Spring is still here.

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Isn’t it chaotic? The world, I mean.

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It seems like everywhere you look, or listen, there is some new news. Some new discovery or new report of this illness.

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I was in the midst. I have been caught up in checking where it was, how it’s spreading, and we partly joined in the worry. (Boy, I’ve never gone to the grocery store so much! XD)

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Just because there’s something scary going on in the word, doesn’t mean the world stops.

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The flowers bloom, the birds, in their tumultuous songs, are everywhere.

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I took a drive in our old golf cart around the property the other day and realized,

Nature goes on. God doesn’t stop Spring and turn it grey to suit the mood. It’s as beautiful as it always is.

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I don’t know what to make of this pandemic. It is scary. But we can’t let our fear or worry let us forget that there is still beauty. And behind it a God who loves and cares deeply, more deeply than we can fathom, for US.

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I know this is happening to people who you may know, maybe your close family, maybe you. I hope and pray everything will be well, I truly do.

God loves you. It’s a wonderful thing to remember in a time like this. He can turn ugly into beautiful, awful into wonderful.

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I just wanted to share some thoughts I have during this time. I hope you are doing well and are safe at home. I am praying for you. Be well!

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How is the pandemic where you are? Are you at home for awhile? What are you doing during this time? 

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Recent photography // Moon, stars, birds, etc!

Photography

Howdy thar!

Well, I believe that’s enough of my southern accent for one post. XD

Hello! I hope you’re all doing well!

Recently my camera has been in full use, almost daily. The weather has provided some lovely shots, from rain, to snow, to heat, to MORE rain, to more heat, and things finally starting to bloom, it’s been fun to experiment!

I’ve enjoyed using Canva to edit and adjust my photos, it’s such a great site!

One thing I’ve been wanting to really work on this year is nighttime photography. I understand my settings, but for some reason night photos were always reeeeaaally dark. I’ve just started to figure it out, so here are some shots from that!

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You can juuuussstt make out Orion’s belt there. Don’t you love stars?

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Haha, I sneezed while I was taking a picture of this star. XD

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With so much rain, the birds have enjoyed getting out and eating. They, for some reason, love to sit on my window.

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It looks as if he’s falling! I love watching the birds outside.

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The animals, especially during the snow we got a week or two ago, really enjoyed being out.

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The evening sky was especially majestic one night. Ah, those colors! True art.

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Hehe, these are some strange violin-playing pictures for ya.😂

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I bet we’ve had over two feet of rain this year. It’s been crazy!

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Heh, we weren’t supposed to have pond here.

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aannnddd… then there’s me. 😆 My good friend Savannah took some pictures of me when I went to her house one day.

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This was me back in June when I still had bangs. XD I just found this.

I have been painting and drawing deer a lot lately, so I decided to put a little fawn on a letter. I really like how this one turned out. Have y’all ever seen baby deer? In the Spring/Summer they cross through the field next to us a lot. They’re so cute!

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I hope you enjoyed a few recent photos I’ve been taking! Let me know, which was your favorite?

I hope you’re all doing wonderfully!

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What’s your weather like? Do you have snow? Do you like sunsets? How about fawns? What’s your favorite season? What are your thoughts on Mac ‘n cheese; the real deal, or from a box? 

If you would like to try Canva, here is my link for joining. When you do, you’ll receive a free premium image, illustration, or art! Go check it out!

My Envelopes Have… Hearts On Them? // Valentine’s Envelope Art

The Hearts Are Everywhere!

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Valentine’s day is near, and while it’s not a heavily celebrated holiday here, I did want to make a few envelopes that resembled the day.

Most of them were quite simple. This one below I did little hearts all over a brown envelope, but I wanted a bit more color. I’ve been really liking the look of torn edges (well, it depends what it’s on. XD) so I tore a bit of pink scrapbook paper and used double-sided tape to apply it to the middle. I ripped a few pieces of washi tape and added it in various areas of the ripped paper, for a bit more color. I addressed it on the scrapbook paper, too.

I’ve been doing this in different colors and shapes, too, it’s really cute and fun!

