I always knew that I would like being artsy-crafty, however I never really got into it much because my priorities lie elsewhere. I spent a lot of time focusing on athletics. I’m a triathlete which means I swim, bike, run…. All at the same time…well, in a sequence. I also mountain bike, play soccer, and enjoy lifting a weight or two. When I’m not doing those things, I’m doing the complete opposite, which is sitting on the couch with a glass of wine scanning Facebook or some other vector of wasting time…. Not much time for crafting when you are so busy with that.
Now, please understand that the popping of the question is a key point here. This is how Calligraphy By Kristen began. Well no, it was earlier than that… Let’s back up to 7th grade. At the end of my 7th grade year, an aunt and uncle of mine bought me a calligraphy pen and book for my birthday. I was so intrigued by the antiquity of the beautiful writing and curious of the mystery behind the different styles. I wanted to learn all about it and solve the mystery behind the history of beautiful writing. Mystery behind the History… (I like that. It rhymes… I think I’ll make this the title of this blog post). Because my birthday is at the end of May, I was able to spend my entire summer staying up late writing in calligraphy. The problem is, when you are a child your interests can be very fleeting, so when I finally ran out of ink I moved on to the next shiny object… most likely 8th grade boys.
Fast forward to 2012. My husband and I had decided to do a backyard DIY wedding after seeing the price tag of wedding venues. This prompted me to immediately dig deep into my artistic side. I knew I would need to get creative in fashioning the backyard ambiance that I wanted, as well as take on other tasks such as designing and making my own invitations, etc. And that’s when Calligraphy by Kristen was born. Just as I was getting ready to send out Save the Dates, I happen upon a Pinterest post about wedding calligraphy. “I can do that!!!” I said to myself, and while on a cycling trip in Savannah, GA with two of my girlfriends, I popped into an art store to purchase a calligraphy pen.
So, yes, I hand addressed every save the date as well as every invitation envelope I sent out. It proved to be a very daunting task and the calligraphy looked absolutely horrid! I’m too embarrassed to show you, but take my word for it; and if you are one of those who were invited to my wedding, I’m sure you understand. Regardless of how it turned out, I had a great time. That being said, I quickly made up my mind that I could practice, get really good, and then help other brides make their invitation envelopes absolutely gorgeous. So, I started practicing and during this time I also created other calligraphy and art projects as well. You may have seen these posted on my website already, but I’d like to give you a little background info on them… you know, to clear up any Mystery behind the History! Take a look: