A Week In The Life…


Jan 3rd –



That morning the hubster and I worked in a phone date… a tricky thing to do with a seven hour time difference and his jam-packed schedule of mingling πŸ˜‰

The bro in law and nieces came over later that morning… the bro had a new hose to put on the washing machine, which had begun leaking at midnight, the night Mike had left 😜

I worked on some custom art pieces I’d been asked to do, for a good chunk of the rest of the day😊



I avoided the home of my raisers that day, as most over there were ill 😬


Jan 4th – Continue reading “A Week In The Life…”

The Model Married Couple *heavy sarcasm πŸ˜

Monday Sept 25th –

After making us some lunch, Mike and I both headed over to the house.

He had spent his morning there but it was time I joined in 😏

The bathroom is shaping into the most complete area of the house 😁



DIY vanity and countertop installed and sealed? Check.

Mirror that was already in the house, cleaned and re-hung? Check

Window sill scrubbed of grime and shower too? Check 😎

It’s coming together and I’m really happy with it and having to stop myself from going out, shopping for towels, hooks and decor and stay focused on all else that needs completion πŸ˜‰

Together we assembled a dresser to fit into our bedroom wall.


We will have one on each side of the bed.

Since our ceilings upstairs are slanted, we had tons of free space past our bedroom walls, to build IN.

This saving much actual room space and making the dressers look pretty spiffy tooπŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Mike deep-fried us some chicken fingers and fries for an ultra healthy, heavy on the dipping sauce, kind of meal, which we watched from the sofa while catching up on what ‘Victoria’ had been up to πŸ˜œπŸ™ˆπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

(Movie series about, Queen Victoria😏 πŸ’πŸ»)

Continue reading “The Model Married Couple *heavy sarcasm πŸ˜”

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!

#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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An Un-desired State Of Semi Planned Chaos

Monday March 13th –





An un-desired state of semi planned chaos 😬

Our day was spent sorting through anything and everything.

We knew we owned more stuff then we thought, but we also may not have realized we had so many clothes πŸ™ˆ
By we, I mainly mean me. Continue reading “An Un-desired State Of Semi Planned Chaos”

‘Pickled’ Pink

Monday Dec 19th –




Mom and I had a small chat with Pro that morning as we sipped our coffee and I awakened a little more.

Once our talk with her was finished we drove over to Becca’s to go for a walk with her and Spencer… the things that time apart from each other can change, like me going for a MORNING walk 😏
A 5 km speed walk was taken on the snowy road behind the house πŸ β„οΈπŸ‘­πŸΆπŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦
(and I do mean speed, mom and I may have short legs but that doesn’t mean we can’t move😜)


Once back at the house, mom began concocting some ooey-gooey delicious chocolate cornflake dessert.

I had wanted to make them in Holland but hadn’t been able to due to no corn syrup.

The list of things I want to take back is getting longer and on the heavier side πŸ˜¬πŸ™ˆ

I worked on the blog throughout the day, determined to not get too far behind and cause unnecessary pain in catching up.

Afterwards, Mike began making some sweets of his own.

Very thin, buttery, Norwegian cookies that he made once before while we were dating.

They are delicious, though extremely time consuming, so the perfect thing for him to spend the day on πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹



Continue reading “‘Pickled’ Pink”

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