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!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Oak Leaf Family Tree

It is that time of year when you are wondering what kind of gift you can give to your family or friends. Tired of giving the same things year after year? Now you can give something that will be unique to the person you are thinking is hard to shop for. How about a Family Tree? If you want one that does not look like a Christmas Tree, one that can be displayed all throughout the year, then this one is for you. It works really well with 7 names, but I can design ones that will fit however large you family might be. Maybe the Grandchildren could be under the tree? In the clouds over it? Or birds atop it? It is all up to our imagination. Let me know if you want one. And I also have the design that is definitely a Christmas Tree! It is fun to hang during the Holiday Season.

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