July Favorites

I’m starting a new monthly series! Previously, I’d been tacking on some favorites in my monthly wrap-up posts, but I really wasn’t feeling it. However, I loved the idea of jotting down favorite things throughout the month and sharing them. And I really, really, liked the idea of illustrating them. It pushes me out of my comfort zone, and allows me to practice some quick sketching, which I definitely need to do more of. Also, it allows me to do more detailed sketches or drawings if I feel like it! So each month, I’ll be sharing my favorites of the month with some illustrations, and some blurbs. Without further ado, here are my July favorites.

July Favorites 2016

#1. Pokemon GO! It’s so wonderful. While I don’t always play every day (heat, yuck) it is so much fun to go out and hunt Pokemon at night when things cool off.

#2. Fresh snap peas and green beans from my garden. Droooool.

#3. My 50th Annual Family Reunion. Read all about it here. This event is always a highlight of my year, but this year being the 50th, it was so much extra special. Fun fact: The sketch up there is a (really rough) drawing of the design we had printed on shirts to commemorate the event!

#4. Frannerd. I first found her YouTube channel in June, and am absolutely smitten. Fran is such a delight, packs me full of inspiration, and I just can’t get enough of her art, blog, and channel. (She also illustrates her monthly favorites!) πŸ˜€ This month, I became a Patron of her work – be sure to check out her Patreon!

#5. Reading on the beach. I’ve taken many trips to the beach this month. I’m not overly attached to the beach, but when I have a lot on my mind like I have this month, it is really wonderful to dig my toes in the sand, feel the cool breeze, and get lost in a book.

What are your July favorites?

  • This is so awesome! I love that you’re going to be illustrating some of your favorite things, definitely looking forward to more of these<3 I'll have to check Frannerd's channel out, she sounds like so much fun!

    • Kay

      Yay, thanks Ashlee!! <3 And please check out Frannerd – her work is so wonderfully whimsical and great!

  • OMG I LOVE this idea!! It’s so adorable and personal! One of these days I’ll get into Pokemon Go. I just know I’ll get addicted and I already have too many hobbies I don’t have enough time for lol

    • Kay

      I definitely get that! I was a bit addicted for the first couple weeks, and now I’m kinda like, meh, if I have time or feel like walking, sure I’ll play. But I haven’t really been going out of my way to play lately. In the fall though when the weather is cooler, I bet I’ll get back into it again!

      And thank you!! <3

  • This is fun! I love that you’ll be illustrating your favorites it makes it so much more personal! I love reading on the beach too! So great!!!! That tropical tradewind and the keiki swimming in the lagoon, it’s perfect!

    • Kay

      Thanks Dina!! And I can imagine that reading on a Hawaiian beach is pure bliss. Definitely on my bucket list; I must make it out to Hawaii someday!

  • Aww reading on the beach is one of my favorite things! I like the new series πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      Thanks Alice!

  • I think PokemonGO pretty much sums up my entire July πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      It is so much fun!

  • Emma

    This is such a lovely idea – I can never get enough of your artwork. I’m also in love with Pokemon Go – it’s so addictive isn’t it? I’ve just made it to level 20, and keep thinking i’ll get bored of it soon, but I never do.

    • Kay

      Haha that’s awesome!! I’m only level 17, but I’m getting there! πŸ˜€ And thank you! <3

  • Heather Marie

    Yes! Pokemon GO has loomed over my July. But it has been fantastic! Love your little illustrations πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      Thanks Heather!

  • Mariah Kaercher

    I love that you sketch them out too. That’s so awesome.

    • Kay

      Thank you! It’s so fun to do!

  • Danielle Knapp

    Love your sketches for this πŸ™‚ Pokemon GO has taken over a good bit of our July ha

    • Kay

      Thanks Danielle! And Pokemon GO is just so much fun!

  • Pokemon Go rocks, but this 50th Annual Family Reunion sounds even better!!! O.o 50th!!!! That’s awesome!

    • Kay

      Thanks Pepi! It is quite the event!

  • Totally following Frannerd now! I got Pokemon Go, but had to delete it because it took up too much room on my phone. πŸ™
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      Aw, that stinks! My old phone would never have been able to run it that’s for sure. And Frannerd is amazing, yay for following! πŸ˜€

  • Yay for PokΓ©mon Go! And I absolutely LOVE your illustration with this blog post. So happy and cheerful! Also super jealous at your portrait skills (#4). πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      Aw, thanks Rav! Portrait drawing is my fave, definitely my comfort zone in art. πŸ˜€

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