These Days – 08/31

So ever since I got back from Colorado, this is what has been going on in my life:

I purchased a very awesome but generic backpack.  It looks like this:

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I feel quite hipster owning it, to be honest.  ;)  The funny thing though, is that its brand is a complete knockoff of the Levi’s brand.  The logo is that familiar Levi’s shape, but instead of saying what you’d expect – Levi Strauss & Co – it says “AUGUR Strauss & Co”.  What on earth?!  Plagiarism!  Haha.  Thankfully that logo was on a tag on the inside, which was easily able to be seamripped off.

I recently got myself an Olloclip.  It’s so cool!  If you don’t know what that is, it’s a 4-in-1 lens clip set for the iPhone.  The lenses are 10x macro, 15x macro, wide angle and fisheye.  I’ve been experiencing with the macro lenses, and I just love them!  It brings my photography potential to a whole new level.  :)

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About a week ago was the start of a new season of life for me.  A season that at times can be hard and exhausting, yet so awesome, beautiful and oh SO worth it.  I started attending a really amazing Bible college.  I’m learning so much – every day God just blows my mind with new things to know about His power; His might, His glory.  I’m growing in knowledge of the supremacy and beauty of Christ.  I’m establishing so many wonderful new relationships that mean the world to me – when you get a good number of my classmates together, that’s when the fun and awesome fellowship happens.  (A couple nights ago several of us went to a park at night to play ultimate frisbee, then went for a walk through the city to find a Starbucks.  Sadly, it was closed when we got there, but I don’t regret the walk.)  :)

Yesterday I went to my very first urban farmer’s market.  Until now I’d only been to little ones held in a small town.  I decided to go all experimental and buy things I either never have had before, or have not had in a long time.  So I bought myself some purple green beans, elderberries, and a honeycomb.  I also bought a few things I was familiar with, too, like rainbow chard, a cucumber and some chamomile blend tea.

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Current songs on repeat:

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United

To Leave It All Behind – Moriah Peters

I’ll Wait For You – Moriah Peters (anything by Moriah, really)

Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective

When The Crazy Kicks In – Francesca Battistelli

Fix My Eyes – for King & Country

It’s Not Over Yet – for King & Country

Love Take Me Over – Steven Curtis Chapman

 

Have a good, restful sunday!

God bless,

Madeline

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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Sketches, Music & Flowers

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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 – 03/01

Happy first day of March!  I’m hoping that the temperatures will rise and that spring will come quite soon.  Last year it snowed until May!  I’m very excited to start enjoying warm weather and not having to bundle up before going out.  You guys, I’ve got the spring fever.  And summer fever.  I’m excited to start wearing short sleeved shirts, shorts and flip flops; to be able to go outside more often; to have more things to take pictures of; to enjoy lemonade, cool summer evenings, jet ski rides, making flower crowns… I can’t wait.

I spent a good portion of this morning making bouquets and taking pictures of flowers.  Here are two of the results.

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About a week ago I discovered the awesomeness of VSCO Grid, and made a profile for myself to showcase some of my favorite photos.  You can check it out if you so desire.  ;)   http://thefloralberry.vsco.co/

I’ve been teaching myself piano again.  So far I know the first part of “All Day” by Cody Simpson (hahaha I know, right), and the first part of the Man of Steel theme, along with some others.

Did you know that if you google the word “tilt” (or “askew”), the webpage will tilt?  Try it.

Happy weekend!

