CAROLYNA PRO BLACK

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I love, love, love seeing fonts I have mentioned ‘out in the wild’.  It’s a little thrill every time.  Heck, I love seeing any font I have admired out in the real world on packaging, places and things.  I love playing a little game of ‘ident-i-font’ with myself, it’s the little things in life…

I spotted Carolyna Black Pro on a darling baby book I picked up.  I love how the designer was able to balance the sans serifs with the flowy lettering of the Carolyna Black font.  This font suite by Emily Lime has so many glyphs and alternates that you can really customize it to make it feel like your own.  I really need to do a tutorial soon on how to access glyphs and alternates in your fonts, it will open up a whole new world of possibility and creativity!

On the baby book front, I had been searching aimlessly for a baby book that wasn’t too garish, too cheap feeling, too expensive and just well simple, Compendium Press came through, but I am curious if any of you have other suggestions?  I think it’s important for me to be able to collect these memories as this time goes by so fast and well my memory is just a wee bit foggy right now!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

CLICKIN’ MOMS

photo by caroline jensen

I feel like I mention this at least once a year, I am a broken record when it comes to this recommendation, but I think it’s such an amazing resource with such a nominal investment that it warrants my yakking on about it.  The resource is for photo enthusiasts, it’s a forum that has grown into a huge online community of both amateur and professional photographers and even offers some of the best classes in the industry, it’s called Clickin’ Moms–cringe.  I know, I know the name is to be desired, it doesn’t translate what high quality is available to you.  I have belonged to the forum for nearly six years so way before I became a mother myself, so no kiddies required!  If you have any interest in photography it’s worth taking a peek.  I am mentioning again today because I saw that they were offering a free 30 day trial, which I think would give you plenty of time to get a feel of what Clickin’ Moms has to offer.  Even if you don’t join the forum, you can still get a ton of generously ladled out info at their blog.  They are also hosting what looks to me to be an awesome conference called Click Away, oh how I want to attend, it looks like good times!  Sue Bryce, one of my fave photographers is going to be there.  I recently took one of their mini classes called ‘breakouts’ (I know, another unfortunate name, sorry friends!) for creating beautiful black & white images.  I love b & w’s but I always find it hard to know what type of light will translate well into a b&w conversion, after taking the class (on line mind you, at 3 a.m.) I feel like I have a little more of a feel for what I need to do to create a more impactful b&w image.

The photo above is from one of their classes Shooting 304 : The Art of Observation, taught by Caroline Jensen. I am freakin’ in love with this image (beautiful tones), yes, I now totally want to take this class too!  I think you will find there are a ton of classes you will want to take, but just join the forum, it’s inexpensive, lurk, there’s tons of info that’s available and people are willing to answer questions or point you in the direction where you can find answers. It’s free for 30 days so that’s even less of an investment, I love this forum so much I just subscribe automatically now, I don’t want to miss a thing.  I hope you check it out and find it somewhat helpful to you in your photography journey!

photo by caroline jensen

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a sweet baby girl! Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

MAYBELLE IMASA-STUKULS WORKSHOP IN A BOX WINNER!

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This is a snapshot from Maybelle’s workshop at Fog Linen in Japan last week, I thought you might want to take a peek at a workshop set-up.  Tell me this doesn’t look like good times!  I am super excited to announce  the winner of Maybelle’s Workshop in A Box, it is…(insert drumroll): Kathleen!  Her winning question was-What would you write in a letter to your younger self?   I loved this question too, there were SO many good ones, this one really needed a pause to think about the answer.  I have enclosed Maybelle’s answer below which I thought was so eloquent. It makes me all weepy, it’s very special and great for anyone questioning their own path and how one career can lead into another and just trusting your instincts.  Follow your heart my dear friends, you never know what magical place it will lead you to…

Dear Younger self,

Right now you are just finishing up your last year in school and your internship at the packaging design firm.  You have just received a letter for an job offer as a flight attendant.  You are questioning this career path as it is not what everyone else with a degree in design takes, but trust me, it is a good decision and one that will allow you to have lots of spare time to explore your life as an artist and designer.

Through your travels not only will you have access to all the best cities around the world on a regular basis, but you will gain crucial life and business skills while meeting so many interesting people. You will make friends in many cities around the world. You will meet your husband, who is amazingly supportive of all the things that you do, he will give you a very special gift, calligraphy lessons which will change your life. You will become an expert at time management and  learn how to function with very little sleep this will come in handy later for your life with your twins.

 You have no idea at the time, but you decide to send samples of your work to Martha Stewart Weddings, and the thank you note that you wrote to the editor will lead to your career as a calligrapher. You will work on very special projects on a regular basis with this magazine which will lead to other projects with brides and commercial clients. You will take some time off (three years  to be exact) once the twins arrive and when you return back to work you discover that you enjoy sharing your love of calligraphy by teaching workshops and inspiring others.

 You will find a nice working mom/ family life balance by teaching small workshops first in San Francisco and then Los Angeles, Portland, New York City, and then Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo and now Singapore. All the things that you love to do Travel, Design and Calligraphy all go hand in hand now.  Just remember to always be yourself, trust your instincts and have no regrets.

Love, 
Maybelle    
                                        
Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

SPECIAL THANKS!

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I wanted to thank a few people that made this week possible. Of course there is the wonderful Maybelle, without her this week wouldn’t be a possible.  I think we can all agree that without Elizabeth Messina’s always beautiful photographs this week would not have been the same.  I do believe a week of Elizabeth Messina should be in order in the near future!  I also have to make a mention the new Hearth magazine which the photos of Elizabeth Messina’s Lovely Workshop is featured in further detail (a must have).  The magazine was created by two talented sisters and it looks absolutely beautiful!

Thank you to all that stopped by this week and paid a visit, it’s been a tough road back to blogging for me and I am still trying to figure out the balance with the new baby, so happy you stopped by and have stuck around!

MAYBELLE WORKSHOP IN A BOX GIVEAWAY

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This week just keeps getting better doesn’t it? Maybelle may be across the globe right now teaching at Fog Linen in Japan, did you read that? FOG LINEN!  It is only one of my all time favorite companies, but no matter where in the world Miss Maybelle is we can still have Maybelle come to our homes and teach us via her Workshop in a box!  Maybelle has kindly agreed to give away one of her kits to you (well, one of you lucky individuals!).  When we were discussing this Maybelle said, “Let’s make this a LUXE version!.”  Who am I to say no to that offer?  The Luxe kit will include an assortment of Maybelle’s favorite nibs, both black and white ink, letterpress alphabet how-to (this is something that would be beautiful to have on your inspiration wall or to frame) the wood nib and ink holder (with nameplate) and the workbook.

To enter to win this generous kit, please answer the following question and because you want to make sure Maybelle knows you left an answer I suggest you follow her on Pinterest or Instagram (or both). We will announce the winner Thursday, March 6, 2014:

What question do you most want answered by Maybelle?

If you have the opportunity to go to a live class with Maybelle, do take it! It will inspire you endlessly, you’ll meet some wonderful creative and like-minded individuals and of course you will get to meet the amazing Maybelle in person!  This is a link to her workshops.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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