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A few of my favourite things #99

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I felt so productive and inspired last week. I managed to find the time to practice my lettering, schedule blog posts, and get back into Grow & Glow. I nailed my elevator pitch and now I really feel like I know what direction I’m going in. I’m looking forward to starting the next bundle on Friday.

Here’s a look at what else I’ve been loving over the last week.

Baker Toms

Bet you didn’t think you’d see fresh bread mentioned on a book and stationery blog! I walk past a Baker Toms shop every week after Jenson’s swimming lesson and the goats cheese and red onion focaccia has been crying out to me forever. I finally treated myself last week and it was amazing. Would have again.

Baker Toms bread

Baker Toms goats cheese and red onion focaccia

Lettering practice

I signed up for Blink Lettering‘s Better Brush Drills and it’s been so useful. There’s a different drill every day for a week to teach you the basic strokes – practice makes perfect and I can really see the difference in my lettering. It certainly helped me see which areas I need to focus on (underturns and ovals).

Better Brush Drills with Blink Lettering

Better Brush Drills with Blink Lettering

Better Brush Drills with Blink Lettering

Better Brush Drills with Blink Lettering

Better Brush Drills with Blink Lettering

Of course, learning the strokes doesn’t necessarily mean you can go straight into letters. I still have a lot to learn but I’m enjoying the process.

lettering practice

lettering practice

Wednesday is World Calligraphy Day and I’ll be hosting three giveaways. Pop back to be in with a chance of winning some new lettering goodies, including a fountain pen, calligraphy pens, a wax seal set and notebooks.

World Calligraphy Day

Mr Bs

I might be a Jelbert’s girl at heart but I do like heading to Hayle for the odd Mr Bs ice cream. I spotted a new Jazzies flavour on their Facebook page the other day and, while I was disappointed it wasn’t there on the day I popped over, the Battenberg flavour was incredible, with actual sponge pieces. Highly recommended if you’re in the area.

Mr Bs Battenberg ice cream

Papergang

I’m so glad I re-subscribed to Papergang when they had their flash sale the other day. My first box arrived at the weekend, packed with a weekly planner pad, washi tape, pin badge, greetings card, gift wrap, and print. Not bad for just over a tenner, including delivery. If you fancy signing up, I’d love it if you used my referral link. There are various offers at the moment, including 50% off your first box and limited availability on a free mystery box. This ‘hit the town’ box is available for another week. Go, go, go!

Papergang - Hit the Town box review

Papergang - Hit the Town box review

Papergang - Hit the Town box review

Papergang - Hit the Town box review

Papergang - Hit the Town box review

Papergang - Hit the Town box review

Papergang - Hit the Town box review

Papergang - Hit the Town box review

Photo locations

I was excited to see a couple of new murals in town recently, so I took some books out for a walk, ready for future review posts. You like?

Hashtag Authentic (book) by Sara Tasker

Bibliophile book journal

Reviews coming soon.

Buy Hashtag Authentic on Amazon
Pre-order the Bibliophile Reader’s Journal* on Amazon

Strong Words magazine

Strong Words* is a reasonably new magazine about books and I was sent a copy of their June issue. It was a true crime special and, while it’s not one of my favourite genres, it was a really interesting issue, and I’ve already added a few titles to my wish list. I’m particularly interested to read Tiger by Polly Clark and The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells.

The issue also featured some fascinating interviews with writers about their research process, as well as plenty of recommendations (over 100 reviews!), including graphic novels, coffee table books, memoirs and self-help books. That’ll keep me going until the next issue!

You can subscribe for £5 a month for nine issues a year. Want to try a free issue first? Click here and enter the code ‘FRIENDS’.

Strong Words magazine - review

Here’s to another productive week. I’ve got plans to tackle the uniform checklist spread in my bullet journal – exciting times! Hope you have a good one :)

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