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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!