Sunday, October 23, 2016

What I Wore

 We had another really warm fall day on Saturday ( lower 60s when the average is 40s and 50s), so I wore my off-white top I wore last summer with a skirt and cardigan that I could take off if I got to warm.
Skirt and top: H&M
Cardigan, purse and tights: Target
Boots: thrifted
Necklaces: Vintage and F21
Rings: H&M and F21

Linking to:
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Turning Heads Tuesday

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sketches of the Week

 My latest sketches are more practice with gouache paints. Trying different colors and techniques.


Above is my try at a tarot card that I did for a drawing challenge. I was inspired by the Lady of the Lake in King Arthur legend.

 I also did a Sharpie drawing of cacti.

And a quick charcoal cartoon, with me and my cat, if we were to switch bodies! Ha! Bye for now!

What I Wore

I finally got the perfect chance to wear my new dress from Forever 21. This is my first A-line shift dress, and I love it! So comfortable and flattering! But my favorite part is the bell sleeves. They are so wonderful!
Dress and feather necklace: F21
Boots, tights, and locket necklace: Target
Purse: thifted

 I wasn't too sure about the back at first, but once I had it on and wore it for awhile it didn't bother me at all.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sketches of the Week

 It's been a little while since I posted some of my sketches, so here we go! I've been experimenting more with acrylic paints and dark backgrounds. Above is one of my favorites so far. I'm really loving the decorative look to it.

And I've been in a Fall and Halloween mood as you can see in the picture above and the two below.

The last was painted with my new set of gouache paints! They are so much fun, you will be seeing more and more of these in use! Bye for now!

Monday, October 10, 2016

What I Wore to Stillwater

Every fall we make a trip to Stillwater, Mn to see some fall color and enjoy some antiquing. I was excited to try out my new jacket from H&M. I thought it would go great with my new gold skirt. I added a thrifted vest and blouse.
Jacket: H&M
Skirt: F21
Vest and blouse: thrifted
Tights, boots, necklace and purse: Target
 Owl pin: made by me, similar in my shop

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Apple Picking 2016

 Sampling the apples

One of our favorite family traditions is apple picking. Where I grew up in northern North Dakota, we didn't have any apple orchards to go to. So when I had my own family that was something I really wanted to experience. This year we had to go to a different orchard because the u-pick trees at our favorite orchard were damaged by frost last spring. In searching for an alternative, I found that not all orchards offer u-pick, but I found that Deer Lake Orchard does thank goodness. They are actually not far from our regular orchard, so that was nice. It's a bit less fancy, but I liked that fact that it wasn't quite as crowded. 

 My daughter picking apples

We ended up picking a huge bag of Sweet 16 apples. At least I think they are Sweet 16, they could also be Harrelson. My only real criticism of this orchard is that they don't give you much guidance as to where the u-pick apples are and which is which. You pay for your bag up front in the store, and then they cashier gave very vague and confusing directions. We ended up wondering around for about 10 mins. before we finally found the u-pick, and then we still weren't sure whether we were picking Sweet 16 or Harrelson! Oh, well, they definitely taste great whatever they are!

 Fuzzy (sorry) shot of momma and baby apple

 Shop with more goodies

We also went back to the shop and purchased a bag of Honeycrisp apples and a jar of jam. Did you know that Honeycrisp apples were actually developed here at the University of Minnesota? They are my daughter's favorite. 

Do you ever go apple picking? What is your favorite variety of apple?
Bye for now!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

What I Wore for Apple Picking 2016

With the iffy weather lately ( one minute cold, and the next minute hot), I decided to try and layer a bit. I took my grey dress and added my crochet scarf for warmth in the chilly morning. I also wore boots to tramp through the grassy and muddy orchard. By the end of the day I shed the scarf, and wasn't too hot thankfully.
Dress, purse, tights and boots: Target
Scarf: made by me
Deer necklace: made by me
Feather necklace and leaf ring: F21
Gold ring: H&M

Here I am at the orchard, I'll have more pix of our trip later this week!
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Turning Heads Tuesday
Fresh Fashion Linkup

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sketches of the Week

This week I was a little lazy with the sketches, but I did manage to get a few done, like the tortoise shell cat above. This was done in watercolor and marker.

I also tried my hand at sketching a Boston Terrier puppy. I'm not as comfortable drawing dogs, but I like how he turned out.

This black cat with the pumpkin was my favorite of the week, sketched in colored pencils.

And I also sketched a calico in colored pencils. Definitely a challenge getting right, but fun to do.

Bye for now!