May Brush Calligraphy Calendar 2016

May 2016 Brush Calligraphy Calendar Download

May you always have time in your calendar for the important things in life. Over the weekend I attended a women’s retreat and the keynote speaker mentioned how her daughter is getting really good at playing the violin from practicing everyday and has tracked over 1500 days of consistent practicing. Isn’t that inspiring?

This month I’m going to use my calendar to check off every time I practice my art form so I can start tracking my consistency and watch myself improve. I encourage you to put your calendar to good use!

Found and Gathered: Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

Photo by Michaela @yomichaela

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Found and Gathered event at WeWork in Seattle on using social media to grow your business. My lovely makeup artist friend Mimi Banasik and I went together to get inspired and we were tickled pink to bump into friends, old and new, and meet some people in real life for the first time!

Cherie Marquez from Found & Gathered was the moderator of the panel and her guests included Kris Rosentrater, President of Storyville Coffee, Kennesha Buycks, Creative Director of Restoration House, and Lisa Dawn Drogin, Founder of Story of My Dress. It was a powerful panel!

Here were some of my key takeaways in the form of my tweets that night:

How do you use social media to continue the conversation and engage with your audience?

Get a 25-30% Discount off your Calligraphy Class When You Register on Verlocal!

Are you familiar with Verlocal? It’s a great resource for finding fun things to do near you. You can discover cool classes in Seattle like developing film at home, brass necklace design, French macaron baking, terrarium design, or screen printing stationery. I want to take them all!

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I’ve partnered with Verlocal to bring you a great deal on my calligraphy classes!  Use the coupon code “SARAH-ENJOY” when you register on Verlocal and get a 25-30% discount off of your class!

The discounts vary based on the cost of the class, so here’s a breakdown:

Modern Calligraphy Class: Design a Typography Quote

Get 30% off of the “Design a Typography Quote” class! Usually $65, now just $45.50!

Look forward to seeing you in class soon!

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Get great savings off with code:Sarah-Enjoy

Wear what makes you happy

Iris Apfel on Harper Bazaar

Photo by Harper’s Bazaar

Wear what makes you happy, says Iris Apfel:

I always feel that if you’re gonna be uncomfortable and unhappy in something, just because you think it’s in or it’s chic, I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It’s better to be happy.

This beautiful philosophy for dressing for happiness resonates with what Marie Kondo says about deciding whether or not to keep the things in your home. She encourages us to pull everything out of the drawers and closets and sort each item individually, asking:

DOES THIS BRING ME JOY?

And if it doesn’t, the item is discarded.

It’s all about what feels good for you. And you get to decide what that looks like for you.

So ask yourself:

what makes you feel happy every time you put it on?

Let’s create space for more of that in your life.

Brush and Bloom Floral Crown and Watercolor Calligraphy Workshop Giveaway

Brush & Bloom Floral Crown and Calligraphy Workshop Giveaway

This weekend I’m co-teaching with Seattle florist Amy from Gather where you will channel your inner gypsy heart for a daylong workshop with Brush & Bloom, making a bohemian floral crown and a brush calligraphy quote that speaks the language of your soul. We’re giving away a ticket to Saturday’s workshop!

There are several ways to enter the contest on Instagram

  1. Repost the photo with hashtag #brushandbloomgiveaway for 5 entries
  2. Tag a friend who might be interested in the workshop and giveaway for 1 entry each. 
  3. Follow @brushandbloomsea, @gatherwestcoast, @cablecarcalligraphy and @mossfloor, then leave a comment that you’re following. This counts as one entry. 

The contest goes from Tuesday, April 12 to Friday, April 15 and the winner will be announced at 6pm on Friday.

The Brush & Bloom workshop will be held at 1417 10th Ave. Seattle, WA at New Tomorrow from 12pm – 6pm. The workshop includes instruction on watercolor calligraphy, floral crown design, and includes a portrait session with your floral crown and calligraphy at the end of class. The workshop is valued at $199. If you are already registered, you will receive your money back. 

Per Instagram rules, this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use. 

Brush and Bloom floral crown workshop with Gather and Cable Car Calligraphy

We have extended our early bird pricing of $169 for the whole workshop, or you can cherry pick from the calligraphy or floral crown portion for just $85. Hope you can join us! If the date doesn’t work for you, we would be happy to explore doing a private party for you and your girlfriends! Contact calligraphy@cablecarcouture.com for details.

My Top 5 Books for Cultivating Creativity

Photo via Elizabeth Gilbert Facebook

Photo via Elizabeth Gilbert Facebook

The other night at our Calligraphy Meetup, we got onto the topic of creativity and started sharing some thoughts from books that nurture a creativity landscape in our lives. Here’s 5 of my favorite books  on creativity that I am constantly recommending to friends and clients!

