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2017 January Favorites

First favorites post of this year! I’ve come to really love doing these favorite posts, because it let’s me look back at everything I’ve loved and been thankful for. I can’t believe it’s been over 6 months since I started doing these favorites posts. Let’s hope I keep going strong and hit a year-long milestone!

#. Dried flowers: This month I moved my succulents to a different part of my apartment so that they could get some more sunlight during the day. With everything going on, I hadn’t had the chance to arrange my dried flowers so I did that last month during the holidays. I basically got rid of all the dried leaves on the stems because they were looking a bit messy and made it harder to arrange the flowers in a pretty bunch. I’m really happy with the way they turned out and love having this little flower nook next to my computer.

#. Klimt Inside Exhibit: I love going to art exhibits whether it be alone or with company, but some exhibits are more fun to enjoy with friends! The Klimt Inside exhibit was actually a digital art exhibit where the artists had reinterpreted the works of Gustav Klimt. You’re probably familiar with Klimt’s famous golden painting called The Kiss! I hadn’t seen much of his other works before though, so it was interesting to see all the different subjects he had  painted choreographed to digital sound. I love how bold and striking they made his quote by making it a neon sign on the wall. It really packs quite the statement doesn’t it?

#. Italics: My calligraphy journey continues and this month I’ve been focusing on my italics. I started by practicing each individual letter before moving on to words, and carefully venturing into sentences! This quote was by Martin Luther King Jr, and has really rung true for me in the past few weeks.

#. Kip: I love my dog to pieces! He is literally the cutest dog in the whole world and I can’t believe he’s already 6 years old as of January 11th. He’s been extra cuddly lately as the weather has been quite cold here in Korea. For his birthday I got him a deers hoof chew and he was jumping head over heels with it. I’ve tried dental treats, bully sticks, and deer antlers but I don’t think anything has been as good as the deer hoof. Kip literally spent hours gnawing on the thing and it has done wonders for his teeth!

#. Milk Tea & Journaling: My drink of choice this month has been milk tea, and my favorite was this milk tea served in a bottle! It’s also been a month of reflection and journaling with my trusty traveler’s notebook. I’ve tried notebooks by Moleskin and Leuchtturm, but I can honestly say that I feel much more at home with the Traveler’s Notebook. It’s much more economical in the long run because you’re not constantly paying for a leather cover. Plus, I like having different notebooks for different topics, so it’s nice that I can carry a collection of notebooks rather than having to fit everything in one. I still use my gratitude journal and keep it as the first notebook inside my Traveler’s Notebook.

#. Ink Stone & Ink Stick: I’m super excited to be attending another calligraphy workshop come spring, and one of the materials I need to take is an ink stick. I haven’t used an ink stone and ink stick since middle school, so it was fun trying them out again! At first I dug out my grandfather’s ink stone but it was much too big and heavy to carry around. So I ordered this small round ink stone online, and I’m pretty happy with it! It’s fun grinding the ink stick on the ink stone to make ink, and there’s something rather calming and meditative about it.

Your Turn ♥ What has been your favorite memory from January?

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  • http://star-violet.com Becky

    Yum! Milk tea is the best! I swear I’m more addicted to it than I am coffee haha, I usually have 1-2 big mugs a day. Your dried flowers nook is so adorable, too. I’m not very good with dried flowers even though they seem to be the easiest thing – they usually lay around forgotten to me :'(

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Milk tea is sooooo goooood!! :D I keep going for coffee and end up getting milk tea these days! Do you make yours at home? I make coffee at home, but I haven’t tried making milk tea at home yet. I used to have no clue what to do with flowers, but I saw some flowers displayed in a clear vase while passing by a flower shop one day and loved it! So now I just stick them in a clear vase or jar :D

  • http://www.christinelovestotravel.com/ Christine loves to travel

    I’ve been drinking more milk tea too since I came back from Hong Kong! It’s the best!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Oooh I’m guessing they have some good milk tea in Hong Kong :D I really need to visit Hong Kong one of these days. So close by, but I’ve never been before!

  • http://www.lumiereandlens.com Alyse (J.X.L.)

    I love a good cup of black tea with milk when I’m not drinking coffee! It’s pretty indulgent and soothing. Your home looks so pretty and neat. Also, your calligraphy is coming along so well. It really looks like a font!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      I’m totally addicted to milk tea right now hehe. I’m super behind in my calligraphy class right now, so I’ve been practicing a lot these days to try to catch up xD I think it’s been looking more legit after making the ascenders of ‘d’ and ‘l’ look more flowy :D

  • http://simplykk.com Kathryn

    Your dog is so cute! And it’s always a bonus when they act as a little heater when it gets cold, LOL. It sounds like January was a really great month, your dried flowers are looking good and DANG your calligraphy always impresses me. Plus, it inspires me to start trying more hand lettering in general. Can you explain a little bit more about your traveler’s notebook? I’ve seen them around but don’t really understand how they work, haha. Is it like one nice cover with little inserts? Happy Monday, lady!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Isn’t it though? xD He makes such a warm furry portable heater lol! Kip is sitting in my lap as I speak and it’s just one of the best things about winter :P Oooh I should do a post dedicated just to the traveler’s notebook. I think I’ve been mentioning them in my favorites for a while, but I don’t think I’ve done a proper introduction yet ;)

  • rchiariello

    Your calligraphy is looking really nice!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Thanks so much! :D

  • https://www.femaleadda.com/ Bellissa Femaleadda

    amazing photos,
    But my favourite one is the neon sign on the wall.

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Thanks Belissa! Quite provocative isn’t it? ;)