Making Your Letters More Autumnal // + A Mini Photoshoot

HI THERE! 

I was starting to write a letter today after I bought a few things at Hobby Lobby (“the Hob Lob” as we call it) and I wanted to make it very fallish. It seems like Christmas is just around the corner, a few people I know have decorated! So I definitely want to squeeze as much fall in as I can.

Letter writing is a great way to do that!

I though I would share with y’all some of the small things that make your letters pop with the seasons in simple ways.

NO. 1 Toned card + envelopes

Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite places, has a nice selection of packeted cards and envelopes. They have these nice rectangular brown ones there now (50%, too!) that I got earlier. They’re a nice difference from the regular white, and when you do reds and oranges on them, the brown looks so nice and fallish!

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NO. 2 Colored pens

these are a great way to make your cards and envelopes pop and immediately remind you of fall. I always go for reds, oranges, browns and greens.

Below: Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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I made a quick, simple card using the bullet end of a dual brush pen for the words and the brush end for the leaves.

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Sorry this is blurry! My back screen wouldn’t show that well before I put it in the envelope!

I got those two front plaid wash tapes at Hobby Lobby earlier. I thought the would be fun to use through the fall and winter months in my bullet journal and on letters.

NO. 3 Tapes or stickers

These are affordable, long-lasting touches for your letters. The fun patterns and widths are just so fun to see on envelopes in the mailbox, and they’re fun to put on everything.

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NO. 4 Tiny tidbits and fun things

Fall themed stickers, papers, poems, Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s), paintings, cutouts, etc. are fun touches to put inside a letter when it doesn’t seem like enough. There is usually always some fun little thing to add a little more joy to the letter when it is opened.

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NO. 5 Colorful envelopes

I kept the envelope pretty simple, but the reds and the plaid make it stand out. You can draw a box around the address in bright colors, paint, sketch, anything. It’s so fun to personalize the mail!

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The last thing I got from the good ‘ole Hob Lob was a new wax seal stamp. The whole stamp pin came off of my old one, so I figured I should upgrade(: I got the heart stamp, and I really like it!

NO. 6 Wax seals

These are my favorite part. I don’t do it every time, but I really enjoy choosing the colors. (I bought this from Amazon. Great buy!)

I used a gold over the wide plaid washout tape I got. It turned out pretty! A very simple and easy way to make your envelope fancy and pretty.

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I hope y’all enjoyed that! It was something I had on my mind to share, it was fun!

Now, I attempted to take some portrait photography for my blog for a new Gravatar image and such, but I ended up having to recruit my brother. It’s really hard to get it to be focused perfectly on a tripod and ten-second timer!

This was one I took by myself. It turned out good, but I kept getting the washed-out background (upper left), so I called good ‘ole Evan.

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I think he did pretty good! It was a frigid windy day, so camera shake and all was hard to avoid, BUT THE LIGHT! ♥

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This one probably turnout the best out of all of them. My hair was being wiped all ’round!

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These leaves were so pretty!

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He attempted to catch me mid-hairflip, but alas, no good….

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…AH! There we go. XD *applauds brother generously*

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Oh, you know, just your every-day stride in the midst a field. (;

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Is it a bird? no, a plane! It’s AUDREY KATE! The severely ungraceful land-skater! 😂

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Maisy trudged through the woods to join us when we were walking back. She didn’t know she would be in a picture, though! Hehe. (She wasn’t that grateful…)

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I hope you all are having a DEEElightful evening!

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What was your favorite part about the letter? Do you use wax? What photo was your favorite? Di Evan do a good job?

Being Tardy // Cassia’s Contest, Day 4, 5, + 6

Oh my word.

I suddenly got very busy the past few days, and I didn’t have time to post these photos! Oops!

Well, I’m going to post them now, although it’s late.

DAY FOUR: Smile

NOW…. This photo was taken awhile back and I totally slipped when trying to do a really (what I thought was) cool pose. Laugh/Embarrassed cackle, same thing! XD

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DAY FIVE: A necklace

My favorite! If you’ve ever watched “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” (watch it!) this will remind you of a Rita necklace! I love it.

