Explore with Me 003 | "Tongues in Trees" {Tiny Stories in B&W}

Hello, dears!

Today I have a collection of small stories for you – stories in photos, that is. Usually I look for pretty colors or beautiful lighting when taking pictures, but sometimes in winter there’s not a lot of either – especially in the scrubby, ugly part of the woods I was wandering through a while ago. So I switched gears and started looking for interesting textures, specifically things that would look nice in black and white, where colors and lighting wouldn’t matter so much.

Once I started looking for details, I was nearly overwhelmed by all the interesting and pretty things I found everywhere. Hopefully this episode encourages you to enjoy the beauty of nature even when it’s not usually considered beautiful. I’m going to add just short captions to the photos so you can enjoy the stories yourself without too much distraction. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

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How to Make Your Own Stamps & Stickers

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I recently discovered how easy it is to make your own stamps and use them to decorate all sorts of things – wrapping paper, envelopes, stickers, etc. I decided to make a tutorial for you guys so you can enjoy it too!Β This is a great craft to do with younger kids. I used it as an art lesson for my elementary-aged class just a couple weeks ago and they had a lot of fun creating their own designs! πŸ˜€

At the end of the post, I’ll give you guys a little inspiration on how to use the stamps for holiday wrapping and gifts in particular, but stamps are fun any time of the year. πŸ™‚ Let’s do it!

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Adventures in Christmas Tree-ing

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I’m finally making the annual “Getting Our Christmas Tree” post! This year the experience was… heh, interesting. We kept having troubles with the tree and the decorations and… yeah. This will be a Christmas to remember! :’D At this point it’s a wonder the poor thing is still living (sort of) to tell the tale!

Speaking of which, I should get started with the post now. Once upon a time, there lived an average, unsuspecting evergreen on Christmas tree farm…

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Best. Thanksgiving. Ever. :)

Hello, dears! Ahh, I finally get tell you guys about one of the highlights of my entire year: my best friend, Aria, got ENGAGED! And I got to be there! πŸ˜€ This was my first (and possibly last time) photographing a proposal, and OH MY, it was epic! Today I’m going to dump tons of photos of my beautiful friends while telling you guys the story from my point of view. πŸ™‚ Make sure to check out Aria’s lifestyle blog and photo blog to see her posts first if you haven’t! AHHH YAYY. Every time I think of this, I smile, so I think my face is going to hurt by the end of this post. XD Anyway, are you ready for a long, excitement-filled post? Let’s do this! Continue reading

Bujos, Bags, & Bunnies {ft. Notebook Therapy}

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HOORAY, I’ve been looking forward to making this post for a long time and now it’s finally here! I think you guys will enjoy this one, because… aesthetic photography! Beautiful bujos! Cute bags! BUNNIES!

I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Notebook Therapy today to bring you some aesthetic gift inspiration for yourself or friends and family this Christmas. πŸ™‚

Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s go unbox some fun stuff!

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Recent Bible Journaling + Lettering Tips

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I just finished another Bible journal, so I thought today I’d show you some of my favorite verses and pages from it! πŸ™‚ If you recall from my other Bible journal posts, right now I’m rereading the Bible, one chapter at a time, and copying down my favorite verse from each chapter in a notebook, theoretically with pretty lettering, although it doesn’t always turn out that way. πŸ˜› I love looking back at the verses I wrote out in the past and reflecting on them in these posts!

Ready for some encouraging Bible verses and pretty lettering inspiration? Let’s get started!

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Pet Photography, Part 2: Cats + Chickens

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I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving! I had the most exciting one ever, which I cannot wait to post about soon. But for now… I’m back with the second part of my pet photography collection! Today we shall visit our two cats and several chickens (including our baby chicks which are now almost grown up!).

This post might not be quite as adorable as the first one, but OH MY, the photos are much more amusing. :’D I hope you enjoy!

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Pet Photography, Part 1: Donkeys, Bunnies, Etc.

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Knowing that a) you guys usually love animal photography and b) I haven’t taken bunny pictures in a while, I went out this morning and took a bunch of pictures of all of our pets toΒ  provide your daily dose of cuteness! πŸ™‚ We apparently have too many pets to fit in one post, so I’ll be doing this in two parts.

Enjoy the various fuzziness for today: donkeys, dogs, and rabbits, for today. πŸ™‚

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How to Choose a Sketchbook:Top 5 Sketchbooks & Journals for Artists

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Have you ever started sketchbook shopping and just felt like… *facepalm* “WHERE DO I EVEN START?” There are SO many options out there – different sizes, styles, paper types and textures and colors… But no worries – that’s what I’m here for! I’m going to be reviewing five of my personal favorite sketchbooks, rating them for different types of media, varying prices, covers, etc.

If you’re looking for your next sketchbook or want to gift one this holiday season, read on and let’s help you find the perfect fit. πŸ™‚

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