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if you remember from an old post from last year, one of my bucket list items for 2107 was to learn calligraphy & hand lettering! I adore gorgeous lettering & I can look at different pictures of peoples beautiful works for hours.
For Christmas, I got my starter pack of ink, nibs, paper, a book & more! I'm not totally sure what I anticipated when I started to practice, but it's not what really happened. I browsed through my book, read a ton, watched videos & set myself up. But actually putting that nib to a piece of paper was a very different feel.
While I knew how difficult it is to learn, I had really high hopes that I would learn so fast. I'm so eager to expand using this skill especially since I love doing this so far. But what I quickly learned is this is most definitely a skill that requires a lot of effort & a lot of patience.
Getting used to simply writing with the pen & nib was so tricky. I had to play around with getting used to & familiar with how much ink goes in my nib, when there's too much which causes ink explosions on the page, when there's too little and you're about to start a new letter. Even just the basic way to hold the pen and how to glide it on the paper is tricky!
But what I've loved so far is how it relaxes me. Right now I have SO much learning to do & TONS of practice to go, but I'm enjoying the ride. It actually reminds me of when I first learned to sew a few years ago. My mom taught me how to thread the machine & how to run a line of stiches. And then I just took off.
I learn best with just going full force with something & learning on the way. I had only been sewing for less than a month when I took on my first t-shirt quilt. My goodness did I learn so much! Because of that, making t-shirt quilts is one of my strongest assets.
Knowing myself, I want to really go big with hand lettering but I'm trying to contain myself. I think one of the trickiest things about this process is finding your own signature style. I always remember back in elementary school when we were learning cursive. My fifth grade teacher told us that while right now we learn the proper way, as we get older we each will develop our very own, unique signature.
That has stuck with me during this whole process. I'm trying to do both things at once- learn the basics while adding my own flare. It's definitely not the proper way to learn, but my life has never really been proper. What I love is when I write a letter that not only looks like the actual letter, but looks pretty cool! It's a tiny sense of accomplishment!
I am loving writing y's, s's & lower case r's the most. Capital B's are growing on me. But those darn lower case m's & n's are really throwing me for a loop! But regardless, experimenting is fun. Let me tell you- there are so many pages of paper with crazy looking letters & crazy phrases. But it's cool to see how I've already improved from night 1!
You can tell from the pictures that I am nowhere near perfect or remotely good. But I am getting there! I'm working on limiting the hesitation in my strokes because right now, you can see that when you're looking at it. I know with time that will correct itself as I get more comfortable with lettering. I'm also working on perfecting letters. I want my letters to match one other so that when I write words like "Fluffy" (my teddy bear's name, duh!), I want the f's to look as identical as they can!
I have so many mini goals and larger goals that I am looking forward to hitting! I'm already envisioning all the new things I'll be able to make once my skill level greatly improves! It's going to be a really great time!
I can't wait to keep you in the loop of this progress! If you're into calligraphy & hand lettering- share with me any tips you have or your favorite ways you've learned this skill! I'd love to hear it!
Teaching myself how to make a wreath was on my DIY bucketlist! I totally missed the opportunity to do a fall or winter one which was fine because we already have wreaths for those seasons. I decided I'd try one for Valentines Day because, why not?
I went more on the non traditional side, so teaching myself how to make a traditional wreath is still on my DIY bucketlist. I liked making this one though because it wasn't something you can just pickup at a store. It was also a great craft to make while sitting on the couch catching up on TV. It definitly required much more time than I anticipated, I was also working at a lesiurely pace (I mean, I did get distracted with some scenes from Once Upon a Time!). So I do suggest for this craft to spice up your TV time by making this at the same time!
What you need:
As you'll notice with my wreath, I have a huge chunk of just purple tulle chillin' on my wreath. I was hoping I'd have enough of my hot pink tulle that was already opened, to get me through the entire thing, but halfway through I realized I didn't! So I figured, since I had the most of the purple left (I had a double roll of purple) that I would just spice up my wreath- and that's what I did! I figured I'd focus on my embelishments on this area anyway, so it wouldn't stand out too much.
