Simply Calligraphy: a Review

Calligraphy.  It’s an artform that’s both modern and classic.  From the beautiful italics calligraphy on formal wedding invites to the fun word art graphics that are done on an iPad, calligraphy is a fantastic skill to have.  One that I am most definitely lacking!

That’s where this book comes in.  I’m a big Pinterest girl, I’ll use it to teach myself everything and anything (that’s how I began to learn to knit and crochet!) but there’s something easier and more productive when learning by book.

I am learning to write using calligraphy from square one, down to the knowledge of pens and paper.  I can tell you from experience that this book is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to learn this art.  It talks about pens, paper, pressure, spacing, height, letters, numbers; basically anything you need to know in a crash course in calligraphy.

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My only negative complaint on the book is it doesn’t come with a pen!  Be smart, be sure you get a proper pen before you get the book because I know you will want to practice as soon as you open the book!
Thank you to blogging for books for sending me a copy of Simply Calligraphy in exchange for this review.


Finally Read Outlander

This isn’t a review, but more of a telling. I finally read outlander.  I got books 1-3 about six months ago, and other things always came up. I never got around to reading them.  Part of me knew that this was going to be a book that I would love.  When that hppens,  I want to read it at the perfect time, no other distractions.  Is that weird?  I’ve always been like that. In fact, I have been so excited to read Finders Keepers after I read Mr. Mercedes two years ago. I preordered Finders Keepers and I knew I wanted the perfect time to read it…’s still on my shelf.  At this point I’ll just wait for the last installment to come out in June.

Anyway, back to Outlander. I figured now was as good a time as any, so I cracked it open (or rather gently peeked inside as to not break the binding) I. Loved. It.  The first 100 or so pages were a little dull, but once it picked up, I was instantly obsessed! I haven’t ever seen the show, so I went in with the same knowledge the general public has: girl time travels through rocks, lands in the Scottish Highlands, falls in love.  (Pretty accurate) 

There was just the right amount of action and romance to keep it a fast paced book.  I hear the show is pretty raunchy.  While there’s still plenty of love scenes in the book to make it an adult romance, I feel as though the scenes may be a little less in the book.  There were a lot of times it was implied as to whether was happening, but wasn’t witten out in detail.  Don’t get me wrong, it had its fair share of graphic scenes too, making this an adult book.

So yes, I’m now addicted to the world of Ourlander. I have a few books I need to read first, then I’m starting book 2.  Being such beasts that they are, I need to read other stuff in between to avoid burn out on the series!

Have you read this series? What did you think?