Hiking + Nature Journaling

Time goes faster the older you get, I’m sure of it. Maybe it’s the business of summer or maybe it come from all of the changes I’ve experience over the last year but it seems like I”m turning a new page every time I was past my wall calendar. I’m trying to find way to grasp the small moments and savor them. To be present in the moment and place where I am if even if it’s for only 15 minutes a day.

Drawing helps me do this like nothing else I’ve tried. When I start to draw I have to focus on the one thing I’m drawing, taking in it’s detail and noticing it for what it is. It forces you to stop and be in this one time and place and to take it in. Even though the 100 day challenge can be just that, a challenge, it is also a favorite part of my day. I look forward to the time, be it 5 minutes or an hour, that I get to spend with my notebook and paints.

Another thing that centers me, if you will, is being out in nature. This past Sunday Marv and I headed up to central Pennsylvania to the cabin to do some hiking. We spent hours walking trail along the creek, visiting the bridge where he proposed to me, and hunting for unique mushrooms, bugs, plants, and animals. Ok, I admit it, I completely nerd out about these things. I love to stumble across unique bits of nature, capture them in photos, and research them. Totally nerd move, I know. But hey, I find creation fascinating.

Ever since I purchased this book written by Kristen Rogers¬†I’ve been itching to try my hand at nature journaling. I got the change to this weekend after the hike and let me tell you, I loved it. I bought a watercolor notebook recently which I want to use as sort of illustrated journal, similar to a nature journal but a little broader than that. I’m sure it will include lots of nature but more than just that. I want to use it was a way to document this life that seems to fly by my face before I can blink.

Journaling has never come easy for me, words are not my most natural way of expressing myself. Even this blog post is hard to write. But illustration, though it doesn’t come easy for me, still seems to flow. I have to work for it but it isn’t forced in the way that words are.

 

Maybe all of my wildlife sketched with their Latin names (thanks google) and children’s book style are a little nerdy but they make me happy and I’m sure I’ll treasure them for years to come.

xo – Kate

Currently….

The weekend is here and I’m so ready for a little rest and relaxation. Plus it’s my birthday tomorrow! This months has been a blur so it’s hard to believe that it’s here already. I’m going to be 23 y’all.

Apparently it’s not that big of a deal since I keep forgetting when people ask me how old I’ll be. Oh well.

Here’s a peak into my life lately.

SHOPPING
At all the greenhouses. I normally don’t even buy anything I just go to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over all the plants and the get all the sunshine. It’s like therapy.

READING
“The Compound Effect”. I’m not far into it but Marv read it and kept telling me I need to.

WISHING
That these four guys survive. I haven’t had much luck with potted herb in the house but I’m going to try my hand at it outdoors.

CREATING
Lots of art. My 100 day project is pretty tough this year but it’s been so good too. Finding inspiration is the hardest part, especially over this busy season. Though it’s been hard I’m so glad to have art in my life every day.

LOVING
My flower beds. The previous owners of our house did a great job with the flower beds. All of the plants are perennials so all I had the do was weed and mulch. All the plants are growing fast and the iris plants are especially pretty.

Happy weekend lovelies.

Aeropress Iced Coffee

After mentioning on instagram that I make iced coffee using my Aeropress I got a request for the recipe. I shot this little how-to video the next time I made iced coffee. It’s not the highest quality but you’ll get the gist of how it’s done. ūüėČ

Marv + Kate | An Outdoor Finger Lakes Wedding

My oh my, it’s almost been a year since I last updated. Say what? But honestly I don’t feel bad about that. The flow of life is like¬†seasons, a time for everything, and the past year has been one of the best seasons I’ve¬†ever had yet. Let me catch you up a bit on what has happened since my last post last May.

I completed my 100 Day Project. I got engaged. I planned our wedding (in 4 months). My husband and I bought a house in Lancaster, PA. We got married. I moved from Upstate, NY to Lancaster, PA. I started a new job. I joined a new church. And I’m trying to settle into a new life, a new family, make new friends, and learn my way around a new area.

Did I say ‘new’ yet? Hello, change.

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It has been oh so good. I love married life. And though I miss my family and friends like crazy this changes has been good for me. In the uncomfortable, growing pains sort of way. All that said this season of life has been a break from my old, normal, routine and now I’m trying to find my new normal. Maybe the season of life is shifting or maybe it’s hints of Spring coming but I’m feeling a new inspiration to be creative again.

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I want to start blogging again. I’m hoping to have some content since I’ll be starting 2017’s the 100 day project again tomorrow (April 4th). I haven’t announced the details yet.¬†I’ve also been working on making our new house a home lately so I want to update a bit about that as well.¬†But until then here are few photos from our wedding.

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Our bridal party. How are we so blessed to have these beautiful people as our friends?

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My nephew Carson is always the flirt.

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Having a the amazing¬†Sari Esh¬†set up the¬†Hors d’oeuvre table was such and win. Thanks for making my foodie dreams come true.

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My bridesmaid Ruth helped me create all of the concrete candle holders for the centerpieces. What was supposed to be a one day project turned into a 3 day affaire. But she helped until the end because she’s cool like that.

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The photos are dreamy. I could gush about David and Sarah for days. They played such a huge role in making our day peaceful and smooth. I will treasure these photos for years to come.

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What can I say? This was the most magical days of our lives. There was a ton of work to do in the month leading up to the wedding day and all the people closest to us stepped in and stepped up to make our wildest dreams come true.

Marv and I could never repay everyone enough for all that was done for us. The people in our lives are incredible. Thank you all.

I could have posted 400 more photos because I am in love with them all but for your sake I condensed it down to the highlights. Here’s a sneak peak into our wedding day.

And a few credits to the people who made our day.

Photo and Video: David and Sarah
Flowers: Anne Lapp
Hair: Patricia Stoltzfus
Make-Up: Beka Caitlin
Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: Bev Weaver
Hors d’oeuvre: Sari Esh