Hi! I'm Christina Green, and The Turquoise Cardinal is my small calligraphy and design studio on the third floor of the historic 1845 Mercury Building in downtown Huntsville, Alabama.
I specialize in modern calligraphy, watercolor illustrations, wedding services, business logo design, stationary design... really, anything a client can dream up.
A Turquoise Cardinal design is completely original, inspired by the beauty of colors and words, and is my small attempt to put some happy into the world.
Born and raised in the south, I'm mom to a precious, slightly feral 3-year-old boy and wife to a very handy and patient guy that never complains about my cooking.
We moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 2012, where my primary responsibilities are making sure my son doesn't stick his hand in a light socket or get stuck under furniture.
I have a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in English from Birmingham-Southern College; a master's in Reformation history from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK); and a master's in early childhood education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The Little Blue Bird
Two years ago, I was looking for a birthday gift for my best friend. I got so frustrated because nothing seemed really special, really unique... really just made for her.
I kept thinking about a Jane Austen quote I love that perfectly describes the kind of friend she is. I bought some watercolors, brushed up on what I knew of modern calligraphy by taking a course, and after several attempts, ended up with an 8x10 hand-illustrated piece I felt was good enough for framing. I had the Austen quote, and had used lots of her favorite color (pink) to paint lots of her favorite thing (flowers). What I gave her wasn't perfect, but it was made with a lot of love.
I was thrilled I'd found a gift that had meaning and wasn't mass-produced in a store. So I kept giving custom pieces to my family and friends, and pretty soon started getting requests from their family and friends. I decided to open an Etsy shop with a weird name to try to keep things structured, and soon found myself designing wedding invitation suites, business logos, even artwork for hospital walls.
And the best part is, I really love every minute of it.