The Latest Goings On // Recents

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HI!

Doing good?

It’s been awhile since I’ve just done a random, throw-everything-forget-nothing kind of post, so that’s what I’m about to embark on. If I don’t make it out, send help.

I’ve found myself snapping random, sometimes black and white photos. I don’t know why, but I’ve been loving capturing the everyday. I need to bring my camera in public more. I find it’s a great way to get some really interesting photos.

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Finding the beautiful out of the ordinary — I love it best.

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Discovering having melty, chocolaty hands touch you isn’t as bad as we might imagine. XD

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“Watermelon is a good fruit — You eat, you drink, and you wash your face.” ~Enrico Caruso

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Oh yeah, here’s Evan. holding (*cough*) our home. Ehehe.

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“The sun never stops shining, sometimes you just have to look through the clouds to see it.”

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I hope you have enjoyed this spurt of randomness. Sometimes I find I rather need it.

Have a lovely rest of your day!

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Which of today’s photos was your favorite? Do you like watermelon? Chocolate? If you’re in school, when do you start? What’s your favorite music genre?

Catching up // It’s been awhile!

Hello!

Hello there! My name is Audrey Kate Procrastination, how are you?

Wahaha. Seriously, though. I apparently have been neglecting the WordPress “write” button lately, oh my…

BUT! I’m here now, so I thought I would update the home page with a few recent foto… um, “FOTO?” *PHotos that I’ve taken.

Is it shocking to y’all how fast June has gone? Just me? I mean, I feel like I’m just sitting here looking at the 24th and it’s just waving at me like “hey, don’t know what you’re doing so I’m.. just gonna.. go…” *inhales* DOES THIS MEAN 2020’S HALF OVER? *screams down the hall*

 

Eheh, so now I shall show you a few recent pieces of photography. (:

We went to my great uncle’s house for Memorial Day *hides (’twas a month ago)* and he lives in a 1940’s home where he’s lived his entire life, nowhere else. It provides so many interesting photo opportunities.

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*my brother*

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I’ve enjoyed doing monochromatic photos lately, and when we came back from my Uncle’s house I decided to snap a few sunset photos in monochrome and regular filters.

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AHHH piano in a late golden hour… ❤

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My goodness. Meet Callie, a family friend’s new puppy. Isn’t she ADORABLE? She’s also crazy, but that’s the minor fact(:

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OH my.

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My friends and I decided to do a few ‘rona themed photos, which were really fun (just a note, we weren’t being inconsiderate towards those with the virus, we were just sarcastically portraying the mask/toilet paper/sanitizer scenes around town. (: ) to do.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed a few recent photos! Stay tuned for new posts coming soon!

I hope you’re doin’ dandy,

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How are you all doing? Which photo was your favorite? What posts would you like to see from me next on my blog? What is your opinion on peanut butter, crunchy or smooth?

A Collection Of Recents

Some

Hello!

Oh my, *checks calendar* it’s been way too long. I’m glad to be writing again! Even though I’ve been “quarantined” I’ve somehow let the days slide quickly. Is that possible? XD

Well, in my absence I’ve done a lot around my house, which I’ve enjoyed. It’s been nice having time to do things I’ve wanted to do, but just didn’t find the time to do. And luckily all of this craziness seems to be slowing down a bit at the start of Summer! I end my school year on the 22nd this year, and I can’t wait to have those long, fun Summer days ahead. Anyone else?

Well, lots of letters have passed through my *sanitized* (🤣) fingers, and I thought I’d share a bit ‘o recent letter art/lettering.

For some reason, I’ve been really into identical envelope art. Each day when I mail out letters, each day has different envelopes. A few days ago I did these black and white envelopes, using a white Signo broad gel pen.  This is a wonderful, affordable pen for dark papers as such. I also use it a lot for highlights when lettering, one of my favorites.

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I suppose this was another themed day. XD I love using a slightly different tone of color on envelopes to do the lettering, it creates such a pretty, soft, simple look.

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Ah, another! Hehe. I love doing this lemon-looking pattern. It was so Summery I couldn’t stop doing it. XD I used my Tombow Dual brush pens and the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens for this.