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DAY SIX: Street photography

My friends and I were together after church last Sunday, and we did some photography on their street.

Go look at Cassia’s photo! I wish I visited some streets like that. We don’t have many ’round here. (:

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There It is! These photos were fun, but not all my normal style. I hope you enjoyed, though! Happy Sunday!

 

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Do you like photography? Have you ever watched “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”? Do you like Bananas?

A Few Words // Cassia’s Photo Contest! Day 1. // A tag from Clara

Hello!

It’s actually cold. We’ve got the heat on. We set out the chipped pumpkin flower pot. And I’m wearing my yard sale striped bunny socks.

It must not be Summer any more.

Well, I haven’t done many posts where I’m just talking and talking for many a word until I say “I guess that’s good for now,” So Today’s The Day™. (Does it seem right that I just pictured myself as some sort of interesting looking superhero then? Teeheehee)

 

 

So, starting out, may I just say….

I’ve abandoned Inktober.

I know, I deserve the shaming shake-of-the-head, but it really wasn’t my thing, you know? The prompts just weren’t my style, aand I wasn’t really enjoying it like I ought. (Does the, “like I ought” strangely remind you of Little Women like it does me?)

I’m still drawing every day for the rest of this month, but the prompts are out the window and crushed under a moving car. (Wow, no need to be harsh, Audrey!) Anyway, I guess I’m still technically “doing” Inktober, but promptless.

I’m trying to get back in the rhythm of drawing more realistically, so I’ve been working on eyes. They’re a fun thing to draw and paint.


 

Yippee! Today’s the first day of Cassia’s photo contest, and the “prompt” today was door. Now, you wouldn’t believe the puzzle I had this morning taking a picture of doors. It was a fun challenge, though! Our door handles were a fun shape and color against our sage colored doors.

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From Clara’s blog. Cuuutteee!

 

Clara was so sweet to tag me for the “10 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY TAG” and what better time to do it?

Rules: List 10 things that make you happy. (Linking to them, sharing pictures, writing poems about them, telling jokes, etc. are all encouraged but not required.) Then, tag 10 people who make you happy (and notify them of their tag).

No. 1: Maisy Lou Hoo (Maisy (: )

Maisy makes me so happy, when she’s jumping in the air, snoring, or ferociously biting my ankles (for fun, of course, I think… maybe…).

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No. 2: Pen pals and letter writing.

Have you ever gotten a personalized, beautiful piece of mail? Whenever I make or get letters, I always am so happy.

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No. 3: Music, both ways.

I play lots of instruments, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Ukulele, and I love listening to music as well. I get moved by music. It’s such a wonderful thing!

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No. 4: Teaching Music

I’m a piano teacher, and there’s something bout it that’s just so great. I love seeing my students progress and enjoy their playing.

No. 5: Bullet Journaling

Now, you people know me. I Bullet Journal, and It’s one of my very favorite things. The personalization of it is the best part, and they’re so effective and cute!

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No. 6: Leaves

It’s that time of year! I LOVE Autumn and the beautiful leaves and pumpkins that are out.  The best part of the year!

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No. 7: Puppies

Aww! Who could go wrong with puppies?

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No. 8: Brush Lettering

This is something I’ve loved learning and it is so pretty. I love all the pens as well(:

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No. 9: Pens + stationery

AH! How I do love these things. Pens have been my collection able items since Gel pens were the rage. (I still love me a good juicy gel pen!)

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No. 10: Photography

I’ve been into this since I got my first dSLR camera, It’s so fun, the different varieties of things to photograph. I’m so glad cameras were invented, where would we be without them?

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That was so much fun! Thank you, Clara!

Now for my tag-ees………

Cassia

Ariana

Meredith

Hannah

Abigail

Starling

Sydney

Rosy

Gracie

Esmeralda 

I hope you all enjoy! And if you were not tagged and wish to do this, feel free! I’ll enjoy seeing what makes you happy(:


 

So, life is busy. Does it seem like it just gets busier and busier as you get older? I know I’ve talked about this before, but time is such a gift. I’m putting some elbow grease into working on savoring every moment as I am now, a teenage girl.

