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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POKETO!

 

photo by: Poketo

photo by: Poketo

Hello everyone! I have returned from NYC where I taught the dreamiest of all calligraphy workshops at Bellocq Tea Atelier. I will post a thorough recap next Friday once I have reviewed all of the photos.

Today, I want to let you know that there are workshops happening at a city near you! My classes on Aug 24+ 25 at Poketo in Los Angeles have been sold out, which I am still in shock about. I happened to sign up for Satsuki Shibuya’s Branding 101 class on September 8th  at Poketo, because I just dig everything about her. Since I was going to be there anyway, Angie decided to add another Calligraphy class on September 7th for those on the wait list.  YAY! You can find the information here.

My class in San Francisco at Makeshift Society on August 12+19 are also sold out, but they just added one on September 14th, a Saturday 1-4 p.m. Here is the information. I hope to catch you at one of my workshops soon, if not Los Angeles, or San Francisco, perhaps Sydney? xoxo M

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London Calling

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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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