Autumn // Pen-pal-ly Tidbits

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Welcome!

Autumn is my favorite time of the year, the colors, the pumpkins, the weather (😍), the leaves, and I love my letters to reflect that.

I’ve been researching fall quotes and poems like the ever popular and lovely..

Aren’t you glad we live in a world where there are Octobers?

By the lovable and entertaining Anne of Green Gables.

Writing letters, to some people might seem like a thing of the past, especially because of all of the electronic devices these days, but it’s SO enjoyable to write and receive letters in the mail.

Without further adieu…

I don’t particularly love orange, but when it comes to fall it fits perfectly! Adding little leaves and subtle things like that at little fun touches to letters.

One thing I’ve learned is that making your address and your return address designs and styles the same looks really pretty and uniform.

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Autumnal colored wax seals make every thing fun. I love mixing brown and red and orange and yellow. Brown envelopes look really nice this time of year (they’re actually my favorite for any time), with the reds and yellows and oranges.

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This was a fun portion of a Robert Frost poem. I used watercolor with this one. I LOVE LEAVES! (:

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Same thing here, watercolor leaves and brush lettering.

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Now, this isn’t particularly fall-like, but my good friend and pen-pal Sammi and I are doing a letter theme: Things with wheels. I guess one wheel counts? Hehe.

Themes are really fun between letters. My friend Alex and I are doing one verse from each book of the bible, taking turns, in order, all the way through. (WHEW! XD) It’s really fun! I’ve done holidays before, States in order, Songs starting with each letter in the alphabet, and flowers. It’s fun, and It keeps you thinking about the next letter!

The memory ones, like bible verses or holidays or songs are fun, because you get to research!

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Washi tape, oh how I love thee! Hobby Lobby, you guys, is the washi tape castle! (Oh my. Hmm… how do you like spurt of the moment naming? XD) I love the plaids and solids. (My washi tapes: Glitter and Plaid: Target dollar section. Red: Hobby Lobby, Yellow: Peach and Poppy‘s Autumn Snail mail kit, to which I was honored to help with 😊)

It’s fun for design, sealing, and just a pretty factor! AH!

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Colored pens! For designing envelope art and doing brush lettering. (Pens top: Tombow dual brush pens. Bottom pens: Sakura Koi brush pens. Orange seen on first envelope(: )

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I love putting stickers on the envelopes or as gifts inside. I feel like stickers, pretty ones, are becoming popular these days, and it’s so fun to decorate with them.

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Including fun things, such as word search, stickers, vintage postcards and stamps, poems, ribbon, bracelets, gum, washi tape, music, pictures, quotes, etc. are a fun way to spruce up letters and make them fun for the receiver. These word search puzzles are at dollar tree! Little things you collect or have can always be used. It’s so fun!

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I hope you enjoyed this Autumnal post! Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you! Tell me in the comments below, or here.

Have a beautifully wonderful Autumn day!

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Do you write letters? What did you like most in this post? To you like sending things in letters? What is your fall like this year?

Springtime // Things I Am Loving

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Hello Friends!

It’s funny. When you leave something for a little bit it feels like you must go back to it! Habits are a good thing, and blogging has become one over the past year and a half. I missed it, and you all as well!

I am enjoying many different things as of now, and I wanted to share them with you. I love learning what people’s favorites are.

Let’s get on with it!

1. SCRUNCHIES

Oooh. I love scrunchies! My hair is pretty thick, and I never thought they would hold my hair. They do, though, so yay! My sweet Aunt sewed me some for my birthday about two years ago, and I LOVE them. I wear one on my arm all the time, and usually one’s in my hair. They’re super cute and (all of a sudden) really popular right now. I know that most places sell them. I really like the satin ones out there. There are so many different styles of them!

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2. FLORAL PATTERNS

I have been attracted to floral lately, and I love it. I really love knee-length floral dresses as well. It’s a good time of year for it, too!

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3. MAXI/LONG DRESSES

I really like long dresses near this warmer time of year. The maxi dresses are fun, too!

They’re not extremely practical for me day-to-day, but I love wearing them to church and events.

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4. PASTEL POLISH

I have brought out my sandals now (although that gives my feet more of a chance for poison ivy😳) and I also pulled out my nail polish. I really am liking this dusty blue color for spring.

5. COLORFUL EARRINGS

I really like colorful earring to make a pop with an outfit. This dusty blue/blue-green color must also be one of my favorites. It’s in all the pictures!😝

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6. HEADSCARFS

I have seen lots of pictures of these (especially in aesthetics. see here) headscarfs, and when we went to one of our local thrift stores and I found a blue scarf, and later some more. they’re fun on buns, braids, and i’ve worn them over my head (like in the 50’s) before.

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Some other things I’m enjoying right now is playing my ukulele, running and walking, painting with watercolor, sketching things, and whistling. (I whistle all. the. time. s o r r y m o m m y((; )

I hope everyone is having a lovely day! New posts to come.

Goodbye for now!

And WAIT! One more thing: THANK YOU SO much for 100 followers, guys!!!! WOW!

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WHAT ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW? DO YOU LIKE SCRUNCHIES? ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO EASTER?

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!

