Because that's exactly how it feels. Thank you for visiting my page, and taking the time to read this. While I have been writing in cursive since i was little, this didn't turn in to a business until the beginning of this year, almost by accident. No, my story is not that unique: I was planning my wedding, and I wanted to do everything myself like millions of other brides out there. But while other brides focused on decor, flowers, linens and music, i was OBSESSED with envelopes, and paper things, and foils, and liners.
Rewind to second grade when I started collecting specialty letter stationary (which I still own). I didn't want to write on them because they were just one of of a kind, and some were very hard to find. Any duplicates i had i used to trade with other "collectors" (fancy word for a second grader). That was such a fever back then, that one of our teachers in 3rd grade said no one was allowed to trade, only to be trading with her own students a few months later. I'm telling you, trading was addicting, and we turned the strictest teacher.
Teachers back then paid very close attention to the way we wrote, and were often telling us how to improve our form. This isn't done in schools anymore because most kids learn how to read/write in block letter. NO fun.
I forgot all about this for over a decade until my wedding, and decided i wanted to write all my invitations my self, and i wanted to loo decent. Good thing i only had 17 people in my wedding (that's another story for another day, which i can't wait to write about), and considering that most of them were couples like parents, aunt and uncle, that totally slashed the amount in half (or more).
So I bought a bunch of envelopes at our local paper store, (that part was easy), and started to learn how to write with a dip pen. Oh they were so pretty looking, i didn't know I could write such a pretty "A" for my mom's name or a "G" for my dad's. Those oblique pens do feel like magic wands.
Please keep in mind I'm leaving many side stories out, like how I cut my own invites as well, but i'll leave that for another post. I'll keep this one about the calligraphy part only.
So, once the invites were ready, I handed them out (yes, hand delivery) and was happy to see that everyone was impressed with my job and nothing fell apart in the process (whew!). I thought once my wedding has passed, the fever would be over and i would go back to my normal life, but oh, was i wrong. I kept writing and practicing, and soon enough friends were asking me to do little things here and there. I was even more obsessed with paper and ink, and practicing even more after my wedding, rewriting my own envelopes in pieces of paper to look like mock invites. Then my husband suggested i do some work on the side since I like it so much. And then I did. And here I am (side stories left out again)., and I'm happy to say i have been writing ever since! Thank you for reading this, and I'll be back with some cool stuff and funny/weird side stories soon!