Favourite Calligraphy Resources

I have loved lettering & calligraphy for a long time, so a few weeks ago I decided to give it a try! I did some research, bought some tools, and have been practicing ever since :) For those of you wanting to try calligraphy too, I gathered all my favourite resources to help you get started!

The Year of Lettering

Kelly's tumblr

is full of gorgeous inspiration, but she 

shares all her secrets

 too! I found her resources invaluable when I was looking to buy my own.

Molly Jacques Modern Calligraphy Course on 

Skillshare*

(If you sign up with the link above, we both get a free month!)

From how to hold the calligraphy pen, to forming letters, to supplies you'll need & worksheets to help, Molly Jacques shares it all! And it was so handy to visually SEE someone doing everything, rather than just a photo.

Besotted Blog - 

Nib Identification System

I think I purchased almost all of the nibs mentioned in that post, simply because I didn't know where else to start! Tristan also shared a few of her favourite supplies 

here

.

Quaintrelle's 

Intro to Calligraphy

 Workshop

If you're in the Toronto area, Ashley has held two calligraphy workshops already with Post Calligraphy & The Paper Place, and with all the interest there's bound to be more!

Scarlet & Gold - 

Free Webinar

I haven't taken their webinar yet (coming soon!) but their 

Insta

 is always full of inspiration :)

Your favourite calligraphers

I'm not suggesting copying these calligraphy greats, but many of them have kits to purchase with all their favourites, or teach classes you can attend! I love the behind-the-scenes sneak peeks many of them share :)

Molly Jacques Illustration 

Laura Hooper Calligraphy

 (I love her 

Insta

 videos!)

Saffron Avenue

Type & Title

Post Calligraphy

Green Tie Studio

Blue Eye Brown Eye

Or your favourite 

calligraphy fonts*

There are so many styles of calligraphy, and sometimes visualizing them through a font can help you find your favourite style & narrow down your practice.

Where to buy

And all this help is no use if you can't purchase anything :) I bought all my supplies (minus the paper) from 

Paper & Ink Arts

. Their prices are good, shipping was quick & there's just so much fun stuff to look at! You might even have a local arts store that sells calligraphy so be sure to check those out too.

If you're diving into the art of calligraphy too, let me know your favourite resources! I love this community because we can all learn together & support creative endeavours.

xo

* denotes an affiliate link. I may make a small commission, but there is no additional cost to you!

Top 5 FREE Small Business Resources

I have officially dubbed this 'Business Week' on the blog! Shared my fonts yesterday, my favourite resources today, and I have a few more posts lined up for the rest of the week too :)

The 5 resources above are all fantastic. And FREE. While several of the ladies below also have classes or books or things for sale, I love that they offer so much valuable info at no cost.

1 - Biz Ladies Column
I mean, if you don't know or read this column, where have you been?? So much good stuff in those archives!

2 - The Lively Show
Jess's new podcast is off to a fantastic start. I've been a long-time reader of her blog, (which is another great resource by the way!) and I love how Jess approaches business. In addition to the podcast, her ebook 'Wish I Knew' is great, and she has online classes & one-on-one coaching if you want to dig deeper.

3 - Marie TV
Marie is smart, hilarious and so knowledgeable. Her videos are fun to watch and present the ideas in easy to digest formats. Again, her blog is another fantastic resource.

4 - Go Your Own Way
Kristen has packed tons of awesome information into her eBook. I will mention the minor language inside (in case that's not your thing), but the valuable info definitely outweighs that for me.

5 - The Everygirl's Career Profiles
The Everygirl has been featuring amazing women in business since it's inception over 2 years ago. This series is one of my favourite features on the site, although everything on there is pretty great.

There are so many other resources out there - be sure to check locally too as most cities have a business resource centre - but I want to know, what are some of your favourites??

xo,
B

5 Shades of Grey


Grey or greige paint can be so tough to pick. Undertones, room light, furniture - everything comes in to play when you're choosing. It took me a while to choose, and a feel like a bit of a know-it-all when it comes to grey/greige paint now haha so I thought it was only fair to share my favourites :)


I debated all of these (and a few extras), but settled on Special Edition for my bedroom. I'm totally in love and am so happy with it!

