Happy Birthday, Oliver!

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Today is Oliver's 2nd birthday! I'm not sure what he spent the day doing, but when I left for work this morning, he was sitting contently under our dining room table. When I got home, we played with a catnip ball, and then I took him outside for a little backyard adventure. What a day!

For those interested... I have some exciting news! A few days ago, we found out Oliver was one of four winners in a pet photography contest, hosted by Cats of Instagram and Purina! The prize includes a feature on the Cats of Instagram account (see it here) and a small feature in a pop-up art gallery in San Francisco! I'm still pretty shocked we won, as there were over 3,000 other amazing entries. Thanks for all your support! I'll be sure to report any information about the art gallery once I find out.

**The photos you see here were from Monday's backyard outing.

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oliver the exotic shorthair, exotic shorthair cat, black and white cat

Rock Paper Scissors

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ink: Dr. Ph. Martin's Copperplate Gold //scissors: Creative World DMC via Amazon

New Hobby: Calligraphy

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About 2-3 weeks ago, I decided to pick up a new hobby: calligraphy. I've been wanting to try it for a while, but was a little intimidated by the equipment. With so many different brands, and types of pens out there, I had no idea where to start. After doing extensive research, I finally decided on the following things to build my "starter kit" (side note: my goal with these was to get the biggest bang for my buck):

- Dr. Ph. Martin's Copperplate Gold via Hobby Lobby $8.99*
- Reeve's 24-Pack Gouache via Amazon $12.17
- Higgins Black Waterproof Calligraphy Ink via Hobby Lobby $4.49 (I actually hear the 'Eternal' one is better, but unfortunately, my Hobby Lobby didn't carry it.)
- 15ml Screw Top Jars via Hobby Lobby $3.99*

In the short time I've been practicing, I've found calligraphy to be really enjoyable, and even therapeutic. I already can't wait to practice again. If you're looking to get into calligraphy yourself, and need some direction, feel free to leave a comment with any questions, or shoot me an email at sweatshirtdressshirt@yahoo.com. I'd love to help out any fellow newbies!

*A word of advice: don't ever buy anything full-priced from Hobby Lobby. Always use a coupon. You can find them on their website, or on Retail Me Not.

calligraphy, gouache calligraphy ink, dr ph martin's copperplate gold, oblique calligraphy pen

calligraphy, gouache calligraphy ink, dr ph martin's copperplate gold, oblique calligraphy pen

calligraphy, gouache calligraphy ink, dr ph martin's copperplate gold, oblique calligraphy pen