A friend in our group loved it too and commented that she'd someday have me letter it for her. She then entered into an advanced degree program in nursing school and got super duper busy! But a few weeks ago she hit me up on Facebook and said she was ready to begin the project! She wanted the quote written out "in a simple font on rustic background or canvas... not a lot of flourishes for me." No problem!
It must be graduation season again! I was recently asked to do some lettering on a graduation cap. No problem at all! I do love a new project!
I was super inspired to try a chalkboard wall by Isaac Calligraphy (someone I follow on Instagram); he is an incredible flourisher, and he'd recently done a wall at the Hive Cafe which was absolutely amazing! Sooo inspiring! I knew I wouldn't produce that kind of work, but it was a great impetus to get my feet wet in this avenue!
Much prayer went into this new idea, and one day Emily saw a "For Lease" sign on the farmhouse lawn. She called the number and a woman named Rosalie answered the phone. Rosalie and her family had lived for years in the home, but she and her husband always thought it would be a great site for a coffee shop. (Isn't it just the best to watch God working?)
Emily and Rosalie were able to get their idea off the ground, and their dream became reality in May of 2018! The Cracked Pot Coffee Shop was born, designed to provide job skills to those in and aging out of the foster care system.
About the beginning of 2018 I determined that the time was approaching to have a dedicated calligraphy area in my home. My skills were improving, I was spending more time doing calligraphy, I was getting more jobs. Up to that point, I did all lettering and other creative projects at our family's dining room table. If I got interrupted in the middle of work, I would consolidate some of my stuff, cluster my in-use supplies to one end of the table, and hope the rest didn't get disturbed.
Recently I learned that the mother of a friend had been diagnosed with cancer and was beginning treatment. For privacy's sake we'll call her "Valerie". Now Valerie's best friend writes a blog, and in one post she shared her reaction to watching Valerie fight through the medical hell of chemo and radiation and all their unpleasant side effects. She quoted some verses from Lamentations chapter 3 as encouragement to her friend. The blog post was shared on social media by my friend, where I saw it and thought it might be nice to letter the Bible verses as a small gift to Valerie.
This is the behind-the-scenes for that project, which I hope is a blessing and encouragement to my friend's mama.
I love progress pictures, don't you? They are a tangible way to see movement in a forward direction: confirmation that your hard work is paying dividends, that your efforts are not in vain.
I began studying calligraphy in October of last year (2016), so this month marks one year of really diving into the world of the hand-lettering arts. It started with realizing that different nibs did different things, and that, although I had been playing for a few months with broad-edged nibs, the images my mind conjured up when I heard the word "calligraphy" were in fact created with a pointed pen. I bought a few pointed pen nibs and my life changed forever.
Where are the simple joys...?
My sweet sister-in-law, who is consistently awesome, is also a busy homeschooling mother of 4 rambunctious kiddos. She is an inspiring combination of a sweet, gentle spirit and a hardworking wife and mama who wants to be the best she can for her family. To that end, while she goes about her busy days she listens to podcasts and audio blogs from people in many different fields who work hard to stay centered with Christ, then share their journey to uplift and inspire others.
One such podcast is Simply Convivial, which is all about homeschooling and Jesus. When my sister-in-law found that she had a small block of wood sitting around, she asked if I could write "convivial" onto it so she could place it somewhere prominent and get daily attitude-check reminders. Never having worked on wood before but knowing that I wanted to, I said "Of course I can!" (And learn as I go, right? Right!)
When launching a business, I think it's important to choose a name that communicates well. I like to know by its name what a business does, so that I'm not puzzling as I drive down the street: "'Pezo'? What on earth does that mean? What do they DO?" Some business owners agree with this strategy: Sarah Keller Photography or Paws Plus Veterinary Services are pretty self-explanatory. Others... well, not so much.
This piece was commissioned as a first anniversary gift by my client, Robert. Robert had read these words aloud at his friends' wedding and thoughtfully wanted to memorialize the promises therein by having a piece custom made for them! How sweet!