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for the love of letters…

January 12, 2010

Some people find their passion in baking, others in singing, piano, sports, running and even shopping. Some people are passionate about shoes, books, or jewelry.

For a long time I struggled to find something I was truly passionate about. I thought for a bit that cooking was my match. I was destined to bake. But 100 burnt and tasteless cookies later, I didn’t need anyone to tell me “baking wasn’t my thing”. The smell in the house was a dead giveaway.

Then one November afternoon, I was at the mall shopping for a friend’s birthday gift and came up with nothing. Typical for the small Athens mall that had one “cool” store, Victoria’s Secret. My friend was a male, needless to say, it was not a good match. On my way home from my unsuccessful trip, I stopped by Hobby Lobby and planned on getting him a small piece of art for his new apartment.

I never found the pre-made art section of Hobby Lobby, instead I ended up in la-la land fascinated  with the paint, ink, paper and canvas isles. It was then that my journey began.

My passion for watercolors and letters didn’t come to me overnight…it was a process. I spent many nights frustrated with acrylics, oil and letters, that I swear came straight from hell.  But even in the most frustrating nights, I loved what I was doing. I loved who I was when the brush hit the canvas and colors melted together. I loved my thoughts as I watched the ink flow on the paper making letters come to life. It’s something you feel. It’s something I still feel, everyday.

I found my passion in watercolors and letters. And now, my quest is to make my passion my business.


My favorite letter is lowercase p. Most people and calligraphers don’t like the letter “p”. It’s open and spacious. It doesn’t look like the “p” we typically use, because it doesn’t close. It lacks the flourish of uppercase letters and lacks the definition of lowercase letters.

And I love the “p” for all of these reasons. It’s difficult and stubborn, yet it is open and vulnerable. Perhaps, you don’t share my love for letters, and that’s fine. But regardless, the letter “p” is always the first step in writing passion…and for this, I love it.

PASSION…..find yours.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. ~Henry David Thoreau

Follow your passion, and success will follow you. ~Arthur Buddhold

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Justin Fouse permalink
    January 14, 2010 4:56 am

    Allie Carswell you are so talented! I love it that you have found something you are so passionate about and it makes me smile to see your creations come to life. I enjoy watching you go to that special place that brings you joy and I can’t wait to see all the people you get to bless with your art. It is truly inviting.

  2. Hope permalink
    January 14, 2010 2:18 pm

    Wow!!! Passion is a hard thing to define, and an even harder thing to find. You have done both in such a way that is refreshing and inviting. Your talent is amazing and I am sure you will go far in this endeavor. I know you can “bee” the miracle!!

  3. January 14, 2010 3:05 pm

    I second Justin’s comment! So glad you’ve found something you love and are good at. If you run with it I know you’ll go so far 🙂

    PS – I didn’t know you were such a good writer to boot!

  4. January 14, 2010 4:39 pm

    What a most beautiful blog little lady! Allie I cannot tell you how proud I am of you for just delving into the unknown to pursue your new passion. You honestly inspire me to reach out of my boundaries and explore things. And this helps explain a lot about our last year of college, haha. Don’t worry, you will ALWAYS have cooking over me. Although, I have to say that Julie and Julia did make me feel like I might have a little chef in me somewhere waiting to be unleashed. 😉

    I cannot wait to start thinking about graduation (and birthday, holiday party… and who knows, maybe one day wedding) invitations! And I’m excited to be able to share the journey with you. Keep writing!

    Love you lots!

  5. July 22, 2010 7:38 pm

    this is lovely! Your script is gorgeous with such personality. Be proud.

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