a fresh start

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Life seems to have caught me up in a furious whirlwind of activity and as a result, the past few months have left this small blog looking a bit sparse. But after a long leave of unnotified absence, it is now time for me to get back on board with writing.  The recent months have unveiled to me that balance in the everyday clockwork of life is so very important;  work, play, and love – it is all a delicate balance. Before I disappear to run a few errands on this sunny winter’s day, I leave you with a few notes that I have picked up over the recent months:

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Hope you’re having a splendid day.

-T.

image: Alaina Kaczmarski’s beautiful apartment via the everygirl

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inspiration: calligraphy

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…amidst the pleasing sight of freshly cut roses, the aroma of humble pumpkin soup and the sound of laughter on the front porch on a late, balmy evening, this weekend has passed in a whirlwind of activity and we find ourselves at the beginning of a new week. So let us begin this day with some lovely calligraphy, some of it elegant and traditional, others modern and striking.

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Whimsical hand lettering from Jaymee at JayAdores Design Co.

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Fancy flourishes by Crystal Kluge

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Navy lettering by Michigan based illustrator, designer, and calligrapher Molly Jacques

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Printable recipe cards from Design Eat Repeat, found on How About Orange

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Old World lettering by Stephanie Fishwick

Happy Monday!

T.

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Some other inspiration posts you may have missed:
+ beautiful type
+ create your own gallery wall
+ spring
+ pink

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In the Office: Pencils

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Being a piano teacher-conductor-pianist, I have to go through music on a daily basis, whether it is writing in performance indications, which fingers to use or simply writing in enormous big capital letters to play a certain note (or at times, what note not to play). And what tool would I use most often to do the most humble but important jobs? The pencil of course. And so below, I present to you four lovely pencils (or sets of pencils) that any piano teacher would be delightful to be owner of.

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And to keep your pencils always on hand instead of all over your desk, here are a few nifty cases:

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five | six | seven | eight 

Happy Monday!

-T.

PS. The legendary Blackwing Palomino Pencils can be locally purchased from Studio Bomba

Some In The Office posts and a few others you may have missed:

The Art of Writing

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On December 14th, 2012 Louis Vuitton opened the beautiful doors of its first Cabinet d’Ecriture – the Writing Cabinet – in the spectacular city of Paris.

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“…the family has always been very involved with writing. You can see that in some of the instruments and special cases we have created for customers.”

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“And from there, we created a range of instruments and products that would bring back the romance of writing which – contrary to what people might suppose in the digital era – is alive and well. For people with a respect and love of that tradition, they’ll find that the pens, inks and papers fulfil that desire for beauty.” – LV’s Cabinet d’Écriture tour guide.

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It would be nothing short of a dream if I were able to visit this beautiful store. Oh, to feel the delectably thin paper, the warmth of the leather bound notebooks and see the wide array liquid inks. All of this nod to Louis Vuitton’s first luxe pen collection in the 1980s.

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One can only dream…

-The Fine Duchess

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