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Meant To Be Calligraphy

Meant To Be Calligraphy

So excited to share that our calligraphy workshops were included in the Washington Post Express’ Holiday Gift Guide! This year’s theme was “12 Days of Gifters Giving” and we were featured on Day 3, “3 Crafters Pinteresting”! If you are still in search of the perfect gift for your creatively-minded loved one (or for yourself!), there are still spots left in our early-2015 workshops in Washington, D.C., Middleburg and Baltimore! Pop over to the Learn page of our website to find out more and to register!

Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings!

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Meant To Be Calligraphy

We are so excited to share that our work is featured in the fall 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! We collaborated with Rock Paper Scissors in Charlottesville, Va. to create the most luscious invitation suite for our clients, Joanna and Kyle. It features our Carter lettering style rendered both in letterpress as well as in gold foil. The wedding, which was planned and styled by Simply Chic Events, was photographed by Jose Villa and is a must-see!

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Meant To Be Calligraphy's Custom Calligraphy Return Address Stamp

Meant To Be Calligraphy

This week, The Stationery Place very kindly included our Custom Calligraphy Return Address Stamps in its 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Stationery Lovers. As blogger Lyndsey noted: “if you love pretty paper, you probably love office supplies too.” Um, yes! Her guide includes several fantastic ideas for the packaging geeks among us. Personally, the kraft labels she spotlighted from Martha Stewart’s new line at Staples are calling my name. Pop over to see all of Lyndsey’s fab picks!

Featured in Southern Weddings!

Meant To Be Calligraphy in Southern Weddings

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Thanks to the ever-gracious Claudia Smith of Fig. 2 Design Studio, our lettering is featured in the newest volume of Southern Weddings. Claudia incorporated a modified version of our Durham lettering style into the invitation suite for the magazine’s Lilly Pulitzer-inspired editorial shoot. Then I lent my pen to other other Fig. 2-designed signage such as drink signs, place cards and a complete hand-lettered menu. The result, as seen in KT Merry’s gorgeous photographs, is a pink-and-orange-and-yellow-washed confection of prettiness. You can see a sampling of the photos on Grey Likes Weddings. But don’t miss picking up a copy of the mag itself – it’s filled with so many beautiful photos as well as tons of hand calligraphy from lots of our talented peers.

Featured in Southern Living!

Meant To Be Calligraphy in Southern Living

Meant To Be Calligraphy

The workshops I teach at Fifteen Eleven are featured in the December issue of Southern Living! They are one of twelve “experiential” gift ideas the mag recommends as can’t-miss presents this holiday season. Teaching these workshops is one of my favorite things ever, so it’s exciting to see them pop up in such a fabulous magazine alongside eleven other unique and fun suggestions for adventure-filled gifts. Hooray!

Featured in Brides!

Meant To Be Calligraphy in Brides


We’ve been keeping this under wraps for a couple of months now and so are excited that we can finally share: our lettering is featured in the December 2012 issue of Brides Magazine! That’s our Glade lettering style adorning a block print invitation created by artist and print maker Katharine Watson. The invitation is part of a feature on how to use the color red to create an unforgettable “holiday-hued” wedding. It was a thrill to collaborate with Katharine – her work in block printing has quickly become nationally recognized – and it is exciting to see how the whole feature came together.

Real Wedding: Lindsey + Rich

Three Lights Photography

I was so excited to see photos of Lindsey and Rich’s wedding at Washington, D.C.’s posh Willard International Hotel pop up on the Three Lights Photography blog earlier this week. Photographer Laura Luis did an incredible job capturing all of the exquisite details of the day and, most importantly, the wonderful time that was clearly had by both the happy couple as well as their family and friends. I definitely recommend popping over to Three Lights to see the rest of the photos from this wedding – total eye candy!!

Lindsey was referred to Meant To Be Calligraphy by the fabulous gals at Hitched Salon in Georgetown where she purchased her wedding stationery, and I had the pleasure of working with her and Rich for well over a year – first I addressed their save the dates, then later, their gorgeous invitations and finally wrote out Day Of items such as seating cards for their reception, all in my Walker lettering style. Along the way I had the chance to meet not only Lindsey and Rich, but also Lindsey’s mom and her twin sister – so fun! It’s having the opportunity¬† to work with total sweethearts such as Lindsey that makes me love my job.

Three Lights Photography


Stamp Away!

Meant To Be Calligraphy Durham Custom Calligraphy Stamp Set

Meant To Be Calligraphy

We were so happy to see our return address stamps pop up today on The Stationery Place! If you did not already know, Meant To Be Calligraphy offers lovely custom return address and stationery letterhead stamps both individually and in sets. As blogger Lyndsey notes in her Stationery Place post, there is something so elegant about holding your very own address carved into a wood block and having the opportunity to stamp it in any color you like, and we heartily agree.

In fact, just yesterday my son, Jack, turned 5 and we celebrated with an Olympic Birthday Competition. As we wrote thank you notes to Jack’s friends, he was delighted to stamp his name on stationery and pop our address on the envelopes – clearly a love of stamps starts young! So, check out our Meant To Be Calligraphy Etsy shop and indulge in one for yourself or someone you love. See if you don’t find it as gratifying as Jack & I do!

Meant To Be Calligraphy Palmer Custom Calligraphy Stamp Set

Meant To Be Calligraphy

One Pretty Pineapple

Carla Ten Eyck

We always love when our clients spur us on to try something new. So when bride-to-be Heather asked me if, in addition to writing out seating cards for her and her fiance Patrick, I also could draw a pineapple on a vintage chalkboard to accompany a hand-lettered explanation in my Durham style of why the prickly fruit is considered a symbol of hospitality, I was pretty excited – and maybe a little bit nervous. Although I love to create pretty lettering, I do not consider myself much of an artist (at least not yet!). So when it came time to execute the design, I started out sort of hesitantly. But after the first few lines were in place, it all started to come together and by the end I was really pleased – the drawing definitely looked like a pineapple, and a pretty one at that! So thank you, Heather, for letting me work on such a fun project and for letting me be a part of the wedding preparations for you and Patrick. I am so happy for you both!! Everyone else: you can see more photos of this GORGEOUS and touching wedding over at Style Me Pretty today. Carla Ten Eyck’s photos are out of this world and perfectly capture both the joy on Heather and Patrick’s faces and the beautiful details – I am still swooning over Heather’s dress and bouquet – that they so carefully curated.