That Time I Learned Hand Lettering

Hello, reader! When was the last time you learned something new? I recently undertook learning how to write in modern calligraphy, also known as hand or brush lettering. I had several friends who have been practicing for years and whose work I envied. I once won a hand writing award (cough, in third grade), and I thought, ‘hey, I could do that too!’

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A few weeks later, I stumbled upon The Happy Ever Crafter’s online modern calligraphy class. It’s free to sign up and take part in the class, you only need to purchase the monthly workbooks which are under $10 on the 1st day she posts them. I would highly recommend this class if you want to learn modern calligraphy. Becca broke every letter down to the basic strokes that it is composed of.

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a sample of my worksheets, breaking down the letter ‘a’

The 1st month is learning basic strokes, the second is lowercase and the third is upper case. The remaining 3 months are learning different techniques of connecting letters and writing words. It’s mostly a self taught class, with Becca posting some tutorial videos for further guidance. The main point of the class is to post in the Facebook group or on Instagram and connect with the lettering community.

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Christmas cards I made this year

Overall, if you’re looking to start a new hobby, have a side hustle, or just have nicer writing, I would definitely recommend this class. If you do join Becca’s class, give my Instagram account, @scribbles_by_sara a follow, so I can see your work and progress!

Are you into hand lettering? Post your IG handle in the comments or check out my Instagram account!

New Year, Same Me.

Happy 2018! How’s your new year so far, Reader? Mine has been pretty quiet, so I’ve been trying to reflect on the last year and what I hope to accomplish in the new. While 2017 was full of ups and downs, it had more downs than I care to remember. As I turn 25 this year, I come to realize that I will never follow the ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra; I am who I am and no resolution is going to dramatically change that. I spend too much money on things that don’t matter. I eat eggs at least once a week for dinner because I’m too tired to cook and I have anxiety that causes me to assume the worst at almost every moment.

So here are my goals for 2018. I’ll probably fall short, and if I’ve learned anything in the past 25 years, it’s that…. that is okay. Life is a journey, blah blah blah, *insert inspirational quote to get you through all the bullshit that life throws at you.

  1. I want to spend time in the kitchen making an actual meal, at least once a week. I have so many cookbooks and Pinterest boards full of recipes that are unused. I’m no chef, but I would like a better understanding of food and flavors and hope to develop a skill in 2018 (making chili for the 1st time ever as I type!).
  2. I would like to read at least 12 books over the next year. I’m going to start with something off Barack Obama’s 2017 list and see where that takes me. I miss getting lost in the story of a good book. This is a cliche goal, but reading is so important to me and I’m sad that I have forgotten this.
  3. I want to spend more time with friends and loved ones. Life is short and nothing is as important as the people you surround yourself with. In 2017, I was very lax in spending time with much of anyone and I regret that. I let my anxiety cripple my social life and I’m not letting it happen any more. I have wonderful friends, a wonderful boyfriend and family and I want to spend time with them while I can.
  4. As I said above, I want to stop letting my anxiety rule my life. I spend most days worrying about my family and friends as well as life scenarios that could or could not happen. Whether the fact that my boyfriend didn’t come over for dinner means that he’s over me, or that my boss’s quietness means I’m about to be fired, I need to stop letting these things ruin my days. Much of 2017 was lost to these thoughts and I’m tired of it. I’m taking back ownership of my life, even if it takes me the next year, or the next five.

Reader, what do you hope to accomplish in 2018? Or, better yet, what did you learn in 2017? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you have a wonderful new year!

-Sara

What’s in My Cart: Fall Edition

As most of you know, I decided to go on a spending fast 2 weeks ago (read about it here). To be honest, I have bought a few things that were probably on the realm of unnecessary. For the most part, I really have been trying to check myself before I wreck myself. Hence, I’ve made this list of things I’m dying to buy for fall (the holiest time of my year) but sadly, I had to leave in these babies in the cart. Hopefully one of you will buy something and love it for me.

In no particular order…

Twill Boyfriend Parka, Abercrombie & Fitch, $140

Hello new fall jacket! Can’t you see it, this jacket, a big plaid scarf and some new heeled booties? (Fine, I bought this. It was 50% off!!! FIFTY PERCENT)

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Boss Babe Cuff, CUFFED BY NANO, $28

These cuffs are my fav; there are a slew of fun sayings like ‘Boss Babe’ and ‘Rose All Day’; perfect arm candy to jazz up any gloomy fall day.

