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Thrifty Thursday

I’ve been getting into thrift shopping lately, especially since there’s a great thrift store close to my house. Here are a few of my recent finds:

I’m always on the hunt for vintage silver items, and these trays were great finds at $2.00 each! I love to style them with other vintage finds, from glass carafes to crystal decanters and a mismatch of fun glasses.
I’ve never been a good bargain shopper so it’s been fun lately to learn how to search for thrifty and vintage treasures for everyday use.

Wildlife Wednesday

Lots of birdwatching and squirrel shenanigans in my backyard these days!


I’ve never seen squirrels wrestling in a tree, especially over a birdfeeder!


And I’ve never seen a squirrel climb up a sunflower stalk, with a fence around that particular flower garden to keep critters out.

Hope you’re having a good hump day and finding ways to get outside and enjoy some Fall sunshine and fresh air!

Take a Hike

I like to take different hikes on the weekends in fall, try a different trail, see different landscapes, collect treasures I find on the trails, mostly through photography. One of these weekends, I’m hoping to go on a hike by myself and try doing some botanical studies and odes to nature in my sketchbook.

This past weekend, I hiked at Lapham Peak, which is part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern unit, formed 10,000 years ago by glaciers. The trails traverse through glacially-formed hills and around kettle lakes, prairies and state forest land.


It was also great fun to discover a beautiful butterfly garden in the middle of this state park, full of a huge variety of wildflowers that attract pollinators. Nice to still see bees, goldfinches and monarchs this late in the season. I lucked out with a warm and sunny fall day, so it was exhilarating to be out in the woods and hiking the trails again.

Thrifty Thursday

I’ve been getting into thrift shopping lately, especially since there’s a great thrift store close to my house. Here are a few of my recent finds:

I always search for interesting and unique children’s picture books to add to my illustration reference library. These small Beatrix Potter books are treasures for my bookshelf at $1.00 each! Beatrix Potter is my hero, so I’m grateful to find any of her work at a thrift store.

This illustrated picture book about Charles Dickens was a wonderful find at $2.00. I learned so much about him that I never knew.

I’m also always on the hunt for vintage silver items, and this rectangular-shaped tray was a unique find at $1.00!

This vintage silver wine bottle holder was a rare find at only 60 cents!

I’ve never been a big bargain shopper so I’m having a ball looking for thrifty treasures for everyday use.

Wildlife Wednesday

There is a warm glow outside on this mid-September day.

After a walk around the block for a lunch time break, I paused to notice the wildlife in my backyard. I saw Chippy climbing around the wood pile and arbor vitae trees, the cardinal family, the chickadee gang and a woodpecker competing for time at the bird feeder.

It was a nice distraction from the demands of the day and a comforting moment of peace.

Hope you are having a good hump day and finding ways to take care of yourself!

Animal and Nature Art Series

I completed a lot of drawing and illustration projects in 2016. It’s fun to see my best nine on Instagram, based on the number of likes, which includes some tiny art, animal art, watercolor experiments, and black and white drawings from my moleskin sketchbook.

best nine 2016

I completed 44 weekly animal art illustrations (not all shown here), which is wonderful to look through. I learned a lot about drawing animals and page composition, and I had fun experimenting with a variety of watercolors.

October animal art series img_6106 August animal art freshwater fish animal art sketchbook wildflowers and pollinators week 26 animal art nature June animal art series Animal Art Series May birds animal art weeks 13-16animal art weeks 9-12animal art weeks 5-8 animal art weeks 1-4

I loved working on this weekly animal art project in 2016, and my daily doodle in 2015, so I’m not sure what to do in 2017 for a daily drawing challenge. Cheers to a better year in 2017!

Terri

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