Business Highlights of 2016 – Part One

One of the things I’ve found hardest about being self-employed is self-doubt.

Don’t get me wrong, my family and friends are very supportive.

But running your own business can be a bit of a slog at times and doubts can start to creep in.

So, I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to look back on the achievements of Creative Calligraphy in 2016.

(It helps to give yourself a pat on the back sometimes.)

I came up with a list of 12 highlights – that’s one cause for celebration a month!

So, in no particular order, here are the first six in the first part of my review of the year.

I’ll post the second lot of highlights later this week.


highlights 2016 11 – A full year of employment via The Cultural Spring.

I started running calligraphy workshops for The Cultural Spring towards the end of 2015 and have now completed three terms with the organisation. I hope to continue my involvement when the second phase of the project starts in spring 2017. Read my blog about it here.



wedding plan calligraphy highlights2 – Working with The Whole Sh-bang Event Decor.

I was introduced to Kathryn Beattie at a wedding fair and have been working with her this year on creating mirrored table plans for several weddings that she has styled. I hope to be able to offer my services to more event dressers and planners in 2017. Read my blog about it here.



wedding handbook tabs highlights3 – Joining The Wedding Handbook.

I met Gemma Jay at my first ever meeting of the Inspire Network and I was delighted to be able to support her handbook for brides by becoming one of her first featured suppliers. Read my blog about it here.




Danielle and David, Durham Cathedral and Seaham Hall highlights4 – Having my calligraphy featured on bridal blog Love My Dress.

I knew Danielle Horn’s wedding to David Bland at Durham Cathedral was worthy of a glossy spread, so I wasn’t surprised when it featured on Love My Dress, along with my calligraphy. Read my blog about it here.




digitised calligraphy 3 highlights5 – Digitising my calligraphy for the first time.

This is an avenue I hope to explore further in 2017 after helping a couple create their wedding invitations by adding my calligraphy to an illustration created by the groom. Read my blog about it here.




Angela Reed Creative Calligraphy highlights6 – Running workshops for Newcastle Does Vintage.

The workshop side of things has taken off this year and I was asked to run workshops at two Newcastle Does Vintage events this year, which were fully booked. Read my blog about it here.


  1. Fred Baines on December 27, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Hi Angela, congratulations on a successful year. I too felt the same in 2003 when I retired from the Fire Service and set up my Consultancy. But with time and dedication came success as with you. Wishing you continued success in 2017 and onwards.



    • Angela Reed on December 30, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      That’s very kind of you Fred, thanks! And the same to you of course.

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