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Currently in January

I really like writing these currently posts – they force me to stop and think about what is going on right now and help me to focus on little things to be grateful for and that are good. I am trying to be a lot more organised with my blog this year. So far in January some weeks it works and some weeks it just doesn't but I feel like I am learning and improving how I go about it - and generally I just enjoy sharing in this space and so I have been having fun coming up with ideas for blog posts and for ways to make improvements. The photo above was taking while walking to work this morning. There was something really beautiful about the hazy warm light and the crisp cold air. I hope you all have a great weekend - here is what is going on with me right now: 

Making: new greetings cards and working on another exciting project I can't mention yet. I am hoping to update my wholesale catalogue in the next few weeks! I really need to get my act together in time for V day - I am new to all this though so it might be too late already! 

Watching: Greys Anatomy - it's on Amazon instant video - what more needs to be said? 

Reading: I just finished reading Crazy Busy and now I need to get back to Rebecca which I had a little break from - hope I haven't forgotten what has happened so far. 

Wearing: loads and loads of layers - man it is cold right now. I have got my eye on a nice warm jumper from Cos at the moment. 

Grateful: for all the book recommendations that I got on this post on instagram - I am looking forward to checking them out and making time to read. 

Learning: how to chop an onion properly! I am trying to improve my cooking skills and this has been a good start and giving me a lot more confidence for some reason - last week I made a beef and prune stew and this week a butternut squash and chickpea stew. Am enjoying following through recipes and making good food! 

Obsessed: with chicken and avocado sandwiches! Seriously I have only just discovered what a dream team avocado and chicken are! 

Looking: forward to going down to 4 days a week in Feb. I am not sure if I have mentioned it on here before but I work full time as an in-house graphic designer and have been doing extra freelance work and my etsy shop on the side. It has been amazing but also frustrating juggling all 3 and not having as much time as I would like to work on my shop. Although it's only one day - I am so excited about the extra time I will have starting from Feb. I will keep you posted on how it goes! 

Wanting: to find some more yummy and healthy snacks that I can eat at work. I have realised my weakness is snacking at work. If anyone has any good suggestions please let me know! 

Enjoying: Entertaining lots of friends in January. We have had/are having lots of friends over for dinner and whilst it's busy it has been really lovely spending quality time with good people. 

Loving: practicing calligraphy after this class I took. I am not sure I have improved much but it is so fun and enjoyable. I'm also using it as a reason to write letters to people - so I can try and write their name and address in calligraphy on the front. 

Dreaming: about all of the places that I want to go after this post. We need to get on with it, start making plans, saving and booking things. 

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

For ages I have wanted to learn calligraphy and particularly modern calligraphy. Before Christmas at work we talked about doing a bit of a team building/fun activity in January to inspire us and give us something to look forward to after Christmas had past, so I got in touch with Quill London as quite a lot of bloggers I follow had been to one of their workshops and loved it. 

Quill regularly run modern calligraphy workshops in London but because there was quite a big group of us they put together a workshop especially for us, and we were not disappointed. 

The workshop was 3 hours long and our lovely teacher Chiara from Lamplighter London provided all the materials that we would need (and got to keep afterwards so that we could keep practising) and took us through the process. The class was really well structured and the tasks that were set were really helpful in developing our skills. Chiara was lovely and spent time helping people individually to improve their technique.

It was exciting being taught the basics and being given the skills (and tools) necessary to practice and improve. Part of me was really excited about what I was able to do after just 3 hours, but I also realised how much practice I will need to get really good. But I am really keen to do the practice and improve so that forming the letters and being creative with the glyphs and how letters join each other comes a lot more naturally to me. Watch this space for hopefully more calligraphy action in 2015!