madelyn + ryan

Take a peek into a wedding from last weekend. If you don’t feel love and happiness, you are dead inside.

I am honored the bride and families trusted me to take care of every detail down to the bouquets. Such a huge feat, I had to ask my co-designer, Tab, to help with centerpieces, garland and the arch. He is beyond FanTabulous!

I only hope I can be there when these lovelies begin having beautiful babies and celebrate and fawn over them as well!

Thank you for letting me be a part of this most beautiful day!

Also, thank you to all of the vendors who put up with me as well!

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Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon:  Silk and Willow   Flowers Provided by:  Oklahoma Flower Market

Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon: Silk and Willow

Flowers Provided by: Oklahoma Flower Market

Veil picture? Swoon-worthy!!!

Veil picture? Swoon-worthy!!!

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LOVE!!! HOW HAPPY EVERYONE IS!

LOVE!!! HOW HAPPY EVERYONE IS!

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The Bride’s Grandfather made the wood boxes for the centerpieces. How sweet to add a sentimental element to your wedding day.  Venue:  Springs Event Center Edmond

The Bride’s Grandfather made the wood boxes for the centerpieces. How sweet to add a sentimental element to your wedding day.

Venue: Springs Event Center Edmond

Plates, Chargers, Napkins and Arch Rentals:  Marianne’s Rentals

Plates, Chargers, Napkins and Arch Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals

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Arch Designed by:  Tabulous Design

Arch Designed by: Tabulous Design

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Inkstainedfingers

Inkstainedfingers

Photography Courtesy of:  Brooks Captured Moments Photography

Photography Courtesy of: Brooks Captured Moments Photography

Wedding Cake and Sweet Treats:  Mishelle Handy Cakes

Wedding Cake and Sweet Treats: Mishelle Handy Cakes

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Lighting:  Ropp Studios   || DJ:  M&M Productions  || Photobooth:  Oh Snaps Photobooth

Lighting: Ropp Studios || DJ: M&M Productions || Photobooth: Oh Snaps Photobooth

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Rustic Pizza Bar:  Revolve Pizza

Rustic Pizza Bar: Revolve Pizza

Most Awesome and Positive Pastor:  Jeff Cooper

Most Awesome and Positive Pastor: Jeff Cooper

Hey! My Family made it to the shindig! I spent 2.3 minutes with them though I have to say, my main dude is great with clean up and conversation! I love you! Thank you for sticking with me for 18+ years and my multitude of career changes! xoxo

navy blue was the theme

I tend to peruse the photographer's websites every once in awhile to see if I can catch a glimpse of work I have created for brides. Thankfully the photographers leave about photographic evidence of creations that once existed.

Mexican Themed Wedding || Mexican Tiles with Gold Ink  Photographer: http://www.melissamarshal.com/  Event Planner: http://www.gibsonevents.com/   

Mexican Themed Wedding || Mexican Tiles with Gold Ink

Photographer: http://www.melissamarshal.com/

Event Planner: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

 

Place cards || Navy Blue Ink on White Cardstock (Modern Calligraphy)  Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/watsonandpayne/  Event Planner: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

Place cards || Navy Blue Ink on White Cardstock (Modern Calligraphy)

Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/watsonandpayne/

Event Planner: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

paige + caleb

Navy Blue Envelope with Modern Calligraphy. Gold Shimmery Ink  Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/watsonandpayne/  Event Designer: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

Navy Blue Envelope with Modern Calligraphy. Gold Shimmery Ink

Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/watsonandpayne/

Event Designer: http://www.gibsonevents.com/

lennon

I was involved with a baby shower recently for someone who used to baby-sit my babies.

Man, time passes so quickly. I can't believe kids I know are no longer kids and are starting to have their own bambinos!

When I get involved, you know I go all out and well, I love doing things that are different than my normal day-to-day jobs.

It started with the invitation:

Boho Baby was the theme.

Coupled with a little Beatles in the mix.

I illustrated the invitation and sent it off to the printer. Yea, maybe, I shouldn't take pictures of my work at 11pm...

I illustrated the invitation and sent it off to the printer. Yea, maybe, I shouldn't take pictures of my work at 11pm...

Then I started going a little crazy from there....

 

Paper cake plates and customized ribbon...

Paper cake plates and customized ribbon...

a 5X7 Print I was going to sell in my shop but forgot to actually list it.... GO ME!

a 5X7 Print I was going to sell in my shop but forgot to actually list it.... GO ME!

Coasters so mimosas didn't soak into the antique furniture....

Coasters so mimosas didn't soak into the antique furniture....

Flowers and eucalyptus as well as other items to jazz up the gift opening area.

Flowers and eucalyptus as well as other items to jazz up the gift opening area.

