Learning to Letter

Whew! It’s been a busy weekend in these parts! I had lunch plans with a friend on Friday but she needed to reschedule for next week so Andy and I ended up meeting up for a quick lunch. Andy’s office recently moved downtown so we are just a few blocks from each other now, which is really convenient!


This pic is actually from the last time we grabbed lunch because I completely forget to snag a pic on Friday! After our little lunch date, it was back to work where I spent the afternoon designing Christmas ornaments while listening to a new podcast. One of my coworkers and I are listening to a lot of the same podcasts so that we can discuss the episodes afterwards — it’s been fun!


Since we ended up leaving around the same time at the end of the day, I walked down to his office so that we could ride home together. There was literally no traffic due to it being a sunny Friday afternoon in the summer; since we were ahead of schedule for arriving at home, we made a quick pitstop for froyo at our favorite place!

Upon arriving home, I quickly threw a bag together and hit the road for something I had been looking forward to for the past few weeks — a brush lettering class with Lauren Ibach! I came across Lauren on Instagram many months ago and loved her beautiful lettering style so when I saw that she was offering a class, I jumped on it!

The class was held at Appleberry’s Attic, a craft studio in Anoka, MN. It was fun to drive through Anoka because Andy lived there for the majority of our dating years — it brought back some good memories! Appleberry’s Attic is run by Jen, a gorgeous lady that loves crafting and connecting women so that they can have a break from their daily duties to recharge and relax! She’s one of those people that instantly makes you feel welcome, loved, and valued — aka the best kind of person! I’d highly recommend checking her studio out if you’re in the area — they offer all kinds of craft classes for people of all ages.


Back to Lauren — her class blew me away! I have a background in handlettering, but it is all self-taught so there are definitely some gaps in my skillset! Her kind spirit, talent, and encouraging personality were so inviting! She answered a million questions for me and also taught me some tricks for lettering on my iPad! It was so fun getting to know her and and the other women at my table — I left feeling so motivated to practice this skill more regularly since it’s something that I love to incorporate into my design and illustration work.


On Saturday morning, we woke up to the BEST thunderstorm — tons of heavy rain, booming thunder, and lightning. It was so cozy inside our house and fun to wake up to a raging storm outside. Once the rain let up a bit, I ran to Target to grab lunch for Fletcher’s godparents, who were coming over later that afternoon to spend some time with him while we snuck out for a date to see the new Lion King movie! I also grabbed this new flavor of kombucha (cherry, coconut + lemongrass) and it was SO good! I also picked up some candy to take to the theatre!


Upon arriving home, I put together a quick little lunch spread for them before they arrived.


We chatted with them for a bit and then said goodbye to Fletcher before we headed out to the theatre! We were a little early so we browsed through Barnes & Noble for a bit. Per usual, I took some pics of books to add to my library request list!


I also came across the cutest little kids books so I snapped a few pics of those to save as inspiration for my illustrations!

Next, we headed to the theatre for the movie! We purchased our tickets ahead of time after experiencing a movie being totally sold out last fall, and it was so slick! All we had to do was scan Andy’s phone and we were on our way. In the lobby of the theatre was a display for the new Downton Abbey movie and it got me SO excited to see this movie with my bestie this September! I kind of want to rewatch the show before the movie since it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it!

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We LOVED The Lion King so much! The script and music were very aligned to the original cartoon movie (which I totally remember seeing in the theatre with my grandma and my sister when I was about 5 years old!). So, so cute and really well done — I’d highly recommend it!


After the movie, we swung by Hallmark to grab a card for our nephew, snapped a few pics of some unique cards and things, then headed home to kiss our little baby! We played with Fletcher for a bit and then I ended up taking a nap because I was exhausted after battling more sinus stuff all week!


On Sunday morning, Fletcher and I played for a bit while Andy caught up on sleep and then we headed out for a walk through the neighborhood.


It was supposed to be cool outside but it ended up feeling pretty warm by the time we finished our walk. Fletcher was wearing his cute little swim trunks from his friend Colton! :)


After our walk, I organized a few things in the garage while Fletcher watched me with all smiles! The rest of the day was spent cleaning, doing a Costco run, and getting ready for another busy work week!

What was a highlight from your weekend?
Last movie you saw in theatres?