thing I like: pretty handwriting

How fun would it be to receive one of these amazing envelopes?

Oh_So_Beautiful_Paper_Blog calligraphy jazyrain

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I don’t think I would want to rip open the envelope!

These are from calligrapher Patricia Mumau of Primele

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She also sells these custom address stamps which are great too.

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Speaking of handwriting, my best friend in high school and I had identical handwriting. Funny thing was that we also shared the same last name {she was Brittany Jones, I was Emily Jones}. We were cheerleaders together, took most of the same classes, remained boyfriend-less despite our boy-craziness and our favorite thing to do on a friday night was go to the pottery painting shop and paint {some considered us a dorky pair, but we were mostly oblivious and enjoyed our innocent existence}.

anyway :

Brittany and I always talked about turning our writing into a font and a year or so ago, she finally did it {hers always was a little cuter anyway}. She sent me the links and I’ve used them from time to time when I want something to look like I handwrote it {oh the benefits of having such similar writing!}.

Here are her fonts:

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{Cute yes? Click on the font to download it for free from www.kevinandamanda.com}

The other day I was shoe shopping for my baby girl when what did I spy but Brittany’s writing!

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I’ve seen it here and there, but it was fun to see it on a shop’s website {Gracious May has some pretty darling baby shoes if you’re in the market}

one more thing : I just came across this blog and she does some darling calligraphy too.

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Love the vintage stamps on those envelopes. Makes me want to send some handwritten notes.

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Totally random progression of thoughts, but hope you enjoy some handwriting inspiration and maybe I’ve introduced you to a new website or two.

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44 Responses to thing I like: pretty handwriting

  1. Rebekah November 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    Beautiful images, Emily! I’ve always been interested in the mechanics of calligraphy and other types of script. I spent several summers as a girl reinventing my own handwriting, which has resulted in a strange chicken-scratch amalgam of cursive/print that is distinctive, if not always legible. Thanks for this great post. You’ve renewed my desire to pull out pen and paper and practice my letters!

    LOVE those stamps, too, by the way. A letter with lots of stamps is always so much more enticing.

  2. Jaime November 10, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    I love the handwriting…How fun. Wishing I could actually write that beautifully!

  3. I Live in an Antbed November 10, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I LOVE these!!!! Exquisite!

  4. lindsay November 10, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    thanks, emily! it is an honor to be featured on your blog… and to be included with such a talented artist like patricia! keep up a great work, both of you. you’re an inspiration!

  5. stephanie November 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Looooove! I’ve admired the first site for a while. Thanks for sharing your friend’s fonts with us – downloading them now!! :)

  6. Wendy November 10, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    I LOVE the calligraphy! Thank you for sharing the fun story about your friend, too. I’m downloading the darling fonts now. :)

  7. Rebecca November 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Oh, I loved this post! Thanks for sharing!

  8. karajo November 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    wow…thanks for the link to those font downloads!! always looking for great new fonts for design. how does one go about uploading a hand-crafted font from paper?

  9. jenny November 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    i’ve been f0llowing your blog for a while and after your post with those fonts, i just had to comment! i just did an adoption party invitation for a friend of mine with pea mee-mee. it was the perfect font for what she wanted! just thought i should share how a simple font can make a special event even more meaningful. :)

    here’s the link to the invite (scroll to the bottom):
    http://jenandink.blogspot.com/2010/08/recent-projects.html

    i WISH my handwriting was as cute as y’alls! :)

  10. Meg November 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    1. I saw this in my reader list and saved it until the last.
    2. because I love paper and I’m obsessed with handwriting
    3. I was waiting for this to repost…it was a very sad day when I couldn’t see the pictures
    4. thanks for more inspiration for my debut into the christmas card shuffle

  11. Janell Beals November 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I’d like to have pretty handwriting, I don’t take the time! I love the idea of the address stamp, however, would make wonderful gifts!! Janell

  12. Michele B. November 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Love that bee-autiful calligraphy!!! Wish I could do some…I like mt handwriting (think an architect’s all-caps on a blueprint), but it’s not *pretty.* Also love the bit about u & your best friend…NOT a dorky pair at alll…sounds like you guys just had fun together. :)

  13. Julie Delamarter November 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    I always admired your writing in college!! Thanks for the links to her website…just downloaded a bunch of them. How fun! You are becoming quite famous, you know. Random friends of mine are posting links to your blog on facebook! :)

  14. lesley November 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Love that envelope addressed to hebron, nebraska! How fabulous!

    From,
    Your #1 fan in the cornhusker state :)

  15. Laura November 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    i love creative handwriting and fonts! thanks!

  16. Kindra November 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I had to chuckle. Hebron Nebraska is just 8 miles from my hometown. :) Small world. Love these envelopes. I would love to make some of these!

