Sincerely Seven: Week 25

I thought I would kick off something new called, Sincerely Seven, where I recap my week, tell you something new or share an article or recipe that I found useful over the last seven days. I’m hoping it will encourage me to write on here more, plus share some nuggets that I found useful or interesting over the course of my week. Without further ado, here are my seven highlights from week 25 of 2020.

  1.  I took a 3 day weekend and it was so lovely to not have work on Friday. Since COVID started, I haven’t taken any time off, mostly because it feels weird taking time off when I work from home. It was well needed and I enjoyed every minute, plus I finally got my hair done so back to blonde baby! Sadly semi wishing I had taken off tomorrow too..
  2. In listening to this week’s episode of Work in Progress, I learned why you shouldn’t eat any more shrimp. I’m officially done, and trying to do anything I can to save the ocean.
  3.  I found this recipe for marinated goat cheese and strawberry crostini this week and it sounds SO yummy. I need to run to Trader Joe’s to get some goat cheese and french bread ASAP.
  4. I personally purchased the book, White Fragility, but then I read this article and have decided not to read it. Just wanted to share since I shared that book title earlier on my blog; I would be curious if anyone has read it, what did you think?
  5. I finished the show “Love Life” on HBO and would highly recommend; Anna Kendrick’s character is very lovable and experiences a lot of character development throughout the show/her love life. I also started “Dear White People” on Netflix; though I’m only one episode in, I really like it so far. Logan Browning plays a very fierce lead, helping to highlight the racial issues on her predominantly white college campus.
  6.  I’m currently reading Normal People by Sally Rooney and I can’t put it down! I also can’t wait to start the show after I finish. Has anyone already read/watched?
  7.  I made this chocolate chip cookie and it’s too pretty not to share with the world (since I’m off social media). You can make them too with this recipe from one of the best bakeries in Columbus, OH.

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I hope you had a wonderful week and here’s to wishing for another great seven days ahead!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

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!