Bullet Journal – April Cover Page

Almost a whole month behind on my April post, is that a new record?

Things have been strange lately. I’ve been in sort of a funk for a little while now and then I’ve been dealing with a weird stomach bug for the last week, so I’ve just been very down and out of it. That’s more of an update for May I guess.

April overall was a pretty decent month. I went with the rabbit theme for Easter. I was painting and feeling inspired, especially at the beginning of the month. I was feeling pretty good.

Things got a little rocky about half way through the month. Not to get too personal, but there was someone who was important to me that I lost contact with about two years ago. I found out some information about them that was shocking to say the least. I don’t know a lot about the situation, but what I learned just seemed so out of character it was hard for me to process and wrap my head around it.

Have you ever felt that way? Like you thought you knew someone so well and then you find out later that they’ve done something that seems totally out of character. It’s like you never knew them at all. It’s not a good feeling. Especially when it’s someone that you really cared about and trusted.

I tried to keep myself busy after this so that I wouldn’t think about it too much. Not sure if that’s the best coping mechanism, but it’s what’s been working for me. I turned my focus onto my home and did a little redecorating with my back porch. It’s pretty cute now and has become a nice little oasis for me.

So that’s what’s been going on with me. I’ll be back soon with an update for May.

It’s Just A Bunch of Hocus Pocus

I Smell Children Hand-Painted Wood Sign

I know we’re past Halloween, but it can still be spooky season in November, right?

I wanted to share a little bit more about what I’ve been working on with my home decor signs. I mentioned it in my last post and I’m really excited and have so many ideas that I’m working on.

In October, I went on a little bit of a Hocus Pocus kick with my Halloween decor. Even painting a huge sign for outside that I had seen on Pinterest.

Every time I’m in home decor stores, it’s hard for me to justify spending money on signs when I know that I can paint them myself. I love painting and often have re-created art that I’ve seen on Pinterest for my home decor.

I decided to give it a shot and paint a few Hocus Pocus themed signs for Halloween, and I think they turned out really well! I know it’s a little late to be promoting them, but I still wanted to share them with the world.

I plan on working on more fall signs next and then some for Christmas. Like I said before, I have so many ideas so I’m really excited to put them to work. I’m going to be selling them on my Etsy Shop: Kayla Cropper Art

This is something that I’m really enjoying doing, so I hope other’s will enjoy my work too. If you have some time, please check it out! 🙂

Amuck! Amuck! Amuck! Hand-Painted Wood Sign

Another Glorious Morning Hand-Painted Wood Sign

Bullet Journal – August Cover Page

August has been interesting to say the least! The beginning of this month was weird for me, which is partially why I haven’t posted my August cover page until now.

I just didn’t know what to write about. It felt like nothing was going on. I was feeling pretty sad and moody, just didn’t have anything that was going good or anything exciting to write about.

I honestly wasn’t even sure what to make my “theme” for August. I was binging Atypical on Netflix and decided to go with a penguin theme. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll understand. I was definitely just in a weird mood the first half of the month.

Things changed very quickly. I decided to use some PTO to take off at the end of the month, so I was looking forward to that. The week before I was working with my dad and saw that one of my local rescues had a few puppies that they hadn’t received any applications for, and decided to submit my pre-approval.

I didn’t have a lot of hope because I’ve submitted my application for puppies twice before. Later that night I found out that I had been chosen to adopt this little cutie below.

The first few days were a little stressful, but she’s doing really good now. She’s quickly become my little baby and is the sweetest little girl (when she’s not mad at me for telling her no).

It’s kind of crazy how things can change so quickly, isn’t it? My whole life has changed in the span of a week. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Bullet Journal – July Cover Page

I’m a little late with this one. I had actually meant to do this earlier in the month and thought that I did, and then just realized that it was never posted. Oops!

June was certainly interesting with that Mercury retrograde. If you follow along with astrology, you may know that the Mercury retrograde tends to bring back people from your past, and mine sure did! I didn’t talk to the person, just saw them from across a store, but it hit me hard with all those unresolved feelings. Nothing came out of it because I’ve learned over the years that I can’t be the one always reaching out, but it definitely wasn’t easy this time.

July has been pretty decent so far. I’ve had off work this week and I’ve enjoyed getting caught up on things, watching shows, reading, visiting restaurants that I’ve been dying to try, etc. It feels like I’m finally getting back out there and not just wasting my life sitting at home.

Things are going well, I’m hoping they’ll just keep getting better!

Bullet Journal – June Cover Page

First of all, this isn’t my favorite cover page. I saw this on Pinterest for a July cover page and it was really cute. It was definitely done in watercolor, which would’ve turned out way cuter, but I guess it’s okay. I did this and I’m honestly kicking myself for not making the theme June from Handmaid’s Tale. That would’ve been way better…

Anyway…May was interesting. I took off work for a week and it was so nice to have a break. I really, really needed it and kind of realized how much I’ve been putting on my plate recently. I went out with some friends and went to a food truck festival in May. It was fun and there was some normalcy.

I also got the second dose of the Moderna vaccine in May. That was rough. I felt okay until I went to bed that night. Woke up with chills and I was shaking so bad that I needed to take a bath just to warm myself up. I was able to fall back asleep, only to wake up a few hours later drenched in sweat. I was nauseous, had a fever, and just extreme fatigue from not being able to actually sleep. My symptoms lasted for three days and then by the fourth day I finally felt normal again. I would 100% do it again though! The relief of knowing I’m protected makes it all worth it.

