It took a bit to get back into the swing of things after our few days at the coast (funny how it always works like that, isn’t it?), but I’m happy to report that I got over the major “how-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-that” hump on the French chairs I’m reupholstering. I’ve got one chair halfway done – and it looks SO good, which is great motivation to plow through!
Unfortunately, we’re gone this weekend and it’s hard to find the time to work on them during the week, so there’s that. Dumb life gets in the way of my projects, ha!
On to this week’s three things (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always):
Just when I was feeling the February blahs, the first hellebores and crocus start blooming – and just like that I feel the hope of spring! I just love being reminded of the beauty of God’s world.
Since I took these at the beginning of the week the earliest daffodils have started blooming around town, too, and they are just the happiest spring flower to me. I’ve only got buds in our yard, but it’s so fun watching them daily now to see when the first will bloom (I know, that sounds weird, but I do watch them!).
Oh, and that plant int the bottom right that’s not blooming? Weeds. Sigh. It seems you can’t have one without the other, right?
I’m totally pinching myself, but for the first time ever I have my very own, brand-new computer! Throughout our marriage I’ve used family computers or Brian’s hand-me-downs (which I was perfectly okay with, actually), but the last time he upgraded he got a desktop model and I need a laptop since I want the flexibility to take my job with me where ever we may go. So I’m the one who got to get a new computer after a frustrating 2015 with a bogged-down 6-year-old computer that just couldn’t handle what I was asking of it.
We’re an Apple family all the way and I’m already loving my 13″ MacBook Pro. It’s a smaller screen than the 15″ I was used to, but it’s SO much lighter to carry – and of course a LOT faster.
Now if it could just help me to write faster, ha!
Since creating our large chalkboard I have wanted to improve my lettering skills to be able to update it seasonally (I had no idea I’d love it so much- it’s such a simple, fun way to add seasonal or meaningful quotes). When I read about Crystal’s hand-lettering goal, it was the first time I had even heard about books to help learn lettering techniques. I found The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering on Amazon and ordered it shortly after Christmas and I’ve been going through it slowly ever since.
Guess what? It’s really fun! And now I’m a bit hooked on hand-lettering in general and want to learn how to get better on paper as well as chalk (’cause I really am not very good right now, but I’m trying to remember our “letting go of perfection” motto!). While the chalk book techniques work for paper, too, I want to get this book next:
Hand-Lettering for Everyone has been recommended by a number of blogs (now that it’s on my radar, I’m finding there’s a ton of things on hand-lettering!) as a great workbook to go through for beginners. There are also a lot of great free resources out there, like this 31 Day Hand Lettering series that I’m trying to go through and this basic 101 post.
Anybody else into hand lettering and have resources to recommend?
Links To Check Out:
Plant some quick growing spring vegetables.
10 reasons to grow your own organic food.
Tips to make it easier get dinner on the table every night.
10 minute organizing ideas.
I’d use apples, apple juice and coconut oil, but this healthier dessert recipe sounds amazing.
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