin Orange Indien.

Grey

If grey is your choice then you are likely to be unemotional, neutral and impartial. Other traits include practicality and calmness and you are likely to want to keep the peace. Your cool nature can come across as indifference though and you are no attention seeker.

Pawel’s Choice

I have a lot of pens with different inks including grey but at the moment I am using an orange – Diamine Ancient Copper though I am definitely not flamboyant!

 

 

 

colour chart grey
colour chart brown

Brown

If it’s brown then you are likely to be steady, reliable and approachable. You are hardworking with a dry sense of humour and people like to confide in you. You make a great friend and family is very important to you.

Again, no one claimed brown as a favourite so we simply don’t know if it is spot on or not. If you are a brown lover though we still have the very amazing Herbin Caroube de Chypre – brown with flecks of gold. So pretty.

White

This indicates someone who is neat and immaculate in appearance and presentation. Well balanced, positive and careful, the white fan has good self-control, high standards and is very discreet.

And no takers for white though it is quite hard to write in so probably just as well. If you want to then we do offer the Herbin white ink but you must never ever put it in a fountain pen! Dipping pens only please.

colour chart white
The winner - Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Fountain Pen Special Edition

Who is the most special of all…?

The results of our 'Special Edition Stationery of the Year 2016' competiton

We recently ran a competition to win some now-unavailable special edition stationery. To enter you had to vote for your favourite special or limited edition item of stationery which we had featured during 2016. There was a surprisingly long list drawn up, of 16 items. And when the competition had closed we were left with a nice little table from 1 to 16 which I thought made for interesting reading. Interesting enough that it was worth sharing with everyone, so here it is.

The winner - Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Fountain Pen Special Edition

No.1 – Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Fountain Pen

Perhaps no surprise that this should win – the clamour for a purple Safari pen had been building for years, online forums had championed it, petitions demanded one. So when Lamy announced that 2016 would be the year the Safari went purple…well, it sold! So well that it has long since sold out and we can’t offer any for you to buy now. You can get get the Safari in 8 other colours but if purple is your thing you’ll be disappointed.

Click here to see the Lamy Safari fountain pen

Bureau 2015 Stationery Awards

The Bureau 2015 Stationery Awards

Our Top 10 New Products of the Year

This is the 4th Annual Bureau Stationery Awards and each year we chose our top products of the year. The only criteria is that they are new to our range during the past 12 months, and we vote on whatever basis we chose – price, value, style, function, innovation, cute-ness. Whatever we like in a product. The votes are then compiled and a winner’s list announced. This year with so many more staff we extended the awards to a Top 10. So without further ado, here are the winners and runners-up.

 

Nos. 10 to 8

The Bureau Top 10 of 2015 awards_no9 awards_no8

In 10th place was the useful-yet-fun smile clips from Ohto of Japan. Why clip papers together with boring old paperclips when these smiley faces will do the job for you?

In 9th place it was the Nuuna Glow in the Dark notebooks. Give them a good charge of natural light and flick the switch to watch it glow. Fun, but these are seriously nice notebooks as well.

In 8th place it was that old favourite, the Lamy Safari fountain pen. Why? Because this year’s limited edition (sorry, special edition) colour was Neonlime. Now sold out sadly but look out for a new special edition colour in April 2016!

 

Nos. 7 to 6

The Bureau Top 10 of 2015 awards_no6

Getting down towards the serious end of the voting, in 7th place was the fairly new arrival of Diamine Shimmer Ink. Ten colours of rather wonderful ink each with its own metallic shimmer inside.

In 6th place was another recent arrival – Maste washi tape from Mark’s Tokyo Edge. This is an alternative brand of washi tape, and whilst it is a direct rival to our favourite MT tape, we chose it for the very different designs it brought to the party, from baby pandas to cosmic rainbows.

 

And now the Top 5

The Bureau Top 10 of 2015

In 5th place was the only one of our Stationery Compilations to make it into the Top 10, but it was a very popular choice with the customers too. Known as Compilation No.10 it was made up of a Lamy Vista fountain pen and a bottle of the Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink, it was packaged in a nice Lamy gift bag and made a good gift as well. The Vista was chosen as it is the pen of choice round the Bureau office – last count saw almost everyone with one (except me) – and because the clear barrel shows off the stunning Herbin ink to its best.

