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Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

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Apologies to Mr Shakespeare – his big day was in fact yesterday but I hadn’t got the chance to upload my photos so this post had to wait until today to go live.

I remember studying and hating Shakespeare in school. I did Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant Of Venice. The weird language, the endless hours spent dissecting the language, the often unlikable characters – I just did not get it. Now I am older I have much more appreciation for his work. I am grateful for the skills I learnt in being able to understand text in all its forms. I have even read other works by him and watched various versions of some of his different plays.

I was really excited to be contacted by Viking to work on a collaboration celebrating one of our greatest playwrights. I jumped at the chance – to get creative is something I love. I am also a bit of a stationery addict so getting to work alongside one of the biggest stationery companies is amazing!

The parcel of products I received was absolutely awesome. I knew Viking was a big company but I did not honestly realise how extensive their range was.

The boys were equally delighted with all the bits we were sent. We all really enjoy colouring and the felt pens we were sent are fantastic There is a huge range of different felt tip pens on the website which you can check out here with all different nib sizes so you can get in all the tiny details you want!

The fountain pen set was absolutely stunning and I haven’t yet used it – I daren’t! It has pride of place on display on my book case and is so beautiful, lots of people have commented on it!

I was also sent some really beautiful paper and a frame and decided to try out something I have been wanting to do for a while – hand lettering. I took one of Shakespeare’s quotes which is perfect for me, and decided to create something I could hang up in my desk area.

The meaning of life is to find your gift.

The purpose of life is to give it away.

William Shakespeare

Combining hand lettering with the wooden scrabble type tiles included in the parcel, I came up with this. I definitely need some more practice but for a first attempt I was pretty pleased with myself!

The boys also really enjoyed using the Scrabble tiles to make up words so I plan to buy some more so they can create something of their own with them.

If you don’t already, make sure you are following me on Instagram to see further updates of our creative endeavours! I want to thank Viking for working with me on this post. If you are feeling creatively inspired by this, make sure you head over to check out their website to find all you will need to create your own masterpieces.

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Be sure to send me photos of your work! As a self confessed stationery addict I don’t really need an excuse but next week is National Stationery Week, so I am sure I will use that as an excuse to pop an order in with Viking to stock up on the things I really need! Just don’t tell Ste! What is your favourite Shakespeare play? Let me know in the comments below,

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