My Envelopes Have Art On Them! // Recent Letter Art

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Hi there, friends!

I have written a lot of letters of late, and a few of them I have photographed, and I figured you all might enjoy!

I generally have done similar types of art, mostly lettering and some very Christmassy.

I had the phone sitting up playing music as I was doing this letter, so I thought, “Hey, that’s not a bad idea!” Hehe. It turned out pretty good, and I did it a few more times on other letters.

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This one was just simple, but I liked how clean and simple the lettering was. (And you just have to love Santa over in the corner!)

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I started doing lots of holly during December with this gold lettering. AH! I just lovemaking Christmas envelopes.

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I love to layer washi tapes on the back, and over them a wax seal or sticker. I love the affect. (The plaid washi tape is from Hobby Lobby and the yellow is from the Peach and Poppy Co. snail mail kit here)

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I made a collage on a envelope last year using wrapping paper, so I hath done it again. Funny, my penpal’s name is Joy, so it worked out perfectly! (:

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He’s just so jolly! XD

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I wrote a lot of letters one morning, so I did a little letter photoshoot. (:

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I sealed them all similarly. Don’t you just love washi tape? (:

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One of my favorite ways to letter is by using two Tombow Dual Brush pens, one slightly darker than the other, to create a fade effect. I did snowflakes, too, to give me a little snow in the midst of Georgia’s 65° degrees. (:

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Who knew letters could provide so much shading and varying angles? XD

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I love filling in all the closed-in spaces with color. It adds a little “pop” (:

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This one I used a black Tombow dual brush pen and my beloved white signo broad gel pen. Kinda interesting!

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I hope you all enjoyed this, and let me know if you’d like to see more soon!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to your new year!

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Which envelope was your favorite? What did you do to kick off the new year? Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Well, Hello, 2020! // January Bullet Journal Setup

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Well… 2020. You have a ring to ya!

Happy New Year, friends!

Have you ever accidentally taking a break? Well, I believe that hath happened to me the fine December past. XD Whoops!

Well, I’m back now, and I have a new bullet journal I really wanted to break in.

To start out, I want to show you my 2020 bujo! I’m thinking of a name, any suggestions?

I really wanted an Archer and Olive bullet journal. They’re just so beautiful, but they were constantly sold out, and they came back in stock the other day, but I wouldn’t have gotten one until mid-way through January, so maybe next year!

I found, after searching for “like journals” I found this Tekukor bullet journal on Amazon. Actually, i’m very well impressed. It’s very much similar to the A+O bullet journals: cloth cover with gold embossed design, 160 gsm paper (Ahh) and 192 dot grid pages. And it came in two days! (Can we take a moment to appreciate Amazon prime??)

If you’re thinking about getting a bullet journal, so far this, and Minimalism Art, are great ones!

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There’s always that one first page where only one side has dots, so I just put a opening page. I used a black Tombow dual brush pen, a hard tip (my sweet) Tombow fudenosuke brush pen, and a white signo broad gel pen.

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I added a short quote to start off the year, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” by Roosevelt.

To the right I have my “year at a glance” page.

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I use certain color for different things, such as Holidays, Events, and Birthdays. It’s also helpful for me to see what days are on what days of the week and such. I refer to it a lot throughout the year, it’s very helpful!

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Ah, now January, at last!

I used a little flower theme I made up I call “September” (you can see it here). I liked it best from 2019, so I chose it again for January. I put my calendar to the right, though I only fit 24 squares on the one page so could have enough room.

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I stretched the remaining days over to the next pages. Since I had extra room at the bottom, I put the goals froms the month of January down there, and added the same leaves as in the previous page.

My habits for the month (to the right) include 5 or more cups of water, reading my bible daily, practice all my instruments *sweats*, and my daily skin routine.

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I made a “to do” page and a “reminders” page side by side. I like how neat and simple it looks (now, at least. XD)

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This is my monthly money tracker, I started this in November and I really like it. It’s helpful to see the amount I spend and save.

