25 favorite fonts

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I like fonts. I suppose that makes sense as I do design things that require the use of them.  I’ve put together a list of my favorite ones – the fonts I use most often – and thought I’d share them.  There are so many amazing fonts available, but most of what I use either came with my computer or were downloaded for free {I’m a little cheap like that}.  By clicking on each font name below you will be directed to its source where you can either download or purchase.  Enjoy!

2peas old type

18th century

1942 report

a font with serifs

albemarle swash














little days

nelly script

oldstyle italic

pea lovey dovey

pea quinny


sketch block


What good is a downloaded font if you don’t know how to install it? So here is a quick tutorial on how to add a font.  Keep in mind I am working on a PC, so there may be variations on a mac {if this tutorial doesn’t work for your set-up, I’m sure there are others you could find by googling ‘installing a font’}.


Select the font you wish to download and click the download button.


Click OK to open with the default program.shot 4

It will automatically pop up. Now you need to export the file {extract}, so click on that button.

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You can decide where you want the font to open up {I chose my desktop} then click ok.

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When I go to my desktop, there it is.


Now open up your control panel, and then your font folder.

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Now drag and drop the new font into the font folder.

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Now you can use the font. I opened up a word document, selected the font tab and found my new font in the list.



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144 Responses to 25 favorite fonts

  1. sharon simons February 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    you are too kind. I love fonts and most of them were free. Even better! Thank you for always taking the time to explain things, share your ideas and most importantly share your faith in Jesus Christ. You do allow Him to shine through your transparency and honesty in your post!

  2. Deana February 21, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    So Great!!! I’m going to try this now. I’m slightly computer challenged- but what you posted seems straight forward. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Shelley February 22, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    I can’t wait to use these great fonts!

  4. Jessica February 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    This was SO helpful! I stumbled across this page after spending hours trying to figure out how to get new fonts to work in Microsoft Word and having no luck… it was so easy to understand! Thank you!

  5. BeckyB February 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Thanks so much – how nice of you to share. I’m also so happy to find your blog!

  6. Mandy March 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    thank you so much for the info. I have been trying for awhile now to do this on my own, and haven’t been able to make it work. Your awesome, thanks for sharing. Love you blog.

  7. taryn March 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    one of my favorite fonts that I use often is called Sandra Oh. thanks for sharing your favorite!

  8. Emily F March 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Thanks! This is very helpful…I LOVE your blog and your decorating style:)

  9. meg duerksen March 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!! i had no clue how to do this!

  10. Keandra Willis March 12, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Thanx because I could NEVA get the hang of this before…now I’m addicted!

  11. LLH Designs March 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    What a doll you are to share…and all in one easy place with links. These are some of my favorites too! I’ve got a few other favorites, but warning…they aren’t cheap: Adios Script and Compendium. (Oh my goodness, how I LOVE Compendium with all of it’s calligraphic swashes!). The font addiction can get expensive! But good designers deserve to be compensated for their art.

    Blessings to you, Emily!

  12. Beth March 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    I just keep learning more and more and MORE from you!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH – you are definitely the BEST!!!

  13. Courtney March 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Emily, I just wanted you to know I reference this post all the time. Thank you so much. I have used it to get directions on how to download, but also to have a glance at ideas of beautiful and current fonts.

  14. Erin April 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Hello – so excited to try these fonts, but I’m having troubles. What do I do if I don’t get the “Click OK to open with the default program” pop-up box? Mine is just saying “Open” or “Save” and then whenever I try to drag it into my fonts in the Control Panel I am getting an error. Help!! By the way, thanks so much for your lovely blog – I absolutely love it!

  15. Deborah Milne May 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Emily I love this and can’t thank you enough. One can never have too many fonts!!

  16. Krystal Wight Armstrong May 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Ooh, I’m such a typography nut. I love letterpress, type, and typefaces. Typography has been one of my favorite Graphic Design courses in school.
    I’ve been wondering what typeface you use in your ‘glory’ art print. Would you mind sharing? I think it’s beautiful :) Thanks for this awesome post and all your suggested fonts :)

  17. karah barnes pope May 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    you are so awesome. it’s great when others share what they know..just to help others out! i appreciate this post! best wishes in all your creative endeavors!

  18. Rachel H June 1, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing these! I can’t wait to put some of them to use! :) Also, thanks for the tips on installing them–so helpful of you!

  19. Deanna August 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Thank you so much, this is great!

  20. Noe August 12, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    This is AWESOME!
    Thank You So much !

  21. Jody V August 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    THANK YOU for explaining with pictures! I just spent the last day searching through my computer’s help section and google trying to upload a new font with no success. I came to your blog and five minutes later my new font is working..THANK YOU!!!

  22. marjo August 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    MErci pour le partage

  23. Lisa@thehousethatcan September 12, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    Thank yo so so much for sharing. I am very grateful!

  24. Judith October 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve had it bookmarked for awhile and finally put your instructions to use today. So easy! Thanks again.

  25. Kathleen February 11, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    This is awesome!! I am so excited to have found this! But I have a question, will programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator automatically have these fonts uploaded to them if I download them to the computer using the method you gave above?

    • emily February 11, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      They should automatically show up. If not, you may need to restart your computer.

  26. nik March 16, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing the info and links…love your choices!
    Arrived via Today’s Creative Blog…cheers!

  27. Andrea June 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these fonts/links!
    Quick question . . . albermarle swash is no longer available on the link you provided. Do you have another site or font that looks similar?

  28. Julie January 30, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Would love to see an updated Top Fonts list from you!!

  29. AlikiBags February 12, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    How wonderfully clever you are ! How I love your font choices !
    I’m going to bookmark this page to use when one of my BRAINY creative friends is here to guide me through it all…….you just would NOT believe how ‘cyber dim’ I am……really ! x

  30. Meghan May 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Did you happen to make the flowers that are pictured on your desktop?? If so, do you have a tutorial for those??


  31. Amy Dearie August 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    FYI: The two peas old type font links to a blank page and I tried to search that site but found nothing about this font. Any substitutes that are similar styles you can recommend?

  32. Louise March 13, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Thank you so much, Emily. I’ll be playing with these.

  33. Mike August 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    The images are missing. Clicking on them drives up a 404 file not found error.

    • emily September 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

      I’m so sorry! I will update the images soon.


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