Mar
21
2009

  Thirty-six Down, Umpteen To Go

I've been addressing the envelopes for the birth announcements, I did about 20 last week, another 16 tonight. I still have a lot more to go, but my arm is tired. I am glad to be getting this done now before the baby is born. I ordered some nice foil return address stickers to use as envelope seals so I wouldn't have to hand-write the return address on all the envelopes.

I haven't been a purist with this project. Although I thought it would be fun to address the envelopes in calligraphy (in practice, I suppose it's more of a novelty than "fun" per se, but that does make it less dull than plain handwriting), I haven't matched the formality of the script with the formality of the addresses. I'm using people's first and last names, no honorifics. Sometimes I use abbreviations for Rd, St, etc. depending on how the writing fits on a line.

And the return address labels won't match exactly, but they should look good enough. Ideally I would have gotten blue printing on clear or silver foil (since I'm using blue ink to address), but I found black printing on silver foil, so that'll have to do. I'm not going to spend hours scouring the internet for the "perfect" stickers.

And I'm playing it pretty fast and loose with the calligraphy itself. I looked at the calligraphy book for reference for the first several, but now I'm just winging it. It's a mishmash of italic styles. When I was in my 20s I would have been far more meticulous about maintaining consistency to some defined style of script. But now I realize that my aesthetic standards are way higher than most people's, that while most people will recognize "calligraphy", they won't have a clue whether something is Chancery Italic or Formal Script or whatever. So any meticulousness on my part must be 99% for my own benefit. And at this point, I care more about having a little fun with the project than maintaining calligraphic integrity.

I'm much less of a perfectionist than I used to be. I've learned over the years that the perfect is the enemy of the good. If I took the time to do everything perfectly, I wouldn't get much done. And I've got a LOT of announcements to address. I think I'm sending one to just about everyone I've ever met, this is such a big event. I've never had a baby before, and the fact that it's happening rather late in life, especially after most people I know assume we could not have kids because that's what I thought, too, means this is pretty big news. And I think everyone will be very happy for me once they get the news, since most old friends know how much I used to want kids and how upset I was that I couldn't have any. So I'm celebrating now.