When we think of calligraphy we think elegance, inspiration and passion – all characteristics that Maghon, of All She Wrote Notes, possesses… and then some. We love a woman who unabashedly puts herself out there, laying it all out on the table and sharing a piece of her soul with the world. That, my friends, is what you get with Maghon. Yes, there are beautiful prints, perfect cards, elegant script and moving phrases, but there is more. There is a woman behind the scenes who hand writes these prints as a labor of love. Wow, we can get on board with that!
Tell us how you first got into calligraphy! We’ve tried it and DANG, is it hard! Have any advice for those trying their hand at it?
For as long as I can remember I have taken pride in my handwriting and started lettering as early as middle school with “Good Luck Rachel” signs before soccer games. Throughout High School and college my love of lettering grew and I even had a small business from my dorm making personalized stationery. I didn’t get into calligraphy until I signed up to take an eight part course for my 26th Birthday. I actually didn’t do very well in the course at all because it felt too formal and elegant for me. I LOVED calligraphy though. I decided to keep the formal tools, posture and techniques, and then throw the font out the window. I developed a style that was true to myself and is much more whimsical and feels like my personality on the page.
For those trying your hand at calligraphy, I can’t recommend an in person class enough. It can be SO incredibly frustrating to just get ink to come out of the pen, so an experienced teacher will be able to work you through those initial calligraphy woes.
What inspired you to launch All She Wrote Notes?
All She Wrote Notes started when I was running late for book club and needed a hostess gift. A few weeks after I completed the calligraphy course mentioned above, I dug into my craft supplies and made the first set of calligraphy note cards that were all sayings common to my family in North Carolina. Bless Your Heart, Hey Y’all, Love You Lots and Thanks a Bunch. Once I got there, my friends were saying “OMG! Where did you find these? I want to buy them!” They could hardly believe I made them myself, so a seed was planted. I went home that Wednesday night and in my bed (on my iPhone 4) I opened my etsy shop, gmail account and Instagram. That Friday a lady from New Orleans gave me my first sale! The rest is history.
Tell us one thing that entrepreneurship surprised you with – what did you learn from it?
Entrepreneurship is hard. I am a people pleaser to the max, so I was surprised (and hurt) the first time a customer got angry with me when her package was bent in the mail. Shipping drama is the most stressful part of my business. I learned quickly that people just want what they paid for and it is a lot easier to replace a print than an unhappy customer.
What are your favorite things about sending and receiving snail mail?
Oh My Goodness! Some days I can’t wait to get home and check the mail. Admittedly, I do quite a bit of shopping online, so I have happy packages coming to me at least a couple times a month. I feel like my eyes light up when I am going through a stack of bills and I spy someone’s handwriting. I ALWAYS open that piece first. Something about that special touch that someone through enough of me to write, is one of my favorite things in the world.
Where do you gather inspiration for your designs?
My customers and my life, the south, living life to the fullest and celebrating every single day.
Do you have a favorite color or type of paper to work with?
My favorite color is hot pink, closely followed by mint and Carolina Blue. I also love gold. Actually I love all colors. And glitter. I love working on great quality card stock.
We love your motto – “work hard, stay sweet, trust god, love deep.” Tell us a little bit more about that thought and how it plays into your life!
THANK YOU! I love it too. That was really the very first time I felt like I shared a piece of my heart online. I was working on some goal setting worksheets from my friend Lara Casey and it seemed like everything was pointing me back to this direction. I set there and thought, “What do I want All She Wrote Notes to be about? What is Maghon about? What do I want to be known for?” And this is what I wrote down. I posted a photo of my handwriting and it went viral. Since then, that has become one of my best selling pieces in my store, and I am humbled every single time because those are my original words and come from the bottom of my heart.
Each time someone orders this, I still write it by hand and say a prayer for that person that we can all help each other live by this life motto.
Sweet Tea or Lemonade?
Uuuhhhhhhh….. read the next question!
Tell us two things about yourself that we couldn’t find out ourselves!
I have a major confession. I am from the south. I am as southern as they come but I hate sweet tea. OMG! Whew, I feel better now that you know. I LOVE love love love unsweet tea and can’t get enough. I don’t love sweet drinks in general, I always tell a waiter when they offer me sweet tea that “I’m sweet enough!”
Growing up I was really into sports and getting Chris Taylor (my now husband) to think I was school. I bought NBA themed markers (I was still me!) and memorized all of the teams. I played basketball, soccer, tennis and golf but also took (and LOVED) dance for eighteen years.
It’s Saturday morning, what can we find you doing?
I live for Saturday mornings. Chris works night shift, so even though we finally live in the same city, we rarely see each other until the weekends. He sleeps in later than me on Saturdays, but I take that time to get up, have coffee in my porch swing, read a devotional, and punch confetti! My recycle bin overflows with calligraphy bloopers that I give a second life on Saturday mornings when I pop confetti by hand to put in packages headed all over the USA. My office gets out.of.control during the week and I spend Saturday mornings getting everything back where it should be before Chris wakes up and my favorite part of the weekend really starts.
What word represents the twenty-something decade?
Obessed. I feel like with myself and my peers, we are either 100% obsessed and all in or completely disinterested and unengaged. This can work in our favor, as I work full time in alumni relations, as people LOVE their alma mater, but also the opposite when we are trying to talk to them on the wrong channels (hello facebook). I feel like we get really excited and passionate about the things that fire us up and we have a voice and platforms where our friends listen to us be like “OMG, Y’all, these donuts” or “High Fives for Equality.” I am fortunate to have grown up in this decade and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
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What I want to tell you is the why. Why the celebrating? Why the calligraphy?
Way too often people save calligraphy like they save their wedding china. It is only used for the MOST special occasion, and many of us will go our whole lives without having our names written in this magical script. While there are much larger issues in the world, I think this is one I can fix. I want to make calligraphy more fun. I want people to think of me when they are planning anything from a handwritten note to a summer soiree. Weddings are part of my business, but honestly the smallest part. I want to make people realize that everyday LIFE is worth celebrating. Writing someone’s name in pretty handwriting makes them feel special and I have the privilege of doing that almost every single day.