'work hard, rosé harder' download

work hard, rosé harder download by coloregraceMay flowers are beginning to bloom; spring is showing off. When the weather starts to warm up and flowers are all blooming bright, it seems like every end of the work day should include a glass at happy hour and a patio to enjoy the view. It seems like every week brings a new deadline, with a seemingly unending list of tasks to complete for each one. I naturally put a lot of pressure on myself to work as much as I physically, and mentally, can. I have been working very long days, several days of the week, and it's time to force myself to take a moment to appreciate myself for the hard work.

After working hard all week, a glass of rosé sounds like the perfect lovely treat for winding down and celebrating all of the hard work accomplished.

Find and save the 'work hard, rosé harder' desktop and iphone download over at Jojotastic!

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Cheers!

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writing letters

2015-04-12-20150412-Capture0008 I'm pleased to say I have all of the addresses needed to complete the 30 days of letter writing challenge for the month of April. I've said it already, but thank you so much for your response to my blog post and my call for addresses. It is a delight to read the emails, but even more fun to address the letters and write my responses.  As of last night, I have 10 letters written and addressed, and I plan to keep working on them throughout the week. All letters should be in the mail by Friday, I hope. I'll be sure to post on Instagram when I officially send them out.

If you'd like to receive a letter, I'm still happy to send a few extras out. (It doesn't need to be only 30 letters, right?) Please read my post 'Write On' to learn more about sending me your address.

Are you doing the challenge too? I'd love to know who else is participating!

(Oh, if you like these 'thank you' cards, be sure to look for a special feature on them next week.)

write on

would you like a letter from me? | coloregraceWhile I was in college there a post office I could walk to from where I worked. Almost everyday I would smile and chat with Luis, a postman I had become friends with. The workers always treated me with kindness even when I was standing in their line multiple times a day, asking for specific stamps, or being completely clueless about shipping. No matter what, I had a nice experience at the post office. Because of this, I’ve always said that I enjoyed going to the post office because when I went in with a positive attitude I liked to believe it made everyone’s day better. Since moving to Austin, this has not the case. I’m finally getting all of the negative vibes adults have been complaining about for years: “The system is inefficient” and “the workers are rude” to name a few. It saddens me to think that sending or receiving mail is this bad of an experience.

STAY WITH ME THIS IS NOT A POST OFFICE RANT.

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About a month ago I found these adorable From Me to You stamps that celebrate April as National Card and Letter Writing month. I started hunting them down when they were released on April 1. The first post office I tried didn’t carry them because they are a smaller neighborhood office. The second post office closed the line as soon as I walked in the door, which I’ll admit was my fault but the man was very rude. A few days later I waited in line in the third post office for twenty minutes before the man behind the counter told me they didn’t sell those stamps either. Even though I had struck out again, I smiled and thanked the him. My positive attitude didn’t waver.

I recently started listening to a wonderful podcast, Back to Work (more on this later) and one of the hosts, Dan Benjamin shared a story about going into a CVS to get a prescription filled when the pharmacy was about to close and how his attitude in the situation completely changed his experience. The women informed him that the pharmacy was closing and she couldn’t fill the prescription. Instead of getting mad at her or irritated, he thanked her and asked if there was another store close by he could go to before they closed (there wasn’t). But, after having a pleasant conversation with her, she ended up quickly filling the prescription for him even though they had just closed. She didn’t have to do this act of kindness, but because he was understanding and genuinely nice, she did. This resonated with me because I always strive to not take a negative attitude with anyone, especially customer service workers.

Once I was back in my car I tried calling another nearby post office and was immediately informed the stamps were in stock. By the time I reached the fourth, and final, post office I was so thankful for the stamps. I politely asked for another sheet on top of the three he had already grabbed for me, and thanked him greatly. He responded “you’re welcome, you’re the most welcome customer I’ve seen today”.

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You can call me naive, but I truly believe that having a positive attitude can drastically change your everyday experiences. I could’ve given up after any number of those stops, or be incredibly frustrated about going to four different post offices, but it was never the fault of the worker behind the counter. It would have been unreasonable for me to get irritated about something out of my control, or theirs.

Try taking this friendly attitude into the post office next time. You may not get the speciality stamps the first trip, but you’ll appreciate every stamp you buy (mine totaling 80 stamps) when you feel good about the experience you had when buying them.

If you'd like to receive a letter from me, please email me at hello@coloregrace.com.

