1.) You Make Me New – The Royal Royal


2.) Rest In You – All Sons & Daughters


3.) Kids – Citizens & Saints


4.) Celebrate – Jason Gray


5.) Dance – Tim Halperin


6.) Running – Tyler Batts


7.) First (Deluxe Sessions) – Lauren Daigle


8.) Float – Switchfoot


9.) Diamonds & Gold – The Gray Havens


10.) Ireland – Liza Anne


What are you listening to these days?


Things I Fancy – 05/31

Happy last day of May, everyone!  These days it has been really, really hot, and the house in which I reside does not have proper A/C.  But with a couple of fans, one can get by.  Anyway, here’s a list of things I have been liking these days.

The Book Thief.  This movie is seriously one of my new favorites.  If you have not seen it yet, GO SEE IT.  It inspired me to learn a bit of German. :)

Love + Toast’s honey coconut perfume.  It smells like sugar cookies baking, and I have detected notes of something that resembles vanilla.  It’s amazing.  And it’s gluten free!



EOS lip balm.  I have the “Honeysuckle Honeydew” and “Summer Fruit” flavors.  They’re mostly natural, and also gluten free. They would have to be, or I wouldn’t be using them.  :)

As far as music goes, I haven’t been listening to anything new.  Mostly Hillsong Young & Free and Rend Collective.  Looking forward to seeing Rend Collective in concert soon, along with Moriah Peters, God willing. :)

Drawing.  The last two I drew today.

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Writing.  I’ve been dabbling a bit in poetry, and making little short stories.  Words are fun to play with.  :)  I started a new tumblr account just as a showcase for my photos, art and literature.  You can check it out if you like.


Reading.  Not much of a reader, other than the Bible.  But once in a while I like to pick up the good old classics, and by that I mean things like Pride & Prejudice, The Wind in the Willows, and almost anything by Louisa May Alcott.  Right now I started her book An Old-Fashioned Girl, and am in the middle of Jack and Jill.

Photography.  Oh, do I love photography.  It just takes my breath away.  I can get lost on Pinterest and Tumblr, it’s kind of sad.  Anyway, I like photos of objects, scenes, and non-posed moments.  Here are a few favorites grabbed from pinterest:

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What have you been fancying these days?


These Days – 05/17

Hello everybody!  It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted.  I haven’t found much to write about these days.  But a lot has happened in the past couple of weeks.  So here’s an update on my life.

During the past few weeks, I have learned so much about our amazing and great God.

I spent a few days out in the country, and got to enjoy the open space and fresh air.  Also I enjoyed being able to see the entire sky without obstructions (like buildings, etc.)!  You can’t do that in the city.  I saw some of the most amazing clouds.

I saw Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart series.  Now, I think Hallmark’s shows are super cheesy.  However, despite the cheese and unrealistic plot, I rather enjoyed it.  Does anyone else think that Jack sort of looked like Bear Grylls?  Haha :)

I took a few pictures.  Check my VSCO Grid or Instagram.

Started tweeting a lot.  Don’t worry, it’s for a good purpose.  :)  I started actually using my Twitter account for my other blog, Girls Who Glow (a blog for Christian girls), and I have been using it to encourage other girls, and have gotten encouragement myself.  Social networking is awesome!

Moriah Peters did a drawing for her painted boom box used in her video, and I entered to win it.  I don’t think I won, though.  The drawing ended yesterday, and I heard nothing.  Oh well.  ;)  Her new album is coming out on the 20th!  So excited!!!!

Remember when I had a very small (and sadly unsuccessful) design shop called Sparkel Works?  It’s long gone, but I think I might start it up again soon, God willing.

And last but not least, I am SO pumped and excited for this summer.

What’s going on with you these days?


“You Carry Me”

Everyone goes through tough times; it’s part of life.  But it’s so comforting to know that even in the hardest moments in my life, God still cares for me and uses those times for my own good – to bring me closer to Him.  Wow.  God is just amazing.  Moriah Peters (one of my favorite Christian music artists ever) wrote a song about that, called “You Carry Me”, and posted the lyric video on YouTube a couple days ago.  I really, really love the song.  :)

These Days – 03/29

Well, these past few days I’ve had a pretty bad cough.  I’ve gotten that chainsmoker voice.  I’ve been drinking lots of lemon-ginger-water to ease the discomfort in my throat.

About a week or so ago I discovered Rend Collective, this Christian band from Northern Ireland.  Their music is kind of indie/folksy, and pretty awesome!  Below is a YouTube playlist of my favorite songs by them:

I’ve been drawing a little bit during my spare time this week. These last two were done today.




