Calligraphy Love

I have always been a letter sketcher. Some people sketch pictures, I like to sketch letters. I opened an old notebook and found this little gem…


Notes from grad school about cardiac genetics

Maybe I should have paid more attention.

I love experimenting with different fonts, emphasizing my downstrokes, or finishing a letter off with a grand swirl. I do not know any of the technical language of calligraphy or fonts, but I remember being entranced watching Mr. Squirrel work when he used to do graphic design. He could manipulate words on the computer in the way I used to in my school notebooks. He introduced me to a world of fonts I never knew existed.

Some men introduce their women to fine wines; I learned about fonts. :)

As you may suspect, invitation brainstorming began after being engaged for about a week. Mr. Squirrel has very high standards for our wedding paper suite. Because the invitations were turning into such a monumental project, I informed Mr. Squirrel our STDs would be simple (and adorable…obvi). Simple = a single page and minimal design elements. Thankfully, he was down with that.

We found a cute picture of us from the night we got engaged. Mr. Squirrel worked a little Photoshop magic (what zit?) and BAM:


It’s not that Mr. Squirrel is a paper snob…OK fine, Mr. Squirrel is a paper snob. But he’s cute, so we can all overlook this. Even though our STDs were nice and simple, we had them printed with a silky finish that is a free upgrade from They are so smooth to the touch and I like that they aren’t just the standard card stock or gloss finish.

(I digress.)

This post is about calligraphy!!! I wanted to give our STDs some extra flair, so after some online research and a personal pep talk I decided to hand address them. We planned to send about 100 out, and I figured I could crank out 20 a day and be finished by the weekend. Well, I was wrong. It started out taking me 26 minutes per envelope. I was picky and wasn’t in my groove. I wasted time playing around with different types of pen, and ultimately I settled on a standard extra-fine ball point pen.


I really wanted to keep the STDs playful and fun so I mixed up the fonts and added lots of swirls. (By the end, I was down to six minutes per envelope.)

So I finally finished addressing them the night before Mr. Squirrel and I were taking a early morning flight to Pittsburgh to visit friends. I had every intention of dropping them off on the way to the airport, but my brain wasn’t working at 4:00 AM so they came on the plane with us. I wasn’t about to wait until Monday to send these babies out. It actually worked out for the best, because I was able to hand deliver a few to my friends and got awesome reactions! The rest went into the mailbox:




Officially in the mail! Oh man…I guess this thing is on!

All photos personal


Mrs. Squirrel

Tampa, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    girlygirl885 333 posts, Helper bee @ 10:17 am

    These turned out great!!

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    OnceUponATime 1680 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:26 am

    OMg. Those are adorable, but I have no idea how you had the patience to write every. single. one.

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    Kings7911 1010 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:33 am

    I love the personal, creative touch!!! Good job! :)

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:40 am

    Aw so cute!! I love the save-the-date, and your DIY calligraphy is amazing. Can’t believe you had the patience to hand-write each one!

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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 10:43 am

    They look great! I can’t believe you had the patience to address all those. Nice job!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:44 am

    You should do this for the wedding invites too! But use a calligraphy dip pen – it will look amazing!!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:50 am

    Yay Pittsburgh! :)

    I’m absurdly jealous of how these are addressed. I wish I had the time, energy, patience, effort to put forth into something so creative. So awesome.

  8. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 11:31 am

    You’ve got madd skills girl!! Your calligraphy is gorgeous.

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 11:53 am

    Aww, I love them! What great calligraphy: definitely a sweet, personal touch!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:08 pm

    they look incredible!

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 12:40 pm

    they came out super cute!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:02 pm

    I love your lettering, so fun and it compliments your stds beautifully!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 3:07 pm

    I adore them! I would so love to learn!

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    Anon, Guest @ 7:22 pm

    You know you spelled Pennsylvania wrong, right?

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:45 pm

    so pretty. I think you nailed the playful/fun look!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 1:00 am

    I can definitely see the labor of love that went into those babies!

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    forestlady 18 posts, Newbee @ 1:48 am

    Incredible!! sooo pretty!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 5:58 am

    @Anon: Ah! You know when you look at something a million times and you don’t really see it? Haha Yikes! (glad it was just a STD and not the invite!!)

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 9:47 am

    These are so fun, your guests are so lucky to get something adorable in the mail :)

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    Trishthedish36 48 posts, Newbee @ 2:49 pm

    Did you use a ruler as you writing these to make sure each line in the address was straight? I am trying to do something similar and I’m wondering how diligent you were here…these turned out so great!

    (I know this post is old…hopefully, you are still checking it!)

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 6:15 am

    @Trishthedish36: I still check it! To answer you question, no. I didn’t use a ruler or anything. I tend to just freehand and see how it turns out. On some the names were much bigger, it just depended. Don’t obsess, it will drive you crazzzy!

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