Top 3 Spring Bridal Shower Ideas

Top 3 Spring Bridal Shower Ideas

Springtime bridal showers are wildly popular, mostly because the proceed the wedding season of late spring into early summer.  Depending upon where you are in the United States.  (Here in Florida, the summers are far too hot for an outdoor wedding, so it’s not as...
Working with a Calligrapher

Working with a Calligrapher

Welcome to the world of wedding planning!  It’s great that you’re interested in learning what goes into planning your custom wedding stationery, especially since this is not the type of thing that you do everyday!  I wanted to take some time to share with...
Etiquette for Inviting Declined Save The Dates

Etiquette for Inviting Declined Save The Dates

In our modern world, there are some things that just seem so 1990’s.  There are not many things that we still use from that decade or earlier.  Unless you happen to be in the world of weddings. Weddings are chocked full of history and carry over traditions that...
Plus One Invitations

Plus One Invitations

When it comes to staying within your wedding budget, your guest list plays a large role.  Let’s talk about Plus One invites.  Here are three things to consider when looking to include Plus One invitations. I’m sure that during your single or dating life,...
The Fascinating History of Bridal Showers

The Fascinating History of Bridal Showers

I’m sure that as you have gone through the post-college years, you have had the joy of sharing in the celebration of some of your girlfriends’ wedding festivities.  The bridal shower is typically one of these such events.  It is a gift-giving party for the bride,...
Ultimate Calligraphy Gift Guide

Ultimate Calligraphy Gift Guide

It really is the most wonderful time of the year!  I love the scent of Christmas trees (it vastly improves my mood when I’m walking into Publix, where they have lines of trees waiting for a new home!).  Due to my husband’s late November birthday, I work...
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...