^award-winning pen rest here, folks
We're halfway through the first month of the year! I feel like it always takes me this long to find my new stride after the holidays. Anyone else? Although I made a long list of personal and business goals for myself for 2016, I didn't really make any resolutions except to try and keep up with a "5 year, one line a day" journal I started on my 30th birthday. The older I get, the less I remember of what I did and when. I have a feeling a lot might go down these next five years, so we'll see if I can keep it up!
I've been participating in an Instagram challenge hosted by @handletteredABCs where we're supposed to write the alphabet in January, one letter a day, however we wish. (You should jump on board!) I decided to make little videos (which I've discovered is not as easy as it looks haha!) of my calligraphy alphabet, and I've tagged them all under #virginiasabcs if you ever want to reference them. I'm constantly updating my favorite ways to write specific letters, but it's been fun to sit down and see what styles feel like my current favorites, especially when they're taken out of context from being attached to a specific word and phrase. I've thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the other participants' feeds, too (you can see a lot of them here!) because one of the best things about handwriting in general is that no two people have the same exact style. I seriously watch others while in a trance, writing their letters in the air with my finger to try and memorize their method to try on my own. It all reminds me of my favorite quote about calligraphy:
"Calligraphy may well be simply an artistic version of another form, that is the ideograms which make up the poem, but then not only does it reflect the character and temperament of the artist but . . . also betrays his heart rate, his breathing." ― Dai Sijie, Once on a Moonless Night
Speaking of handwriting, I'm teaching a children's cursive class, starting tomorrow! Honestly? I become teary-eyed if I think about the opportunity for more than a few seconds. That's how excited I am. I hope the kids are ready to help me geek out over everything from letter shapes to the best pencils to preserving handwritten notes. If you're in NYC, and you have a child that's around 8 or 9 who you think might be interested in joining for one or more classes, shoot me a message on my contact page and I can give you the scoop. The class will be held in a lovely apartment near Columbus Circle in Manhattan! If you're not in NYC, but you're wanting to encourage cursive practice at home, I recommend this book. Stay tuned for other classes this year, too!
5 other links for you on this Friday:
when a logo you design ends up on a building! ahhh! I can't wait to go and shop in person, and possibly scope out the area for a new apartment :)
Leo had me in stitches.
a throwback to last Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
a friend (who arrives tomorrow night to stay with us for a bit! yay!) sent me this: What 'Anne of Green Gables' could look like with a 'Breaking Bad' Writer (two of my absolute favorites, but so many mixed feelings on it all!)
James Corden + Adele car karaoke = a fabulous 14 minutes