Happy First Day of Fall!

Ok, if you know me, you know that this is my FAVORITE season. Though over the past few years it feels like autumns (and even springs) in Maryland keep getting shorter and shorter! We’ve had a weird summer with some cool fall-like days, so I feel like I was given a small piece of heaven in the middle of an otherwise muggy, swamp-like summer. That’s what DC is you know, a swamp land covered in beautiful architecture and cherry blossoms. They make it look pretty.

For some reason I thought yesterday was the first day of fall, of course I blame the news app that tells me my weather for the day, stating that it wasn’t going to feel like fall, but “WELCOME TO FALL!” … WRONG.

Despite that, today’s first day of autumn is warm and humid. Great. That led me to make this yesterday:

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For this I used my Tombow Dual Brush Pens for the “Fall” and my Fude (Soft Tip) for the other text. (PSST! Did you know all Tombow Dual Brush Pens are 20% on the website today?! Go to tombowusa.com to check it out!). I used the blender brush to create the gradient look.

So how is it where you are? Cool and fall like or hot and disgusting still? 😛

Happy fall y’all!

Heather

Halloween Prep

I’ve posted a few Halloween crafts over the years, like the “BOO!” sign and Mummy wreath, but many of those have stayed home when I moved a few years ago, so it’s only fair to make new ones!

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I went to AC Moore and Michael’s a few weeks ago and snagged some little items to use, like foam cuts and little wood signs. A few weeks back I was playing around with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens on one of the foam cut-outs, which, let me just say… didn’t work. I mean, it did, but it also didn’t. So I used a Sharpie to decorate this foam leaf.

Now, I have a TON of wood that I’ve been playing around with. I’ve wanted to stain them, because all of the wooden pieces in my apartment are either stained dark brown or painted. But wood stain can be costly and messy, and with cats it’s generally a no go. SO, I wanted to find another way to make it darker.

I actually started playing around with the idea while making a non-Halloween inspired sign:

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Fun with lettering!

Lettering has become a huge thing over the past few years, have you seen it around?

It’s been a while since I have done calligraphy, however, got more heavily involved late last year as a mechanism of stress relief! As a lefty, it hasn’t been easy! Truly, I don’t know that I’ve crumpled up more paper and tossed it in my life! But I think that’s what’s made it fun: seeing the end result after so much practice.

I wanted to share with you my first piece and where I’m at now, at least the first piece I took a picture of:

The image on the left was from almost one year ago using my very first pack of Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the one on the right (yellow) was from about a week ago using a Pentel Brush Pen. It’s CRAZY to see the difference! I am in no way an expert, but I’ve practiced, BOY have I practiced.

So I have some tips for you lefties out there who might not think you can do it:

  1. Take your time! – Its better to be wobbly in the beginning than try to go fast and get frustrated. Believe me!
  2. Practice! – Doing calligraphy and lettering as a lefty is a struggle (hand smudges, anyone?), so it’s important to put in your dues (I still do). Do your drills. Practice when you can. Focus on the parts that make you the most frustrated or you have the most issues with. (Below I practice drills with a dip pen.)

3. Invest in some education – I actually enrolled in two courses to learn the terminology and structure of lettering and brush calligraphy. DEFINITELY worth it! You’re investing in you!

4. Did I say practice? – Once you know the terminology, you understand how to do your up-strokes and down-strokes, practice them. I do it during work in meetings sometimes (shhh, don’t tell). You know what they say? Practice makes perfect!

5. Get feedback – One thing I like about online courses is quick feedback on your work. It helps me know what I’m flubbing up, or if I know but can’t quite grasp the concept, it helps me learn how to adapt or correct it from someone who knows these things backwards and frontwards!

6. Try different styles – Move your paper around, try different lettering methods, check out other letterers (especially other lefties) and learn what has helped them! I learned that I can do one style if I completely turn my paper sideways and write from the left and another way if I write from the right side of the paper. It seems weird to say, but it works!

7. Once you get the hang of it, invest in some pens – I jumped in and got my Tombows immediately, but practice always helps before you jump in. Know which pens to get. I like the Tombow Hard or Soft Fude to start out with: easier to control and can take the pressure of a beginner!

8. Also do your research on different mediums! – I love the Rhodia pads and Cannon Marker Paper because they don’t damage my brush pens. I wish I had known that in the beginning! Tombow Dual Brush Pens aren’t cheap, so make sure you have good paper without grain, it can damage your felt tips! Tombow Fudes and Pentel Brush Sign pens can usually take the brunt of rougher papers. If you’re getting inkjet paper, get the smoothest you can!

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9. DON’T STRESS – Take a look back at the images above (also catch the spelling mistake in the immediate one above?) Oh man, would I get CRAZY frustrated. I wanted to look like the pros IMMEDIATELY (I still don’t but I’m more comfortable with my style now). Know that everyone started out with that first picture! It’s not just you! (Or maybe you are a protege who can take the pen and make masterpieces in the beginning… if so I’m super jealous of your talent but also applaud the heck out of your genius!).

10. Enjoy it! – Goes along with don’t stress! Enjoy that you are creating things with your hands and doing awesome. The one thing I’ve heard from other lefties is they still smudge too! It’s ok! Like I said, I use this as relaxation for me, so it’s definitely one of my favorite past-times!

Got any tips of your own? Share them below!

Check out some great artists on Instagram!

