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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Pag-asa : Hope. a fundraiser for the Philippines

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Dear friends, my heart breaks for the people of the Philippines with the recent devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.  I returned from my workshops around the world (more on that later) to an e-mail from a very thoughtful artist friend Sonya Philip. She came up with idea to do collaborate on a fundraiser and reach out to other Filipino artists to raise money for the Philippine Red Cross.

I saw that my friends at Chronicle Books held a bake sale, which was a huge success, and they raised over $3,000 for this cause.  Coincidentally I ran into talented Chronicle Books designer and my friend Kristen Hewitt who so graciously allowed us to use the logo it for our event. While I was teaching my last class of the year at Makeshift Society this past Saturday I mentioned that I wanted to do something, didn’t really know how to go about it, they generously offered their clubhouse space so that we could hold a silent auction as well as a calligraphy class that I am teaching.

Pag-asa in Tagalog means Hope. I visited the Philippines with my grandparents (their homeland) a few years ago. If you have ever been there you know it is a beautiful country the people are so kind despite the hard life that they live. I hope you will consider donating this year to the Red Cross or if you are interested in learning Calligraphy all proceeds from my calligraphy class will go to the Philippine Red Cross. The class is on December 14, 2013  from 2-5 p.m at Makeshift Society. Followed by a silent auction at 6:30-8. You can sign up for the class by clicking HERE .

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