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About She Weaves in Joy

Hello There friends!!! So the biggest thing you should know about me is that I LOVE TO LEARN and I am constantly learning new things everyday. Mainly art, photography, crafts, and hand lettering. I also don't mind a little bit of writing in my life either, whether it's talking to all of you guys on a blog or posting my feelings in a nice poetic way. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! You can also find my creations on my Etsy shop page: www.etsy.com/shop/sheweavesinjoy

Sunday, Funday!

You can tell that summer has arrived! Finally, it’s warm enough to go out and get a sun tan. This year will be different for my family, though. Why is that? Well, as you may know (or hey, maybe you don’t!) I left my job at Dicks Sporting Goods, about two months ago but before I left, my parents decided to invest in some kayaks with my awesome discount! So, WE HAVE KAYAKS NOW, YAY!

So, as you can probably guess… my mother and I went kayaking on this beautiful sunny Sunday!

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We usually go to Pinchot State Park in PA. Pinchot is a beautiful park surrounding a pretty huge lake. There are a ton of different entrances and boating docks at different locations all around the lake. Are boat dock was located an hour from the location of the photo above. What a beautiful, hot day Sunday. I still can’t get over how much fun I had that day.

Have you thought about purchasing a kayak yet? Or maybe you’re trying to find the right time? Well, that is what we (my mother and I) thought when the idea crossed our minds, “Oh, we should probably wait and see…” or “We should wait and see next year” or “next season…” same old same old. But, we finally bit the bullet and got ourselves two kayaks. Now, we bought our kayaks at Dicks Sporting Goods which is what I mentioned above.. but you can find kayaks at a cheaper cost online. I’m sure you can find great deals on Amazon, but let me do the hard work for you and simply show you a few awesome kayaks that I found already with some pretty awesome prices!

Here are a few great Kayaks to check out:

  1. Sun Dolphin Aruba Sit-in Kayak (Lime, 10-Feet)
  2. Lifetime Tioga Sit-On-Top Kayak with Paddle (2 Pack), Lime, 120″
  3. BKC UH-RA220 11.5 foot Riptide Angler Sit On Top Fishing Kayak with Paddles and Upright Chair and Rudder System Included (Camo)

Kayaking can be expensive to start, but I guarantee you, they will last for a long, long time and it’s such a great outdoor activity and not to mention an amazing workout!

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Also, who doesn’t love a nice relaxing day on the water, soaking up the sun while you take a break from paddling!?

Speaking of paddles, if you seriously are considering kayaking, let’s talk about accessories that come with purchasing kayaks.

A paddle is a given. You can’t row yourself down a stream without a paddle, right?! You also need a few extra things as well… such as a life jacket (those are required on your boat, but for most places not required to wear them), whistle, paddle connector (connects to your paddle and your boat), kayak car mount, and kayak garage hanger, boat launch permit (for State waters).

I know, I know.. I feel like I can see right through this screen at your eyes popping out of your skull with the items needed to kayak!! I promise you, it will be all worth it in the end.

You also can’t forget your sunscreen, coolers filled with beverages and sandwiches as well as your sunglasses for those bright sunny days and maybe a little tanning lotion to give yourself a little treat when you’re laying out sun bathing away.

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I guess I just kinda sounded like a sales lady for a little bit there, didn’t I? Well, I’ve worked in retail for over six years, so I’ve had some experience with it to the point where, I sometimes don’t know that I am doing it! I’ve had a lot of practice, haha!

Let’s talk a minute about my new found love for kayaking!

The different sounds you hear on the water is completely different then the sounds you hear off the water, when you’re hiking or just sitting on the shore line with your toes in the water. What is fascinating is when you’re on the water, sound travels so much faster and clearer than it does when you’re not on the water. You can hear conversations from miles upstream, so interesting… isn’t it? (okay, someone told me that and I believe it because I’ve tested it out these last two weeks being in my kayak).

What I love most about kayaking, is the relaxation you feel just floating there. I practice meditation and I try to be mindful of the present moment rather than figuring out what I am going to do later that evening or the list of stuff I have to do that has yet to get done and when I am in my kayak floating, I am quiet. Listening to nature itself and to my surprise, my mind is quiet (which usually never happens).

But moving on, it was a beautiful end to my weekend. I am so looking forward to my three week break from work to spend a few of those days, kayaking before heading off to my vacations for the month of June!

Is anyone else leaving in June for any vacations and you’re super excited for, like me?! Feel free to comment below, your trips and/or vacation ideas! I love to travel so of course, I would love to hear your future trip and vacation plans! 

