Happy Friday! It’s been a looong week being so tired from our Hunter Mountain adventure (part 2 coming Monday!) but I’m excited the weekend is finally here. Hoping for pizza and a movie and just relaxing with my favorite guy : ) I’m ALSO excited to share something awesome with you today – my new favorite Etsy shop and my first Feature Friday! Carly and I went to high school together (actually, our parents have known each other since before we were born!) and when she recently decided to share her art with the world, I knew I had to share it with all of you, including an awesome giveaway. Introducing: Carlyletterco.!
Carlyletterco. offers hand lettered gifts, home decor, and wedding/event decor and is based right here in Philadelphia. In Carly’s own words: “My favorite kind of gift is one that’s personalized or handmade in some way. Combine that with my habit of doodling growing up, I had an epiphany when I discovered calligraphy and hand lettering.”
I mean… I think we’re all always looking for that special touch, whether it be for the room we just redecorated, the baby shower gift we need or a special event we’re planning. Carly has it all covered! When I was browsing her Facebook page and her shop, I noticed a print with one of my favorite lyrics – “Home is wherever I’m with you” – and I knew I had to have it.
I thought it would be fun to give you guys a behind the scenes look at how Carlyletterco. came to be, so I had Carly answer a few questions about the shop and her amazing talents!
You just launched your Etsy shop this year, but how long have you been creating hand-lettered art?
“I started in 2014 as a hobby and creative outlet. I took an online course on Skillshare. That helped me learn the basics of calligraphy and hand lettering. After that, I took an in-person course with a coworker when I was living in Atlanta. This course was strictly calligraphy. It opened my eyes to how much practice and muscle memory goes into learning the art.”
From who or where do you draw your inspiration?
“My mom. She is an amazing artist and uses watercolor and acrylic as her medium. I grew up around art, so working in a creative field was always something that interested me. I’m not sure I’d be doing this if it wasn’t for her. I recently started using watercolors in my work, which I have my mom to thank for!”
Do you have any of your work hanging in your home? Which piece, and why?
“I have one! It’s a canvas with a quote from Into The Wild – “Happiness is only real when shared.” My fiancé, Joe, told me in passing that he really liked the quote, so I surprised him with it.”
What’s the most challenging part of running an Etsy shop?
“There are many! When I first made the decision to take it from a hobby to a business, a huge challenge was trying to learn everything I had to in order to be successful. It was overwhelming – and I’m still learning every day. I’m so much more confident than when I started, but I’m still constantly figuring out how things work. Google is my friend.”
Give us a sneak peek! Any plans for Carly Letter Co. to expand with new offerings soon?
“Yes! In recent months I’ve started doing a lot more wedding work, which has always been a big goal. From escort cards to wedding signage, I love helping to add a special touch to a couple’s wedding day. I’m also in the process of adding different products to the shop. Wine labels and gift bags and are two in the pipeline. A long term goal is to teach a lettering class, but that’s a ways away.”
Ummmm YES to all of the above! I love giving wine as a gift so I would be thrilled to have beautiful tags and bags to accompany those bottles! If you’ve got any gift or decor needs, definitely check out Carlyletterco. and remember that she takes custom orders as well – Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean she can’t create it : )
And for those of you who stayed with us through that wonderful interview (and those of you who got really excited and scrolled straight to the bottom… I see you!) it’s time for our GIVEAWAY! Carly so generously offered to make a second “Home is wherever I’m with you” print for me to share with a reader – To enter, use the Rafflecopter below AND be sure to check my Instagram today for another way to win! Cheers!
*GIVEAWAY COMPLETE! Congrats Ashley N. – Carly will be in touch about your print!*