Welcome to My New Website!

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Welcome!!! Here I am, twirling about in my shiny new website, tickled to death you're here. I have needed a website facelift for quite some time, and I'm so happy to finally bring it up to speed with my business.

After doing a lot of research and getting quotes from website developers and designers on customizing what I needed, I ultimately decided to roll up my sleeves and do the work myself. My hope was to create a user-friendly space that streamlined my creative services and the process involved in hiring me for different types of projects. Please bear with me as I continue to migrate content and make adjustments behind-the-scenes, but I'm really pleased with the new look and layout. This has been a labor of love, but there's also something very gratifying about figuring out how to do something yourself, a theme I've seen again and again, in both business and life.

Another theme in my life is that plans always work out differently than we think we want. Five months ago when I wrote my last post (oops), we were adamant on moving. We began our NYC apartment search, an adventure that truly deserves its own comedy series, and immediately started to completely freak out. Nothing in our budget felt like a step up from where we were. I remember a particular apartment viewing; Patrick's face met mine and we both bit our cheeks to avoid blurting out how absurd it was. I'm pretty sure his arms could've stretched out and touched every wall without him moving. There also wasn't any closet space. Not a pantry. Not a linen closet. Not a one. We quickly realized we're incredibly fortunate in the storage department - as far as Manhattan goes - with our closets and built-ins, not to mention access to a large basement space for overflow. I did see one apartment I sort of liked, but 5 flights of stairs coupled with a hefty broker fee didn't necessarily scream, this is the one! 

When we contacted the owners of our co-op apartment and mentioned we were having a hard time finding a new home, we found out that the timing actually wasn't ideal on their end either, as they would have had to sell the space. Long story short, they and the board approved us to stay a third year (a year longer than the typical maximum time), news that brought us so much relief that we knew the right thing to do was stay. We've since upgraded a few things in our current place, including finally getting a Queen-size bed, although we miiight be on our third mattress for that, a story for another time. :) We will obviously have to move in the spring of 2017; sometimes that feels like a million years away and other times, it feels like next week, but I'm looking forward to whatever awaits while also trying to soak up the perks of life in Manhattan. I have a love/hate relationship with this crazy city, and it's hard to imagine life anywhere else. 

In other news, I will be teaching modern calligraphy in Syracuse, New York in a month! You can see the details on my Learn page, but I'll be teaching two different days: November 4th and November 5th. I'm also in the process of figuring out an upcoming class in Brooklyn and will keep you posted on those details!

Another big update to this website is my Shop page! Now you can shop directly from my website. This site is powered by Squarespace which uses Stripe as its payment processor, a quick and very secure way to accept credit and debit card payments online. I will be adding more items, but right now you can shop for custom address stamps, my popular love ribbon, and even custom letters from my dear friend, Santa. :)

If you happen to have any questions or problems during the checkout process or within any page of this website, please email me and let me know so I can fix it for you. Thank you so much for reading, and for being here. Hugs to all!