Today I want to introduce you to the amazing, Michelle of Calligraphy Cult!! Michelle is an incredibly talented calligraphy artist based in Katy, TX. Seriously. No joke here guys. Her work is gorgeous! I met Michelle when I stepped out of my comfort zone and traveled to Austin, TX for Texas Style Council. I went to this blogger conference on my own and was more than just a little nervous. I was terrified no one would like me. I am happy to say that my fear was unnecessary. I met so many wonderful individuals, Michelle being one of them. We met during one of the meals over the weekend. She was crying, I wasn’t sure why, and without thinking I took my tissues out of my bag and offered them to her. Michelle and I had a few casual conversations over the weekend but didn’t interact too much more. It wasn’t until later when we started connecting via social media that we really bonded. Michelle is a strong, inspirational, wonderful force to be reckoned with. I am seriously excited to be introducing you so lets get to know Michelle!! I know you will love her as much as I do!
P.S. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for the giveaway details!!
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself?
A: I’m from Alabama, I met my husband and my fur baby there. After several years I convinced them to move to Texas, where the majority of my family live. I love to craft, sew, knit, paint, make jewelry, I have recently been getting into stained glass and I even throw pots on a potters wheel. I suffer from craft ADD– self diagnosed, of course–where I just jump from project to project. I really enjoy learning new trades and meeting creative women in my community. I love to take workshops whenever I can. I highly recommend them, especially if it’s something you have never tried. I have so many on my craft bucket list.
Q: How did you get started with your business?
A: My business is still pretty new. It is only a little over a year old and it has transformed so much based on my passions. I started out as a wedding and bachelorette paper goods shop. I still offer some items under this category but I’m more interested in designing invitations, logos, prints, and even artwork for blogs. I got started basically because I have kidney failure and I have to do dialysis 3 days a week for 3 hours. It leaves me exhausted and I need at least a 2 hour nap after right now. It’s not easy to work with all that going on so I decided to leave my job before we moved to Texas. I started my own business after our wedding to honestly just keep busy. I never have set any huge goals till this year. After attending Texas Style Council it’s like my dreams kind of wrote themselves. I am in the process of creating a community for calligraphers and hand letterers.
Q: What has been most rewarding about running your business?
A: The most rewarding thing about my business has been to literally follow my heart and do what I love. It has allowed me to meet so many amazing and talented people that I never would have had a chance before. I met Hilary because of my business. I’m pretty sure I was crying when we met, but she accepted me and let me sit at her table. I love to help people learn about calligraphy and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Q: What is your favorite part of calligraphy?
A: My favorite part is the simplicity of taking an image in my mind and putting it on paper. You don’t need anything but ink, a pen, and paper. I love having ink stains on my fingers, it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I will sit for hours and just write thoughts down. Its very relaxing.
Q:When not making super awesome calligraphy pieces, how do you spend your time?
A: I spend a lot of time practicing calligraphy. Its my favorite thing to do! I keep myself busy with lots of different crafts and art forms. I foster rescue dogs, get together with friends and family, and go to the movies with my husband as much as I can. We love to eat at new restaurants when we can too.
Q:What is your favorite dessert?
A: This is probably the hardest question. I have a really strict diet because of my disease so I’m not allowed chocolate or dairy. So I think if I could have anything any time I wanted it would have to be a big hot brownie with ice cream and hot fudge with extra cherries! Yum!
Thank you to Michelle for chatting with me and thank you to all of you for supporting small business owners like Michelle! Please go check out Michelle’s store and connect with her on Instagram!
Giveaway: One lucky winner will win this beautiful print by Michelle! Visit me on Instagram to enter! My screen name is thecutielife.