The Bureau Top 10 of 2015

Talking of Herbin Anniversary Ink, look what came in at number 4. Yes, the new Emerald of Chivor ink was the fourth colour in this amazingly popular range of inks and proved another big hit. Faisal’s gorgeous shot of the tempest-like ink says it all.

The Bureau Top 10 of 2015

And so to the Top 3 and in 3rd place it was the fun and playful Midori paperclips. As always, fun doesn’t mean frivolous as they are still a paperclip and serve a useful purpose around the office. But still, a paperclips shaped like a penguin or a cat? Surely makes you smile more than a boring old paperclip?

The Bureau Top 10 of 2015

And in 2nd place was the simply phenomenal Palomino pencil. Added to the range with a degree of uncertainty – after all, we have to sell them in boxes of 12 and they’re something of a punt if you’re unsure – they have proved such a success. The vote was for the three ‘core’ pencils in the range – the softer Blackwing, the harder 602 and the middle-of-the-range Pearl. There are also some limited editions out there such as the brand new 1138 edition, but we voted for the classics and they are a worthy second place.

The Bureau Top 10 of 2015

And so, to a trumpet fanfare, here is our Number One choice. And in true Bureau style we have voted for something you cannot buy. The special edition Copperorange Lamy Al-Star fountain pen was an object of beauty, rich and metallic and such a shame that it sold out in weeks. Maybe that added to the mystique around the pen? Anyway, as with the Lamy Safari we are due a new special edition in 2016 – look out for Charged Green sometime around February (think of a metallic lime-y green).

Click here to view the 3rd Annual Awards in 2014

Click here to view the 2nd Annual Awards in 2013

 

 

j herbin emerald of chivor writing sample

J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink: Emerald Of Chivor

j herbin emerald of chivor

The new J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink

We have just got in a sample of J Herbin’s Emerald of Chivor ink and it’s so shockingly beautiful, that I had to stop everything I was doing and write a quick review. (Faisal also had to stop what he was doing to take photographs).

I will say this up front: this one is a game changer. 

J Herbin caused a revolution last year with Stormy Grey. The anticipation was incredible, the sales were over the roof…and mostly…it got people talking and writing again. Turns out, Stormy Grey was just the beginning.

This year J Herbin have opted for a green coloured ink with gold specs.

Here is the official info:

After the 1670 Hematite Red, Ocean Blue and Stormy Grey, we now have Chivor Emerald.
In the middle of the XVI century, when the Conquistadors discovered the Colombian emerald mines, in particular the Chivor mine renowned for its emeralds with bluish tints. From then on, because of their exceptional qualities, they conquered the imperial courts of Europe thanks to the Indian traders.
Later, J.Herbin continued his journeys to India. It is said that he always kept an emerald with him as the virtues of this precious stone are thought to protect the traveler


It is very difficult to photograph and describe, but I will do my best. Post might be a little picture heavy ;)

The bottle is the same as other 3 Anniversary inks. Teal seal with golden thread. Specs in the bottle remind me of nail varnish. Emerald describes the (Bureau) colour very well. Shading goes from Vert Reseda to dark teal. Ink flow is excellent!

j herbin emerald of chivor on rhodia paper

Ink has a heavy outer contour purple sheen (just like Sailor’s Yama Budo), but there is also light green metallic sheen (colour similar to Fisher’s Green Space Pen). This two-coloured sheen is in my opinion unheard (un-seen) of!

j herbin emerald of chivor ink splats

Just like Stormy Grey, this ink is water-resistant. Not water-proof, but if you use it to write the address on the envelope, it should be OK.

j herbin emerald of chivor water test

So here it is…over-all very exciting ink…What do you think? Is it your cup of tea? Would you get a bottle (or two)?

I have been trying to find The One and accumulated almost 100 different colours (mostly green, turquoise, gold) of ink.

This one will rule them all!

Ink is now on our website, so if you are interested you can click ’email me when in stock’ button. Release date is 1st September 2015 and link is here: J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink

Mishka & Faisal

ps: pen in photos and Emerald of Chivor’s match is TWSBI 580 in green with 1.1mm nib (juicy!)

j herbin emerald of chivor
j herbin emerald of chivor writing sample
j herbin emerald of chivor writing sample
j herbin emerald of chivor in TWSBI pen

MCDXV

A story about weddings, stationery and magpies

herbin stormy grey ink

MCDXV

Have you ever wondered what happens to something when it disappears out of sight? Every day we send all this stationery out to a new home and we have no idea what fate awaits it. Rarely does someone shed any light on how they have used it. And then along comes a customer who shares so much of her story that it simply demands to be told.