Now we’re onto June and things feel good. It really does feel like we’re getting closer to things being normal. I’m not gonna lie though, I live in a small rural town and when I go into the grocery store it’s really hard to believe that all these people not wearing masks have been vaccinated. I know I shouldn’t judge, but a lot of people fought wearing masks in the first place. I feel like it’s a really simple choice to either wear a mask or get vaccinated, and the people who aren’t doing either really irritate me.

Hopefully things continue to get better! I’ll keep you posted 😉

Self Portraits Are Hard!

This is definitely a delayed post. For Mother’s Day I painted this photo of myself as a gift to my Grandma. It was a photo that she took of my when I was little and had always wanted to paint. Guys, this was HARD! It’s so hard to look at yourself and to put that to canvas. I’d stare at it and just think things like “my eyes don’t look like that” “the nose isn’t right” “why does my hand look so weird”.

In the end, I think it turned out pretty well. The cat looks cute at least!

Bullet Journal – May Cover Page

Getting a head start this month! I actually took off work for the first week of May and I have a ton of stuff that I want to get done this week.

April went pretty well. I got my first vaccination shot, so that feels pretty good. I had this weird sense of relief after it was done and I had the vaccination card in my hand. I don’t think I realized how much anxiety I had towards getting COVID and knowing that I’m doing what I need to in order to protect myself a little more made me feel really good.

There’s a lot going on for me in May, or at least the beginning of the month. My sister’s birthday is coming up this week and then I’m throwing a Mother’s Day brunch for my Mom and Grandma this weekend. My aunts are making plans for a get together in the coming weeks and I get my second shot.

Things are starting to open up and there are tons of outdoor events that I want to go to. It’s looking like it’ll be a good summer!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly & Paul Varjak Black & White Watercolor Painting

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my all time favorite movies. If I’m in a mood or feeling down, this is my go-to movie for a little pick-me-up. It’s a strange movie to be honest, but it’s well-written and interesting and I love the chemistry between Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.

I’ve been really wanting to paint more and have been slacking on actually sitting down and putting the paint to canvas, so it really only makes sense that I get back to painting with an image from one of my favorite movies.

I have some big plans for more portraits and possibly some landscapes coming up. I’m really excited to see where this goes and how my skills develop over time. It’s kind of nice to keep a record like this.

I have this painting for sale on my Etsy account so that maybe paintings won’t just keep piling up in my house. Check it out here.

Bullet Journal – March Cover Page

Happy almost April! I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile (as usual), but honestly what’s held me back is trying to think of what I would write about this month.

I’ve felt busy this month, even though I haven’t necessarily been super busy, if that makes sense? I feel like I’ve always got something going on – something I have to get done, someone coming over, somewhere I have to be. It’s like sometimes I don’t get the chance to even sit down and have some peace, and when I do I just don’t have the motivation to do anything else.

I’ve seen others post similar feelings, and I think a lot of it still has to do with the coronavirus and feeling like things aren’t normal. I used to have a set work schedule, used to know when I would have free time, used to be able to make plans last minute and not have to worry about how clean/safe people around me are being. With all of these things to worry about, its hard to find time to do things that I enjoy. I’m managing it well I think, but still wish for some sort of normalcy and not having to worry so much about things.

I’ve really focused on those things this month and have been making attempts to do the things I like. It helps that the weather has been better.

I took off my regular job last week and one morning it was really nice outside. I made myself a cup of coffee and drank it on my deck before spending some time cleaning up an overgrown tree in my yard. It felt really good. It felt like I had done something for myself for the first time in forever. I need more of that.

I don’t really have many other updates for the month. It was pretty average looking back. I am ready for more nice weather and hopefully more days for myself. We’ll see how April goes!

Bullet Journal – February Cover Page

Yay for getting this one posted before the end of the month! I really need to get better about this, I’m trying I promise!

I was trying to think of a way to show love for Valentine’s Day and February without being overly Valentine’s Day, you know? I saw this tattoo drawing on Pinterest that was supposed to represent Persephone and knew that I had to copy it for my bujo.

If you keep up with my blog, you may have seen that I read Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton back in October 2019. I mentioned there how much the story of Persephone and Hades stuck out to me and that I wanted to read more about them. I’ve read a little here and there, but really feel drawn to Persephone. I love that she’s the goddess of Spring and the queen of the Underworld. She can be soft and sweet but also strong and dark. I feel that way about myself sometimes, like I don’t really fit into one box.

I like that they’re one of the few couples in mythology that seem like they have a strong relationship. Hades is completely in love with Persephone, and unlike other gods he doesn’t have extramarital affairs and children all over the place.

They definitely have their problems and are only able to spend half of the year together, so honestly not the ideal relationship, but if we’re being honest what relationship doesn’t have problems? If this is what works for them, then that’s cool, right?

Anyway, I just like that I was able to find a way to make my theme about a love that I find interesting. Thought about doing another Bridgerton drawing, but that might be too much Bridgerton even for me.

There really isn’t much else to write about this month. We’re getting lots of snow, the Groundhog saw his shadow so winter isn’t over any time soon, I’m still working two jobs…

Hopefully I’ll have more to write about new month, but no news is better than bad news, so I’ll take it!

Happy February everyone 🙂