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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

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.....

 

Wax Seal Place Cards

A bride I recently worked with created a unique way to present her place cards.

I created the white place card with a bone folder then wrote with black ink in a Copperplate font on the lower portion of the card.  She followed up with a red wax seal incorporating her soon-to-be initial on the top of the card.

A beautiful and elegant way to do a place card or escort card for your occasion!

maggie

Love, LOVE, LOOOVVVEEEE! This bride and mother!

I can't believe it's been over two...three? months? since this event occurred!

I asked the mother of the bride if I could be an honorary member of the family. THIS! is how much I loved working with them. and you know what? They SMILED AND LAUGHED! ALL OF THE TIME!!!! Who does this anymore? They did! Love all around. Especially between the mother and daughter. 

Reminds me of my mother and our relationship. Just the two of us. Always having each other's back.

The genuine enthusiasm was contagious and made me want to do the best work I could to make them happy. I do hope I succeeded. 

 Grey Escort Cards with Bleed-Proof White Ink

Grey Escort Cards with Bleed-Proof White Ink

the rest of our lives

A romantic note given to your soon-to-be love before the wedding ceremony is romantic and just down-right thoughtful.

You are FOR SURE going to want to go back to this love note somewhere around the 7th and 14th year of marriage to remind you of this time and why exactly you got married in the first place.

HA! I kid!!!

Sorta.

 Photo Courtesy of Traina Photography ~  Wedding Planner: The Wedding Belle ~ Calligraphy: Inkstainedfingers

Photo Courtesy of Traina Photography ~  Wedding Planner: The Wedding Belle ~ Calligraphy: Inkstainedfingers

 

alt summit

A super fabulous designer friend of mine, Rachel Singleton, referred me to Whitney English to help out with a dinner for Alt Summit this week.

I was beyond thrilled as I admire both of them so much! The kindness and warmest responses ensued from this fun venture. Simply, I don't think I've ever been thanked as much for anything I've produced as I have for this dinner party.

Rarely does one get to see the finished product unless it is for print. Half the time I stumble upon something I've done by total accident. I find the calligrapher is the last to be thanked or acknowledged when everything is said and done.

To me, when I create anything/something, it is simply unfinished as I am not quite sure how or where it went for it's final resting place. 

Today, I was happy to find my little "works of art" found a happy place.

original alt summit.jpg

Hallie and Matthew

I showed a sample of these place cards I was working on for this wedding earlier this year but was SO EXCITED!!! to see an actual professional photograph of my work on a blog! Rarely do I get to see the finished product and how it incorporated into a bride's wedding.

I love the simplicity of the Escort Card Holder. Simple yet very elegant.

 

Ten year Anniversary

I've had a personal blog for years. Back when everyone had one. Before the kids were in school and before I thought I would be held accountable for every word I typed. Man, times have changed and the content and readership changed as well. As with most of us 'old-timer's,' we have faded out the writing and daily musing for carpool, dance classes and well, Netflix binge watching.

One such reader I want to be when I grow up, has followed me through all of my ups and downs and in-betweens. She has always commented on my calligraphy I've put on my personal blog, Twitter and Instagram. If only she had an occasion to use my services......

One such occasion finally occurred! Her Ten Year Anniversary!

 black envelope with white ink

black envelope with white ink

I had such a great time hand designing and illustrating her personal invites as well as addressing these cute and fun black envelopes. White ink on thick black envelopes with a laurel design added EVERYWHERE!

The only downside to this project? Forgetting to think about the size of the envelope in relation to postage. Square envelopes and odd sized envelopes add extra cost to your already expanding budget of an invitation.  Always keep this in mind when you are calculating your cost estimation for invitations.