photo by Elizabeth Messina


I am off to Los Angeles this weekend to teach  two workshops and I am  super excited that its being taught in Poketo’s beautiful flagship store in the Arts district!  I will be teaching on Saturday and Sunday August 24th and 25th from 10-1. It feels like we have been planning this for a while now and I am looking forward to teaching in a new environment and meeting some new folks. If you could not get into these workshops because they were full, there is another one scheduled for  Saturday, September 7th, 2013, also 10-1. You can sign up on the Poketo workshop link here. I would not wait on this one,  who knows when I will be back in sunny Los Angeles again! For the rest of the year, I will be teaching workshops in Santa Ynez, Sydney, Melbourne, and Portland! More deets on the Portland gig soon right here!

Earlier this week, Snippet and Ink announced their Preferred Vendor List. I am so honored to have been selected as one of them!  Kathryn has always had a great eye for finding the best in the industry, and she picked me! You can see the complete list on the Snippet and Ink Preferred Vendor Page, including Elizabeth Messina, who took the image of the Shakespeare quote featured above. Elizabeth took the photos for Kathryn and Ryan’s wedding, and I created the calligraphy for the wedding day.

If you are in Oakland and are not busy this Saturday night the 24th, please head to Creative Growth, up for silent auction are private calligraphy lessons, with yours truly. This is all to raise money to help a friend who has had recent unexpected open heart surgery, so its for a good cause.

Have a great weekend everyone!  xo M


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.