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I did a similar thing for this envelope. I took a lot of peach/pink colors and went a teensy bit crazy with hearts (heh), and since it was a cream envelope, I tore a piece of sketchbook paper (white) and used double-sided tape to apply. I added some black washi tape for a bit of contrast and also some gold stickers.

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I wanted a bit more of a simple approach, so I just used big letters in silver and then used a lot of different heart stickers I had. I think this turned out cute and I like that some of them are the puffy stickers and you can feel the different shapes.

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This next envelope is mainly lettering, with the addition of some hanging hearts. My favorite part of this is how easy it was. I just continued some of the lines on her name into hearts. I also put the address in between her first and last name, for fun.

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aaaAAAhh.. I went a bit wild. XD

This one I started out with her name and did a bit of a gradient and a drop shadow. I needed to add something to the left so that it would even out everything, so that’s why there’s one massive red heart over there. (:

I thought it would be fun to do “confetti” hearts around the name. What do you think?

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This was a throwback to last year’s Valentine’s day post, (go check it out!) though, instead of a 3D paper look I used some red felt/foam paper to do the heart balloon. I also added some clouds.

I went with a more elegant lettering style; I quite like the outcome!

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I went very simple with this one, a heart shaped balloon and brush lettering. I like how simple and cute it became.

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I made another “hanging heart” illustration. I made a wreath shape and just went around and around with a black pen and then threw in some hearts. This turned out one of my favorites. (:

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On the back of one of the envelopes I did some more hanging hearts from the seal of the letter down. Simple, but fun!

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I thought crystals might be fun, not necessarily Valentine’s themed, but pink and purple(:

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ALAS! HURRAH! The snow came to GA for a day and a half, so here are a few pictures from that. It snowed four days ago and was gone the next day. Guess what? it’s 64º right now. *flabbergasted*

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Thank you all so much for reading! Let me know your thoughts! What was your favorite?

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Which envelope was your favorite? Did you get any snow? Do you do anything on Valentine’s? 

The Camera Shall Not Be Forgotten! // Recent Photography

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Hello There!

Boy, I can’t remember the last time I did a photography post. I felt it was long overdue! I have pictures from November and December here. They’ve been piling up! I hope you enjoy.

Ah, back when there was color in the trees! I miss it, though I look forward to when everything buds and blooms, it’s just as beautiful!

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DON’T DO THIS IF YOU DON’T LIVE ON A SLOW COUNTRY ROAD! xD Not the safest… but I liked the yellow with the red. (:

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This was one of those weird November days where you’re not sure if it’s cold or warm, it’s cloudy, no wind, etc. A perfect time for a tree photoshoot! XD

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See what I have to put up with? Haha, Maisy was enjoying it as much (if not more, it seems) as I was.

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This was a separate day. Isn’t this stretch just gorgeous? IMG_8901.JPG

One of my friends I was with is a gymnast, so she hopped in the picture and did some fancy thingI don’t know the nam of. So cool!

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The moon was something shining in my room one night, so i thought I’d take a photo of it. Isn’t the moon amazing?

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Lastly, I did a photoshoot with my piano teacher’s baby. Hehe.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you like these types of posts, and what you’d like me to post more of this year!

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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?

How is it NOVEMBER? // BUJO Setup

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HAPPY NOVEM…

Wait, no no, I mean August, or is it October?

How has this year gone so fast?!

It’s officially the first day of the eleventh month in 2019, and my Bullet Journal is chomping at the bit to be used for it!

This month’s design was TOTALLY not my style of doodling and art, but I enjoyed the challenge. I chose only blue (mainly) and a tile-like pattern. (What is that called? Henna? Tile? XD)

So, one thing I wish I’d changed in this first page is the layout of the pattern. The top half right before the ‘November’ got cut off so that I could make it even, but it doesn’t look great, my eye goes right to it.

But overall I enjoyed doing this, it was a fun style.

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On the left I merged goals, hopes, and reminders in one page. I used the bullet end on my Tombow dual brush pens for most of this, colors 555 and 526.I love using these pens because one end you can do calligraphy, block in large areas and blend, and the other end you can write, draw, sketch, everything! (HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

On the right I have “November Tasks” (AKA To-do’s). I kept the theme up near the top, and overall its’ pretty simple.

