Getting Started with Modern Calligraphy: Free Online Mini Course

With the holiday season approaching, this is the perfect time to start learning those newfound calligraphy skills so you can wow your family and friends.

You can use calligraphy on so many things from holiday card envelopes to dinner party place cards, special gifts for friends. The list goes on and on.

And since you’re here, I know that you’ve been thinking about picking up this creative craft! So friend, today I’ve got something really exciting for you. A a three part online mini course that will help you get the supplies you need, teach you one of my favorite calligraphy tricks, and show you how to use these crazy looking tools. And did I mention it’s free!? Crazy right?

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Each of the lessons takes less than 10 minutes and if you can commit to just 30 minutes a week for the next few weeks to give these tips and tricks a try, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you can get ink flowing onto the page. Then you can focus on the good stuff — developing your personal style! So what are you waiting for? Pop your name and email below to get this party started!

A Little More Joy for Your Inbox: Free Monthly Prints

One of the missions I set for myself for when I created this business of mine a few years back was to use it to spread joy.

Reflecting back on the last few years, when things got hard (especially while we were dealing with infertility treatments), spreading joy was one of the things that was most beneficial. For both others and for myself. And while I’m grateful to currently be in a peak season, I know just how quickly that can change for all of us.

Regardless of what season you’re in, I hope what I’m about to tell you will spark a little bit of joy in your heart.

So friends, today I’m excited to share yet another exciting announcement.

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Starting next month I will be launching free downloadable monthly prints - each month - on the first of the month, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to get your hands on the free quote of the month. They’ll be 5x7 prints you can use however your little heart desires. Stick it in your favorite planner. Frame it and hang it in your office. Build it into a collage. Gift it to a friend. The possibilities are truly endless.

I hope these little prints will bring your month a little extra joy and if you don’t want to miss the very first one, be sure to get on the email list for them by dropping your name and email below!

Here’s to just a little bit more joy in your inbox :) Enjoy, friend!


My Story Behind the Script: Our Accidental Octopus Themed Wedding

When I started planning our wedding, I knew there were a few things I definitely wanted and one of those things was that I wanted our wedding to capture our personalities. I wanted our guests to walk into the space and not only feel welcomed, but almost feel like they were walking into our home. Like absolutely 100% yes this is Michelle and Ory.

And while I had a pretty good sense of how to get there, I also wanted to be sure that when it came down to it, Ory had some say in the planning process too and it wasn’t me just living out my own wedding fantasies.

So a few weeks into selecting our most important vendors, I asked Ory, “What’s the one thing you want to be sure we incorporate into our wedding?”

And y’all, I just didn’t see this one coming. “Octopi.”

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I’ll be honest. These out of left field responses are definitely one of the reasons I fell for Ory. To this day, it still keeps our marriage interesting. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that a small part of me started to panic. How the heck was I going to incorporate octopi into what I otherwise wanted to be a fairly classic and feminine wedding?

We immediately starting googling octopus weddings and I’ll be honest, the results weren’t really inspiring or comforting. But I couldn’t go back on my promise, so I set out to incorporate octopi into the wedding. And incorporate I did with the help of my mom, a few fabulous vendors including Alicia of A&P Designs and Laura of Ashton Events! Y’all, I was quite proud of the end result :)

And while initially octopi held no significant place in either of ours live at the time. They are now forever linked to the day we said I do.

Read on for some fabulous details (and the stories behind them!) from the best octopus themed wedding ever.

These octopi save the dates were the first place the octopus made an appearance. Alicia from  A&P Design Co  drew these vintage inspired octopi herself - incredible right? And the accompanying photo was a watercolor of our beachside reception venue. Photo by  A&P Design Co .

These octopi save the dates were the first place the octopus made an appearance. Alicia from A&P Design Co drew these vintage inspired octopi herself - incredible right? And the accompanying photo was a watercolor of our beachside reception venue. Photo by A&P Design Co.

When our guests arrived to  reception , they were greeted by this fun vintage beach sign. Lettered by me and built/painted by Ory.

When our guests arrived to reception, they were greeted by this fun vintage beach sign. Lettered by me and built/painted by Ory.

Ory comes from quite the handy family, so when we asked his dad and brother if they would build us some custom corn hole sets for the cocktail hour they were totally up for the challenge and made two different but perfectly complementary sets. And of course, one of them just had to feature the octopus :)

Ory comes from quite the handy family, so when we asked his dad and brother if they would build us some custom corn hole sets for the cocktail hour they were totally up for the challenge and made two different but perfectly complementary sets. And of course, one of them just had to feature the octopus :)

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My mom helped find some really cute furniture to decorate the bar area for our cocktail hour and this octopus pillow was one of my favorite subtle details.

My mom helped find some really cute furniture to decorate the bar area for our cocktail hour and this octopus pillow was one of my favorite subtle details.

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Family has always been important to both of us, so we wanted to be sure that family was a central theme in our wedding. This ode to our parents and grandparents weddings made for a great card table and guest book display and that vintage octopus plate? It was hand painted by Ory himself.

Family has always been important to both of us, so we wanted to be sure that family was a central theme in our wedding. This ode to our parents and grandparents weddings made for a great card table and guest book display and that vintage octopus plate? It was hand painted by Ory himself.

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Y’all I seriously wish I could take you back to that day. But I hope these snippets gave you a sneak peak and a feel for how our octopus themed wedding was born. The biggest lesson learned during this process was that if you do want to have a theme to your wedding, it doesn’t have to be everywhere. A few well placed details can truly make all the difference.

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And if you’re currently in the midst of trying to incorporate what feels like apples and oranges into your big day. Know that where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if you don’t quite yet know what that way is, a solid vendor team can help you make that dream a reality <3

Happy Planning!