Have you used any of these, or other greige shades, in your space?

xo,
B

PS, the giveaway from Printable Wisdom is still open!!

Cheers to 2014!

Happy New Year!

I've been thinking about this post for a week or so now. I thought about posting it before my holiday blog break, but then I thought it might be nice to post it on my three year blog anniversary. Kind of can't believe it's been three years. A lot has changed but I do still enjoy this little space I get to share with you :)

I'm a muller-over. When I get an idea or thought, it sometimes takes me a little while to fully form what I want to say in a cohesive way. And this is what I've been mulling over lately:

You may not be special, but you are unique. Who you are & where you've been & whatever life has thrown your way - all these things come together to create you. And there is no one on the earth quite like you. You are here for a reason - a purpose if you will - even if you don't know what it is yet. And no one else can fulfill your purpose the way you can. It is unique to you. Whatever you do in life, it will never be identical to what someone else is doing. It never can be. So yes, admire and respect and be inspired by others, but do not - do not - let what they are doing influence you negatively. Do not compare, do not gloat, do not be unkind. Behaviour like that helps no one, especially you. You cannot fulfill your purpose while you're looking at what everyone else is doing - nothing happens while you're comparing. You are you. You are not them, and they are not you. You are where you are for a reason, never forget that. 

With that in mind, here are some of the things I want to do/be this year,

Keep it classy. Be kind - to yourself & others. Be thankful - show your gratitude. 

Stop comparing. It's not only the thief of joy, but of everything. 

Be creative. Learn new skills. Try those things you've always wanted to.

Here's to 2014! What are your wishes for the new year?

xo,
B

The Christmas Shower


Well, my first proper maid-of-honour duty was a success :) We had the loveliest time on Saturday! Everyone should have a Christmas bridal shower haha I was a bit nervous as to how everything would work out - it was not a typical bridal shower and you never know what the weather will be like in December. But, everything turned out splendidly! Gently falling snow came down that morning, giving just a hint of Christmas. And everyone was on board with the ornament theme - turned into a bit of a woodland creature/Canadian tree by the end :)

Mom & I headed up the night before to help prepare & decorate. Kirsten, one of my best friends & one the bridesmaids, joined us with her delicious cookies that we packaged up for favours. We realized that the three of us (Sophie, Kirsten & myself) hadn't all been together since Canada Day!! Seems so crazy, but it's always like no time has passed when we get together :)

The house was all decorated for Christmas, just a few touches from me for the party :)

Photo-ception? haha

Kirsten and I are not fans of the usual bridal shower games. So, since we were planning this one, we decided against the usual games and opted for a simple photo game. Many laughs were had picking out the photos and they definitely put a smile on some faces as guests passed by :)

The wildflower banner worked really well - not too Christmas-y or too bridal-y!



Are those pavlova's not the sweetest?? Sophie loves them and I thought those 'Hooray' banners would be just perfect atop them :) They turned out even better than I thought!




I don't think I ended up having a slice of cake (you saw all the other food up top right?) but I'm regretting that a little looking at these photos again!




I don't think Sophie & Michael will need to buy an ornament every again haha They received some of the loveliest ornaments I've ever seen!! The fluffy owl just kills me :) I thought the antler was gorgeous  and the 'country mouse & city mouse' are so sweet. The sock monkey was from me haha had to keep it real :)






There's one bridesmaid missing from the photo below, but she lives in Britain so it's just the three Canadian bridesmaids with Soph below. My dress was vintage and you can sort of see my black & white cameo that I wore. We all unintentionally coordinated in black, white & little bit of green :)

Kirsten, Sophie, Heather, me
I love the two shots below of Sophie & her mum :) I snapped the first one as we sat down (what were you doing Soph?? haha). There's something I love about candid shots, but the more 'posed' one turned out really well too :)


A huge thankyou to Audrey, who opened up her home & organized all the food, and Kirsten - your cookies deserve an award!! haha Couldn't have pulled this off without all your help! And to mama, thankyou for helping & putting up with my endless queries. And to everyone that came!! Thankyou for making it such a special day for Sophie :) I know her and Michael will treasure your gifts for years to come.

