Highlighted: Hand Lettered Love

Since I started this obsession with calligraphy a few months ago, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time scouring the internet for images and of pretty letters to help me figure out my own lettering style and to get ideas for future projects (and also just because I like looking at pretty things).

As much as I love calligraphy, my usual style is way more casual and a little rustic. So when I happened upon these handsome hand lettered designs, I fell a bit in love. Stay tuned for how their work inspired me to craft new designs…

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ZACHARY SMITH

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BMD DESIGNS

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JOSHUA NOOM

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NICOLAS FREDRICKSON

A Bohemian Life

If I was to describe myself in one word, it would be Bohemian.  Wanderer, vagabond, nomad, wildling, collector, dreamer would fit nicely into that ideology as well.  I want nothing more than to travel to far-off destinations and scouring souks, markets, and bazaars for bangles, beads, tassels, woven rugs, pottery, carved wood, kaftans, and vintage silver pendants.  Then come home to a space filled with embroidered textiles, poufs, lanterns, and succulents and cacti galore, and wind down with some Rooibos tea and create art and calligraphy.

I definitely can’t hoard all those things I find in the markets as they won’t fit on a motorcycle very well, but I will certainly wander the busy souks and practice photography, calligraphy, and Photoshop designs.  We’re still months away from leaving, so my daydreaming will have to tide me over until then.

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Highlighted: Citrus and Mint

I first mentioned Rachel from Citrus and Mint the other day ago when I was commenting on some of my favorite LDS artists.  She primarily does more than just LDS art and frequently has FREEBIES (which I have all of them downloaded and I’m going to need a gift card to her Etsy store for my birthday).

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I had to resist the urge to post all of her designs.  Just her logo is enough to make me swoon.  I’m typically not into “cute”, but I can’t resist these.  When I’m a mom, I think I’ll use them all the time for everything.  If I had all the money in the world, I’d write my autobiography and commission her illustrate it.

Highlighted: Perpetual Calendar

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I love dreary weather.  Rain and lightning storms, snow, fog, and dark clouds would be in my ideal forecast.  My favorite colors of greys and taupes would be considered boring and blah by most, by they are so cozy to me.  I like sunshine and summer just fine, but mostly summer to me equals being sweaty, frizzy hair from the humidity, and never enough Otter Pops to keep cool.

Cold, dreary weather equals some of my favorite things – cozy blankets, fireplaces, and hot chocolate.  Not to mention boots and scarves, hot apple cider, lots of baked goods to warm up the house, all the holidays and festivities, and my favorites – snuggling and cuddling.  Even writing this post, I’m curled up on the couch (with my squnched arms and wrists definitely not in an ergonomically correct position) in my favorite grey cardigan and emerald scarf and wrapped in the warmest, softest, squashiest blanket I’ve ever had.

So it was no surprise that I immediately fell in love with this calendar from Arina Pozdynak.  The tones and colors, the mist and fog, and I love the artist’s message about why she didn’t include individual dates.  “Don’t mind what day it is today … just live.”  Since I started working from home a few months ago, it’s been the first time since I was probably four years old that I do whatever I want all day long.

It has been so liberating to just be and to have time to do all the creative things I would consistently put off when I was in school or working.   Obviously when a madly-in-love, newlywed couple both work at home we get distracted a lot, but I know we will certainly miss this time together when we have kids and busier schedules and perhaps a job that he needs to go to an office for.  So for now I spend my days being utterly spoiled and absolutely loving it.