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Christmas in July (in August!) and TFT #451

Welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things (TFT)  link party.  I can't wait to see what you have to share with us.

There were several Christmas in July posts at the party last week, and I've featured them today.  I hope I didn't miss any.  Every year I vow to start planning for Christmas a little earlier, but somehow, the time slips away.  Some years I'm better with my planning than others.

Speaking of Christmas in July, my husband has lined up our old, blow mold Christmas yard decorations in the garage, to greet the neighbors every time the garage door goes up. He likes the fact that it's like the curtain going up for a performance. I keep forgetting to get a picture of it, but I will try to remember. People do tend to comment about it when they walk by!


Here are my features from last week's party:





Effective Stress Relief Tactics to Avoid Blogging Burnout




Blogging is a wonderful creative outlet, a fun way to meet people, and a creative way to share hobbies, talents, and projects. It can also be a way to create some income.

Of course, not everyone wants or needs to monetize their blog. But, for those who have monetized their blogs, if you thought that blogging was going to be an easy way to make a buck, you probably realize that you were way off the mark!

In addition to being a well loved part of a blogger's life, a monetized blog is a business, and, as with any business, there can be stress and burnout.

With that in mind, it's important to relieve stress regularly.

If you're not sure how to do that or where to start, here are some pointers.

Thursday Favorite Things #450

Welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) link party. I'm really glad you're here.

 I'm hoping your week has been somewhat manageable. We are living in some really weird times, and as one who has had some really weird times in my history, that is saying something!

Well, how are you all holding up?  I'm feeling some extra empathy for those of you who have school age kids who attend traditional schools.  It's not the typical "back to school" time, is it?  I'm wishing you all lots of strength. Hang in there.

For some fun distraction, on with the party!

Here are my features from last week's party:



Thursday Favorite Things #449

Happy Thursday!  I'm glad you're here for another Thursday Favorite Things link party. I can't wait to see what you all have to share.

I'm starting to get my art and craft mojo back just a little bit. I've been reorganizing my supplies (again) and getting inspired, just from doing that. I've accumulated so many art and craft supplies through the years, and it's inspiring just to be in the thick of all of it.

Here's what I shared at the blog this week:  Italic Calligraphy for Beginners

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Italic Calligraphy for Beginners

Even though italic calligraphy doesn't seem as popular as brush lettering and modern calligraphy these days, the italic hand is fun and beautiful, easy to read, and has an old world feel. (Just search #italic or #italiccalligraphy on Instagram, and you'll  see what I mean!)

So, as you read on, know that this is not a post about the modern pointed pen script calligraphy and brush lettering that is very popular right now. (Although I love those, too!)

Italic actually refers to a family of styles, so it can take different forms. This post speaks to the more bold, old-school broad edge italic calligraphy and will give you some tips if you would like to achieve this classic style.

Knowing the differences in the styles will help you choose the right tools for your projects. For instance, if you try to do modern, script calligraphy with the tools below, you will be disappointed!






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What is Italic Calligraphy and How Does it Differ from Modern Calligraphy?


The italic calligraphy hand uses a broad edge nib, as opposed to the pointed brush tip used for brush lettering or the pointed nib for modern script lettering and pointed pen calligraphy

In italic calligraphy, the thick/thin variation in the letters comes from the angle of the pen, not from pressure.  This differs from pointed pen calligraphy and brush lettering which both rely on pressure to get the thick/thin line variation in the letters. Although angle of the pen is important in all of these styles for various reasons, the italic hand achieves line variation only from the angle of the pen.



How I've Used Italic Calligraphy


I've used italic calligraphy for embellishing greeting cards, for titles and headers on journals and scrapbook pages, for making gift embellishments,  and I've earned a few dollars lettering some wedding vows, wedding books, and addressing invitations for a few weddings.

The classic, old world feel of italic calligraphy can be applied to so many different types of applications - for both formal events and craft projects alike.


I wrote this verse years ago, with a fountain pen that had a broad edge nib.  This is some very basic italic that I've used for addressing wedding invitations, quotes, etc.  A dip pen or the Pilot Parallel pen would have given more thick/thin line variation. 




Christmas gift tags and little book covers are fun to personalize with casual italic lettering.  Italic is also very readable for journals, planners, and scrapbook headers and titles.


Thursday Favorite Things #448

It's already Thursday again and time for another Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) link party.  Thanks for being here today.  I really appreciate that you have you have taken time to come by and share.

I have a new hibscus plant on the deck, and I get so excited with each new bloom. I thought I'd share it with all of you. It really "is the little things," isn't it?  It's my first hibiscus, and I'm kind of amazed by it.





Here are my features from last week's party:




Create, Refresh, Take Care, and TFT #447



Welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) link party.  I'm glad you're here, and I can't wait to see what you have to share today.

How was your week?  It's hot here. SO hot.  Plenty of opportunity to get things done inside, though!





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