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?

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!

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?

Here I Am! // Recents Doings

Well Hidey there!

 

It sure has been a few minutes! I’m back today with a chunk of photos and tidbits and different things. We went on vacation to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota, and it was also my first time on an airplane. All this provided a good bit of photography opportunities(:

I learned on our trip that different camera settings are very useful. A lot of times I would find myself raising aperture and lowering the ISO, then other times it would be completely different. It was fun to experiment!

Without further adieu…

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I wanted to see a moose so bad!

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Various, non-vacation photos…

I’ve been taking lots of black and white (monochrome) photos, and I’ve been learning a lot of fun things using it. Wood looks neat!

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                         Recent Letter Art

 

Fall has been sneaking up on me (with no help by the weather. It’s still in the 90’s), in the decor and art sense. I really really love autumn, so I took that into my letter art. Robert Frost, I’ve found, as I scrounged the poetry books on our shelves, that he has quite the Autumn poem selection. (Below)

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That’s it for the photos for today. Which part did you like best? I’m so excited about Inktober this year. I will be posting the art I’ve done with the promt word given, so be sure to check back periodically for those! If you’ve never heard of Inktober, you should definitely look into it. It’s a fun way to stretch your creative muscles!

I hope you are all having a delightful day! Come back tomorrow for a peek at my Bullet Journal. (:

 

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Which pictures were your favorites? Have you ever been out west? Do you live where Buffalo roam? Do you like airplanes?

A Collection // Letter Art and Other Things

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This is a good day, isn’t it?

Summer is most assuredly here.

It’s proven in the sky. Well, um, the heat. It is rather hot. (:

Well, today is a day for art and things related! I have collected a few photos of letter art and some watercolorings and such. Let’s go, shall we?

I’ve been doing a lot of floral lately around the address and such.

I have a few questions about my one little yellow rose in the corner… XD

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I have been making a few envelopes lately and it’s fun to use different scrapbook paper. I  had this little “counting my blessings” sticker and I thought that would be a fun address sticker. (I’ve found it’s a tidbit difficult to write on this particular paper(: )

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A little collection of a letter. I like sticking with a color theme for letters. I always like collecting little things like bookmarks, cute notecards, stickers, quotes, paintings, it’s fun to fill a letter with doo-da’s(:

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Yellow has been a cheery color to me lately and I’ve been using it a lot. I like sunflowers a lot, so yellow + sunflowers, hmm? hmm? (:

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A friend of mine had a birthday, so I made her a card. I stuck pretty simple for this one, but I enjoyed how it came out. Do you watercolor?

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My friend Laura wondered if I would like to write three letters to some elderly people in an assisted living home, so I said yes! (: I made three different letters. Thanks, Laura! ‘Twas fun(:

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I’ve been cutting pages of multi-media paper in half and doing watercolor borders. It adds a little somthin’ somthin’ (:

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Sorry about the strange lighting. O.o

You know something that’s a little (fun, but) difficult? Teeth and watercolor. It’s a little tricky to make it look like teeth! Over all, I like how she turned out.

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A tree.

A watercolor tree. (:

Trees are tricky! (alliteration)

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Quotes/verses on ATC’s are a fun thing to add in a letter. (Also fun to make!)

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This is one of my favorite verses, and I thought I’d try a large-scale painting.

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Someone asked me for a painting of a cake, so I made one(: Mm… now I want cake!

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We also went to a Atlanta Braves game, to which my camera was present. We had the next row down from the highest seats. O.o My stomach got a little knotted up, ’twas quite high(:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this art post, and I hope you’re having a great day!

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Do you watercolor? What’s your most used art supply? Do you write letters (contact(: )? Do you like chocolate? What’s your favorite baseball team?

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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Adventures In… Letter Art (and other things)

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Hello Everyone!

Are you all enjoying Spring?

I have written lots of letters lately, and I love doing art on the cards and envelopes, and I thought y’all might like to take a peek!

I do lots of different styles, but they all mainly include brush lettering and/or watercolor.

Bible verses are some of my favorite things to put on cards. They’re fun to look up, fun to write, and they look nice on cards(:

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I really like to use watercolor and quotes in the making of my cards. I have a section in my bullet journal where I stash my favorite quotes and I have another journal that I write down my favorite verses in. It helps to write these things down so you don’t have to go ‘a searchin’😁

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I really like drawing scenes in colored pencil as well. (Sorry, this one isn’t my greatest😆)

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Themed cards and envelopes are really fun to do.

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Doing a outline around the addresses and stamp with a theme (ex. leaves or black lines like in picture 3) can add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to your envelopes.

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ATC’s! My favorite(:

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Well, that wraps it up for this (shorter) post. I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know which envelope/other was your favorite, I’d love to know!

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I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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What was your favorite? What’s the longest letter you’ve ever written (mine was ten pages–yesterday!)? Do you have a pen-pal?

 

Copic Markers // Recent Goings-On

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Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We did. It was very warm and sunny here, which was nice!

I recently got a pack of Copic markers and I’ve been trying to figure them out.

If you don’t know what Copics are, they’re alcohol based markers used for illustrations and blending. There are the Copic Ciaos, Copic Originals, and Copic Sketch markers. I have the Floral Favorites Copic Sketch set.

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The barrels of the markers are really nice, and I like how they have the color number on both caps, and the color name. The brush end is marked with a grey band on the barrel, which is very convenient ( the brush is my go-to!). The only thing that would make these great would be if the cap ACTUALLY FIT on the end!!? (It’s 100% necessary.)

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They’re really bendable, and the same color can layer and get darker very nicely, which is great for shading. The only problems with these markers, and doing a lot of layering, is that it bleeds pretty bad through the paper. They work really nicely on watercolor, bristol board and card stock paper. I have been using them in my sketchbook lately, even though they bleed to the next page. I can still sketch over them(:

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Before I got these Copics I used these knock-off brand from Dick Blick, but they don’t hold a stick to the Copic markers! I still use them with may new markers, though.

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I did some quick sketches to test the blending abilities, and to just figure them out in general! I want to do a more in-depth review, but now I shall move on to other things(:

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Now, there has been a long time since my last post, so I’m going to do some little picture updates!

FLOWERS. EVERYWHERE.

There are so many beautiful flowers blooming everywhere around us, and I’ve been filling my memory card up so much with flower pictures😆

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Heh. #AwkwardSlantingEyes

Thank you so much for reading! Y’all are such dears😚

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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What was your favorite picture? Do you have Copics? Do you like markers or paint better? Are there flowers where you live?