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, December 31, 2012

Lydia & Jon's Tree

My daughter, Lydia, and her husband, Jon, needed their Family Tree upgraded this year. The last tree I designed for them was in 2010, and Gabriella was born in 2011. Gabby Girl needed to join the family! We all have nicknames in our family, so that is what I used for my Grandchildren. Since Lydia owns Lydia's Cupcakes, I tried to make her tree one that might hint at being a confectioner's delight...almost good enough to eat!


  1. Your Christmas tree designs are fabulously individual, creative and fun.

    1. Thanks, Nancy! It is fun for me to figure out what to do for each family that would be unique.