Monday, 21 February 2011

Valentines Gift - The Invitation - Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The first time I read this poem, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck.... and they still do. The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer is probably the most moving pieces of writing U have ever read....

I am planning on doing this as a large piece. I want everyone to read it! The words speak volumes. ......

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living,
I want to know what you ache for,
I want to know, if you dare to dream,
of meeting your hearts longing.....

It doesn't interest me how old you are....
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love.
For your dream....
for the adventure of being alive....

I want to know
if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life's betrayals,
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.....
The book The Invitation is available on Amazon. If you haven't got a copy, I suggest you rush out and get one. It's a beautiful book to read.
I have read this poem to many people. Not everyone 'gets it', or understands it. In a nutshell, we all suffer trials and tragedy in our lives. How we deal with them and how we let them affect us long term is the operative thing.
Don't tell me the positive....tell me all your bad stuff and show me how you have triumphed over adversity and how you refuse to let the past, affect the future!
The single section book is 12 pages long. The lettering is a mixture of hand lettering and typeface, and printed in foil. a watercolour wash is painted over the gold and embellishments of little hearts is a common theme throughout the book.
It was a Valentines gift for someone who read and fully understood and appreciates the message.

Friday, 11 February 2011

The Wedding Fayre Fast Cometh,,,

I have a teaching day tomorrow with North East Scribes....then it's all hands on deck for the Wedding Fayre at Hambleton Forum, 2 weeks later on the 27th February.....

I've just had time to play with a few new designs for my Wedding Website using the foiling machine....... Below is a personalised fronted card, with a colour choice of card and ribbons and also foil colour if needed....


All cards are 15cm square
and come with a matching envelope.
cost of these will be around £3.

Brides are pushing away from the formal, traditional style in favour of something a little more contemporary. I aim to cater for both...

3 other designs are on their way to being created.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Wedding Website

It's been all hands on deck at the studio, and then on an evening working till the early hours, re-hashing my North Yorkshire Weddings Website, ready for the Wedding Fair on 26th February at Hambleton Forum in Northallerton. For more details of this event CLICK HERE

I'm teaching at North East Scribes in Darlington on Saturday. An all day affair with advanced calligraphers, it's going to be a great day.

And then it back to designing more Wedding Stationery....this time with my new foiling machine in mind. Definitely the best investment I've ever made and I've already got my first order! YAY!
Pop over and have a look at the new site....let me know what you think. Hopefully it's more user friendly and easier to navigate.
There's still a little way to go, but as everyone who has a website will tell you, a website is NEVER finished :o)

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Moving forward.....

This has been a long time coming and something I have wanted to do for years. In order to take the business forward and get away from the staid, old fashioned way of thinking that calligraphy is just for certificates and a dying art, I have finally invested in a foiling machine.

I am mainly focusing on Wedding Stationery and I can see my wedding website http://northyorkshireweddings.co.uk and my wedding blog http://northyorkshireweddings.blogspot.com getting quite a battering lol.
I have chosen a large variety of foil colours, mainly because the trend for 2011 is hot, tropical and vibrant and brides are finally turning away from traditional and in my opinion sometimes dated ideas and coming up with something new, fresh and contemporary.

Here are the 14 colours available....
Yesterday morning I spent with a paper rep, determined to get the quality of the paper right and not compromise on quality and cost. Your invitation sets the tone of the whole weddings and a beautiful card raises hopes and expectations of those attending.

The afternoon was spent experimenting with the various card.....some worked better than others. I have now narrowed it down to 2. I am sticking to 2 card colours white and off-white or ivory and the colour will be added with either foil or ribbon or both.

Here's a wedding invitation in gorgeous Peacock foil....stunning...

And if purple is your colour this violet is lush....

I am also planning on making personalised cards with
the foiling machine.......


All in all, I'm really excited about the future of Inspired by Script and looking forward to focusing on bespoke orders and commissions and working with clients on a more one to one basis and taking the stuffy 'Ye Olde Worldy' feel out of a traditional craft and into the contemporary 21st century world we live in.

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