I know this looks more sad than it really was but it was cool at the beginning of the party. Flowers over the food table.  Next time, I think I'll hire someone to take pictures as I am the worst at remembering to take relevant pictures when I am in the mix of cocktails and sweet baby clothes.

I know this looks more sad than it really was but it was cool at the beginning of the party. Flowers over the food table.

Next time, I think I'll hire someone to take pictures as I am the worst at remembering to take relevant pictures when I am in the mix of cocktails and sweet baby clothes.

I'm helping with another baby shower in May. This time there are more women in charge. I'm not sure they are going to let me be as creative as I want to but then again, I am sure my paying clients will be very glad if I am cut off.

Revisiting 2016.....

Wow! 2016 just flew by!!! 

I have to confess, I don't remember much of the year only because there was so much beautiful activity twirling around!

Here is an example of such beauty:

As seen on:  Brides of Oklahoma  "Wedding Trends of 2016"  Calligraphy ||  Inkstained Fingers    Event Styling ||  Gibson Events    Florals ||  Birdie Blooms    Photography ||  Brett Heidebrecht    

As seen on: Brides of Oklahoma "Wedding Trends of 2016"

Calligraphy || Inkstained Fingers   Event Styling || Gibson Events   Florals || Birdie Blooms   Photography || Brett Heidebrecht

 

Metallic Gold Ink on Burgundy Escort Envelopes

Metallic Gold Ink on Burgundy Escort Envelopes

taylor + darrell

Here's a story, of a beautiful bride and her handsome groom...

The whole family was such a joy to meet and work along side as well as a few of these vendors.

The whole family was such a joy to meet and work along side as well as a few of these vendors.

Wedding Styling: http://www.leslieherringevents.com

As featured on: http://southernweddings.com

Flowers: http://www.poppylanedesign.com

Flowers: http://www.poppylanedesign.com

Photography: http://www.magnoliaadams.com

 

the details

The beauty of calligraphy is you can add a signature touch or what designers in the industry like to call "branding" to your special day. These personalized cups, napkins and matches match the Save-the-Date invite sent out a few months ago and will also match the upcoming wedding invitation going out soon. Stay tuned for the wedding upcoming wedding invitation!!!

about those bouts

Treating the wedding party as individuals and not as a general title is a special way to honor your attendants during this special day.

Instead of naming the piece of paper, sticker or card "usher," "groomsman" and "Father of the Bride," using their actual name is a simple but meaningful touch.

Photo Courtesy of: Amanda Watson Photography * Flowers Courtesy of: Juniper Designs

in the beginning

 

 

 

Hi there, I'd like to get my ten year old daughter a calligraphy set for Christmas...

shana myers inkstainedfingerscalligraphy@gmail.com

 

Hi there!

 

Yes, I can suggest where to start!  I started with the old fashioned dip pen and ink when I was a little bit older but not by much older than your daughter.  Since I'm TOTALLY OLD SCHOOL and believe you need to know the fundamentals before you do the more fun and creative fonts out there, I would recommend starting there first.

 

I get A LOT!!! of my supplies from www.Paperandinkarts.com. They are far less expensive than your typical stand alone stores.

 

I would recommend the oblique holder:  (mainly because it's what I started with back in the day and still use with the most regularity....)

 

http://www.paperinkarts.com/cprkit.html

I think the black holder is easier to use than the fancy ones. Copperplate is the way to go because you will begin to learn the slant and stroke, thick and thin pressure on your nib and swirls.


Can you believe people used to write like this on a daily basis?


The book enclosed in this set is the best to start with and continue to use and reference throughout the years. 


Side note: I have had a few private lessons with kids around this age lately and what I have found is, cursive isn't being taught in schools. Fundamental cursive needs to really be in place before you go forward in learning more intricate and modern styles of writing.


I firmly believe EVERYONE can write pretty. Like your signature, writing is an art and is very individual to that person. You can try to replicate everything something someone does but it will never truly look like their work. Nor should it.


Writing in the beginning can be very frustrating but should be an exercise practiced daily or at the very least a few times a week.  I know with 30+ years experience under my belt, I am still learning and will get rusty if I'm not practicing my arm and art.


If you have further questions or need more information, please feel free to contact me!  I love to see the younger kids get excited about something that is becoming a lost art! Writing should be more than just your signature! It is a personal mark left for eternity. More personal than the tapping on the keys of a keyboard.


Best of luck to all!


Shana


p.s. again, this is all my opinion and other may feel otherwise about my philosophy and choice of beginning materials.:)

Reception Chalk Board

Hot Mess here at a reception!!!! Well, I AM a mess and this was a reception for a friend's daughter and I DID DO this chalkboard HOURS before the party began. and I WAS super hot because I'm peri-menopausal....

 I have to say, doing chalkboards for a friend is WAAAYYY more stressful than writing stuff out for strangers or for people I haven't had a 25 year relationship with.....