dry spells

As the sort of person who is creatively inclined, I usually have a handful of artsy endeavors in process at any given time. I’ve always been prone to living in a constant state of creative mess, much to the chagrin of first my parents and now my neat & tidy husband. Even in my busiest of times, I have both projects of my own and custom projects to work on, and most of the time if I’m on the couch watching tv or a movie in the evenings, I have paper and some sort of drawing utensil in my lap.

But over the past few months, I’ve had a really rough time getting motivated, and I almost feel like I have lost some of the joy I have always found in creating. I have neglected my Etsy shop and rarely find myself actually wanting to sit down and make something, and honestly I have been pretty down about it. I feel so lazy and unproductive if I am not constantly mid-project, and I start to feel guilty neglecting my blog and Etsy shop, which is silly because nobody cares except for me, ha! Feeling like I’m in a rut usually sends me deeper into that rut, and I end up in a cycle of sulking and pity-parties.

This time around, however, I have started to see the silver lining in the grey cloud that is “artist’s block.” I’ve noticed myself being more present, both at work and in my home life. In the evenings when my husband and I typically watch one of our favorite shows and catch up on one another’s day, I am actually listening; I hear what my husband is telling me more quickly and am more invested in our conversations, and I see the storyline of a show or movie unfolding without having to look up and say “Wait, what just happened?? I missed it!” (multi-taskers of the world, I know you feel me!) When I invite friends over, I don’t ask them to “bring things to do” to have just an artsy-work day (even though I really enjoy doing that, and if you know me and would like to get together  for an art day I am down!); I’ve had deeper conversations, more face-to-face time with a variety of friends, and have gotten to go out and about around our town and in the city (Philly) without the pressure of feeling like I have to stay home or holed up in a coffee shop to work on my artistic endeavors or projects. Again, those are things that I usually LOVE, but in the midst of this particular creative dry spell I have embraced just living.

And in our fast-paced world of constant information, three-page to-do lists, and an expectation to communicate in all formats at all times, sometimes living is what we need to do the most.

Treasures

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(Listen to: Chihiro by Yoste)

Hi friends!

If you know me, you know that I have a deep, borderline-obsessive love for all things paper/stationery, school supplies, crafting materials, and writing implements. Like, to the point that I have to actually avoid certain sections of Target. Casual trip to Staples? Stroll through Michaels? FORGET IT. I will a) spend hours there, walking up and down the aisles with feverish, breathless excitement akin to a child (aka myself) at Disneyworld, and b) spend a small fortune on supplies I may or may not ever use. And then I will hoard it all. I know this because while packing up my single lady home to move into our married people apartment, I had to go through all of my art/paper good supplies. And it took a long time. And I (begrudgingly) did away with a good amount of it, but still have multiple bins in our closet full of my preciousessesses.

All that to say, it should come as no surprise when I tell you that this obsession further intensifies when I encounter a shop* that is not only full of such items, but is full of Asian stationery items…In other words, EVERYTHING IS ADORABLE. Instead of just a pencil, you get pencils covered in cats. In place of your standard pink eraser, you have tiny erasers shaped like hamburgers and donuts. Not to mention all the Hello Kitty you could ever want. I don’t care who you are, that ish is CUTE AF. So, naturally, I had to take a few cuties home with me. Believe me, there were fistfuls of happies that I had to put down for the sake of our finances (who needs food, honestly?), and it will most definitely not be the last time I stop by and drool over all of it. Here’s what I finally decided on:

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1. A tiny rectangle of squee proportions, containing lead refills for a mechanical pencil.

2. Said mechanical pencil; I went with a basic white so that I could feel like an adult, but a part of my heart breaks for the Hello Kitty pencil that could have been.

3. A pencil sharpener shaped like a pig! Its’ little snout lifts up to reveal the opening. I’ve been needing a new sharpener for a while now, and there this little guy was, just waiting for me.

4. A white-ink gel pen of sorts. I needed a white-ink pen for an upcoming custom project, so I’m anxious to see if this one works well for me!

5. Last but not least, an eraser. I’ve ruined quite a few cards because of crappy erasers smudging the ink while erasing the pencil lines. This one feels pretty flexible and it is mint, soooo…

I hope you enjoyed reading about one of my many oddities. Don’t worry, they don’t end here. Plenty more strangeness to reveal.

