Hello Fancy Cat Fans!

Four Sundays from now, I’ll be at West Elm in Seattle for a quickie pop-up shop from 12-3PM. I’d love to see you all there, especially those of you I have yet to meet! Come by and check out some calligraphy goodies, or just to say hi!

I’ll be posting more photos of my inventory on my Instagram (@thefancycatstudio) as the event nears, so stay tuned! Some items will include:

  • Brushy embossed journals (they come with suuuper trendy pencils!)
  • Pennant banners w/ gold tassels
  • Christmas cards
  • Gift tags
  • Canvas art
  • Wood-burned spatulas
  • Ring dishes
  • Ornaments
  • Booking opportunities for custom work
  • And more!

I’ll also be there to answer any questions you have about starting calligraphy, or maintaining it as a hobby!


I’ve taken so many trips to and from California this year, it’s insane. I’m not complaining, though, because if I had it my way, I’d move there. Who wouldn’t want sunshine, beaches, palm trees, and endless inspiration?

In celebration of my travels, I’d like to share this free print I created a few weeks back. Just right click>> SAVE>>PRINT + frame!

Fall wedding season is just around the corner, and we all know what that means– darker color palettes! A favorite of mine has always been black, gold, and white. It’s timeless, and totally reminds me of one of my favorite eras: the 1920’s.

If you’re looking to spruce up your wedding, or just any fall event in general with a set of moody escort cards, read on for a tutorial.

What you’ll need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Black watercolor ink (I used a random palette from Michael’s)
  • A paintbrush (I used the Pentel Aquash Brush)
  • Gold ink (I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Copperplate Gold)
  • Optional: A paper cutter

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Photo credit: West Coast Aesthetic and Shaun Turley + Tori West

I’m not gonna lie. I absolutely love doing collaborations, especially with other creatives in Seattle. As a small business owner, I often feel alone, but opportunities like these remind me of the great community that is just a comment, Tweet, or Snap away.

This past Saturday, my BFF, N, and I headed over to Style Lab Seattle at a bright and cheery 7AM. She worked away at her laptop on personal stuff, while I got started on adding my hand lettering to the stunning, straight-outta-Pinterest space.

Photo credit: West Coast Aesthetic and Shaun Turley + Tori West

My mediums were whiteboard walls and printer paper. I’ve worked a TON with printer paper in the past, and know about its porous nature, so that wasn’t an issue. But as for the whiteboard, I quickly learned that it was a tricky thing.

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