Fantasy v. Reality and Closing the Gap

9th Aug 2019

When I recently began starting my days at the shop by writing a letter, something of a seismic shift occurred. I am generally full of intentions -- beautiful ones! -- that never see the light of day. In my head, I celebrate occasions and write effusi...
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Philatelic Fever

31st Jul 2019

You know about my obsession with stamps. But here's the truth of the matter: my obsession doesn't hold a candle to the hard-core, highly specialized obsession with stamps that some people in the world possess. As it happens, the American Philate...
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When You Really Mean It

25th Jul 2019

There's something I've only discovered through the experience of being a calligrapher, printer, and bookbinder that I didn't anticipate when I started out: the jobs that come my way are extraordinarily meaningful. People don't hire a calligrapher to...
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Pin This

10th Jul 2019

A couple of months ago, I ran a new class at the shop -- Making Your Own Mood Board -- that was inspired by the boards I spied in the gorgeous home of Heather Hall. If you haven't heard me gush yet about Heather, either you haven't been paying a...
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My Last Not-Yet-40 Birthday

4th Jul 2019

I turn 39 today. Eek! I am not generally a person who dreads my birthday. As a youngest child who has also always looked young, I actually really appreciate aging. It makes me happy to gain experience and wisdom and even the grey hair to show for it...
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Top 5 British Miniseries

27th Jun 2019

Do you remember when Netflix used to create categories for you based on your viewing history? The day I turned it on to discover a new category in my feed called “Romantic British Dramas Based on Classic Literature," I felt deeply and gratifyingly...
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Invitation Love

19th Jun 2019

You might have seen me mention that Rebecca -- my one-time customer turned employee turned friend -- got married last weekend to her partner, Dustin. It was a gorgeous affair at Junto Winery & Vineyard in Seward, Nebraska, and her photographer, ...
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Beached and Reading

13th Jun 2019

I get that the typical choice is a light and indulgent novel. Chick lit or a good mystery. Nothing heavy, nothing too intense. Just a tandem guilty pleasure that pairs well with lying around in the sun for hours in the middle of the day.I just can’t...
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