Seattle Area Calligraphy Class

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Interested in learning calligraphy? Come join me at the next Seattle Bloggers Unite meetup, where I'll be teaching the basics of this skill! There will also be snacks from Luna Bar, and tons of networking. If you're in the Seattle area, I'd love to see you there!

Meetup will take place at Revel Creative in Kirkland, WA on January 29th, 2014, from 9:30-11:30AM. Find more details, and reserve your ticket here.

Thanks to Lyndsey Wells, founder of SBU, for putting all this together!

'Tis the Season

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photo by me //text by my BFF, B via Overgram

Happy Birthday, Taylor!

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photo taken 9/7/11 in Tacoma, WA //Speak Now Tour

Happy Birthday to my idol, Taylor Swift. I can't thank you enough for all that you have done for me through your music. I can't wait to see you in concert next August. Until then, cheers to another amazing year!

Belly Scratches for Days

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DIY Essential Oils Packaging

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This week, one of my lovely co-workers, Sondra, and I tag-teamed on a DIY gift for one of our other co-workers, who will be retiring at the end of this month. Sondra created these two amazing essential oils at home (I'll have to get the recipe from her later), while I put together the packaging.

The labels were inspired by this post from Bri of Designlovefest. The rest, was, well... inspired by the holidays, of course! The tinsel tree branch and gold glitter ornament were both from Hobby Lobby, while the cello bag was from Michael's, and the calligraphy was done with a Zebra G nib + Sumi Ink, on mixed media paper.

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Let's Get Technical //26

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After many tries, I finally learned how to scan my calligraphy. I decided to incorporate the end result into this week's featured wallpaper. To download it, simply save the image above. Enjoy!


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Seattle Bloggers Unite Presents: A Calligraphy Class

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I'm excited to announce two things:

1. The launch of my freelance business, The Fancy Cat Studio! It's been in the making for a while now... I just now finally got the guts to make it official.

2. My first calligraphy class happening in January 2015! The class will include basic lowercase calligraphy instruction, time for practicing and asking questions, and of course, snacks and mingling!  If you'll be in the Seattle area, come on by. I'd love to meet you!

Special thanks to Lyndsey, of Seattle Bloggers Unite, for putting this event together, Luna Bar for providing snacks, and Revel Creative for providing the space. 

Click here to reserve your spot!
Thanks for all your support. I wouldn't be where I am without it!

Let the Feastivities Begin

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I've been a cat person for as long as I can remember. I was raised around them, and have owned two, myself. There is just something about their elegance, independence, and gentle nature that really appeal to me. Some of you may be familiar with my cat, Oliver. He's an Exotic Shorthair, and also... the light and love of my life. Next month, we'll be celebrating our 3rd Christmas together!

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This year, Fancy Feast will be bringing back their annual holiday campaign, Feastivities. When they asked me if I wanted to support it, I didn't hesitate. The campaign celebrates modern cat owners, and the way cats inspire us every day in art, self-care, fashion (like in this post), and more.

Whether you'll be celebrating the holidays this year with your cat, or from a distance, be sure to check out Fancy Feast's carefully curated collection of gifts, made just for cat lovers, here.

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sweater: H&M //skirt (actually a dress): H&M //necklace: F21 //booties: Tildon via Nordstrom //nail polish: 'Rekha' by Zoya // sunglasses: Moorea Seal //rings: Fresh Tangerine, Salty Kisses Hawaii, and gifted

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To learn more about the campaign, or to simply keep up with cat-related news, be sure to check out Fancy Feast's links: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

This post is brought to you by Fancy Feast. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help me create original content for you!

Let's Get Technical //25

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Lately, I've been obsessed with replicating neon signage in Photoshop. There are a dozen different fonts you can use to do this, but one of my favorites is Kabel which can be found here, for free!  Fun fact: it's the exact font Taylor Swift uses for the jacket of her new album, '1989'. You're welcome. 

Interested in downloading this graphic as a phone wallpaper? Simply save the image above. 
Be sure to check out previously featured wallpapers here.

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DIY Mini Terrariums

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If you're looking for an easy, last-minute DIY gift, I'd highly recommend terrariums. They're aesthetically pleasing, affordable, and... who doesn't love plants? To make one, all you'll need is:

- Succulents and cacti. I found mine at Home Depot for $3-$4 each.
- A cute glass container. I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $10 each.
- Potting soil. You can find this at your local gardening supply store for $5-$10.

