I miss being in a classroom. I miss learning, teaching, and all the fun stuff that goes with it.
Today, I had the privilege of joining my calligraphy teacher's advanced class as I walked them through... box making! Holly, my teacher, had requested that I come in and show her class how to make some favor boxes that they could embellish with calligraphy.
We had loads of fun assembling these boxes, talking about crafts, and these wonderful women showed off the lovely Valentine cards that they had made for class. One of them was even so kind as to bring us all Valentine's themed cupcakes complete with pretty red liners!
These are some of the boxes we made, adapted from templates I had found online (like from this website.) I copied them onto cardstock for everyone to cut up and assemble on their own.
And they gave me a pretty little gift (which I haven't even opened up yet because I wanted to photograph it first.) Isn't Holly's calligraphy lovely? I only hope to be able to write that beautifully someday!
If you live in the Bay Area and want to take up calligraphy, I strongly suggest taking it through the Orinda Recreational Center. Holly is a wonderful teacher and she's taught some of the best!
I'm so glad I got to meet up with these extremely talented women and I hope to be able to do it again!
Aside from being obsessed with miniature things, another design element I love is typography. I think it has something to do with the fact that I'm an English teacher and I love language. I love words, definitions, scripts and serifs.
These are another set of "L" minicards that I'm working on. I'm not too happy with the printing as I'm still using the old HP Deskjet all in one but... I've got a professional grade printer on the way! I'm super excited to go full speed ahead and print lots and lots of projects!
Square Mini Cards with Rounded Corners
Lots of things are on hold at the moment as we prepare to move... but once we do, I'll have my spanking brand new studio to work in! Once that's ready, I hope to expand hellowhimsy in all these different ways I've got mapped out in my ahead.
Now, all we've got to do is wait and actually make the move. (Yech. I can't wait to move but I hate moving.) But it's going to be worth it! I'm going to have to make moving announcements too!
In art class, I liked doing things small. A lot of people would paint/make huge things, but I always like to confines of small spaces, tiny squares of watercolor paper and mini sketchbooks.
It's the same way with paper. I like to go SMALL.
One of my grandmas had a birthday coming up and I wanted to make her something special. So the mini cards + envelopes were born! (That's her last name on the front.)
I had to mail them out right away so I didn't really have time to take too many photos. These cards are folded cards, and they measure 3.5 x 2 inches when folded, just about the same size as regular business cards!
Perfect to slip in your purse, add as a gift tag, or even just for a short note! (Too bad the smallest size envelopes/postcards the post office will accept are 5 x 3.5 inches. I would have so loved to be able to mail these as is.)
The envelopes are a tiny bit bigger of course, just the right size to slip these babies in. I'm even thinking of making envelopes just for business cards! How cute would that be? And don't you just love the citrusy orange and green color combination?
I have so many fun color combinations and prints I want to make them in. Definitely lots more mini cards and envelopes in my future. And soon available in the hellowhimsy etsy store too.
And cause I'm super excited about all the new things coming into my etsy store, here's a coupon code for 10% off your first purchase from hellowhimsy!