Creativity And The ‘Non Secret’ Secret Project

Wednesday May 10th –

Morning blogging and conversation took place after the appropriate amount of coffee was consumed.

Spencer was over but he was truly downtrodden over the absence of his mom.
Sadly shuffling about, to and fro from the couch to the wall with the photo gallery of the family, pointing to ‘Mom’ over and over.
It was sad but Grams was there to comfort, thankfully πŸ˜‹πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

I began painting the wooden blocks I’d saved from our shell table construction and decided the outcome was a pleasant one πŸ˜ŠπŸ–Œ

Supper was a tasty stir fry made by Mom.

(I want to tell you the recipe and yet I don’t… because it’s SO easy, that if I have one of you’s over it won’t seem impressive that I made it, but simply lazy πŸ˜‚)
((Not saying Mom’s lazy 😬😳))

Becca and the saplings joined us and the meal was enjoyed😊

Thursday May 11th –

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Brush Lettering For Beginners

Brush lettering, the topic a few of you have mentioned I should write about.

Alas, I am not the one to do so and you’d be better off finding a much more competent letterer than I, but I will say a couple of things about it just the same πŸ˜‰

I started lettering out of boredom (and jealousy that someone could write so nicely, so seemingly easily 😜) but because it wasn’t really a major interest then and because I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, I just used a fine tipped sharpie and not a correct brush lettering marker.

Which was stupid 😜

The marker, MATTERS!

When I visited Mom and tested some of her markers, it was the ‘Kuretake’ that changed my lettering life πŸ˜³πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜œ

Recently I’ve been using the ‘Pentel sign pen, Touch’ as well.

It depends what you become comfortable with but I know some who letter with something as simple as kids ‘Crayola’ markers and do fantastically… but it makes my lettering look like, a kids 😜

So, if you’ve tried lettering without the proper tools and you’re devastated and feeling like a pathetically, so called human, wielding a useless hand… try getting a marker that works for you.

I tend to write small and prefer a bit of a firmer, short nibbed marker, rather than some of the larger, softer markers like the ‘Ecoline Brush Pen’, no matter how much I love the vibrant color those ones give.
You just have to find your niche.

Also, I love writing on tracing paper/velum.
If you’ve spent money on a good marker, you’ll want it to last and to give the best results and I believe you get both by using the tracing or velum paper, as normal paper is too rough and shreds marker tips much faster.

Next to tools of the lettering trade, you will want to… praaaactice 😬
Yes, that awful word that nobody likes yet tis true and required in so many cases 😜

I suggest getting a practice sheet of ‘drills’ and learning some of the basic ‘strokes’ before diving into trying a big (or even small) word.

Press heavy/hard on your down lines and soft/light on the lines going up.

Luckily for me, my own Mother (@diamondandwillow) letters beautifully, teaches a lettering class, has drill sheets and a seemingly endless supply of lettering markers and tricks for me to glean from 😁
Without her teaching and help, I wouldn’t letter like I do now.

A few of the Instagram letterers I follow are:

To name a few.
Whether it’s because I like their style, their instructions or what the actually say with what they letter, I know you’ll gain some inspiration from them.

One last point, your handwriting, does not effect your hand lettering!!!

This sample should prove that😬

On the left is some of my (though beginner) hand lettering and on the right is my normal handwriting.

Let’s say my book reports frustrated my teacher back in the day 😬😝

It’s embarrassing but here’s some of the first things I tried with ‘lettering’, pre good marker and practice.

And some of the more recent.

Hopefully this little blurb helps clarify a few things for the very beginning, beginners out there 😊

If you have more questions though, let me know!

Sales And Salutations

Saturday May 6th –

Rise and shine it’s market time!

The ‘Everything Country Sale’ was being held out on a large acreage around an hour away from our place and since it sounded interesting and we had no other Saturday plans, we decided to go.

There were many different craft vendors, livestock and food set up, so we began our meandering post haste.

Unfortunately, the popularity of antique/vintage items is well known by now, so it wasn’t the best place to find great prices on that type of thing but there was of course still interesting things to see and get ideas from.

It was hard to resist buying a baby duckling or two, with their sweet little peeping faces peeking up at me but resist I did.
Mostly out of fear that Mom wouldn’t let me keep living with her if she returned from her weekend with Dad and I had a duckling in her houseπŸ˜¬πŸ™ˆ

The other birds about made Mike and my hearts hurt… maybe that’s the normal when it comes to transporting and selling chickens,turkeys and peacocks but it doesn’t seem right.
Even if I do just eat them later 😜

The small, less than one by one foot boxes holding two birds with no water, the beautiful peacock having been built into his cage, his tail feathers fit through wooden slats, causing him to be stuck in one position alone, without water, while loud strangers gawked and freaked him out.
Had he not been 250$ I would have bought him just to free him πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‹

An overpriced, hardly warm burger was bought and eaten and then we finished our look about, which ended up with us buying a sign to hang in a future home… and a bag of cotton candyπŸ˜‰

The maker of this sign didn’t have a business card, does anyone know who made this by chance (Saskatoon area) ?? 

A moving sale and green house were stopped at on our drive back towards the highway, both places were left empty handed but not without having seen interesting things 😊

Jake’s burgers was stopped at for another attempt at lunch and also to get some free wifi, since searching out new things for our new beginnings here has sucked up what data we have on the cell phones 😜

One quick stop in Rosthern resulted in groceries for that nights supper and a Pura Vida bracelet for me, from a little local store.

