Hand-lettering/calligraphy has become an incredibly valuable and practical skill to learn! Here are some creative and practical ways to use your calligraphy skills (or the free printable at the bottom of the post) for your Thanksgiving table.Read More
"Consistency is key!" This worn old adage couldn't be more applicable to hand-lettering and calligraphy. Especially when you're learning, your letters should be consistent—in height, width, slant, and so much more. Of course, I believe that this rule, once learned, can and should be stylistically broken. But you should learn to form letters the way they are intended first, before you can approach variations. Practice sheets will help.Read More
Bullet journaling is the most versatile planner system in existence—the rules are created to be broken (or rigidly adhered to, depending on your personality) to create the perfect planner for anyone. Ryder Carroll, who invented the system, has a great summary: "The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less." You can check out his website for an overview of the system and some more ideas. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to Bullet Journal systems. (If you are local to Spokane, I occasionally teach a workshop on this topic; see if I have any upcoming classes on it here).
I’m often asked for recommendations on notebooks and other supplies for bullet journaling. I could recommend a lot of supplies, as I’m a pen and journal aficionado, but for the purpose of this post, I’ve distilled it down to my five absolute favorite items—the essentials.Read More
It is my firm conviction that it is possible to decorate with style without breaking the bank. You shouldn't have to fork out thousands—or hours upon hours of your time, either—just to get some nice decor on your walls.
Make a List
Are you on a budget? Or maybe you aren't, but should be? We've all been there. Figure out exactly what you want, make a list, and stick to it—this will keep you from being swayed by the beautiful displays at your favorite stores that you can't afford and that wouldn't work for your home anyway. Do your research beforehand and create Pinterest boards. Oftentimes, it takes months to accumulate the decor you want when you're doing it on a budget—whether that's because of monetary constraints or because you don't have time to bargain hunt multiple times per week to find exactly what you want. So, prioritize what you need to get first, and be willing to play the long game for the rest of the items. Sometimes, if you wait, you'll end up getting exactly what you want for sale, anyway.Read More
This year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation—soli Deo gloria, to God alone be the glory! This fall, Christians all over the globe are celebrating God's mercy to His Church in the form of doctrinal reform in the areas of divine grace, justification, the authority of Scripture, and the church's worship.Read More