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CHARLIE’S 6TH BIRTHDAY

Cupcakes

Charlie’s birthday kind of snuck up on me this year, and since it has been a busy and stressful couple of months, I decided at the last minute to throw together an “easy” movie party.  The kid is obsessed with movies, and I thought it would be a piece of cake to have some of his friends over, try out a “drop-off party,” and give them lunch and throw on a movie for them to watch.  But I have a little problem.  Easy is apparently not good enough for me, so I have to stress myself out and throw in some really crazy details that take me way too much time.  And of course I have to throw in some calligraphy.

Favors

Concessions

Also, I thought that the kids needed something else to do, and realized it would be so fun (and perfectly fitting with the theme) to have my friends at Flipbooth come and set up a booth so the kids could make their own little “movie” books to take home with them.

The two biggest projects were the paper popcorn backdrop that I made for the Flipbooth and the popcorn cupcakes, for which I made about 4 million pieces of popcorn out of marshmallows.  I told you I have a problem.

Flipbooth with backdrop

Kids watching

Popcorn and popcorn cupcakes

flipbooth

Kids watching movie
Charlie and candles

After all the work was done, I was really happy with the way that everything came out, and it was a fun party.  While the movie didn’t quite capture all of the kid’s attention the whole time, the Flipbooth certainly did, and they had so much fun with all of the props and masks that they brought.

And yes, he’s only six and can’t really appreciate all the work that goes into these parties, but I’ll take that smile the next morning as he posed in front of the backdrop as satisfaction enough.

Charlie with backdrop

CHARLIE’S 6TH BIRTHDAY2018-05-04T16:04:12-07:00

GRATEFUL CARDS

Grateful card

The “Grateful” 11 x 14 prints that I made for the holidays was a huge hit, and many people wrote asking to buy similar cards, so I decided to have some printed up.  Again, so happy with the way these came out.  The copper foil on the black card stock pops so nicely and looks so rich.  I love to think that people will send these as thank you notes or just to tell someone how grateful they are that that person is in their lives.  We all need a little bit of that sometimes.

Grateful card close up

I’m selling them in boxes of 10, with matching black envelopes.  Hope you like them as much as I do.

Order now >

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BE MINE

Be mine foil pressed card

I’ve made it a huge goal to roll out more and more products this year, so I thought I’d start with a little Valentine’s Day card.  It features my brushy style that has been so popular lately, and the message is short and sweet.  You know I love that gorgeous gold foil pressed into a lush lettra stock.  And neon pink envelopes!?!  What else would you expect?

Be mine card close up

I’m selling them as singles, so you can give one to your special someone, or in boxes of 10 so you can give them to all your friends!

**Cards will start shipping early the week of January 26.

Order here >

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COLLEEN + ANDREW – CAMBRIDGE, MA

Colleen

Here’s another gorgeous, intimate wedding from Lauren Wells Events.  I am always so thrilled to insert my work into her designs because she makes everything come to life so beautifully.  Colleen and Andrew got married at the Blue Room, a restaurant in Cambridge, Mass.  Colleen is a sommelier, so the wedding was centered around great food and great wine.  My kind of wedding!

Colleen is also the sister of Jenna from Love, Jenna Calligraphy, so you can imagine how honored (and intimidated) I was when I heard that Colleen didn’t want Jenna to have to do too much work for the wedding, so they wanted me to do most of calligraphy instead.  (Jenna did lend her hand to some signage on-site, as well as the beautiful table numbers.) Henry + Mac did such an incredible job photographing this wedding – I just LOVE these photos – hope you enjoy, too!

Escort cards

Escort cards

Cards

Cocktail menu

Colleen and Andrew

Oyster signage

Signage

Wine and Beer

S'more signage!

Colleen pouring champagne

Congrats Colleen and Andrew!

COLLEEN + ANDREW – CAMBRIDGE, MA2015-01-13T08:57:22-08:00

GRATEFUL

Grateful print

Since my holiday gift last year, the gold foil Cheers print, was such a success, I wanted to make another one to send out this year, and I hoped people would like it just as much.  I wanted another “phrase” that was holiday-ish, but also worked for the rest of the year, so that it could be something that people hung in their homes year-round.  I decided to use “Grateful.”

Grateful close up

I thought sending the “Grateful” print to my supporters and clients was so appropriate, because I am so grateful for the community that I work within and for the support all these people have shown me over the last couple years.  And although personally, I have been through a lot of struggle lately, and I sometimes like to feel sorry for myself, I am so grateful for the things that I do have, especially my one gorgeous child that I am so lucky to hug every day.

Grateful print packaging

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Grateful print

So far, people seem to be loving their prints, and I am so glad.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  The copper foiling is so beautiful on black 11 x 14 museum board.

I have a handful left to sell – if you want one, you can purchase it here.

I also have a few Cheers prints left here if you still want one of those.

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CHEERS!

Cheers!

