This one should really be filed under “**Pretty Things**“… because it simply does not get prettier than this.

Meet **Barbara Kua** – a master calligrapher from Toronto, ON. Her flawless inscriptions make memories of my own wedding rush to the forefront of my mind; such is the power of her exquisite and romantic letterings.

From her website:

*Calligraphy literally means beautiful writing and stems from ancient roots. In today’s age, computer generated fonts are widely accessible, but something handwritten always has a warmth a computer just can’t compete with. Calligraphy is an exquisite way to add a personal touch to delight your guests.*

My friends will tell you that I’m somewhat obsessed with penmanship. When I come across cursive writing that catches my eye, I scrutinize every loop, dot and cross. Then I theorize what makes it so attractive – is it the angle, symmetry or continuity? How much pressure would one have to exert to allow the pen to flow so seamlessly? (Yes, sometimes I have too much time on my hands.) Therefore it’s certainly no surprise that talented calligraphers such as Barbara literally knock me off my feet. LOVES it!

Barbara takes a contemporary approach to the ancient art of calligraphy, offering fresh and modern styles. She offers lettering to tickle every fancy – including the tart and refreshing “**Taylor**“, the haute couture “**Katie**“, and my favourite, the whimsical and fun “**Penelope**.” Her services include, but are not limited to, envelope addressing, menus, invitations, rubber address stamps, poems, quotes and more.

If you’ve got an upcoming event, consider injecting some personality and upping the “wow” factor by including custom calligraphy. Many of my friends (myself included) treat invitations as keepsakes; imagine how surprised your guests will be when they receive a beautifully lettered card – made from scratch, not Windows Vista :)

On a budget? You can still incorporate a personal touch with Barbara’s **calligraphy rubber stamps** – customized with your choice of calligraphy style and a return address. The stamp is made with 100% natural red rubber which lasts longer, retains ink better and makes for a crisp impression.

**And it’s not just for wedding invitations!** You can use the stamp for all your correspondence – for Christmas cards, use a festive green or red ink to showcase your holiday spirit, or go the extra mile with sparkly embossed lettering! For birthday invitations, channel your inner Martha Stewart and choose an ink colour which matches the theme of the invite.

Barbara works with clients from all over the world – simply contact her with the details of your event, and she’ll turn your vision into art.

Click here to visit Barbara Kua Calligraphy.

**WIN IT!**

Barbara has generously offered one *Listen to Lena!* reader the chance to **win a wooden handle Rubber Address Stamp** – personalized with your return address in your choice of calligraphy (value $39). To enter, simply visit Barbara’s website and tell us which style of lettering is your favourite.

You can also qualify for extra entries! Remember, you must leave a separate comment to claim your extra entry. You can:

(1) Follow my blog, *Listen to Lena!*

(2) Follow Barbara Kua Calligraphy on Twitter

(3) Tweet about the **It’s One of A Kind!** giveaways (tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/369glqk)

(4) You may Tweet daily.

I’ll draw for a winner On December 4th. Good luck everybody!

E(K)G

It's a toss-up between Ashley and Olivia. Can I have both?

Carlee

I love the Ashley style of lettering!

Carlee

Follow your blog!

Ingie

hmmm…my fave is the Olivia. such a clean look to it.

Sarah

I love the Claire style.

Sarah

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Oody

I love the Claire style. Reminiscent of days gone by.

Michelle

I think I'l take Olivia

Katie

you may think I would go for the "Katie"… but I really think that "Hannah" is more my stylekatiejaneallen at gmail dot com

Katie

I follow your blogkatiejaneallen at gmail dot com

Suzanne

I really like Ashley! suzanneculp@gmail.com

Suzanne

I follow your blog.suzanneculp@gmail.com

Suzanne

I follow bkcalligraphy on twitter (sveldpaus)suzanneculp@gmail.com

Suzanne

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~Megs~

I follow your blog everyday!!I love the Katie style!

~Megs~

Follow your blog everyday!I love the Katie font, classic!

~she~

I dabble in calligraphy but she blows me away. I love Penelope!

~she~

I'm a follower!

Margheret

Like the Ashley style

Margheret

Follow your blog

Nancy G

Love the Olivia style

Nancy G

Follow your blog

The confessions of a blogaholic

Ashley is my fave!

The confessions of a blogaholic

Follow your blog.

The confessions of a blogaholic

Follow Barbara on Twitter.

jann

I like Sohpia and Olivia!

jann

And I love following your blog!

anya

I think I like the Taylor style – so hard to choose!

anya

I follow!

Glogirl

I like the Taylor style.

Glogirl

I follow your blog via GFC.

Glogirl

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Sandy

Whooo this would be perfect for my upcoming wedding! I follow your blog and I love love love the Ashley style!

