I haven't really posted photos recently because I haven't had the time to take them. It's been one thing after another, but I'm certainly not complaining. No books today because I wanted to share some of the instagram goodness that I managed to capture this weekend.
I've mentioned before that I love learning and challenging myself. Many of my endeavors are strictly for fun, but some are opportunities for me to determine if it's something I'd like to turn into a business someday. My goal being that I one day work for myself. So.. in the spirit and because of my love for pretty stationary, I signed up for a letterpress class offered at SIMPLESONG DESIGN, or Fifteen Eleven, if you're walking the streets of Old Town Alexandria. If you love design and fashion, you should also take a peek at Suann's blog Simplesong. I must mention that she's so incredibly cute.
If you're wondering what letterpress is, no fear, most people do. But I can guarantee you've come across it at somepoint in life. I made a little graphic below to give you an idea (it would of course be printed on paper & not the net), but you get the idea. If you're skimming a card and the letters are printed into the paper, meaning you can feel them, it's likely it was created on a letterpress. It's fascinating because letterpress machines aren't made these days; it's a trade that died out but has since been revived (and is wildly popular, especially for weddings). Suann noted that one of her machines was built in 1887; so no matter what you're buying, it's definitely antique.
I'm far from buying my own letterpress, but it was chance for me to see if it was something I'd like to start investing in, something I could see myself doing everyday, all day. The entire experience was incredible. I can't stress how amazing it is to be in the company of so many talented and confident females. I even met a book blogger!
The studio was located just outside DC, so J and I took the time to make a little vacation out of it. We celebrated by attending a surprise party for one of my best friends, having a fancy dinner and seeing the touristy sites.
Here's my little secret: J and I have been a lovely-dovey team for three whole years today. It's wonderful! In addition to the class and the surprise party and the dinner and the sightseeing, he also got us a secluded cabin tucked in the hills of North Carolina, just outside Asheville, on our way home. The joys of a road trip! The views were amazing and the farmers/owners left us a dozen freshly gathered eggs for breakfast.
And cue the gross pic...
It was a great weekend and I'm so grateful for everything in my life. This post didn't have anything to do with books or blogging, but I hope you enjoy anyway. Glad I started blogging and get to converse with incredible individuals everyday via the net. Hope everyone's having a great week!