Life after the 100 Day Challenge

I was reading someone’s blog this past week and she mentioned that she took 6 months off after doing a 100 day challenge. Her challenge was abstract painting and she didn’t paint for 6 months after that 100th day! It made me feel so much better because I really needed a break too! The 100 day challenge ended the day I left for Belize. When we got back, I just couldn’t restart the habit. It’s busy season for wedding calligraphy so I always had stuff to work on and I just couldn’t get back into the social media groove. I wasn’t posting on Instagram or Facebook and I definitely wasn’t blogging.

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In February I did the really popular Instagram alphabet challenge, the Hand Lettered ABC’s. That really helped me get back to posting and checking my account and being a little more engaged on social media. But then letter X was the same weekend as my marathon and marathon week I couldn’t do much but watch The Crown and sit in the sauna. I had race brain BIG TIME. Just kept staring into space, not really focused on anything. Finally! This past week I finished up. Oh, about 20 days later. (don’t worry about that. 🙂

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My favorites are Q, K, and Z. What’s your favorite?

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I’m starting to get my mojo back big time so I thought I’d check in and see how everyone was doing! This baby shower invite is one of the most favorite things I’ve ever worked on. The Mom-To-Be painted her nursery inspired from this blog post and it’s the theme of the shower. I geek out on envelope liners and I ended up loving the liner even more than the invite! Look at that cute little bird!

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I used all these different color envelopes for the baby shower invites. They looked great next to each other! Love brush lettering with white ink.

doryinvitesquareThe other big thing I’ve been working on is designing my OWN FONT!! I’m so excited, it’s in the final stages. I can’t wait to share it with you guys!! I was able to work on it a lot (and quickly) when it was in the Adobe Illustrator stage. Now that I’m in the Glyphs stage it’s a little more slow going because that’s a brand new application for me. 3 months ago Illustrator was making me insane but thanks to the Hand Lettered ABC’s challenge, I’m flying through that now like no big thing. Besides getting me back into the habit of posting regularly, I used the challenge to gain a better knowledge of Illustrator. It worked. Like a charm. Even though I wanted to throw my computer across the room on multiple occasions. (Gosh, that is not an intuitive program. Photoshop is, so that made learning Illustrator even more frustrating.)

I think that’s it for now!! I’ll be back soon with some more font updates! What have you guys been up too? Any habits you’ve fallen out of that you’re trying to restart?

Hope all is well!

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Day 95: {Featured} “Do What You Love” Digital Download Art Print

Hey guys! Hope you’re having a great day!!

I got up early and got all my envelopes done! I still have one more order to go before vacation but I’m waiting on the address list from the client. Hopefully I’ll have them done tomorrow! It’s been really fun working on them all weekend.

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These are red ink with a watercolor brush.
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I used Walnut Ink and a Brause EF66 nib for these. I love walnut ink!!

My hubby and I went to a local trail and enjoyed some time in the dirt today! I hiked, fast, and it was exhausting. I swear running is so much easier. Every time I want to whine about walking/hiking I remind myself that my 100 mile career is just beginning. I need to become a faster hiker. During the last 13 miles of Leadville 100 it took SO much effort to run. All my will, every single thing I had. But it was the only way I was going to make the time cut off. I couldn’t just hike. My hike was SO slow, there’s no way I would have made it. (My drill sergeant pacer is why I made that time goal!!! She’s the best.)

Anytime I get on the trail, no matter what I’m doing, I’m happy to be out there. It was a great afternoon!

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Looks like these Leadville shoes are toast! Also, that ankle is not swollen, it’s fine. 🙂

Featured Digital Printable: Do What You Love

I was feeling inspired after working on envelopes, I made this print using my Tombow brush pen. I’ve got the print in the shop ready for you to print out. The resolution is high enough that you can print on a 20×30″ canvas and it will look great. For smaller prints, it will be even better! I’ve had 2 people send me a picture of their prints in frames, I love that! If you’ve bought a print off Etsy, I’d love to see what you do with it!!

