A Year in Review – 2011

It was amazing to take some time to look back on the past year. Instead of looking back, I prefer to focus on the things I accomplished, things I am most proud of, and the good times, of course!

Art Cards

My most proud accomplishment is the weekly artist trading cards I created, focusing on something positive that happened each week. It turned into quite a collection, full of a variety of art techniques illustrating the ups and downs of life.

Graphic Design and Illustration

I am also proud of all the creative work I did in my Graphic Design and Illustration classes.

In Concept Development, I learned the importance of doing daily creative exercises.

I am most proud of the board game I designed.

We had to make our own sketchbook and fill it with ideas, inspiration, doodles and drawings. I loved this project so much that I made a few extras on my own.

I tried hard to keep the creative juices flowing after the semester ended with a Summer curriculum of creative projects.

In Advanced Computer Graphics, I had a lot of fun learning how to use Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign better.

I am proud of this logo project I designed for a mock Barista Retreat,

and the patterns to go along with that coffee art logo.

I also really loved putting together a mock-catalog layout using Roxy products. Here’s a sample of the cover:

Wilhelm-Roxy Catalog2

In Drawing for Illustration, I learned the importance of drawing regularly, which I am proud to say I’ve kept up with. I also learned how to illustrate with many different mediums.

I finished a pencil illustration around the theme of skiing, one of my favorite things to do.

I finished a pen and ink illustration of a Powder Day scene.

I finished a watercolor illustration of a trail runner.

I continued to work on expanding my drawing skills with more of these heightened drawings.

I also continued my drawing practice, working on some cool compositions inspired by everyday objects, food, and nature.

I wish I could have taken more classes in the summer and fall semesters, but sometimes destiny has other plans for us. Needless to say, I am excited (and feeling lucky) for the next semester of classes beginning in mid-January 2012.


It’s no secret that I love to sew, and I’m proud of the many projects I made this past year.

I made lots of one-of-a-kind bags, including the Artist Totes that I couldn’t keep in stock.

I put together some fun custom sketchbook kits, including reusable covers for moleskin notebooks and zippered pouches to carry drawing tools.

I made several quilts, including my turquoise quilt, a little forest quilt, a chocolate lollipop quilt, and a garden party quilt.


I was lucky to attend two rock concerts, Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars!

I was proud to attend my brother’s graduation from grad school.

We were also lucky to take a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.

I went on a quilting retreat with 10 inspiring women.

We visited our fabulous farmers market a couple times.

I went on a spontaneous road trip to Minneapolis to visit my brother and cousin Linda.

We did a lot of hiking, especially in Fall, when we discovered some new trails.

I went on a field trip to Chicago with my fellow graphic design students to explore.

This look-back really put life into perspective for me, reminding me that I had a great year! Thank you for your continued friendship and encouragement. Here’s to a Happy New Year!

13 thoughts on “A Year in Review – 2011

  1. Fabulous! I love your retrospective, and I’m totally impressed with all your graphic design work and especially the drawing. I never did much of any drawing outside of my class assignments, so I’m really impressed at how much time you’ve devoted! And it looks so great!

  2. Thank you for all the inspiration you give us in return. You are so creative and love watching how your creativeness kept going. You always have great ideas and you don’t seem to let to much get in your way. Good for you. Thats what I say. Have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and continue to inspire all of us with your creativeity.

  3. WOW! You are one talented lady! Congratulations on all you accomplished this year. Can’t wait for next year to see what your next steps will be.

  4. Happy New Year Terri! You have had very creative year and made so many beautiful and exiting things! I wish you all the best for the year 2012! xxx Teje

  5. What an incredible year you have had, so many highlights and things to be proud of, a great inspiration – thank you for sharing them all with us.

    I hope 2012 bring much happiness and creativity your way.

    Lots of Love
    Shell x

  6. I think yours is my favorite retrospective. How fortunate I feel to have spent some time with you in July! And how fun to see pictures of two of the artist totes that I see in My house every single day (one that went out on the town with me on New Year’s Eve), and the cereal box cover notebooks that my grandkids absolutely loved! Here is to a fun and fabulous 2012. Thanks for being my friend!

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