All of this to say--I was pumped to take a calligraphy class this weekend and spend hours just practicing writing letters and words. The class was offered at a paper goods and letterpress shop in Alexandria, Virginia, called Fifteen/Eleven. The shop is owned by Suann Song of SIMPLESONG Design (she writes a popular blog called SIMPLESONG as well). I found her shop through reading her blog and realized that--now that we are living in the D. C. area for a year--she and her shop are within driving distance! Just visiting the shop is a treat in itself and spending hours there taking a class was so inspiring (also on my wishlist: the second calligraphy class and a letterpress class!).
|late-night calligraphy practice . . . I have yet to attempt "Sawatzky"|
The class I attended was taught by Michele Hatty Fritz of Meant to Be Calligraphy and was really enjoyable (Michele is super down-to-earth and helpful). Have you ever watched a calligrapher write? Watching Michele was mesmerizing. She wrote out an alphabet and each of our names to demonstrate the different letter strokes and how to connect them in words, and I thought to myself, "I would pay to watch this." And then I realized, "Oh yeah, I did!" Ha! You know something is pretty good when all you can think about is the opportunity you are getting and not the cost associated with it.
I spent a good long while Saturday night after the kids were in bed practicing calligraphy. One of my new year's resolutions for 2012 was that I would purposely limit my crafting and creative projects this year to things that directly apply to keeping in touch with people or preserving memories (so basically writing letters/making cards/organizing and sharing pictures and writing this blog). I thrive on inspiration and want to try every new technique or idea that I see on a blog or Pinterest or in a Martha Stewart publication. But often that means that I put way too much time into a craft project and not enough time into relationships.
So this year I am trying to put the emphasis on relationships and, where crafting is concerned, simple things that build those relationships. So far, I have not sent nearly as many letters or cards as I would have hoped . . . BUT it's only February--and I am working on my calligraphy skills, so . . . maybe you will get an awesomely addressed letter from me soon? :)
Actually, I just had a great idea. Leave me a comment, and I will send you some mail! If I already have your address (friends who send me Christmas cards and family), you are set. If I don't have your address, email it to me at email@example.com, and then you will be set too.
How fun is that! I love sending mail, and I want to keep in touch. Those of you who know me well may have some doubts as to whether or not leaving a comment will actually get you something in your mailbox, but just try me (are you reading this, Mama?).
Yay! Here's to keeping in touch! And to lots of handwriting practice . . .