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I made a page for books I want to read in 2020, so I’m hoping the books on these shelves will all have titles soon! I made this page into bookshelf form. It makes me happy to glance upon.

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My January letter tracker has the same green vine as the opening page, but otherwise, it’s fairly simple! I check the little “stamp” in the corner when I’ve responded. It’s very helpful for me, I often get lost in responding quickly or knowing if  I have or not. I wonder if I’ve ever sent a pen pal two letters with the same content. XD

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This is a new page I’ve added to my bullet journaling. I needed something to help me track savings, and what I’m saving for. I hope to meet my goals by 2021!

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My last pages are (left) my January blog post ideas page. I have a lot of ideas for the new year, but please be sure to let me know what you want to see! the next page, instead of “resolutions” I put 2020 hopes. (I don’t know, something about the word resolutions…)

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I hope y’all enjoyed seeing this, and let me know what you’re looking forward to for 2019–no, (ugh, we’re in for about 4 months of this. XD) 2020!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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All of my  pictures are edited and fonts are from Canva. If you’re interested in trying out Canva, click this and check it out! I love it. You’ll also receive credits for exclusive graphics with every design you make using my link.

What are you looking forward to in 2020? Did you do a bullet journal this year? Which page was your favorite? What do you think of sauceless pizza?

DECEMBER? IS IT REALLY YOU? // BUJO Setup

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Wow. Wow. WOw. wOW. WOW!

Guys! It’s DECEMBER! The month of candy canes and songs that include bells and presents and trees and the end of a year… and DECADE! And most importantly, the day we celebrate Jesus’s birth!

So along with that, I have a bullet journal that’s excited to see you for the last time, it’s pages are full of lettering and dates and events and pictures and quotes. 2020 bullet journal is coming, and the 2019 is ready to be shown.

I wanted a simple design, not anything too flashy and big, so I chose candy canes. I decided not to outline them on this first page as to not compete with the lettering and lines. The lettering I chose was black and I stretches the lines from the beginning and end of the pages.

 

Another thing I wanted to include was Christmas songs. I added little lyrics from a song on most of the pages.

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I wanted something festive for the habit tracker, so I stuck with the candy cane theme from the first page. Each stripe is the day of the month. My habits this month: Floss teeth, 5+ cups water, Read my bible, and Music Practice.

 

The next page is the to-do’s, and I used ornaments for the bullet points. I used the same lettering stretched across the pages as in the beginning (it’s throughout).

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This page I have my progress for my piano students. I really like this to remind me if they paid for multiple weeks and what they’re learning and such. If you’re a teacher, this is very helpful!

The next page is the goals page. I used little peppermints for the bullets again. I wanted include that theme regularly.

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For my reminders page I used little exclamation points in red. If you’re someone who easily forgets things like me, you will really like a reminders page. Very helpful!

My letter tracker for the month I used red and white ornaments. The little silver knob that holds the hook is what I’ll check off if I’ve emailed the persona letter back. I’m excited to use it!

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At this point, I was trying to fill a lot of pages with fun Christmassy things. That’s what these next few pages are(:

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I’m excited to use the page on the right. I wanted to include reading the bible this whole month in order of certain verses, so I chose the Luke version of Jesus’s birth. Chapter 2 of Luke has 52 verses, so I stretched it out over 25 days.

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These last two pages I have my favorite Christmas songs to sing. People, my Mom started me early on Amy Grant Christmas albums and I haven’t stopped! XD. Iconic Christmas!

The next page I have my money tracker. I actually stopped this and recently resumed for November (Which doesn’t feel like has happened yet, but it’s finished!), and I really like it. It’s helpful to see your monthly income changes and expenses and savings.

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Well, that about wraps this up! Can you all believe it’s DECEMBER? And happy thanksgiving! I hope you all had a wonderful one. Before you go, here are some fun snowflakes I hung in my room by inspiration from my dear friend Samantha! I love walking in and seeing them. So fun!

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed!

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Which page was your favorite? Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Would you like a snowflake tutorial? A room tour? What is your opinion on plaid, like or no like?

