Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Trip to the Trail / Giveaway Number Four Winner / 31 Days Question

There are several things going on today!
1. Pics from a nature trail
2. Winner of the fourth giveaway, courtesy of Snapshots by Michelle
3. A bit about my 31 Days to Releasing Your Inner Artist series

Let's get to it, shall we?!

The other day the kids and I went to the trail near our house.
With Breck in school full time, we haven't gone anywhere near as much as we used to.
And I've got to tell you, this trail never disappoints!

{This trail} " like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're going to get!"
- adapted from Forrest Gump

There are always ample opportunities for sun flare shots.

Leaves are in all stages and still on the tree.

And in all stages on the ground as well.

There are occasional wildflowers...

and wildlife.

Rowan was the one who spied this little guy!
After she found him, we started looking for more snails and found four others.
I asked the kids if they wanted to take one home and Breck replied:
"No! They would miss their family and friends. Let's leave them here where they belong."

I love that he doesn't have an attitude of entitlement!
{at least when it comes to things other than candy. ;)}


...and now for the winner of giveaway number four: your choice of one of the following prints by Michelle of Snapshots by Michelle!

"Summer's Glow"
Summer's glow


"Grassland's Pearls"
grassland's pearls

is......commenter number 10!

Christina said...
"I would get Summer's Glow. The details and colors in that shot are so beautiful."

Congrats Christina!
There is one final giveaway left. You have until midnight tonight to enter!:


31 Days

I know many of you already know my plans for joining in the 31 Days series, hosted at Nesting Place.
But since we have so many new friends joining us, I'm going to share it again.

During the month of October, I will be sharing one post every day - for all 31 days {gulp!} - on Releasing Your Inner Artist.
I still have a few more days to finish {aka: start writing}, so I'm going to ask this question again:

What do you struggle with when it comes to being artistic/creative?
{if you've already answered this question for me, either on Facebook or here, feel free to skip this round. ;)}

On September 30th I'll be posting the itinerary for the series.
I also have five exercises/link-ups scheduled for the month: one every Monday.
It's going to be a really fun month! I hope you'll join me!!


  1. I love the snail shot! What a cool find!

  2. Sounds like a great series! I'll definitely stay tuned!

    What I struggle with most as an artist is balancing time. If I have an hour to work, do I work on a drawing, work on my Etsy shop, drum up some attention through social media, or work on packaging product for my next show? I usually end up bouncing around between all of them and not really accomplishing anything.

  3. The snail is cool. I like your wildfower shot too.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway and I am thrilled. I already emailed her my info! I am so excited.

  4. These are gorgeous. Love the snail photo.

  5. those trail shots are just amazing and so beautiful!! I agree... that snail shot is just wonderful!!

  6. Ooh! I love them all. Love the soft tones of your photos.

  7. I love your snail shot (you knew I would).
    I am answering your question about what I struggle with being creative and artistic. My biggest struggle is that I have finally found a way to schedule some time for myself to be creative, but with 3 small children and a stacked schedule, the time isn't always a lot. I have trouble taking myself down and relaxing enough to get creative. You know what I mean? I have trouble getting into the zone in that short amount of time. Any suggestions (that don't involve a cup of herbal tea, yuck)?

  8. Beautiful shots! My favorite is the snail, but they all are fantastic!

  9. Oh, my so much so much!!

    First, yay to Christina!!! :-D

    Then, wow, Katie! I agree, the trail didn't disappoint at all!! I'm loving all the last bits of summer, and the beginnings of fall!!

    And kudos to your kiddos for wanting to leave the snails! :-D I did that last year with my snails.. after playing and photographing them, they went back home... oh, and with the turtle I have yet to share about... hehe!


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