The bluejays have returned to my area lately. I love that they are easy to spot with their beautiful bright blue colors. And I love their loud squawking, which makes the squirrels nervous. Which makes me smile.
I’m always hoping one of them will be kind enough to drop one of their bright blue feathers in my yard for a keepsake. Happy hump day to you. Here’s to hoping you find time to get outside, breath in a big gulp of fresh air and slowly let it out with a sense of peace.
More treasures from the thrift store:
I found another silver tray – this one is about 8 inches wide. It’s great to have a smaller size than the more common dinner plate size.
I also found a couple more little Beatrix Potter books to add to my collection.
A unique glass canister for storing coffee beans.
And a unique, retro water glass just for fun.
I spent $4.25 and rounded up to $5.00 for charity.
There’s a hiking trail not far from my house that I love to go to, especially in Fall.
The longest trail is about 3.1 miles and goes through a prairie, along a small lake where motor boats aren’t allowed (which keeps it clean and quiet), and through the woods. It’s actually one of my favorite local hikes!
Along the trail there are these wonderful signs with beautiful poetry printed on them.
I find them so intriguing and comforting while exploring these trails. It would be so fun to set up something like this in my own backyard!
I love looking back through my own sketchbooks and illustrations for inspiration for new ideas to draw and illustrate. Here’s one of my favorite illustrations, a daily doodle for the month of October which was part of a year-long daily doodle challenge I did.
I really loved this challenge and hope to make time to do this again!
I’ve been getting into thrift shopping lately, especially since there’s a great thrift store close to my house. Here are a few more of my recent finds:
I’m always on the hunt for vintage silver items. I found these poached egg cups which are exactly like the cups we used to have when I was a kid in the 1970s! And these lovely silver and black coasters – love that scroll work design in the center. I’ve been searching for a long-handled spoon for cocktails or ice cream treats and finally found one.
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. I only spent $2.00 on these goodies, which included rounding up to the nearest dollar for charity.
I don’t see bunnies too often throughout the day in my backyard, since they are more active at dawn and dusk. I’m not sure if this bunny saw me sitting at the patio table right next to him/her, or if he just didn’t care I was there. It was great to witness him eating a weed! If only they would eat more weeds and less plants I actually paid for, like the tulips starting to come up in spring and the coneflowers I’m trying to get to spread throughout the flower gardens.
I went for a bike ride on a section of Military Ridge State Trail near my house for the first time this Fall season. It was exhilarating to be out there, cruising through the woods, wetlands and prairies.
I love looking back through my own sketchbooks and illustrations for inspiration. Here are a few more of my favorite illustrations with a fall theme done in my moleskin sketchbooks: