Practice makes perfect

// a thousand threads
So I’ve wanted, needed a Wacom for something like a million years now. I just knew it would change my life, the beautiful things I would create — I was sure I was only an Amazon purchase away from pure brilliance. So I finally broke down and made it happen.

Earlier this week, the Wacom showed up on my doorstep all shiny and new, just begging for me to break it out and get the party started. So I did… and let’s just say the experience has been something like that time when I really really wanted to bust out a canvas and paint…

Even though I hadn’t picked up a paint brush since preschool.

Holy wow you guys, you don’t realize how much all of that type typing away is crushing your motor handwriting skills until you try to go all crazy with a Wacom. Cursive? What is that? So there might be a little bit of a learning curve, but hey, that’s what this space is all about, right? I’ve been learning here with all of you on a pretty steep learning curve since 2011, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed the ride as much as I have. For me, it always goes back to this Ira Glass quote. If you know what you want it to be, and you work hard, you’ll get there.

So I changed things up a little bit on my Friday links this week with the vast scribble skills I’ve acquired so far — and hey, it’s something right? Next stop, masterpiece.

Maybe I’ll get in a little more practice this weekend. Tell me, do you have any big plans?

P.S. Does this mean I also won’t have Melissa Esplin-like calligraphy skills if I pick up a pen?


Eye this lovely artists loft in Berlin.

Buy this Steven Alan quilt on sale!

Make these beautiful onion-dyed flags. (And check out the rest of Cassie’s amazing wedding DIYs while you’re there, I’m kind of obsessed.)

Bake these tasty looking buttermilk cakes.


Definitely reserving judgement until there’s more than a trailer, but I thought this commentary on the “American Blogger” controversy was very thoughtful.

Also thoughtful — this article via Cup of Jo.

Some of you out there are Wacom masters, and to you I say this. But seriously, wow Corina this typeface is beautiful.

If this works, I might die of excitement.

This camp wedding really is dreamy.


  1. Posted April 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Ahh thanks for the link love, Laicie! Your blog is SO gorgeous and this post is a wealth of awesome link (ahem, not tooting my own horn). I loved that NY Times article and those wedding photos. And I just downloaded that Corina typeface! Love it! Thanks for making my day 🙂

    • Laicie
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      You’re so welcome, Erika!! I’m happy to toot your horn for you, those cakes look amazing! And I love your blog!

  2. Posted April 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Wacom tablets are definitely harder to use than they look, but I’m sure you’ll pick it up quickly 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  3. Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    So happy for you that you got one !! Yes they do take a while to get used to, I thought I would never be able to click directly again when I first used mine, but after a few days practise it is amazing and you realise you can do so much more than you could ever do with a mouse or track pad ! I certainly would never go back now! Your blog is beautiful, I can’t wait to see what you create with the new wacom!

    Victoria @ Alf & Emilio

  4. Posted April 14, 2014 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I’m still trying to master my Wacom tablet too, so we can be practice buddies – ha! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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