A Wonderful Quote on Integrity, from Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s your life — but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else or a community or a pressure group, you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

How eloquently put Mrs. Roosevelt. 

This was taken from her book You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life, and brought to my attention via the always inspiring Brain Pickings. Needless to say, that book is on my Kindle list now!

Smoothie of the Day

Calligraphy and Smoothie recipe combo from Chavelli at www.keyandquoin.com

Today's smoothie recipe comes yet again from the folks over at Simple Green Smoothies. It's a little more sugary than I'd like first thing in the morning, but makes for a wonderful afternoon pick-me up! Several mistakes with the calligraphy here, but its a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in New York and I kinda rushed through just to get my butt out the door!

Full recipe:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice

Smoothie of the Day, 11 April 2014

Calligraphy and Smoothie recipe combo from Chavelli at www.keyandquoin.com

Today's smoothie and calligraphy combo recipe comes from Simple Green Smoothies, a recent go-to site of mine for inspiration and motivation and of course recipes!

This recipe for "Simple Peach" suits its moniker—easy, simple and perfect for spring!

  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups peaches
  • 2 cups water

Calligraphy-wise I can't believe how rusty I am today! I really must get back to daily exercises...

Brand Spanking New Business Cards!

Gold Foil Letterpress printed business cards | KeyandQuoin.com

They're done! My brand new Key & Quoin business cards, freshly letterpress printed onto super thick 600gsm Gmund Cotton paper. The front features the Key & Quoin handwritten logo in gold foil stamp on black background, and the reverse (not pictured) has the Key & Quoin logo and my contact information letterpress printed in black ink. I left a large blank space on the reverse for me to scribble notes to people (its always nice to have extra personalization isn't it?) or to use as a note card when sending things to clients. Totally excited to use them!

Smoothie Inspiration part deux

Calligraphy and Smoothie recipe combo from Chavelli at www.keyandquoin.com

Well, it seems yesterday's smoothie + lettering combo got me thinking and I tried it again this morning, this time with proper ink and paper.

The full smoothie recipe (makes 2 servings):

  • 1 1/2 cups kale
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder

Additional "ingredients":

  • Oblique pen holder with a Hunt 56 nib
  • Black Higgins Eternal ink
  • Rhodia paper