Stefan Kunz Visits Hallmark

Today Stefan Kunz visited Hallmark to give a talk and share his process with a group of Hallmarkers who love lettering. I was lucky enough to attend both sessions, and really enjoyed seeing how he creates his work β€” especially his work process with the iPad Pro. After watching him work I am really hoping to be able to test out lettering on an iPad very soon! You can visit Stefan's website and Instagram to see more of his work. Here are a few of my favorite takeaways from the day: 

Letters Are Lovely | Stefan Kunz Visits Hallmark
  • Stefan began his talk with the idea that "Words Matter," and he realized early on that people would read and be impacted by what he choose to say on Instagram. 
  • He choose to focus on positive messages, especially ones from the Bible, because he believes that art is an expression of what you do and you can choose to be intentional about it or not. 
  • Creating is the integral part of the process, but it is also important to take that one final step to push the piece further. This could be adding in a second layer to the piece that someone may not notice at first, or just adding in more detail to make your work more dynamic.
  • He wants to think that there is no surface I can't use for lettering. 
  • Keep going. There are no shortcuts. 
Letters Are Lovely | Stefan Kunz Visits Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Stefan Kunz Visits Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Stefan Kunz Visits Hallmark

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Stefan!


Fall Festivities

Happy October, friends! Last week we got an early start on Fall and headed to Eckert's to pick apples with our family in from KC. Dale and I have gone to Eckert's the past three years, making this one of our St. Louis traditions. Even though this trip was unseasonable warm, it still felt like the perfect way to welcome the season. Here are a few pictures from our day and my annual post-apple-picking apple pie: 

Letters Are Lovely | Fall Festivities
Letters Are Lovely | Fall Festivities
Letters Are Lovely | Fall Festivities
Letters Are Lovely | Fall Festivities
Letters Are Lovely | Fall Festivities
Letters Are Lovely | Fall Festivities
Letters Are Lovely | Fall Festivities
Letters Are Lovely | Fall Festivities

September Around The Web

I still feel like early Fall has the ability to put me in the back-to-school mindset, even though nothing about my work routine changes this time of year. This September was no exception, and I am really proud of myself for creating new personal lettering pieces, seeking out an exciting new opportunity at work, and making lots of time for friends, family and fitting  in a quick trip to LA. Because this is Dale's last year of school in St. Louis I am trying especially hard to make the most of each weekend surrounded by our friends and the amazing home we have created in the Central West End. Now for my favorites this month: 

And there you have it! As I mentioned earlier, this month was definitely one of change and growth. Yet the best moments were still the ones spent going on a best friend trip, celebrating my cousin's wedding, spending a weekend with my Sister-in-Law and her family in St. Louis, and fitting in an Octoberfest celebration plus a few happy hours. This September I'm grateful for all the people in my life who encourage me to work hard, and make the work all worth it. Now I'm officially ready for all the Fall activities this October will bring. 

Enjoy your Friday, friends!


Los Angeles Part One

Last week my friend Laura and I headed to LA for a whirlwind few days! Today I am sharing a few photos from our first two days, which included lots of good food, time spent in traffic, and an Eric Clapton concert. We started our Tuesday morning with breakfast at Commissary, a beautiful restaurant on the roof of the Line Hotel. Next up we made a quick trip to The Last Bookstore before heading to Alchemy Works for some window shopping. When we noticed a Salt & Straw location right across the street we decided on ice cream for lunch and then headed to our reservation at The Broad. It was worth the wait to see Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room, and I absolutely loved the rest of the museum as well. After checking into our Venice Airbnb and relaxing for a bit we headed to our first dinner at Rossoblu (we recommend starting with the meatballs!). 

Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles

Day two was all about exploring Abbot Kinney. We went to breakfast at The Butcher's Daughter, another beautiful breakfast spot, and then spent the rest of the morning was spent wandering through all the shops. I was really excited to pop in Urbanic and Burro. We also made our way to the Venice canals and admired all the lovely homes! After a quick stop back to our Airbnb to get ready, we headed out to get sushi at Wabi which had some great happy hour specials. Laura and I ended up in Los Angeles because of the Eric Clapton concert so after dinner we hopped in an uber and went on to enjoy the show! 

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Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles