I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Last Tree

This is my last tree for the season, and I must say, it might have been one of my most favorites. I have known Bo and Stanley for quite a while, so I was thrilled when Stanley commissioned me to design a Christmas Family Tree for them. Stanley grew up spending her summers on the Isle of Palms, and both Bo and Stanley now vacation a lot in Florida...thus the palm branches at the top of the tree instead of a star, and the blue crab, sand dollar, and conch shell at the base. I chose to letter their names in a more organic type of color. It sort of goes hand-in-hand with their lives. Organic. Real. Down to earth. Yet the little round ornaments add a lot of color splash to their lives. Trust me, they do have splash!
(Brush Italic)


  1. This is lovely! The crab, sand dollar & shell are a great touch! You should put these up on Etsy and see how sales do!

  2. Thanks, Catherine! I am trying to figure out if these would sell year round. What do you think? And I have been edging around Etsy for a while now wondering if I should get into it, so having this encouragement from you is grand!