August Break – Day 31: August Was…

August was stressful. Actually that’s probably not fair, the first half of August was great – the second half was stressful. I had several unexpected guests and a surprise and expensive plumbing problem.

cutting into the ceiling to find a water leak

 

Daisy propped up against the door during all the mayhem

I think all of these things were especially stressful because Olive gets really nervous around people she’s not familiar, as well as loud noises. When encountered with those, she barks non-stop. Very stressful!

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August Break – Day 30: Letters

I had originally intended to lettering something myself for today but things have been crazy around here and that did not happen. So instead, I went looking around the house for some lettering inspiration.

 

 

 

 

I found it in a piece of sheet music and several matchbooks. I love vintage lettering!

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August Break – Day 29: Adventure

August in Oklahoma can be so hot that it can be a little difficult to psych oneself up for an adventure. Periodic trips to The Rink are about as exciting as it gets. I’m on a quest to find a cool mid-century cabinet or dresser to use as a TV Stand. I’ve decided the only way that will happen is if I make regular trips to snatch something up as soon as it arrives. My sister and I found her a fabulous dresser last week so I have hope.

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August Break – Day 28: Sign

I was so sad to hear that the one remaining Charcoal Oven is closing! When I lived in my old apartment, I was a frequent guest at the west location. I think the 84-year-old owner deserves to travel all he wants; that makes me feel a little better about the end of an era. Hopefully someone will rescue this great vintage sign.

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August Break – Day 27: Orange

I was having a hard time coming up with something orange to photograph, so I decided to take a photo of some boring paper clips at the law office. They aren’t very exciting but I’m pretty sure that, long after I no longer work at this office, when I see this kind of paper clip I will think of my time there. I’ve never worked anywhere that had such an abundance of plastic paper clips!

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August Break – Day 26: Nature

I shared the black & white version of this photo on Day 20. I’m not sure which one I like best. I’ve had this plant outside most of the summer but I think the squirrels were jumping in my succulent pot – everything was beginning to look a bit beat up. I repotted most of the plants and have brought them inside. Hopefully it will fill in where it lost leaves.

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August Break – Day 25: Homemade

Homemade tortillas are currently one of my favorite things to fix. I eat them with nearly every meal – usually as a bread substitute. Yum!

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August Break – Day 24: Wearing

These three dresses have played heavily in my wardrobe rotation this summer. I love this dress from Boden so much that I have two (the two on the left) and have ordered more! I’ve been obsessing about minimizing my wardrobe and how I want that to look, specifically coming up with numbers for each type of item. I try to take an iPhone photo everyday of what I’m wearing so I can look back and see what’s being worn and what’s not. Looking back, I’ve found that I wear dresses and skirts at least twice as often as pants. It’s a little frustrating to always be asked why I’m dressed up, but I’m comfortable in dresses so I’ve decided to just embrace it.

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August Break – Day 23: Work

Lately, I have been doing a lot of work on perfecting my calligraphy skills – including developing my own style. It’s one of those things that requires lots and lots of practice.

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August Break – Day 22: Numbers

Recently, I’ve been doing quite a bit of lettering study/practice. In all my calligraphy work, I’ve never done much with numbers so with today’s prompt I thought now would be a good time to start. With this practice, not only was I dealing with a new subject, but I was also mastering a new brush pen. I love my ink and nibs but a brush pen or marker is much more portable and less messy to use while hanging out on the sofa.

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