Calligraphy, Vintage Stamps & Why I’ll Never Get Married


Hi all!

I’ve been practicing my calligraphy and thought it was time for a bit of an update.  It is HARD! After much trial & error, I feel like I’m finally getting into the groove of it and I really am loving every bit!

I cannot tell you how nice it is to be doing something away from a computer. Working in a traditional 9-5 office setting has been so draining-especially lately. Staring at a computer screen for 8 hours non-stop a day is really exhausting. My eyes hurt, my back hurts, my SOUL hurts. I’ve known for a while now that a lifestyle change is necessary but more on that in another post.

Let’s keep it positive!

I’m really so happy to come home and break out my inks and nibs and just get messy. So for the past few weeks, I’ve been doing just that. I recently had a friend contact me, seeing if I’d be up to addressing the envelopes for her friend’s wedding. She’s designing the invitations and her friend really wants calligraphy envelopes but can’t afford it. I was super bummed because I hadn’t been practicing as much in the past as I should’ve in order to be able to say yes and it would’ve been pretty soon. Even if I did them for free, I don’t think I can hack it just yet. I’ve decided that the next time the opportunity arises, I’m gonna be ready dammit!

I decided to hold myself accountable for practicing more by mailing out letters to my friends. Since ultimately, I’d LOVE to do wedding envelopes on the side, I thought what better way to get started than to just DO IT! I bought about 40 envelopes and cards and just got to addressing them and sending out simple Thank You cards, in which I explained that I want to practice calligraphy on some of my favorite lil guinea pigs and thanked them for helping me in my journey.

Some envelopes turned out pretty great, others look like a 6 year old helped, but whatever. I’m learning! Some of the envelopes were kraft paper, which was super hard to work on. It was scratchy and rough and the ink bled a lot , while the white envelopes were really thin and the nib kept cutting into them. I’ve done a lot of research and know that many professionals will mix custom inks to get the right consistencies for the right paper. Obviously, I don’t have those skills yet (or expensive nibs and fancy inks)-so many friends got messy envelopes with smeared ink and lots of splotches. Haha it adds character, right?


BUT, after going online to buy stamps from the post office, the crazy designer in me was appalled by the options. BORING! After all my hard work, I was not about to send out my projects with generic flag-themed Forever stamps. Ew.

So I checked Etsy and then blacked out for like 2 hours. Vintage stamps are LEGIT. I obviously picked out every single stamp that I will need for my own wedding invitations someday. So that’s covered. Then I went and showed Matt why we can’t ever get engaged. CAUSE I WILL LITERALLY SPEND OUR WHOLE BUDGET ON THE INVITATIONS! He just laughed and I was like NO. I. HAVE. A. PROBLEM. I just ordered $50 in stamps… FOR PRACTICE! Can you imagine what I’ll spend on my wedding envelopes?! GAH!

So now this whole calligraphy plan has to work out because I have to make enough to support my new stamp habit. No pressure.

If you’re interested, I bought grab bags of stamps from this shop. She was great, gave me a great selection & even threw in extras, including some vintage ARIZONA ones when she saw where I was from! So thoughtful!


I had so much fun  looking through all of them. It reminded me of when I was little and collected stickers like a BOSS. It was oddly satisfying to pick them out based on the personalities of who I sent them to and make sure they all added up correctly. Then there was the part when I licked every single one and some tasted really bad and then I’d look at the date and be like, yea britt maybe it’s cause you just put something 50 years old in your mouth. But that’s me–too lazy to go get a damp sponge. Truth.

Also, I found this pic just now. This is actually what it looks like while working on them:


Behind the scenes access here at DesignSqueeze. Not all glamorous. AND apparently, I listen to AC DC when feeling artsy. HAHA! I was super surprised when I saw this picture. I told you I blacked out.

Anyway, if you want to be added to my mailing list, let me know! I’d love to send you one!

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