Side note…

IT’S HARD!

Sometimes we look forward to something and look forward to something, that we rush away the days that matter more. Now, that’s a bit extreme, but still, I remember times when I would be dying for Christmas to come, and Thanksgiving and things that mattered would be trampled under my Santa’s elf slippers. I mean, wow.

I even had a Rudolph costume, complete with a harness with bells and a red nose. Mmm. (Being ten, ya know? XD)

The remaining slice of October is quite jam-packed, but I like it.

I am doing a lot of school now that I’m in High school, but we still get up at the crack of dawn to go yardsaling on Fridays and Saturdays. Hey, it’s economics class! (:

 

Doesn’t it seem like the plural of “Moose” would be “Meese,” like “Goose” is “Geese?” Hmm.

I miss Morty the moose!

(from our trip out West)

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The color is still here, but, luckily, its’ cool now. The mornings have been in the 40º’s!

Do you like cold weather?

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Well, this is nearing 1,000 words, a length of posts I haven’t done in awhile, so this has been fun! Do you enjoy a variety of things in a post, or just one topic? I can’t decide. I think I like reading both.

What do you have coming up this week?

Look back for a few days to see my photography for Cassia’s contest. I’m looking forward to the different shots I’m going to take! It’s going to time out perfectly for some of the shots, we’re going to Peachtree City (near Atlanta) and Stone Mountain for the Country Living Fair (post coming!).

I hope you’re having a wonderful day, and I can’t wait to see if you’re doing the tag!

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Do you like batman? Do you have striped bunny socks? What’s your favorite part of Autumn? Do you say “Meese?” Can you drive? 

P.S. Exactly 1,000 words!

I’m Still Here! // Different Things

It’s almost been a month.

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Hi! I am back from a short break, and happy to be back to my blogging!

Are you all doing well?

I have an assortment of various things to show you today, including:

 

My Aunt’s new puppy, Petey.

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No one can resist that sweet face!

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There have been many a letter past and I captured some photos of them,

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This was a fun bundle to make.

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We’ve had some beautiful Summer skies, like these.

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I made my July BUJO setup…

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I’ve been writing a lot, and I’m planning on posting my new story in segments over August. What do you think? Let me know. Hint: Fictional (:

I’ve been reading a WHOLE lot this month, and the completed books have included:

Understood Betsy

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Hearts of Fire by the Voice of the Martyrs

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Amos Fortune Freeman

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The Magician’s Nephew

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Daddy Long-Legs

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Those are a few of my favorites so far(:

Well, that’s it for now. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day! Can you believe the August is so near? It’s wild!

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What would you like to see from me next? What are you up to this week? When do you start school back? Do you have a Summer job?

Better Late Than Never//May BUJO Setup

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Hello, Friends!

Did you all have a happy Mother’s Day with your Moms? Ours was quite delightful. We went to see the new movie “Breakthrough” that is a true story. SO GOOD! Have any of you seen it?

Well, I believe I haven’t done too well with posting this month, so I am making up for that by showing you all May’s setup (although it’s late… *ahem*).

I have been using my Bullet Journal a lot lately because we’re preparing to go out of town (Savannah, Georgia), and it has my packing lists and to-do’s that I keep referring to. That’s one of the many reasons I love Bullet Journaling. You don’t have to have all different things in different journals and notebooks, it can be all-in-one!

My opening calendar page I decided to go for something simple, so I just did calendar squares with pink. I have a calendar, but I always go to this because I use it all the time and can see it all at a glance.

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I had to stretch the calendar one three days, so instead of leaving that a blank page, I put my month’s goals and to-do’s (my main ones).

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I love to track my letters, incoming and outgoing, so I went with that same pink color to fill in the rectangles. I used my Koi Coloring brush pens for the pink color.

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My habit tracker for this month I used the same technique I’ve been using since March. I like to have the habits laid out in separate groups. My habits this month are to drink 5 or more glasses of water a day, flossing my teeth, practicing my piano for 1 hour or more, keep my room straight, and use witch hazel twice a day.

