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Finding (Musical) Inspiration for a Wood Sign

I'm the type of person who plays songs over and over on repeat; instead of discovering new music, I stick with my tried and true favorites. When I'm asked to do a custom sign with song lyrics though, I usually pull up the song to give it a listen, mostly out of curiosity, but sometimes for inspiration. Occasionally, those songs strike a cord and get immediately added to my repeated mix. This recent sign that left my studio features the opening lyrics from Nahko and Medicine for the People - Tus Pies (Your Feet). And just as these words and the beautiful message of this song were shared with me, I would like to share them with you. It's a lovely...

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A Little Snow Dance

It looks like our inside-out pajamas and snow dance worked over here in New Jersey and we have a snow day (in mid-March!). So in lieu or my regularly scheduled post about business and Etsy and all things Wanderlove Press, I'll instead share this mesmerizing GIF that I've watched way too many times.  So simple, but so fun right?  I'll be spending my afternoon painting and working on a few new products and invitation suite designs that you'll see in the upcoming weeks. Here's hoping your day is as productive (and fun!) as mine will be, whether it's playing in the snow or at work. Stay safe! 

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Lettering on a Glass Trinket Box

Calligraphy and hand lettering aren't just relegated to paper. In fact, more often than not I write on untraditional surfaces. Scroll through my website or Instagram and you'll see a variety of glass, acrylic, wood, rocks, leaves, shells, and more with my calligraphy on them. If there's a somewhat flat surface, I'll find a pen, nib, or marker to write on it with.  Glass, however, is often one of my favorites. I use a variety of pens and nibs depending on the look I'm going for, so I would recommend testing out what tools will work best for you! In this video my husband edited together, I'm writing on a glass trinket box with an acrylic paint pen.  These little boxes are...

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Owning a Business is Hard Work

It's not often I sit down to write a serious blog post, but as I've spent the last few hours pouring over business profit and expense reports and tax information, I think it's about time to have a real, serious chat with myself (and any of you who are interested in the business side of this little business).  Let's start with a basic fact: owning a small business is hard work. And it's a lot of work.  I've always said I'm not in this for the money, but because I love what I do. And that will always hold true. If it's not fun, it's not something I want to be spending my hours doing. So how many hours are we talking about?...

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Wedding Envelope Sneak Peeks

This year has already been crazy, with plenty of sign projects, calligraphy orders and invitation orders to keep this lady busy. It's definitely the best kind of crazy, but since I work a full-time job during the day and work on all this art on nights and weekends, it can leave me with limited time for personal projects and coming up with new samples and designs. And let's not even discuss my dedication to this blog...  But I know I need to focus on growing my business and trying new things this year. So, a few weeks ago I joined my area's local Chamber of Commerce. One of the first events I'll be participating in with them is the LBI Wedding Road...

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