This poem was written for the bride by her mum, and the plan was to have it at their wedding day, and for all the guests to sign around it - a great keepsake.
I knew the photo was going to be 8" x 11" so of course left the space, and yet it looked terrible without the photo in place. So a lovely photo of my niece and husband was put to good work!
In fact when the bride came to collect it she brought the photo - it was a beautiful engagement picture of the couple in, I think, dark sepia, and it looked amazing!
I hope they got the piece signed early in the evening, before too much champagne had been consumed and the messages from their guests were still legible and clean!
I've been really enjoying reading other blogs that diligently review 2012, and set out goals for 2013.... but shirking doing either of those things myself!
Actually that's not totally true, but I'm approaching both in a haphazard way not suitable for sharing with my blog readers.
One of the things that has surprised me in 2013 is the burst of new people signing up for online calligraphy learning - I'm really delighted, but surprised as I'd turned off all the advertising other than its presence on my site (partly feeling a little despondent that no-one ever finishes a course). So my new recruits are getting 1st class service (as everyone has), but I'll also ask people for feedback so that I can work out if there's something in particular that causes people to fade away.
And an active plan for 2013 is to improve some of my photographs. Now I have a shiny iMac I am less than satisfied with some of the photos - luckily my husband has just treated himself to a super-fancy new camera, so I think he'll be up for helping me out!
That's more than enough intraspection for now. Here's a picture of my lovely fish (and tank) I got for Christmas!
I'm not so sure about sharing this! It's a picture of me and 5 of the 7 in my Lincoln group - but I think they look a bit nervous!
Great camera work by Bob has meant that while the inevitable mugs of tea are in shot, all the delicious cake is not on show!
It's a lovely group - we have excellent ranging discussions, and it's the first time a group have enthusiastically set themselves homework for while we're not together - not one but 3 pieces of homework too!
I'm looking forward to seeing them all in the next couple of weeks.
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.