Seventeen Syllables poetry book review. pt. 1 *falls back onto bed in pure happiness*

Hello friends! How are you? I’m doing wonderfully today, especially since I’m writing this post and you. guys. I’m so over-the-top excited for this review! I’ve done quite a few reviews but this is definitely going to the top of my list as one of my favorites.

Let me give you a bit of back story. Lori Hetteen, one of the loveliest people on Etsy, kindly agreed to send me her own two poetry books from her Etsy shop, lorihetteen. She has two books of poetry that she has for sale on her shop, both of which are absolutely, positively amazing in very way and I’m so very happy with them!

Now, with these poetry books I don’t want to spoil too much of the insides of them for you, especially if you are to buy them! But a struggle I came across was while trying to pick my favorite pieces of poetry to share with you, I couldn’t decide. So I decided to split this review up into two posts, and in this post I’ll review the Seventeen Syllables book! Now to show you some of my favorites pieces from the book, and to share some lovely pictures! Let’s go!

*All photos edited with Lightroom preset 🙂

The cutest intro page in my opinion 🥰

loveeee <3333

This page is quite explanatory if you read it, but ill sum it up for you once more. Lori often adds little notes, thoughts or explanations about the main piece of poetry. When she does this, she adds it to the bottom of the right hand page and it’s honestly one of my favorite things. It just helps expound more and really gets you thinking!

I love this!! I feel like a lot of the poems and pieces are about this but honestly this is one of the best reminders for me. There’s goodness in every stage, as long as we look for it. This relates back to last year, 2020, where a large majority of the year sucked but there was good. Quite a bit of good if you ask me. And i’m not saying 2020 was a “good” year, in fact it was quite pitiful but i’m choosing not to dwell on that, and instead to think of the more happier, positive things 🙂

I really love this one. I love the little definition/explanation or expanding on the haiku. I find it fascinating how its mentioned in the poem, we keep picking us. It’s so true and to look back at my life and realize how I chose my friends or how they chose me is mind boggling, it’s really something to think about.

A lovely piece of encouragement and such a good reminder. God’s got this, Even the ravens and the Lillies know that.

People like sunshine. They’re truly the best ❤

My mindset and hopeful mentality. It’s sometimes hard to keep a positive outlook on life but it makes all the difference.

The strugglessss. Especially of an awkward, socially incompatible teen like me. But we can do it. And I love the reminder of the right picture, “give up the act..” Yessss!! Exactly. Let’s all just be the real us and I think we shall get along fine.

Amen sister, amen.

I’m obsessed with this one. *realizes I’ve said this about almost everyone so far* 🤦🏼‍♀️ But it’s true! The journey is what matters most in my opinion. It’s hard though to not want to rush to the end, to get to “the good part” but trust me, the journey. is. worth. it.


And that wraps up the pictures! I hope that wasn’t too many and I hope you weren’t bored, I certainly enjoyed reading through the book!

For a final review of Lori Hetteens poetry book, Seventeen Syllables, I’d like to give it a glowing review. Lori was so sweet and responsive and kind, truly wonderful to work with and everything about Seventeen Syllables completely amazed me. The pieces of poetry were relatable and just, so perfect and really good reminders of good life lessons, be thankful for the journey, treasure every moment, be kind and reach out. Continue to pick “us” and never look back.

Please please check out Lori’s shop, here’s a link to it! and a link to Seventeen Syllables 🙂 And as always, if you end up ordering this book, reach out to me! I have a contact page on my website and I would absolutely adore to rant and rave about this poetry or almost anything under the sun. Keep an eye out for the second post of this review, where I’ll be looking at The Moon says Hello, and have a wonderful day!

Which piece of poetry from this post was your favorite? How was your day today? How’s 2021 going for you? Did you check out Lori’s shop?

thanks for reading lovely,

xx, Jasmin

DIY Pen-pal pocket envelope *hurries to make more*

Hello! How are you today? Welcome or welcome back to my blog!

Today I’m back with a super fun post, that includes pen-paling so it’s gotta be awesome! I’ve been having a ton of fun sending out (and receiving) Christmas themed mail and although this isn’t Christmas themed, you can definitely make it more festive! Anyways, I got the idea for this from a collaboration I did this summer with the lovely Karen from her Etsy shop, HanjiKraft. The Inso for this project came from her happy mail kit she sent me and I absolutely loved hers so I decided I wanted to try it myself! Here’s a link to my post I did about her product, just in case you missed it 🙂 Anyways, I figured this would be a fun post and I hope you enjoy it! Let’s begin!

Supplies!

  • 2 envelopes, that are the same size and shape
  • washi tape
  • some fun patterned paper and ephemera
  • scissors
  • glue

So, first step. Take two of the same envelopes, make sure they’re the same size!

