4 Ways to Utilize Calligraphy This Holiday Season

4 Ways to Utilize Calligraphy This Holiday Season

Now that we are full swing into November, you are most likely turning your attention to the holiday season.  Calligraphy is still on trend to add a splash of sophistication to your celebrations, no matter the holiday.  Planning a Thanksgiving meal?  Wrapping up...
Happiest 5 Year Anniversary

Happiest 5 Year Anniversary

Five years ago, I got to done the veil when I married my best friend.  It is crazy to think back over the last five years…all the laughs and lessons we’ve learned together. Each year, I enjoy giving my beloved one of the traditional gifts.  In researching...
4 Ways to Take Calligraphy Beyond Paper

4 Ways to Take Calligraphy Beyond Paper

One of the many reasons I adore calligraphy & hand lettering, is that it can be applied to virtually any surface!  Many times, calligraphy is thought to only be applicable to envelope addressing.  But today’s bridal couples are looking to incorporate...

Ultimate Guide for Poured Wax Seals

If you have been reading for a while, you will remember that not too long ago, you might have caught that I enjoy a good wax seal.  In the last wax seal talk (catch it here) we went over some history of the wax seal and how to use a wicked wax stick.  Recently, I have...
Cheat Sheet to Improve Your Calligraphy

Cheat Sheet to Improve Your Calligraphy

About this time last year, I decided that I wanted to incorporate a teaching component to my calligraphy business.  So I was in the process of putting together my first in-person studio class, local to me here in Orlando.  It was a great many lessons learned that...
What is Contemporary Calligraphy?

What is Contemporary Calligraphy?

Photograph by Jamie Reinhart Photography When it comes to art, there are a few words used to describe it.  Traditional.  Modern.  Contemporary.  It doesn’t matter what the medium is, ranging from architecture, design, and even calligraphy. Traditional, I feel,...
FAQs – Fourth Edition

FAQs – Fourth Edition

Welcome to the fourth edition of my Frequently Asked Calligraphy Questions.  Be sure to check out my previous editions.  Any additional questions?  Don’t be a stranger!  Feel free to email me at christine@carouselatelier.com Custom Design Work Can we chat by...

Work Hard, Train Hard

Today, I wanted to talk on a personal level.  For those that know me personally, know that in the past few years I have taken on a joy for running.  Well, as much of a “joy” as early morning, blisters, and expensive running shoes can be!  Because my...
How to Create Your Own Calligraphy Alphabet

How to Create Your Own Calligraphy Alphabet

As I am gearing up to teach another in-person calligraphy class this weekend, I thought that I would share with you some of my insights.  If you are interested in learning how to create your own calligraphy alphabet, read on: When writing in calligraphy (especially...
Worst Etiquette Advice

Worst Etiquette Advice

There are a few times in your life when you will be inundated with advice from others.  Wedding planning and parenting are two of those times.  As you are in the midst of wedding planning, I thought that I would share some of the worst advice I’ve ever heard...

Your Ultimate Guide to Wicked Wax Seals

One of the fastest ways to dress up an envelope is by adding a wax seal.  Much like calligraphy, wax seals have a long history.  Here is part one in a short wax seal series.  This is your ultimate guide to using a wicked wax stick for your sealing wax. History Dating...
3 Wedding Calligraphy Misconceptions

3 Wedding Calligraphy Misconceptions

It’s crazy that we are now in September.  This year is flying by so quickly.  If you are planning a 2018 wedding, your planning is in full swing.  And you winter 2017 couples are in the home stretch.  Where ever you are in your wedding planning journey, here are...
Envelope Love

Envelope Love

Now that August is rounding out, school is back in session.  I’m excited that the min-office manager has begun her first year in preschool.  It might only be a few hours a day, but it’s great that she has new friends and that I get a little bit of a quiet...
How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Etiquette

How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Etiquette

While I feel as though I am a wedding etiquette aficionado, I realize that I have a lot of studying and experience.  It might not be on the forefront of your mind.  Today, I wanted to talk about How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Wedding Etiquette: Note: For...

Employee Spotlight

As a small business owner, in addition to being a creative, I get to wear many hats.  Today I would like to introduce you to Christine the Social Media Manager. 1.  What is your role in Carousel Atelier? I’m Christine and I am in charge of the social media for...
Coworker Etiquette

Coworker Etiquette

If you or your spouse works a full time job, it means that you spend one-third of your life at work.  So, it can feel natural to have bonds of friendship and camaraderie with those coworkers.  When you are building your wedding guest list, you might even feel inclined...
Learn Calligraphy in 8 Days

Learn Calligraphy in 8 Days

I have some super exciting news!  I hope that you are as excited as I am.  I have just unveiled my Learn Calligraphy in 8 Days course. I have boiled down the essentials for learning calligraphy into 8 building blocks.  Over the course of your 8 day journey, you will...
5 Myths about Calligraphy

5 Myths about Calligraphy

Whatever your interaction with calligraphy is, whether you are wedding planning or looking to learn calligraphy, there are a few reoccurring myths that I often hear.  To gain a better understanding about calligraphy and hand lettering, here are 5 Myths about...
What the M means on your RSVP Cards

What the M means on your RSVP Cards

As you are beginning to plan out your wedding invitation suite, your attention might be mostly on the overall look and the invitation itself.  As a formal occasion, in that guests are ‘by invitation only’, it is a two-way written conversation.  You will be...
Thank You Card Etiquette + Template

Thank You Card Etiquette + Template

Growing up, my Mom always worked hard to instill proper etiquette in me and my sister.  This included thank you cards.  There were times after birthday parties or Christmases, when the wrapping papers and ribbons had settled and the packages all opened, when the worst...
July Lettering Challenge

July Lettering Challenge

Can you believe that 2017 is half over?!  That just astonishes me so much.  I have been warned (mostly after our daughter was born) that the years will start flying by.  And I can say that I have not been disappointed in this prophecy.  But before we slide into...

Learn Your Wedding Stationery Type: Free Quiz

One of the many things about following along here with Carousel Atelier Calligraphy, is that I work hard to ensure that your wedding stationery planning process is as painless as possible.  Thus, the idea of creating a stationery quiz was born. Take Your Quiz Here! It...
Bridesmaid Guide to Calligraphy

Bridesmaid Guide to Calligraphy

Bridal shower season is rapidly approaching for the upcoming fall & winter brides.  Have you been invited to be a special part of her day by being a bride’s maid?  Did you know that you can easily incorporate calligraphy into her bridal shower, making it...