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blue roses | 566

#BlueRoses

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succulent | 565

jana miller
Some pretty succulents to celebrate your Saturday :)


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in the sun | 564

drawing by jana miller
 Time for a break from all the pink :)

Have a great weekend!
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conversation | 563

always
Inspired by conversation hearts-a little modern valentine love.
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grow love | 562

#love #plants
growing some love!
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valentine flower | 561

#flower
A simple flower today :) Valentines Day will be here soon.
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letting go | 560

illustrator jana miller
I was reading somewhere online that much of what love is,  is letting go.

I have some good friends who would agree. 2014 was full of letting go.

I don't think this is ever easy.


love and letting go

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tender | 559

drawing by jana miller
Do you ever have those days when your heart is tender?
When you need your loved ones to go easy on you?

Thankful today for my man who knows how to do this for me.
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scandal | 558

drawing by jana miller
Do you watch it?

We just discovered it. I really don't like anything gorey or creepy but I love the twists and turns.

So I close my eyes sometimes.

We are trying to catch up before the new season starts.
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football | 557

drawing by jana miller
I have a love hate relationship with football.
 I love a good lazy day at home snuggling.

But I find football hard to follow. It's hard to connect with the players with the helmets on.

And the  broadcasts are loud with all the fan cheering.

So football, is a great time to draw and edit designs :) And snuggle.

I finished two more books. I'm trying to read more this year and stop wasting time on the computer :) The Naked Now was intense, deep, thought provoking written by a Franciscan Monk. (I got lost several times) and Gutbliss - One of those health motivating books.
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zipper | 556

#illustration
Sometimes I need to zip it. Stop talking and listen.

Are you with me? Less talk and more listening?
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light | 555

#janamiller
I'm not picking a word this year but...

There's a few things this year that need a bright light to shine on them.

Good things to celebrate and situations that need some clarity.

Did you choose a word?
Would you share a link to your post?


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laugh out loud | 554

#hand #lettering #illustration
When I was young I was embarrassed to laugh out loud, I was reserved, I kept it inside. Silly me.

But now (after much practice) I laugh out loud often, sometimes too loud, without realizing it.

I'm happier now.
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survival lessons | 553

hand drawn book
This was a quick read. It's written for someone going through a crisis but the lessons are good for everyone :)

I'm hoping to read 52 books this year. This is number 2.
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spikey trees | 552

#janamiller #illustration
Some abstract spikey trees for today :)
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Little Black Dress | 551

I'm looking for a new addition to my wardrobe :)  Something like this would be fun!
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without you | 550

#withoutyoubook
I read this book in two days. It's sad, hopeful, mysterious, depressing and yet I loved it.

With all the craziness with releasing The Interview, it seems that this book would be so much more dangerous to the North Koreans than that movie.

I'm starting a book list for 2015. I'm planning on reading like crazy this year :)

Are you a reader?
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sad girl | 549

#janamiller #illustration
Trying to figure out why she's sad,

she has no shoes?
she has no toes?
she doesn't like her dress?
her hair is messed up?
someone used the last of the cream for coffee?
she didn't get what she wanted for Christmas?
she has fat fingers?
she has to go back to work?



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january | 548

#illustration #janamiller
Happy January, a little rain, a little time at the beach, a few hikes.

January 2015 is shaping up quite nicely.
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love spares you nothing | 547

#handlettered #quote
I just read Francis Mayes' most recent book.

It's good. This quote is so true. Families are love and love is both hard and easy.

I love her words and I loved the movie about how she bought a run down home in Italy. 
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dominoes | 546

#dominoes
Do you play?
Me neither
but I love the coloring and the white polka dots!

These look fun too!
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special occasion | 545

I said this to someone recently.

We save our "good clothes", our nice dishes, our favorites for special occasions.

Today is a special occasion.
Take care of yourself.
Be nice.
Wear your favorites.
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dancing bear| 544

drawing of bear
Still trying to decide if I like this one :)

With all the seriousness of yesterday's post, I thought some silliness was needed :)

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mending | 543

#handlettering #quote
Excerpt By Richard Beck that inspired this drawing.

"Love is the art of mending.


A few months ago Brenden and Jana, my oldest son and my wife, had some conflict. No one was being mean or anything, but misunderstandings and expectations led to some tension. Sadly, life is like that. Everyone can be trying to do the right thing and still we end up hurting each other. We always end up hurting each other.

Brenden and Jana had a long talk and they patched things up....

Driving to church the day after their conversation I said to Brenden, "You know son, we can't avoid making mistakes. We can't avoid hurting each other. Even when we are trying to do the right thing we end up hurting each other. For the rest of your life you're going to find out about how you did this, that or the other thing and how, even though your intentions were the best, you ended up hurting someone's feelings. Hurting people is inevitable. Of course, that's no excuse for hurting people. But it's inevitable.

But what you can do is this. Mending. You can always mend. You can always apologize. You can always try to fix things. To knit and stitch what has been ripped back together. Mending is the secret of life."

This is perfect for the first day of the year. May this be a year of mending for you :)
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coming year | 542


new years quote
Tomorrow is the new year!
Goodbye 2014.

I'm looking forward to good things in 2015 :)
We were treated to snow in Southern California this morning!
A rare treat for us :)
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squares and circles | 541

Here's a square and circle design for you today. I'm loving this retro palette. 

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hats | 540

#hat #quote
Hats are like chocolate!

Do you like hats? I love to buy them but I feel strange when I wear them.

I like the way this design came together.
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ferris wheel | 539

#illustrator
I love watching ferris wheels but I'm a wimp when it comes to heights.

 I'll take a rollercoaster over a ferris wheel any day.

Roller coaster or ferris wheel?
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you | 538

dr suess quote
Don't you adore Dr. Suess?!!  You are you :)

Last week I celebrated my birthday by going to Disneyland. I ate delicious food and drank margaritas, watched the Christmas parade, yelled with delight on the rides, laughed and had an all around great time.

I was in the moment and loving everything about the mouse.

What do you love to do?


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clown and balloons | 537

More circus drawings.
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Christmas Cheer | 536


#ChristmasDrawing
Sending some Christmas Cheer your way today!

We enjoyed our annual bike ride on the boardwalk in Newport Beach (sunshine) and then filled our bellies with left overs.

Hope your day was good too.
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fierce | 535

#fierce #quote


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hamburger | 534

hand drawn hamburger
I love a good juicy hamburger! How about you? In 'n Out, Flemings, Tommys, Our Backyard Grill. Add some cheese, onions, chili....yum!
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certain | 533

#handletteringt
Do you ever meet someone and just feel like you've already met them. That instant connect.

I like that.
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popcorn | 533

#illustration #handlettering
Playing around with some nontraditional colors for these popcorn containers. Doesn't it change the mood completely!

Are you a popcorn lover? I'm not.  But I like the cute boxes it's served up in :)

more circus drawings
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compassion | 532

#handletteringIf your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

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Sun-Love-God | 531

#janamiller #handlettering
Happy Friday. May your day be full of the unexpected! Good stuff of course :)
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elephants | 530

circus elelphants
I'm a sucker for elephants! I think they are beautiful creatures. I'm adding this to my Circus series.

If you haven't seen this gif of an elephant on a trampoline-you must!
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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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