Creek Adventures, Terrible Puns, and a Marvelous Weekend

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Last weekend was WONDERFUL because I got to see my best friend! πŸ˜€ Aria just got married (joy!) and moved fifteen hours away from me (sadness…). But recently she came to visit us with her husband Andrew, and Andrew’s best friend, Fleet. It brought back so many memories, like her proposal/engagement, her wedding, and the first time she visited our farm in 2018.

We had a blast exploring the farm, building a dam in the creek, making too much food, finding strange creatures, etc. Enjoy some of my favorite pictures!

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A Family Vacation at Norris Lake

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Gracious, this is the longest break from blogging I’ve had in… ages! I think all the unused busyness from the early COVID months got condensed into these last four weeks or so, sheesh. In part, we went on vacation (obviously), we had a big party + game night on Megan’s birthday, I’ve been toiling over a big design project for a client, we went to my great grandma’s funeral, I started art tutoring and teaching at a local co-op again (with frustrating regulations), and we had a lot of company come over, including my best friend who lives states away!

Of course, I took a bunch of pictures and some of that will make it into future posts if I ever have time to write them, argh. But for now, at least I finally made this post about our vacation. πŸ™‚ We went to Norris Lake in Tennessee this year, and the highlight of the trip was tubing, swimming, and boating. So exhausting, but so fun, and GREAT for water photography! πŸ˜‰ I hope you guys enjoy!

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Summer Playlist + Aesthetic {2020}

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Now that it’s August, time for my obligatory seasonal playlist post. πŸ™‚ I usually do these earlier, but I had too many other post ideas, heh. I love discovering new music and artists and I know you guys do too, so today I’m going to share some of my recent favorites with a summery feel.

I hope you guys enjoy this playlist + photos, and maybe find some music to add to your collection!

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100 Questions to Ask Your Pen Pal

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I’m super excited for this post! (How unusual. πŸ˜› ) One of my readers recently requested I write about pen pal questions, so here we are. Asking/answering questions in letters (or in life!) helps you connect with and get to know someone better, plus, pro tip: including questions is one secret to making your letters a lot longer and more interesting. πŸ˜‰ For some of my pen pals, we insert a list of questions in the letter, and for others, we just ask questions as they come up about whatever subject we’re on.

Today I’m going to give you a ginormous list of 100 questions to ask your pen pal – some serious, some funny, all across a variety of topics and categories. If you’re at a loss for what to write, try some of these! I’ll also stick in a little happy mail/envelope art inspo along the way. πŸ˜‰ Alright, let’s do this!

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15+ Ways to Art Journal {+Journal Tour!}

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I’ve been looking forward to making this post for… well, I guess over a year! I first started this art journal in February 2019 and finished it May 2020. I haven’t shown you the process of filling it up because it was a surprise! I actually made this as a gift for my friend Aria. I gave it to her the night before her wedding and she loved it and I loved making it and ahh, this project just means so much to me. ❀

I’m not going to show you every page because that would be tremendously long, but I wanted to select a few (relatively speaking) that will hopefully inspire you guys if you’re thinking about journaling for yourself! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, well, keep reading! πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy scrolling through these journal spreads and hearing more of the story and ideas behind this book, as well as a list of page ideas you can use in your own journal or sketchbook. Let’s go!

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Aria’s Wedding! {Lots of Pictures :)}

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AHHHH. As you can imagine, I am so, SO excited to be making this post! EEEP. For those of you who don’t know, I recently had the privilege to be in my best friend’s wedding with my sister Megan and oh my goodness, it was amazing, despite all the changes COVID19 made.

This was the first time I’ve been in a wedding, not to mention been a maid-of-honor, and it was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed spending time with the rest of the wedding party and seeing all the beautiful decorations and just the general excitement of it all, although MAN did it make us all exhausted.

I hope you guys enjoy this little “travel journal” post of flowers, dresses, spiders, cameras, friends, hymnals, steamers, and the best memories. Have fun scrolling through the weekend! πŸ™‚

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Etcetera #12 {Barn Dancing, Cute Pets, Farm Life, Etc.}

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Welcome back to another round of random photos where I raid my File Explorer and have fun with editing styles. On the menu for today is Nellie the Cutest Goat, our church barn dance (IT WAS AMAZING), people pictures, and vacuums and muffin tins. πŸ˜€

Buckle up because we have a BUNCH of photos to get to today. I got tired of narrowing it down any further, so enjoy what is basically a mashup of a bunch of little posts! Here we go!

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10+ Ways to Fill a Notebook {Notebook Tours}

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I hope you’re all staying healthy and having a good quarantine. πŸ™‚ Today I thought it would be fun to collect most of my notebooks currently in use and give you guys a mini tour of them. Just in case you’re bored and need creative ideas of what to do, for instance. πŸ˜‰

If you’ve ever wondered how to fill an empty notebook, sketchbook, or journal, keep reading! Here are over ten ideas that I use and enjoy myself.

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15 Stuck at Home Boredom Busters

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Are you guys self-quarantined? And are you getting bored of it yet?

Phones and computers are fun for a while, but I hope that’s not all we’ll do for weeks or months while we’re stuck inside! Today I’ve brainstormed some ideas of interesting activities that don’t require public places, large amounts of people, or social media (except this blog πŸ˜› ).

I’m usually rather disappointed with the boredom buster lists on Pinterest: they’re often just the obvious “read a book” or specific little crafts which don’t last long. Which is nice, but I feel like we all know those already… So hopefully you find a few new or at least less commonly thought of ideas here to keep you and your family from going stir-crazy. Make the best use of this unexpected time to create memories and beautiful things and maybe conquer your TBR list instead of scrolling your phone for 8 weeks! πŸ˜‰

Alright, let’s go bust some boredom!

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