An Old Fashioned Love Letter in Calligraphy

This was a unique and heart-felt request that I hadn’t received before. A gentleman who found me on through my Yelp! page contacted me and told me he wanted to give his wife something super special for their first anniversary. He wanted to write her a personal love letter and then have me write it in black ink calligraphy. So I did just that.

He was so delighted when he picked up the letter this week and he is going to give it to her as a surprise at their anniversary dinner! So romantic and I was so happy to be a part of it 🙂

Dual Unisex Baptism Martyrika for IL!

I am once again flattered by a client who found me via Google that lives out of state…still makes me blush 🙂 She complimented my work so much! She had a unique request for her baptism – it was actually a dual unisex themed baptism in February located in Illinois. She wanted martyrika that were classic, modern and unisex. I worked on a few different designs for her before we settled on this one.

Love, love, love the end result of the ribbed cream ribbon base with the chocolate brown organza bow adorned with a golden cross 🙂

Onesie Bouquets!

Experimenting with a cool new idea and something the both absolutely adorable and functional….introducing the “Onesie Bouquet” !!! A lovely alternative to giving someone onesies or bibs in a boring old box. Why do that when the presentation can be this cute? I have different designs in production featuring onesies and bibs or just t-shirts etc. Lots of fun trying out all these new combinations!

Stay tuned for more creations 🙂

Martyrika Goin’ Down Unda’ to Australia!

Repeat business in the special event business is not too common – so this client order was extra exciting! During the summer a lovely gal from Australia contacted me for martyrika for her baptism. She wanted something different though, a little glitz and shazaam! So I created this custom design just for her. We did a pink glitter dipped safety pin with a chrome cross, pink mati (evil eye), pink beads and a bow to match. They came out so adorable and my client was over the moon for them which completely made my day 🙂

Hooray for repeat business!

Pretty in Pink Martyrika

I was so delighted to be a part of another good friends daughters baptism. With lots of pinks as a part of the theme we thought it would be cool to have the martyrika (Greek Baptismal Witness Pins) also be a mix of pinks. With 300 martyrika to make there was gonna be a wholeeeee lot of crafting going on!

There are several steps to getting these done and it starts with a few hours of measuring and ribbon cutting, then fastening the base ribbons, tying the crosses to the bows and fastening the bows to the base ribbon. Last step includes fastening the pin to each bow which has to be done carefully in order for the whole item to stay fastened to the guests. End result = success! Client was happy which makes me even happier! Hooray 🙂

One Sweet Baptism

I was so excited about the opportunity to work with a friend of mine on her daughters baptism. She was the mastermind behind it all and I was there to help her bring this sweet vision to life. After going through several ideas we landed on a candy theme. She made the fabulous lolli pop centerpieces (pic #3)

I got to help out with custom monogrammed cupcake toppers that we did in baby pink, hot pink, lime green and teal with a white letter “Y” looooooooved how these came out!  I also did 12 paper florals with polka ribbon, a custom monogrammed signature platter and a handmade seating chart.

Check out all the fabulous pics from this lovely event!

SF International Gift Fair 2011

Got a chance to go to the SF Gift Fair this month for the first time. It was so cool and so HUGE! It was at the Moscone Center and took several hours to cover! Phewwwww! Next time I gotta spread it out over a couple days. There were a ton of cool vendors including a ribbon company that I will now be buying all my supplies from!

Also found out about a funny company that makes recycyled paper goods from poo…yes thats right #2! HAhahahahah too funny! Check out all the other stuff I saw like tea cups, stiletto make-up brush holders and hand made hankies! Can’t wait till next year too!

Crafty Christmas!

Cannot believe the 2010 holiday season is over! It was jam packed this year! Filled with entertaining, decorating, crafty gift giving and lots of baking of course! Here are a couple highlights to this lovely season – including my sisters doggy “Stella” as a lit up reindeer and our dogs “Toula & Taki” having fun at Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose.

Family Tree Back to 1763

Now this project was a challenge to say the least! But such a fun challenge! I had a client come to me about a week or so before Christmas requesting a family tree to be done in calligraphy as a gift for her family for Christmas. When we spoke on the phone I envisioned an 8×10 sheet of parchment with calligraphy of a few family names…but boy was I wrong! I set up a consultation with the client and she brought in a hugeeeee chart of all her ancestors dating back to 1763!!! This was SO cool. I was beyond impressed that she did all of this work. It was so amazing to see someone work so hard to create such a gift for their family.

This project took a whole lot of brain power in just formatting and reformatting to make it all legible and flowing. After several hours of aligning over 100 names I began to write…and write….and write! The client requested 7 copies of the tree . The catch? She was moving to San Diego at the end of the week and they just had to be done!

To ensure things got finished I worked 37 hours straight in the beginning. I began each 18×36 sheet with stamping to title the tree followed by starting with most recent family members. 5 copies were done the morning she  was leaving and she allowed me to send the remaining 2 to San Diego as she wouldn’t need them until after the new year.

SO proud of the final product, which was beautifully wrapped 🙂

2010 in Review! Wooohoooooooo


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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 39 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 84 posts. There were 284 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 106mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 22nd with 51 views. The most popular post that day was Off to NY to see Martha!!!.

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Some visitors came searching, mostly for martyrika pins, martyrika, greek witness pins, martyrika witness pins, and candy buffet.

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Off to NY to see Martha!!! January 2010


Martyrika – Greek Wittness Pins January 2010


About June 2009


Contact December 2009


It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas! December 2009

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