Thanks for visiting!

t. elyse

*A tiny shop located in H-Mart, an Asian food market/shopping center and Josh and I’s absolute favorite place to eat.

good morning

I happen to be one of those people that absolutely loves mornings.

I know. It’s bizarre. I get it.

Trust me, I love sleep. And actually I love sleep more than just about any other activity. (I’m not exaggerating even a little bit). But to me, the early morning hours are lovely enough to draw me out of bed and into my slippers. It’s a slow time, full of possibility and promise. That peaceful calm that pervades the minutes leading up to sunrise is exactly what I need to start my day. Mornings also come with routine; I have my own, and I am fascinated by hearing/seeing those of others (some of my favorites from Youtube here and here.) Obviously my routine is not nearly as glamorous or exciting as those of career Youtubers…it primarily involves drinking coffee and then getting ready for work. Actually, that’s literally all of it…But even though I don’t have the freedom to stretch my mornings out as long as I’d like to and fill them with activity, I love them all the same, and I just thought I’d share one of my favorite simple joys with you.

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Morning coffee is even sweeter sitting next to my love! Once our coffee is made, we sip it while listening to the news.

What’s your morning routine? Do you enjoy mornings, or do you find it difficult to get up and moving? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

t. elyse

Auld Lang Syne

2016…

…amiright?

But for real – it was a big year, for all of us. Take that however you’d like; I recognize that it wasn’t a great one for a ton of people, or for many entire countries, for that matter.

As for me?

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(All pictures courtesy of This Lovely Light)

I made what I described to my best friends as “the craziest but easiest decision of my life” and said yes to the sweetest man on Earth. I say “craziest” because of the timeline of our whirlwind romance: we met in November 2015, were engaged by April 2016, and married on October 22nd, 2016. It was a love story for the books, and sometimes I am convinced my husband actually escaped from an Austen-style romance novel. He really is that good…I could gush, but I’ll spare you, as this post isn’t really about him.

As I’m sure you’ve picked up on, 2016 was a pretty momentous year for me. It was thrilling and terrifying and exciting and BUSY. But to tell you the truth, in all the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, changing jobs, selling a house, and moving (and the subsequent and frequent emotional breakdowns that come along with all of that), I missed being able to do some of the things that I love the most – making art and writing about the simple sweetness of everyday life.

That leads me to my New Year’s resolution: Create. More. Art.

Over the years, I’ve made and broken promises to myself to really focus on creating for my shop. But this year I finally feel like I am in a place where I am able to make it happen. I am settled in my new life here in Philadelphia, and I have a husband who not only encourages me to work harder to pursue my passion but leads by example; he gives 100% at his job but also uses his free time wisely, to study or learn about the things he is interested in. He’s unknowingly given me the kick in the butt I needed to start taking what I love more seriously, and to make it into what I want it to be. (Ok, so this post is about him…Insert your barf sounds here.)

SO. To jumpstart my year of kicking my own butt creatively, I am putting an offer out to the world (or just to my friends and family who actually read my rambles 😉 ): If you’d like to receive a handmade card from me, either comment here or on Facebook and send me your address. That’s it!

I think most people these days could use a New Year, fresh start, new beginnings-type pick-me-up. I’d love to be the one to deliver it to you.

As always, thanks for visiting. More soon.

xo t. elyse

 

my garden and dabbling in veganism

Oh. My. Goodness. It has been a minute. I’m kidding, that’s a stupid saying. It’s been many minutes. But here’s the thing, I super miss this. I miss writing, I miss taking pictures and sharing them, etc. And I kind of think I have a super incredible life for so many reasons, and I hope that sharing my joy can remind others of their own. (Was that an ok transition? Can I show you my pictures now? Ok thanks!)