Heather

Back to School

This is the first year in a while most schools in Maryland are starting AFTER labor day, which, seems really shocking to me! Happy First Day of school for many of you and your littles! Hope it was grand (for you both)!

My niece begins her first day of FOURTH grade today. Fourth. How did this happen? When did this happen?! This kid is so smart and talented, I can’t wait to see what she does this year!

I had been contemplating asking my sister if she or my niece wanted a “First Day” sign when she asked me to do one (we tend to share the same brain sometimes). A chance to break out my years-old chalkboard paint? YES. Done. Let’s do it!

I knew there were a couple things I had to incorporate, like the color green which is Zoe’s favorite color. I added some curly brackets for some flair (one of my favorite things), but kept it rather simple and my sister gave me the freedom to sketch and try some different things out. This morning as I was driving into work I got a cute text message from my sister: my niece proudly holding her sign, ready to take fourth grade by storm. (So much so that she dragged my sister out of the house 15 minutes early!)

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Photo Credit: Michelle C

 

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Well, hello there!

Good lord, how long has it been? Three years? Really? Yikes.

The world has changed a lot in three years, hasn’t it? My world is certainly different. I moved (again). I am a proud cat mom to two of the craziest furballs to ever walk this earth and are currently watching me type this. I got a new position at work. I got a new car and am so in love with it. I’ve dated a bit… and now am single lady. I became an aunt again and again. I’ve met some amazing new people. I started and am coming to a close on a Masters of Public Health degree. I bought a BIG girl couch after my “starter” couch died a very slow death. And a headboard, because nothing says “single girl living her best life” like a shimmery and very classy headboard.

And the crafting? Yeah, it’s still happening. At a much lower scale, but it’s happening and making a comeback.

Stay tuned!

From me and my little kit-twins,

Lots of Love

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Happy 2014!

Hello lovelies!

No, I am not dead. No, I have not been sent into the Witness Protection Program and thus why I have not posted in a while…

Life has become more of a roller coaster in the past six months, more so than I ever imagined. I unfortunately have not had any time to do much of anything besides sleep; even my workouts have suffered. They’ve changed my position at work a bit and it’s kept be busy beyond belief. Not only that, we’ve changed offices and now I’m commuting an extra hour a day. And in order to get a parking spot, I have to leave at the crack of dawn.

On top of all this, we’ve had a few family health issues in the past few months that have kept me on my toes more so than usual.

Basically life has changed… a lot and continues to do so. To say I’m exhausted is an understatement. Any chance I can sit and just be is like heaven on earth. But with all of this chaotic change, came parts of my life that had to take a back seat for a while. This blog of mine, unfortunately, was one of them. Crafting was one of them. My etsy shop was another. My social life took another nose dive and I say a huge ‘thank you’ to my friends who have understood my chaos and haven’t disowned me for it! Fortunately for me and unfortunately for them, most are going through similar life situations.

The past few weeks have caused me to do a lot of thinking: where I’m going, what I want to do, etc. Obviously, new years will do that to you. It’s the hot thing: resolutions and all that. But with the changes going on at work and the changes going on at home, I’ve forced myself to take another look at everything and see what changes I need to make in order to feel normal again.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not unhappy through all of this. I have to say I’m VERY proud of myself and how I’ve handled all of this change. If you had put last year’s me in this year’s situation, I’m not sure that girl would have made it through. I was in a bad place last year personally; I was surrounded by bad juju and a bad support system and made the decision that 2013 would be the year to change all of that. And I did: I am incredibly calm about everything. Stressed, yes, but calm. And happy. Quite happy. One of those contented happinesses that are quite rare, especially in D.C.

2013, however, was quite a challenge for me because it was a huge year of finding myself. It was kind of the first year in a long time I actually learned/had the chance to be myself, to be me and not let myself get influenced by so many others. That, i’ve discovered, is a bit of a personality flaw of mine… partially blamed on being a Pisces. We tend to do that: to absorb the feelings of others and place that burden on ourself in addition to absorbing others personalities and making them our own… which, if you aren’t careful can be more harm than good. But I’ve done a lot of amazing things this year like losing 50 lbs for instance. Sometimes I forget how big of a feat that is, huge even. I lost a whole elementary schooler! Once upon a time, I lost quite a lot more and I’ve struggled with that this year only because it’s taken me much longer to do so this time than last time. But I’ve had to keep in mind that I had a much different situation last time and just need to continue to adapt. This time I’ve been building a lot more muscle. That I know. That I can tell. And it feels amazing. 🙂 Along with the weight loss, I took on a new position at work, reignited old friendships, made some new ones, challenged myself personally and tried to do something that scared me more often than not, sewed a satin gown, made some decisions on my future including finally taking the GRE’s, among many other things…

This year already is bringing more new and exciting things! I’m in the process of making some major plans for September, of which, I don’t want to jinx until they are final so you’ll just have to wait on those. I’m doing a short product presentation on one of our webinars at work in a few weeks (kind of freaking out about it, but still excited!) and working on a major project at work that will be launching in a few months (again, so excited!). Trying to get back some social aspects of my life and have resolved to do at least one or two outings with friends a month. That probably sounds so lame, but baby steps, y’all, baby steps.

So there we have it and here we go. 2013 was an interesting year, great, but interesting. 2014 is going to be amazing.

I can’t wait.

I hope everyone had a great holiday and a happy new year! May 2014 bring you happiness and joy in whatever you do! And may you all remain healthy!

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