We’re back with more of Sarah Hanna’s travel adventures today! Sarah is an incredibly talented calligrapher who is currently splitting her time between California and the beautiful village of Cassis, France. This week we’re taking a look at French cuisine as part of Sarah’s day-to-day in Cassis.
The weekly market Every Wednesday and Friday is a farmer’s market in the center of town. You can buy everything from produce to flowers to bikinis….life’s essentials.
Absinthe Restaurant in Paris There is another form of art in France – food. I was a very happy girl at Absinthe Restaurant in central Paris. Petits raviolis in a langoustine cream sauce? Oui, s’il vous plait!
A message to the chef It was all so delicious, I had to write a message to the chef in what was left of the langoustine sauce!
Eating at home – French style But you don’t have to eat out to dine elegantly. It’s true – the French are worshipful about their plates. Here are two examples of what ‘eating at home’ looks like in France. Food is art in France.
The children’s cooking school at La Tête à Toto boutique The owner Marie said that if I was going to take photos, I had to be a student the class. Twist my arm! We are making potato croquettes and home-made nutella….which was so delicious that I can never buy nutella again.
Many thanks to Sarah for sharing another glimpse of her life in France! Next week we’ll share Sarah’s travels to Morocco!
For a Harvest inspired celebration, Chelsea Petaja envisions glamorous gowns, romantic candlelight and gilded decor – all perfectly fitting for this elegant gold foil stamped wedding invitation. Save on this design and more by Chelsea through the month of July – she’s our July designer of the month!
Our Do Good promotion is back! Enter our contest to win $1500 in stationery from Bella Figura. Everyone who enters will be eligible for 25 free invitation sets with an order of 50 or more. It’s easy to enter! Here’s how it works: we want to see what good means to you — is it volunteering at your local food pantry, or giving blood? Planting trees or spending time with patients at the local children’s hospital? Whatever your good deed is, we want to hear about it! Upload a photo or video on Instagram to share what you’re doing to make a difference, and we’ll give you 25 free additional invitation sets just for your good deed! The grand prize will be awarded to the person with the ultimate good deed. No purchase is necessary to enter, and the contest is open to entrants worldwide! Want to be inspired? Check out last year’s winner, or take a look at the entries we received in last year’s contest!
RULES AND DETAILS:
Entry period: Your good deed must happen between July 2 – July 23, 2014. Submissions must be uploaded to Instagram by midnight onWednesday, July 23, 2014 to be eligible.
Prizes: Everyone who follows the guidelines above and uploads a photo or video of their good deed to Instagram will be eligible for 25 free additional invitation sets with the purchase of 50 or more [you must purchase at least 50 invitation sets]. This promotional offer is valid on orders placed through October 15, 2014. “Invitation sets” include an invitation, reply card + envelope or reply postcard, invitation envelope, and any coordinating embellishments (this includes envelope liners, pocketfolds, edge painting, etc.). One lucky winner will win $1,500 that can be used towards their next order at bellafigura.com. The $1,500 grand prize must be redeemed by December 15, 2014. The grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Criteria: We’re letting you determine the definition of “good.” For the free 25 invitation sets, anything you consider good will work. For the grand prize, we’re looking for inspiring actions that bring us hope; that demonstrate the power of an individual to do good; and that show us how the world can be a caring and beautiful place. Please be sure to get a photo or video of yourself in action!
Judging: The team at Bella Figura will vote to select one winner for the grand prize based on the criteria listed above. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Other details: the Buy 50 Get 25 promotional offer can be combined with our other ongoing discounts – save 10% when you order 6 printed pieces or more, or get free favor cards if you’re donating to charity – but cannot be combined with our Designer of the Month promotion. The grand prize cannot be combined with any of our other ongoing discounts or promotions. Grand prize winner may take advantage of Buy 50 Get 25 free promotional offer in a separate order.
Our Designer of the Month for July is Chelsea Petaja! Chelsea joined the Bella Figura family this year and has 5 new designs for 2014 – and they’re all on sale this month! Chelsea’s style is modern yet sweet and has a hand-crafted look. Several of her new designs are on the rustic side and would be perfect for a fall wedding! Chelsea gave us a little peek into her home – where she lives and works with her husband Tec Petaja.
Living, working, loving and entertaining out of one place ain’t no joke. My husband and I recently moved into the same studio space (a reclaimed garage in our backyard) which makes our living quarters just a little tighter… and a little more revealing about our individual working habits. (Like my humming and Tec’s lack of an internal monologue. Ha!) But when setting up our space, I ran across this quote by William Morris that helps me to be honest in my design aesthetic: “If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” For me, white and bright with pops of color and pattern are beautiful. My computer is useful. My drafting table and desk are both. I’m surrounded by artwork and photographs and sketches that are meaningful, but when they become mundane, I switch them up so that this is a space of creativity and inspiration–a space where imagination can wander and emails can be sent.