(Hi, my sales lady senses are back) Below, I am adding a few extra links to some items that you may need if you are seriously thinking about purchasing kayaks, or HECK, maybe you already have a kayak and you need some other accessories.There is no pressure in needing to purchase a single thing today, but I’ve listed everything you need here, so you don’t have to go searching the Internet yourself for them, so feel free to click and browse… the links are there for you.

Important Stuff:

1. Kayak Paddle
2. Whistles
3. Life Jackets
4. Car Mount
5. Kayak Garage Hanger

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I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and just like us all, we can’t wait for this coming weekend!

 

Have a blessed day, everyone!

It’s Been A While…

Hello again, world! It truly has been quite a while since I’ve last written anything on here. Lately, it’s been weekend after weekend of traveling to Ohio, to Pittsburgh, to Ohio, back home! It’s been a good few months, heres what has been going on…

 

  1. I nailed a new job! I work as a para-educator along side of younger children who are autistic and support them in teaching!
  2. I have been three months consistent at the gym! YAS! That is one major goal nailed in the coffin, done! Accomplished and so proud! It’s taken me long enough, I decided to bite the bullet and get a personal trainer, who has changed my mind from loving bodybuilding and nothing else.. to loving Crossfit! Currently, I am lifting heavier and getting stronger! YAS!
  3. More time with God, yes. Since consistency has worked for me at the gym, now I am trying to stay consistent with my study time with God. There is so much to learn reading the word of God and I smile every time.
  4. My relationship with my man, Matthew has grown so much. We are just so close now. I thank God for that everyday and more!

That’s pretty much it. I wouldn’t mind staying consistent with writing, even if no one reads my blogs. I am content just writing them! I want to share my knowledge with the world on all the books and studying I do with God. Sometimes people just don’t have all the time in the world to sit and read books but a short blog post recapping the most important things a book has could benefit anyone really.

I will post more at a later time but the book I am reading is called “Your Beautiful Purpose” by Susie Larson. I actually went to a woman’s retreat in Maryland and she was just so wonderful. A weekend filled of her stories and wisdom to teach me how to grow better. With that being said, my mom and grandma both bought all her books she had on display. YUP. Our family is filled with bookworms. Which I don’t mind. I love getting lost in a good book, but more importantly, now I love getting lost in a good book on wisdom and how to better myself in the Truth.

Since I am almost done reading this book though, I may only post or write about the end of the book and try and recap the whole book as best as I can. Or I’ll just start a new book and begin blogging then.

I can’t decide. But slow and steady and with patience, I’m sure God will let me know what book I should tell the world about. Or the 3-4 people who decide to read my blog.

 

Anyways, Matthew and I are going out for this Friday evening. With that being said, I need to stop writing and get my butt into the shower and get semi decent for whatever tonight brings the both of us 🙂 HAVE A WONDERFUL FRIDAY and a BLESSED WEEKEND. I love all my reader and thank you for stopping by!

 

LOVE ALWAYS,

Bryanna Lynne

A Little Evening Snow

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I doubt anyone is up currently, but I know that I am. Today, has been a fantastic day. I closed a chapter of my life this evening as 6:00pm rolled around and I clocked out for the final time in the retail business. Years on end since I have graduated from High School, I have been working retail… helping customers left and right, smiling even though I just felt like walking away from some ungrateful people, and of course having to work holidays when all I wanted to do was spend them with my family. Finally, that all has changed and I owe it all to God. I won’t go into the details of my new job this evening, since really this post is about how beautiful the weather is. The snow is falling heavily.

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How beautiful. My eyes begin to shut, slightly. But my heart flutters as I think of the next few things I wouldn’t mind doing before closing my eyes for the rest of tonight. Like a nice hot bath with a book and after I am done with this post, I will be taking my tired self upstairs.

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I won’t take up anymore time this evening, I hope everyone enjoys their day off if you are in the North East of the US. I wish I could share more creative words with you this evening, but sadly I am exhausted.

BUT BEFORE I LEAVE!

I went to the gym this evening, like many nights, and I spent an extra hour or so there because I knew I wasn’t going to be at the gym Tuesday, 10-18 inches doesn’t sound like good traveling conditions. So, I focused on my quads this evening. I did 4 sets of 10-12 with heavier weights less reps. Working on multiple muscles this evening since it was indeed leg day. At the end, I chose to punch for my cardio and to get a little extra arm workout! As much as I would like to go more into detail on my fitness exercises, I won’t tonight. But I am pretty sure that will be a future post!

