Featured on Good Morning Washington!

Our calligraphy made its television debut today! The lovely Yodit Gebreyes of Favored by Yodit appeared on News Channel 8’s Good Morning Washington to share tips on dressing your table for Thanksgiving and we were lucky enough to collaborate with her on a bunch of pretty and creative ways to make this year’s celebration even more personalized and special than usual as you gather with friends and family.

Among the ideas Yodit included in her tablescape, all of which featured our Glade lettering style:

• Cards at each place setting that say “I am thankful for:” to encourage everyone to reflect on their blessings

• A large pumpkin centerpiece featuring hand-lettered sentiments of thankfulness plus hand-lettered mini pumpkins to adorn each place setting

• Buffet cards that help identify dishes for guests

• Wine glasses from West Elm, personalized with custom phrases written on each

• Personalized gift tags to go along with party favors

You can see all of Yodit’s ideas (and our calligraphy!!) by pressing “play” on the video above or pop over to Good Morning Washington’s website. Hooray!

The Real Thing For “The Real Thing”



I recently had the privilege of creating a bit of hand lettering (i.e. the real thing, not typography!) to be used as the title treatment for the cover of author Ellen McCarthy’s just-out, fabulous book, “The Real Thing.” Published by Random House, the book reflects on Ellen’s time on the Weddings beat for The Washington Post and offers lots of hard-won wisdom on finding love and helping it grow. It’s a must read for anyone who is either looking for love or wanting love to last. Working with Ellen and designer Victoria Allen at Random House to come up with just the right look for the title treatment was quite a thrill and I could not be more honored to have played a small part in Ellen’s huge achievement! The book was released last week – be sure to check it out!

Flash Sale: Personalized Ornaments!



For the first time ever, and available for one day only, we’re offering hand-lettered, personalized glass Christmas ornaments! To learn more and order (we think these make for gorgeous gifts and keepsakes for loved ones – or for yourself!), pop over to the listing here. But act quickly! In order to create these and ship them off in time for the holiday, all ornaments must be ordered by 10:30 a.m. ET tomorrow, December 16, 2015. After that, the listing will disappear!



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 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.

Sweet Soiree Signage

ExPats in Paris – 5th Annual end of the of summer party from Thomas Bowen Films

Last week three of our favorite event stylist and planning firms – the ladies from Atrendy Wedding, Engaging Affairs and Simply Chic Events – came together to host a fabulous end-of-summer party and they asked Meant To Be Calligraphy to create some fun signage to be displayed throughout Josephine Lounge where the event took place. So, using my Durham lettering style, I created a couple of messages on mirrors, including the large “thank you” sign below and one luring guests to try some of the being-made-on-the-spot caramelized doughnuts (which you can see in the very fun video above by Thomas Bowen Films), plus some bar menus featuring the night’s signature cocktails and (also shown in the video) an oversized sign to welcome all of the guests. A good time was had by all and so just thought I would share a little peek at my handiwork here.

Meant To Be Calligraphy

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.


Lettering for Little Ones

Tokketok Birth Announcement

Lisa Warninger

I always feel so honored when a fellow designer asks me to collaborate on a birth announcement, but even moreso when the baby in question is the designer’s own little one. Today, Oh So Beautiful Paper featured a selection of recent baby announcements and among them is this extremely fun piece by Tokketok’s Joke Vande Gaar, which features the details of her son William’s birth (his name, birth date, etc.) written in my Edwards lettering style and printed on twill tape that is wrapped around the most precious photo of the little guy. I loved working with Joke on this project – the concept was hers from beginning to end – and was so happy to be reminded of it today. The entire post is a must-see for anyone who is looking for a little baby announcement inspiration!