Monday, November 2, 2015

Hand Lettering...Which Pens I like best

Hello all!  What's this?  A craft related post.  I can't believe it myself.  I've taken pretty much a hiatus from everything crafty.  We've had a lot going on in our lives the last month.  I've really been enjoying hand lettering lately.  I usually sit at the table in the evenings when Erik and I catch up on our days and write.  It's relaxing for me.  I also set up a tray and night and practice while we watch TV.  Currently, we are watching Sons of Anarchy.  It's really good.

I know I have a TON of practice to do.  I just wanted to share some things I'm using with you guys.  There is a ton of information on the internet.  Tons and it's easy to get overwhelmed.  I've always like handwriting and been interested in all kinds of fonts, etc.  What gave me a good jump start was a class I took from Studio Calico called "Love Your Lettering" by Jasmine Jones.  She gave a lot of really great tips.  She suggested using this pen:

I actually love this pen.  It has a drag to it that I like.  I also like the thicker tip.  I can't decide which pen I like more.  This one or my Sharpie.
I love that the Sharpie is so smooth when it writes.  I also like the fine tip.  I get that this is opposite of what I love about the Papermate.  It's just that I really like them both for different reasons.

As I was getting started on the hand lettering, I was filling in the downstrokes of the letters to make them appear more "Calligraphy" like.  To be honest, it was time consuming so I decided to try my hand with brush pens.  I started with this one.
I got two of them.  One was black and the other was True Blue.  They were good pens and I like the dual tip.  However, I noticed a difference between them.  The black marker was firmer than the colored one.  I heard a lot about the Tombow brush pens.  I decided to try them out.  You can see the pen in my first photo (Hello November).  I love this pen!  Love it!!

This pen is awesome.  It's firmer than the Prisma Colors so it's easier to control.  It doesn't have a strong odor..which sitting for a couple of hours and writing the smell can get to you.  I also really love the thin tip.  I used it in the picture above to write Roald Dahl.  It took a bit to get used to the brush pens, but I like the results far better than drawing the letters and filling in the down strokes.  It is far less time consuming and looks much smoother.

I should mention that I am also writing in a tracing paper pad that I bought at Target. I like that the paper is slippery and the pen slides nicely over it.  It's thin enough too, that I can put a paper with lines underneath as a guide.  I might buy a sketch book eventually, but I'm happy with the tracing paper for now.

Well, I hope this post helps if you are interested in hand lettering.  Have a great day.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I have nothing to post

I literally have nothing to post.  I'm just coming in here today and letting you all know I'm still alive.  I'm still missing all of my photos.  I have a few new ones.  I haven't finished restoring my computer with software.  My backup is bad and it might cost $1000 to restore.  At this point, we are trying to decide if its worth it.  I am currently searching for the best online back up systems that can be a back up for our backup.  I will let you know what we decide on.  So all in all, I'm alive, we have a lot going on, and I can't wait to give you good news updates. I am also still trying to figure out the iCloud...I have no new pictures on my computer right now...which I should since it should be synced.  That is why this is a pictureless post.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Around Here

I can't believe it has been so long since my last blog post.  We have had a ton of stuff going on.  I've been super busy with my new job.  It's finally settling down.  We lost our girl, Jill.  She got liver cancer and we had to put her down.  I'm sharing photos from my Instagram account because my hard drive crashed and even though I had a backup on the time capsule, my photos couldn't be restored to my computer.  I lost 34 thousand photos. :(  Apple is going to see if we can go to a data recovery place and get them back.  Anyhow, here you go...

This summer we had my Uncle Mike's memorial.  Those are my aunts.

 Me and my cousins.

 My new classroom

 Erik on the news.  There were church bombings in our town.  The FBI is still investigating.  No one was hurt thank God.
 First day of school

 Chile from our garden.
 My birthday...Erik surprised me with a crab and lobster boil.

 We've been going to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays
 The absolute best place to get a Green Chile Quesadilla

 Wolfie and Fluffy
 I got a kick out of this sign at the wine fest.  No I was not removed..hahaha.  I was the DD.  Some girl did pass out though.
It was so hot out that day.

 All of the cousins...they are growing up fast.
 My mom, Josh, and Emilio took the boys to White Sands.

 Jill's last week.  Erik went hunting and she was just waiting for him to come home.  We went up on Friday to meet him.  This was her last hunting trip.

 She still loved the water.

 The morning glories in my yard.  I love them.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello ladies!!  Welcome to the Clique Kits Pep Rally for August.  You should have arrived here from Emma's blog.  I have been super, super busy with a new job!!  I love it, but I've had little time to come up for air.  I only got one layout done for this kit which I really love :(  I love the colors.  I love the type on the pages, and I love the gold!!

I created a super simple layout.  I loved the pinks and blues together.  The stars came from the Clique Into Color Kit.  This layout is of my son.  He dressed as a nerd for Halloween and he looked so cute.  He's the cutest nerd I've ever seen, anyway.

Your next stop is Cassandra's blog.  Have a beautiful day!!

Just in case you got lost, here is the entire blog list.

Clique Kits
Sandy G.*
Emma Pescott  ----You came from here
Mariah are here
Cassandra* here next
Kim Allen
Evi ortes

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Update...Craziness is going on here.

Hi everyone!  It's been ages since I updated.  It's mostly due to the fact that I moved school districts.  I got a job closer to home where all of us will be on the same schedule.  It sort of just dropped into my lap.  It was so hard to leave my old school.  I cried like a baby.  Leaving the people I've worked with the last 13 years was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

Here are the boys on the first day of school.  As for me, I was originally hired as a Kinder teacher.  Then surprise, I was moved to Second Grade.  I'm actually very happy.  It's so nice to be home with the boys when they leave in the morning.  It takes an immense weight off of my shoulders.  I get up when I would have been leaving for the last 5 years.  The kids get to sleep in a little later too.  So that's just a bit of what's been going on.  I will try to do a complete update soon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August Clique Kits Challenge

This month we are excited to have Winnie & Walter as our August challenge sponsor!  Here is a little bio about your friends over at Winnie & Walter!
Winnie & Walter is a small pup of a company with a big heart and a simple philosophy: to have fun creating and create products that are fun to create with.  With their versatile and timeless designs, dedication to the crafting community, boundless enthusiasm, and sunny eager-to-please attitude, Winnie & Walter is sure to become one of your best crafty friends.
Make sure to head on over to their Facebook page and give them a Like!  We sure do love the ladies over at Winnie & Walter!
Here are a few details to go along with this months ANYTHING GOES challenge!
  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by August 31st, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello all!!  You should have arrived here from Sandy's blog.  Today, I am going to share my planner page for August and I have a process video for you.  I will tell you, me and technology have been bumping heads for a while.  I won the battle, though so that's all that counts. Ha.

I purchased the MAMBI planner from the Clique Kits Store and I LOVE IT!!  The July Kit was such a fun kit and I used some of the papers to create my August Planner page.

You are off to Donna's Blog.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Clique Kits
Hannah Lemieux
Sandy G.*
Megan Blethen
Kim Allen 
Taina Cortes


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