Calligraphy Crazed

May 27, 2014

I have always obsessed over handwriting but I have recently taken up a new hobby in calligraphy. But not the kind you envision when you hear the word. I don't own a feather and ink set, nor do I need one. I've discovered-- and am working on mastering-- the art of "fake" calligraphy. All the pictures you see throughout this post are of things I have created using this technique. I first came across the idea on Pinterest (where I spend 99.999% of my free time) and it involves copying calligraphic fonts and thickening  specific lines to create the effect of real calligraphy. I absolutely adore the way it looks and the charm it adds to any project or even addressing envelopes. Of course, I haven't waited for special occasions to put my new-found skills to good use! I've been doodling calligraphy just about anywhere-- and on everything (as you can see in all the pictures in this post).





Another important step to great calligraphic handwriting is using the correct writing utensil. So far I've found it nearly impossible to do with paint since that would require extremely steady hands and a whole lot of patience.  My favorite pens have actually been metallic paint pens found at Michael's -- I have silver & gold. If I'm just doodling as opposed to crafting, I like using felt-tip Papermates.

I guess you'd have to share a similar affinity for pretty handwriting to fully appreciate this post, but I have faith that pretty handwriting is just as important to some of you as it is to me :)

Here's the link to the original article that got me started on my calligraphy craze:

http://jonesdesigncompany.com/create/how-to-create-fake-calligraphy/


Don't forget, practice makes perfect!

Weekly Inspiration

May 19, 2014

Kindness is so important.  One kind action can change someone's day (or maybe even their life!). Some people may seem hard to crack but one simple act of kindness could be enough to make even the toughest person become a softie.  I'll give you an example. Once a week, on my way home from school, I stop at the same gas station and usually have the same gas attendant (we don't have to pump our own gas in New Jersey!). For months, I would dread seeing her frowning face walk approach my car, only to ask what I wanted in the most nasty of tones. Now, don't get me wrong, I totally understood where she was coming from. I would be bitter too if I was a thirty-something year old woman working at a no-name gas station in one of New Jersey's shadier towns. One day, I rolled down my window and before she could say anything, I complimented her shirt. Yes. It was that simple. "Pretty shirt!" I said. And she smiled a huge smile, complete with a humble giggle and all. I was shocked and elated, as was she. One kind gesture can crack the toughest nut!

Go be kind to somebody!
xoxo, Lauren

Weekly Inspiration

Find your passion and you will know what you are meant to do in life. Do what you love everyday of your life!

xoxo, Lauren

Weekly Inspiration

May 12, 2014

 Such a great quote. We are given so much greatness and sometimes we realize it, yet we let our opportunities go to waste. It is equally as important to realize what we have been blessed with as it is to make the most of our blessings.

xoxo, Lauren

Weekly Inspirations

May 5, 2014

Gotta love Judy Garland! This quote reminded me of another quote which kind of goes hand in hand:
"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."  The only person you were meant to be is you, so strut your stuff! You be you, boo! (did I really just say that??!)

xoxo, Lauren