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Flourish Forum News / 3000 post party for Erica!!!
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:55:01 AM »
It seems that sometime this week the lovely Erica McPhee posted her 3000th post....that calls for a karma party!!!

To join the party, just freely hand out applause to Erica, as many times as once per hour during your day or lifetime. If you want to make it even more fun, do it to everyone!!!

What title behooves one of such status?? Super-de-duper hero? super-dashy-flourishy-hero? Super-slanty-spencerian hero? Help me out, I know there's better ideas out there... :)

Now let's party!! Woot woot!!!

Calligraphy Guilds / Idaho, Boise Inkspots Guild
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:41:31 PM »
Boise, Idaho Idaho Inkspots Guild:

We meet the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 in the Christ Community Church downtown at 408 N. Garden Street.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Calligraphy and housework....ughhh, please help!!!
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:44:08 PM »
So apparently I'm spending too much time practicing calligraphy (and on the forum, oops) and the house is suffering. Balance has never been my strong suit, I'm all or nothing! :) So, the husband asked the other day "Dear, do we need to get a maid to help out with the piling up laundry?" (subtle hint...I do feel kinda bad he has to wade through it each night coming in from the garage) I just said, "honey, we can't afford a maid with all I've spent on calligraphy. Sorry." Sides, isn't that why we had so many kids??? lol

What works for you guys? It's taking over my life. Which wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have 6 mouths to feed at dinner time!

Calligraphy Book Reviews / The Calligraphy Source Book by Miriam Stribley
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:58:03 PM »
This is a fun, inexpensive ($4 on amazon! which is less than I found it thrifting, dang it!) resource book that I happened upon which groups over 100 different calligraphed alphabets by style and time period. It's historical in nature, describing elements of each alphabet, NOT how to reproduce them, but the samples are awesome. It goes through Roman forms, uncials, book hands, versals, black letter, gothic cursive, rotunda, italics, copperplate, and "modern" variations (limited). It's one of the better "over 100 alphabet books" that I've seen, because they are actually all fairly unique. Fun to look at, and some of the styles make you think WHOA, did people actually write like that??? And HOW??? (those questions are not answered in the book.)

I just picked up this little gem at a thrift store for $3--definitely worth the price! It's not calligraphy, but "business writing" which will come in handy for monoline styles. It is more like a mini textbook, with lessons, warm-ups, drills, with 80 units--super thorough explanations of letterforms. I haven't read the whole thing yet, but so far, so good! It's been a nice break from copperplate practice. My pencils have missed me! :)

Technical Support & Feedback / is there a way to bookmark posts?
« on: January 04, 2015, 02:03:59 AM »
Ok, I'm on information overload here, and pretty much have been on here during any spare moment for the past week! I'm finding that I want to remember certain tips people share-there are so many useful comments, but then i can't remember where I found them. Would it be possible to add a "dog-ear" or bookmark function to certain comments or threads so we can find things that were important to us? Or is that just too much to ask?

Because Erica, i just have one more little itsy bitsy favor: in all your spare time, how about creating a FF app??  ;D how cool would that be!?

For all you FF longtimers: does the novelty of the forum ever wear off? Will my life ever go back to "normal?"

Coffee & Nib-bles / Any new year's resolutions that scare you??
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:40:20 PM »
I don't know if there's already a thread for this, but I'm just curious about some other goals out there. When I read my list, I feel a tad sick to my stomach, which is a good sign! Even though I've only been doing calligraphy for a few months, my goal is to teach a class before the end of 2015. There's a new paper store here in town and when i asked if they were offering classes (because I wanted to take one!) , they told me they didn't have a teacher yet. That was enough to plant the seed!!

So, what does 2015 have in store for you?? :)

Introductions / Greetings from Boise, ID!!!
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:22:42 PM »
I can't even say how crazy happy I am to have found this site!! I have been following (read: stalking) many fellow flourishers on instagram and gawking over their amazing talents, somehow wishing I could be a part of their inner circle of coolness.  ;)  The flourishforum hashtags got the best of me and a few clicks later I'm here!!! Who knows, maybe someday soon I'll have something worthy of #flourishforum.  :)

I have always loved writing and sending letters and wanted to take calligraphy in college, but the practical side of me said "just graduate already!" so it's not until now when all my 5 kids are in school that I'm rediscovering myself and what I like to do again! (You know, with the 2 hours of freedom I have with my kindergartner away.) I am finding a zest for this that I didn't know existed inside of me! Can I get a heck yes?!!

I tried lots of different outlets (such as crochet, embroidery, teaching piano, jewelry making, yoga, antler art) to curb the creative bug inside of me before I realized calligraphy was "my thing." I still find them all enjoyable, but don't have the same passion for them as I've found in writing. I hope that passion sticks around--my husband says I have crafter's-ADD, I can never finish projects. lol

One of the draws (see what I did there) of calligraphy is the ability to express emotion many different ways through the written word. The same phrase written in different hands can be whimsical, creative, awe-inspiring, or serious or funny. I love people and anyone who can make me laugh is an instant friend of mine--there's a lot of people on here I'm already friends with, they just don't know it yet. ;)

So...even though I have a lot to learn, and I want to soak everything up on this site like warm bread with melted butter, I have to restrain myself and remember that I'm a mother first and there will always be time for calligraphy but the sweet cherubs are only young once. Also to remind myself that the joy is in the journey and be happy with where I am and what I'm learning. Even though it's hard when I take a gander around. Drool.

I'm so looking forward to creating meaningful relationships through art and being a part of this awesome community!!!

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