Looking Ahead

Short week for me but I’ve got a list a mile long of things to get done before we leave for Belize! Most important, my travel immunizations. My MIL will kill me if we don’t do that. Gotta go tomorrow, don’t let me put it off any longer! Yikes!

Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow!! 5 more days!!

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Day 94: All the Envelopes!!

I spent a good 15 minutes this morning (around 4:15 am) trying to figure out how I lost a day. On my blog roll, I have my 100th day being this upcoming Thursday. But if today is 94, then my 100th day is Friday. Being that I have a long run that day plus leave for Belize at noon, I’d really prefer my 100th day to be on Thursday. So, in all this planning, where the heck did I lose a day?!

I found it. Day 85 I wrote a blog post. I scheduled the picture and snippet to Buffer.

AND I NEVER PUBLISHED IT.

It’s just sitting there in my drafts. It was this one, one of my favorites:

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Good news is I didn’t say much of anything in the actual blog post (a common theme of the last few weeks, I’m sure.)  But glad to have the mystery solved!!

Today was the best day, even though I’m freaking exhausted. When I get to spend time with this group of women, I’m just so filled with joy and gratefulness. Day to day life for everyone is busy and stressful and they are pulled in a million directions. But when you get to sit on a comfy couch, surrounded by each other, with little dogs running around and a Christmas tree in the corner, it’s just awesome. And I’m super thankful. Thankful for MK hosting us, she is the reason this has become a tradition! The older I get the more thankful I am for female friendships. My girlfriends are the glue that hold me together.

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Scarf exchange! Don’t you love the one I got?! I LOVE IT!!!

I was up so early this morning because the scarf exchange was a brunch that started at 10:00 in The Colony. But I needed to run 20 miles in Fort Worth first!

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Another Christmas tree!!

It was so fun to run Fort Worth. You can cover a lot of ground in 20 miles so we got the full tour. Running downtown is pretty crazy! Jumping up and down curbs, dodging light poles, cars, huge potted plants, steps, you name it, it’s in the way! Our last 3 miles were fast and it’s just ridiculous to try and keep up that pace when you’re trying to make sure you don’t get hit by a car every block. It was hilarious. We just gave up and ran the same block over and over until our watches beeped 20! Afterwards we did our strength and flexibility exercises near the stage on Sundance Square. It was so fun because Christmas music was playing and even though it was freezing, so many people were walking around enjoying the season! I love that.

I really wanted and needed to nap after the scarf party but I knew I’d feel better if I could knock out some more envelopes. I’m so glad I did because I made a huge dent in my orders and I loved every second of it. Listened to the Jane Eyre soundtrack and zoned out. The 2 orders I worked on today have such different styles, it was super fun.

I did these with the Zero Round Watercolor Brush and red McCaffery’s ink. The greatest invention ever, the lightpad, kept my lines straight and helped with centering. Love white envelopes! 🙂

Hope you had a great day, see you tomorrow!

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Day 73: Envelopes and more envelopes!

So, I’m the kind of person that likes repetitive motion. I’m a percussionist. A runner. A calligrapher. I’m even a massage therapist. All of these things are based off of a repetitive, rhythmic motion. I like to get lost in the rhythm of things. The styles of yoga I’m most drawn to are the ones that are the same every time. Bikram and Ashtanga. You know what is coming, your mind turns off and you fall into the rhythm of the motion. The brain has an amazing ability to turn off and turn inward and focus. When I’m running hard, I don’t want the distraction of a story, I just want to stay focused on the repetitive sounds that are coming from my feet hitting the pavement.

I was drawn to calligraphy because it reminded me exactly of percussion. I’m not afraid to put in the work. Not afraid to practice. I love to do drills over and over and over, I don’t need to always make words or sentences. I fell in love with the rhythmic motion of the Copperplate movement.

I am still a beginner in strict Copperplate style. The exactness of it is a critical awareness skill that I am very much still developing. I imagine it will take me the rest of my life! Thankfully, modern calligraphy is so popular these days, I can let my creative side shine through the perfectionism of strict pointed pen scripts to create without fear of “what’s correct.”