Remember this “Cheers” print that I sent out to all my partners and clients for the holidays last year?  I never officially offered them for sale (although Urbanic and Sugar Paper did ask to sell some in their stores – they may still have a few if you are in the neighborhood!)  But I decided to print up a small quantity because people have loved them so much, and offer them for sale here this year.

They’re gold foil pressed on 11×14 gorgeous cotton lettra paper.  I was thrilled with how they came out last year, and I still love them just as much.  And the best part is that although they make an awesome holiday gift, they can really be displayed all year long.  A lot of people have put them on their bar carts.  How perfect is that?

Order one (or 10!) here.

Cheers print close up

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#LETSTALKABOUTLOSS

you are in my bones

I don’t normally get too personal in my professional life. Aside from the occasional Instagram photo of my son (sometimes it’s too difficult to resist!), I usually steer clear of sharing my feelings or details about my life with the public. However, I have recently been inspired by some fellow small business owners (like Angel Swanson of Love and Splendor and Danielle Walker of Against All Grain) to “come out” and share a my story.

In the past 4 years, I have experienced 3 miscarriages and 2 other losses at between the 5 and 6 month mark of my pregnancies.  Dealing with all of that trauma has been quite a journey, especially because I am not yet willing to give up on the dream of giving birth to another baby.

As a calligrapher, aside from sharing my experiences and encouraging others to do the same, I have been looking for a meaningful way to help other bereaved families. So, today, in honor of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, I am launching a campaign to help de-stigmatize this intangible loss. I have created (with the help of Amber Moon from Pitbulls and Posies) a series of 5 pieces, which I will post on Instagram and Twitter throughout the day, all hashtagged #letstalkaboutloss.

You can also go to www.letstalkaboutloss.wordpress.com to read a little but more of my story and to download my artwork as free desktop images and tattoo files.  Or, you can purchase an 8 x 10 print (or the whole series of prints) with the proceeds benefitting Share, an organization that helps families who have suffered pregnancy or infant loss.

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MOLLY + TRAVIS – BELMONT, MA

Molly + Travis

A few months ago, I worked with the amazing Lauren Wells Events on some very special day-of pieces for Molly and Travis’ gorgeous wedding at the Belmont Wildlife Sanctuary.  When I came across the photos (by the equally amazing Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio), I just had to share.  I think they probably speak for themselves.

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Rock table number

Congrats Molly and Travis!

MOLLY + TRAVIS – BELMONT, MA2018-05-23T10:31:20-07:00

MORE CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOPS IN LOS ANGELES!

October calligraphy workshop

After my last weekend of calligraphy workshops, I have been asked countless times when the next one would be.  So I’m excited to announce that I will be teaching a Beginner Workshop on Saturday, October 25 and an Intermediate Workshop on Sunday, October 26.

These are set up a little differently than most other workshops being offered now.  I’ve found that in a 3 hour class we barely scratch the surface, so I wanted to offer this longer and more comprehensive format.  Both will be 4 1/2  hours (10:30 am – 3 pm) and include a full lunch and cocktails to loosen up our writing arms!  In the Beginner Workshop we will delve deeply into the basics of pointed pen calligraphy, and in the Intermediate Workshop we will do more of the fun stuff such as flourishes, color, gouache, and some brush-work.

They are actually designed to work together, so even if you have never picked up a calligraphy pen before, you could take the beginner class on Saturday and get comfortable with using a pointed pen, and then take the intermediate class on Sunday to play with all the fun stuff.

I like to view these workshops as not only learning opportunities, but kind of like fun (usually girly – although we love it when men join in the fun!) parties – so it becomes an “experience” as well.  That makes it a great birthday present for a friend, or bachelorette party idea, etc.

Beginner Workshop
Saturday, October 25, 10:30 – 3
$225
You’ll receive a package of beginner materials including nibs, nib holders, paper, and ink.
Lunch and cocktails included
Location: Studio City, Los Angeles
Sign up: SOLD OUT

Intermediate Workshop
Sunday, October 26, 10:30 – 3
$250
You’ll receive a package of intermediate materials including nibs, nib holders, a brush, paper, gouache and ink wells, and colored ink.
Lunch and cocktails included
Location: Studio City, Los Angeles
Sign up: SOLD OUT

OR, sign up for both classes for $400: SOLD OUT

***To sign up for the wait list, or if you want to be notified of future workshops, send me a note through my contact form.

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1. White on green for Bash, Please

2. My fave right now – Charlie with a brush on envelopes for Bliss & Bone

3. A new take on Rina also for Bliss & Bone

4. A custom designed invitation suite with pops of neon

5. Whispy gold on navy place cards

6. Pushing the envelope – brushstrokes for an arty Bliss & Bone suite

7. NEON!

8. Pretty watercolor place cards for Firefly Events

9. Copper ink with names at an angle for Pitbulls & Posies

10.  A special thank you note

 

 

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