'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.

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Cheers!

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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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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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valentine for design crush

coloregrace-much love to you card8It warms my heart to have a special Valentine's Day card available to download today on Design Crush. Kelly Beall and I became friends while we were both living in Oklahoma City. She has always been a wonderful, encouraging mentor for my blog and a sweet friend to send snail-mail with. We are both huge suckers for cute cards, so when Kelly reached out and asked me to make a card for all to send out on Valentines Day I was thrilled to say yes! Kelly's graphic design experience shines through each of her unique posts and I'm always learning about something, or someone new, while reading her posts. This lady has quite the eye for good design!

Please find the downloadable Valentine at Design Crush and take a look around while you're there.

'give more love' download

jojotastic-a-little-extra-grace-give-more-love February brings a great sense of love. For two weeks (likely three to four for retail), we prepare ourselves to vomit a stream of love to the special someone in our life, or worse we’re reminded that we are alone. Chocolates, flowers, and decorations are bought; reservations and dates are planned to Instagram perfection. But this isn’t what love looks like. Valentine’s Day should be less about the one love in your life and more about the love you have for everyone.

Try to ‘give more love’ each day. Maybe by giving extra love throughout all of your days you will inspire more people to give more love too.

Please see my full length post at Jojotastic to download and enjoy this wallpaper.

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