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Floral Embroidered Puff Cuff Sweater, LOFT, $59.50

Embroidery and puff sleeves are literally everywhere and I love that this feminine piece could be worn for fall or again in the spring.

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Jojo Oversized Thermal Button Front Top, Out from Under/Urban Outfitters, $44.00

C-O-Z-Y A-F. I like that this isn’t fully¬† a thick sweater but it’s thermal so it would still help to keep you warm if needed. But to be clear, I would wear pants with this top. Most of the time.

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Asymmetrical Snap Pullover, Abercrombie & Fitch, $68

Two A&F pieces in one post? I know, but A&F is bringing it back around. You really should check them out! This pullover would be great for after the gym, a crisp fall hike, or a long day of Netflix and chill.

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What are your must haves for fall? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

Sara

My 2 Month Spending Fast

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Some people go on fasts to diet and lose weight. Others fast for various reasons that coincide with a religion or spiritual group. I am fasting from spending money on unnecessary things. Clothes, shoes, makeup, and the list goes on; I spend endless amounts on things that I barely use or wear. Starting yesterday, September 1st, I will be refraining from purchases that are not necessary so I can hopefully increase my savings and learn to budget. The goal? Not spend until November 1st. Yes, that’s two months of not swiping my card or having packages delivered to my house. Am I going to die? Probably.

Recently, I became oddly aware of the fact that I am horrible with money. The only thing I’m good at doing with money is spending it. I don’t know how to budget, pay off debt, make an IRA, ANYTHING. I decided that going on a spending cleanse was my best option. I hope to figure out why I constantly feel a need to buy new things, and how I can improve my financial status. As a young twenty something, I feel like it’s still somewhat acceptable for me to be reckless; however, as I approach my 25th year, I feel that I need to start getting a few things in order.

(“Can she do it? How long will she last? Stay tuned, folks.” -the announcer of my life, if I had one).

-B

Does it get Better?

Last month, my grandfather passed away. At 24 years old, it was the 1st time I ever had to deal with death. To say that I cried is an understatement.

I cried because he is no longer on this earth. Who would I share peanut butter cups with? Who would sing me songs that had my name in them? Who would tell me I was his favorite granddaughter (I was his only granddaughter)?

I cried because I felt like a jerk for being sad about his death. He had been sick for awhile and was no longer in pain; wasn’t it better this way? I also felt like a jerk, because death is not a unique situation. It happens to everyone and we all have to deal with it multiple times over the course of our lives. I wasn’t special for losing someone.

I cried for my grandmother, his partner of over 70 years. They danced together, laughed together, and held hands every night as they fell asleep. They were lifelong companions, still as in love with each other as they were on the day they were married. It was hard to imagine her living a life without him. I will never forget my grandmother’s hand in mine as we stood next to his casket at the cemetery and she asked if she had to leave, if she had to say goodbye.

I cried for my father and my aunts and uncle. They no longer had their father on this earth, and I was so sad for them. The man who had raised them, the man they all could tell hours of stories about. That great man they all admired and loved for 50 odd years was gone. I also cried for my cousins and brother; like me, they had lost someone important, someone who had always been there.

I cried because for 24 years, he was my biggest fan. He came to every soccer game and tennis match and stayed until the very end. Every school play, choir recital or school ceremony, he was usually in the font row with a big smile on his face. Who would be there now?

I can’t say that things are better. Every time I see a peanut butter cup, I feel a tinge of sadness. I still hear his laugh in my head and I fear for the day when I can’t hear that sound, my favorite sound.¬† Even as I write this, my face is wet with tears and I feel a dull headache forming. I have cried so much, I think my sinuses wish they could extricate themselves from my head, just for some peace.

When do I stop feeling sad? Is it just one day, I’ll wake up and it won’t hurt? I won’t feel my own hurt and the hurt of others in my family? I don’t want to forget him, but I wish I could stop feeling sad. When is it going to be better?

via Daily Prompt: Better

Vanity Upgrade

One of my favorite things in my room is my vanity, which also doubles as a desk (when I’m not working from bed). I am currently using a white desk that I got at Target, with a white mirror and lighted vanity make up mirror. Recently I decided to spice things up and add the marble top (marble is my new favorite). I bought this adhesive from Amazon, it was seriously so easy to apply! Would definitely recommend getting this for sprucing up an old space, plus it makes a great backdrop for photos!