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Thank you all for taking the time out of your evening to read my blog! It means a lot to me and I look forward to not rambling so much and have some good future blog posts.. but every once in a while, I enjoy a nice ramble! GOODNIGHT everyone and I pray for all those who are affected by this storm! Safe travels if you have to go out..

Love always,

Bryanna

 

Treasured Beyond Measure Pt. 2

Part 1: “The Lies We Believe”

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Chapter 1: “A Man Will Validate My Worth” (Also, Myth 1.)

Before you begin reading, grab a cup of coffee or hot tea, wrap yourself up in a blanket and allow your heart to open to fresh and new ideas. Let’s forget what you’ve been told by friends and family about men maybe everything they told you is true or maybe false, but let’s open our hearts and minds to other possibilities and maybe we can make progress to the gigantic wall you’ve built from heartbreaks and things in your past that have hurt you.

Here are a few questions from the book to prepare us for this first chapter:
-“Who do I say God is?”
-“How important are God’s thoughts in my everyday living?”
-“What do I believe God thinks about me?”
-“How does God describe me?”
-“How is God calling me to change?”

I just want to note: If you are reading this and do not believe in God, it is okay. There is still really good information in this post for you to learn from. If you’re reading this and you’re not very close to God, but you believe there is something or someone out there that’s bigger than us, great! I encourage everyone from anywhere to read these next posts from this book! I learned so much from reading this book and it has helped my mind grow and mature and I have to say, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if I didn’t read this book.

If you haven’t read my other blog post, you can read it here! I begin telling you about my story. Now, I truly believe that every woman has a story to tell and maybe it hasn’t happened yet and maybe it just happened.

Growing up was tough, let’s be real. As a kid, we struggle with finding our true self and quite honestly, I feel like we don’t find that true self until we’re much older. I didn’t find myself truly until after college. I know that I was always nice, kind, and would never hurt a fly. I was a born an athlete, playing soccer for years and years playing on 3 teams at a time! But, still, growing up was really difficult. I wasn’t the most popular girl in school but I had friends, some would go behind my back and some I would watch go behind other friends backs. But most of all, I struggled with boys.

I was always a tom boy. Since kindergarten, I always hung out with the boys. I always thought they were easier to get along with than girls were and that is semi true. I wasn’t a big fan of all the drama and the things that young girls would talk about. I just simply wanted to kick the soccer ball and score! Or score the game winning points in basketball, or even baseball! I can’t really say I even searched for much attention from anyone, but when I got the attention I didn’t have a problem with it either :).

I have a fantastic father, but I didn’t get the much needed daddy daughter attention that I wanted growing up. Which I hinted was the reason why I had to have my first boyfriend in 3rd grade. Since than, if I didn’t have a boyfriend… let’s just say, I had to have a boyfriend. It made me feel wanted, loved, cherished and special! I didn’t feel lonely either.

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Needless to say, when I opened this book and read the first “lie” or “myth” stating that a man will validate my worth and realizing that this was not true. I gave my full attention to the rest of this chapter wanting to know how this is possible!

Continuing through the chapter I come upon a part where she quotes from a book called “The Fantasy Fallacies” by Shannon Ethridge that always needing to feel loved and wanted from other men could be because of “unsolved daddy issues.” DADDY ISSUES!? I sat there stunned but continued to read on, even more intrigued. I thought to myself, well this makes sense. My dad was never abusive, he was a tough dad but he never physically hurt me. I just never got a whole lot of attention at such a young age. So, it made perfect sense for me to seek it else where.

I don’t want to just sit here and point the finger because quite honestly, I listened to temptation. It all started with Adam & Eve, the devil disguised at a serpent slithered over to Eve and convinced her to eat the apple from the forbidden fruit and of course dragged Adam along in it. If you are unfamiliar with the story of Adam & Eve, open your bibles and go to Genesis, Chapter 3 and read it.

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So, the devil in disguised told me, “hey, you need men to validate your worth” and I listened.

So you want to hear the truth? “No earthly relationship can substitute for our intimacy with God. Men, though created in God’s image, are not God; they cannot save. And, like us, they were born with a fallen nature” (page 25, if you’re following along with me).

So, like I said, regardless of how BIG or how small your story is, we all share one thing in common. The devil seeks to destroy us. He does not want us to share a close relationship with God. So instead, he tells me a man will fill the empty hole in my heart.

“The one thing I hope my daughter knows about men is… that no man will ever love her perfectly. The only One who will ever love her perfectly is Jesus. When she is loved perfectly by Jesus, she will be perfectly okay with whom she is and can patiently wait for God’s perfect choice for her.” – Denny Bates.