Now, cut off the flaps on both envelopes. I know, I know. If you’re any bit like me and treasure each and every envelope, this part can be a bit sad. But I promise the end result is worth it!

Now, tape the envelopes together with the pockets showing face up, so it can fold like a card! I taped both sides, the inside and out and I just taped it with a cute washi tape!

Next, grab that cute paper and ephemera I mentioned in the supplies list and flip over and fold your envelope pocket. Tape or glue the paper like a college on the fun part, sticking whatever you want, wherever you want! This is the real fun part, be creative!

Ta-da!!! Here’s how mine turned out, I really really like it 🤩 I also used a white gel pen to create the dots on the back of the envelope, just to add a special unique touch. And that’s all! What’d you think? I love how this turned out and it’s so so cute and easy, literally only took me like 15-20 minutes to make and now I have a cute little envelope pocket thing to stick in a letter! It’s also super fun to fill up the pockets on both sides with your letter and extra goodies and etc. All around just a fun little diy!


And that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed, and let me know in the comments what you thought of this post! I had a lot of fun creating this, DIY penpal stuff is always so fun to craft and create ❤

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for reading, it means the most 💛

x, Jasmin

Diy fall themed stickers! *Throws them in the air*

Hello lovelies! Today I’m back with another fun DIY post, this time with diy stickers! Stickers are my favorites, I love how they’re so versatile. You can use them in endless ways, journaling, pen-paling, sticking on stuff (duh) , and so much more! But, sometimes you don’t feel like buying more stickers, so here’s the solution. You can make your own! Making your own stickers is super easy and they turn out quite well! Anyways, let’s get onto the post so you guys can see how easy and quick they are and I’m sure you’ll become addicted to DIY-ing them haha!

The materials:

  • Printed off pictures of whatever you want to make into stickers
  • Packing tape
  • Parchment paper
  • scissors
**all photos edited with Lightroom

First, go online and find some stickers. I found these by searching fall stickers to print off and I think they’re so adorable! Print them off in your desired size.

Next step is to cut out your pictures (or whatever you decided to use :))

Gather all your supplies because here is will you will use the majority of them!

Place a piece of tape onto your parchment paper. Such a complicated step, I know 😉

Next, cut a piece of tape that is the same length as the other piece of tape and put it face down on the counter, with the sticky side up. So this is where I do it differently than others, instead of sticking the cut outs on the tape and then sticking another player of tape over, instead, I stick the cut outs facing down onto the sticky side of the tape. Idk, it’s easier for me 😉

Now, take the sticker-tape and stick it onto the tape on the parchment paper. Now, your final step is below the next picture but I’m sure you can guess it haha

Cut them out!!! And boom, you’ve got some super duper cute DIY stickers 🤩 Make sure you leave a small border around your sticker/cutout so that it can stick 🙂

They peel super well and stick just as good!

SO CUTE 🤩

I love love LOVE these and I love how easy they are and how good they work for a DIY!

I hope you enjoyed this! How’s life going? Have you ever made DIY stickers? What kind of posts would you like to see from me? What’s your favorite song atm? Your opinion on pineapple on pizza? I hope you’re doing good! Chat with me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

see you soon, Jasmin

Sunday artwork and little update *waves hand*

**GUYS!! I figured out how to add photos finally! If I upload the photos to google photos and then upload them to WordPress from there it only takes a couple minutes 🤩 So, I’m back to being able to post with photos! Now this post was supposed to go up on Sunday (yesterday) but today works to right?! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Hello! How are you doing today? I’m doing quite good 🙂 Today’s been a nice day, I got up and had French toast, eggs, and sausage for breakfast which is one of my favorites. Then my lovely brother started me a fire in our fireplace which makes that the first fire of the winter/fall season! If you didn’t know, I love LOVE love fires in the fireplace, they’re so cozy and warm and make a room feel so much more welcoming. Then we listened to church and I drew/painted some art and I figured I’d do a fun little post showing what I created! I used Pinterest to come up with the ideas but I threw in a little of my own creativity. Later I might go out to eat with my mom and dad as they do alternating “dates” with us kids and it’s my turn. I think we might go get pizza, because pizza is bomb and I’m obsessed. I also want to make some pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting soon, I’m very much in the mood for some pumpkin flavored treats 🤩

Anyways. Here’s my art I did today!

*I used Arteza real brush pens to color these!

minimalism
home sweet home
sit down, why don’t you?
here comes the sun

*Photos edited with Lightroom!

And that’s that! Which art is your favorite? I hope you enjoyed and I also hope your day goes wonderfully ❤

xx, Jasmin