NT

The Taylor style is the one that appeals to me.

NT

I follow your blog.

Deb

Katie is my favourite!

Deb

I follow your blog!

Kirsten

For address labels I like the Ashley style the best…would be great for Christmas cards. Does it come with ink too?

Kirsten

I follow your blog.

Jamie

I like the Taylor style best, little more modern!

Anne W

I like Sophia and Katie. Love them!

Anne W

I follow your blog.

Anonymous

I follow your blog!

trishsmth

I follow your blog

trishsmth

I love the Ashley style!!

Addison K.A.T.

The Sophia lettering is my favoriteanita [dot] truck [at] gmail [dot] com

Addison K.A.T.

following you via GFCanita [dot] truck [at] gmail [dot] com

Monica

I like Taylor – simple and elegant!

edmontonjb

I like taylor bestdftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

edmontonjb

I follow with GFCdftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

edmontonjb

I follow Barbara on twitter as edmontonjbdftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

a

I love the Penelope!

a

I follow your blog!

a

I follow bkcalligraphy on twitter!

Shauna MacKenzie

They are all so beautiful…Olivia is my favourite! I am such a calligraphy nerd! I used to do it myself, and had quite a collection of different pens. Makes me want to start up that hobby again!

Shauna MacKenzie

Follow your blog :)

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen

The Olivia is beautiful

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen

I follow

Tricha

Definitely the Katie.

Tricha

I follow your blog.

missbobloblaw

I like the Charlotte script

missbobloblaw

I follow w/GFC

missbobloblaw

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missbobloblaw

I follow @bkcalligraphy@missbobloblaw

Leslie

I would pick the Hannah style – it was a tough choice. They're all so beautiful.

Leslie

I follow Listen to Lena!!!

Suzanne

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Deb Manni

This is a great resource for thank you cards, christmas cards – so much better than stickers! Less waste. I want this prize!

Deb Manni

I really want this!

Deb Manni

I most likely would choose taylor if I win this btw.

Suzanne

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leanne_mac

I like the Claireleannemacg at gmail.com

leanne_mac

I like the Claireleannemacg at gmail.com

leanne_mac

I follow you on gfcleannemacg at gmail.com

leanne_mac

I Follow Barbara Kua Calligraphy on Twitterleannemacg at gmail.com

Lotus

I love all the fonts- so pretty! I think my fave is Hannah:)

Lotus

For another entry- I follow your blog:)

Huguette E.

The Ashley is my favorite style.henglish at nb dot sympatico dot ca

Annie

I love the Olivia style. Thanks.

Annie

I follow your blog!

Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Mom vs. the boys

they are all so beautiful! wow! I think I would choose the sophiamomvstheboys at gmail dot com

Mom vs. the boys

I follow barbara on twitter as theonlygirlmomvstheboys at gmail dot com

Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Suzanne

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Suzanne

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Suzanne

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Sorc

Sophia is my style… :)

Sorc

I follow your blog :)

missbobloblaw

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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roswell

i like the CLAIRE style the best i think , i have terrible handwriting so this would be greatstaceyx at telus dot net

roswell

i follow your blogstaceyx at telus dot net

roswell

i Follow Barbara Kua Calligraphy on Twitter @roswellostaceyx at telus dot net

roswell

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Huguette E.

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Michelle

I love the Hannah style.

Michelle

I follow your blog

Michelle

I follow Barbara on twitter @notpregnantjust

Michelle

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Glogirl

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SaraT

I love the Claire style!

Stam-ish

The Claire style…so feminine.

roswell

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Huguette E.

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Josie.K.

I like the Ashley style!

Josie.K.

I follow your blog!

LoriD

I like the Hannah-style best. What a unique product!

Glogirl

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Mommy V.

I love the Penelope style! Too cute!

Mommy V.

I follow your blog via GFC!

Mommy V.

I'm following Barbara Kua Calligraphy on Twitter as @vira25

Mommy V.

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Amanda Schoonjans

I follow Listen to Lena!

Amanda Schoonjans

I would choose the Penelope style:)

Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

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Glogirl

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Huguette E.

Following via GFChenglish at nb dot sympatico dot ca

Huguette E.

Following Barbara Kua on twitter ~ @henglishhenglish at nb dot sympatico dot ca

Diana

So classy!

Diana

Katie and Claire are beautiful writing styles

Diana

I could use one of these…or two…or three

Tylerpants

I like the pretty Hannah style. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Tylerpants

I'm a GFC follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

trixx

Love the Ashley style!

trixx

I follow your blog!

Maple Leaf Mommy

I think the Ashley script is my favourite!

Maple Leaf Mommy

I follow you on GFC.

Huguette E.

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roswell

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