Here is the truth and I loved reading this.. once I read this in the book, my broken heart which was cold and crippled from the man I was with (who at the time, cheated on me). My heart was filled with warmth, happiness, and a slightly bigger smile than I was used too…

“Only God can validate your worth, and He loves you deeply, madly, passionately!” (pg. 28)
How great is this feeling? To have someone love you that much and to never stop loving you that much is just so heart warming. At the time of reading this, I was very badly bruised.. my heart was ripped into tiny piece, scattered everywhere and in my mind, I could just see God smiling at me and holding a few of those pieces in His hand, magically piecing them back together. I felt hopeful, and for the longest time I did not feel alone anymore.

So, I think it’s important to include the questions Julie Gorman asks you in this book. This would be a great time to bring your journal out, if you have one or use your phone notebook and reflect on these questions. You can take as long as you need or as short as you need, you don’t even have to answer them on paper, just in your head. But answer them honestly, it’s just you there is no one else you have to talk to. So help yourself by being honest.

  1. Is my happiness contingent upon a man?
  2. Do I care more about a mans opinion then I do about God’s opinion?
  3. Do I allow a man to define my worth, or do I listen to who God says I am?
  4. Have I compromised my faith in order to pursue a man?
  5. Do I struggle, thinking I’ll be happy when I find a man; or wonder, maybe I married the wrong man?pexels-photo-116394

Reflect on yourself, be honest, ask God to help you and listen closely to see if He is saying anything to you as you go through these questions.

As we near the end of the chapter in this book. There is a section of verses to consider:

  1. Isaiah 55: 1-3
  2. Hosea 2:7
  3. Hosea 3:1
  4. Romans 5:6-8
  5. John 4:13-14

(on page 32-33; there are verses and more questions to help reflect and guide you).

Something to remember and I’ll quote this because she wrote it so nicely in the book, “remember, a man (though a wonderful treasure) is in search of his own significance and is incapable of providing your worth. Maintaining a healthy relationship hinges upon your personal relationship with God.” (page 36).

Closing Thoughts

This chapter right off the bat, hit home for me. I always thought I had to have a man to be worth something to someone. When really, all I needed to do was love myself through God. It felt really good to read that I don’t have to be in a relationship with another man because I am loved constantly.

Now today I am with my boyfriend, Matthew and I truly believe this is the man God wants me to be with. I truly believe He gave me these hard life lessons so that I could be prepared for this man He brought into my life. The difference between Matthew and the other boys I have dated… is quite simple. God is the center of my life, God fills the emptiness that is in my heart & I found satisfaction in a relationship with God. I understand that Matthew will not satisfy me completely the only one that can do that is God.

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We are all children of God, whether we believe in Him or not. We were all created to have a relationship with Him.

I pray that regardless of the situation that you’re in today with the story of your life, that you will find peace and happiness in the comfort of knowing that you’re loved.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I really hope you enjoyed my post. Again, this is all from the book: “What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Men” by Julie Gorman. You can pick this book up at Lifeway Bookstore.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!

Love,

Bryanna

 

Treasured Beyond Measure Pt. 1

wall2She drifts down the cold, damp street. Hands in her pocket, heels clonking as they hit the pavement. Her long beige trench coat, unbuttoned, waving at the strangers passing by as the wind blows against her long brown hair. She keeps eye contact to a minimum. She does not look around her, with eyes only focused on the ground before her. She had it all; The man, the beauty, & the job that pays her well. But yet, she continues to try to find the answers on the emptiness that fills her heart.
She wonders why she can never find satisfaction in the man she cherishes and who loves her with all of his heart. She thinks back on the funny memories they had and shares a chuckle with the mid-afternoon streets of the city. Her smile returns to a firm grin as she begins to ask the same unanswered question, “Why am I not fully quenched? Why am I not truly happy?”

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This is an absolutely normal feeling, did you know that? Have anyone of you reading this post share something even remotely similar to this? I have! I am not ashamed of this feeling, this was the changing point in my life. Now, I was not that girl that I wrote about. I didn’t think I was beautiful. I thought I had the right man, after dating him for 2.5 years I believed he was the one I was going to marry. I was wrong on so many levels. Let me tell you just a hint of my story and how I told myself, after him, that I would never put myself through that mess again.

Growing up, I knew who God was. I knew about Him and I truly believed I was living the Christian life. I went to church every Sunday. I knew who God was, or so I thought. OH GOODNESS, how wrong I was! But before I tell you who God really is, let me fast forward to the time when I met the man I thought I was going to marry.

