Calligraphy

So with my new job, as a calligrapher, I'm going start posting pictures of the work my boss and I have done! I'm really excited to share! Also, I upload these to my Pinterest so you can find them there as well.   I'm also trying to work on my photography (no judgement) with my new job.  If anyone has any recommendations on what the best lens to shoot calligraphy would be, please share! Right now I'm using my 50mm but I feel that some times the writing in my pictures looks a little fuzzy and obviously that's the main part! Hmm? Any suggestions are welcome. Have a good day!

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New apartment decor ideas

I'm getting ready to move into my new apartment **screeches of excitement**!! Clearly, I'm so excited. A 1840s (?) 4 plex building with wood floors, white walls and lots of character. I found the perfect couch the other day at a thrift store. It's a beautiful stripe Drexel that I got for $50, and if you know that brand...well, they are not $50. Ha! More in the thousands range and it's in pristine vintage condition! I can't wait to decorate so I've been trying to brainstorm for cute ideas for my new home! These are just a few of my favorite ideas that I'm planning to make!

Love this pillow case DIY.

Love this pillow case DIY.

Pom pom throw isย perfect for summer.

Pom pom throw is perfect for summer.

OMG such a good idea. Soap on a rope!

OMG such a good idea. Soap on a rope!

NEED to make a woven wall hanging...or two or three.

NEED to make a woven wall hanging...or two or three.

Getting fired was the best thing that happened to me.

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   As you read the title of this post you were probably wondering..whaa? Did I read that right? Did she mean to type that? But yes, that's what you read and no, it wasn't a mistake. Losing my job (about a month ago) was the best thing that has happened to me.  When it happened I thought this was the worst thing that had ever happened. I was so upset, so betrayed, and so scared of how I was going to pay rent and find another job fast.  A few weeks went by (spent job searching, playing with cats and window shopping) and with the emotional support of Colin, my mom and all my friends surrounding me, I realized it wasn't the worst thing that happened.  In fact, I was starting to come to terms with "this could be a good thing". The whole "everything happens for a reason" (which I am a huge believer in) is in fact true! And guess what?! A couple weeks and a couple tears later, I'm employed!  Not only do i have a new job, I have and AWESOME new job with a very generous, wonderful boss and best of all, the creative freedom I crave. I feel so lucky and blessed to be in the position I am in. I get to make beautiful things everyday, get paid for it (double then what I was making!), and work and play in a creative studio space. I am a calligraphy artist and I love what I do.  I was so unhappy at my previous job, nothing good could have come if I had continued on.  I am so thankful for the things that have happened over the past month, it was a little tough love but it was worth it. This has changed my life drastically, for the better.

   After I lost my job I took a little break from my blog. I wasn't feeling creative or inspired anymore.  I'm sorry to anyone who read my little blog and to myself for not continuing to let this be a creative outlet.  I feel like I have that creative spirit back and I can't wait to start up again. I've made some changes to my blog after all of this so it could kind of be a "starting over" point. Yes, if you haven't noticed already, I changed the name of my blog.  I am now Honest To Blog (which I thought was adorable and so fitting). Seeing as this is the most honest post I have ever written! (and it feels nice).  I will be continuing with regular posting now. However, I will be moving next month (exciting!) so there will still be some slow times. More on that to come soon.  Thank you to everyone who has helped me or even took the time to read this. Xo, Kat

Stones and stripes

Sorry I've been abandoning my little blog lately, I promise to explain soon. GOOD news however, Urban Outfitters is having their amazing %50 off sale items!!! I think this is my favorite time of the year (; Seriously though, I got a ton of from them the past few days that I can't wait to show all you! (I went to two different locations if that means anything).  I want to do some sort of clothing haul (like my favorite Youtubers do) but I'm not much of a video person so I may do a photograph haul of everything I got because I can't wait to share! Also, I have some exciting things ahead in the next week that I can't wait for! For now enjoy and I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Xo

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Crop stripe T- H&M Denim shorts- Urban Outfitters Booties- Urban Outfitters Bucket bag- Old Navy Hand chain- DIY made by me! Necklace- Urban Outfitters ย  Photographs by Colin Kincade

Crop stripe T- H&M

Denim shorts- Urban Outfitters

Booties- Urban Outfitters

Bucket bag- Old Navy

Hand chain- DIY made by me!

Necklace- Urban Outfitters

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Photographs by Colin Kincade

DIY Anthropologie Lula inspired necklace

So the other day I was at Anthropologie and they had the cutest necklaces!! Unfortunately, some were out of my budget and I thought to myself, " hey, I can make that!" So I did! And boy, has it been a hit. It was super easy to make and it's really cute if you make a few and layer them together. PS, I had already made two necklaces and was half way through my third one when I decided I should make a tutorial so sorry if some "step" pictures are missing!