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I really enjoy using washi tape as borders for envelopes. If you’re running low on time, but want to make your snail mail fun with color, throwing a bit ‘o washi tape or sticker on there is a great way to spruce it up!

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Using drop shadows is one of my favorite ways to do letter art. It just adds a little sumpin’ sumpin’. What are your favorite ways to spruce your envelopes? I’d love to know!

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I’ve been enjoying lettering bible verses lately. Below is part of one of my favorite verses (and a sneak peak into the June BUJO setup(: ).

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The walks lately have held many beautiful flowers and beautiful skies. Have you all walked this Spring? Do you have flowers blooming?

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My cousin and his family came to visit a week or so ago, and so provided some photo opportunities of his little children. It was so fun! Toddlers and babies are interesting subjects. (:

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Oh yeah, my brother caught a baby mouse in our next-door field. hELp. He will just pick anything up. O.o

Though, it is rather cute. XD

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A few weeks ago I took a walk through the field while the flowers were in full bloom. I documented some of it, so here we are! (:

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Me ^ XD I set my camera down while I picked some flowers and it was on timer, I guess. XD

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That is it for now, friends! Truly, how are you doing? Farewell!

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What part was your favorite? What would you like my next post to be about? What do you think about lemons? What’s your favorite color?

 

Warm Memories // some thoughts

Can you picture it?

A night where the moon bursts out beneath magnificent streams of still clouds.

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A morning where the fresh cut grass sticks to your feet as you walk to the garden.

A night when you need a light jacket because of a hair-twirling breeze, but you have your bare feet out.

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A day when you eat a sandwich up in a tree for no reason.

A morning where the sun’s rays are so majestic you feel you must take a photo with a camera that has held many a memory card in its life.

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A night of warm weather sounds like frogs and cicadas calling to one another.

When you come in from being outside, not thinking you were sweaty from the heat, but a fan cooling your house is everything you didn’t know you needed.

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I like those moments. They are almost here. Though, it feels vaguely quite. Vaguely still.

There may not be the getting together with neighbors and grilling and playing soccer until the stars are brightly shining, or the amazing, juicy watermelon eating in a family reunion, but maybe the stillness holds something good, too.

This upcoming season will be a lot different. But maybe it will be special in itself.

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Though, strangely, it almost seems… okay right now. Is it a rest we needed?

If there’s one thing I’ve felt in this time we’re in, it’s calmness. I feel calm.

I know there’s strange stuff going on, and it’s very sad, but I think it might almost be a blessing we’re able to be in our homes. It gives us time to think. To be with God and strengthen our relationship with him.

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Sometimes life can be crazy. Sometime you feel like you could use a break.

Now is a perfect time. We’re in for awhile, why not make the best of it?

The warm nights of shining stars, bright moons, dewy grass and dandelions are still coming, but this Summer may be different.. maybe.

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I am thankful for technology (email, phone calls, etc.), and the mail (and blogging, of course!) to help us all stay connected.

We can still enjoy the warmth of the nearing season!


 

Have a wonderful day, and Happy Early Easter! He is risen!

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Are any of those warm memories yours as well? How are you staying connected with your friends and family? Are you enjoying a bit of a rest from things? What are your quarantine days like?

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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Drop Shadows // Additions For Lovely Lettering

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Hhaapppyy Sssuunnddaayy!

Also, happy National Day of Prayer! I hope you are all safe and well.

I have been rather scant in posts lately, but I’m a comin’ back. I have been doing lots of letter art and lettering in general, and it crossed my mind that I haven’t done that many lettering posts.