A few years ago, I met a boy at the place where I worked. We started dating and we had a great first year “honeymoon.” When the second year came around, I began developing anxiety, which to me at the time was so very scary. I was always irritable, rude, bickering about everything all the time but most of all, I was lonely. This boy and I lived together at my house for 1.5 years. But after a while, he stopped coming around. Long story short, he found another girl. I was devastated. But, after looking back on it now, I wouldn’t have wanted to come home to someone who was always bickering at everything I did.

BUT! It wasn’t all my fault. I went to a therapist to discuss what was wrong with my mind! I couldn’t leave the house, I was too scared. The panic attacks happened everyday sometimes twice a day! I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t relax, I couldn’t be happy. I cried all the time and of course, I was lonely. I had my mothers support and tender love and care. But, I wanted to work through these problems with the man I thought I would marry.

After a few sessions, we dug deep into the words he was saying to me and I found out that there were a lot of red flags popping up left and right. My therapist allowed me to figure this out for myself though, it wasn’t her job to tell me to let him go. I won’t go into detail of the exact words he was saying to me… but in the end, the words basically said that I was not good enough. I truly believe that this was how my anxiety was created.

I was frantically trying to become someone that I wasn’t during those years being with him. Changing my hair, changing my style and what I listened too. These were my years where I tried to find out who I really was through materialistic things to be the best for him.

Needless to say, this is when God showed up and I knew it. That boy cheated on me and I said “were done.” Dropping off the last of his things felt amazing, like the weight of the world that was on my shoulders, began to dissolve. The anxiety began to disappear, not completely cause I still suffer minor anxiousness to this day. I began to smile again. Later did I realize that during all that time of heartbreak and loneliness, I was in chains. I was my own prisoner.

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SO, why did I tell you that? Well, I most certainly know that I am not the only woman who has gone through something like this.. Those are the moments in our life that God uses to help us grow! That moment was the game changer. I told God that I wanted to learn to love like He loves, I want to live my life how Jesus lived His. I wanted a life, through God. I wanted a relationship with the only man who truly believed in me and never ever gave up on me.

When I decided this, my mom took me to Lifeway and I picked up a book called “What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Men” by Julie Gorman. I asked God before walking in, to show me what He wanted me to read to help myself heal quickly.

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I want to go over this book in my first book series of my blog. I know a lot of women these days do not have the time to sit and read books. But this book is so important for women to read because it is a book on all the myths that social media tells us. Myths on how relationships are suppose to be and how men are suppose to be. But, she tells us how God wants us to be.

So, if you don’t have time to read this book. Tune into my blog and I can describe and give you reflections and questions that Julie Gorman asked me! Also, my views on the sections and chapters that I read.

I still recommend picking the book up and reading as much or as little as you would like on your own. I am not a professional writer and reading this book will give you the most benefit. It really is a great book to read and it has helped me and has opened my eyes and I guess you can say “matured” me for the man I am suppose to marry

Remember, we all have a story. It may not all be extreme, but everyone has their unique story. I wouldn’t mind hearing yours! Feel free to comment or send me an email if you every want to talk! Through these sections, I will be open for discussion, answer questions, etc.

Thank you for reading and tune in for Part 2.

Have a beautiful rest of your Sunday!

Love,

Bryanna

 

Bubble Butt Workout..hmm

So, I have been going on and on about research and gaining knowledge of how I can get sales on Etsy, using Pinterest and Instagram.. I still have more and more research to do. But I have started coding and building a new blog from scratch and the art behind coding is beautiful! My creative side of me is tingling with how I can customize my page any way I would like.. So there is another thing on my plate.

My self care has subsided though and even though I don’t really aim to have that perfect body anymore, although let’s get real it would still be nice, I still want to take care of the body I have been given. So, I was doing my usual pinning and saw this program written by another blogger on a daily challenge for lifted butt.. Let’s be honest with ourselves, it’s going to take a lot more than a monthly challenge of 4 moves a day to see a difference but I would like to actually start a challenge and complete it without missing a day or two. Just that satisfaction on completing it entirely, WOOHOO GO GET IT GIRL 😉

So, I am just going to add the link here on my page and you all can look into it if you’d like. We can lift our butts together and have gorgeously toned bubble butts, haha!

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Give the site some loving, but I am also posting the photo beneath which I got free from going to the link!

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So, who is with me?

 

Oh Goodness Me, It’s Been A While!

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Yes, it truly has been quite some time since I posted anything on my blog. My mind as been on a rollercoaster of TO DO lists to complete as well as “Stuff that really needs to get done or change…” I always have stuff I have to do, stuff that needs done, rarely ever do I actually stop, rest, and just sit and read a damn book for once.