I was thinking of this today because so many projects that a calligrapher undertakes are in multiples! 200 envelopes, 16 unique journals, 100 place cards, etc. I get excited about sitting down and shutting off all distractions and going through the motion one by one until they are all done.

Is that weird?! Haha!

Hope you’ve had a great day, I’m off to heckle some bike riders at the last cyclocross race of the season!! See you tomorrow!

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Day 53: How to cure Monday blues and crabby pants.

My house was a whirlwind of stress and bad tempers tonight. #monday I guess! Ugh. Turned on my audiobook and set to work with pointed pen. I know I say this all the freaking time but as much as I love brush work, pointed pen and me are BFF’s. The slow intention of it, the concentration, the rhythm. Sigh. I just love it.

The audio book I’m listening to right now is Diana Gabaldon’s, Drums of Autumn. I’ve actually already listened to the first half before, which is no small feat considering it’s 45 hours long! But then my library changed their audio app and it wasn’t on the new platform. That was months and months ago and I finally got it up and going again. I decided I’d just start all over because I’m sure I barely remember it!

So excited to announce the winner of this recent contest, it’s been so fun hearing all of your favorite holiday phrases!! Check back tomorrow night to see if you’ve won!

I hope you had a good Monday and if people in your house were a little crabby, you found a way to cheer yourself up too! 🙂

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Day 34: A fun, casual watercolor envelope and lots of dinner chatter.

Hey guys!

I rarely ever eat dinner before I get my blog out but I was starving today! My friend Sandie,  had posted a picture of baked avocado eggs with bacon and it’s all I could think about all afternoon. Mine didn’t look as beautiful as hers but they were tasty! Plus I roasted up some sweet potatoes sprinted with salt and cinnamon (no sugar for this girl!) and it was DELICIOUS. Now, I’m just in an awesome haze of fullness. The curser kept blinking at me and I wasn’t sure what to talk about except my dinner. 🙂

Staying true to my plan of 30 minutes of practice today! I had made this envelope a few days ago but didn’t like the picture I had taken. The sun was perfect tonight though for a brick pic! That silver gel pen that I wrote the address in is so awesome, the ink turns out really shiny. Be warned though, it takes awhile to dry! I’ve smeared SO MANY things because of my inability to wait.

Oh, I was messing around with the quote from last night and made this print. I think it’s weird to say when you love something you made, but I do. I love it! As my running friends say, figjam!

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I think I’m starting to become a “blogger” (gasp!) because besides doing my long run along the beach, the thing I’m the most excited about for this weekend is taking pictures of my calligraphy with the ocean as a backdrop!! (HASHTAG GEEK) Ahhhhh, I can’t wait!

Thanks so much for reading, see you tomorrow!

Same time…same place… 🙂

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Day 28: Watercolor Holiday Envelope

Hey guys, Happy Wednesday! I just can’t get myself to say Happy Hump Day. So cliche and overdone, I gag a little just thinking about it. The best thing about that becoming a thing was the great camel and “Mike, Mike, Mike.” The bit about Wednesday got old, but that commercial never got old. I’m a sucker for talking animals. For a giggle:

So. Confession time.

I have never sent Christmas cards out. I’m 37 years old and I’ve never done it. There’s no way in the universe I could ever get my husband to sit for a staged photo but I’ve never even put together photos from the year. Or even just sent a “Ho Ho Ho!” card!

My dad has always done a newsletter thing, still does, and it is awesome. I look forward every year to reading it. I always think, “I wonder what all I did this year!”

But now that I pretty much think about pretty envelopes 95% of every day…

…seems obvious, huh? Not committing yet. Maybe I’ll be so busy with holiday envelope orders that I couldn’t possibly take on my own. 🙂

All that to chatter to explain why I’ve got a couple of holiday envelopes for you this week! I LOVE this casual watercolor one. LOVE. If I did do cards this year, I think I would do this style!

Hope you’ve had a great day, thanks for reading!!

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