A customer of ours, Maria Berry, had bought some of the Herbin 1670 stormy grey ink (the one with gold bits in) and a Lamy fountain pen. She had liased with Kate when sorting out her order, and then received a personal note with her order from Mishka (our ‘fountain pen Yoda’ apparently). The story first crossed my radar when a very nice picture popped up from @Picapicas on our Instagram feed (https://instagram.com/p/zKXrksrx0h/?modal=true).

A conversation ensued and the result was that Maria told me the story of her impending wedding and our ink. As she says of her relationship with us, “I’ve been a stationery addict for years and my first encounter with Bureau Direct was about 3 years ago when I bought the J Herbin rollerball.  From that day to this, Stationery Wednesday has formed a staple part of my digital week! There was no way I couldn’t somehow include you in our unconventional, handmade wedding!” It’s possibly the most unusual compliment we’ve had, but we do unusual so that’s perfect. And now Maria’s going to feature in Stationery Wednesday.

Maria wisely chose a Lamy pen – “I bought my first Lamy about a year ago and I was hooked. When I realised that Steve’s sister (who has made our invitations as a wedding present) would not be addressing the envelopes, it seemed obvious that I would *need* a new fountain pen for the job. I prefer broad nibs but I wondered how broad I could possibly go – could I really get away with using a 1.5mm italic nib? I read all the reviews for the various Lamy pens and the Lamy Logo fountain pen sounded perfect – a heavier pen than the Safari with a convertor included! I couldn’t believe the price, especially when it arrived and felt like a grown up pen!”

And the Stormy Grey ink? “Stormy Grey ink is practically legendary on Instagram and I’d wanted to try it for ages. But how often does one really require an ink with gold particles? Well if I didn’t require an ink with gold particles to address my wedding invitations, I never would! So that was sorted!”. Maria didn’t stop there. “I melted down the black and gold (Herbin wax) sticks to make my own sealing wax that would hopefully match Stormy Grey.”

So far so easy, you say. But not all of us have the same confidence when it comes to writing. I certainly don’t. Maria told me “I would never be so bold as to call my handwriting calligraphy – I watched lots and lots of Youtube videos beforehand, which was a terrible idea. I lost all my naive confidence and felt sure the plan was doomed to look childish and amateur – me, a perfectionist? Never!

Anyway, never having even attempted calligraphy before, I took Lamy in hand with my Rhodia paper and just started writing.  The quick brown fox never jumped over the lazy dog so many times! Eventually, I decided enough was enough – just write the bloody addresses on the envelopes! So I did.  And it worked! It looked great (even to my eye) and I was really chuffed with myself. I took Mishka’s sage advice and regularly shook and rotated the pen to distribute the gold particles – how the ink twinkles in the light!”

And so to the wedding. “We’re having a handfasting ceremony in a bandstand set in local woodlands.  There are lots of handmade and unusual elements in the day, which will have a woodland theme – daffodils, crystals, real antlers and lots of magpie feathers.  I’ve asked lots of my Instagram friends all over the world to send us something either vintage or handmade to include in our decorations – crocheted daffodils, knitted bunting, old postcards, bits of twigs and stones – anything they like as long as it’s sent with love!”

And finally, what’s that title about?

Magpies?

“The magpie thing comes from me – I see myself as a magpie (often misunderstood and hopelessly attracted to twinkly things!), hence my Instagram profile name being @picapicas, the latin for European Magpies.”

MCDXV?

The Roman numerals in the blog title? All is explained, in case you hadn’t worked it out. As Maria told me, “we decided to get married at 14:15 on 1/4/15, the Roman numerals being MCDXV. As big fans of Greek & Roman history, it made sense to somehow incorporate Roman numerals into the day.”

There is one last thing that I am surprised Maria didn’t mention – that she is getting married on
a Wednesday. I guess it had to be really. Stationery Wednesday wishes Maria and Steve all the best for their big day and the future.

 

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