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My Story

Hi! I'm Carissa Sliwinski the owner of Positively Lettering.  

I have always been a creative person! For years I bounced around from film to photography to writing to radio - but it wasn't until I discovered hand lettering that I found a way to truly harness that creativity! 

The beginnings of my hand lettering journey are really two-fold - birthed out of necessity and a season of extreme heartache. 

In 2017, we moved into our very first home! There was specific decor I knew I wanted for my daughter's room, but I could not find exactly what I wanted anywhere. I Googled and searched and eventually decided I would just do it myself. I was obsessed with this bouncy font that I was seeing everywhere and after finding videos online, I realized that this "font" was actually people doing it themselves! 

At the same time, I was going thru a season of incredible negativity in my personal life. So many hurtful things were being thrown in my direction. As a way to cope, I began very intentionally focusing on positivity - verses, affirmations, quotes. Every night I would practice this new hand-lettering thing by writing out these things over and over and over. Without realizing it, lettering became my self-care and I
slowly began to heal. Once I became brave enough, I began sharing my newfound hobby. And just like that Positively Lettering was born! 

I am such a visual person and it helped me to write an affirmation or Bible verse on my mirror or a sticky note or a chalkboard in my house as a reminder of those truths.  I know there are many of you out there like me so it became my desire to
encourage and share positivity with others through stickers, prints, wall signs and more!

Looking back, I can now see the interest I always had from a young age in letter forms, handwriting and fonts. Isn't it amazing how - in hindsight - all the puzzle pieces fit together and totally make sense?

It brings me such joy and fulfillment to help create pieces that encourage others! I am so thankful and in awe of the opportunity I have to be trusted with creating such special gifts and pieces for people's homes. I would love the opportunity to do the same for you!

It's true, when you support a small business,
we really do a happy dance - an awkward but still very happy dance. You are helping pay for swim lessons, t-ball, haircuts and an ice cream cone.  Your purchases really do change our life and my prayer has always been that one of my designs could do the same for you. 

Thank you for being here,


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