Calligraphy Practice etc.
I've been wanting to get better at actual calligraphy, so I've been practicing a bit when I've had time over the last few months. You can see it put to use a bit on my new business cards (and on a wedding invite I hope to share in a few months).
I've found books to be mostly unhelpful, since I don't like most of the styles they teach. Maybe it's bad to not learn some of the fundamentals, but I'd rather spend the time practicing what I actually want to use. Basically this just means writing things over and over. I'm trying to work on creating a few different styles based on my own usual handwriting.
Though another blog I heard about this copperplate nib sampler, where you get one of each of some really nice pen nibs. I'm pretty excited about this one with the crook that makes it amazingly easy to write at a perfect slant! My other favorite is the Zebra nib.
I've had these antique pen nib boxes for a while, and they are some of my favorite possessions. I keep my favorite nibs in them. I love lettering and little details on them.
I'm still away from Portland few more days, but I've opened my store back up, and I'll be back to work on Monday!