So, I kind of love gardening. And by “gardening” i mean planting vegetables and herbs in containers, setting them on my porch, and chanting “PLEASEDONTDIEPLEASEDONTDIE” to them daily. I just love the idea of growing something from a tiny seed to an actual yummy vegetable or sweet-smelling herb. Anyway, enough rambling, here’s some pictures from last weekend when I potted them. I decided to wait until nighttime because it was way too hot that day, and I’m so glad I did because the pictures turned out pretty neat, I think 🙂

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Oh, and here’s a few other little randoms:

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So if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that I recently decided to dabble in being vegan, specifically a “high-carb, low-fat, plant-based” vegan. Pretentious, I know. But it’s just a lifestyle that has caught my attention through various articles and videos on Youtube (I subscribe to a lot of vloggers that I just find really interesting to watch, I’ll do a post about it sometime), and people always rave about the health benefits of eating this way. It’s centered around fruits, vegetables, and healthy starches like sweet potatoes and rice. As it is a vegan diet, that means no meat, dairy, or animal byproducts of any kind (i.e. eggs). It’s pretty extreme, but many of the people I’ve read about/watched started following it because they suffered from health problems of different kinds, and wanted a natural way to eliminate those issues. I don’t really have any health issues per se, but I have always been fascinated by how much of an impact food has on the way people feel. ANYWAY, I decided to give it a try! I haven’t been extremely strict with it (on the weekends I’ve had some sweets and dairy), but during the week and in the majority of my meals I’ve tried to keep it to fruits, veggies, and healthy fats like nuts/nut butter. And honestly, even without doing it 100% I have noticed a change in how I look and feel, namely my stomach – you know that bloated feeling you get after you eat? GONE. My stomach feels flat, and I don’t feel yucky or too full after I eat! And on the opposite end, I don’t feel hungry or like I’m not eating enough. My only complaint so far is that I’ve been feeling really drained, like I could nap for hours and still go to bed at 9:00. Now, I’m a pretty low-energy person to begin with, due to having low iron, but it’s been noticeably worse since cutting out meat and dairy. This means I’ll just have to increase my intake of other foods that are naturally higher in protein and iron, such as spinach and beans.

Wow, I really didn’t intend for this post to be about that, but you’re ok with a little tangent now and again, right?? As always, thanks so much for visiting! More to come soon, along with some changes to my Etsy shop! Hope the rest of your holiday weekend is downright lovely. 

t. elyse

november

:: Listen: Every Stone by Manchester Orchestra ::

Tis’ the season for sweaters and hot cocoa and holidays, and life is just so lovely. In case you’ve forgotten, let me just take a moment and remind you how good things are. The air is crisp and has the best kind of bite, holiday colors are being splashed up everywhere you go, and personally, I think it’s the perfect time for dreaming. Even if you don’t like the cold and Christmas is coming too quickly for you, you have to admit that there’s a certain buzz in the air that only comes around a few times a year. So step outside, soak up the energy. Reflect on your life that is and dream about what could be. Make your Christmas list and think about what to give your friends and family that will bring a smile to their face. The giving, my friends. The energy is all in the giving. I know it’s early, but just think about it. You might have fun. Just maybe.

While I’m holiday dreaming/planning/crafting, I’d thought I’d share some loveliness that’s been happening around here.

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A few weeks ago I spent the weekend in Philly for my best friend’s birthday. It was one of those refreshing weekends that brings you back to yourself, if that makes sense. Jo is a hardworking architect and we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like because of her crazy schedule, so any time we get to hang out is cherished. That Sunday morning we had brunch at the sweetest little French cafe, and it was perfect. Fresh scones with homemade butter, and the strongest cappuccino I’ve had in a while. Be still, my heart.

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Yesterday, I came home to a letter sitting on the counter from a sweet college friend. I was admittedly in a mood and kind of just feeling down for a myriad of reasons, but I was really excited to see what was in this envelope. Inside was my FAVORITE print from one of my very favorite artists, Nan Lawson, along with the sweetest letter that said everything that I needed to hear in that moment. Like, exactly what I needed. I am not a believer in coincidence. This was an instance of love Divine and All-Knowing, and I’m sure my kind friend had no idea that she was being used for such perfect good. (Allison, a thank-you letter is en route. You have no idea.)

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Sunday morning sketches. Every week I fall more in love with my church and everyone there. It is warm, welcoming, and full of truth. If you need somewhere to call home, try Middlesex United Methodist. It took me years to find a church that made me feel ok with church again. I’d be happy to bring you!

Thanks for visiting, friends. Breathe in November, won’t you?

t.elyse

travel envy

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(A few on-the-road snapshots from my mini trip to New York this past weekend!)

