It is a good day when you get mail. It is a great day when you get mail from Goulet Pens! I am a big fan of the Goulets and when they sent me a coupon on my birthday for 8 free ink samples with purchase I said, “Yes, please!” I immediately inked up the new Kaweco Perkeo with Diamine Bilberry. The ink is reminiscent of Noodler’s Kung Te-Cheng, but this swab also revealed a bit of a sheen. It has been a month or so since I wrote a letter. The new ink was a great excuse to put a few words down. I found the ink to be cheerful, but not obnoxious; like a child who runs up to you to say something cute and immediately runs away to play again. These random ink samples Goulet sells (and gives away on your birthday if you sign up for the newsletter) are great because I always end up trying inks I never would have tried. Sometimes I find one I love and I didn’t have to spend hours researching to find it. It is a real win win.
What do you have inked up right now? Let me know in the comments!
I thought I'd try out a new format to see how I like it. It was unscripted and I overused the phrase "kicking around." Just in case you are interested in doing your own screen printing project at home, here are some helpful links so far.
Charli Marie's DIY Screen Printing Video and PDF
Free Online Vectorizer Tool
Sketch Program (Free 30 Day Trial)
I am still trying to brainstorm what else I might want to pull together in this first run of creating screens. I haven't wanted to wear graphic t's for a while myself, but they are cute on the kiddos. Please let me know in the comments what sorts of things you like to see on shirts, totes, etc.
Pineapple Pecan Upside-Down Cupcakes
It seems like everyone these days has a special diet... or at least everyone in my family. I am no exception. This year my mom's amazing buttercream topped Barbie cake wasn't going work. I made my own cake and gave my mom a deserved break this year.
I created this recipe to be egg free, low FODMAP, and delicious. Low FODMAP is also Gluten Free. Alternative flour cakes tend to be good fresh and then the texture goes downhill after that. I've managed to avoid that problem by avoiding icing which allows you to warm them up right before you eat them.
This is my first go at writing up a recipe for general consumption and I am very excited about the format. It is both easy to follow along and full of extra details. I used the table feature in Pages to organize the recipe. The Sketch app was great for cropping and rotating one of my bunny clipart SVG files. Then I exported it as a PNG to use in Pages and to make the recipe a little more "me". You can preview the recipe below before you download the PDF that you can print.
How do you like to treat yourself for your birthday? Please let me know how it goes in the comments!