Thoughts on Jamie Grace’s “Ready to Fly”

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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
laughing
happy music
dreaming of traveling the world someday
glittery and shiny things
photography
love
art
writing
awesome graphic design
dresses
cozy weekends
peppermint and chamomile tea
being thankful for everything God has given me
flowers
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
earrings
sparkly gel pens
blowing bubbles
getting together with all the relatives
warm showers
nail polish
dreaming and making plans for the future
vintage things
shopping
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
fonts
discovering new things
record players (I want one!)
sunshine
imagination
being a girl
pretty blogs
exploring
talking to people I have not seen in a long time
relaxing
sitting on a dock watching a sunset and dipping my feet in the lake
the satisfaction of having created something beautiful
joy
big windows with gorgeous views
popsicles
washi tape
delicious-smelling perfume
vacations
rainy days
fog
color. lots of it
cute socks
fruit
getting letters or packages in the mail
fireplaces
clear, starry nights
fields of prairie grass
daydreaming
rainbows
cherries
berries
cute retro and kitschy dishes
muffins
oversized flannel shirts
comfy beds
patterns
lemonade
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 :)
jewelry
almonds
hearing an awesome song for the first time
fruit trees
cute animals
pillows
having something in common with someone else
singing
airplanes
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
baking
going to my grandparents’ house
fish tacos
the ocean

What are some things that make you happy?

Christmas

Wow, can you believe that Christmas is just a few days away?  I am so ready.  We’ve gotten a pretty good amount of snow these days, which I am thankful for.  We set up a little tree in our attic a few weeks ago. It’s the cutest thing.  It has the snazziest retro tinsel star on the top. :)

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I’m loving all the frost on the windows. (And here is my cue to start singing “frosted windowpanes…”)

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I’m also loving the tastes and smells of cinnamon, maple syrup, fresh-baked pumpkin custard, oranges and peppermint tea.

I’m enjoying listening to Christmas music.  My favorite albums/songs are:

Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy  –  Jason Gray

Soultown Christmas – The Soultown Guys?  (This is an album that a relative found a while back, and it’s kind of a hit in our family.)  :)

Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – a Norah Jones single

Britt Nicole’s version of “Jingle Bell Rock”.

This unreleased song by Moriah Peters.  I hope she records this one someday. I love it.  (If you want, you can skip until about 0:53; it’s a clip of a radio interview, so there’s some dialogue between her and the broadcaster  guy before she starts introducing her song.)

…besides that, I also like anything else classic – Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, whatever. :)

I’m looking forward to spending time with the family, caroling, playing games, opening presents, laughing, eating our Christmas taco dinner, and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. What grace that God would send His only Son to be born of a young virgin into this corrupt, sinful world, to die in our place, for our sins, so that we can be reconciled to Him; and that Jesus would be raised to life again, conquering death and evil, and setting us free. Thanks to Jesus, our sins are covered by His blood, if we believe and follow Him. It’s amazing. I wish I could make everyone understand that this is actually true, and that Jesus brings true freedom to us. He brings such joy to my life. This, my readers, my friends, is what Christmas is really about.

Have a good Christmas, everybody!

These Days – 11/5

Hello, everyone. I trust you all are doing well, and are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. I certainly have been. A couple days ago I took home a whole bunch of the most beautiful red leaves that I had ever found.

I had my first hot apple cider of the season last Friday.

We still have been doing a lot of painting. Thankfully, we’re almost done.

God has been teaching me so much, and has answered so many prayers. He is amazing.

I bought some delicious-smelling perfume recently. It smells awesome.

Excited for thanksgiving. I’m really thankful for being able to live in a relatively free country. I might do a “Thankful” post soon.

Deer Season is in a few days! More about that later.

Current favorite music:
“The Rest of Me” by Lauryn Taylor Bach (seriously, this girl has the voice I wish I had!)
“Making Me New” by Royal Tailor
“Remain” by Royal Tailor (I’ve recently kind of become a fan of Royal Tailor, as you may have noticed.)
“Overcomer” by Mandisa
“Run” by Charmaine

Also, I just saw that Jamie Grace announced the release date of her new album, “Ready to Fly” – January 28!

If you have any good (clean) music recommendations, please let me know! I’m always looking for good music.

Happy beginning of November!
M

These Days – 10/12

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It is officially starting to feel like fall.
More trees are turning red, yellow and orange. The weather is getting colder, windier and rainier. I saw my breath a few days ago for the first time in a while. Sweaters are being worn quite often. Flip flops have been traded for my faux-fur-lined moccasins, which soon will be traded for thick wool socks and sorel boots. Pumpkin custard, tea and squash have been enjoyed often. Deer season is a month away, which I am excited for. Fall is such a cozy season. I love it.