The fun thing about situations like this though is that with DIY projects, you create the rules! Your projects don't have to be absolutely perfect nor do they have to follow any rules. Get creative, try something new! With this craft, if you don't like a pattern you did or the colors you're using, simply untie the knots and try something else!
Hope you have fun with this cute craft!
I'm so excited about this next create a critter craft! This is the perfect opportunity for everybody's creativity to take shape & to shine! It's also a great craft that will use up any leftover supplies too!
What you need:
I like this craft becuase there's no wrong way to do it! You can really push the limits & have lots of fun with it or you can create a critter version of a friend you're giving a Valentine to! I also love how inexpensive this is AND that you're recycling! Chances are, you probably have everything you need (and more) already lying around the house! It's a perfect activity for any age- I had a great time making my critters!
I've been blogging for a good amount of time & one of my favorite things to do is to collaborate with other bloggers or small business owners. And from experience, sometimes you'll run into some tricky people to work with. Because of that, I got a little turned off from hosting guest bloggers or doing guest blogging. When I decided this winter to bring it back, I was so excited that I got connected with Clarissa from The View From Here.
She is such a sweetheart!!! When I have a guest blogger, I like to give them a lot of freedom to do something that they're passionate about. She & I bounced around some ideas for what she should do for the blog and I was SO excited she chose to do a Valentine's Day Ice Cream Bar! It's something that I would not have thought to do for a post & when I saw what she came up with, I was PUMPED to share with you all!
Below are some sneak peaks at her gorgeous creation- it'll make your sweet tooth drool & you'll be so ready to host your own themed ice cream bar! Be sure to get your butt over to her amazing website to see the full details on this post & to see what else she's about! She's going to make your list of favorite bloggers after this post!
My sister & I joke around a lot about what fictional places we wish we lived in. Usually, it's a toss up between Stars Hollow & Hogwarts (I also wished I lived in the Friends version of Manhattan). So when we found out that Gilmore Girls were making a Netflix come back last fall, we were beyond excited! I knew we needed some sort of fun mug for our watching enjoyment. Thus, the f*ck this, I'm moving to Stars Hollow mug was born!
I had no intention on selling this mug but after I posted it on Instagram, I started to get some responses & custom orders for this exact mug. I figured, why not expand this into so many awesome fictional places? So, after the craziness of the holidays, I knew it was time to debut these! With a little help from my friends, we created a pretty well rounded bunch of fictional places perfect for pretty much everybody!
Already, since these have been at both our online store here & our Etsy shop, the hits have been awesome! I can't wait for this line to begin to soar & to eventually expand past our 12 fictional places! You can even now order these as mugs, tumblers or wine glasses! So be sure to choose your favorite place & your favorite type of drink ware!
But for now, you can order these fictional places:
I love crafts, obviously & I loved doing holiday themed crafts this past winter. So, I decided I would keep bringing you those fun holiday themed crafts! Today, I'm going to share with you the first of two fun kids create a critter crafts. Both of these are inexpensive, simple & fun! Hope you enjoy!
What you need:
I love these because they end up being super cute! But I also love these, because they're so inexpensive! You can easily get yarn on sale & one bunch of yarn will get you a bunch of these critters! Combine a few yarns together or buy the fun multi colored ones (like the one I used) and you add some extra pazazz!
These make a great extra little something when handing out Valentines!
I was cleaning the other day & found a whole mess of crayons- some with wrappers on, some brand new, some broken & used. Then, I remembered seeing that you can take crayons & re-melt them into new, fun crayons! So, I figured, why not? I don't use them really often at all, so I thought it would be a fun, easy experiment.
Here are my instructions & tips to making your own crayons! Have fun!
This was fun & easy! It's such a simple way to save those broken crayons that you might otherwise throw away. I do suggest using the smaller silicon molds if you're worried about breaking them. Part of me wants to try this craft again & spray the molds lightly with cooking spray before placing the crayons in. While I don't think it'll help with popping them out, it won't hurt to try!
And like I said- make sure you're using molds you don't intend to use for baking or cooking again. I used new molds & will only be able to use them for a second crayon project! They ended up being stained from the dyes in the crayons- so just be sure you're using ones you're good to donate to your crafting adventures!
We hope you have fun recycling your crayons!
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!