Thank you for all of the love and support this little corner of the internet has received over the past several years. As friends and family members were getting married, their weddings fueled the inspiration for this blog. But as seasons of life change, my focus, along with those nearest and dearest, shifted away from the wedding planning stage and I began to neglect this blog.

I have decided to indefinitely retire Calligraphy by Shannon in an effort to pour my attention into my lifestyle blog The Scribble Pad where I will be merging past and future inspiration boards and parties. You will still be able to place orders for calligraphy, custom invitations, and hand stamped items through my etsy shop. And as always, you can stay in touch with me under my moniker, The Scribble Pad on my blog, etsy shop, facebook, and even twitter! I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.

Merry Christmas

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Passport Invitations

Are you having a destination wedding?  Why not consider a passport?  I recently stumbled upon Sproullie Designs and have been captivated ever since.  They are beautiful, unique, and a terrific way to personalize all of the information your guest require for a destination celebration.

Here are a few pictures from their passport gallery.  Check out all of the photos here.

And...don't forget to check out their boarding passes while you are over there!

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MFB: Curbside Chairs: Part III -- The Finale

Happy Friday all and welcome to the last installment of the Curbside Chair project!

Two weeks ago, you saw a sneak preview of my fabric selection. Today, you'll see the finished result.

If you are attempting to similarly recover a chair, let me recommend this handy tool.


The staple gun.

And let me also recommend getting one at a garage sale, like I did last weekend, for $8 + with free heavy duty staples! Just watch your fingers.

To cover the chair seat itself, cut a swath of fabric about 1 and 1/2 to 2 inches wider than your seat. (I cut it a bit wider than that, but to save fabric, next time I'd scale it back). A fat quarter is about the size.

Place the seat cover, seat side down, on the wrong side (dull side) of the fabric.


Always make your first staples, on the top and on the bottom. This helps to stabilize the fabric. Make sure you have pulled the fabric tightly, but evenly.


Continue stapling all the way around, until you have something that looks like this.


Though it looks a bit jank on the wrong side, it looks great on the right side!


And ta da!


I think the fabric matches the vintage look of the chair.


What do you think? Do you have any projects you are working on?

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It is a season of trees...

...all of the beautiful fall colors are falling and fading away as trees lose the last of their leaves.
...some trees are getting bundled up and riding home on cars to be loved and cared for just in time for Christmas.
...others still are an excellent addition to your wedding!  Check out these mini topiary escort cards I made for a wedding last year:

Displayed on a round table at the end of an entry hallway, these beauties were fanned out for all the guests to see.  What an adorable way to greet your guests!
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Christmas Photo

Among the many things we crammed into our weekend with family over Thanksgiving, the annual Christmas photo may have been my favorite!  Here we are looking our finest:

Yuletide Tree Christmas
Make a statement with Shutterfly Christmas photo cards.
View the entire collection of cards.

Does your family have Christmas card traditions?  Will you be sending cards through the post this year, or opting for an electronic version?

Click here for instruction on how to get a $25 giftcard to Shutterfly by sharing a Christmas card project on your blog.
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