whew - this has been a whirlwind of a week!! i cannot believe that friday is already here and that i will soon be celebrating with my wonderful wedding industry peeps at the wedding space this sunday for our jammin' open house!!
but...let's look back at one of the cool happenings from this week.
luck was on our side as the rain subsided to create a glorious sunny day for a styled shoot at one of the newest venues here on the central coast: birchwood garden barn and home of nipomo, california.
this place is super lovely and fun! ducks and roosters waddle around the gorgeous grounds - and there are little cute surprises around every corner. if you get a chance - check this place out on a relaxing afternoon.
tim lopez, of seaglass weddings, reached out to me to create some calligraphy times for a styled shoot for this new venue - and i am thrilled with how it all turned out! truly can't wait to see the final photos from this collaboration. for now...just a sneak peek!
the lineup of all the awesome vendors:
+ birchwood garden barn and home, venue
+ seaglass wedding, coordination & design
+ patrick ang photography, photography & videography
+ jeffrey san juan, photography
+ saude mobile bar, cocktails & libations
+ central coast tent & party, rentals
+ bellizzimo beauty, hair & makeup
+ moi, calligraphy
+ emma crum, hair & makeup
+ dj javi, Photo Booth
+ jessica arthur, luke clark, lizzie dollinger, kaitlin rubias - models
in an earlier post, i discussed different nibs and the different uses they have for calligraphy - from beginner nibs to my favorite (the brause ef66). but there is another requirement to nibs - and that is how you prep them before actually dipping them into ink.
why prep a nib, you ask? when the nibs are crafted, they still have the manufacturers oils on them, and most often than not, this oil is water-repellent, and meant to protect the nib afterwards. if you have ever gotten a new nib (and was super excited to use it!) then was completely disappointed because it refused to hold the ink you were dipping it in - well, this is due to these oils that need to be removed. trust me, i thought i was a complete calligraphy failure until i learned that nibs needed to be prepped before use!
there are many discussions between calligraphers on their preferred method to prep a nib. some methods are:
+ windexing the nibs
+ sticking the nib in your mouth and using your saliva to counteract the oils (or taking your saliva from your mouth and rubbing it on the nib)
+ sticking the pointy end of the nibs into a potato
+ taking a toothbrush and brushing either acetone (like nail polish remover) or dish soap or toothpaste on the nib
now...all these methods have been tried and true for many a calligrapher - and please feel free to use any or all of them. but the quickest, less messy (and let's face it - less gross! saliva on a nib, in my mouth - ick) method that i use is:
+ a lighter!
take your nib, stick it in the holder (but not all the way) - fire up a lighter and run the nib through the flame. do not torch the nib to death, but run it through for a few seconds to burn off all those oils.
voilà!! your nib is now ready to use!! this method takes seconds, and less work - so you can get to the fun part of calligraphy:
life always has a way of jumping out from behind a wall and surprising you along the way...
when i first started fête & quill, i had high hopes - as many a business owner does - but knew that it was going to be a labor of love, and that i would do whatever it takes to turn it into a success. one small baby step at a time. one calligraphy stroke after another! i will be honest - as i continue to build f&Q, i still work at my full-time job. it is a reliable buffer, and gives me more creative freedom within my business.
being a small business owner certainly is like a roller coaster ride - but there are moments that make you smile, squeal - and be perpetually amazed of the wonderful world and community around you!
this is one of those moments...
unbeknownst to me - fête & quill was one of four finalists for the best of california wedding day - invitation design!!
someone pinch me - is this even real?!?!
i am in the company of three other businesses, all whom, i truly admire. my other nominees are:
+ chelsea of salt & stag
+ bailey & spencer of bourbon blue cards
+ paper sky of san luis obispo
to even have been nominated is one of the best honors - this is the wedding industry equivalent of the oscars (okay, slightly exaggerated - but that's exactly how it feels to me!). i continue to be grateful for all of my peers, to those who nominated me + continue to support my creative and artistic endeavors.
2017 is going to be a great year - it already is!
the wedding and artist community here on the central coats is incredible. if i say it a lot, it is because the people that i have met are that amazing! truly a group of individuals that empower and support.
which brings me to announcing that my calligraphy is being published! yippee! the magazine that i will be featured in is coyote & oak, i did one of the titles for a featured article.
from the mag:
"each issue is a collaboration of local california photographers, writers, and designers who are dedicating their time and talent to the storytelling of their creative community...while a future of larger distribution would certainly be nice, right now we're happy to have this magazine be a passion project all its own that is running on enthusiasm and excitement. In a nutshell, everyone who plays a part in making this magazine happen is doing it for free, no matter how big or small their role."
this passion project by photographer alexandra marie is exceptional in its vision, creativity, voice and content. i am thrilled to be a part of it.
can't wait for it to be printed and show you what i created! if you would like an issue of this rad mag, you can purchase it here.
photography by carlee tatum of milk & thistle
and it is pronounced:
fet - rhymes with bet, pet, set, met...and so on!
i absolutely love my business name - and surprisingly enough, it was one of the easiest business decisions i made. i wanted something that combined what i do as a business woman; which is event coordination and calligraphy. i've always been something of a francophile, and love the language, food, culture and european way of life in general - so i chose fête, which means celebrations and celebratory events, to represent the coordination part of my business. the quill part came organically as well - since a quill is the original instrument of hand writing.
and that is how i came up with my name!
now, another fête is being organized - and i am excited to share it with you! the ladies at the wedding space in san luis obispo, are throwing me a par-tay to celebrate me becoming a part of their wonderful space. follow me on instagram or facebook for further details. it is going to be a blast, and i can't wait to see all my lovely colleagues and friends!
have a wonderful tuesday luvs!
image courtesy of samantha of memory making events!