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Getting to work

So now that Christmas crafting is over, I’m working on new projects. I started practicing lettering. I got a lot of practice a few years ago when I designed and created my wedding stationery. But it’s been a little while since I picked up the old fountain pen. (Do you have to say “ye olde” when referring to a fountain pen?)

For my wedding, I used really formal Art Deco style lettering. Between invitations, envelopes, rehearsal invites, menus, and all the other little bits of paper I used, I got really good at that style of writing. Lots of ink and lots of scrap paper. But I admit I now need lots of practice on my other styles.

I made a goal for myself to try a different style every day. I even pulled out the lettering books I got as a kid (my love of calligraphy goes back to the awkward days of middle school. See? Not everything from those years is a bad memory.) I noticed that my work is getting more consistent as I go forward. Aside from making up my own styles and working on classical, formal styles, I also checked out some lettering blogs, like thepostmansknock. It was nice to see some new approaches to getting comfortable with lettering again. Lindsey’s faux calligraphy post was great for remembering how to trust my own style. And it’s a lot more fun than practicing downstrokes over and over and over again like a 19th-century schoolchild.

Here’s my week in calligraphy projects:

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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(Yeah, it’s been that kind of a Thursday.

And yeah, I know I messed up the E. It’s. Been. That. Kind. Of. A. Thursday.)

Friday

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If only there were a hobbit hole for me. But I suppose there is, and it’s called Saturday. Happy weekend, everyone.

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Hello, 2015.

Just sitting by the fire-- post-waffles, mid-coffee, pre black-eyed peas--starting my first company.
Just sitting by the fire–post waffles, mid coffee, pre black-eyed peas–starting my first company.

I’m a pretty positive person, but even I will admit that 2014 wasn’t a great year. And that’s fine; they can’t all be winners, can they? But I’m taking a more active role in making 2015 better. My master plan? Start being creative again. I got sad, and I stopped making things. But that’s lame, and I’m over it.

I’ve been making paper crafts for myself for years. I’m going to start making them for other people. For money. Not a lot of money, probably, but maybe some. So, I started a new company, The Slate Haven Collection, to sell my work. Theres a backstory to the name, and maybe someday I’ll tell you about it.

I like to make all kinds of things. Note cards. Invites. Announcements. Banners. Books. Envelopes. Bags. Boxes. Tags. Place cards. I make generic things–thank you cards; Hello, Sugar! cards; Let’s talk. cards–for purchase today, but I also like to personalize things. My granddaddy used to tell me the sweetest thing anyone can hear is his or her own name. That’s why you have to listen carefully when you meet someone, he said. If you have a name, I’ll be happy to put it on paper for you. How great is that?

I also sew and embroider and knit and paint, so some of that might make its way onto the Etsy page someday, too. But I’ll start slow and focus on paper. Pretty paper, rough paper, shiny paper, patterned paper, pliable paper, translucent paper, punctured paper, recycled paper, brown paper, white paper, wedding paper, multicolored paper, fancy paper, thick paper, plain paper, my paper, becoming your paper.

Thats the origin story of the Collection. Hope you like my crafts.

Happy new year, sugar.

Erin