Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sweetly Simple Monograms

These little monogram cards were commissioned by a friend for a Christmas gift, but I can't help but think how sweet they would be as a bridesmaid's gift or a surprise for a newly married couple. Monograms always seem so sweetly old-fashioned to me. Don't you think? Such a tangible symbol of the joining of two names and lives....

Snippet and Ink

Most of you out there reading this are probably already familiar with Snippet and Ink, a daily source of lovely and amazingly curated wedding inspiration, but I just wanted to sing its praises anyway! Kathryn always has impeccable taste, and I love how her seasonal inspiration boards are always uncannily dead-on, even when they are all so wildly different. For example; the two wintry lovlies below! First off, a stark white board:
And then a cozy, woodsy example:
And of course it always totally makes my day to see my own work included occasionally! What a complete honor.
Check this wonderful site out, if you haven't already. She also features a ton of gorgeous real weddings. What a complete treasure trove of beautiful ideas and images!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A million and one uses for a paint chip....

I really like the idea of using lettering in unconventional ways, and recently as I was strolling through our neighborhood home store, I grabbed a bunch of paint chips. I proceeded to turn them into technicolor love notes for my husband , but I can't help but think that these would be adorable place cards as well.....spelling out each person's name. Or you could even use them as table cards, with different words spelled out differentiating the tables. It would certainly be a different approach! I'm always so charmed when I walk into a wedding and am blown away by sweet little details that I haven't seen anywhere before. You could even spell out "thanks" and enclose them in your thank you cards for an unexpected touch. So many possibilities! I love it when I discover a way to turn an everyday object into a thing of beauty. It gives me such joy! How about you?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Writing all the day long (or how I left my day job!)

I've had a couple of you ask how I came to do calligraphy full-time, and so I wanted to just chat a little bit about it!

A couple of years ago, I had graduated college and was working full-time at a job which was mind-numbingly boring. I would lay in bed at night, dreading the thought of getting up the next day and going to work, and would say a little prayer, hoping that I could move into the direction of doing something I loved and was passionate about. Something creative. Anything other than sitting all day in an office with no windows! I really thought I would go out of my mind.

I started entertaining the idea of doing calligraphy. Now instead of lying in bed and dreading going to work, I would be so excited that I would shake my husband awake to chatter on and on about a prospective future of creating little works of scripted art all day- from the comfort of my desk at home. I knew what type of scripts I was drawn to, but I wanted to mix things up a bit- try something fresh. It took quite a bit of experimenting with countless materials, and many trips to my local art supply shop, but I finally found the medium that worked for me. Using a split, pointed metal nib dipped into ink every couple words or so, I started to get the results I was desiring. It is a super old-fashioned way of writing- akin to using a quill!- and a lot of people wouldn't have the patience for it, but I immediately loved it. Calligraphy, and the idea of creating beautiful little works of art all day long, fit me like a glove.

I started setting up a little website on my lunch hours, and emailed a couple of letterpress studios, asking for a quote for business cards. Kate from Saturate loved my samples, and without telling me, she sent an email to Grace at Design Sponge, who wrote up a little post about my work. Within minutes of that post, my inbox was full of inquiries, and within two months of that, I was doing work for clients like the Guggenheim Museum. I think my story is a bit unusual, as people don't normally rocket from working a day job to creating art full-time in the span of a couple months, and I am just so thankful every day for the amazing opportunities I have had.

Weddings are such joyous, inspiring occasions, and I love getting to work directly with sweet couples every day. The envelope you receive in the mail is the first element to make an impression on guests, signifying what type of event it will be, what the mood will be like, etc. I like to think that all the work I put into crafting each curve and swirl eventually pays off when guests finally open their mail boxes and see that initial "piece" of the wedding, and get super excited about the upcoming event.

I feel so completely blessed to be doing something I love every single day. And to get paid for it, too! My hope is for everyone to be so lucky, and find a career that supports them and inspires them at the same time. It is just too amazing when you find that right fit!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Hello there! I feel so honored to have been asked to blog in this new Weddingbee space, and I'll surely do my best to bring lots of inspiration your way! Being a calligrapher is certainly an interesting and unpredictable job, and I always am working on projects that are both challenging and engaging. I'm looking forward to sharing that with you.

I live in Tucson, Arizona, with my amazing husband, Nick, and our two sweet cats. I was born and raised here, although I've also lived in Oregon and Austria (gorgeous!) for brief periods of time. I studied English at the University of Arizona, and stumbled into doing calligraphy a couple of years after I graduated. Ever since I was a little girl, my passion has been creating beauty; doing exactly that for a career is a perfect fit! When I'm not working, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, traveling, gardening, cooking up a storm, reading voraciously, watching old movies, listening to music/ going to concerts, learning the bass guitar, quilting, and basically doing anything that involves creating something with my hands. I recently started another business with my friend Shanna Murray called Hello Handmade...we are currently selling calendars and some holiday wares, but hope to move in the wedding direction, so stay tuned!

It is wonderful to meet you, and I can't wait to get to know you better in this little space!