Thursday, March 19, 2009

Green Owl from Red Tango

Red Tango owl envelope

One of my new favorites from the Dark Horse Comics stationery line is the Red Tango stationery set. Each designed page is a different color theme, all with kind of cute retro-type images. The cat is wonderful, too, but this green owl has to be my favorite. Maybe it's because I'm a child of the 70s, and this reminds me so much of the decorative arts from my childhood.

Fountain pen users who are wondering - it's fairly good FP paper. The coated colors make some inks play more nicely on it than others. With some pens there is bleedthrough, with others, not. My Parker 51 loaded with Waterman Black is always a safe bet on any Dark Horse papers, and that combo never bleeds through or feathers.

Red Tango owl, back

This went out to a LEXer (a person from The Letter Exchange, that is) who responded to my listing in the winter issue.

For anyone out there who's reading this and is a LEX member, I'm #12447. Someday (soon, really.... yeah...) I will dedicate a post to just how cool LEX is. (In the meantime, read a bit more about it here.) I'm kind of waiting to see how many more people I actually do get letters from, since I've only got one regular correspondent from that venue - but it seems like a wonderful resource so far. More to come.


  1. I think when I'm back in the U.S. and have a more permanent address I will sign up for LEX. Looking through the web site is really exciting. Also, I think this stationery is super cute. Love the colors on it.

    P.S. Just to let you know, I haven't received your letter yet. Arrrgh! Austrian Post seems to be slow. And more expensive than German. I finally got another letter that I know was sent after yours today, so I'm going to wait a few more days but then probably just send you a letter anyway.

  2. LEX is awesome! Hooray LEX! I really recommend it, with the caveat that, of course, not everyone writes back.

    Regarding mail service - wow. I was going to tell you not to worry too much, but I just looked up when I sent this in my letter journal... I wrote it on 3/6 which means I sent it on 3/7, so I'm really surprised it hasn't reached you yet. I too have experienced a really big difference in mail times between some European countries and others. The UK and the Netherlands are pretty zippy, and no experience with Austria, but Germany hasn't been all that quick.

  3. Yeah, it is surprising. I did get a letter yesterday that was sent about the 8th, so either it's going to be here soon or it's not ever. The frustrating thing is that it costs a lot more than German mail too! I pay more for worse service -- I have to go through four months of this?! Argh.

    Germany was about 6 days back and forth, I think. Not super quick but not too bad, I felt. This is insane. So weird how different countries handle mail differently...