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good neighbors | 529

#hand lettered
I can't say enough nice things about our neighbors. They make our life more fun and we are thankful for all the great memories over the years!

Ssh...don't tell. They are getting peanut butter balls this year for Christmas.
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circus tent | 528

retro circus tent
I'm working on some Circus elements.

Here's an in-process design. Right now I think it's boring. But I wanted to share it anyway.

It's the bones and then I'll be adding to it or tossing it.


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gift card holder | 527

christmas gift card holder
 Hop on over to gumroad to print out this free gift card holder. The gift card will fit right into the TV set :) 
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dandelion ball | 526

illustration
I'm working on some minimalist flower designs. Here's another part of the series :)
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you may never | 525

#handlettering
You may never know why. Life is tricky sometimes. And we want to know why.

Letting it go can be powerful. freeing. light.

Instead find something you can do to give back to someone that needs a little lift. This lady did just that.

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peppercorn flowers | 524

#illustration
Peppercorn flowers.. another simple design. I love how this one turned out.

I have an angel on my tree with peppercorn flowers as a head wreath. Makes me smile :)
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winter | 523

#JanaMiller
Today I'm celebrating winter and Christmas and the holiday season :)

I love the rich colors of this design.
Happy Thursday!
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heart of thanks | 522

#handlettering
Heart of thanks-sometimes a simple design is just perfect for the day. So thankful for so many things!
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modern flower | 521

#JanaMiller
This one is different than what I usually do. I'm loving how it came together.
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thanksgiving glass | 520

#stainedglass
A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you. Life is full and sometimes I run behind :) I bet that never happens to you...haha.
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color palettes for hand lettering

A really well put together color palette makes for a great design.

Here's a strong tutorial on how to create your own palettes in Adobe Illustrator. I also like this blog for finding good color combinations.

You can do the same thing yourself by finding photos  and designs that appeal to you. By placing the photo into your Illustrator file, you can extract the colors using the eyedropper tool.

Here's an example of how I used this tool. I liked the colors they used in this drawing and then using the blend options, you can add more complementary colors to the palette.

What's your favorite tool for creating color palettes?


PS:If you like to doodle-you'll like this.



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my hobby | 519

#handlettering
Nephews are the best!
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one person | 518

movie about that guy that saved kids during the holocaust
One person can make a difference. 
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advent | 517

Thomas Turner Blog
I recently collaborated on a book with a fellow blogger (He blogs amazing prayers and he works for IJM.) I learned a lot during the research for the drawings.

My drawings are inside his new book:) If you celebrate advent (the days leading up to Christmas), you may want to check it out!
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stay in | 516

handlettering
On rainy days like today, I'd rather just stay in and put off all my responsibilities.

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God Met Her | 515

handlettering

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Dark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate | 514

dark chocolate or milk chocolate
Does your head win or does your heart win in the chocolate debate?
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fall tile | 513

art by jana miller
Designing some tile today. I'm happy with how this one turned out!

What are you up to?
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resume | 512

hand lettering by jana miller
Sometimes it's what is not on our resume that is most powerful. Maybe you skipped college and taught yourself to paint. Maybe you raised your siblings because of an absent parent. Maybe  you are one to never gossip. Those things mean something. 
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Remember | 511

Remember Who You Are by Jana Miller #handlettering
This popped in my head the other day. I like this saying. It's easy to pass by and not ponder it.

I was watching this movie a couple days ago and it was a good reminder that we don't need a big life to be happy. A few people that love us and giving some of that love to others. That's enough.

ps-loving this retro color palette


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how did you get | 510

hand lettered font
I like contemplative questions.

When I designed it, I was thinking about careers. "What has contributed to the person you have become?" It's not always so obvious. It's not always the good stuff.

Often it's the struggle that makes us human and kind and forgiving.




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the world is changed | 509

hand lettering quotes
Oh I'm so guilty of this. Having an opinion but not doing anything to make the change. 
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Rome | 508

hand lettereing
I love watching movies that are filmed in the places I am going to travel too. To Rome with love was a really fun movie. I can't wait to watch it again.

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Hopscotch | 507

handlettering
I loved playing hopscotch when I was in elementary school. It's not often you see anyone playing this anymore.
Did you play when you were little?
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venice | 506

venice drawing
I've been traveling. It was amazing, exhausting, moving, delicious. I have been to a lot of places in my life but none as beautiful as Venice. It stopped me and consumed me. If you ever get the chance, go.
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Two Year Old | 505

#handlettered
If we were all honest, we just want our own way. We want one set of rules for us and one set of rules for everyone else.  Inside each of us is a two year old :)


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Bacon Kisses | 504

#handlettering
Grease Splatter? You mean bacon kisses?

A fun one for you today. I added in a color palette!

If you are in search of some color combinations, this is a great place to look.

Or create your own by using the eyedropper tool in Adobe Illustrator.
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eraser trick

best drawing pencils
I go through a lot of pencils. See those stubby eraser ends.

I always tend to go through erasers first :)

With the pencils I use, the eraser comes out. It sits in a metal holder.

In the past, that didn't help me at all.

Here's my new trick. I cut the leftover eraser in half and then use it beneath the other eraser in the metal holder.

Does that make sense?

more business side of things




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grief and love | 503

#handlettered #quote #blackboard
there is no end to
grief
that's why I know
there is no end to
love


have you ever lost someone you love?
or  a job you thought would last forever?
maybe you lost a house?
or a friend's companionship.

Grief is tough. It may get smaller but it will always have a part in your heart. I think love is the same way.

Any thoughts?
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among branches | 502

#janamiller
People too often search among branches for what is found in the roots. (via Jennifer's blog)

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