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When I first started brush lettering in 2018, I would look at pictures of quotes and things and I would see these “shadows” on the letters that kind of made them look 3D. I thought that was so cool, but it took me awhile to learn, But now that I do it a lot I thought I’d share it with you! So I hope this helps you with your drop shadows. They’re so fun to add.
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I use drop shadows a lot for bullet journaling and writing letters, and I thought you all might like to see how I go about mine.
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To start out, pick one of your favorite markers or brush pens or pens. I’m using Tombow Dual Brush pens for this tutorial.
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#1 Basic Dropshadow

I lettered a simple “hello” because it has a lot of good shapes to practice on. You can write anything, though!
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For the drop shadows on this one I’m using my Pilot Frixion ball pen. (GUYS, it’s erasable!  Perfect for writing.)
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Start on the top of the downstroke of the letter. In brush lettering, this is the thickest part. If you’re writing with a regular pen or marker, just imagine where you pulled the pen down.
I always draw my drop shadows on the left, but that’s a personal preference.
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When you get to an intersection between lines, (like below) don’t go over it. Stop, pick up your pen and go over that line, and then begin directly after it. It’s a minor detail, be it makes it look more like a shadow.
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Continue drawing your drop shadows on the rest of the letters.
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Whenever you get to a letter like O, it can be a bit tricky to decide what to do. I always start on the inner portion (where you would start the letter) and I do my regular downstroke.
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Then go on the upper portion and start.
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When you get to the overlapping part, go until you meet the line you entered the letter on. Jump over it, then continue with your line to distinguish the overlapping and the beginning sections, but don’t go any farther.
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VOILA!  It’s a simple way to add a little fun to your lettering.
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#2 A Bit More Plump

The next one is one I do often.

Instead of a regular pen, I’m using the Tomdow fudenosuke hard tip (My favorite. I use this most every day!) to do the drop shadows. This will create a more thick line without it being too thick.

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Start again from the top of the downstroke, and head down, jumping over any line intersections.

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TAA DAA!

It’s a bit more of a bold look, I like how it looks like a shadow. This can be done with any tools, too, which is a plus!

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#3 A Bit More Fancy

This is what I most use when it comes to drop shadows, I love how the shadows… scroll for more!

I’m back to the Pilot Frixion pen, but you can use anything(:

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Start by doing the same thing as the other two, draw the drop shadows along the edge of the downstrokes.

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Once you’ve done that, go back to the first letter and start your line on the top of the entering line.IMG_0916

Continue that line over where you intersected the lines and up into the loop. Don’t go all the way around, your new line should stop under where the other one started.

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Start again on top of the next line. End mid-arch, never overlapping your first set of drop shadows.

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Next to the loop going into E the same way. Also to the loop on e. Continue this way until you’ve reached the end.

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Yay! This is my favorite way to do drop shadows. It’s so fun and easy!

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#4 A Shade Lighter Than The Rest

This is a subtle and fun way to add dimension to your lettering, and it’s easy and fun, too!

Pick a color, any color, then find a lighter one, probably 60% lighter. If you do black, find a light grey. Navy, find light blue. I did blush pink/mauve, so I found a faint/baby pink.

Here are the two most used backdrop colors I use, 800 (baby pink) and N89 (warm grey) (also 873 (coral), but I didn’t snap a photo)

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Take the brush side (or however you can make a thick stroke on the pen you use) and do the same as the first two, start at the top of the downstroke and go down.

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Done! It’s a subtle way to add depth and dimension, and the outcome is really pretty!

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As a little bonus onto this style, you can take a black pen (I’m using the Frixion one again) and line the downstrokes close to the original letter.

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#5 A Different Hue

I picked a envelope with a medium color, turquoise, and I wrote in an equal tone.

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Instead of black or pink or grey, grab a white, silver or gold. I’m using my white Uni-ball Signo broad gel pen. (Ammaazziinngg)

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Start like before, starting at the top of the downstroke and going down.

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Then, like #3, line the inside of the upstrokes.

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I love how this creates more of a highlighted look than a shadow. It’s so pretty on toned paper such as this.

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I hope you all enjoyed this little tutorial! Let me know what you thought!

Have a happy Sunday!

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Which was your favorite, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5? Do you like tutorials like these? Want more lettering posts, or something else (what else?)? Do you like bradford pear trees? Snails or worms? XD

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

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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!

GGRRREEEETTTIIINNGGGSSS!!

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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AHHHHHH ❤

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? 

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?