I Can Do Hand Embroidery Now!

Remember at the beginning of the month when I shared that my goal for June was to learn a new creative outlet? Well… I DID IT! I learned how to do (the basics of) hand embroidery and I even finished a little project!

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How cute is that?!?! I know- adorable! For my first attempt, I’m pretty proud of it! It’s a little guy – 5 inches across – but it is displayed proudly on the shelf in my dining room.

This was my first time using a class and kit from Brit + Co, and I seriously can’t recommend it enough! They send you all the materials you need for your selected project, and the video class was easy to follow and actually helpful! I didn’t have to google anything or search out additional tutorials on YouTube – I call that a win!

I was pretty sure that I would enjoy this new craft, and you know what? I really did. I had a lot of fun doing this. It was relaxing, but I still had to concentrate and pay attention to what I was doing, and I really think that I’ll do some more of these! Now that I know the basics of hand embroidery, I think I’m going to try and make another one before the month is over (using my own design maybe?) We’ll see how it works out!

Have you ever tried a Brit + Co class? Are you a hand embroidery pro? Let me know and we can be creative together!

How to Fake Calligraphy and Make Beautiful Things

Hand lettering is all over the internet… and I LOVE it! It seems like a good chunk of the things I see on Pinterest and Etsy have beautiful script and gorgeous calligraphy and I wanted to do it, too! There is only one problem… I don’t know how to do calligraphy. I don’t own calligraphy pens. I don’t have any plans to by calligraphy pens. So what did that leave me with? Fake it till you make it. And that’s what I did! I started practicing and after lots of trial and error, I found a method that worked for me. Here is what I do!

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I start out doodling with pencil. It usually takes a lot of practice, multiple tries, and I use my eraser. A lot. You don’t have to use graph paper, but I find that it can be helpful.

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Next I draw in thicker lines in the loops and where a downward pen stroke would be. This is what gives it that ‘calligraphy’ look.

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Now, I start to trace with a thin Sharpie pen!

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Once you’re done, you can go on to whatever your next steps are! Last summer I put my Sharpie outline under doilies and traced to make pretty place cards for a dinner party. I plan on scanning this and making some fun projects with Illustrator!

So now it’s your turn! Get your pencil and start doodling! Don’t worry if you mess up, my doodles have parts crossed out all the time! Also I’ve realized that I really only have one style of hand lettering so far… I need to practice more and get some more variety! But I do love the loops and curls!

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Send It With Style

Staying in touch with people is very important to me. Thanks to technology like e-mail, texting, and even blogging, it is faster and easier than ever to do so. While texting is one of my very favorite things to do (sadly I’m not even kidding. It’s even a little joke in my family that every month I text way more than all of my other family members. Combined.) there has always been something very appealing to me about the art of writing letters.

This love of writing letters has been there my entire life. My good friend Kelsey and I used to write letters back and forth to each other constantly when we were younger. I’ve had pen-pals overseas and in other states. I’ve written to friends and family who live nearby. I just love putting pen to paper and sending a little love and joy in the mail. As I was writing a letter today to send to a friend, I looked at the envelope and did not enjoy how plain and boring it was. So naturally the only logical thing to do is make fun, pretty envelopes!

So many fun envelopes!

I got the idea from a blog post I saw over at Design and Nonsense and was amazed at how easy and fast this little project was! I just used some leftover scrapbook paper that I had laying around my apartment, but the possibilities here are endless! You could use sheet music, maps, wallpaper samples, magazine pages, and the list can go on and on! Here’s what you do:

  • Step 1: Gather supplies (you’ll need pretty paper, an envelope you don’t mind taking apart, scissors, a pencil, and an adhesive, I used double-sided tape
  • Step 2: Carefully take apart your envelope and trace the shape on the backside of your pretty paper.
  • Step 3: Fold and crease to form where your envelope will overlap.
  • Step 4: Tape/glue the bottom three flaps together and enjoy your pretty new envelope!

Now that I have some gorgeous new envelopes to use, I think I will be writing a lot more letters in the near future! If you end up making your own envelopes, be sure to let me know what kind of paper/material you used! Happy crafting!