It’s Letter & Adore’s 3rd anniversary and I’m so excited to celebrate this milestone with you!! Did you know that I opened my online shop exactly 17 days after Jake and I got married? A lot of have changed during the past 3 years: my lettering style, the products I offer, the branding, but most importantly, how I serve you.

Three years ago, I simply wanted a creative outlet. I made beautiful things to fulfill my creative needs. But now…

Now, I create for YOU. Documenting your most treasured memories is at the heart of Letter & Adore. That is why I want to give away something extra special this year – the “Remember When” Keepsake. This was my 3rd anniversary gift to my husband and one that we will cherish for a lifetime. It’s a collection of your favorite shared memories over the year(s) in watercolor and calligraphy. If you’re a sentimental gift giver like me, you’ll surely enjoy this giveaway!

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Here are just a few ideas of how this can make a great gift:

  • Wedding day gift for your bride or groom – your favorite memories leading up to your wedding day
  • Anniversary gift for your spouse – your favorite memories in a year of marriage
  • Anniversary gift for your parents – their favorite memories in a year of marriage
  • Mother’s day gift – your favorite memories with mom
  • Father’s day gift – your favorite memories with dad
  • Gift for your child – your favorite memories and/or milestones in a year of your child’s life

Join the Celebration!

Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for your support and encouragement along my creative entrepreneurial journey! Now head on over to Facebook or Instagram and find this post to enter the giveaway.

Posted on July 22, 2017

I can’t believe we are halfway through 2017. Where did the time go? I started off real strong this month with wedding show prep and some fun projects. But for the first time in my life, I’m suffering from seasonal allergies. I either wake up with a puffy face or feel tired all day from low-quality sleep so it’s been hard trying to get things done the past few weeks. Below is a recap of my June highlights.

JUNE

2017 Wedding Showcase at the Barn at Silver Oaks

I attended the 2nd annual wedding showcase at the Barn at Silver Oaks in Winthrop, Maine. The venue owners, Gene & Veronica, recruited an awesome team of talented wedding professionals. It was my first time lettering live at an event and I offered the first 25 couples a hand lettered marble tile place card. I was SO nervous I could feel my hand shake while painting, but the reaction from each couple when they picked up their marble tiles made it all worthwhile!

* I have another wedding show coming up in August at Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine. If you’re within driving distance, definitely come say hi!

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Photo by Ashley Dorso of Silverbell Photography

My very first mirror seating chart…and it’s a giant one!

Creating a mirror seating chart has been on my wedding calligraphy bucket list for a while. You can bet I was over the moon when I got the request from Danielle of Daniella for a wedding at the Westin Portland Harborview. When I took the job, I thought I’d be lettering on a standing mirror about 2 feet by 6 feet. Nope! This mirror measures 6’4″ x 7′ 2″ and is mounted on the wall, on top of a credenza.

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Styled Shoot at the Barn at the Kennebunks

There’s a new wedding venue in Southern Maine, The Barn at the Kennebunks! Isn’t it beautiful? I loved watching Sarah and Terri of Lulu & Co Event Design style each section for the shoot, while Brittany of 207 Weddings captured every little detail.

Once the shoot is published, I’ll share more photos and the complete vendor list with you!

wedding welcome sign at the Barn at the Kennebunks

JULY

July is a big month for me. Jake and I will be celebrating our 3rd anniversary on the 5th. I’m turning 26 (although I still feel 19 most days) on the 11th. And the 22nd marks the 3rd anniversary of Letter & Adore. Stay tuned because I’m going to plan something to celebrate this milestone with you!

What have you been up to this month? I want to hear all about it!

Posted on June 28, 2017

At the end of 2015, I stumbled across One Little Word® by Ali Edwards and the idea of focusing on one single word for an entire year intrigued me. Although I get excited about planning and goal setting at the end of every year, I have had a difficult time referring back to my goals and following through. So for 2016, I decided to give it a try and focus on one single word/theme rather than a list of goals.

Reflecting on 2016

My word of the year for 2016 was planted. It was our first year living in one state with no intention of moving in the near future, so the word came quite naturally.

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My 2 main focuses around the word were:
1) Get involved at a local church
2) Connect with local wedding professionals and creatives

 

My husband and I are so thankful to have found Eastpoint Christian Church. We love the hearts of our church, our core values, mission, and vision to reach the Greater Portland community.

 

Business wise, I really wanted to meet and connect with like-minded creatives that are local to Maine. I am so happy to have discovered Maine Wedding Network last January and attended all 3 meet ups (aka Fireside Chats), during which I met so many passionate wedding vendors. In June, I was invited to work on a styled shoot at a beautiful farm with a full team of talented wedding creatives.
Although there were challenges, disappointments, and failures, 2016 was truly a great year. Being encouraged and supported by other Christians and like-minded creatives has really helped me feel planted. After 6 years of moving around the US, I can finally call this place home.

My 2017 word of the year is relationship. 

Yes, “relationship” seems to be an obvious next phase to being “planted”, but it surely wasn’t the first word that came to mind when I started thinking about my word of the year. You see, I have a tendency jump the gun and start planning for the new year before reflecting on the past. Now that I’ve decided on relationship, I can’t even remember what other words I thought of.

 

I generally like to break my life down into 6 categories (Faith, Self, Marriage, Family/friends, Community, Business) and I love that the word “relationship” can be applied to each. Instead of writing down a list of goals for the entirety of 2017, I decided to make a mind map with specific ideas and actions I can take to improve my relationships.

 

word of the year 2017 mind map

Have you picked a word of the year for 2017? What did/will you do to help yourself focus on your word (or theme) for 2017?

Posted on January 2, 2017

I started building this e-commerce site back in June thinking I’ll get it ready to launch by my 2nd shopiversary on July 22, which obviously didn’t happen. My summer was filled with wedding orders and I ran into a bunch of issues building the site. Some time last month, I had started to feel really discouraged and that I was in over my head with this project. Instead of giving up, I pushed through. I did more research, joined WordPress help and support groups on Facebook, and asked friends for help.

 

Now 5 months later, I’m so excited to say that letterandadore.com is finally live! It’s been a long and hard journey but this week, I’m reminded that “you can do anything you set your mind to.”
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Are you working on any challenging projects? Don’t be discouraged when you feel like you’ve hit a wall. Push through and you’ll get there. I hand lettered the quote “You can do anything you set your mind to” by Benjamin Franklin and created an 8×10 print just for you.

 

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fill out the form below
  2. Right click on the image and save to your computer
  3. Print & hang

Posted on October 29, 2016