Glimpses of Fall

I’m seeing more and more of autumn showing up on my morning walks. While I’m super happy about it, I’m also bummed that the farther into the year we get, the closer we come to fewer nice days, and therefore, less walks. My walks normally consist of about three miles which is just enough time to listen to one of Elise’s podcasts and get my own ideas floating around. While I am walking for exercise, I like to enjoy myself and allow stops when I see anything worth photographing or think of anything worth writing down. The more in tune to nature and the beauty of my surroundings, the more I enjoy these sweet mornings.  photo 7F0FE1A4-F619-445D-A04D-B55601509BC7_zps3tulg18s.jpg photo E0726259-1732-4552-9774-3520EA1CD22D_zpscqi6udgw.jpg photo 0646B55C-F252-4DEE-B9C7-2949CD8CBC60_zps9bpnd5c1.jpg photo 4337D485-2B15-4C5B-90A0-4385BC5FC804_zpspioqaxfq.jpg photo FE5161D7-7E86-48E2-AC76-8BF92B7178DA_zpsditybgpz.jpg photo A6D8E09E-8888-4B42-9F10-7A8488E044AD_zpspeksdwxf.jpg


Get Messy | 010

It’s autumn and I love it, all I can think about is perfect football weather and leaves changing colors.

 photo IMGP0004-001_zps57861fac.jpg I got pretty crazy with the gold sharpie but used no other supplies. And I loved the simplicity of just that little bit with a lovely sentiment from a favorite childhood book. Also, I can tell that I have been working on my handwriting, because it is getting better – faux calligraphy though? LOVE IT.
 photo IMGP0008-001_zpsc2fd9062.jpgFor the second page, I just drew a leaf. It started as a rough draft for an embellishment for the first page but then it got too big and I ended up finishing it instead. GOLD GOLD GOLD, I love you.
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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Better Late Than Never

November. Already? Goodness, I am enjoying this season more than I have in the past. Plus, we just “fell back” for day light savings, so that definitely helps fall seem better. AM I RIGHT?! 

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so enjoyed doing a photo challenge in October, so much so that I’ll be doing another one this month. It will be a little different, thanks to an app called “Collect”. It’s pretty great and it reminds you to take a photo and upload it to the app, then at the end of the month, you have a calendar full of photos and it looks really neat. My theme for the photos this month is thankful. I have been uploading the photos I have taken so far to the app and also to instagram, which is always pretty awesome because a lot of people post about what they are thankful for as well, such a reminder of God’s blessings! I am hoping to do some posts on being thankful and I also want to bring back my word of the year for a post or two!

what are you posting on instagram? link your username below, I’d love to check it out.


Close Up

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Close up photography, or macro, has always been my favorite. I love how interesting it is and how much texture you can see the closer that you get to an object. I got my first taste of macro at the Missouri Botanical Gardens around fiveish years ago. I had only a point-and-shoot camera at the time, and took as many photos as I could and I got as close up as the camera would allow. I got many photos of things from bees pollinating to leaves changing colors and I can’t help but think of how amazing it is to see how God makes things to grow and work together. The better I become, the more detailed and sharp the photos are. As I play around with settings and bokeh (out of focus parts in the photo, like the first photo) the more and more I can’t get enough of this kind of photography.

Fall Decor

Earlier this fall, my Mom found this pin on pinterest and asked me to make something similar. I went to Hobby Lobby for the sticker/buttons and I got the paper, leaves, and wooden tiles at Michaels. This project didn’t come with a tutorial or a link to the blog where it originated, so I just made it up as I went, plus it wasn’t too hard. 

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I used a paper cutter to cut paper the same size as the tiles. Then I painted F-A-L-L with one letter on each tile. I decorated with a few cute buttons and hot glued some thick twine to the back to hold it up. photo IMGP0026_zps202f1bac.jpgOriginally, we were going to hand this on our front door (pictured above) but my Mom liked it better against the red background, and I agree! It makes the colors pop!

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Favorite Fall Photos

Over the past week, I have been trying to stay off blogs and pinterest while I get my ideas together for what I want my blog to look like in the future. I am feeling a change, but I want it to be based completely on what I’m feeling and not other bloggers are doing. I have started a notebook with ideas and random thoughts and I can’t wait to share that with you.  So this week, my inspiration is coming from my fall photos from the last couple of years. Check it out:

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The crazy thing about these, is that I took them almost exactly a year ago. I love the fall colors and I feel like we are just starting to see leaves change around here. I have some pretty big things in store for this weekend-Phi Lamb Chapter Retreat, Cardinals/Blues/Mizzou games and studying for a test on Monday. Busy, busy, busy but I wouldn’t change a thing!


If you have any ideas of what you would like to see more of (or less of) let me know in the comments below or by email ( Hope you all have a great weekend!