  1. big-magic-elizabeth-gilbert-books-for-creativityBig Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    A longtime fan of Liz Gilbert’s, I bought Big Magic the day it came out and have read it at least 4 times since then. Her philosophies of carving out space for creativity in your daily life make creativity so accessible. You don’t have to quit your day job to cultivate creativity. Just follow creativity where it leads, follow your curiosity and be led to your next exciting project. “Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”
  2. firestarter-sessions-danielle-laporte-books-for-creativityThe Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
    I first saw Danielle LaPorte speak at a Startup Princess event in Salt Lake City and I was transfixed. Her style of speaking is so intimate that it feels like it’s only you and her in the room. Plus, she’s a Vancouver, Canada native (soul sister from my home and native land!) and she shares tips on soulful entrepreneurism laced with Buddhist philosophies. This book takes you through a series of burning questions including:

    • When do you feel powerful, free, passionate, incredibly useful, excited, inspired?
    • What do people thank you for most often?
    • Who do you think is really cool, elegant, or powerful, and why?
  3. show-your-work-austin-kleon-books-for-creativityShow Your Work by Austin Cleon
    The chapter that resonated the most was to share something small that you’re working on each day, be it a video on Vimeo, a blog, or a photo. At the end of the month, you’ll have 30 shares, at the end of the year, you’ll have 365. It’s all about making your work discoverable discovering your voice by flexing it. A quick and easy read!
  4. rework-jason-fried-david-heinemeier-hansson-books-for-creativityRework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
    A brilliant book about doing it better, faster, and stronger. When they were editing their book, they cut it in HALF, deciding that they could streamline and still get the point across. Like Brad Pitt’s character says in Ocean’s 11, “Don’t use seven words when four will do.”  The point is that you need less than you think you do and it’s all about actually getting to work instead of planning to work or talking about it. This will light a fire under you to get started.
  5. the-artists-way-book-julie-cameron-books-for-creativityThe Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron
    This has been a seminal guide to creativity for over a decade. I first picked it up as a teenager and was always enraptured by the encouraging quotes typed in the sidebar on every single page. My biggest takeaway from it was a practice called the Morning Pages, an exercise of writing three pages of stream of consciousness writing each morning before starting your day. In other words, letting whatever comes into your head flow through your pen onto the page without judgment. This practice helps you to clear the clutter from your mind and frees you up for more spontaneous creativity. Believe me when I say it WORKS.

What are your favorite books that help you foster creativity? I’d love to hear what’s on your list!

Why the “toss it if you haven’t worn it in a year” rule doesn’t work

When should you toss your clothes?

Photo via Pop Sugar

A common idea among for closet purging that I hear is the “if you haven’t worn it a year, then toss it” rule. While this philosophy can certainly help weed out things that aren’t worth keeping in the long run, it doesn’t always work.

Here’s why:

  • You may not have worn your wedding dress in the last year. But are you planning to toss that out? What about your grandpa’s hand knit sweater that was left to you? Make room for family heirlooms to stay. (They just don’t necessarily have to be taking up valuable real estate in the closet)
  • You may separate outfits or clusters of clothes that don’t function properly alone. If you know that the only time you wear a certain shirt is with a certain combination, hang onto it. Otherwise you’ll have nothing to wear with the rest of your outfit!

The unpleasant task of purging your closet is made more pleasant and illuminating when you hire an Image Consultant or Wardrobe Stylist to help you stay on task and give you a birds eye view of your wardrobe. I’d love to help you on your closet audit! While I’m based in the Seattle area, I offer virtual styling worldwide.

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Seattle Calligraphy Meetup: Tuesday, March 29 at Roy Street Coffee & Tea

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For the last few months I’ve been hosting a casual calligraphy meetup around Seattle as a way to foster community, build better relationships, and provide opportunities to practice. You don’t have to have to have been through my calligraphy class to attend: it’s open to the public and free! Well, besides your hot chocolate, that is :)

Grab your sketch book and supplies and join us!

  • Tuesday, March 29th from 7-9pm
  • Roy Street Coffee & Tea in Capitol Hill

Hope to see you there :)

Announcing Brush & Bloom: Wild & Free Floral Crowns and Soulful Calligraphy

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Back in December, I sat down with the ever-lovely Amy from GATHER Westcoast for coffee and we decided to embark on a collaborative class teaching floral design and calligraphy in a day-long workshop. We had our first Brush & Bloom workshop in February and are thrilled to announce our latest workshop Wild & Free on Saturday, April 16 where we’ll teach floral crowns and soulful calligraphy.

Brush & Bloom: Wild and Free. you belong among the wildflowers

  • Saturday, April 16 from 11am – 6pm
  • New Tomorrow, 1417 10th Ave. Seattle, WA
  • $199, early bird pricing $169 until Sunday, March 27

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We’ll end class with professional photos of each student wearing their crown and holding their framed print.  We hope you’ll join us and let your inner gypsy delight in these tactile arts.

Champagne and snacks will be provided, as will all floral crown and brush calligraphy materials.

For more details, visit our Brush & Bloom page. If you register by Sunday, March 27, you can get the special early bird rate of $169. Hope you can join us!

Photos by Moss Floor | Floral Crowns by GATHER Westcoast | Makeup by Taylour Chanel | Wardrobe by Cable Car Couture | Calligraphy by Cable Car Calligraphy | Models Angie Hansen + Neal Haley