I use too, I use to spend my entire day off seeing how many Assassin’s Creed memories I can complete in 5 hours. Yup! The gamer girl life. Now, I enjoy the video game noise in the background when my hunk of ham plays or I listen to The Rad Brad play a game on Youtube while I sit there completing another weave or hand lettering something for my Etsy page.

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Yup, that’s what has been going on in my life lately. Starting my Etsy (<– yay! I did it), building inventory and clients, getting more views and learning how the SEO works and how I can benefit myself with it, etc, etc.. I have to say, I am slightly exhausted from all of today’s work. I learned a lot, now I am just hoping for more traffic.. fingers crossed!

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So how about it? I am currently making a whole bunch of mini weaves and medium sized weaves for my page as well as learning embroidery, which I have to say.. is really awesome, I love it. Also, I wouldn’t mind adding some photography (digital downloads) and hand lettering.

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That’s really all I have for you today, I am going to post some images from my Etsy and what is available. Thanks to all of you for reading and viewing my blog and thanks ahead of time for checking out my page. If you missed the part at the beginning, you can use a coupon since my shop is pretty new and you can save 20% off on any weave on my site which will end Feb. 18, 2017. Use the COUPON CODE: NEWSHOP at the checkout!

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Thanks guys for reading, I hope to have more blog posts more often now with some different content and such.

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Details of Her Day

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I decided to share a little bit of my detailed images from a brides wedding that I photographed back in the fall. It was a beautiful fall, crisp day. The venue was stunning, leaves were falling and the sky was glowing in an orange hue as the sun was high in the sky and oh you better believe the sunset was gorgeous. However, I was inside the reception hall by the time the sun was setting, I believe. It was a few months since I photographed her day.

I have to say, out of all the photography subjects you could love and adore. I choose detail shots, landscape, and macro (close-up).

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I also experimented with different actions I have come to acquire in Photoshop to enhance each of these photos artistically to look and feel spectacular, just like her day was!
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I knew this blog post was going to be short and sweet but I just felt the need to share some of my photography with you guys! If you are curious or have questions about photography, please feel free to ask! I will be happy to answer your questions.

Thank you guys for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers To A New Year!!

 

farm-2Out with the old and in with the new! Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017!

Let me just start off and say, this post might be a long one.. I haven’t decided whether to split this post up into two. I have resolutions to share with you but I also want to share with you my awesome weekend! So, you have been warned a head of time!

I always loved reading everyone’s new years resolutions.. I am sure after this post of sharing mine, I’ll be hunting down more blogs and Instagram posts of random people’s resolution posts. I love to be inspired and I am motivated easily, so if I spot someone’s goal and it sounds like something I might want to try, BOOM! That’s something new for me to try!

But, before I get started with that… Let me share my awesome weekend with my amazing boyfriend who has given me another fantastic adventure!

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I see this road a lot, ever since I was a little lady with curious eyes looking left and right and taking in all the scenery, and this weekend I saw it again!

Matthew bought tickets to see the Steelers, Browns game on New Years Day! For Christmas, I bought him the Pittsburgh Penguins New Years Eve tickets so that being said, we were both super pumped for our two days of professional sports teams hard at work!

I travel to Ohio a lot, my grandparents reside in a beautiful 4+ acre land across the boarder of Pennsylvania. So this drive was cake walk.

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I won’t bore you with the traveling details and what not.. But we got to the hotel, which I have to say was the most confusing hotel I have ever been in. One elevator went up to 7 floors and we had to find the elevator that would take us to the 13th floor. Needless to say, we had to ask for help and finally found our room and unpacked.

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Pittsburgh is a city filled with spirit and excitement. The fans here are just fantastic, more of a reason why Matthew is veering me to the Steelers. I never had a favorite Hockey or Baseball team. But after seeing the Pirates and Pens play, I love them! Steelers however, it’s been tough. Especially since I have stayed semi- hopeful that the Browns might bring victory, YEAH RIGHT! But because my family was born and raised in Ohio, therefore hopeful and supportive of the Browns, with regular head shaking. But I have been pretty impressed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’m sure it won’t take much more to convince me.

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Moving forward, the Penguins hockey game was one of the games that you stayed on the edge of your seat the entire evening! Overtime, and BOOM! The Pittsburgh crowd jumps to their feet a few minutes in hooting and hollering for the Pens score to win the game!

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Heading back to the hotel, tired but forcing my heavy eyes to stay awake for the ball drop! Matthew suggests food at the bar located in the main lobby, food sounded great and I needed the energy to enjoy my last meal of the old year!

