portland, maine calligraphy workshop events at The Press Hotel
To kick off the 2017 holiday season last month we planned our first ever Maine class at The Press Hotel and decided to make a weekend of it to celebrate our business turning 2! We packed our caboodles (professional make up artist kit on wheels turned calligraphy case) for our road trip and had way too much fun running around the city of Portland with our #instagramhusbands!

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                   it wouldn’t be a sip & script getaway if we didn’t have matching hats {shitthatiknit.com]

The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine


The Press Hotel is the most darling boutique hotel located in what used to be where the Portland Press Herald operated out of until 2010. It really is a calligrapher’s dream, with pangrams embroidered into the desk chairs of each guest room, letters on the hallway carpets, and the lobby bar called The Inkwell. If we ever have an official HQ, it would include all of the above!The Press Hotel Portland, MaineThe Inkwell Bar in the Press Hotel Portland, Maine

After a happy hour at the Inkwell bar, we continued the party over at Mash Tun for some pre-dinner beverages! Highly recommend this cozy spot for a killer local beer list and awesome snacks right in the center of the city. We then ventured over to one of Meg’s favorite spots, Little Tap House, for dinner before returning back to the hotel for a nightcap at their restaurant, Union. We can’t rave enough about the phenomenal cocktails and also the breakfast (try to find a better avocado toast in Boston, you won’t!) we had there the next morning before setting up for class.

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                                                                                  team brews at Mash Tun

When The Press Hotel reached out (way back in July!) about planning a collaboration we had set up a meeting right away and knew it would be the perfect location to host our first Maine event. We planned a Sunday brunch themed calligraphy class and 40 fabulous ladies came to join us for the occasion. A huge, heartfelt thank you to The Press Hotel for providing the brunch pastries, mimosas, and the gorgeous backdrop to a dream event. We can’t rave enough about the sweet and helpful staff throughout our stay! To celebrate the season of giving, together with The Press Hotel, we donated a portion of ticket sales to a local Portland non-profit called The Telling Room. We were so happy to contribute to this writing center for children that “believes that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.” We couldn’t agree more!

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We loved getting to meet such an awesome crew of Portland’s creatives during our Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy class that Sunday. We made many new photographer friends, and finally got to meet our insta friends Maggie from Seacoast Lately, and Emily from Rookie Party Blog! We were so touched that some of our guests even made the trip up to Maine from Boston and Providence for the occasion too! Thank you everyone for helping us ring in our second birthday in the best possible way. Portland, we love you, and can’t wait for our next trip!
portland maine calligraphy workshop at The Press Hotel





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Merry Christmas everyone! Meg here, and I wanted to share with you our [former] home all decked out for the holidays! Last year our home was in our town’s Christmas House Tour and open for a full weekend of tours throughout every room. Pretty much everyone we know thought we were completely insane for participating (including my husband who I wasn’t sure was going to survive my full blown crazy mode in the weeks leading into it) because it’s essentially hundreds of strangers walking through, but we now look back at that weekend as one of our most cherished memories in that house. I thought you all would enjoy the lettered touches I sprinkled in everywhere I could! And of course, it wouldn’t be an event if Shane Godfrey Photography wasn’t there to photograph it! Thanks Shane for these snaps! christmas house tour holiday dining room with rustic decorchristmas tablescape holiday decor pottery barn

As many of you know, I am a NH native and when we left Charlestown a few years ago for the burbs, we ended up purchasing a charming little cape not far from my parents and where I grew up. We had the absolute best 3.5 years in that home but decided to sell it this Fall since my husband’s job is now in Portsmouth, NH. We are actively on the house hunt as we speak and can’t wait to bring more Sip & Script to NH’s beautiful seacoast!

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rustic fixer upper style christmas decor with real fireplacechristmas bedroom decor rusticBecause we have yet to find a new spot to call home, my husband and I currently have all our belongings in storage and are now roomies with my Mom – living the dream! Seriously though, my Mom is the best (some of you met her at our Dec 7th Crompton class!), and we couldn’t be happier to be crashing with her for everyone’s last Christmas in our childhood home. She too plans to downsize and relocate when we find our new place! Looking forward to both my sisters being home for Christmas this week so that I have all my favorite people under one roof for the holidays! Wishing you all a happy holiday with your loved ones as well! Enjoy the tour! 
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We find it so hard to believe we have come up on our 2nd year in business this week! It’s no secret we love celebrating here, so when we realized we were approaching our 2 year class anniversary we knew we had to do something extra like run around with balloons and laugh at each other like it was all very natural! We know it was Shane Godfrey‘s favorite photoshoot to date. Huge thanks to our girl Johanna at Jo Louise Beauty for making us feel so glam that day too! #dreamteam

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All joking aside, we are seriously so beyond thankful for the love and support we continue to receive from you all! One of our most FAQ is how we got started, and it was honestly by lucky accident! With no business plan or really any kind of plan at all we threw together an event intended to help ladies write pretty holiday cards in December of 2015. Meg’s husband made a website to collect payment and we still remember that night when we posted and saw tickets being purchased texting each other like OMG people want to come!Meg Chaloner and Julie Mancini Sip & Script second birthday

We have now taught over 1000 students and teach anywhere from 1-3 classes per week. We have both phased out of custom wedding work and now have the pleasure of referring our Sip & Script alumni to brides! We also launched our licensee program and brought on Jess Glazier who is now teaching Sip & Scripts and will be taking 2018 by storm. We can’t wait to continue to grow and bring you the very best of our little calligraphy world and thank you all so much for following along!

Our main man, Shane Godfrey Photography!