Bullet Journal – July Cover Page

I have no excuse for why this has taken me so long to post, I honestly don’t even remember July at this point. All I can say is get ready for a bunch of posts to make up for time lost!

I wanted to do a red, white, and blue theme for July and Independence Day so I decided to do a twist on the rocket popsicle and attempt to draw a slushie type drink. I think it turned out pretty cute, so I’m happy with it.

I feel like July is really the last month of summer, even though it’s still hot most of the time throughout August (at least where I live). Lots of cookouts, lots of firework shows, lots of fun.

I took off a week in July, but I didn’t go on vacation. I actually really like having “staycations” and being able to clean up around the house, go out to eat, and just enjoy life without the stress of work. It’s always really good for my mental health to just take a break like that.

August post will be coming soon, I promise!

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.

Bullet Journal – December Cover Page

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we’re already into 2022. Where have the last two years gone?

I guess with the holidays it’s easy to lose track of time, but this December seemed especially fast. I’m not complaining though. I think we all had enough of 2021 and the beginning of a new year feels like we have another fresh start. I know I’m looking forward to what 2022 brings and I feel like others around me are feeling positive about the new year as well.

December was a really interesting month for me. I was worried that the dog ornament orders would slow down and there wouldn’t be as much interest in them as I had in November, but I was surprisingly wrong. I even had people who were ordering ornaments for after Christmas!

It’s crazy because I really didn’t know how this would go or if I was talented enough to actually do this and have people want to pay me to paint something for them. I feel like with every order I’m surprised and thankful that another person is taking a chance on me. It’s really been very exciting.

After Christmas I also received a few messages from people who had received the painted ornaments as gifts and they were very sweet. One woman let me know that she would forever treasure the gift she received and thanked me, it was really nice to hear that and made me feel good about the joy that I can bring to others by doing this.

I’m really looking forward to expanding this and I have so many ideas that I’m excited to share this year. It’s really been great to find something that I enjoy doing and that I feel exciting about working on. I almost feel like I have too many ideas and need to pace myself a bit, but we’ll see how the year goes. Either way, I’m excited for it!

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 – 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 – 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 🙂

Bullet Journal – December Cover Page

So…I forgot this month to post my cover page (how very 2020 of me). It’s actually kind of a blessing in disguise because now I can make it an end of the year post!

December has been a bit of a wild ride. There’s a new vaccine that’s out, we may be getting another round of stimulus checks (not enough, but long overdue) here in the US. We celebrated Christmas!!

It’s funny actually because I had a lot of people tell me that Christmas didn’t feel the same for them this year because of the coronavirus. My family stopped visiting our entire family years ago, so for awhile it’s just been my parents and my siblings getting together for Christmas Day. For us it was really nice. My parents got me a Bissell Crosswave!

Not much else to update on. I didn’t include the monthly spread this time because it’s pretty much the same thing and the cover pages seem more exciting.

I will say, I’m looking forward to 2021. It just feels like there’s some hope for next year to be better. I know I’m definitely looking forward to things returning to normal as quickly as possible. I’d love to travel again.

Hope everyone made it through 2020 and is looking forward to better times. Happy New Year!

I Finally Did It! Check Me Out on Etsy!

So something that people might not know about me is that I love making art. When I was in kindergarten, my grandmother would bring me along to art lessons that she would take and I fell in love.

All throughout school, art was always my favorite subject. In high school, I took as many art classes as I could. I really enjoyed portraits back then, and would always be drawing pictures of my friends and favorite celebrities.

I *almost* decided to go to school for art, but ended up choosing journalism as my major instead. Even then, I kept up with my interest in art and ended up working as a blogger for the Tyler Student Life page at the Tyler School of Art. I got to talk to students and artists, see their work, and start conversations about art and working as an artist. It was something that I really enjoyed.

Life’s gotten in the way a little bit since then, so I haven’t really had the time to sit down and draw or paint, but thanks to my current job I’ve been able to travel the world. Seeing the beautiful architecture in other countries, visiting art museums, and just enjoying life have really made me want to get back into the art world.

Then came COVID and here I was sitting at home bored out of my mind. Like many others, I decided to order art supplies from Michael’s and Amazon (which wasn’t easy because everything was pretty much sold out). I finally picked up the paintbrush again! And I’m actually not that bad at it.

I decided to open an Etsy account so that my artwork doesn’t keep piling up at my house. It’s really just something for fun, but I appreciate any one who’s willing to check it out.

I have tons of photos from my travels that I plan on painting and selling on the shop, BUT FIRST! I’ve been painting photos of my family’s dogs on ornaments and decided to offer it as a custom ornament on the shop. It’s just a start, but here’s a link if you want to see it for yourself: Custom Hand-Painted Dog Ornaments.

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to share. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and check out my new venture 🙂

Visit KaylaCropperArt on Etsy!

Bullet Journal – November Cover Page & Monthly Spread

So November might be a little crazy, huh? Who would’ve thought that the election would be this close. I decided to do a mail in ballot and dropped it off a few weeks before Election Day, which I think was definitely the right choice. I’m not sure I would’ve wanted to stand in line with everyone on Election Day, it was pretty cold.

I’m writing this before I’m posting it, so I’m hoping we have a better idea of who the next president will be by the time this is posted. Fingers crossed at least!

I took off the beginning of the month just to relax and rest. It felt good to have a little break from everything.

I’m wondering what Thanksgiving will be like this year. I’m not sure yet whether or not my family will be holding it. My sister and I were thinking about doing a Friendsgiving, but I guess we’ll have to see where we are before we can decide for sure.

I’m still feeling pretty good this month. I think I’m doing a good job saving money and getting ready for the holidays. I’m looking forward to Christmas and honestly I’m excited for winter this year. It’s kind of nice knowing I won’t have to drive in to work when it snows. We’re staying positive here, right?