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This last week has been a complete whirlwind! We got to go through the experience of prepping for a Hurricane for the very first time in our lives. Irma was going to hit our area Sunday night into Monday morning. The Tuesday before I found myself in Walmart trying to get some supplies, only to find the store was PACKED with people and water and all non-perishable food had already sold out. Gas stations not too far away were already out of gas. And we had 4 more days of waiting till it would hit. The next day I found everything I needed at Publix and all was good. The local weather stations did a fantastic job of staying calm and giving us as much detail as they knew. For us, it looked like a CAT 2 with winds up to 70mph. And we were ok with that. As the week progressed though, it was getting stronger as it approached. By Friday, it had moved a little west of us and was still supposed to be a CAT 2, but we felt we should try to take precautions and board up our windows. We could find plywood, but because our house is made from concrete block, the stores did not have fasteners for concrete. Which left us not being able to protect our windows. So we felt maybe some mattresses propped up against our 2 biggest windows with moving boxes holding it up would be better than nothing. We went to bed that night feeling pretty comfortable with staying home and riding it out.
The next morning we woke up and immediately turned on the news to see if there were any changes. And there were. They upgraded it to a CAT 3 with winds up to 100mph and wind gusts of 125mph, and a VERY high risk of tornadoes in our location. And that's when we felt maybe we should just leave. We honestly had no idea if our windows could withstand that amount of wind being pushed on our house for 10-12hrs straight, but we knew no house would stand up against a tornado. We checked the roads to see how bad they were with people leaving, only to find out the roads were completely clear all the way up to Maine (our home state!). That was confirmation enough to pack up and go. We packed our clothes, toiletries, laptop, and non-perishable food and water in the car. And we were road bound to Virginia. Oh, and I did grab a duffle bag and put my most treasured lettering tools in it! I definitely wasn't leaving without those!
The next day everyone wanted to head to Maine and spend some time with our family, so we took another road trip. That night, we were exhausted, but we couldn't sleep knowing the hurricane was finally showing up. We were up praying for all our friends and relatives that stayed. We kept on eye on the news, which said it shifted even more and the eye wall of the hurricane was going to go directly over our house, and our friends houses. While I was thankful my kids didn't have to experience their first hurricane during the night (especially the beast that was Irma), I knew all their friends were experiencing the freight train winds and risk of tornadoes, so we prayed they could sleep and not be afraid. The next morning was filled with checking in with everyone. And as the day rolled on, we found that EVERY SINGLE PERSON we knew was ok and hardly had any damage to their house. Lots of trees down, and power going out was the worst of it. And we were SO grateful for God's protection over them all! We also found out the our 2 houses had absolutely no damage, had power the entire time, and our HOA said our neighborhood looked like nothing even happened! We were just in awe!
We are so thankful to everyone that prayed for Florida, and for us! Thank you!
Now that it's over, we have made the most of visiting family. We head back home tonight (another 22hr car trip, yay! Totally sarcastic here...) But because of all that I really don't have all the tools necessary to do a tutorial type blog post today. So I thought chatting about Bible Lettering would be fun!
I bought an Interleaved Journaling BIble a while ago. I lettered in it a couple of times, but found I was so nervous to do it. I thought my lettering wasn't good enough. It was like once I lettered in it, it is there forever, so I wanted to wait till I got a little better at it. So I kept it aside until this past June when I had an idea to start a Bible Lettering challenge once a week. I call it #mondaymorningswithmandy . Each Monday morning I upload a scripture verse to my IG story, and then letter it out later that day. (I would love for you to join in too!) So I decided to use my bible for that purpose. I told myself to get over the fact that my lettering wasn't perfect. It didn't need to be because this was something to help nourish my relationship with God, and I'm sure He really doesn't care what my lettering looks like! I am a complete newbie at bible lettering, but I am finding I truly love it! (And I now sketch my pieces out in pencil first, which is a HUGE help!) Here's a couple of my very first pages:
I definitely have some favorite lettering tools for bible lettering! My go to's always are my Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip, Tombow Mono Drawing Pens, and just recently the Tombow TwinTone Markers. I have found that all of these pens do not bleed through my pages. They leave a little "ghosting" which means you can see that there is writing on the other side of the page. See here:
You can see that the page before has writing, but not enough that my new page can't be written on. This is completely normal! On some pieces I really wanted to add some color to make my lettering pop a bit more, so I tried out my TwinTone markers to see how they held up with ghosting. I was so happy to see that it had the same results! So color has made it's way into my bible lettering!
Since I am such a newbie to bible lettering, I would love to hear from all of you that do this as well! What are your favorite tools to use? Do you have any tips or tricks that others would find helpful? What have your experiences been? Please comment below, I would love to hear from you!!!
Happy lettering, and till next time,