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     Hi there! This mornings lettering is a quote from Walden. I thought it appropriate since we are finishing up the book, and since it's a great creative reminder to have around! 

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      Never forget that your mind is your greatest asset, and if given free reign, can imagine anything. Sometimes artists go through creative blocks, and you just have to remember to just let your mind wander and the block will fix itself. Thanks for reading, and have an awesome Saturday! 

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      Good morning! Today's lettering is a quote from the fictional Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope. She's my spirit animal and she can do no wrong! 

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      Honestly though, I love this quote because it's me at this point in my life. It didn't used to be, but being a mom changes things! "Jammin' on my planner" is one of my favorite things to do now, getting my priorities all lined up and organized. The struggle is real, but that doesn't mean it's not fun! Thanks for representing the "boring" people, Leslie Knope! 

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     Hi there! I'm heading to Arkansas today for a little family time, but before I leave, I wanted to share the lettering of the week! It's a quote from Emily Henderson on her children, and it really rang true for me. 

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       There's always the misconception that having children defines your life and who you are, fitting you into only one category: mother. I'm not defined by being a mother, and I certainly hold more titles than just that, but my life is whole because I have Bailey. It's a happiness, not a burden. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend! 

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     Hi guys! I'm at the lake currently, but I wanted to share this on-point quote from Justina Blakeney. As a blogger/artist/designer, it can be really tough to draw the line between what's an original idea and an idea inspired by someone else's work. Is it still original thought, even if someone else has already thought the same thing? Sometimes you just aren't sure, but that's what being authentic is all about. As long as you inject yourself into that project, it will shine through, and thus be true to you. Thanks for reading! 

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Hello! This weekends lettering was inspired by a wall mural I saw on Pinterest. It had this phrase lettered out on the wall, and it really struck me as true. I think this is something that every human could care to remember. 

It's easy to forget that we are in charge of our own happiness, but once you remember it, life becomes way more simple. Go do something that brings instant happiness people, you won't regret it!  

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   Good morning! This week's lettering is a saying that the Artists Way instructed me to write out and hang somewhere that I can see it every day. It's an important affirmation to remember when trying to accomplish your goals and analyzing your relationships. 

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         People should always remember that sometimes you have to exude confidence for people to take you seriously. This saying goes back to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  If you treat yourself right, other people will feel that and in turn treat you right. 

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      Hi there! This week's lettering is inspired by a personal philosophy of mine. I've always strived to make the things I choose to have around me pretty, or at least nice to look at. As a visual person, it's imperative that I do so. It actually bothers me, and will distract me, if an object isn't pleasing to the eye. Thus, I found this quote super relative to the way I see things. I wouldn't mind having a life spent creating more beautiful things to contribute to the world.  

      It actually bothers me, and will distract me, if an object isn't pleasing to the eye. Thus, I found this quote super relative to the way I see things. I wouldn't mind having a life spent creating more beautiful things to contribute to the world. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

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      Hi there! Today's lettering is a quote from one of my favorite movies, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I think it portrays the feeling all teenagers and young adults are seeking perfectly; why they are sometimes "young and restless". I played around with my brush pen and ink for the lettering. I had used it for watercolors before, but had never filled it with ink! Thanks for reading, and have a good weekend. 

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      This week's lettering is inspired by my continuing goal to stay authentic on this blog and the projects I work on in general. I always ask myself, do I actually want to do this or that, and if the answer is no, I nix it. Just because I like an idea doesn't mean I actually want to do it, so I always try to keep that in mind when I get excited about something. I found the quote on Pinterest when I was creating a new quotes board, and it really resonated with how I feel about social media and living authentically. Thanks for reading, and have an excellent weekend!

To Work on Lettering

 

     Hello! As you may know, working on my hand lettering and calligraphy has been one of my main goals lately. I've always appreciated beautiful handwriting, though my automatic and natural handwriting is horrible (thanks, dad!). I wanted to improve my deliberate and "artsy" handwriting for prints and projects. I create my prints by going slowly and steadily. It's not my usual scribbling, that's for sure. One of my big references for classic calligraphic handwriting is this book, given to me by Kristen on one of my past birthdays. The writing is beautiful and the guides are very helpful. Bailey seemed to agree with me too when we were flipping through it one day. She wouldn't leave it alone! See below for proof:

      I may or may not be subliminally influencing her to have beautiful handwriting one day.

     One of the few times I could get a shot without her hand flying at the page.

     It really is a gorgeous book. I understand, Bailey. It's hard for mommy to leave it alone too! Thanks for reading!

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      This week's lettering was inspired by Brett and I's anniversary, which was yesterday! This song lyric, from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes "Home", has always been one of my favorites. I don't live where I grew up, and I miss it and my family a lot sometimes. For me, Brett's always been my home away from home. It doesn't really matter what city I live in, but as long as I have him and Bailey, I can deal with my homesickness. 

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     This week's lettering was inspired by our trip to the lake this weekend. The lake house always reminds me to "collect moments, not things", and that's exactly what I intend to do this weekend. Giving the kayak a second try, eating at our favorite restaurant, and seeing Bailey possibly play in the water this time around are all that's on my agenda. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everyone! 

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     Hi there! You're probably wondering "where's the weekly mood board?" to which I would answer, I've decided to take a break from them! I've been wanting to do a new series on hand lettering, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Honestly, I just got a little bored with creating the mood boards and wanted to mix it up! I've been working on different styles of hand lettering, and wanted to share. Each week I'm going to create a little print with whatever lettering and quote I'm working on that week. This week's print is for Bailey's room, I'm still playing around with the decor and wanted to add something new. It reads "you are my bucket list", because really, she is. This type of calligraphy is really simple and feminine, so it works for going in Bailey's room. I think this series is going to be great, I love the idea of picking a quote and lettering style each week and then creating a print using those tools. I hope you love it too, and thanks for reading!

To Make a Mini Banner

 

     Hi guys! I did this project a couple of weeks back, and I wasn't super happy with how it turned out, to be honest. I was mostly disappointed with the lettering, which was fine up until the "s" on "days". I had a limited supply of canvas, so I just decided to keep it and share the small fail with you all. I actually hung it on the corner or my mirror in our bedroom though! It's still a great reminder to have in constant view. The how-to is really simple though, so as long as you don't paint willy-nilly like I did, this project can turn out really well. Check it out below!

Materials needed:

- blank canvas material

- a dowel rod

- acrylic or fabric paint

- fabric glue

- scissors

- rope or twine (I ended up using twine.)

Directions:

Step one - Cut your canvas into whatever shape you like, then paint your design onto the canvas. Let dry.

Step two - To attach your dowel rod to your canvas, wrap the top edge around your dowel rod and secure glue. Let dry with a weight on top of where the edge of your canvas attaches to the back around the rod.

Step three - Once glue is completely dry, attach your twine by tying the ends to each end of the rod, and double knot. Enjoy!