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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.

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.

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.

Thrifty Thursday – Outdoor Gear

The thrift store near my house had a sale on wilderness gear last week, which meant lots and lots of racks of outdoor gear and backpacks on sale.

I found an REI rain jacket for $30 which is regularly about $110 brand new.

I also found a black Marmot puffy jacket for $30 which is regularly $200 brand new in the stores.

And I found an REI fleece jacket on sale that I couldn’t resist.

I wondered if there was something wrong with these items, like a hole in the lining or pockets, but they are all in perfect condition.

I was so excited to come home with an armload full of deals!

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