  17. Danielle November 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    I too am a font-aholic. I easily have over 1000 fonts on my computer, including your friends font!! I just used it on a project for a friend. http://daniellebartran.blogspot.com/2010/10/birth-announcement-collage.html

    I absolutely love the calligraphy and if I knew I’d be living in my house for an extended time period, I definitely would invest in a personalized address stamp-LOVE IT!

  18. Dawnica November 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    we ordered that very stamp for our wedding! it said Logan & Dawnica and the date of our wedding and it was absolutely adorable. we used it on some miniature penny candy bags for wedding favors. now i’ve just cut off the date and use it for anything i want to say our names. and it was packaged in the cutest little nest of a box

  19. carol carroll November 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    I absolutely loved the handwriting, trying to think how I could use some in my shop… Help Can I get a scripture made for the wall?

  20. hannah November 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Lovely and inspiring! These envelopes remind me of the Postal Museum in D. C. My favorite part was the display case of very artistically decorated envelopes. I need to go practice my calligraphy now!

  21. Salina Beasley November 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I am now subscribing to Kevin & Amanda. I love their site…. and their fonts!

  22. Cortney November 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    I am planning my wedding and would love to have my invitations done with calligraphy–if only I could write like that!

  23. abby November 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    LOVE this! I’ve always been obsessed with handwriting and am always trying to improve mine. Thanks for the links!! I’m totally going to send out some letters this week too. :)

  24. Nicole Hopper November 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    I think that is the sweetest thing, your high school best friend getting your handwriting turned into a font. I always feel that way when I see Natalie’s cards. I spent so many years (4th grade to 12th) sitting next to her in class doddleing together. And now I get to see her art published. We spent so many hours and had so much fun making our doddle works of art. I have many of hers and mine saved. So Sweet!

  25. Erin Messner November 10, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!! I just bought one of primele.com’s return address stamps!! :)

  26. AmyL November 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    You just made my day! I’ve been looking for some girly fonts to print something special to hang in my girls’ room. Just what I needed, and free makes it even better!

  27. Rebekah November 11, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    P.S. I visited kevinandamanda.com and downloaded some of their great fonts yesterday. I even found one that vaguely resembles my own handwriting! Thanks again! :)

  28. diane November 11, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    You might enjoy the book “You rhandwriting can change your life” It is a very interesting way to see what your writing says about you and, for me anyway, it was spot on. Check it out

  29. Dineen November 11, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    i loved this post! i, too, am a sucker for pretty handwriting. thanks for brightening up my day!! i may have to get one of those address stamps!

  30. Lauren November 11, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    I think I am freaking out….I love love love it!!! And I am stunned because just YESTERDAY I was looking at a catalog thinking of taking a calligraphy class! And I was asking friends just YESTERDAY about doing it…and then I come here a VOILA! That is amazing! AMAZING! I am printing them ALL! In l.o.v.e. I must learn how!! Thanks so much for the incredible inspiration…you rock!!

  31. Lynda November 11, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Love all that beautiful handwriting. I will have to add your friends font to my collection. Adorable!

  32. teresa November 11, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Love great handwriting….mine is a sorry sight.
    Thanks for the links.
    Happy Day

  33. Joelle November 11, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Love, love, love beautiful handwriting! What a wonderful talent to have too! I think these envelopes are absolutely the most darling things I’ve seen in a very long time, and I just have to say that it’s inspired me to work on my own calligraphy! Great post.

  34. Priscilla November 11, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Ooooo, I so want the stamp and free fonts! What a cute story about you and your friend! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Jennifer November 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    i love it! that font is adorable. :) my mom is a calligrapher-i’m in awe of her talent. she’s my boy’s “nonnie”, by the way-a fanciful take on nonna :)

  36. Heidi November 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE beautiful handwriting… it is so fun to practice! I love the stamps… thanks for posting!

  37. Judy December 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    How fun, thank you!

  38. Griffin July 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Is there a link where we can purchase the address stamp??

  39. Susan October 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    What a small world it is!! About 8 months ago I was looking for fonts for a baby shower invite and ran across Pea Lovey Dovey and downloaded it – it’s one of my very favorites! Then, I was looking for another cute font a couple of months later and found your Fancy font – and fancy blog – and it has become a favorite too. What a funny little connection that two of my favorite fonts belong to two old friends who are both strangers to me, yet still dear in a unique way. Ahhh, life!

  40. Peggy October 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring lettering

  41. Joy January 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    I love this post! I’m also calligraphy and mail-art obsessed :)

    I wanted to point out that the first envelope with the gorgeous loopy lettering is by lettering artist Elizabeth Danae. I really admire her work.

  42. Joy January 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    PS, I should mention that I found this envelope in many places on Pinterest, pinned from your site, so I wanted to let you know it’s incorrectly attributed to Patricia Mumau.

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