Smitten Shop Open Late!

To our local Southern California friends, JOIN US as we participate in Old Town Monrovia’s Wine Walk!

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is an opportunity to visit the great stores and businesses throughout Old Town Monrovia while tasting some amazing wines! Visit Monrovia’s website for information on how to purchase a ticket.


For those who don’t want to participate in the Wine Walk, our brick and mortar will be open to the public the whole evening, so come on over and enjoy some tasty treats, socializing, and shopping!


Sip • Shop • Support

Calling all Calligraphy Lovers!

Expert calligrapher Nina Tran will be teaching a series of 4 classes with us over the next 4 months. She is a top notch Los Angeles-based calligrapher with years of experience in all forms of calligraphy, from classic to contemporary, Spencarian to modern. By taking Nina’s courses on calligraphy, you will learn all the skills you need to advance in this beautiful art form.

Each class will be limited in size so students will receive as much personal attention as possible! Since she will be teaching a new class each month, you can take one that sounds most interesting to you or follow along in the series to learn as much as possible!


Pointed Pen Basics

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 • 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Click HERE to reserve your spot!

Want to learn pointed pen calligraphy but don’t know where to begin?  This is the class for you!

Our goal is to build strong roots for your script to blossom by establishing a deep foundation and understanding for the tools and materials, basic techniques and key concepts.  We will learn how to use our tools for optimal results and how to study and practice at home with confidence.

Exploring Copperplate: Lowercase

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 • 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Copperplate is a beautiful and elegant script and is characterized by the contrast of thin (hairline) and thick (shade) strokes, a 55º slant, and delicate forms and loops, all of which are based on a narrow oval.

Our goal is to establish a strong foundation for learning the basics of calligraphy and exploring all lower case letters so you can study and practice at home with confidence and direction.

If you’re looking to learn and/or refine your Copperplate lowercase letters, this intensive class is for you.

Exploring Copperplate: Uppercase

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 • 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

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In this 4.5-hour class, we will begin with studying the key concepts and basic strokes before moving on to writing the uppercase letterforms.  Stroke-by-stroke, we will dissect each letter into component parts and examine the differences and commonalities between other letters.  We will learn how to look at and critique your work with keener eyes.

This class will give you the foundation to learn and practice calligraphy with proper techniques to establish good writing habits from the start.

Introduction to Spencerian: Lowercase

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 • 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Spencerian script is a handwriting system developed by Platt Rogers Spencer in the mid-1800s.  Over the last few decades, Spencerian has made a comeback and is, once again, gaining popularity among penmen and calligraphers alike.

This script is well known for its simple, yet elegant, letterforms as well as ornate and captivating capitals and flourishes.


For more information on class descriptions, supplies required or provided, and prerequisites, please visit her website!

Brush Lettering Workshop Coming Your Way!

 Modern Brush Lettering

with Letters by Shells

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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The overall purpose of this workshop is to feel confident practicing Modern Brush Lettering at home using all the information and tools given. As a class, we will be able to practice both uppercase and lowercase alphabet by breaking down the connections to each letter in a word. Also, we will review frequently asked questions throughout the workshop together!

For more information, please visit her website!