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This is my tracker for walking. My Mom and I are participating in the Spring100 over at Shiloh Photography, so I’m tracking that as well.

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I made a packing list to help me be more organized. This is very helpful in case you ever go on trips (And it’s also fun to check the squares(: )

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That is it for now on my Bullet Journal. What page was your favorite?

Well, I also have some artwork and photography that I’d like to show y’all. Keep on ‘a scrollin’ to see!

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed. What was your favorite part? I’d veto hear from you below!

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

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A Gathering Of Recent Photography

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Hello my friends!

I do hope your day is grand!

I have gathered an amount of photos in the last few days and I am longing to share them with you all!

We have had some rather beautiful sunsets of late. I love how they change so many times in the short time they’re in the sky. God’s masterpieces! Aren’t they gorgeous?

“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”

Psalm 113:3

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The view of our neighbor’s pond across the street. Ahh! I just love sunsets.

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Our neighbor’s house had the sun sitting on it’s roof! Look how golden it is!

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I love using manual focus and making everything bokeh-d(:

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The cherry tree finally bloomed! The blooms are so pretty. I had never smelled one before, til I took the pictures. They’re so sweet!

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AHH! I love this one. They have a nice view(:

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I crossed the street when I saw purple. Ah, yes, a nice bed of chickweed there for me(:

Isn’t purple LOVELY?

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My Dad and Evan (my brother) went out to play frisbee. I wanted to try some action shots(: It was hard to get everything still! I used Shutter Speed on the dial first, but then went to Tv 3200, F-stop 1/125. It seemed to work alright. Learning!

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Hehe. Evan did an Olympic catch😂

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Evan looks so determined! Haha.

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Right before the fall. 

Haha! A very enthusiastic catch!

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Alrighty! There we are. Just a few photos for your pondering. I hope you enjoyed!

What’s the weather like where you live? It’s finally Springish here!

Thanks much for viewing!

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Do you like Frisbee? Do you have a flowering cherry tree? Do you prefer sneakers, flats or boots?

Also: Abigail is hosting an awesome giveaway for reaching 100 followers (!) over on Books, Life, and Christ. Go check it out and enter! Give her a follow!

A Peek Into My Sketchbook | A Bit Of Photography

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Hello, all!

Are you doing well?

I have been working in my sketchbook a good book today, and I thought I’d share! I have been working on drawing lots of different things and working with different art mediums, such as colored pencils (which I’ve never liked☹️), watercolor, charcoal, and others.

I like to try new things (mostly😜) and I have been enjoying using the things I have around the house. It’s fun to find out what is fun to use that you never really enjoyed!

I was experimenting today drawing hair. For some reason hair has always been one of the hardest parts of drawing a complete head. I have been learning how to “block out” the shape of the har, then add detail. (well, when I say learning, I mean figuring it out myself while I listen to Adventures In Odessey😆)

I have also been working on blending colors together to create highlights are shading, and I am really enjoying it! Especially with colored pencils. They actually blend a lot better than I ever thought!

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This one turned out m favorite, I believe. This was with Crayola (I know!) colored pencils. I just used the tan colored one where I wanted highlights before I added brown, and then I layered the brown up , leaving highlights where I thought they’d go. (I actually copied my hair the best I could from a picture of myself. It actually looks like my hair!)

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I started this one and then decided I should take pictures of the process! I used my Tombow dual brush pens for this one. I have really been trying to nail-down the blending for these ever since I got them, and i do believe I’ve figured it out. (and I do believe this applies to most art mediums as well.) Start with a light color, then add the darker color on top. with hair, I left spots with only the lighter color showing through for the reflection, then added the light color back on top, blending it out, looking a bit more natural.

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I like to add the face shape in there to see how everything fits. (:

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And thus ends the very quick view into what I’ve been working on in my sketchbook! I know that was short, but I’m planning on doing a sketchbook tour once I’ve filled this one completely.

Now, onward to photos!

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Thank you all for reading and looking at this (rather short) post! I am looking forward to new posts soon(:

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Have you ever drawn hair? Do you use Crayola? Is it raining where you live? What’s your favorite season?

