Retiring after thirty-two years as a K-12 visual arts teacher, Terri Gardner now devotes time to a long and early interest: fashion. With her blog, MeadowTree Style, Terri advocates for developing a personal and creative style. She encourages finding fashion in ethical ways such as shopping at consignment/thrift shops, creating it yourself, as well as supporting local designers.
Her interests dating from childhood led to her sense of fashion, doing, and living. These interests include sewing, spinning yarn, knitting, design, and giving space for animals. She lives on a small Missouri farm with her husband, a large garden, and several animals including chickens and ducks, dogs and cats, and Shetland sheep and Alpacas. For her beloved rescued dogs, Terri created dog accessories and made them available under the label Sophia & Niko–Exclusive Design for the Distinctive Dog.
The recurring message of her blog (named after their farm) is that the mature, classically age woman can confidently be herself, and “rock” style—rather than the other way round.
Then came retirement. Although I still substitute teach, I now have time to spread my wings with my style blog. It has taken me a while to get to this point but I am glad I am finally here. The fun part is that I am still making new discoveries about what I like and how I view things. I believe that you are never too old to learn. Sharing thoughts and ideas of life and style with women across this big world has been a joy.
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