Shop Closed For Three Weeks

I will be closing Leen Machine and our Etsy shop starting on Monday, June 23 and will reopen on Wednesday, July 16. 

Why? For the next three weeks, I will be out of state, some on vacation and most as a bridesmaid in two weddings. I also plan on catching up on envelope orders from some sweet brides to be, and preparing for my beginner calligraphy class next month. On top of that, I hope to catch some down times in the middle of all this busy to reflect on where I want Leen Machine to be and also create new calligraphy goods for Leen Machine. 

I will do my best to answer any emails during the weekdays. 

This is the longest I am closing up shop ever, but I'm excited for this time and just as excited to get back to the swing of things three weeks from now. 

Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners

I am SO excited to teach a beginner's calligraphy class next month! I'm most excited about not only passing on my love for calligraphy but sharing what I know.  

If you've always wanted to learn calligraphy, never picked up a calligraphy pen before, and don't know where to begin, this modern calligraphy beginner class is for you! We'll go over the tools you'll use, how to write with the pointed pen, and learn how to create the thick/thin strokes that everyone loves with calligraphy! 

To sign up or for more information, visit

A Garden Wedding In Charleston

This garden wedding invitation suite was so much fun to design! Since my own invitations were pocketfolds, I have a soft spot for any invitation with pocketfolds. The bride to be loved how the colors turned out, and she was ecstatic that the map to their venue was personalized in her wedding colors. 

My Best Friend's Wedding in Alaska

By this time next month, I will be in Alaska for the first time, standing by one of my best friends since middle school, Lindsey, as she ties the knot!

When I found out that she got engaged over Thanksgiving last year, first,  I was so ecstatic! Second, I knew I wanted to design her wedding invitations for her! She described her vision for her wedding as Southern Rustic with mason jars of sweet tea and lemonade. 

I have to say, she put me out of my comfort zone, trying something that I've never tried or considered before - using more than two fonts for one design. Needless to say, I'm glad how it turned out!


Why Calligraphy?

When I started Leen Machine back in 2010, nowhere did I plan to change everything so the main focus of my business is calligraphy. It wasn't even a skill I knew of yet. 

It began with an online class called I Still Love Calligraphy and the rest, as they say, is history. I slowly fell hard for calligraphy and it saved me from my chicken scratch handwriting. 

Calligraphy has taught me two important things: 

1. It will never be perfect but even with its imperfections, it is beautiful just the way it is. 

2. Slowing down is key. No matter what's going on around me, calligraphy soothes my soul and forces me to slow down.

Calligraphy brings me such joy and I'm extremely grateful to be able to share it with others.  

For fun, here's a look back at the evolution of Leen Machine.