Letter Be: Calligraphy and hand lettering

Boston, Massachusetts · 425 Sales


Letter Be: Calligraphy and hand lettering

Boston, Massachusetts 425 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Letter Be handwritten...
Thanks for stopping by! My shop is temporarily on vacation, but it will hopefully be back soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Best, Lesley

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 6, 2017

Letter Be handwritten...
Thanks for stopping by! My shop is temporarily on vacation, but it will hopefully be back soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Best, Lesley

Lesley Yoder

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Lesley Yoder


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Jessica Austgen

Jessica Austgen on Mar 13, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Super cute! Shipped exactly when the store said it would. Arrived in great shape. Love it.

Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown on Sep 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love it! Will be ordering more in the near future!

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Shop policies

Last updated on February 15, 2014
✒ Hello, and thank you for stopping by LetterBe! I have had more than a minor fascination with letters ever since I cast my peepers on PBS's "The Letter People" when I was in kindergarten. It was love at first sight, really. And, since then, I've been doing my best to capture different personalities and emotions through letters and words. In fact, I have my Ph.D. in French literature because I'm kind of a fan.

Letter be handwritten.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
✒ For non-stamp orders requesting a quick turnaround time of 4 weeks or less, I require full payment up front. I may accept orders requiring a turnaround time of 2 weeks or less for an additional fee, as they will be considered RUSH orders.

For a more advanced order (over 1 month) totaling $100 or more, I require a 50% deposit at the time of your order and the remaining 50% before I ship the order back to you. Please note that your deposit is NONREFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERRABLE because I plan my schedule and accept/reject orders depending on those that I have committed to in advance. If I accept an advanced order, I may turn down other customers thinking that I will not have enough time to complete them. If you then cancel, it means that I have lost out on other business opportunities.

I accept payment via direct checkout (including Etsy gift cards) and Paypal.
✒ Turnaround time:
* For rubber stamps, please allow 2-3 weeks for the processing and shipping of your stamp. Stamps ship via first-class mail unless you request otherwise in advance.

* Generally speaking, for envelope addressing and place card calligraphy, I will need at least 3-4 weeks to complete the order as I am working on multiple orders (and my full-time teaching job!) at the same time and must manage my time accordingly. It is your responsibility to follow up with me if your stationery is delayed and/or your deadline changes. I now ship envelopes and place cards via Priority insured Flat Rate boxes because the price remains the same regardless of the weight of the box. These are insured shipments that take 2-3 days, and I will supply you with the tracking number. If you prefer another shipping method (FedEx, UPS, etc.), please communicate this to me in advance. Because it is difficult to estimate shipping costs (and weight) at the time of your order, I will wait until you ship me the materials for lettering to see how much they cost to ship. I will then bill you for that amount prior to shipping them back to you.

* For illustrated plates, I will ship via Priority insured Flat Rate Boxes (2-3 days). I will package your plate in mounds of bubble wrap to ensure that it arrives to you perfectly intact! If something happens to happen during shipment, however, and the plate is damaged upon arrival, please take a picture and contact me immediately so that I can work with you to fix the problem as soon as possible.

* For individual items and table number cards, I will ship USPS Priority insured mail (2-3 days) unless you specify another preference in advance.

{ PLEASE NOTE: I ship to the address associated with your Etsy account. Please verify that this is the appropriate address where you would like your lettered items shipped. }
Refunds and Exchanges
✒ You deserve only the best, and I will not be satisfied unless you are. If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with my work, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can work on a solution together. As stated in the Payment Policy above, for orders requiring a deposit, the deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

If I make any mistakes in lettering (spelling, etc.) on envelopes, place cards, etc., I am happy to recreate your item free of charge. If, however, you have supplied me with misinformation, you will be charged the price per item that you need to be re-lettered.

For plate orders: As stated in the listings, I cannot guarantee that the illustration on the plate will withstand washing. The ink is baked into the plate and should be preserved as long as you use a soft cloth for wiping it down. DO NOT WASH IN THE DISHWASHER; the illustration and lettering will not hold up to the intense pressure. I am unable to offer refunds for plates whose illustration fades or wipes off. Plates are recommended for decoration only.

Please also note: I do not accept coated/shimmery envelopes and papers because they cause uncontrollable ink flow and consistency problems. If you do not communicate to me that you have ordered coated/shimmery envelopes or cards for lettering (please see #2 under "Additional Information" below) and there is no time to change to a different type of envelope, I am afraid that I cannot be held accountable for the ink flow inconsistencies that may occur, nor will I offer a refund.

My apologies, but I am unable to provide refunds for custom items, including calligraphy stamps and other personalized calligraphy items. It is for this reason that I offer at least one stamp proof and ask for your approval prior to processing.
Additional policies and FAQs
✒ My shop is divided into sections according to the type of item to be lettered: ENVELOPES, PLACE CARDS, STAMPS, etc. Individual listings are according to lettering style. If you find envelopes in a style that you would lie me to use for your place cards (or vice versa), please just convo me! I am still adding styles on a regular basis, too, so check back often!

Prior to ordering, please convo me with the following information...
1. Quantity you would like lettered. PLEASE NOTE: I require at least 15% extra of the quantity of items you require completed to account for errors, last-minute changes/additions, etc. Example: If you would like 100 envelopes lettered, I would require at least 115 total.
2. If ordering envelopes: please inform me whether you are also interested in interior envelopes and/or return address lettering. See pricing on individual listings. **PLEASE NOTE: Coated/shimmer envelopes cause problems with ink flow and consistency; therefore, I only accept orders containing matte envelopes. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Please see additional information under REFUND POLICY above.
3. Ink color (I have black and white ink readily available. For other ink colors to match a particular color scheme, I charge $5 per every 100 addresses/names.). Please note that I can only offer certain colors of ink. Please convo me in advance to see if I have your desired ink color.
4. Date by which you would like to receive the lettered items. If you do not specify a desired date of receipt, I will assume that there is no rush and will prioritize accordingly, taking other orders and my day job (!) into consideration.

Once we have communicated and discussed all details, I will set up a RESERVED listing with the total of your order, and I will also send you my home address for shipping the envelopes/cards to me. Guest/Invite list can be sent as a print-out along with the envelopes/cards or e-mailed to me as a Word doc or Excel spreadsheet. My email address is letterbeonetsy {at} gmail {dot} com. I will letter the names/addresses EXACTLY as you have typed them out; please consider in advance how you would like names, streets, etc. to appear (fully written out vs. abbreviated, tltles such as Mr./Mrs. or only first & last names, etc.).

Thank you so much for taking an interest in my lettering, and all the best to you for your special day!