Инстаграм @loveletter_studio modern calligraphy + lettering
1/3. i’ve been struggling lately with being present, not being enough for my kids, my husband, my work, etcetera etcetera etcetera (name that movie.) also, i really don’t love posts that begin with what i just began mine with 🙄🤷🏼♀️. at the end of a seriously ass-kicking barre class this morning (i’m sorry, 3-minute plank, not gonna happen today), my mind kept going to the fires in CA. and all of the people who have lost so much so quickly, and selfishly, what i would do if i had 1 hour to get out of our house. then i guiltily thought of the argument i was in with my husband when i left about our kids and how they never put anything away. and then (serious case of ADD 😬) about the movie ‘about time.’ if you haven’t seen it, go now. the main character gets a chance to re-live every day once and he realizes that it’s a gift instead of annoyance. so he smiles at the barista instead of rushing by and gets up with the baby so his wife can sleep in... sigh. life is *literally* about time and how we spend it. this isn’t going to make any sense at the end of the ramble, but i needed the reminder to stop being stupid, stop arguing with my husband about kids being kids, and not focus so much on how to wrap up an instagram novel. ✨ . . #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #ipadlettering #handlettering #abouttime #madeinkc
friends, i also wanted to let you know my wonderful friend katherine (@studio421floraldesign) and i are doing a second plant and pen workshop! right in time for thanksgiving, we’ll do a beautiful arrangement that you can use for a centerpiece and place cards for your guests! sign up at the link in my bio, turkeys. 🦃 // photo by @spencerstudios ✨ . . #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #workshop #kansascitywedding #kansascitybride #madeinkc
ladies and gents, it’s been a minute... but i just voted and even though i’m super afraid to feel hope, i do just a little. we had to wait 20 minutes and it’s not even election day yet 🙌🏻. so there’s my friday introduction: hi, i’m lily, i love love and i’m trying to love letters again, but the teeny tiny hope i feel today after voting and seeing so many people doing the same is helping. it’s a weird cause and effect thing that i’m in therapy for, don’t you worry... ❤️✊🏻 GO VOTE! #giveadamn @linguafrancanyc
this october will mark my 5 years being a calligrapher. i’d putzed around with lettering my whole life, but i mark the beginning of my professional work with a 2-day workshop in chicago with @mollyjacques. only after that did i get serious about practicing every day and really improving. i’ve never been a good business-woman and i’ve never wanted to be. although i’ve signed up for all the online seminars (that i never took) and attended business plan workshops etc. that i thought i should be doing, i’ve only ever wanted to create. it’s the cry of the artist, ‘I JUST WANNA MAKE!’. and i’m extremely fortunate that i’ve been able to explore that these past 5 years, without my family depending on me for income. • but within those 5 years, i had 4 kids that were turning into actual people (why, oh why do they do that?! 😫), i turned 35, you know who got elected, and proceeded to legitimize hate in this country like i personally have never seen before. in my therapist’s words, my bubble burst. i’ve grown up with such an extreme amount of (white) privilege and i’m only beginning to scratch the surface of what it looks like for people who haven’t. • which brings me to the reason for this novel... i’ve become uninspired and unable to create. (so dramatic). i’ve tried several things over the past year to renew my sense of being that artist again and nothing has worked. so it’s time for a break. which i saw coming, but denied for a very long time... i don’t want to be driven to make because of strangers on the internet or numbers on a screen. i will still be taking work, as it comes, but my focus is going to be shifting. i’m not quite sure what that means yet, but for the first time, i’m ok with that. i thought i would just fade into the void for a little bit, but i think i needed some sort of closure to be able to move forward. • it’s no coincidence (although maybe divine intervention) that my last desiderata post is up later today. ‘strive to be happy.’ that is what i plan on doing. for now, it just isn’t going to be in this space.
sam (@happenstancestudio) & i had a great time contributing to thursday therapy @havanaroomkc last week! our favorite part was (obvi) these lasercut cows and pigs!! as i was trying to think of the fake names to letter on them, league of their own popped in my head and the rest was history! we could have honestly done a whole shoot centered around this movie ⚾️. thank you for having us, @thursdaytherapykc ✨
when your party is intimate your closest friends are the guests, you get a beautiful photo of the invite and send it to them all! @leighmillerphotography + @sarahallenpreston #dreamteam . . #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #handlettering #bleedproofwhite #madeinkc #kansascitybride #kansascitywedding #dailydoseofpaper