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The next pages here are my favorites in any month. I love filling things in and at the end of the month seeing what you’ve accomplished. So fun!

To the left is my habit tracker. In the beginning of the year when I started bullet journaling I used these huge grids that were merged all together, but the past few months I’ve broken each “habit” into one grid each (see here). I definitely like the one grid each plan best, but I thought it’d be fun to change it up.

To the right I have my letter tracker. Now, October was overflowing because I didn’t make enough boxes for the letters I received…….

and I did the same thing here. Really, you don’t need boxes as big as I made them.

AHHHHH November, the month of experiments. 😆

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My habits this chilly month (It’s 42º right now. It was 92º three weeks ago!) are:

5+ cups water, Read my bible, Floss teeth, Skin routine, Math, Piano, Violin, Ukulele, Guitar. (Those last four are meaning PRACTICE!(: )

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To the left of these two pages I have my “November Ideas” page. I’m pretty sure I started that in September, and I like having  place where I can write out any ideas I might have. I felt weak without color other than blue (hehe) so I put this blue and pink wash tape that says “go where you feel most alive”. Not loving that page. XD

To the right I have my piano student page. I like to keep track of what they’re learning and doing well and not so well at so I can prepare myself for what we need to work on. If you’re a teacher, this is very helpful! Also, leave yourself mucho room! XD I ran out of room for my other students. Heh.

When your out of room in your bullet journal,                                                                        make, make another page! 

Like what I did there? ((:

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This page is my blog ideas for the month.

Not much else to say there, but it’s filling up! I have a lot of fun ideas for this month, I hope y’all will enjoy them!

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A little quote to brake up all the lists! “Stand by those who stand by you”

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The last page! This is my money tracker. I decided this will be helpful because I have a little income coming in and I thought it’d be good to track what I buy and save for.

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I hope you all enjoyed this month’s setup! I’m learning that even though something isn’t your favorite, it’s good to broaden your art and design styles to see what you like and don’t like.

I hope you’re having wonderful day! Farewell!

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Do you BUJO? What was your theme like this month? Do you like listening to audio dramas? What’s your opinion on crunchy peanut butter?

Cassia’s Contest, FINAL DAY! // The Country Living Fair, 2019 // Poll

Hi there!

Today is the final day of Cassia’s photo contest. It has been fun! Unfortunately, I missed a few days, but I caught up HERE. Check it out!

Today’s final prompt: BOOKS

YES! Books!

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Thank you, Cassia, for hosting this contest! It was so fun.


 

WELL… We recently went to the Country Living Fair not far from us in Stone Mountain, Ga. It was so fun! It was supposed to rain, but it remained fallishly cool and overcast, we couldn’t argue!

The Country Living Fair consists of food trucks, vendors containing things from the magazine, clothes, house things, vintage things, art, rugs, and all at Stone Mountain. We walked around the winding pathways and stopped at the different pop-ups.

We also got sick from the various cinnamon sugar pecans that might’ve been purchased for the pleasure of the taste buds. Mmm mm. (They’re GREAT)

There were some lovely paintings and artsy things. How pretty!

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There was this one vendor that had these beautiful butterflies. Look at that middle one!

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This was a degree from 1930 by Emory University hospital (right here in ATL!). I thought it was so neat! Mr. Mclaren Johnson. SO cool!

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This rocking horse looked very interested in his job. XD

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I loved the vintage postal boxes! I thought about getting some for my letters, but vintage prices weren’t quite in my reach(:

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AH! Vintage cameras!

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Look at this Kodak! I would like to take pictures with one of these. They’re so cute!

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On one of the loops there were vintage campers set up to look inside. I didn’t get good photos of the inside, but they had pink cabinets! AH!

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I kept trying to get photos of mirrors. Heh, it was hard! XD

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I hope you enjoyed seeing photos from the fair! It was so fun.

I hope your day is wonderful!

What would you like to see? Take this poll!

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Have you ever been to the Country Living fair? Do you like vintage? Is it warm or cold where you are? Did you take the poll?

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!