Foxy Fix Traveler’s Notebook in Spice Latte

I shared a few images on my Instagram of the Spice Latte Traveler’s Notebook I purchased but here’s a few more. I’m loving this TN so much. It’s a very soft and pliable leather. It feels so good in my hands. The color is a light taupe but more on the brownish beige side. I opted for a spine design of the moon phase in rose gold. If you didn’t already know, my name in Hmong means moon. I was given the name because my oldest sister kept getting ear infections (based on Hmong superstition, they said because she kept pointing to the moon, the moon lady would cut her ears). So, when I was born, they gave me the name and her ears never got cut again. Not sure how that works but my guess is, it tricked the moon lady to think my sister was also a moon lady because she was close to a moon. Who knows, but I really should study up on these superstitions though.

 

 

Crafting Haul

I promised not to buy too much crafting supplies but somehow I broke that promise. These will all come in useful though.

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I have a huge 8.5″ x 11″ stack that I’ve been collecting. The papers are so pretty I’m afraid to use them, but I really need to.

Portrait Draw In Your Style

In April I tried to follow through with an Instragam “draw in your style” type drawing. Draw in your style is where an artist shares a drawing and others follow along by either drawing it in their style or try to draw it the way the artist drew (which is how I did it). I managed to sketch the drawing but it wasn’t until late May that I was able to color it. Originally, I was going to paint in Photoshop but I’m really stiff with digital painting so I decided to just watecolor. Maybe another time.

Here’s mine next to the original piece by the original artist.

Sketch:

Close-up:

I used mainly the Daniel Smith watercolors I added to the Schmincke set.

I hope to do more of these. They really help me practice my drawing and painting.

 

 

 

Orchid Blooms

All the orchids are blooming at the same time. It’s like they are whispering to each other, “Hey, she takes care of us. She loves us. Let’s show her we love her too.”

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Last Nationals

My oldest daughter went to the high school nationals a week ago in Florida. She was excited and had a good time but she was ready to be done. She enjoyed the competitions and the rigorousness of the training but there were things she didn’t enjoy, and thus, after two years of POM, she’s moving on.  It’s bitter sweet as always with anything one puts their heart and soul into. Going forward, she might return to studio dance. Her heart is still in lyrical.

These photos were taken by a pro.

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Mt. Evans

I believe it was a few years ago the family went up to Mt. Evans. This past Friday husband and I went for a drive there. We didn’t realize how busy it would be. It was still very breathtaking (literally, for me it was hard to breathe).

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Graduation

Over the weekend I graduated with my Master’s degree. I never thought I’d ever get here so I’m pretty thrilled. I started my program in the fall of 2009 and then took a hiatus in the summer of 2010. I had wanted to return but family life was more of a priority at the time. Last summer, the university called me to tell me that if I wasn’t planning on continuing my degree, they would purge my file and I would have to reapply if I wanted to continue later. This would mean I would need to retake some classes. I had put so much time and effort into getting into the university that I didn’t know if I could do that again so I told them I’d continue now. The other thing was that I had wanted to continue a few years back but when I had looked at my program, I thought it had been discontinued. I told them my concern and they said it wasn’t discontinued. It was just under a different name.

At graduation, I learned that I was graduating with honors. I was surprised. I thought I had a B in one of my earlier classes in 2009, but it turns out, I didn’t. I had one A- but the rest were A’s. I know, this is such a small thing but it feels great for me because it was my goal to ace all my classes. In my undergraduate degree, I had so much going on that as hard as I tried to bring my grades up, it just wasn’t possible. So, I am very proud of myself that given the time and opportunity, I’m able to do exactly what I set out to accomplish.

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Below, I tried to mimic a photo taken in May 2009 when my husband graduated with his Doctorate. The little girl (who’s not so little anymore, but still is) is my youngest.

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