In a matter of minutes, as a look at my phone, the ball is about to drop. Wow, where did that hour go? We got into the bar an hour before the new year and all of a sudden I am hearing the countdown with enthusiastic people shouting, “5!, 4!, 3!, 2!,… HAPPY NEW YEAR!” and of course, I share my first seconds of 2017 kissing my hunk.

How exciting… we finish our evening with cuddles, TV and a good night sleep. My thoughts of course, are going a mile a minute.. Things I want to do, make better, change, and take away. But, exhaustion takes the best of me and I shut my eyes my head on my mans chest, warmth in the comfort of his arms, and a smile on my face. Life is good and I’ve got another great year up ahead.

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The morning arises, and might I add how the room had a soft morning glow. My alarm slowly awakens me and I noticed the slight light beginning to illuminate the white walls and my second thoughts of the new year is “oh, how beautiful.” My heart begins to beat even more as I realize that today is the day I see my first NFL game, ever! I quickly wake Matthew and tell him to get up and get dressed!

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We hit the streets of Pittsburgh and as we walk to the stadium an hour before the gates open, I see this homeless man. Given, we’re in the city and there are lot’s of them. Standing there with their signs and faces of hopefulness and my heart feels for them. I’m freezing in my layers of warmth and yet, they’re three layers less than myself. But one homeless man stood out to me. As I was walking towards the stadium, I passed him. I notice he’s siting rather than standing, a typical sign saying the usual so my eyes move on to his limb.. it’s missing! Oh my, my heart beats with sadness.

We found some food along side of the stadium and I was craving a cheeseburger, however, I was not craving fries, but I asked for them anyways and gave the man my card. I eat about 5 fries and I complete my burger. Matt tells me he is burning up with his layers and as we check the clock, we have time to walk back to his truck and remove some of our layers.

The siting homeless man is still there, limb still missing, my heart still beating with empathy. I decide that these fries weren’t for me, I walked up to the man and told him,
“I am sorry that this is not money, but I brought you some fries” he lite up and smiled. He said something to the fact that it did not matter if it was money, he gladly excepted the French fries and shortly after I believe he received a beverage from someone else! I felt so much better after I gave the man my fries. So much better.

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My day was made and I must say, a great start to my 2017 new year, new me. steelers

Just look at that view! But oh baby, was I ever so cold!? Yeah, I should have kept my layers on for this game. The sun was not on our seats at all. But that’s okay, we had each other to hold onto. Regardless, the game was exciting believe it or not.. they went into overtime and scored on a beautiful touch down which one the game!

That is it! That is my New Years eve and day adventure! But before I sign off for the evening I want to share my quick thoughts of my resolutions, there are many more but I’ll share some of them and I won’t put much detail but I will in another post all about it!

  • New Years Resolutions:
    • Healthy Eating and Exercise (duh!)
    • Get my Weaves on Etsy and sell!
    • Practice Macramé and eventually put on Etsy as well!
    • Organize both my rooms and de-clutter, clothing and all!
    • Read one book a month (thanks to @theweekendexplorer my friend Stephanie for that idea, who also blogs! Feel free to check her out on Instagram and WordPress if you’d like)
    • Blog more, constantly
    • IMPORTANT: Get my Word and Excel certifications off of Microsoft so I can add that to my resume to help me get a full time position in Wellspan.
    • Additional (to above): work on Windows 8.1 + certifications and learn more about working with Windows to add to my resume for possible IT positions in the future.

 

That’s it for now, the rest are a mystery, even to me! I hope everyone had a fantastic New Years eve and day! Thank you all for reading and viewing my blog. You all are beautiful and fantastic and you all are gifted lovelies!

Good day! or Evening, whenever you are reading this 😉

LOVE always,

Bryanna Lynne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mini weave process and how to do a few different knots. 

First off, may I wish you all a Merry Christmas! I had a wonderful morning and I pray that all of my readers had a beautiful morning as well. At age 24, my mom still has Christmas presents waiting for me under the tree and this year we both enjoyed a small Harry Potter themed Christmas, yes I am a few years behind. I never saw nor read the books and one day I decided to not only start my first weave (a few months back) but to sit down and weave while watching the Harry Potter marathon on Freeform. After watching the second movie, I messaged my mom, enthused and filled with excitement, about this new series that we both would get hooked on. So I purchased the series at Walmart and we began our journey on the hogwarts express. 

With that being said, this year she bought me Hedwig mug, trivia pursuit (harry potter themed), the new Cursed child book, and the entire book collection. I am filled with such joy! 


Anyways, my mini weaves and my big weaves took me over three months to understand and get right with a lot of mess ups and do-over’s. I had questions from a dear friend come up with how to do certain weaves and techniques so I told her that I would write it in my blog so she can use it as a reference. 

