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Postcard Series: Give Thanks, Be Thankful

In between working on my weekly sketchbook pages of animal art illustrations, and trying to create something everyday, I’m also having fun practicing hand lettering combined with watercolor wreaths. I turned these watercolor postcard paintings into new notecards in my Etsy shop.

Give Thanks paintingBe Thankful paintingThanksgiving wreaths paintingsThanksgiving notecardsDrawing all the time makes me happy, so Practice Practice Practice has been my motto this year. It’s also great to be able to add new products to my etsy shop based on my drawings and watercolor paintings.

Terri

Notes From the Weekend: Yellow Leaves

It was a great fall weekend full of cool weather, a fire in the fireplace, soup for lunch, football games and raking leaves. fallen leaves

Many of the leaves on our trees that change to yellow in autumn are changing and falling.

leaves changing colors

Raking is always hard work but it’s a great excuse to get outside when the temps are cool.

raking leaves tree hugger shoes

fall leaves on the deck

Soon the oranges and reds will take over the landscapes.

red leaves

Hope you were able to get out into the wild and enjoy this fall season!

Terri

 

Exploring In My Backyard

I was hoping we would get a chance to go hiking again last weekend, but we had too many other things to do.

So I settled for exploring in our yard.

It’s always fun to take notice of the variety of colors in Autumn while there’s still green leaves on the trees.

I noticed of a lot of red, orange and yellow, so it was fun to compose my photos with those combinations.

Our lawn was practically carpeted in leaves of all sizes, shapes, colors, and random overlaps.

I’m usually excited at the beginning of each season, but once leaf peeping is past and most of the leaves are on the ground, I feel a little sad, missing that foliage which provides cover in our backyard park. My mom pointed out to me a couple years ago that it’s nice to be able to admire the architecture of trees when the leaves start falling.

That idea really stuck with me, so once I’m tired of drawing leaves, I look forward to practicing drawing tree skeletons without leaves. Seeing something with a fresh perspective keeps me from feeling melancholy about the bareness coming with late fall / early winter.

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Colorful Hiking Adventures

It was a beautiful Fall weekend around here, so we took advantage of the sunshine and went hiking.

We went to one of my favorite places to hike, which you’ll see why in a minute.

We were pleasantly surprised to see how far along our fall colors are.

When you drive into the parking lot, you are greeted by rows of these beautiful sweet gum trees, which glow in the sunlight, and look so beautiful against the blue September sky.

Their leaves look similar to maple leaves, but they are even more colorful.

Of course, I had to pick up few to take home and press for future inspiration. There may be some screen printed leaves in my future!

We also found some leaves that looked like they were tie-dyed.

I’m usually a little anxious until we come upon this particular tree.

Surely you’ve seen me show it before around here.

My husband thinks I’m goofy because I always have to climb inside it and pretend it’s my little hideout. I think the hollow has gotten bigger over the years because I don’t remember being able to fit so well inside it. (Or maybe I’m shrinking.) I wish I could take it home and put it in my backyard!

There are about 4-5 nature-related poems on sign posts throughout these trails. I’ve never seen this on any other hiking trail, and I think it’s such a wonderful idea.

The trail we take ends at this cool cabin in the woods. It has an outhouse next door and a great big fire pit where you could warm up during a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

Such a wonderful way to spend a Fall day! I’m already looking forward to our next hiking adventure. I hope the fall colors last a little longer. Hope you enjoyed your weekend too. Thank you for stopping by!

Fall Season Favorites

It seems like so many people say Autumn is their favorite season. It really is a great season, isn’t it.

I love to go leaf combing, and pick up acorns too.

There are so many vibrant colors coming out, from leaves on the trees and on the ground to pumpkins peppers mums and asters.

I love to go hiking again, after a hiatus during the hot, buggy summer months.

I love how quiet things get. Life is still busy, but it has gotten cold at night, so we’ve closed all our windows. Many birds have begun their migration, so it’s really peaceful feeling.

I’ve been finding some great fall nature-related craft projects lately.

It feels cozy to wear wool socks again and layer long-sleeved shirts and sweaters.

It’s a great time to make chili or stew in the crock pot. Yum!

It’s apple season, and I adore apple crisp and homemade chunky applesauce, especially when my mom makes it.

Halloween is such a fun holiday, with the costumes, candy, decorations, pumpkin carving and scary movies.

What do you love about Autumn?

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Morning Quiet

I’ve been taking pictures over the course of each week to capture those quiet moments, such as this morning moment when the sun was just high enough to shine above our trees, melting the dew on the grass and leaves.

I have a new habit where each morning I try to soak up some sunshine and fresh air before starting my day, to breathe in some peace and quiet. It’s quite therapeutic, especially considering how insanely busy work has been the past couple days. Hope you can enjoy a relaxing day today too!

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