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Hello! Have you seen The Lego Movie? Then you recognize these lyrics? The song sticks, and I’m okay with that. We saw the movie over the weekend and I have to admit that I adore Will Ferrell. I will snort and laugh in the most unladylike manner in any movie he graces. He makes me giggle like no other. From what I have read, most lettering projects usually involve practicing letters first, then a phrase. This song came to mind for me. Hee.

 

Okay, so a few of my friends and family have asked me about my approach to lettering. I have gathered some of my fave blogs and lettering artists / calligraphers to share with you. I can’t find words to describe how superb they are:

 

Below is my version in various stages. Materials used:

I have not shown you anything in pointed pen yet. As soon as I collect my materials and take a course (or 2), I promise to share my attempts. For anything we do it really all boils down to practice. Have fun with it! Can’t wait to see what you do.

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Tip:

Made a mistake? Don’t despair! Use a craft knife to correct any mistakes. The key is to gently scratch the surface of the paper until the ink is off.

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Hello Everyone!

For those of you who do not know me, I was born and raised in the lovely little gem of the Caribbean known as Trinidad and Tobago. My best memories are associated with this time of year – the Carnival season. The weather is superb, the parties and music go on forever and … the food. I need a separate post on the food…Delish. For now, here is a little something for those of you hosting a Trini party, or any party coming to think of it. A way to label your sumptuous dishes and a conversation starter for the story of its yummy origins. (more…)

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A quick post to share my new fave app – Waterlogue. I’m seeing beautiful images in watercolor popping up a lot – I hope this trend will stand the test of time! If you have an iPhone or iPad, Waterlogue takes an image and coverts it to its version of a watercolor image. Pretty handy and not crazy expensive. Today’s feature image was taken with my iPhone and converted a la Waterlogue. If you look closely at my favicon (the teeny weeny icon next to my url in your browser.. yep, same image. How did I do it? I placed a fake flower  and leaves onto white poster board, snapped the pic and Waterlogue did the rest. What pretty pictures will you make today? Happy snapping!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing you a day of love and all the great things that come with it.

We moved to Maryland just over a year and a half ago from Toronto, Canada. As we slowly adjusted to our new home, there were many life lessons that came our way. One of these important lessons was – you guessed it  – love notes. Part of our morning ritual when I dropped the boys to summer camp was to write a love note (which was read out to their respective groups later in the day). I think it is such a wonderful idea to get a little daily reminder of how much you are loved. To this day, we still do love notes (Big is in 2nd grade, and Small is in pre-K). What do you need? Easy:

  1. Paper (I use sticky notes)
  2. Pen/Pencil (the one in the image is the Pilot Varsity fountain pen)
  3. Love (it’s Valentine’s Day, indulge me!)

What to write? Anything that sticks (no pun intended). A simple “I love you” will suffice. One of the parents at Small’s pre-K had the awesome idea of writing fun facts. I try to do that, but there are times when I forget what the fun fact is by the time I write the note at drop-off (tip: put the fact’s web page on your phone). It’s also a great way for older kids (Big) to practice reading and learning something about their favorite {insert game, animal, etc}. His note is usually written at home and tucked into his lunch bag.

The boys gave us this lovely homemade card (featured image) this morning with their own Valentine’s love note inside. What will you write in your love notes?