From an early age, I’ve been interested in experimenting with my handwriting. I remember always wanting to be called on to write on the board in elementary and junior high, and taking extra care to make sure it looked perfect. And I can especially remember playing around with different fonts as I took notes in my high school history class.
When my husband and I got married in October of 2012, I incorporated a lot of hand-lettered items and labored over the addressing of all our save-the-dates and invitations. It was through that experience especially that I realized this was something I really loved doing (even with all the hand cramps) and could do as more than a hobby.
Over the next couple of years, I did some custom pieces for friends, mostly wedding chalkboards, but it wasn’t until last summer that I started pursuing making my business “official.”
At the church I work at, Scottsdale Bible, we opened up an on-campus café, and I was asked to do the chalkboard menus for it. It was a huge undertaking—they were waaaaay bigger than anything I had done before—but probably one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done.
Doing these chalkboards caught the attention of the gals in our Women’s Ministry, and they encouraged me to host a booth and sell my artwork at their huge vintage market event in January. The thought was a bit daunting, but I knew this was the push I needed to really pursue this passion of mine.
Fast forward to now, and I’m just a couple weeks away from hosting my booth at Treasured!
Over the past few months, I’ve spent countless hours (and a lot of money, haha) to be prepared for this event and the launch of my business, but through it I feel like I’ve grown so much. I tend to be really critical of my own work, but I’m finally at the point where I’m actually happy with what I’m putting out. There’s still lots of room for more growth and improvement, and there always will be. But I’m really proud of how far I’ve come.
After Treasured, my hope is to continue making lots of fun pieces and do more custom work. Be watching for the launch of my Etsy page, and feel free to email me if there’s anything I can make for you!