 

 

Announcing my Etsy shop: The Waltzing Wildflower!

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Yay! I’ve been looking forward to announcing this for a long time:

 

I have an Etsy shop! 

I’m super excited to start my new shop, The Waltzing Wildflower!

Currently I have six different cute scrunched options, so head on over and take a peek!

I am planning new things other than scrunchies coming soon (Very soon), so go give it a follow so you can get alerts when I post something new. Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! XD

New in the shop: (there are more there! This is just a few)

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Go give it a visit! I hope you see something you like(:

Have a wonderful day!

 

~Audrey Kate

 

Bullet Journaling // Why It Works

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Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great day!

I was filling out things in my bullet journal earlier and I was thinking, “What did I do before this!?”  Bullet journaling has worked well and has been really fun in the process, and today I’m just going to share some various tidbits about it and why it works so well.

To start off, there’s something I always haven’t been extremely faithful about remembering: The bullet key.

This is a very helpful way to remember the importance, time, if you completed something, if you need to save, if you need to buy, if you need to check off your list kinds of things.

I always put mine in the front of my bullet journal so that when I need to go look for it, it’s not hidden away in the middle someplace.

I stuck to some basic ones, like “task done” “task completed” “important” “good idea” and such. I’ve heard of other people doing a lot more things in order to help them remember.

If you’re just starting out with bullet journaling, or even if you’ve done it for awhile, this is still very helpful. The key, and the whole bullet journal as a matter of fact, is completely customizable to your own taste.

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Now, when I first started bullet journaling, I didn’t have something that I really like now, a content page/index.

My newest bullet journal, the one I’m in now, has one and it’s one of the most helpful things in it. (click HERE to see my Bullet Journal)

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Habit Trackers are probably my most helpful and favorite things in a bullet journal, because when they’re finished (especially if you didn’t miss a day) they look really neat, and they make you want to do that thing to be able to fill it in.

I’ve done all kinds; ones where you fill it in with certain colors, others its own separate box with a favorite black fineliner.

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I really like to do a goals page. It’s always fun to see, at the end of the month, what goals you met.

Creating “TO-DO” lists for the month and cleaning plans are always great and very efficient and good to do ahead of time and to be able to add to later, because you can take a glance, go do something on your list, come back and check it off.

The main thing about a bullet journal that is so great is that it’s all in one. You get planner, calendar, to-do’s, goals, a journal (if you add that), in one book, and the good thing is that it’s only one book!

Hehe, I know I just said that twice, but that’s really the best thing about it. Instead of opening five different sources to check off or see various things, the all-in-one is so great. I prefer a A5 size journal because if you need to take it anywhere it isn’t too big.

Something else I prefer is a dotted grid. This is just me, but when I create a grid or calendar or do brush lettering, I don’t like doing it over back black lines. There are also square grids. I prefer a dotted grid that isn’t too noticeable, but it’s not just a blank piece of paper. (A grid really helps with lines and writing)

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You can see the dotted grid here.

I have a lot of pens I use when bullet journaling, but some of my favorites are my *Tombow Dual brush pens. These are water-based, brush and bullet nib pens that are great for writing, doing brush lettering, or coloring in certain things. They blend really well, too, which is something fun for your bullet journal’s look.

Some of my other favorites are my *Pigma Microns in black. Ah! I love these. They last long time and are great for writing and drawing grids.

I love to use a kneaded eraser and just a regular light pencil (like a 4H or 2H) to sketch out my designs. This is probably you have around your house!

And we can’t forget a good ‘ole ruler!

I hope this post was helpful and that you enjoyed it! Let me know what you would like to see next. More posts of the like?

Have a wonderful day!

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What posts would you like to see next? Where does school start around your area? Do you like to shop for school supplies? Do you have a bullet journal? What’s your favorite Icecream flavor?

Looking Back // June

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This is how I feel about it (Almost) being July: 

 

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How, though! How can it be! THE SEVENTH MONTH!! I just simply can’t believe it. I knoit’s different for everyone, but is this year just flying out the window and gone?

