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.
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!)
I started doing lots of holly during December with this gold lettering. AH! I just lovemaking Christmas envelopes.
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)
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! (:
He’s just so jolly! XD
I wrote a lot of letters one morning, so I did a little letter photoshoot. (:
I sealed them all similarly. Don’t you just love washi tape? (:
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. (:
Who knew letters could provide so much shading and varying angles? XD
I love filling in all the closed-in spaces with color. It adds a little “pop” (:
This one I used a black Tombow dual brush pen and my beloved white signo broad gel pen. Kinda interesting!
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!
Which envelope was your favorite? What did you do to kick off the new year? Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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!
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…)
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!
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?
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.
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).
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.
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!
At this point, I was trying to fill a lot of pages with fun Christmassy things. That’s what these next few pages are(:
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.
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.
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!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I think he did pretty good! It was a frigid windy day, so camera shake and all was hard to avoid, BUT THE LIGHT! ♥
This one probably turnout the best out of all of them. My hair was being wiped all ’round!
These leaves were so pretty!
He attempted to catch me mid-hairflip, but alas, no good….
…AH! There we go. XD *applauds brother generously*
Oh, you know, just your every-day stride in the midst a field. (;
Is it a bird? no, a plane! It’s AUDREY KATE! The severely ungraceful land-skater! 😂
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…)
I hope you all are having a DEEElightful evening!
What was your favorite part about the letter? Do you use wax? What photo was your favorite? Di Evan do a good job?
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
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!
There was this one vendor that had these beautiful butterflies. Look at that middle one!
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!
This rocking horse looked very interested in his job. XD
I loved the vintage postal boxes! I thought about getting some for my letters, but vintage prices weren’t quite in my reach(:
AH! Vintage cameras!
Look at this Kodak! I would like to take pictures with one of these. They’re so cute!
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!
I kept trying to get photos of mirrors. Heh, it was hard! XD
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!
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?
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.
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…).
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.
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!
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!
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!
No. 7: Puppies
Aww! Who could go wrong with puppies?
No. 8: Brush Lettering
This is something I’ve loved learning and it is so pretty. I love all the pens as well(:
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!)
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?
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.
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)
The color is still here, but, luckily, its’ cool now. The mornings have been in the 40º’s!
Do you like cold weather?
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!
Do you like batman? Do you have striped bunny socks? What’s your favorite part of Autumn? Do you say “Meese?” Can you drive?