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Inspiration- Anthropologies Lula necklace (shown above)

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Materials:

  • "Friendship bracelet" string (I got mine at Michaels for $.37 each!)
  • Rope/cord
  • Necklace clasp
  • Strung together rhinestones (I'm sorry, I don't know what they are called but I actually bought a cheap bracelet from Forever 21 and took it apart to use the rhinestones!)
  • Strong glue- E6000 (I use this for everything)
  • Pen & scissors
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***mommys little helper***

***mommys little helper***

When I was at Michaels picking out my string colors I knew I wanted bright neons for summer! ย  First I gathered my colors that I wanted to use for my first necklace. I cut them probably about 2 feet long to ensure there was enough to make my patterns. Then tie them all together.

When I was at Michaels picking out my string colors I knew I wanted bright neons for summer!

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First I gathered my colors that I wanted to use for my first necklace. I cut them probably about 2 feet long to ensure there was enough to make my patterns. Then tie them all together.

Next, I got my cord and decided how long I wanted to make my necklace. From there I folded it in half and made marks from where I wanted my string wrapping to start and end. And from there I made two more marks that was the length of my string of rhinestones. ย  **Tip- If your making multiple necklaces make them all different lengths for a fun layering look! ย  Here's where I was too far in to take some extra pictures. But this is how I started.. After tying my strings together I put some of my E6000 glue on my first spot I marked on my cord. I set them all on top of the glue, chose my first color and started wrapping my first color section. I was gentle until I was sure the glue was dried, then I cut the little knot tail that was left over. From there it's really up to you. You choose your patterns and the order you want you colors in, Or if you want, maybe choose just one color!? That would be pretty too!ย 

Next, I got my cord and decided how long I wanted to make my necklace. From there I folded it in half and made marks from where I wanted my string wrapping to start and end. And from there I made two more marks that was the length of my string of rhinestones.

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**Tip- If your making multiple necklaces make them all different lengths for a fun layering look!

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Here's where I was too far in to take some extra pictures. But this is how I started.. After tying my strings together I put some of my E6000 glue on my first spot I marked on my cord. I set them all on top of the glue, chose my first color and started wrapping my first color section. I was gentle until I was sure the glue was dried, then I cut the little knot tail that was left over. From there it's really up to you. You choose your patterns and the order you want you colors in, Or if you want, maybe choose just one color!? That would be pretty too! 

Here is a simple demonstration of a fun, more textured, pattern you can add. All I did was chose two colors I wanted to use. Take your first color and go over the others and make a loop through. Then alternate to your second color. I hope the picture helps more then I could describe it! Ha!

Here is a simple demonstration of a fun, more textured, pattern you can add. All I did was chose two colors I wanted to use. Take your first color and go over the others and make a loop through. Then alternate to your second color. I hope the picture helps more then I could describe it! Ha!

For the rest, I just simply wrapped the string around the cord. Easy as that! I switched colors and made patterns to make it fun. I didn't stick to a uniform pattern but you could if you wanted to!

For the rest, I just simply wrapped the string around the cord. Easy as that! I switched colors and made patterns to make it fun. I didn't stick to a uniform pattern but you could if you wanted to!

For the rhinestones..since they are already strung together (boy I wish I could find these at a craft store!) it's really easy to just wrap the string around and in between them to ensure they are tightly on.

For the rhinestones..since they are already strung together (boy I wish I could find these at a craft store!) it's really easy to just wrap the string around and in between them to ensure they are tightly on.

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Once I got to my ending point I put a little dab of my E6000 glue on top of the cord and strings. I continued to wrap my ending color string on top of the glue to make sure it was secure and stuck. To finish off the string part, cut the tail and we can move on to finishing off the necklace!

Once I got to my ending point I put a little dab of my E6000 glue on top of the cord and strings. I continued to wrap my ending color string on top of the glue to make sure it was secure and stuck. To finish off the string part, cut the tail and we can move on to finishing off the necklace!

Okay now this part can get a little messy and you might need a pen or little sharp scissors to help you. The closure clasps I got were actually off these suede "make your own necklace" things I found at Michaels. It was a better deal for me to buy those and just take them part (came in a set of 3) rather then buy them individually. I just used good scissors to cut off the end parts that I needed. Once I did that I used a Q-tip to put some glue on the end of the cord. This gets tricky because my cord started unraveling. I ended up taking a pair of sharp tiny scissors and pushing the cord into the opening of the closure so all the cord was eventually all shoved in there!

Okay now this part can get a little messy and you might need a pen or little sharp scissors to help you. The closure clasps I got were actually off these suede "make your own necklace" things I found at Michaels. It was a better deal for me to buy those and just take them part (came in a set of 3) rather then buy them individually. I just used good scissors to cut off the end parts that I needed. Once I did that I used a Q-tip to put some glue on the end of the cord. This gets tricky because my cord started unraveling. I ended up taking a pair of sharp tiny scissors and pushing the cord into the opening of the closure so all the cord was eventually all shoved in there!

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And.. Ta da! Easy and fun to make too. I even made one on a car ride, ha!

And.. Ta da! Easy and fun to make too. I even made one on a car ride, ha!

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I love layering mine together. They even make an awesome birthday gift (I know from experience (; )

I love layering mine together. They even make an awesome birthday gift (I know from experience (; )

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