Being a self-proclaimed house cat, I never thought I’d get to a point where I had an overwhelming desire to travel. I’ve been SO lucky in my life so far in that I’ve had so many opportunities to go overseas, both for missions work and for extended stays over the summer throughout high school and college. And I had a blast, but extreme travel anxiety sort of put a damper on the whole thing, and usually once I got back home I was ready to kiss planes, trains, and automobiles goodbye. Thankfully, though, God is good and I’m happy to say that I can once again travel without the hours of pacing and nail-biting beforehand. Of course, now I am a grown-up with a job and a schedule and a tight budget, so my thoughts and dreams of going back to Europe have to remain just thoughts and dreams for the time being. So, I figured if I can’t actually go anywhere, I’d channel my wanderlust into something creative. Plus I found some super cute old-timey postage envelopes, so a Travel Series just had to be made.

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Luggage is fun, isn’t it? Well, not in reality. In reality it’s heavy and awkward and obnoxious to carry/roll/drag through the airport/train station. But in old movies it always looks glamorous, with the hat boxes and the matching leather sets. Anyway, I like it.

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Not a real plane, I know. But paper airplanes are just cuter, and if I’m completely honest, a thousand times easier to draw. You still get the sentiment, right?

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Why New York City? It’s my favorite place in the world. Whenever I feel stir-crazy, I’m ready for NYC. It’s fast and exciting and magical, and I never ever get tired of it.

These are definitely going in my shop soon, but I feel like maybe I should take some better pictures. I have this weird affinity towards mood-lighting, but I feel like it maybe doesn’t translate into product shots. I know you’re “supposed” to shoot these things in natural daylight, against a neutral background or something like that. But do I have to?? Can I break the rules? Are these appropriate product shots that give a decent idea of what they look like in real life? I don’t know. Thoughts?? I love feedback from my friends, I NEED it. So, comments please!

Thanks for visiting!

t. elyse

etsy lovin.

Hand-Illustrated Blank Card: "Rose"

It’s no secret that I love Etsy. It has long been one of my favorite sites to peruse for beautiful things that I don’t necessarily need (aren’t those the best things?). It’s also the home of my little shop. But this shop isn’t about shameless self-promotion, though I’m not above that 🙂

I just think that the whole idea behind giving non-professional artists a place to buy and sell their handmade goods is so amazing. Not all people who call themselves artists went to school for it, or even do it full-time. And not all of them have the connections to really get their work out there. I know that personally, I don’t always have the confidence or drive to show my art to people, even my friends, because I’m by no means an art genius or a “professional”. I make what I love, and I hope that other people will enjoy it too. Having a shop on Etsy makes it SO easy to upload pictures and price what I’ve made so that anybody can see or purchase them. How cool is that?? And as much as I want to sell what I make, it honestly just makes me so excited that people look at it. Is that silly? I have no idea, but it really does make me smile. So anyway, I thought I’d post pictures of some of my current favorite finds, with links to the shops they come from, of course. Click on the pictures to give these people a visit if you like what you see!

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1. “Always” print by Nan Lawson. She is one of my absolute favorite current artists, and every single one of her prints is adorable. She mostly does portraits of pop culture, movie, or book characters. This one, of course, is of Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series. He is my favorite character of the whole series – sullen, strict, and heart-achingly loyal. I’ve been wanting to add this print to my collection for a few years now…Feel free to gift it to me 🙂

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2. Coral-dipped Wooden Stud Earrings from Paragraphloop. This shop has so many unbelievably cute products, for real. Everything they sell – from jewelry to boxes to bowls – is made from wood and dipped in paint. I love the paint-dipped look, so when I saw these earrings I was smitten. Also I love anything that is coral, so there’s that.

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3. Recipe Cards from Invita Paper Studio. I just love recipe cards. I’m not a super brave or exciting cook; I tend to stick to the same few recipes when I’m not eating super-easy stuff like grilled cheese or scrambled eggs. What can I say, cooking for one is enthralling. But I still do love collecting recipes for the times I do cook something a little more complicated, and for all the baking I do. Do I have recipe cards? Yes. Lots. Would I like more? Certainly!

