Happy New Year friends! I’ve taken the most time off for the holidays as I eeeever have and it’s been glorious. Before I get back into new fun DIY projects that I’ve been working on, I wanted to take a minute to look back and see what projects you have been loving and share a few of my personal favourites that didn’t make the cut. I’m sharing my 5 most viewed posts this year (published aaaanytime), the 5 most viewed posts that I published this year, and my 5 underdogs.
You guys! I am SO excited for today. It is my e-course launch day and I’m already floored by the support! I just wanted to post a HIP HIP HURRAY here along with a little more information for you if you’re considering joining me. Today is the LAST DAY for pre-sale pricing (midnight tonight), so if you are thinking about it- there’s no better time.
You can grab all the information on the course AND check out my new ‘give it as a gift’ option on the course page RIGHT HERE. But what I really wanted to share is this invitation video I made. I’ll go ahead and let myself do the talking now while I finish up course prep ;)
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m loving brush lettering. I love it as a hobby, I love it as decor in my home, and I love it as a discipline to learn. But honestly, it’s not something I’m naturally talented at. It was a lot of work to learn- and I always look at what I produced yesterday and am thinking about how I can improve it. I was so determined to make it happen, I’m glad I took the risk and hit publish on those posts even if I look back at the pieces I shared online when I started out and I can’t believe I hit publish on them. It’s amazing how much you can grow and change in few years.
Today I wanted to share a bit about why I bothered learning at all. Why I bothered putting so much time into something that I wasn’t awesome at. Everyone’s ‘why’ is a little different and I love hearing about motivations and drivers behind others. If you’re considering learning brush lettering with us, I’m sure you can relate to a few of these reasons! I really love to try new skills, but I’ve said before and I’ll keep on saying it… I’m pretty impatient. I love to DIY but I take every shortcut available. Instead of investing in learning to letter the proper way, I took every shortcut there was out there. And it ended up taking a lot longer to learn than if I’d just enrolled in a course. But that’s the way I do things ;)
Ultimately- I learned for one big reason, then found SO many other wonderful reasons along the way. I wanted to have beautiful things online (hey, blog), in my home, and at my parties- and my budget didn’t support the price tag. I know this is a really non-elegant and inspiring reason, but it was the biggest driver for me when I started. I’d covet some beautiful sign on Pinterest daily, knowing I couldn’t order that thang because I had to order drywall (hurray for renovations). I knew if I wanted handlettered style in my life, I was going to have to learn it myself. Along the way I found so much satisfaction in the creation, it’s totally therapeutic. I found it a joy to give handmade gifts and letter pieces to bless my friends and family that wanted that special quote on their walls or that were getting married and wanted some special signs made for their big day. I loved addressing snail mail with a little flourish and script. It was so rewarding to work at something and see visual improvements when most of the things we do day to day are such a slow process. It’s become such a big part of my life, something I love so much and really get such joy out of.
I would love if you joined me in learning brush lettering if that’s something you’ve been dreaming of. I know you’ll get so much joy from it as well. I wrote this out and realized it’s a bit long, but it was so wonderful recapping my story! I love seeing how far I’ve come and had a great time taking a walk down memory lane. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, read on, friend ;)Continue Reading…
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I am sneaking in a few minutes between family dinners, visiting and kids play time to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and let you know that I am over at Creative Live blog sharing these 10 free hand drawn arrow overlays to use in your images and graphics. Fo- free. You can check that out RIGHT here!
I’m going to leave it at that: free arrow overlays. And get back to eating pie and drinking coffee with my sister. Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend (Thanksgiving or not)! I’ll be back tomorrow (on my birthday!) with a fun giveaway for all of you :)
Happy Tuesday! I have an exciting giveaway to share with you today. My friend Tan over at Squirrelly Minds (fellow Canadian blog btw!) has been blogging for FIVE years. That’s like forever in blog time, I swear. I’m so happy to be able to celebrate with her and offer a custom hand lettered as part of this giveaway bundle. Obviously, this giveaway is chock full of good stuff! And one person will win it all! I’ll turn it over to Tan from here!
Bre from Brepurposed | 5 digital downloads curated to create a beautiful gallery wall
Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling | 6 digital download prints, a value of $45
MJ from Good In Store| Comfy and chic t-shirt with a meaningful message
Colleen from Lemon Thistle | One 8×10 custom hand lettered piece, lettered in ink or watercolour, up to 10 words.
Tan of Squirrelly Minds | $75 Gift Certificate to the Squirrelly Minds Paper Shop
See that up there? See all that lovely stuff? One of YOU will win it all! Why? Because we’re celebrating Squirrelly Minds turning FIVE with 5 fantastic items!Continue Reading…
Alright guys, it’s been THREE years that I’ve had this blog. If you follow along on Snap Chat, you’ll see that my hubby got me the sweetest flowers and cheesiest birthday card (addressed to Lemon Thistle). I never would have imagined that I’d be doing this three years later- and being so in love with it! Thank you SO much for sticking around, reading my rants, crazy ideas, and all about my failures in crafting. Plus the DIYs. If you didn’t show up, I wouldn’t either… really.
To celebrate and say a big THANK YOU! To you guys, I want to do a giveaway. I am going to give away three custom hand lettered pieces (watercolor or ink, up to 10 words). It will probably take me a few weeks to get them lettered and shipped out to you but might I suggest that would be perfect timing to check someone off your Christmas list?
Anyways… thank you, thank you. I really am so appreciative. To enter, get your name in by entering with the Rafflecopter below!
Some notes on ‘rules’. As always, this giveaway is open to US and Canada. BUT since I know my international friends are bummed about this I’m opening it up internationally for a digital print. This means I’d still do a custom print for you but I’d email you the printable file instead of shipping :) Also, since free entries are the bomb, you can grab one of those every. single. day. And I’m going on vacation, friends so this giveaway will close THIS COMING WEEKEND! So get your name in quickly.