I have been painting a lot of walls and doors in our house. I’d have to say I don’t enjoy the process as much as I do the results.

I have been writing more often, and have rediscovered how fun it actually really is.

I am reading through “Wordsmithy” by Douglas Wilson. I highly recommend it to all you writers out there.

I’ve been finding holes in a couple of my dresses. The quality of clothes theses days is ridiculous.

I’ve been loving the smell of my Love+Toast Sugar Grapefruit Handcreme.
I have been enjoying iOS 7. I love flat design, and this iOS takes my fancy more than the previous iOSes.

IZZEs are delicious. My favorite flavors are grapefruit and clementine.

Current Favorite Songs:
“Ready Set Go” by Royal Tailor
“While We’re Young” by 1 Girl Nation
“All the Way” by Capital Kings
“All the Pennies” by Mindy Gledhill
“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction (though I am not at all a directioner, I do like this song.)

Happy weekend!

Mail

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Today I got my Rifle Paper Co stuff in the mail, along with my Stabilo pens!

The journal:

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(please excuse my half-worn nail polish!)  :)

The notebooks:

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What I love about these two notebooks is that the pages inside are blank, so I can use them as sketchbooks!  :)

The notecards:

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The Stabilo pens:

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I found these on Amazon, and they work really well.

Things I Fancy – 08/30

I like to blog about things I find online, products I love, and things that are pretty and useful.  So I have decided to start a blog series called “Things I Fancy”.  Hope you enjoy it!

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1.  Rifle Paper Co. products

A few years ago, I was reading an issue of the Country Living magazine, and I found out about this lady named Anna Bond who had a shop called Rifle Paper Co.  I studied her work shown in the article, and was amazed.  I forgot about it for a couple years, and then rediscovered it, to find out that not only does she sell calendars and notecards, she sells journals, notebooks, recipe cards and boxes, prints, etcetera!  And they are so darling.  I recently bought myself the journal shown below.  Can’t wait for it to come in the mail so I can start writing in it!

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2.  wool mittens.

I love classic mittens: not bulky, up cycled felted sweater ones, but classic knit ones made of wool.  The way they were originally made.  Anyway, I have come across some really cute ones.  The ones in the first picture are from a bigcartel shop.  They are sold in euros, but if the shop accepts paypal, then I think you can pay with US dollars or anything else, and you’re good.  Just consult your paypal F.A.Q. to make sure, because I may be mistaken.  :)

The ones in the second picture are from an etsy shop, and I think they are a rather reasonable price, considering that they are 100% merino wool.

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3.  vintage dishes.  Aren’t these cute?  All of them I saw on etsy in a shop that sells old ukrainian dishes and other vintage items.

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4.  Love&Toast Sugar Grapefruit handcreme.  I have used this before, and was a little sad when it ran out.  So grapefruity and delicious-smelling.  Plus it’s natural, so that’s a bonus.

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What are you liking these days?

Fall & Winter Excitements

Now that I have enjoyed a good summer, I’m really excited for fall and winter.  They’re quite cozy seasons, really.  I love fall and all it’s color.  The air gets colder and has this amazing smell to it, wearing flannel shirts, jeans, thick socks and hoodies are worn all the time, football season happens (I’m not really interested in football in itself, but football brings family together, and being with relatives is fun), things like pumpkin custard, hot cider, spicy baked goods and squash are made and enjoyed, the apples start tasting better, deer hunting season happens eventually (oh yeah), and then thanksgiving.  I am quite excited, let me tell you.  And then winter… snow (at last I am no longer tired of it; I’ll be excited when it happens), mittens, tea (I am such a tea drinker – peppermint & raspberry are my favorite kinds so far), cozy blankets, fireplaces, towns and houses decked out in christmas lights, Christmas, New Year, etc.  Oh yes.