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4. Reclaimed Wood Marquee Letters from Son of Whale. Not only are these wooden letters incredibly gorgeous, but the sellers have such a sweet story: all of their profits are to raise support for their adoption of a little girl from Japan. They have a link to their blog in their shop description. A beautiful product for a very worthy cause!

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5. “Flying by Night” Print by Emily Winfield Martin of The Black Apple. Another one of my very favorites. I love this girl’s work and I have two of her prints in my home already. And her book. I’d cover my walls if I could. Everything she does is so beautiful and the fantasy worlds and back-stories she comes up with for all of her paintings are so creative. If you love children’s literature/art like I do, you must pay her a visit.

See anything you like?? I know my style’s a little eccentric, but Etsy has so much more to offer even if art prints and recipe cards aren’t your thing. Next time you want to buy a gift for a friend or something special for yourself, try supporting an individual artist instead of hitting up a big chain. (Target, I don’t mean you. Everyone else but you. You are everything.)

More cards coming to my shop this week!

t.elyse

weekend life

:: LISTEN: Rainbow by Robert Plant ::

Hello! Yes, it’s Tuesday and I’m just now writing about my weekend…But to be fair, I think the painful experience that is the beginning of the workweek deserves a throwback to happier times. In other words, I’d like to think about my free-time adventures rather than the current mundanity. Is that ok? Ok.

I had kind of an awesome weekend, like the kind that seems just long enough for you to accomplish everything you wanted to AND take a nap (or two). I think part of it was due to the fact that I purposed myself to document my adventures, even if they weren’t super exciting. I think I might try to do this more often, if for no other reason than to be able to look back someday on what my daily life was like in 2014. So, I will take you from the beginning, or from when I started being awake and taking pictures.

::Saturday::

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I started my Saturday morning with a trip to the mall on an errand for my mama. I tried my hand at snapping photos while driving…This is not safe, and I don’t recommend it. Also I definitely got weird looks from neighboring cars. So, don’t be one of those girls (me).

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After that, I came back home and made a list for a much-needed trip to the grocery store. Am I the only one who waits until I’m eating pickles for lunch to go to the store? Procrastination at its’ finest.

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What happened next was a visit to Target, and the aftermath of said visit. I dunno guys, I’m not ok when I go there. The dollar section is way too exciting for my tiny, craft-lovin heart to handle. Anyway, once I came home I lit my new candles picked up from the White Barn Candle Co. and got to work on adding a few new cards to the shop. Here’s a quick description of the pictures starting at the top: (1) A new girly added to the shop…I know things are still looking a bit bare, but I have had a recent burst of motivation to make it a happening place. (2) Possibly my favorite White Barn scent ever: Marshmallow Fireside. I am SO excited they brought it back this Fall. (3&4) Pumpkin Caramel Latte and Pumpkin Pecan Waffle…Guys, these smell so good I had to fight the urge to lick them a little bit. Also, these cute jar candles are 2 for $20 right now…Just saying! (5) Onto the dollar section in Target: these super cute black clothespins with pointed edges. I’m thinking I will use them to hang some cool prints or something. (6) Cute little gift tags for a friend 🙂 (7&8) Kraft paper sticker labels and chalkboard sticker labels that came together in a pack. Thinking I will use them for packaging/shipping cards bought from the shop. (9) WHAT is the cuteness that is these stickers??? I’m 10 years old inside, and I’m obsessed. When will I use them? ALWAYS. Maybe if you’re nice and lucky (or just ask me to) I will write you a letter and include a sticker of FOOD WITH FACES, Y’ALL.

::Sunday::

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Call me silly, but on the weekends I like to dress up and play with muh makeups. This is really because being a preschool teacher, I don’t normally get the opportunity to wear clothes that I’d rather not have paint/crumbs/boogers on 🙂 So Sunday morning I almost made it to church on time, but when I realized that I’d be ridiculously late I decided to do this instead. I know that Jesus loves me in spite of this, and I even sang some songs for him as I curled my hair. Thank the Lord he likes us a whole lot and has a sense of humor 🙂

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In addition to being ridiculous, I got a whole bunch of cleaning done Sunday morning. Obviously I didn’t take pictures of myself scrubbing my toilet (should I have?), so instead I give you a little snippet of my Autumn decor in my freshly-cleaned kitchen. Aren’t white pumpkins so pretty??

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A little gift for a sweet friend!

