Weekend Thoughts

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Although I love Instagram, I have been so frustrated with using the app these past few weeks. The new algorithm and ads make it a place that I no longer want to spend more than a few minutes on. I feel like it has changed. I'm not sure I like the changes. I want to get back to the times that I can scroll through my feed and be inspired by the people I follow, not just those accounts that I "interact" with.  If I clicked "follow", there is a reason for that. 

What I can control is this space. I know that it is not going anywhere and I can share here without expectation or likes or follows. Everyone is not screaming at me for attention, which is what I feel when I am on instagram.  On my blog, I can simply share my thoughts and creative endeavors, which I definitely want to do more of in this space.

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This past weekend proved to be a relaxing one for me as it is the start of our spring break. I enjoyed some time in my studio, painting and exploring in my sketchbook. 

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I'm exploring with a number of different mediums to see what feels the best for me and my style. I really like watercolor, and gouache has been a recent favorite. Right now, I'm exploring with gouache and ink.  I really like this combination.

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It was overcast, and we passed by a local street fair. My girls aren't particular fans, but I couldn't help but capture a few images.

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And Sunday morning. 

How I love Sunday mornings. As I was reading the Sunday paper and drinking coffee, I saw this easy recipe for a dutch baby.  It was so simple, and I had all of the ingredients at home, so I decided to try it.  I think I'll add more sugar next time, but it was hit in my house!

With three girls and activities, these types of weekends are rare and I treasure them. Here's to more relaxing days ahead.

August Thoughts

Contax 645 | Azzari Jarrett
Contax 645 | Azzari Jarrett
Contax 645 | Azzari Jarrett

It is the first day of August and it is quiet in my home this morning.  Our Saturday mornings will soon be filled with soccer games and other school obligations, so I realize how rare moments like this will be.

I wanted to share a post that really spoke to me this morning.  Perhaps it speaks to you as well? 

Ash Ambirge, author of the blog The Middle Finger Project,  writes:

The only way you can stumble upon conviction in yourself - Is by not stumbling upon it…but putting yourself in situations requiring it.

By making promises to yourself that you’re going to do something…and then doing it. Come hell or high water.

Follow through.

Even when you don’t want to. Even when you’re scared to death. Even when you aren’t so sure anymore. And let nothing stop you.

This is how you learn to trust yourself. Little by little, promise by promise, vow by vow, action by action. And soon, you won’t want to write a note to the world. Because you’ll know that the real person you’re bailing on… Is yourself.

Let this be a reminder that whatever it is you decide to do - to write daily, begin an exercise program, take photos, paint - commit yourself to doing just that.

Follow through, even when you are scared, and let nothing stop you.

Enjoy your weekend, friends.

make mistakes

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.

You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself.

Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before.

Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever."

~Neil Gaiman, Author

Words and Images + Free Font Download

© Azzari Jarrett
© Azzari Jarrett
© Azzari Jarrett
© Azzari Jarrett

I have been having a love affair with fonts lately.  Mini confession: I have been known to spend money on fonts before a new outfit.  The designer in me can't help it!

I have been tinkering with my own fonts for a while now.  I played around with these images that I took in Napa Vally and San Francisco in February of 2012.  Quite fun to see my handwriting on these images!

Thought I'd share with you.   Introducing Coffee Shop, a simple truetype font of my handwriting.  Named as such, simply because I created this in -  you guessed it - a coffee shop.

CoffeeShop Font

Download Coffee Shop, free for personal use.  If you decide to use it on your own images (or anything else), please share the results - I'd love to see it!

Instructions for installing a font on Windows and/or Mac here.

Have a great weekend.