Welcome to the Wildflower Journal.
Where did this story begin?
Appropriately enough, it all began with Christmas cards.
Sending and receiving notes has thrilled me since my childhood. At the age of eight or nine, I had a pen-pal that lived ocean’s away in Germany. We would consistently exchange letters, tucking in a photograph here or there and sharing about the recent events in our lives. As I grew the letters turned into notes passed between friends in the school hallways and safely stored in the bottom drawer of my nightstand. (Side note: a few years ago I uncovered a few of these notes. Cringeworthy!)
Somewhere during middle school or high school, e-mail and AIM was introduced. Soon, instead of exchanging notes we were meeting each other in the online space to exchange information and my love of letter writing was replaced with the curiosity of technology.
In 2013, as an exhausted young mother of two small children I was in desperate search of a creative outlet. Around the same time Pinterest was beginning to rise in popularity. One night, as I sat on the floor in my four-year-olds dark room, tickling her back to help her fall asleep, I discovered the beautiful art of calligraphy. That year, our Christmas card envelopes were my first calligraphy project.
Over the past six years I have slowly been refining my craft and eagerly learning from some of the best in the business. Along the way, in the hours spent perfecting letter shapes, I rediscovered my love for the written word. As our world becomes busier and more focused on productivity and efficiency, I have learned to value slowing down. With the norm shifting to text messages and e-mails, I believe that a hand written letter is as meaningful as a thoughtfully selected gift. I believe in the magic of everyday romance. I long for the days past, the era of letter writing and long distance love stories. I value history, legacy, leaving something behind.
Join me on this journey of reviving the art of letter writing. Remembering the importance of the thank you note. And that taking notes with a pen and paper always helps the ideas stick.
Welcome to Lupine Letters!