Anyway, it cannot be changed, so I shall enjoy it. What about you?

June was a action-packed (action isn’t quite the word–crazily busy, p’raps?) month, so I didn’t have that much time for posts. The first one I did this month was:

June Bullet Journal Setup

I used a pastel/flowery theme for this month’s BUJO setup, and it was a pretty fun post. I also included a chunk of art that I’ve done recently.

We went to Fairhope, Alabama the second week of June, so I had a lot of chance for photography.

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My second post (and the only other, besides this), was a devotion I called “Ask Boldly.”

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I’ve been wanting to start posting my devotions, so I thought that there is no time like the present! What did y’all think? Should I do more?

I have gotten a lot of photography in over the past few days. Lots of sunsets and flowers and scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

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There was also a TON of time to do some art (sarcasm).

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I’m excited for July! (Even though it shouldn’t be here yet😒)Does anyone have any big plans? Anything fun? We don’t have much, but I’m hoping for many posts! Is there anything you’d like to see?

I hope y’all are having a wonderful day!

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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?

My 2019 Reading List

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HI! Happy National Dress day, y’all!

When 2019 started I was really excited to think of all of the good books I will read. I really like certain Authors (and Authoress’s) and I have been really liking lots of different ones. I thought I’d share it with y’all, because I always enjoy reading other people’s reading lists.

Here we shall go!

Some of my favorite writers are Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Elliot, and many more, but those are the main ones as of now(:

I have read a lot of L.M.A’s books of late, and I am really enjoying them. I read “An Old-Fashioned Girl” first, and it was the best book I had ever read–until I read Eight Cousins. AHH! I just love it so much. The story can be applied to anyone’s life or age, not just girls.

Rose in Bloom by L.M. Alcott. (The sequel to Eight Cousins) This was on my reading list this year because I’d heard to was a few people’s favorite book. I am working my way through it, gradually, but so far I still love Eight Cousins. (The main character’s name is Rose.) I hope to do a review on them (the first and the sequel) when I finish this second one. Let me know if you’d like that!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has been on my reading list for a long time now, but I guess I’ve never got around to it. I love the movie, and my Mom and I have decided that usually the book’s always better than the movie, but I guess I’ll find out!

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell has said to be a great book by a few people, and I can’t wait to find out! I know there’s a BBC movie, but I haven’t seen it, either.

The Inheritance by L.M. Montgomery has also come highly favored among people. There is, too, a movie on this one. I want to read this, too! AHH, SO MANY WONDERFUL BOOKS!

Jo’s Boys by L.M. Alcott is also one I have heard a great deal about. This is one of the sequels to “Little Women.” (There’s also “Little Men.”) I read Little Women awhile back, and I LOVE the movie, (the 1994 version with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale) so I’m excited to see what this one’s like.

Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter is one I’ve started and is on the list for this year. We read Freckles a few years back, and it was one of my favorites at the time. This one is good so far, an very “detailed.”😄

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Printiss is one I have and want to read. It’s a journal from a 16 year old girl until her married years and how her faith grows with her. It sounds good! I’m excited to find out what it’s about and how it goes(:

So far that’s all I have on my list, but you know how it goes; there will be lots more on there, and hopefully lots checked-off by the end of the year!

Thank y’all much for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts, let me know down below!

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WHAT’S ON YOUR READING LIST? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL? BEACHES OR THE MOUNTAINS? PLANES OR TRAINS?

 

A New Design?! Yes!

Hello, all!

EEP! I’m so excited!

Megan @  A Barefoot Gal offers this AMAZING blog design service on her wonderful blog, and I contacted her, not even a week ago, and she designed my blog beautifully. (and super quickly! I mean really, 5 days? Wow!)

She designed my whole blog, but she also offers things separately: a Button, (which I was very excited to get😄) A header, Sidebar graphics, A Signoff, pretty much anything you want! And she does them so well and is very easy to contact! She got back to me quickly.

If you are wanting a new “do” for your blog, definitely go to Megan! (She’s awesome😁)

Thanks much for reading!

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