Teamwork

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler After a whirlwind of excitement last week, which you can read about HERE, I’ve come to the full realization that I now have an even bigger team on my […]

DIY Valentines Day Cards

Is it just me or is it hard to find a Valentine’s Day card that says just the right thing?

Maybe I’m too picky or weird. But there is no way I’m looking through dozens of cards to find the perfect one this year. So instead, I’ve decided to make my own card and words. Lofty I know. But as a writer I know I can draft, edit, and revise till the words are exactly what I want.

For the card itself I’m in love with the watercolor look, problem is I don’t own water colors let alone know how to paint. I’d be better off letting my toddler paint instead of me.

So I’ve got a trick for those of us who are better with pens than with paint.

You will need:

  • blank cards
  • food coloring
  • Brine (1 tblsp of salt to 1 cup warm water)
  • essential oils (something dreamy)
  • glitter & glue (optional)

Make your our brine and wait till the salt dissolves, the water will go from cloudy to clear. Pour it into a shallow pan that fits your cards and add a drop of essential oil to the brine and stir.

Using a toothpick swirl two drops of food coloring on the surface of the brine. The color should float on top of the brine. Quickly, dip the cards into the dye and set aside to dry. Be careful- food coloring can stain so protect your surfaces!

Add more food coloring as needed. Your cards should turn out in a swirled watercolor effect. I went an extra step and added glue heart shape that I coated in glitter. You could do any type of add one you’d like but I’m a glitter girl.

All that’s left it is to add your thoughtful words of love and appreciation to the inside and enjoy your Valentine’s Day.

Happy Questing!

Times OLD Roman

Ancient script brings a whole new level to the term hand lettering. These letters are literally chiseled out of marble and still around today. Talk about longevity of work.

Traveling around Rome I took pictures of as many samples of ancient text I could find. Here are a few from the coliseum, forum, museums, and off the streets.

These are a few of the old Christian symbols and letters. Note the addition of pictures with the letters something we did not find with the Roman texts.

“The spoken word is ephemeral. The written word, eternal. A symphony, timeless.”
A.E. Samaan