Spring Hath Sprung! (-ish)

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HI PEOPLES!

Friends, How art thou?

Spring has kind of started to poke it’s little head out among the branches and grass around our home. I went out today in awe of the bright (cold) sunlight and greenery! It’s just so amazing. It’s been raining here off and on for, hmm, let’s check… 3 (LONG) WEEKS!? Okay, yep, time for Spring!

The rain has made everything look so pretty, and, even though it’s quite cold, I hopped on outside with my dear old camera ’round me neck!

Let’s go!

Also: I shall make a much longer Spring photo post soon when everything comes out, real time, for Spring(:

FIRST OFF: I had to stare in amazement at this crystal blue, cloudless sky before me. WOW! It’s been at least am month since I’ve seen one of those! There wasn’t a cloud there!

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These little green buds are all about the trees and limbs. They’re such a cheery color!

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AHH! Green leaves are my jam(:

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Look at those trees! NOTE:

It does not feel like Spring, sadly. It’s about 45 degrees😫

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The Bradford pear trees are starting to bloom as well. AHH! 🎶blue skies smiling at me thinking of blue skies all day loooong🎶

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They haven’t quite opened up yet, but soon!

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Heh, oops, I took a picture into the sun😟 It’s one of my favorites, though!

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I love how they all bunch together. So cute!

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A few days ago we went to Alabama for and event and to see family. Going past the ATL airport, I got this(:

p.s. The next few pictures are from Alabama.

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These are the Bradford pear blossoms in Alabama.

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HEHE! My friend’s sister’s dog, Zoe, wanted to be a model😁

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We walked down a forest path♥

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And by the time we came back, it was sunset time(:

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That’s it, my friends! Thank you so much for reading!

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WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PICTURE?

A Few Photos (+POTP Entries)

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Howdy, everyone!

We finally had a break from all this rain we’ve been having and I pounced on the opportunity for some pictures!

Also, I am in Meg’s photo contest. (POTP) And some of these shall be my entries. I will label the ones that are(: The category for this is bright/bold, so I tried to stick to that as best as I could(: If you’re interested in joining be sure to go and let her know and have your entries in by March 3rd(:

 

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Let’s go, shall we?

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To start out, as my camera was on a 10 second count down, I slipped down a bank in our woods, ending up like this😆


                                        POTP Entries

I’m starting with the photo contest entries. This looks like one I’ve used before, (see HERE 😁) but I love how bright (and PURPLE!💜) and how the colors are fading from day to night.

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I do love sunsets! I love the bold colors against the silhouette of the foreground objects.

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With a bit of editing, I think this turned out pretty cute! I really enjoyed this one. I really wanted the bold pink color to stand out against the grayscale(:

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Hehe, my brother took this one. It’s funny😂 I like it, again, because of the bright pink color with the blank background.

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This is when we harvested our sunflowers. I know this isn’t very recent, but it fit the category so well(: Don’t you just love the golden petals of sunflowers?

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Those are my entries! This theme was fun to take pictures for. Be sure to go visit Meg’s  blog and join! I’m in team fox, and she has a few other teams, too!


 

Okay, now here are some photos I’ve taken over the past three or four days…

So many Springy things have sprung up over the past days of all this rain. It really looked (but I can’t say felt…) like Spring outside today!

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Hehe. My friends and I did a photoshoot. Here we are very realistically running, holding hands, through the field😁 I love photoshoots(:

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Walkin’ into March like…🤣

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Our creek looks so pure and clean after all the rain that has rejuvenated it!

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Little Maisy (disobediently…🤔) ran a long way down to the woods to come see where I was… (:

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The fog this morning was SO pretty coming through the trees, and the picture would’ve been pretty too except..except… the CAMPER!? NOOO!

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Isn’t fog gorgeous?

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That is it! Thank you so much for reading this, it was fun!

Come by again sometime!

Y’all, be sure to let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see soon, I’ll do my best to do it!

Have a great day!

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN POTP? DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES? HAS IT STOPPED RAINING WHERE YOU ARE?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

I just know you’ll say chocolate😏