chalkboard hand lettering

It's not too often that my work gets shot professionally, so I had to share these lovely photos from B schwartz Photography with you. I was thrilled when Heather of Carter and Cook Event Co. contacted me about providing chalk lettering for Makenzie + Teddy's gorgeous Greek wedding. I hand lettered all the table numbers and the seating chart, which was one of the largest pieces I've done at 5' tall by 3' wide!

Heather sourced the vintage plates and giant frame for the seating chart.  I used real chalk for the lettering--as opposed to white marker--to keep the look authentic. For the names I used a white charcoal pencil, which emulated the look of real chalk beautifully while allowing me to draw fine lines.

Such a fun project to work on! Thank you to Heather, for getting in touch and designing such an inspiring event, and to Becky for the beautiful photos. See more on her blog here.

Psst -- this wedding also got featured on Style Me Pretty! Check out the post here.

black and white bridal shower invitations


Love these simple shower invitations, a collaboration with Suzy Lee of Dear Darling Calligraphy. That girl can WRITE. 

Also, in case you didn't hear, printing services are up on the website! You can now easily order custom photo cards (like the above) along with greeting cards, stationery, envelopes and even custom liners. Super excited to make your designs come to life.

inspired words | steadfast love

I created these hand-lettered pieces to send to my mom recently. Sadly the second page suffered an ink spill so she only endedup getting one. Sorry Mom!

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23 

I used a watercolor brush and calligraphy ink--a very pretty, very metallic warm silver. It is so soothing to use a brush for lettering.


spotlight on | greengirlpress


Let's see...pretty calligraphy, letterpress and watercolor details. I'm in love with the 2012 calendar from greengirlpress! Amy Rau is the mastermind behind greengirl and a really wonderful printer friend to me. When I was first learning the ins and outs of letterpress, she was always there to share her knowledge and encourage me. She was the one who printed Allison's invitations beautifully and I'm really excited that she has agreed to print another invitation suite for me this summer!

Amy was kind enough to send me one of her 2012 calendars and I'm so glad she did...I've been especially loving February this month with the sweet little heart. :) Check out all the months below with spotlights on some of my faves, and please do check out Amy's website and etsy!




Paperfinger Holiday Products

I'm astounded at the creative ideas continually flowing from the brain of Paperfinger (aka my fab employer, Bryn). We have been working nonstop for the holidays and I want to share some of our products with you today. They're really fun and unique and feature the gorgeous calligraphy she's known for. Enjoy the eye candy, be inspired, and pop over to the Paperfinger shop!


1 & 2) Signature Gift Wrap Stamp Set

3 & 4) Presenting the Pinecone Greeting Card

5 & 6) Custom Calligraphy Ribbon

7) Gift Wrapping with Hand-Calligraphed Watercolor Tag


Mary Snow: Artist & Letterer

This amazing HAND-PAINTED lettering was done by my lifelong friend Mary Snow. Her work never ceases to blow me away.

She is so good at all she does. It's so serendipitous that shortly after I got my job with Paperfinger, Mary informed me that she had recently decided to pursue calligraphy! Calligraphy is all around me! It's a beautiful thing. I know Mary will continue to do beautiful work and I will keep you up on it, but please check out her website here in the meantime. 

seen | Lovely Letterpress Prints (& giveaway winner!)

It's still early on Saturday and I'm entertaining the notion to go for a jog. I have a lot I want to accomplish around the house before work today, so I'm enjoying this quiet time before the bustling begins.

I spotted these wonderful letterpress prints by Tag Team Thompkins over on Paper Crave the other day. I love everything about them from the gorgeous hand-lettering and papercut images to the monochromatic palette and the lovely quotes. I could see a small set of these hanging in a bedroom or lining a hallway.

Aren't they sweet? And so reasonably priced. I have a couple people in mind I want to get one of these for. And yes, these do increase my desire to learn calligraphy.

Oh, and thank you to all who entered my giveaway! I had so much fun reading about your favorite products and scents, your creations and memories. I used to choose a winner for the handmade soap and Sylvia, it was you! I will be contacting you soon so I can send your prize.

Photo credits: Paper Crave via Tag Team Thompkins(1, 2, 3)

seen | Stunning calligraphy

When I was working at Sassafras Flowers and Gifts in Rochester last year, we received a piece of mail that immediately stood out from the rest. Tucked inside a hand-addressed kraft mailer was a delicately wrapped package. After I carefully peeled away what seemed like layers and layers of beautiful tissue, wonderful textiles, and bits of colorful washi tape, a tiny envelope was revealed. This envelope contained expertly calligraphed name cards by Primele which we used to label some of our token products. I was enamored.

I was also reminded of two key points for a craftsperson. One, presentation is everything. I felt like it was Christmas morning as I held the Primele package--full of anticipation and curiosity as I unwrapped. If I'm presenting my product, that's how I would love for someone to feel when they receive it. Two, details matter. Calligraphed labels for flowers and gifts might seem overly extravagant, but it shows that personal care and attention have gone into the tiniest details. That is why I'm a huge fan of calligraphy. Here are some snippets from one of my other favorite calligraphers, paperfinger

Love that last image from a collaboration she did with my absolute favorite food blog (so many pretty pictures), Sunday Suppers.

So, you probably saw this coming, but I've been entertaining the thought of learning calligraphy myself. What do you think?


photo credits: Mary Dougherty Photography (1), paperfinger (2, 3) Sunday Suppers (4)