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!

Monday, February 21, 2011

What I've Been Doing

Sorry to have been gone for so long. My nose has been to the grindstone addressing my son's Wedding Envelopes. I am finally done. Since these were for my son, I, of course, had to do extra things, right? So the envelopes took me longer than usual.

Now I am on to the next project!

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  1. Would love to see a photo of how they turned out. I am sure they are gorgeous!

  2. Ditto, please show that extra stuff. :-)

  3. haha! well, catherine and jessica, the "extra" stuff means that the invitations were made from scratch. maybe i will post pics of them. there were no extras in the lettering part...just copperplate!