If you've made it to the end of this post - thankyou! You can read more about my planning here & here, and see how I incorporated some of the decor into a Christmas tablescape here. And if you want to see even more photos from the day, you can view the whole album here.

I've also got two little DIY's that I made for the shower - glitter jars & paper banners - coming later this week! Hope your week is going well!

xo,
B

Psalms


If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 
no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 
For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. 
They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

I've always loved Psalm 91:11, but on my journey through the Psalms this month, I read the whole of chapter 91. Not sure why it's never stood out to me before, but that last half is such a beautiful thought.

Hope your week is off to a good start :)

xo,
B

Oceans


I'm not a big music buff, so I often end up discovering things wayyy after they've 'happened'. Like Oceans. So good.

I know it's Tuesday, but I took yesterday off so today is 'Monday' for me. And there's nothing like some beautiful thoughts to start the week :)

Hope your day is going well!

xo,
B

ps, only a few more days to enter the Holly Sharpe giveaway! 

A Christmas Bridal Shower

top to bottom, left to right:

I know, it's not even Halloween and I'm talking about Christmas. But it's for a good reason!!

I can't remember if I've mentioned it on here before, but my best friend is getting married next summer and has asked me to be the maid of honour! :D

The bride-to-be is currently living in the UK, but will be back for Christmas so we're planning a Christmas bridal shower/party. I've been googling ideas and etiquette all morning, and I think we're going to be breaking most of the rules haha We'll be inviting people who aren't invited to the wedding, since the wedding is going to be quite small. And because she'll be living in the UK after the wedding, she won't be able to take anything big back with her (or risk incurring massive shipping charges!).

I know she won't mind skipping some of the traditional shower activities, but I do still want it to be a lovely afternoon for her & the guests. Above are a few of the ideas I've been gathering from Pinterest, but I'd love to hear from those of you who've thrown showers or had one thrown for you - what did you do/love? Any special ideas or games that turned out really well? Anything a definite must-do or don't?

xo,
B

House Colour Palette

I know we can't be the only family to have such colour indecision. We've gathered paint swatches for months, debating colour ideas and going back & forth. But, fall is almost here and we need to paint!

As of this very moment, only two of these colours are on our walls (Natural Wicker & Gossamer Blue). And one is standing in as the rough shade of our living/dining room wallpaper (Green Smoke). The other four are still in idea stage, but I wanted to put them all together to see what I thought, and what you guys think! So here is the shade breakdown:

Green Smoke - our living & dining room have this kind of crazy but kind of awesome deep green wallpaper, and it's staying. It's roughly the shade of Green Smoke, although it is two-tone, so some parts are a bit lighter. While overall it is quite dark, we have light pine floors and lots of white trim so it works fairly well.

Revere Pewter - I think we should paint our kitchen cabinets this colour. It goes well with our current countertops (which aren't changing), white appliances (not changing in the near future) and IKEA island & chairs (which we love & wish we'd bought sooner!). We might do the upper cabinets a shade or two lighter, but at least the bottom cabinets will be this colour.

Teresa's Green - in real life, this shade looks a bit lighter and not quite as green. I think this might work really well on the kitchen walls(!). With white appliances, white trim (5 doors & a window in the kitchen), greige cabinets and black floor, it needs a colour that works will all of that and doesn't clash with the living/dining room or family room which both lead off the kitchen. I think some shade of light turquoise-green might look really good :)

Merlot Red - We've been thinking of painting the family room red for a while. It gets a TON of natural light thanks to 2 big windows and a skylight so it won't feel too dark. And I think the red will make it feel cozy (gets a little cold in there in the winter) and be a fun pop of colour off the kitchen :)

Natural Wicker - Moving upstairs, this is the colour on our back staircase walls (we have 2 staircases, welcome to old homes! haha) and upstairs hallway. Good, solid neutral that works will the current carpet and back staircase colour (black bean soup I think?).

Gossamer Blue - One of the bedrooms is in this colour and it's so lovely. Looks gorgeous with white trim and beige-y carpet.

Cornforth White - The colour I'm thinking for my bedroom! I was leaning towards a grey a little darker (Martha Stewart Chinchilla) but this one is my current favourite. Just the perfect amount of grey to offset the white trim and sand-y carpet.

