WELL, HELLO THERE!
I’m Alex, the calligrapher, stationer and educator behind Prairie Letter Shop. I grew up on the West Coast, the daughter of a teacher/crafter mom and a film executive dad. Given my family history, it makes perfect sense that I would end up as a teacher-turned-creative entrepreneur. At home, I filled time with art projects and make believe businesses. I’ve loved lettering since I was a tiny kid and even addressed my aunt’s wedding invitations as a sixth grader.
After a stint with Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta and a few more years teaching high school English in Brooklyn, I took a leap of faith that landed me in the middle of the country, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I began work as an instructional coach. My manager noticed my need for a creative outlet, and an Etsy shop was born. Within two months, I was surprised to find myself spending many late nights filling rubber stamp orders and lettering envelopes --and even more surprised by how much I loved the work despite the long hours. After a year, I took another leap of faith and left my career in education. I opened the full-time doors of Prairie Letter Shop on June 1, 2015, specializing in wedding invitations and lettering education. A new chapter began in August of 2018 when I welcomed my first baby, a little girl named Evangeline. I stepped away from wedding stationery, transitioned to everyday paper goods, and eventually welcomed a second baby in May of 2020: a son named Holden.
These days, I work from home with my kiddos close by. Outside of work, I love meal prep, date nights, podcasts, girl time, margaritas, and workouts on the Peleton. Catch up with me on Instagram and say hi!