Originally published February 20, 2018
Some weeks I feel very accomplished, and some weeks I feel like I’m trying to move in so many different directions that I end up going nowhere at all. Lately, I’ve been stuck in that pesky second mentality. I had a breakthrough last night, though – I stayed up WAY too late, but I finished the first draft of an essay I started for a specific contest. Unfortunately, the deadline is midnight on February 28, so I’m definitely feeling the pressure. It feels great to have that first draft finished. It’s admittedly terrible, but at least it exists!
Meanwhile, Olivia continues to grow and grow and grow, so most of her baby afghans don’t cover her toes anymore. I’m taking this opportunity to learn a new crochet stitch and make her a bigger afghan. I am in LOVE with these colors!
I’m using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in claret, oatmeal, and antique, for any interested crocheters or knitters. 🙂 I also downloaded their free pattern for this corner to corner blanket. I livened up the colors a bit, of course, and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
My mom is also commissioning a calligraphy piece. I used to practice calligraphy quite a bit, but it’s been years since I picked up a fountain pen to write instead of draw. I figured it couldn’t hurt to do some drills and learn a new style in the process. Thanks to a well-timed Instagram ad, I stumbled on The Postman’s Knock. Two tutorial packs later, and I can’t wait to get started:
As a bonus, it’s already given me some new ideas for miniature drawings. Stay tuned for their addition to the studio. 🙂
One final note: barring an unforeseen disaster, VanDuinen Studio’s inaugural newsletter will go out to everyone on the email list on Friday. Not only will I keep you updated on this website’s news on a weekly basis, but I’ll also be sharing my favorite links and projects from around the internet, and on special occasions, you’ll even find coupon codes for the store. To sign up, simply visit the Get Inspired! page and enter your email. I can’t wait to hear what you think!