Keep in mind, I’m not a professional writer or blogger and I’ve never really explained in detail, on a blog for that matter, how to do something step by step so I will explain to the best of my ability how to do these different knots to help your weaves. 

Enjoy! 


Let’s begin with your empty loom and your color palette of yarn. 

I found the loom at AC Moore, when my eyes laid upon the box, I was so excited! I picked it up immediately and found my 50 off coupon and took this baby home and set it up. Originally 30-35$ I believe and it is a perfect beginner size, which allows you to make a mini weave or a medium weave. Now, in time I would love to make or buy a larger loom for larger weaves but this will do for now! But if you know a website or a good place to purchase big looms please let me know in the comment section below! 

Before I warp my loom, I always get my color palettes on Pinterest to see which goes best with which. I am addicted to making color swatches and palettes and I love searching for new ones! So, that’s kind of how I begin my weave.. with a color palette in mind. 


Then, I decide which yarn or color I would like to use to warp my loom with. 


I chose the mint color to warp. Now warping your loom is basically just getting your loom ready for your weave. Like below.. 


I decided that since I was making a mini weave, I didn’t need it to go the full length as I would for my medium looms and I just tied a knot to begin my warp in my loom and at the end! 

And now it’s time to start! We will begin with a plain weave…


I typically begin with cutting a decent amount of yarn from the ball. Now, I know I’ll need more than usual because my idea is to make my rya knots (explained below) in a “V” shape going up my loom. And as I’ll explain below, Rya knots needs to be secured below them with a plain weave. 

A plain weave is the most simple weave out there, taking your yarn needle you can begin going over and under or under and over. 

Note: keep in mind your yarn tails… I like to begin my weave under over to make sure my yarn tail is tucked behind my weave for an easy clean up when my loom is complete. 


In this case, I began my weave over under but remembered to tuck my tail before I went over it again. 

Fun fact: that ball of cuteness in the background is my dog and best friend, Cooper. He is an old man and only growing older. But nonetheless I still absolutely adore him. 


After a few more rows, I am ready to start my rya knot

Rya knots I thought looked complicated but there actually quite simple. They bring balance, texture and fun to your weave. I like to add them to the bottoms of all my weaves but you can switch it up and add them anywhere! 

For my Weave, I chose the bottom and decided to teach myself something new! I wanted to make them into a “V” shape. So I began with counting the width of my loom which came to 24 and dividing that in half which equaled 12 so I would count 12 spaces to place my middle Rya knot


But before I get to far ahead of myself, we have to make our strings of yarn for our knots. 


Supplies needed: 

Scissors, a notebook (I used a small journal) ultimately it depends on how long you want your knots to flow, and you also need the chosen color for your knots. 


Wrap around your template, for me that’s my journal. 


Then cut your strings at the top part of your object. 


Now your ready to go! You can start anywhere but for me I had to start in the middle for what I was going for. 


This next part, i am going to try my absolute hardest to explain. 

When you’ve got your strands of strings cut and pieced together, fold them in half 

1. Lay the U part over two warp threads (like the two I am pointing to above photo with my finger) with the tails facing you. 

2. Bring the left tail over and under your left warp thread. Then bring your right tail over and under your right warp thread. 

3. Pull snug and you’ve completed a Rya knot


I continued to plain weave, going over and under and behind my Rya knots to secure each one then as they equaled out I would add another two Rya knots as shown above. 


The next stitch above is a soumak stitch just like it’s shown above. If you’re weaving from the right side to the left of your loom like I am doing above, to make the stitch you have to loop your yarn needle under your warp threads to the right and keep going until you reach the end. Then reverse going the opposite direction. 


It will loop like this, and you then just pull snug and move on to the next warp thread to the left. 


Last thing I want to explain is when you run out of yarn, what to do?! 

Just like the three photos above, take your loose tail and tuck it in the back, then cut another arms length or two and begin where you left off. Easy easy. 

I found that YouTube has some good videos that teach you about weaving but I truly learned from skill share classes. I would definitely recommend skillshare.com and try 3 mints for .99 cents. Idk if that deal is still going on but you can find teacher will give you 3 months for 1$ if you browse and look around! 

So I hope I taught you something of value with plain weave, Rya knots and soumak stitch. Just keep practicing all three of these and you’ll be weaving beautiful tapestries in no time!! 

Have a merry Christmas and a wonderful knew year! Thank you fore reading my blog today! 

Love you all, 

Bry🎀

Ps: I hope you learned a little something from my post today, please feel free to comment or ask questions on my blog if I was unclear.