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New Pharrell Print in the Shop

We’ve been slooooowly working on some new prints and other things for the shop. This is our newest addition to our prints. We saw this quote after a friend reposted a tweet from Pharrell and who doesn’t respect him as an artist and as a person, right? Not to mention that he’s a native from Virginia Beach. During the past few weeks I’ve barely had a chance to breath, let alone work on another print but I couldn’t pass this one up. I’ve also been trying to incorporate new styles into my lettering skills and this aesthetic just seem to fit. Plus, French paper released this new Plum Punch purple paper that we thought would make the quote pop. The print is 11″x14″ and is printed in black and white ink. It’s now available for purchase in our shop!

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Hand Lettering Classes

Sorry we haven’t been posting much, this year has proved to be eventful. Among dealing with a lot of exciting new projects and collaborations for Maple & Belmont, my mother had some major medical issues that we’ve been dealing with. Don’t worry, everything is fine. Let’s just say that 2014 has come in with a bang and I don’t think it plans on slowing down anytime soon.

March was also an exciting time because we taught not one but two hand lettering classes. First we taught an awesome group of folks at Kitsch. Kitsch is not only a wonderful local shop but it also has a space for classes. Check us out on Facebook to see more photos.

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Then later in March, we did a hand lettering workshop for fellow creatives from the Hampton Roads chapter of AIGA. Below are a few images from that class. Sorry for the poor quality on these, I forgot our big-boy camera and ended up using my phone. Whomp, Whomp.

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For those of you who are interested in in taking one of our classes, you’re in luck because we’re hosting another class on May 7th at Kitsch. This class happens to fall right before Mother’s Day, so if you are interested in creating something for your mother this is the perfect class to bring in a quote that you can turn into a masterpiece for her. We always have a blast teaching these classes, so even if you’re just looking for a fun time with other creatives, this class is for you. There’s always a limit on the size of the class so be sure to sign up fast through Kitsch. All we ask is that you bring a quote of your choice along with a sketch book, ruler and pencils. We’ll provide some tools of the trade to supplement the class. See you in May!

Hand Lettering Class At Kitsch in March

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Back by popular demand is our Hand Lettering class. If you live in the Hampton Roads area, mark your calendars for March 6th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Kitsch. Bring your pencils, pens, a sketchbook, a ruler and your favorite gnarly eraser, along with a short quote and a love of letters. We’ll give you an overview of lettering along with one-on-one assistance to help turn your quote into a hand-lettered masterpiece. Don’t worry if you’re new to lettering, this class is excellent for anyone.

We’ll also supply some other tools of the trade and explain how to use them during the class. Space is limited so sign up through Kitsch and reserve your seat today! For more detail visit the FB event page here. Since it falls after work for most of us, we’ll provide some light refreshments to help you relax and unwind.

Featured in the Spring Issue of The Knot

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to share the news that we’re in the Spring issue of The Knot magazine! Last year, Lynsey Hamilton, a notable event planner, contacted me about designing the wedding stationery for a photo shoot they were doing for The Knot. I couldn’t be more excited about seeing our work in such an elegant photo shoot and among such great company including Poppies & Posies and rEvolve Furniture Co. Cheers!

Warm Wishes Wooden Ornaments

Although this year has gone by so incredibly fast, it has been full of exciting growth for us as a business. We couldn’t have done without the support of all of our awesome clients and colleges. So as a thank you, we created ornaments by screen printing “warm wishes” in a metallic bluish-gray on cherry wood discs. They are printed double-sided, so there’s no issue if they swing and turn. To finished them off, we packaged them in screen printed cotton bags and sent along with one of our new years cards.

I honestly wasn’t sure how easy it would be to screen print on wooden discs but I have to say that these turned out better than I could have hoped! They printed so well that we plan on putting them in the shop next year.

The Richmond Craft Mafia’s Handmade Holiday

It’s been a hella busy holiday season for us and this week is no different because we’re gearing up for The Richmond Craft Mafia’s Handmade Holiday show this weekend. If you live in the Richmond area, we’d love to see you! It’s a great event to grab some gifts for the ones you love or just yourself. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always appreciated handmade gifts over store bought ones, but that doesn’t mean you have to make them yourself. Let the talented folks from around the area take care of that for you. The show is being held at the Dogtown Dance Theatre from 11am-5pm. Hope to see you there!

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The Handmade Market in Raleigh

This Saturday we’re hitting the road and traveling to Raleigh, NC for The Handmade Market! This will be our first time at this show and we’re so excited about it. If you live in the area, come out and get some early holiday shopping done!

Holiday Collection

I’m not one to start pulling out the Christmas tree right after Halloween, but I find that this is the perfect time to start thinking about holiday cards. That’s why we’re happy to announce that our Holiday Collection is in the shop! So if you feel like being on top of things this year (or at least pretending to be like I do every year), then head over to site to stock up on holiday cards and gift tags!

Calligraphy Class

Two weekends ago I drove up to D.C. and took a pointed pen calligraphy class taught by Michele of Meant To Be Calligraphy. Although I’ve been playing around with calligraphy for over a year, I just wasn’t where I wanted to be with my skill and technique. When I first discovered Michele’s class, I was over the moon! I couldn’t believe she was only in D.C. The hardest part was getting a spot. If you’re interested in taking one of her classes, be sure to sign up when you see it offered because it fills up fast.

Below are some pictures from the day. The studio I went to was in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods. You can also see some of my handiwork from the day. After the class, I’ve noticed a big improvement in my abilities. I fully believe it was all the one-on-one teaching that Michele does. Not only is she a pretty rad gal, she’s an excellent teacher. I had such a blast and hope to keep practicing calligraphy for a very long time!