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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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.

A FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS

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Today I wanted to share a few random thoughts.

The image that you see here is something that I created at the IAMPETH convention. It was a happy accident. I was supposed to buy a sign pen, I bought this instead. I am determined to have it printed on fabric so that I can make another dress with Sonya Philip.

This is a fantastic post for beginning calligraphers by Stephanie Fishwick that I am going to tell all my students about. She is super nice, and talented AND you are about to see more of her work everywhere.

Another inspiring calligrapher is Sabine Pick – who told me that she is taking a week long class in Italy. Since then, I have been fantasizing about the workshop in Italy with calligrapher Monica Dengo.

A mention on my favorite blog, besotted, with a great idea to Pin it forward.

The School has decided to add my class to a location in  Melbourne  at a spectacular location TBD. I have been to Sydney but not Melbourne, and according to Moncle it made no. 2 on the global hot spots list. Also, my Great Uncle Tony lives there and I bet a lot of our relatives don’t really get the chance to visit him that  often.

Save the date November 9th, 2013 for my class in Portland. It’s another one of those dream collaborations!  Date, time and location TBD.

Have a great weekend! xo M