The first four would be downstairs, while the last 3 are/would be upstairs. The whole house has chunky white trim and with the exception of the kitchen, fairly light floors. What do you guys think?

xo,
B

Artist Love: Stephanie Sterjovski


Today I am so excited to be featuring a designer I so admire. If you don't already know who Stephanie Sterjovski is, you should! She's been featured on The Everygirl, Framework Mag, and HGTV Magazine to name a few. Her style is impeccable and her print shop is full of the loveliest prints I've ever seen. She is incredibly talented and can only keep rising from here :)

AND, if that wasn't exciting enough, Stephanie will also be speaking at BlogPodium! I'm so thrilled to be speaking alongside her :) (Her talk is 'From Blog to Business') If you want more information on BlogPodium (or on either of our talks!) there's a button in the sidebar that will take you there :)
I am so excited to be sharing an interview with Steph today - a little bit of insider knowledge on her lovely shop :)

Hello
Your shop opened last summer, what inspired you to open it? What was/is your goal or motivation behind it?
My readers inspired me to open my shop after getting asked every week if I sold my “Wordy Wednesday” posts on my old blog. I had a huge love for graphic design as well, and loved creating these fun pieces. My goal was just to spread positive expressions in everyone’s home.

Proverbs 31:25
Who is your perfect customer? Does she have a story?
I value all my customers, and especially love working on custom orders with them or hearing how my prints (especially the words I choose to use in my designs) have touched their lives in a positive way.

Good Things
You have come out with some seriously beautiful collections & prints, where do you get your inspiration? 
Thank You! I get inspired by so many things, I literally write a new idea down everyday in my notebook, or on my phone while I am out exploring life, immersing myself in fashion and design. I go through all my ideas at the end of each month and then fine tune them in to a collection.

Colossians 3:14
LOVE
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints? 
My pink & gold LOVE print was a happy accident, I was playing around with placement of the letters moving them around to create them into a diamond, and all of a sudden I loved how it looked where I had placed them to be separated. That one kind of just stuck with me :)

Only Happy Thoughts
What is your favourite item in your store?
My favourite item in the store right now is my new print, Only Happy Thoughts. The gold foil combined with those profound words remind me to focus on the joy, plus I am gold obsessed right now!
________________

Thankyou so much Steph!! Love the story of how your 'LOVE' print turned out - such a beautiful 'accident'!! And the gold foil prints are stunning. Need to find room for one! (I already have & love this print!)

Steph's blog is one of my daily reads - she always has the most beautiful photos! (clearly evidenced by her shop photos above too!) She posts on everything from style to beauty to the lovely little things that make her smile :)

You can check out her shop here & be sure to follow along with Steph on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, & Instagram!!

xo,
B

Backyard Updates


You may remember me mentioning our backyard-spruce-up-project a few weeks ago, and today I have some photos to share!

This is the view out our back door onto the deck and the yard beyond. The patio stones (at the bottom of the steps) are new, as are the garden beds along either side. Well, they were there before but looked a little overgrown and shabby. Such an improvement! (I kind of love this photo - the raindrops in focus look so cool!)

If you walk past the deck and around the corner, there's a fence and gate covered in grape vines haha We've planted some wisteria (you can see it in the bottom right) to hopefully grow in and around the vines.


They grow like weeds, but I think forget-me-nots are so sweet! They're the prettiest blue and they look lovely in (controlled) patches :)


Our new tree! I think it's a Japanese Maple and hopefully when it grows a little it will offer some privacy for the deck. It's such a lovely contrast to all the green.


And finally, what might be one of my favourite details, the garden boots! Some family friends came to help with our garden and they brought these old boots with them (the soles are worn out). We filled them with succulents and sat them on a tree stump beside the patio. They just make me smile :)


I am also happy to report that my little herb garden is doing quite well! The basil is thriving and I've been including it in everything lately. The mint is also super happy (it's pretty hard to kill) and I'm thinking I need to make some lemon & mint water soon :)

How are your outdoor spaces looking? Do you have a little herb garden too?

xo,
B

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a print from Claire Heffer!!