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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DIY: Cute Valentine’s Day Cards

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Hi!!!!!

Are all of you well this fine day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! I always like making little Valentine’s around this time every year, and this year I wanted to show y’all how I do them! Let’s get right in to it.

So first, grab some scrapbook paper of your choice. (one big sheet is enough unless you’ll be switching) I chose pink and, later, one with hearts. (look at that funny little sun ray/spot on the paper😚)

 

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Then fold it in half. (any way)

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Then draw half on a heart right on the crease. (this helps to get the perfect shape)

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Voila! Smooth it out straight and flat.

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Then make 2-3 more. Leave the first flat, the second one half-folded, and the third mostly-folded.

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Then I got out our ancient hot glue gun😄 You can use a glue stick or the like, but I always find hot glue works best.

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While I waited for it to heat, I got out my card I was going to use.

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Then I glued the half folded heart to the flat one.

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Then add the mostly folded to the bunch. You can make it as big, add as many layers and colors as you want, but I only did three for now.

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Then add your little heart cluster in one of the upper areas. (or lower. There are going to be words) I put mine in the mid-upper right.

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Then sketch out the words you want and the basket. (It’s a hot air balloon😄)

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Voila! I used my Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip for the words and clouds. (Although I used no pressure on the clouds; they were just sketchy lines.)

 

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Then I got out a different sheet of scrapbook paper for the next one!

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I got three puzzle pieces for this next one that says “I love you to pieces” I thought this saying was really cute, so i’m a’ gonna use ‘er!

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Then flip your scrapbook paper over and trace and cut them out.

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I forgot to take a picture of me doing this, but there! It’s finished! I just wrote it down using my Tombow Fude hard tip. (And AUGH! Points off for blurriness!)

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this short DIY On Valentine’s Cards! Thank you so much for reading, friends!

ALSO: Big thanks for 25 Followers, you guys! Thank you so much!

~theJunebugblog

 

Tag: 50 Things That Make Me Happy

Dear Readers,

Hello! Yesterday Meg, from Meg’s Life  tagged me in this fun challenge and I am very excited to do it! Thanks much for the tag, Meg!

Well, to get right in to it, here are my first few answers!                                                    #1  My Heavenly father                                                                                                                     #2 Chocolate 😜 (Can y’all tell by now? I LOVE IT.)                                                                  #3 My family                                                                                                                                                                 #4 My dear friends                                                                                                                        #5 Piano                                                                                                                                                #6 Guitar                                                                                                                                               #7 Ukulele (pretty much any stringed instrument)

img_8873#8 FOOD!                                                                                                                                             #9 Louisa May Alcott books. (Especially An Old-Fashioned girl and Eight Cousins)  #10 Autumn                                                                                                                                       #11 Spring                                                                                                                                              #12 Summer                                                                                                                                          #13 Winter (mainly if it snows, though. I don’t like being cold❄️)                                           #14 Smoothies (I like Strawberry Banana and Kiwi Strawberry😁)

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#15 Flowers (Roses, Pansies, Tulips, Peonies, Petunias, and Violets)                                           #16 Water                                                                                                                                                   #17 Brush Lettering                                                                                                                              #18 Music (and Music lessons!)                                                                                                           #19 Warm Wintry Fires                                                                                                                               #20 Giving + receiving letters in the mail.                                                                                             #21 My camera                                                                                                                                       #22 Looking at old pictures

img_8934#23 Sunsets and Sunrises                                                                                                                #24 Ponds. And Lakes. And Rivers. And Oceans. And Pools.                                                        #25 Good Books                                                                                                                                       #26 My Pooch (Maisy)                                                                                                                           #27 “War Room” (Movie. So good!)                                                                                                     #28 Drawing                                                                                                                                            #29 School Breaks(:                                                                                                                                #30 The Beach

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#31 Birds                                                                                                                                                   #32 Good Movies                                                                                                                                     #33 Fruit (except Citrus. Allergies!)                                                                                              #34 Plays (I loved “Kidnapped,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Ever After”)                              #35 Cross Country (pretty much all running in general)                                                              #36 Cameras                                                                                                                                          #37  Good Cheese pizza😍

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#38 Barns                                                                                                                                            #39 Friends                                                                                                                                             #40 Blogging (😄)                                                                                                                                   #41  Barns                                                                                                                                         #42 Shoes (:                                                                                                                                              #43 Sleeping                                                                                                                                             #44 Fairy Lights

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#45 Pens. (Any Kind! I love ’em!)                                                                                                 #46 Bible Verses                                                                                                                                       #47 Baby Animals                                                                                                                                    #48 Making Cards to send                                                                                                              #49 French                                                                                                                                                 #50! (We made it!) Warm Sunny Days.

TaDa! 50 things that make me ‘appy! Much thanks to Meg. Now, I shall tag five of you good people!

Rosy @ Rosy’s Writings

Laura @ Lula Boo

Maddison @ Sticky Notes and Ice Cream

Birdie @ BirdieGirl Days

Anna @ A Storynerd’s Life

Thanks so much for reading, y’all!

Have a good day!

~theJunebugblog

*Also* Sorry for the strange way the words showed up; The pictures threw it off a wee bit(: