Since meeting my most favourite person ever (a.k.a. my husband, Tim), we haven’t really stopped. So I guess you could say we’ve really packed a lot into a relatively small amount of time. Within the last four and a half years, we’ve managed to make some massive moves: Virginia to Maine in the United States, then Maine to Melbourne, Australia, all while changing jobs, having two kids, completing advanced degrees, etc etc. I was seven months pregnant when we arrived in Melbourne last year… we don’t do things the easy way. But we always have a vision in mind – what we want for our family, our careers, our future.
Now we’re here, and it’s been so nice to be in one place! My youngest is one, which means he can toddle around on his own and doesn’t always put the old Cheerio or bit of dirt he finds on the floor in his mouth. We have a comfortable house, and our dog made the trip and he’s almost as happy as I am that he’s here. So now what? That was the question, and it’s been the question for quite a while. I was spoiled; dedicating my life to and dancing professional ballet taught me that being passionate about what you do is everything. When that chapter of my life closed, I was devastated, and haven’t been able to find anything else to compare it to.
Then somehow, I fell into calligraphy again. Something I had studied quite a while ago and had always loved. Spending evenings playing with ink and nibs and watercolor actually lit a fire inside me! There is so much to be said for being a mother, a wife, the family chef and baker, washer of laundry, changer of nappies, the homemaker. But for me, there was something missing. A lovely friend of mine (you know who you are) has called all the important pieces in life like the panes of glass in a stained glass window. Everyone has one, everyone’s makes up a different picture. As Lemontree Calligraphy and Illustration evolved, it filled the missing piece in my window. The hole that ballet had left was finally full.
I’ve spent the weekend preparing some pretty packets for the post… bits of Lemontree calligraphy samples, invitation samples, business cards, complete with pressed lavendar and tulle ribbon. My studio was covered in calligraphy envelopes, pressed flowers and paper. And let me tell you – it makes me so happy. I’m like a pig in mud! The weather was gorgeous for winter in Melbourne. Anyone who has visited knows that if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. Well not this weekend. It was two days straight of warm and sunny. Perfect for trips to the park with my boys in between packing my envelopes.
My lavender took two weeks to press between the pages of some heavy books… I’m thrilled with how they came out! Should I tell my husband that the pages of his massive ‘Theory and Analysis’ and ‘Harmony and Voice Loading’ books reek of Lavender? I think I might let him discover that for himself. Until next time.