Remove the succulents and cacti from their respective containers, and simply re-pot them in your terrarium. If you're having trouble getting the soil to lay flat, add a few drops of water, and press down using a plastic spoon.

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Taylor Swift: Blank Space Inspired Fashion Part I

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Mondays don't have to be the worst day in the week, especially when Yahoo! decides to accidentally release Taylor Swift's newest music video for 'Blank Space', a day early.

In the video, you'll see over 10 different outfit changes, all inspired by elements from two of the most fashion-forward eras: the 1920s and 1960s. From the 20s, Taylor borrows glamour + Art Deco, and from the 60s, bright pastels + color blocking. Definitely swoon-worthy, right?

Stay tuned for my next post with more 'Blank Space' outfit inspiration!

1. Beaded Jumpsuit via H&M $129
2. Art Deco Hair Pins via ModCloth $7.99
3. Rhinestone Cocktail Ring via Forever 21 $4.90
4. Drop Earrings via Givenchy at Nordstrom $48
5. 'Dubonnet' Lipstick via MAC at Nordstrom $16
6. Long Lace Dress via H&M $50
7. Sparkling Stiletto Sandal via COACH at Nordstrom $248
8. 'Valentine' Nail Polish via Revlon at Ulta $4.99

Let's Get Technical //24

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To celebrate the recent release of Taylor's latest album, 1989, I decided to combine her album theme, with the call of one of her favorite animals (and mine), cats, to make one sweet wallpaper! I had a lot of fun researching and learning how to replicate neon signage in Photoshop. For those curious, the font is called "Kable", and it's the exact script used inside the 1989 album sleeve. Enjoy!

To download this week's free wallpaper, simply save the image above.

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Polaroid photo via Taylor Swift, 1989

1989: A New Era

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It's that time again. Taylor Swift has released another album! It's called 1989, and it's about life. It's about changing, and staying the same. It's about "coming alive".

For those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning, you'll know that I'm a pretty big Taylor fan... and that's a very modest way of putting it. If any of you get a chance to listen to 1989, I'd love to talk about what your favorite song is, and your overall thoughts. So far, I really love "Clean", "Wildest Dreams" and "Out of the Woods".

Let the fangirling begin!

image via Taylor Swift, 1989

DIY Faux Cacti Place Cards

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I'm guest posting over on A Fabulous Fete today! Check it out here.

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Table for One

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A few weeks ago, I came up with the idea of starting a series on my blog called "Table for One", where I would feature different place setting ideas for parties. I went ahead and put together a post that could potentially be the first installment in the series. Realistically, I wouldn't be able to keep up with something like this on a regular basis, but it was fun to play stylist for a day.

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Let's Get Technical //23

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This week's free wallpaper was inspired by my love for bold colors, and newfound love for a font called Nevis.

Download the wallpaper by saving the image above, or by clicking here.
View the previously featured wallpapers here.

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Hot Air Balloon Chasing + 60 Acres Park

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This past weekend, while G and I were out on a drive, we spotted a group of hot air balloons. After snapping a few photos, we decided it would be a good idea to track them.

After a few minutes of driving (and reminding G to keep his eyes on the road), we pulled into 60 Acres, a field park in Redmond. We parked and sprinted out. It wasn't too long after when we were able to get the beautiful photos you see here.

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Fake It 'Till You Make It

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nib: Hunt 101 //ink: Reeves' dark blue gouache

Let's Get Technical // 22

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This week's free wallpaper was inspired by my latest obsession with black and white stripes. They're clean, classic, and go with everything.

Download this week's free phone wallpaper (compatible with all phones!) by saving the image above, or clicking here.

View all of the previously featured wallpapers here.

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SBU Meetup at Farewell Paperie

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Two weeks ago, I attended a Seattle Bloggers Unite meetup at Farewell Paperie. We made letterpress notecards, had drinks courtesy of Dry Soda Co., and of course, mingled. I had been looking for a Seattle blogger meetup to go to for months, and am so glad to have stumbled across this one. Thanks to Lyndsey Wells, for putting it all together!

Check out my Instagram (here) and the SBU website (here) for more photos from the event!

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seattle bloggers unite, letterpress cards, farewell paperie
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