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Z. Alexander Brown Wine Bottle Engraving

It was such a pleasure engraving wine bottles for the Z. Alexander Brown winery!  This client requested bottles with a simple "Thank You" engraved for all of the people that he wanted to thank for assisting him during the Hurricane Harvey disaster.   I love that calligraphy & engraving can play a part in this thoughtful gesture.  

Peace & Love while Slinging Ink®

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Noble Vines Wine Bottle Engraving - Houston Engraver

So if you didn't know, I'm a hopeless romantic....GUILTY!!!  I was that person as an adolescent that would fall in love at the drop of a hat.  He smiled at me and like an idiot I had already seen our future 5 years ahead.  Crazy, I know, but it is what it is :). 

With that said, when I am asked by clients at wine bottle engraving events to engrave love messages for couples I just smile and am elated to do it.  A person in love is a person floating on air.  Remember that feeling?  Yes, it's nice.  This bottle engraving was for a couple that just presented themselves as having been together for quite awhile, but still crazy in love.  How can you not melt for that?  I do every time...

It was my immense pleasure to engrave this Noble Vines wine bottle for them.

Soy una mujer que encantar amor.  Sí, es loco, pero es así lo que es.  En escuela, yo era la person que cayó en amor muy rápido....era ridículo...yo sé.  Pero eso es el porque es mi placer grabar mensajes para personas en amor.  Esta botella era para un par que probablemente conocieron por un largo tiempo pero ellos aún tienen amor.  Era mi placer para grabar este mensaje para ellos....con amor.

Favor de aceptar mis sinceras disculpas para errores....estoy aún aprendiendo español.  Muchísimas gracias!

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Monogram Work - Houston Calligrapher

In all honesty, monogram work with calligraphy isn't something that I gave much thought to until about 2015.  It's not something that many calligraphy clients here in Houston requested of me before then.  I believe with the easy accessibility of computer printing and design it's something that became less requested.  However, we are currently living in a calligraphy renaissance if you will as calligraphy, especially in larger cities like my adopted home of Houston, has become en vogue... again.  Thank the universe because that is how I make my living :).  

With that said, clients are wanting more of a personal touch that is individual to them and (thankfully) they want that personal touch to have been created by the hands of a human.  It makes a difference.  Granted, some will say that you can't tell a difference between lettering that is created via computer vs calligraphy from a person.  Of course, calligraphers and those of discerning taste will beg to differ.   There are certain design expressions that computers just can't provide as of the date of this blog post.  I have never seen my style of lettering anywhere else.  Obviously similarities are there but nothing just like it.  Penmanship is a signature.

Below are a few monograms that I created for clients this year for a wedding, a logo and personal stationery.  I personally have a preference for the ornamental penmanship style of lettering as these monograms yield the appearance of the American Golden Age of Penmanship (1800's-1950).  Of course, I can use other calligraphy styles.  Just let me know.

I believe that calligraphy is the most elegant form of written communication.  Either do it beautifully or not at all.  ¡Qué tenga buen día!  ¡Paz y amor a todo!

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Black Stallion Vineyards Wine Bottle Engraving - Houston Calligraphy

I have been creating engraved calligraphy on wine bottles for a number of years.  There are always bottle messages that are  comical, touching and everywhere in between.  If you love Texas, this one is for you!  Cheers!  Black Stallion Winery

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Gucci Fragrance Bottle Engraving in Houston

As always, it is a pleasure engraving for clients at events here in Houston.  This weekend, I had the privilege of working with Gucci fragrances.  Gucci Bamboo has become a personal favorite and is clearly a favorite of others as well.  It figuratively flew off of the shelves this Mother's Day weekend.  This bottle was also incredibly easy to engrave.  Even better! Cheers!

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Wine Bottle Engraving - Randall's Event

 'Tis the season for engraving events!  These were a pair of bottles that I engraved for a charming lady at a wine bottle engraving event at a Randall's a few weeks back.  (Yes, I am slow to's been a little chaotic over here.)  She wanted to take care of her Kosher gifts for the month. In between engraving bottles, I learned how to identify Kosher wines.  Thanks!  It was a win-win!  Cheers!


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