Take a look at some of Chelsea’s designs below – her entire collection (including invitations, save the dates, social notes, and more!) is on sale for 10% off during the month of July (and you can save an additional 10% if you order 6 printed pieces or more!). Have questions about this promotion? Please, be in touch!
The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Chelsea Petaja and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on July 31, 2014 in order to receive this offer.
Asking “What styles can you calligraph?” is like asking a chef, “How many ways can you cook chicken?” If you understand your craft, you know that there are endless variations. And the more you learn, the more there is to learn. Understanding letter forms is the start to taking any font and adapting it for hand-lettered script. Today, Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna is sharing her favorite calligraphy trends — from the most popular styles and ink colors to the different ways people are using calligraphy to add an extra special touch to life’s most important events.
Trending now: without question, Victoria. I think that is because it is traditional with a personality. Generally, I match the script from the invitation – if that is my calligraphy, excellent. I can match almost any script, though. Black ink is and always will be the most classic, formal ink for addressing wedding invitations. I do, however, custom-mix a lot of gold, amethyst, and pewter.
Classic Victoria hand calligraphed envelope
Classic Victoria hand calligraphed envelope
Embellished Victoria hand calligraphed envelope – Sarah Hanna’s most lively style
Classic Callaway – the up-and-comer (Callaway is the new kid, but she is bound to be the next homecoming queen!)
Classic Callaway hand calligraphed envelope
Unique uses for hand calligraphy: I get a lot of interesting requests. I was recently asked to be part of a truly elaborate beach engagement! My client commissioned me to hand-paint their song on 4 canvas banners. She also had me calligraph promises on 30 different cards to be tied with ribbon to a tree over the candlelight picnic. Her girlfriend is a wedding photographer, and my client made up an alias email and hired her to photograph this special engagement…..but when she arrived to photograph the engagement, she realized it was for her! She said, yes, yes, yes!!
The promise cards for the engagement was a really meaningful one. Wedding toasts and vows mixed with custom painting is a favorite. Right now, I love doing the custom nursery rhymes. And of course, every Christmas, the Santa letters are fabulous! And I am REALLY excited about my new line of Artful Correspondence - hand-illustrated correspondence card sets.
Favorite calligraphy trends: Art that has staying power always gets my vote. A symbol or monogram that can be used after your wedding (which look fantastic on dance floors!), the bride’s married name custom-designed so she can put it on letterpressed stationery and more is an excellent gift. I love these trends, especially the ‘avere’ ‘tenere’ chairs….mais bien sur!
How did you get your start as a calligrapher? My mother Kaye Hanna is an incredible artist, master calligrapher, and my instructor. So, I am turning into my mother! Truthfully, if I end up with a fraction of her talent, I will be a lucky girl.
Blue Danube hand calligraphed envelope
London script – perfect for your thank you note to Her Majesty. Or your wedding at Ascot.
Honoured Guest hand calligraphed envelope
Embellished Honoured Guest – a fuller version of Honoured Guest
We worked with The Village Invites to create Tracy and Alexander’s vibrant Eleanor wedding invitations, which feature hand calligraphy from Elizabeth Hardin and bold fuchsia ink. Our Morocco motif was used on the envelopes and coasters in fuchsia and aquamarine inks and paired beautifully with the colorful stamps used on the invitation envelopes. We loved seeing photos from this colorful destination wedding on Style Me Pretty – be sure to check out the full gallery!
Photography: InTandem | Event Planning: SIGNATURE, Event Consulting & Design | Wedding Dress:Susan Neville | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: Esperanza Resort | Reception Venue:Esperanza Resort | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
We were thrilled to see this inspiration shoot that we collaborated on with Dee Kay Events on Style Me Pretty recently! The shoot was inspired by 1920′s glamour, complete with beaded flapper dresses, classic decor and 20′s inspired hairdo’s. Our ever-popular Bejeweled invitations by Kamal fit perfectly with Diane’s vision for the shoot, which turned out beautifully. Visit Style Me Pretty to see more photos!
Photography: Love, Sylvia Photography | Cupcakes: Papa Ganache | Groom’s Attire: Tessuto Menswear | Accessories: Happily Ever Borrowed | Bride’s Dress: Unique Vintage | Bride’s Gown: Isabelle’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dress & Accessories: Unique Vintage | Event Design + Planner: Dee Kay Events | Florals:Monday Morning Flowers | Furnishings + Rentals: Bits & Pieces Rentals | Invitation + Paper Goods: Bella Figura | Venue Location: Wilson Hall
Many thanks to Diane from Dee Kay Events in Tennent, New Jersey for inviting us to be a part of this shoot!
Sometimes the simplest change to an existing invitation design can make a big impact – like this horizontal customization of our vertical La Salle design. Nicole and Robert accommodated more text than the sample without sacrificing the delicate frame and bold typography that make this design so unique.
letterpress inks: pewter + navy | fonts: kunsel + eros + conquerer | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | customization #18751