holiday! holiday! gifts! gifts!

IMG_4021 i'm thinking about holiday season much differently this year. yes, for the past few seasons, i've tried hard as i could to buy local, handmade, artist-created wares, goods, artwork. i've even tried making things for loved ones. this year, i'm going to focus on simple. very simple. well-chosen words, photographs, pictures, drawings, paper. ordinary things made more beautiful by a new, vibrant approach. maybe an intriguing postcard acutely placed in a gorgeous frame. or a set of vintage silverware with the handles dipped in paint.




along these same lines, in the etsy shop, i'm currently offering simple, hand-lettered quotes on 8x10 paper. whatever quote, saying, words you can think of will be transposed in my calligraphy and sent to you, ready to be gifted, (or framed, and then gifted. or wrapped around something else, and then gifted. or kept for yourself). i figured this was a lovely, cost-effective way to gift my love of lettering to holiday celebrants everywhere.


it's early, yes, but think how much more you'll be able to enjoy your egg nog and ugly sweater parties knowing your holiday shopping is all done (and looking pretty beautiful, if i say so)? cheers!


- find the listing for custom hand lettered quotes here!


oh what a beautiful weekend it's been!  after 2 sunny days of spring skiing, i'm full of inspiration and motivation for starting my own hand-lettering etsy shop.  in fact, i absolutely cannot wait.  i've been thinking of little ways to personalize the shop, and had decided to use little manilla tags monogramed with a jillyink logo and contact information to send alongside orders.

and now today, perusing around 100 layer cake, i came across this lovely gift idea that summer of grey loves weddings concocted for her boyfriend.  small found objects tied with ribbon and string represent milestones and every day commitments made in their relationship, with explanations typed up directly on the tags.

it's such a beautiful and thoughtful gift, and i very well may use some elements for  my jillyink tags when i return to new york.

{images found via 100 laker cake & grey likes weddings}