SLC Craft & Calligraphy Workshop

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This Thursday (September 15, 2016) I’m holding a craft night at The Write Image! Click here for more info.

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We’re going to be exploring flourished brush calligraphy and we’ll be decorating mugs with our fancy skills. Materials and dinner provided.

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    Calligraphy Quote of the Day

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    I didn’t play around with style as much as I normally do, but I had a great time practicing keeping consistency together.

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    I figured this was pertinent since the beloved Gene Wilder just passed. I’m all about nonsense. Here’s to the original Willy Wonka.

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    I saw this quote and couldn’t help but chuckle. It’s so true! I had to letter it for the series. :)

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    Sewing, Weight-Gain & Le Tote

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    This post is in partnership with Le Tote. They’re like Netflix for clothes. Borrow clothes, wear them, try out new styles and return them. They do the laundering and help with styling and fit! Try it free for 14 days with this special link.

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    I’ve talked about depression before. It’s not a big deal when it’s under control with lifestyle, diet and medication. But lately, I’ve been frustrated by one of the most common side effects of my medication: weight gain. It’s like I have no self-control. All I want is sugar and carbs and I’m always hungry.

    In the last 2 months, I’ve gained nearly 5% of my body weight. It may not seem like much. And to be honest, it’s not as big a deal as many other medications out there, but it’s significant enough that I don’t feel comfortable. I have a rather healthy body image, so I really don’t mind what I see when I look in the mirror when I get out of the shower, but I don’t feel like I belong in my own clothes.

    WEIGHT DOESN’T MATTER, but confidence does. 

    Over the last three months, Le Tote has “grown” with me. As I’ve fluctuated, I’ve always had something fabulous to wear. Going through transitional weight phases sucks. It’s happened every time I’ve had a kid. I have a conundrum of wanting to look and feel beautiful, but not wanting to buy clothes in that transitional size for fear that it won’t fit later on. What a waste!

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    Le Tote has had my back. They’ve been there to make me feel beautiful inside and out, no matter what my size.

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    This month I wanted to challenge myself to sew. I’ve had this shirt half done on my cut table for nearly a month, it was time to finish it. I literally used the leftover scraps from two projects (this skirt and this shirt) to piece together this top. I had barely enough fabric! There’s something satisfying about keeping great fabric from going to waste.

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    I had a fun time getting back into the sewing game. I made a scout tee and added a ruffle bottom to it. I found the print in the L.A. fabric district and the plum at JoAnn.

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    Outfit Details:

     

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    Calligraphy Quote of the Day

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    If you follow me on Instagram, I started this #calligraphyquoteoftheday series as a passion project. I don’t publish a new quote daily, but rather every third post. So I don’t go insane. I haven’t shared any of them here, so I figure I may as well start posting them weekly here. Hopefully you enjoy them! Feel free to share, with credit of course. Pinning is welcome (and highly appreciated).

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    If you’d like to learn calligraphy for yourself, consider taking one of my online workshops. We provide personal coaching to help you troubleshoot issues, bounce ideas off of and stay motivated. Check out the brush calligraphy (or brush lettering, whichever you prefer) here, or the pointed pen modern class here.

    These two have been on my mind a lot. My house is a disaster, but the creativity quote makes me feel better about it. Penned with a new favorite brush marker, the Zig Art & Graphic Twin. Juniper got her little paws on these markers and didn’t destroy the tip. It’s a rubberized tip that has tons of flexibility, but also great structure. It doesn’t fray. OMG. IT DOESN’T FRAY.

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    View the video of this quote right here on my YouTube channel. This resonated with me because Felix had a fever-induced febrile seizure last week and we just felt so out of control. So scared. But Chris was quick on his feet to get help. In the end everything was well. Felix is right as rain, we just now know what to do if it happens again. I’m grateful everything went well and that Felix is healthy again!

    Stay tuned for next week’s installment. Or follow me on Instagram if you want to see more. :)

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    Matching Back-To-School Tees

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    Girl Charlee approached me to see if I wanted to sew something with their fabric. Uh DUH. Yes! It’s about darn time that I turn on the freaking sewing machines.

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    This horse fabric screamed both Penelope and Junie. And heck, I had enough yardage, I made a third shirt for Penelope’s BFF, Kate. The girls were particularly bored yesterday so I asked them if they wanted to help me make matching tees for them.

    Their reactions couldn’t have been better if I had asked them to go to Disneyland with me. #bestreactionever

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    While they helped me cut the pattern pieces, they were planning on which days they schemed about which day of the week they would wear their matching shirts. Originally they wanted to wear them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ha!

    Shirt Details:

    • Penelope’s shirt (2/3 of a yard) using size 6/7 in Megan Nielsen’s Mini Briar
    • Kate’s shirt, 2/3 of a yard using one of her favorite tees as a template (using this concept)
    • Junie’s shirt, 1/3 of a yard using a pattern I made for her Easter dress (still not posted yet, EEP!)

    The fabric is light weight, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a dress unless it was gathered at the waist to add extra volume. However, when the girls wore it, it was substantial enough that they didn’t need to wear camisoles underneath. It’s possibly because of the print/color. Love it though. Easy knit to work with and plenty of structure to sew with a standard sewing machine (although I totally used my serger for most of the work).

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    Can you guess who’s the star of the show? It breaks my heart that Junie is growing up so fast. How did this girl get so big?!? She’ll be 2 next month!!

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