Spring Bucket List

It’s spring! I have a MASSIVE love/hate relationship with spring. I love it because it signifies the end of winter (I don’t like grey gloomy days and cold days since I get the winter blues). I hate it because my allergies are on overdrive.

I’m pretty excited about spring because it signifies the start of warmer weather. I am a sun loving girl! Without further ado, here’s my spring bucket list!

spring bucket list

WEAR // stripes x polka dots x pinks

stripes x polka dots x pinks

 

I looked back into my Polyvore today, since I haven’t logged in and updated my closet in a while (maybe a year and some…), and I saw THIS styling I made in May 2014! Today is the first day of spring and this fits the bill.
I no longer own some of these items, but hey, I’d still wear all 5 of these outfits today. I’d switch out the pink sweater in #2 to a black/white (did I really own a pink striped sweater?? or did I do that for color purposes.. because I’m pretty sure I’d never buy a pink sweater!). If you’re going to go with both dots and stripes, don’t choose big of both prints. I’m petite and that overwhelms your size real quick.
Another tip: have the size of your print be proportional to your own size. Petite? Get little dots. Tall? Get bigger dots. Not to say you can’t rock it the other way, but I personally dress pretty minimal/utilitarian… but if you like a statement piece, then go for it!

I’m Baaaackkkk (Kinda)

Hello blog world… been a while, huh?

I want my blog to reflect my lifestyle and what interests me. It’s an invitation into my daily life, but then I’m starting to think I’m a little bit too introverted for blogging. I literally feel uncomfortable every time I’m sharing photos and thoughts in my life. On the other hand, it’s the perfect outlet for me. Cognitive dissonance, friends. My BA in Psychology is coming into play here, you see that?

I’m putting my blog under construction because I’m struggling with the UX side of things. I’m not liking how it’s laid out and how it is experienced, but I don’t have knowledge of how to design websites.. so I mean, that’s where I am right now.

Ideally, I’d like to use my blog to share my travels, my creative process/life, kitchen musings, and how I live “minimally”. So for now, it’ll be quieter over here as I develop content and figure out how I’d like to balance blogging (a ton of work in front of the computer) and living in digital detox.

A

SHOP FREEBIE // Valentine’s Printable Mini Cards!

Hi! I created these mini Valentine’s cards because I can never find designs that I like! Stores usually carry silly and punny Valentine’s, but I wanted something simple and worth keeping. I kept the design simple, but I kept it fun with colors and pattern! Hope you enjoy them. 🙂

If you’re looking for different ways to use these cards, I’ve posted a few ways on my Facebook page!

To download, click on the image. A pop up should appear. The file is a pdf.

You are more than welcome to use for personal reasons, but it is NOT for commercial use or for resale. Thank you!

Ann

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SHOP // Valentine’s Day Cards!

I just listed some Valentine’s Day Cards I’ve been working on the past 2 weeks! You can shop and purchase on my Etsy shop site here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdventureofLetters

I created these cards because I’m into hiphop/rap and I never see cards that reflect my interests! See a need, fill a need! I hope you like them as much as I do; I had a lot of fun creating these!

If you haven’t yet, please go like my Facebook page! I’d be ever so grateful. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/adventureofletters/

Thanks for your support. Lots of love to you all! 🙂

Ann

AoL Store Launch Giveaway!

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Hello!

It’s almost been a full week since our Adventure of Letters Etsy Launch! Now that we’re up and running, it’s time for our very first giveaway! I mean, it’s no Powerball winning, but I’m giving away a Merci Beaucoup card to the lucky winner!

Raffle ends January 31, 2016. GIVEAWAY FOR U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY!! (Sorry, international readers!) Click on the link below to start your entries (yes you can have multiple!!). Good luck! 🙂

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DIY | Hand Stamped Tea Towels

I’ve always loved fabrics. I remember walking into Joanns and just running my hands along each bolt of fabric, feeling the textures, silkiness, and coolness or warmth of each fabric. Staring at patterns on fabric. 

Then in college, taking screenprinting classes, but never quite pursuing it fully. Buying books and researching how to create seamless patterns and print on fabric and paper. 

Even teaching my students how to use foam and scratch foam to create patterns to block print. 

So when I got a concussion last week and was suggested no reading, TV, computer, phone… I used my time to create this. Tea towels are expensive. I use them when I photograph things, especially food.

This project is easy.. all you need are tea towels, fabric paint, a brush for applying paint, foam sheets with sticker backing, cardboard to mount stamps on, and scissors to cut the foam.

Hand Printed Tea TowelsI put the paint on a piece of felt to make a stamp pad at first, but I liked using a brush in the end to cover the stamp more evenly. I like the handmade quality of foam stamps and block printing in general. The easiest way to print this is to start from the top to bottom, so you don’t smudge paint. You can measure things, but I eyeballed this one, and used a pencil to mark the end of the cardboard mount as an indicator of where to stamp next to it! Don’t forget to iron opposite side to heat set when paint dries.

Hand Printed Tea Towels

Ta-da! Finished mini mountain tea towel! If you don’t use tea towels, this is an amazing DIY gift for others. You can use the towel to wrap presents (like Japanese furoshiki– fabric wrapping) and then the gift receiver can use the tea towel in their kitchen! Eco-friendly, cute, AND functional! 😀

What are you making?
Ann

Gift Guides | For Holiday (& Beyond!)

You know, I started doing these gift guides thinking it was fun and games… and stopped for 2 reasons: 1) Life happened 2) I had a moment of misaligned values, being a minimalist and yet telling people to shop. Cognitive dissonance.

But people shop anyways, so here I am back on these gift guides a mere 5 days before Christmas! Don’t worry though, these gift guides work for all year round! 🙂 I enjoyed curating these guides and focused on choosing as many ethically sourced items and supporting small businesses as much as possible.

Hopefully you get some ideas from my gift guides, but I totally understand if I didn’t cover every person on your list; I know I have a certain aesthetic. 😛

Happy Shopping! 🙂

Gift Guides Bestie

Dainty Ring | Keychain Tassel | Patterned Bag | Dual Infinity Scarf | Diptyque Candles 

Gift Guides Guys

Keyring | Duffel Bag | Wooden Watch | Suede Cleaner | Gift Guides Little Ones

Ladybug Checkers | Color Blocked Blocks | Printmaking Kit | Freshly Picked shoes | Headband | Harem Pants

Gift Guides Organizer

Black and White Patterned Journals | Grown Up Pencil Toppers | Get Shit Done Pencils | Pencil Bag | Desktop Weekly Planner

Gift Guides Hostess

Lunar Coasters | Barr-Co. Soap & Lotion Caddie | Fancy Candle | Salt Curing & Serving Board | Wooden Ring Cheese Board

Gift Guides Minimalist

Rose Gold Bobby Pins | U Pin Earrings | Succulent Pot | V Neck Collar Necklace | Patterned Scarf

Gift Guides Wanderlust

Travel Journal | Passport Holder | Desktop Calendar | Large See Through Clutch | Sliding Matchbox 

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