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I’m a little in love with my front porch! Mums and pumpkins make my heart so happy. (I took this picture on my phone and edited it with the A Beautiful Mess app.)

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After my relaxing morning at home I met up with my Grandma at Barnes & Noble! It’s her Sunday after-church tradition, and I’ve been joining in the fun with her. I so love spending time with my Grandma. She’s sweet and kind and so much fun to be around. I am so thankful that we live nearby and that we’ve always had such a close relationship. We’re very nearly the same person, which is both fun for us and mind-boggling for my mother 😉

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And who should I run into there but this little gem of a friend! The one and only Derek Shatto. This friend is of the sweetest variety. He is genuine and inspiring. I have so much more to say about him and his ministry, but that’s for another post (coming soon!).

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Then we went to see The Maze Runner, which, if you haven’t seen it, is SO awesome. I was quite literally on the edge of my seat for most of the movie, and I’m pretty sure I let out audible “No…NO….No…”‘s throughout. I haven’t read the book, which I’ve heard is also amazing. Let me know if you’ve read it!

WHEW. What a weekend. Perfect, right? Maybe it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, but it was just what I needed: good friends, my sweet family, and rejuvenating me-time. If this was at all entertaining to read or you want to tell me about your weekend adventures, please comment and let me know!

Also, with wanting to add so much more to my shop, I would love to hear some suggestions about things that you would like to see on a card. I know I tend to get stuck in ruts of things that I just enjoy drawing for myself, but I definitely want to branch out and make things that people will want to buy either for themselves or others! So, let me know.

And as always, thank you so much for reading my little musings. You’re the best. Yes, You.

❤ t. elyse

technology and recent happenings

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to technology, I’m sort of pathetically helpless. And by “technology” i mean basic computer functions and skills. Typically I upload photos from my camera by putting my memory card in the little drive in my Mac, but recently it has decided not to work. It’s probably something stupid of my own doing, and you really don’t need to hear about it. Basically all of that to say that I’ve had certain blog posts planned centered around photos that are on said memory card, and it’s clearly not working out. So as a change of plans, I’ve decided to upload some of my phone photos and share some of my favorite summer memories.

Yay? Thanks for humoring me, friends and fam, and reading my pointless nothings and viewing my pointless pictures. I love you all way too much. Here goes!

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Sidewalk chalk is the best medium for summer.

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I’m so thankful for captured memories like this one to remember my sweet Pop-Pop by.

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That one time my bathing suit broke while I was crossing the street. Because why not. 

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That time shortly thereafter when I burned off all my skin. 

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This magical rainbow wall!

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There aren’t many things better than ice cream on the boardwalk.

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An overly crowded car coming home from the beach resulted in an unexpected train ride home from Philly. I didn’t mind so much 🙂

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Never a good combination. Even if it is Independence Day. Even if you do live in ‘Merica.

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I love doing commissioned art projects for sweet friends! This was not the finished project…It looked much less like an octopus at the end, don’t worry. 

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Sometimes kiddos want to build Noah’s Ark with playing cards. Who am I to say no??

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What up, prehistoric animals??

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I love weekends spent in Ithaca, NY with my best friends and this little ice-cream-lovin sweetie!

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And this one. He’s new, and kind of a big deal. 

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Butterfly Day at Ashcombe’s Farm.

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This baby cow is possibly the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. 

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Oh wait, but look at this pig. AND THE TOMATO IN HIS MOUTH.

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Um, and look at this cow. I love field trips to the farm. 

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I mean…does it get sweeter than this?

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Oh wait. It does. Because this girl and her ice cream.

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My dear friend Michael and his gorgeous bride on their happiest day!

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At the beautiful barn reception with mah girlz.

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My newly-decorated classroom! Our theme this year is “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” 🙂 I’ll take more pictures and show the whole classroom one of these days!

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A gorgeous oasis at Colonel Denning State Park.

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And finally, what better way to usher in Autumn than with a Pumpkin Spice Latte? (Note the 1/2 pump of syrup…I don’t know how people drink them with any more than that. If you can’t taste the espresso, it’s too sweet.)

There were so many more summer memories that I didn’t share, but I thought this was a fun little peek into the past few months. I’m so looking forward to everything that Autumn brings.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

❤ t.elyse