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Mockingbirds

The earth has music for those who will listen.

George Santayana

Hey there! I’ve been meaning to share this for a while now, but summer’s been getting in the way of blogging time. A month or so ago, in one of my posts, I briefly mentioned a pair of mockingbirds that kept coming back to my backyard. They are actually chirping as I write! Anyways, I eventually dedicated the above series of paintings to them. Although they haven’t built a nest yet, I’m still keeping my hopes up!

Oh, and guess what!? Another logo design—for the beautiful My Thoughts blog. I am most likely going to discontinue my offer for free logo design in a few weeks, so if you’re interested, contact me! Don’t worry, the offer will probably resurface again when I have more free time.

One Butterfly

Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.

Jacques-Henri Lartigue

You know those little magical moments, the ones for which you wait forever to catch a glimpse of—the ones that make time stand still for a few precious seconds, just long enough for you to breathe it all in? I experienced a series of such moments recently, when a monarch butterfly kept returning to my backyard. I just had to run outside and take some photos to share with you! Here are a few magical moments I managed to capture.

Have you ever experienced such a moment? I’d love to hear about it!

In addition to stumbling upon a spectacular butterfly, I had the lovely opportunity to design a logo for another fellow blogger—Darlene Reilley, over at DarWrites. She is a writer and teacher and is absolutely awesome. Go check out her blog!

Inspirational Pencils

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

If you’re like me, you are a huge pushover for quotes. You love them so much, you even own a collection of pencils engraved with inspirational sayings. (On second thought, I might be the only extreme quotelover here.) Anyways, these pencils have become quite dear to me, and since I haven’t published much graphic design recently, I’ve (finally) decided to dedicate a post to them. The above design is based on a few of my favorites! You can find similar pencils at The Happiness Planner.

Some quotes to inspire you:

  1. Think happy thoughts
  2. Work hard play hard
  3. Love yourself
  4. Follow your dreams
  5. Make it happen
  6. Escape the ordinary

Real Neat Blogger Award

Rules of the Award

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by your nominator
  3. Nominate any number of bloggers you like and inform them of the nomination
  4. Ask your nominees 7 questions

Another first for me! Thank you Cherylene, author of Living vs Existing, for this nomination—a blogger who is real neat in every way. She writes excellent poetry and posts on various topics, such as health and wellness, everyday life, and simply thinking out loud. Make sure you stop by her blog and leave a like or a comment!

My Questions Answered

  1. Name your 3 favorite foods. Curry, burritos, and chocolate ice cream. Need there be further explanation?
  2. Do you prefer watching sports or playing sports? It depends on the sport. My two favorite sports to play are volleyball and tennis, but I most enjoy watching basketball and football.
  3. Would you choose a vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? Why? I’d love to visit both, but if I had to choose one, I’d probably visit Hawaii—there’s so much color everywhere! Although I’m sure Alaska is just as pretty.
  4. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? I would travel back 13.7 billion years to the Big Bang (sheltered in a Bang-proof spaceship, of course) and witness the creation of our universe.
  5. What has been your biggest challenge? Overcoming writer’s block. Often I take quite a while to figure out what to write about, and then end up changing my mind and writing about something completely different. There are so many stories I’ve started and haven’t finished!
  6. Something you miss the most from childhood? Comic books! My favorite is the Calvin and Hobbes series—all of their little schemes are so funny and genius and are guaranteed make me laugh.
  7. What does a perfect day look like to you? I start the day off with a good, hearty breakfast. Then I visit the library and check out all of the books I’ve been meaning to check out for months. After getting some exercise and blogging a little, I spend time with my family for the rest of the day, maybe watch a movie or play a game after dinner. Then I get my ideal 9 hours of sleep and wake up the next morning feeling refreshed. Yay!

Nominees

There are so many bloggers I’d love to nominate—the list would probably fill quite a few pages. Therefore, I am going to break the rules and nominate all of you! If you’d like to do this award, please feel free! If not, no worries—just keep being the real neat person you are!

My Questions for Nominees

  1. If you could have one conversation with anyone in the world, who would it be with?
  2. What is your spirit animal?
  3. What have you created that you are most proud of?
  4. Which three words best describe you?
  5. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
  6. If you could pick a new first name, what would it be?
  7. What are you most thankful for?

Train of Thought

A creative train of thought is set off by: the unexpected, the unknown, the accidental, the disorderly, the absurd, the impossible.

Asger Jorn

Hi! I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July. Recently, I had the pleasure of designing another logo—this time for fellow blogger and friend Theresa Barker at Theresa Barker – Lab Notes! She has an amazing blog where she writes sketches in fiction and poetry. Feel free to check it out! The following poem was inspired by the above photo.

An endless railway

bears the passengers

of today and tomorrow.

It leads to the lost

places of long ago,

the undiscovered

cities of the distant future.

Board the train of your

dreams until you reach

the point where the sky

meets the sea.

The only limit is

your imagination.

Photo credit: Tama66 on Pixabay.

Venice Canals Photo Dump

Happy 4th of July, dear readers! Are you ready for another photo dump?! This weekend I finally found the time to take a peaceful stroll along the Venice Canals—just short of L.A.’s famous Venice Beach. Most tourists who visit Venice Beach miss out on the canals, which is a real bummer; the walkways are so beautiful! And the best part? There are ducks literally everywhere! (And of course, a few turtles for good measure.)

In addition to my luxurious stroll, I was granted the wonderful opportunity to design a logo/header image for the lovely Cherylene over at Living vs Existing! Thank you so much, Cherylene! If you’re interested in free logo design, contact me here. But in the meantime, I thought I’d give the canals a little more attention and share a few photos I took along the way.