I follow the bracelet company on Instagram, liking their product and the story behind it but I didn’t expect to find one of their bracelets there.
I’ll happily be wearing it, the colors reminding me of the ocean I so love πŸ’™

Pizza was on the nights menu and I used the dough recipe from my Uncle in Ontario, throwing some bruschetta spices in for the fun of it πŸ˜‹

Hawaiian ish and a random combination of meats and mushrooms made up the two choices with a watermelon and caesar salad which completed the main course for us and our company πŸ˜‰πŸ₯—πŸ•

One month in and it was the first time we’d managed to get together with some friends but finally we did and we enjoyed an evening together, catching up and discussing life πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹




Sunday May 7th –

‘Twas a damp spring morning but all the green buds popping out on the trees kept spirits light😊

We were postponed from church that morning since we had ‘secret project’ matters to attend to and it only worked to have such and such done, then πŸ˜‹

(No ones offered up any guesses yet? πŸ˜‹
Is no one curious as I? πŸ˜³πŸ™„)

We headed to town for some Starbucks coffee and wifi and the drink was made super well.

Which is always so relieving after you pay much too much πŸ™ˆπŸ˜œ

Then off to church we went, making it out to that evenings service and also managing to see some faces we’d been missing since arriving

Thoughtful Thursday And Fabulous Aunt Friday

Thursday May 4th –

The day began with a look at the forecast, which in turn, made the day begin on a cheerful note and then with a glance at the calendar came the realization that we’d been in Canada almost one month already 😳

Time flies when you’re home πŸ˜‹

It didn’t take long for me to head outside, the sunshine calling but the whole ‘yard work’ thing already growing old 😜
I did move some rock piles and pull some weeds before taking a break to write outside in the lovely spring air πŸŒ€πŸŒ±πŸ“±

Back inside I had chicken to make soup out of and a supper to think of, since Mike was ‘souped out’… typical guy πŸ™„πŸ˜œ
(Yes, I too can become sick of one food if it’s eaten too many times in a row, but if someone is thinking of, cooking and cleaning up from a meal, I’m not going to complain that it’s once again soup 😏)

So, wanting to try something different I made up a creamy , lemon rice and chicken soup and while that simmered, I worked on a pasta sauce for supper.

The day passed amidst sunshine soaking until Mom returned and we shared a coffee (no,we didn’t share one coffee, that would be crazy) on the deck, telling of our days events… or lack there of in my case πŸ˜‹

Michiel returned from work and brought me a container of raspberries πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Which is kind of funny because just earlier I’d been thinking (due to conversations had recently etc) about what gifts I liked most from him.
Knowing flowers wasn’t up there on my priority list and then thinking food was probably the easiest to pick and the most enjoyed πŸ™ˆ

Low and behold, he got the vibes 😜

Mom had returned with a gift for me as well…
Cleaning supplies! πŸ˜‚ Continue reading “Thoughtful Thursday And Fabulous Aunt Friday”

#Alpha Get To Know Me

For those of you who don’t have Instagram, I’m going to post my pictures from the #alphagettoknowme lettering challenge I participated in.

It began in March and should have been done by April… but I only squeaked in the last one a day or two before May πŸ™ˆ

I blame travel and moving for the extortionately late finish but hey, at least I did finish it πŸ˜‰πŸ˜¬

The point of the challenge was to make you use/practice your lettering, while helping people get to know a little more about you.

Here’s what I came up with πŸ˜‰

β€’A is for Art and how I began creating . Though always interested in drawing/creating, one of the first things I can remember about it, is when Mom would read aloud a chapter book and have me draw what I was imagining the story to look like. Story/bonding/art time, all in one πŸ˜‰πŸ’•πŸ“šπŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€’

β€’Well… this is the second #AlphaGetToKnow me day and it’s ridiculously hard 😜
Tell the ‘Best quality’? About me?! How about I just list the qualities I don’t posses instead? πŸ˜…
Sharing? Sharing my opinion maybe, but never sharing my foodπŸ™ˆ
Compassionate? More so towards animals than humans 🐱
Thoughtful? In ways to avoid human interactionπŸ™‹πŸ» #introvert
The list could go on 😏

Perhaps though, making use of my imagination is my quality? βœ¨πŸ’πŸ» β€’

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Intimidation And Self Motivation

Tuesday May 2nd –

After chowing down on a delicious, egg breakfast sandwich made on a cheese bun (made by Mom of courseπŸ˜‰) I had to call the bank to reset my password (terrors 😳 talking on the phone, and in the morning?!) and then I happily settled into the non talking part of my life.
Writing the blog πŸ˜‹

After which I tried my hand at brush lettering via watercolor and paint brush.

It needed work but not badly enough for me to redo all the place tags (which will go in with the shells in the Coffee table display).
I lack patience if you haven’t picked that up by now 😜

It was a day of new things because I also got to cook my first pork roast πŸ˜‹

With instruction from Mother I seasoned, seared, cooked and made gravy for our supper, with roasted veggies as a side.

It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself😊

Not sure why, but putting the word ‘roast’ in front of meals makes them seem so much more intimidating to me ?? 😬

After supper, Mike and I worked on ‘the secret project’ 😜
Something you’ll be let in on sooner than later but for now it’s a hush-hush situation.
Any guesses what it may be about ?! Haha

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