online classes with creativebug

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Well hello there! I realize that it has almost been one year since my last blog post, but if you follow me on Instagram,  you know that I try to post at least once a day. I like to think of it as my mini blog.  As you know I’ve been traveling quite a bit. In addition to my workshops in Hawaii, NYC and at Oh Happy Day,  I’ve traveled to Los Angeles, Australia and Japan twice  (yes, that’s twice in one year) and I am not sure how I did it! It’s a lot to juggle with the kids, deadlines for clients and an upcoming book or two (more on this later). In addition, the twins started kindergarten last September. I really enjoy volunteering as much as possible at their school, especially on the days that they concentrate on Penmanship. I am convinced that their school is one of the only public schools left in the United States that is still teaching Penmanship.

Last year I was  approached by a few companies inquiring if I would consider filming a video for my classes online.  I was really  on the fence about it. What I love about workshops is meeting and connecting with students in real life. I posted a question on Instagram about offering my classes online. There were a few people in a few cities, like Seattle, Memphis and Charleston that I would love to but have not yet taught a workshop. My friend Lisa Congdon immediately sent me an email and recommended Creativebug, the company that she worked with, and guess what- everything she said about how lovely it was to work with the Creativebug team was true! I enjoyed it immensely, which included designing my set to mimic my realy studio. Well, I can’t tell you how excited I am to let you know that the 4 part series premieres tomorrow, Feb 3, 2015 but you can really watch it any time, and follow along at your own pace.  If you already own calligraphy supplies, you are all set. But if you don’t, you can purchase my kit on Etsy by clicking here: and watch along with me by signing up and clicking here.

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a lovely workshop-preview

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Hello there everyone, I hope you have been well. I know that I have been missing in action. It has been a bit crazy in my studio lately preparing for my upcoming workshops at The School in Sydney and Melbourne. It really is happening and last week, Australia’s most popular design blog, The Design Files featured an interview with yours truly! I am so honored as they don’t normally feature non Aussie creatives. Since the article, The School added a few more classes due to overwhelming response! My etsy shop went bonkers too, with my Calligraphy workshop in a box was listed as an Etsy “popular item” so I have been busy filling orders!
My friend the amazing and talented Elizabeth Messina photographed me for the feature in my  studio and I LOVED how the photos turned out. She only shoots film. We drove to Los Angeles for a whole slew of successful workshops at Poketo and on the way back to the Bay area we stopped by her place to be photographed.

While I was at her house, I spied a very cute key holder with labels in her entryway. She asked me to wait a minute and then came back with a key holder for me! I was so excited and I labeled them with numbers when we got home. Earlier this year, she asked me to participate by teaching a calligraphy workshop at A Lovely Workshop, held at Sunstone Villa, in Santa Ynez a gorgeous place. It was such an honor and I will write a more complete post later. We ended up using the key holder as part of the check in for the attendees. Posted here is a photo of how it was styled, complete with an authentic ledger that I wrote the names of all the attendees, and then checked people in. Hanging with the correlating number were buttons with their names in calligraphy.

Mindy Weiss was a guest speaker at the workshop, and freaked out when she saw that I was actually checking names off with my calligraphy pen on the antique ledger. There was so much talent on the team that Elizabeth assembled. Mindy Rice designed of the flowers and styled most of the vignettes. Elizabeth Colling created the most amazing croque-en-bouche and taught a food styling class. Rachel Schwartz of Wiley Valentine and I collaborated on a lot of the the stationery, and she was my roommate (love her!). Jeni from Found Rentals provided a lot of the pieces, and Claire Pettibone came with her amazing gowns,( and was a student in my calligraphy class). There is a whole list  of super duper talented people  that I did not mention and I will post in greater detail later.  It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget, and cannot wait to share with you!!! xoxo M

P.S. In the interim, you can see snippets on my instagram feed and should check out the hashtag #alovelyworkshop  and get lost in a world of Lovely.

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BELLOCQ: A Special place for Calligraphy + Tea

Bellocq rare tea collectionToday I wanted to share some of the highlights from my workshops in NYC, Greenpoint, Brooklyn to be more precise. The workshops took place on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at Bellocq Tea Atelier. In January of this year, I made a list of “dream projects”. Teaching a workshop at Bellocq was one of them. I cannot think of anything lovelier than sipping tea and practicing calligraphy, can you?

As we all know, part of achieving your goals is putting yourself out there and making it happen, so I sent an e-mail to Heidi Johannsen Stewart.  I received a very nice e-mail back right away from Heidi who knew of my work from her days as a food editor and stylist at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Somehow, she had an old postcard from ten years ago with my alphabet written on it and kept it displayed in her studio – I felt so honored!  I explained how I loved the  hand lettered the labels for their rare tea collection posted on Bellocq’s Instagram feed and it sparked this whole idea of a workshop. It was created by one of the owners, Michael Shannon. She thought the workshop at Bellocq was a great idea, and once we figured out a date, we announced it on Instagram. Many traveled to NYC for the day just to attend this special workshop with me, some as far as Miami as in the case of photographer Jeanette Polynice  of To Love Photographie who took  all the beautiful photographs that you see here.

All day long, I was overcome with so many emotions to experience such a surreal moment like this. The space is very romantic, every detail just so. Bellocq is housed in what used to be a pencil factory Michael decorated the atelier with a few branches of Poke weed, (how appropriate for the class as it was used by native Americans to make ink.) Heidi made delicious Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Le Hammeau-Poached Apricots (recipe here) and hors d’ oevres were created by the talented Karen of The Cocktail Party Chef.  My friend Jill Lauck made her special caramels  for each student, and at the end of each class, a refreshment of Bellocq Majorelle Mint tea, St.Germain liquor, club soda and fresh mint was served. There was no detail spared.

I felt a special connection with each and every student in the class and I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet and share my love of calligraphy in this special setting. The owners, Scott, Michael and Heidi were so gracious and  are some of the loveliest people that you will ever meet. Their atelier is a place to be inspired and explore ideas and the teas are magnificent!  I hope you will have a chance to enjoy some of their wonderful blends to drink while you practice your calligraphy. One of my favorites is No. 20 Kikuya. For those of you in NYC, they open their atelier to the public on the weekends for people wishing to taste their selection. I hope you will find it as beautiful and inspiring as I shall always remember. xoxo, M

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Tea + Calligraphy at Bellocq

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