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'be still' download

coloregrace - a little extra grace- be still desktop downloadLately, I’ve been really tired. I’ve been jumping from one project to the next, exhausting myself, and never taking a break from working. While all of these projects bring me joy, the fewer hours of sleep and rest bring me to exhaustion tears and admittedly less interesting work. I finally accepted that I couldn’t keep working the same way I have been. I needed to ‘be still’. Resting doesn’t necessarily mean sleep to me; it means giving myself time to quiet my mind and not stress about any deadlines or projects or actions I should take. If you’re feeling a little scattered and exhausted like I have been, I hope you can be honest with yourself and seek the rest you need.

Today on Jojotastic I’m not only sharing this month’s desktop download ‘be still’, but a few of my favorite ways to rest too.

Please, CLICK HERE to view my post on Jojotastic and save the download.

You can find all of my previous downloads on my monthly column, a little extra grace.

how to letter on eggs

simple hand-lettered eggs - coloregrace Each year I get older, but I love making a small mess decorating eggs the same way I did as a kid every Easter. A week before my mom and I would find the coolest egg dye kit and get to work. It was always fun to experiment with mixing color, dipping half the egg in blue and the other half in yellow and seeing the green where the dyes would overlap, and writing on them with white crayon first before dipping into the dye to see your mystery message. This year, I decided to go simple and use materials I already owned.

Eggs seem to have multiple uses for Easter: decoration, hidden and filled with candy or money, or scrambled with a side of bacon. While I hope to enjoy my eggs scrambled during brunch, these golden eggs would make a beautiful decoration for the table. (Please don’t eat the lettered on eggs!)

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The supply list is simple: * a carton of eggs (without any stamp) - I used white eggs, but you could try brown or speckled eggs for different look. * an opaque permanent marker - I’m using a Sakura Pentouch Marker Medium Gold . It’s hands down one of my absolute favorite gold markers.

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To be as clean as possible, I would suggest a paper towel nearby to wipe any gold off your fingers and a paper plate, or the empty carton, to place the eggs on the dry.

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I laid the carton of eggs out on the counter for about 25 to 30 minutes to bring them to room temperature. I tried practicing on a few cold eggs, but as the eggs were thawing the shell was sweating causing my lettering the smudge and fade. Before writing on the eggs, I suggest wiping the moisture off the shell with a paper towel. Once the eggs were at room temperature and cleaned, I was ready to letter!

I practiced on a few eggs to figure out which markers worked best and get used to writing on the curve. I found that holding the egg between my thumb and pointer-finger is best to keep the egg still while writing. Be cautious about where you’re starting your words to make sure all of the letters can be seen, and have some fun.

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I highly suggest egg-puns, or yokes if you will, cheeky phrases about chicks, love letters to your brunch, or words about God’s goodness.

Wishing you all the hoppiest Easter Sunday, BAWK BAWK!

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See past how-to posts here!

SXSW: Lettering and Lattes

sxsw lettering and lattes - coloregrace sxsw lettering and lattes - coloregrace3 This past Saturday I had the pleasure of joining a bunch of local hand-letterers at Lettering and Lattes, hosted by Creative Market and Toms Roasting Co, to kick off SXSW. It was my first event as a letterer, and I couldn't have had a better time. A group of letterers were brought together by Creative Market to hang out on a beautiful Saturday morning, drink coffee, letter, and talk with each other and the attendees. I was happy to spend time with a few letterers I was already close friends with (Becky Murphy, Angela Duncan, Zachary Horst, Ryan Hamrick, and Lin Zagorski), as well as get to know others, like Sean McCabe.

We all had a blast trying each others markers, pens, and different lettering styles. B took these photos, but joined the letterers in having some fun too. I'm so happy to be in this community and learn from each other, and I cannot wait until we all get together again.

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'luck by design' download

coloregrace- a little more grace- luck download"Things worthwhile generally don’t just happen. Luck is a fact, but should not be a factor. Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best. Negligence or indifference are usually reviewed from an unlucky seat. The law of cause and effect and causality both work the same with inexorable exactitudes. Luck is the residue of design,” said Branch Rickey. For this month’s desktop download, I was inspired by the idea of luck because it has two meanings. Luck can mean chance or success. I am definitely in favor of the luck I can create for myself.

Please enjoy and download these designs by visiting Jojotastic and read my full length post here!

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