Utah Ornamental Penmanship Workshop

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Apologies for the late notice here, but Hoang Dao is going to be teaching here in Farmington, Utah! If you’re unfamiliar with his work, he is incredible with the pointed pen,¬†his traditional style is graceful ...

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    Sponsored: Worldwide Indexing Event

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    This post is in partnership with Family Search‘s Worldwide indexing Event. I don’t know if you know a whole lot about my personal history, but a large part of what got me interested in pointed ...

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    PRINTABLE: Parent Motivator Post Cards

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    This post is in partnership with Lily Jade. Their bags are insanely awesome for motherhood and adventuring. I’ve fallen head-over-heels for the MEGGAN bag, it doubles as a backpack and has like a zillion pockets ...

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    1. Kristie says:

      This is so awesome. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to print them out and get sharing. :)

    My Favorite Waterproof Calligraphy Inks

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    Let’s talk ink for a bit. It’s been a while since I’ve done a watercolor or a calligraphy post, or any post for that matter. I’ve recently adopted the “slow blogging” method. I spend most ...

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    1. Hedy Harris says:

      Thank you this was great. Thanks for going to the trouble to work this out for all of us.

    2. Lady ID says:

      I love sumi ink! I have to ask though – the black/white pen holder – where did you get it?? So cute!

    3. Christina says:

      Thanks for this informative post. I really love your striped oblique pen. Where can I get such a beautiful oblique pen holder from?

    4. Patricia Nikkila says:

      Thank you so much for making this video. It was awesome! I’m so glad you took the time to compare and give your opinion on each one. I’m new to calligraphy and love watercolors so thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Talking About Depression

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    I tend to keep things mostly superficial on the blog here, but it’s my blog so I do what I want. I want to write a little bit about depression, postpartum¬†depression specifically. It’s not something ...

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    1. Alysa says:

      Thanks for sharing this, Melissa. Grateful for your transparency.

    2. Kell says:

      I’m not sure I’ve ever commented here, but I’ve been following your blog for quite a long time (years, maybe?) and always love the beautiful pictures.

      I just wanted to say that vulnerability is scary, but amazing. I regularly share on social media about my struggles with depression and grieving after my partner dying almost four years ago, and it’s only brought more love into my life.

      If you haven’t had a chance to see it, I recommend watching Brene Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability. Her book on the topic is fantastic.

      I wish you the best with continuing to figure out the best path for you through and/or out of depression.

    3. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been struggling! I’m still taking an anti-depressant even though I’ve been stable for six years now. I feel blessed that I have a resource that helps balance the chemistry in my body so I feel like the normal version of myself instead of fighting every day to function. I’m glad to see the stigma starting to fade. I recommend finding a good therapist to the people I talk to who are currently struggling. A friend even went to my excellent former therapist and found the help and direction she was seeking. Thanks for sharing the inspirational article and episode. Elder Holland’s talk is amazing, especially since I used to feel so guilty when I heard church talks on cheerfulness and happiness, but the effort it took to even try was overwhelming. Over time, therapy helped me understand cognitive distortions and put things in perspective while the medicine relieved the anxiety and depressive episodes. I can’t express how grateful I am for feeling like myself for so long now, when there were time it felt hopeless. A good support system of family and friends as well as my faith were also instrumental in recovery and stability. As much as I would wish for a quick fix so the struggle would just go away, it really did take time and effort to change by consistently use the tools and coping strategies I learned to become stable. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talents on this blog. I’ll pray for you <3

      • Melissa says:

        Thank YOU for sharing your words! I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m just so happy to hear you’ve been stable for six years! It’s encouraging for me to read that!! Thank you.

    4. Cynthia says:

      Well said, Melissa! I have struggled as well, especially after my 3rd. And I’m on medication, too! To feel like myself and make me a better mum, I am grateful.

      ‘In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life’ ~ Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

      <3

    5. Shelby says:

      Melissa, you’re awesome. We don’t know each other, and even though I sound like a total creep, I love you. I’ve been reading your blog for a loooooong time and still get excited to see a new post because you are so authentic and fun! As most people never guess, I too suffer from depression and I would never have seen it coming from you. But that’s just it! We hide these darker sides of ourselves away and feel ashamed, which is so unnecessary. In recent years, I’ve been working on being more open with my issues with depression. Thanks for continuing to be such an inspiration!

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