Freebie: Inspirations + Crutches


Yesterday I mentioned that everything is the new ruffle while talking about the fringe necklace DIY. Internet friend and fellow blogger Kristin begged for me to write it out in calligraphy.

I don’t normally do this sort of thing but the timing was perfect; I had wanted to experiment a bit with painted letters. I didn’t go very far out of my comfort zone with the lettering here, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

Writing this out got me thinking that I tend to have crutches. I’m pretty sure we all do. Sometimes it’s a ruffle, sometimes it’s leather, sometimes it’s lettering. I’ll be hanging this up in my sewing studio to remind myself to get beyond my normal crutches and really try something new. I hope you do, too.

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  1. kristin says:

    omigosh you’re so awesome!! it’s beautiful, thanks so much! and actually, i had the very same thought about this – that i wanted to hang it in my sewing room as a reminder to keep pushing myself towards new ideas, trying new techniques, expanding my creativity, not getting complacent. nothing against ruffles per se, just the idea that there are new possibilities out there to explore instead of our tried and true.

    anyway, i’m so excited you made this, it’s so very cool. :)

  2. Kristin says:

    Lovely! I really need use my play money to take your online calligraphy classes, but I’ll admit my crutch is not being able to venture into new art forms with out a teacher hovering over my shoulder!

  3. Tara O says:

    Gorgeous! I’ve been experimenting with painting letters as well.

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