Wildlife Wednesday

It’s nice to see some wildlife still hanging around as the weather grows colder and colder each day. I’ve been working on setting more habitat features, including nuts, birdseeds, water and nesting houses.

Of course, the squirrels are always around, gorging on everyone else’s food.

But they are entertaining to watch and still make me smile.

Take A Hike – Thanksgiving Day

I went for a hike on Thanksgiving day, before the food fest. I have been going to the same trail that’s close to my house because it’s so convenient. I always try to notice different things, such as animals or birds on the move gathering their supplies for the upcoming winter weather, or interesting trees, shrubs and vegetation.

It’s been such a great stress reliever and way to relax and clear my head these days. I’m hoping to continue getting out there at least once a week as we move into colder winter weather.

Take A Hike

I left work a little early on my birthday to go for a hike before it got dark. It was wonderful to get out there!

One of my favorite things to do is hiking, especially in the woods, so I’m grateful to have a trail so close to my house. It’s always fun to see nature change through the seasons.

From My Illustration Library: Under the Sea

I am participating in an art challenge where the theme is “Under the Sea.” I found a lot of illustrations in my sketchbooks with this theme that I wanted to share in one place.

I called this series of tiny art Beach Life, which isn’t under the sea but close enough to add to my list of favorite ocean-related illustrations from my library.

Thrifty Thursday – Holiday Theme

More fun thrift store finds to share:

Two boxes of 16 Christmas cards for $2.30 each.

A couple sets of Christmas high-ball/old fashioned glasses for 90 cents each.

A set of Christmas mugs and saucers for 60 cents for each set

I was in a Christmasy mood and they had a lot of holiday items on display.

Take a Hike

I went hiking over the weekend with my mom. We hiked on leaf-covered trails through the woods and saw some gorgeous fall colors, and then ended up on the beach of Lake Michigan.

We encountered only a few other people so it was a wonderfully quiet and peaceful hike.

Start Your Art Summit Sketchbooks

In September, I participated in an online summit called Start Your Art, a summit full of art lectures, videos, demonstrations and inspirations to help restart an art practice. As promised, it provided lots of empowerment, inspiration, ways to overcome fear and connect with yourself.

I watched each of the sessions and did the creative exercise on the same day they were released because I knew if I got behind, I would have trouble catching up.

I adore sketchbook art so I completed almost all of the daily demos and challenges in two sketchbooks. Here’s what I got out of most of the sessions, with only a few incomplete (ideas still brewing).

So fun to have all of these ideas captured in my sketchbooks! I’m excited to finish some of the pages that are blank, and to flush out some of these characters and vignettes and scenes into something more. This summit definitely restarted my personal art practice!

Thrifty Thursday – Christmas Salt and Pepper Shakers

More treasures from the thrift store:

I found another glass canister for storing coffee beans. These are hard to find so if they’re clean and in good condition, I usually buy it, especially when it’s only $1.20. I also found a little brandy snifter glass and a vintage slotted spoon, just because it was fancy looking.

I’ve always wanted a set of Christmas dishes so I was excited to find this porcelain salt and pepper shaker set. They are in great condition, clean and no chips, and only $1.20. It will be fun to have a mismatched set of Christmas dishes as I find more pieces.I spent less than $6.00 on these goodies and a couple cereal bowls that match my everyday dishes.

Wildlife Wednesday – Camouflaged Bunny

I love noticing the camouflage of the wildlife in my backyard, forcing me to do a double-take to confirm what I think I saw.

The bunnies love hiding out in that exact same spot all the time. And they seem to blend in no matter what time of year it is but especially now with the fallen leaves all different colors.