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


Cute as a Button!


Last Christmas I received this 1 inch button maker from my husband. While some women would be a little bit upset that they did not receive jewelry, I was so excited, I think I was jumping up and down. I have been wanting a button maker ever since I worked on this story for Martha Stewart Weddings. For a while I was a making buttons like a crazy lady. I have probably made at least 50 of each letter by now.

I thought I would show you how I make these cute buttons and use them to wrap special gifts. To the untrained eye, it looks like calligraphy written with white gouache onto black paper, but it’s much easier and quicker! (The buttons featured in the Martha Stewart story used actual calligraphy writing.) Using a pointed pen nib, and black ink on white paper, I wrote out the capital letters A-Z and scanned it in at 600 dpi. I saved each letter as a separate file. I dropped the letters into Illustrator and reversed the letters out on a 1.5 inch black circle background and I printed them, in this case letters A-F out on my laser printer.


Using this 1 1/4 sized circular punch I cut out each letter. I gathered the parts that come with the button maker, shown here: maybelle.buttonparts

I pressed them in the button maker, video demonstration here, and viola! I love the simplicity of gifts wrapped in kraft paper, tied with black hemp twine. The calligraphy initial tied at the top makes the recipient feel special and the package feels finished without being overdone.