To keep up with the goals I set for myself for 2013, I attended a calligraphy class last week, hosted by Oh Happy Day and sponsored by Bing. Needless to say, it was the best possible way to start learning calligraphy! It will take a while for me to develop a style of my mine (or even get my letters to not be so shaky!) but overall, it’s something I’d like to stick with.
See me in action on Vine!
Have you tried calligraphy before? I’d love to hear tips and tricks if you have them!
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It’s been almost five months since Gabe and I moved to San Francisco, (yes, five whole months!) and things couldn’t be better. We were so wrapped up with unpacking, job hunting, and conserving money when we first moved that we hardly ventured outside our neighborhood. Now that life is a bit more settled, we’ve started reserving Saturdays for exploring. There’s plenty to see in this amazing city and we’re excited to get to it!
What are your favorite places in the bay area?
(image via Typography Served)
My favorite thing about the new year is how fresh and exciting everything seems. It sparks a time for reflection and self improvement, which let’s face it, we tend to ignore during the rest of the year. Here are a few of my goals for the year ahead:
1. Read more. My ultimate goal would be to read one book a month, but I have a feeling that it’s going to take more time than that to read War & Peace. Suggestions for must-reads are welcome!
2. Become a better blogger. I need to devote more time to my projects than I have over these last few weeks. With our move, getting sick, and the holidays, I’ve become complacent with average posts. It’s about time I step it up
3. Take a trip. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled just to travel and I miss it. It might take me all year to save, but Hawaii, here I come?
4. Get out of my comfort zone. I’m not entirely sure what the plan is for this yet, but in 2013, I want to shake things up a bit. Perhaps I’ll join an improv group or go skydiving or buy a different brand of cheese at the grocery store. Who knows!
5. Improve my handwriting. No question, my handwriting is terrible. A calligraphy class is definitely in order.
What are your goals for the year ahead?
Just thought I’d pass along the exciting news that my gift tags were featured in Diane! For those of you who don’t know that publication, it’s a free monthly magazine put out by the nationwide gym Curves. It’s packed full of inspirational stories, recipes, and health, fitness and nutrition information.
Here’s the link—just click on the giftbox on page 23 and a popup will appear.
I knew moving to San Francisco would be expensive, but what I didn’t account for was that we’d live a few blocks away from two amazing flower shops. If there’s one thing I can always spend money on it’s fresh flowers. How am I to show self control with colors like these?!
The city photos were taken on the balcony on our floor. I think we’re going to like it here :)
Here’s a great recap of the Alt Summit by Oh, Hello Friend. The notes include great tips on blog etiquette, crediting sources, and making your blog an original brand.
Did anyone else go this year? Planning to go next year?
I am looking for someone to design a logo for my blog & business card. In addition to pay, I’m also happy to feature your work on the inspiration section of my site.
If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
Examples of your work
Rates & Terms
A little bit about yourself/experience
(from Rifle Paper Co)
It’s hard to believe, but I’ve done a project 28 weeks in a row now (with a few minor exceptions)!
As time progresses, I’m finding myself more and more interested in paper based projects. Over the weekend, I even made my first Etsy sale. It’s hard to say where this blog will end up, but my hope is that it continues past the 52 weeks.
Right now I’d like to hear your opinion along with any other feedback you can give! What would you like to see more of? Do you have projects you’d like to see done? Can you recommend any ideas or resources?
Wishing everyone the best,
It’s surprising how quickly I was able to get into the routine of a weekly project. I was sure when I started that I wouldn’t have the time. As it turns out, there is enough time in a week—it’s just a matter of what I choose or force myself to do with it. I think having a public audience (200+ followers!) adds a little pressure, but for the most part, dedicating 1-2 hours a week for crafting is one of the easiest/best decisions I’ve made.
- Pick one day each week, and make sure you block out a few hours for yourself.
- Do projects you enjoy, it’ll keep you interested.
- Failures happen, just be sure you learn from your mistakes.
- Don’t rush— if you can’t finish, or if the outcome is not what you want, revisit it at another time.
If anyone has a similar blog, I’d love to see what you’re doing!
With 12 projects behind me, I’m starting to feel like this blog is finally taking a form of its own. Thinking back to my first post, I was obsessed with how successful my work was. All I considered was, Will people like this? What will my friends think? Am I wasting my time? But since then, the projects have become less about how I think I will be perceived and more about what I learn. I am proud to say that I now know how to:
-reupholster a simple chair
-use a sewing machine
-make my own stamps
-keep pretzels from burning
It’s not much, but it’s a start!