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Birch and Quill

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WINOOSKI, Vt. -

It's the first glimpse into a wedding -- the invitation.  Gina Bullard found one woman who's adding a personal Made in Vermont touch that has her own style written all over it. 

Jotting down her grocery list, you wouldn't really think twice about Bailey Hines' handwriting. But she does have a hand in many of life's most important moments. "Ironically I don't have very good handwriting," Hines said.

Hines writes for a living for her business, Birch and Quill. She's a calligrapher. Using the age old skill of pen and ink to grace everything from wedding invitations, envelopes, place cards, table numbers -- the list goes on and on. "It's hand done, hand written, free hand -- and it's just my own style," she said.

The business unfolded after teaching herself calligraphy, and making the invitation and place cards for her own wedding two years ago. At that time she had a graphic design job.  "I had to decide if I was going to cut back on this or quit my job," she said.

Bailey went with the latter and now is busy every month cranking out handwritten goods that she sells on Etsy. She charges $1.25 each for these tent place cards. 

A smooth hand makes her writing seem graceful and effortless. "To me, it's more like drawing," she said. In our high tech world, computer fonts can mimic the finest of scripts, but handwriting is back in style. Hines says something handwritten is just more special, and warm. "I think it just adds more charm."

One of her envelopes even graced the desk of President Obama. 

Reporter Gina Bullard: What do you think the President thought when he saw your invitation?

Bailey Hines: I heard that he liked it.

Reporter Gina Bullard: You did? That's exciting.

How's that for a commanding endorsement!?

Bailey Hines: I don't know if it's official, but..

Reporter Gina Bullard: You got the seal of approval -- I'm calling it.

Putting her own Made in Vermont penned mark on other people's special moments. 

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