Archives for June 2013

once wed feature

oncewed-132 I’m so thrilled to share that my work was featured on Once Wed earlier this week. This was a styled photo shoot that took place at Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove. What a spectacular location! This was the creative vision of the the very talented Miranda Estes of Sugar(ed)Designs in South Florida. The amazing photographs that you see here were taken by Ozzy Garcia, gorgeous floral designs by Julia Rohde Designs.

Most of the time, I am not present on set when these items are photographed. Miranda contacted me and shared her Pinterest inspiration board and overall feel for the shoot, then provided the text and blank sheets of gold paper for me to create the menus. It is not often that  I am given the free creative control of such details. In this case Miranda wanted to see what I would come up with, and I think they worked well in these lovely photographs! The hardest part for me when working on styled shoots, is to come up with fake menus and fictitious addresses for the stationery items that are being photographed, but she had that all ready for me- I love when that happens!

The invitation featured here is an actual sample of a letterpress design that I created for Bella Figura. It is from my exclusive collection of designs, called “Modern Chateau“, and this is exactly the type of wedding I had dreamed up when I designed this invitation for the 2013 collection. You can’t see this, but the edges are painted with gold.  The way that the invitation was photographed has got to be one of my favorite photos ever, that dress! I do hope to collaborate with this talented team in the future, Thanks guys! xoxo M.



London Calling


In January of this year, I was asked to create some fun tea party inspired invitations for a sweet girl named London Lake who turned one. I was so excited to start work on this invitation, especially since London is one of my favorite cities in the world as you will see on my Pinterest board Tea in London. Later this year, my friend Kristen will be celebrating her birthday there. It just so happens that her best friend is pregnant and is due around that time and wont be able to travel with her, so I am going in her place!!! Now it’s official because plane tickets have been purchased and we have started a Pinterest board Wanderlust London just for this trip! If anyone has some places to recommend, please let me know!

So where was I? Oh yes, London’s Lovely Tea party inspired first birthday.  I cut the paper in the shape of a tea bag, they were printed by hand on my print Gocco  with  what was left of my gold ink. I also made a cute banner for the cake topper, and other signs for the different teas. This is the most creative and stylish one year old birthday party that I have ever seen. I am so honored to have taken part in such a special party for a darling little girl! I am so thrilled that  it was featured on the blog On to Baby and you can see more photos here.  The gorgeous photos that you see here were taken by the lovely and talented Kirsten Julia Photography. I hope to work with Kirsten on another project soon!

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my work life balance


kids.noguchi For my birthday last year, I spent a weekend away from the kids in Tokyo to attend a friend’s wedding. On the flight, I read Mom, Inc. from cover to cover.  It is written by the two very talented ladies  Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto. I have a copy of Craft, Inc., which is also written by Meg and wonderful, but  I am so glad that I picked this book up as it has been so helpful and I recommend it for any mom or mother to be who is out there trying to make their talent their livelihood.

So what’s it really like to be a calligrapher and work at home mother of twins? I was so sleep deprived, that I  couldn’t take on much work in the beginning. When I did have work, and since we don’t have any family in the area, I had to hire a nanny and at the time, I could only afford to have her come for  three hours a day. If I had a singleton, that would have meant six hours a day-imagine that! Sometimes, I used those three hours to take a nap, because I was up all night with the babies. My husband works with woodworking machinery and has to be alert so I would let him sleep as much as possible during the night. What about hiring a night nurse? – Pshaw!

At that time, I was fortunate enough to partner with a lovely letterpress company,  Bella Figura and offered a few designs of my  on their site. It was really all that I could handle at the time, a win-win situation especially since I didn’t want to completely disappear from the world of Calligraphy. Whenever Bella Figura would process an order using my designs, they would email me with the details, and I would write, scan and send the artwork so it really was an ideal situation. I was able to concentrate on my calligraphy work. Besides, who wants to talk to someone on the phone with two screaming babies in the background?

These days, the twins are in preschool three full days a week, so I try to manage my time as best as possible. That means, no laundry or household chores on the three days that I am supposed to be working. I try to answer emails as quickly as possible, and on the days that I am with the kids all day long, we do business related errands like go to the bank, or post office  in addition to our play dates, soccer and ballet. If I do have to make a phone call on the days that I that I am with the kids all day, Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries on Netflix has been my savior.

Its wonderful to get back out there work wise, I am teaching a few workshops this year, wedding season is in full swing so I am keeping busy and I feel very grateful.  Also, in case you missed this last week, there were a few Maybelle mentions on Oh Happy Day, Snippet & Ink and The Bride’s Guide by Martha Stewart Weddings. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for some BIG announcements later this year.  xoxo M