Sketches, Music & Flowers


Today so far was a pretty good day.

I woke up and immediately thought, I want to draw something.  So I did.

I swept the kitchen floor.

I listened to music.  (This morning I’ve had “We Are Brave” by Shawn McDonald on repeat.  Such a good song.)

I ate some frozen blueberries and stained my fingers purple.

I had a chance to go outside today, and it was very sunny and melty out.

I made a flower wreath and took some pictures.

I think I’m going to go have my read my Bible now and then draw some more, or continue the novella I’m working on.

How are you spending today?

These Days – 01/31

Hello, everyone!  Wow, this month flew by quickly, didn’t it?

Over the course of these past couple weeks…

I finished my entire Rosetta Stone Polish course.  Wow.  However, I’ve been reviewing bits of it, because I’ve forgotten much of what I’ve learned. :)

I’ve been experimenting with photography and flowers a bit.

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I’m enjoying the occasional sunny days, and looking forward to sunnier, warmer weather.

I was spending time in the Psalms last night, and wow… God is so good – powerful, but merciful to those who love Him.  He is amazing.

Anticipating the release of Moriah Peter’s new album.  All I know is that the release date is sometime this spring.  Can’t wait!

Bought about half of Jamie Grace’s new album, and that’s basically all I’ve been listening to.  “Do Life Big” is one of my new favorites of hers:

O T H E R  M U S I C  R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S :

I Know  –  Meaghan Smith

Little Ol’ Me  –  Jamie Grace

My First Love  –  Jamie Grace

Run  –  Charmaine


Happy February tomorrow!

Thoughts on Jamie Grace’s “Ready to Fly”


So I was on Facebook, scrolling through feed, when I saw a post by Jamie Grace (a 22-year-old Christian pop artist of whom I am a fan), announcing that her new album was available to stream (6 days before the release date, January 28) via Air1.  Okay, I was overjoyed.  I have been awaiting this album for about a year and a half.  So I excitedly checked it out, listened through the whole thing, and …wow.  I was amazed.  It was so much more than what I expected.  In her album, she sings of Jesus (haha, obviously), experiences, waiting for love, etc., and there are appearances of her sister, Morgan Harper Nichols, and Manwell Reyes from Group1Crew, in a couple songs.  Her sweet personality and love for God totally shine through her music.  I guarantee you will find yourself humming along, jamming, whatever you do when you listen to the best song ever (and no, I’m not referring to that One Direction song). :)  So please, check it out (HERE)!!!

Things That Make Me Happy

God, Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
hanging out with friends
learning a language
happy music
dreaming of traveling the world someday
glittery and shiny things
awesome graphic design
cozy weekends
peppermint and chamomile tea
being thankful for everything God has given me
sunrises and sunsets
memories of traveling to California
British and Australian accents
keeping a journal
watching movies with my family (Swiss Family Robinson and Fiddler on the Roof are a couple of our favorites) :)
reading God’s Word and learning more about how awesome and powerful He is
flower crowns
sparkly gel pens
blowing bubbles
getting together with all the relatives
warm showers
nail polish
dreaming and making plans for the future
vintage things
old quilts
reading heart-warming books such as Pride and Prejudice and those of Louisa May Alcott
eating good food
gluten free bread (a luxury)
making homemade toffee
dancing when nobody is watching
long country walks
quiet snowfalls
summers spent with awesome friends
pumpkin custard
making people happy
discovering new things
record players (I want one!)
being a girl
pretty blogs
talking to people I have not seen in a long time
sitting on a dock watching a sunset and dipping my feet in the lake
the satisfaction of having created something beautiful
big windows with gorgeous views
washi tape
delicious-smelling perfume
rainy days
color. lots of it
cute socks
getting letters or packages in the mail
clear, starry nights
fields of prairie grass
cute retro and kitschy dishes
oversized flannel shirts
comfy beds
cookies and milk
Christmas lights
hot apple cider in the fall
smiley faces 😊😄
ice cream
the smell of food being made
girly movies
sticking photos and artwork on my bedroom wall
speaking in polish :)
hearing an awesome song for the first time
fruit trees
cute animals
having something in common with someone else
beautiful old architecture
tree swings
fruit-infused water
maple syrup
finnish pancakes
products with pretty packaging
when someone surprises me with a friendly text or facebook post
rows and rows of blossoming trees
riding in a convertible
the sound of birds singing
going to my grandparents’ house
fish tacos
the ocean

What are some things that make you happy?