This weekend was every bit as relaxing as I hoped it would be and I can happily say I'm feeling refreshed and inspired for the week ahead. I even spent some time practicing my calligraphy skills and plan to show you some shots of my progress soon. The pen is slowly starting to feel more natural but I'm still pretty shaky. Also, I discovered that I am absolutely terrible when it comes to making swashes and flourishes. You know - Those little curly embellishments that just make everything look so much prettier. I'm too embarrassed to show my attempts because they are outright awful. I'm having a hard time visualizing where the pen should go next and I just sort of keep looping around in circles. So I've been studying up on them and hopefully with some more practice things will start to improve soon. Meanwhile, here are some nice examples of the look I'm going after.