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Zoë Tilley Poster (+ Giveaway!!!)

I have been fascinated and intrigued by the habits of woodland creatures for as long as I can remember. I remember watching a documentary about beavers several years ago and how their work and efforts in building a home benefits not just themselves, but the entire ecosystem around them. Many woodland creatures do that-help themselves while helping others in the process, a mindset we humans would do well to abide by.

Which is why I’m over the moon about today’s giveaway. The illustrator behind the beautiful prints above contacted me last month, inquiring about the possibility of a giveaway. In her own words, “Zoë Tilley Poster is an illustrator with a deep interest in the dark and delightful natural world. She enjoys making art for children and other imaginative creatures. Her spare time (or maybe it’s research?) is spent pursuing small, furry, unkempt creatures through the thickety woods around her home.” Definitely my kind of lady!

Her drawings are made with graphite pencil on vellum-surface Bristol paper. From these, fine art prints are created using acid-free, 100% cotton rag paper, and archival pigment ink. When I saw Zoë’s drawings, how could I have refused to do a small measure giveaway? I know that bears and woodchucks and raccoons and skunks are decidedly not cuddly, in the human sense of the word. I live in a pretty rural area, rife with wildlife, and I very, very much respect the space and power of the multitudinous creatures that also call our forested cove home. They’re wonderful to observe (from a distance!), quietly and thoughtfully learning how their behaviors aid the forest. That said, if I could cuddle them, I totally would, and Zoe’s illustrations are about the most adorable, cuddly renderings of woodland creatures I know of!

So, on to the giveaway details. The giveaway includes a set of these four little woodland animal art prints:

*Plump Raccoon
*A Tail and its Skunk
*Woodchuck with Chamomile
*Bear with Rosehips

Additionally, any small measure reader who purchases an item from Zoë’s Etsy shop will receive a free notecard with their order (just type “Small Measure” in the “note to seller” at purchase). How great is that?! So great. Trust me. Zoë very generously sent me a care package of the prints above, as well as a gorgeous Luna Moth card. They’ll work perfectly in Huxley’s bedroom!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling me about the woodland creature you’re the most enthralled with. For me, it’s beavers. And Pileated Woodpeckers (they’re all over our woods!). And toads. And, well, all of them. Not easy to choose just one, eh, English? I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding February 5th, midnight EST. Do be sure to leave a means of contacting you in your comment, should you be the winner!

Even if you don’t win, do stop by Zoë’s shop and take a look around. In addition to her animal prints, she also does custom orders, such as wedding invitations, pet portraits, and more. Thanks so much, Zoë!



106 Responses to Zoë Tilley Poster (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • Christa Hamilton says:

    Growing up running in the woods, creek and marshes surrounding my childhood home in coastal Georgia, I was fascinated by many animals, encountered many more but one that eluded me (and therefore held a special place in my heart) was the fox. Other kids in the neighborhood had seen them, and though I had weekly visits to alligators, boars, water moccasins, snowy egrets, box turtles, deer, rabbits, owls, and many many other animals, I could never find the fox. Until I did. She was just there facing the house. She was standing at the edge of the woods where it met the line of our yard. It was right at dusk, I walked around the back of the house heading towards the woods and there she was, standing on the threshold of time from afternoon to evening, standing on the threshold of The Woods and The Yard, standing on the threshold of being completely invisible and completely conspicuous. I’ve seen other foxes in my life since that one…but this one sighting planted a seed in me: the love of foxes.

  • Paula M says:

    Oh my goodness how adorable! Samuel would love them! I think toads are the best… Samuel would probably say a snowy owl.

  • Yael says:

    Oh I am in love with woodland creatures too!

    I recently had a dream, where I was asked to pick an animal figure that most represented me, and in the dream I picked a skunk! So, I have felt more and more connected to them and that skunk print is really calling out to me. I also have a special fondness for goldfinches, they are symbols of positivity and goodness for me.

  • Melanie J. says:

    Woodchucks! Seeing them here in WNC after so many years of Florida city critters (possums, armadillos, and lizards) has been awesome :) Thanks for the opportunity!

  • sweta says:

    I have been on a huge mushroom kick lately! They’re so varied and beautiful and often very tasty and oh so mysterious.

  • Rhonda says:

    I love all wild creatures! Right now I am enjoying the birds I feed right outside my window. We have all kinds of animals here in SD. Pheasants, racoons, skunks, deer and more around our farm. They are all just trying to get through winter like the rest of us!

  • Jen Barlev says:

    Wow, these are beautiful.

    We’re partial to baby skunks around here. SO stinkin cute.

  • Megan says:

    These prints are adorably gorgeous! I love them and real life woodland creatures. From a young age, I’ve always loved deer. Easy to spot and abundant. I also love foxes – especially the fluid way they move.

  • Charlotte says:

    I would love the A Tail with a skunk :-) we have had a family of skunks in our yard off and on. Our puppy even leaves treats outside and we swear he is leaving them for the skunk!

  • Melissa says:

    i will always love owls and deer. :)

  • Sarah M says:

    My favorite woodland creature? Probably a deer, or a fox. :)
    Sarah M

  • Ashley Thompson says:

    The pretty little red fox. Feisty and quick on their feet, I rarely can get more than a glimpse of them! I am going to be surrounding the new baby’s room with a woodsy hue to it, so they would be perfect for our soon to be little nature lover!

  • Anita H says:

    Best giveaway ever! I have a strong love for beavers myself. I even had a friend give me the nickname little beaver for a while when we first met. Oh yea and I can’t say enough about the adorable fat squirrels that live in our midwest neighborhood.

  • Jessie says:

    I am enthralled by coyotes. So much so that we almost named my son coyote. There is a pack that lives behind my house and we hear them singing regularly and it is beautiful.

  • Michelle P says:

    I love beavers and otters and am lucky enough that even living in Portland OR I can find some living around the corner from my house. I am also quite fond of moose. One of these days I hope to see one in the wild- that is always my wish whenever I am visiting friends in New Hampshire.

  • Heather G says:

    I love deers and owls and bears, and yea, really any woodland creature! Love these prints and how they incorporate plants and animals! Thanks ladies for the giveaway, beautiful!

  • Allysa says:

    The woods are truly magically for me and my two fairy loving girls! From the birds to the wild mushrooms to the huge trees that tower above us. My favorite creature would be a bear!

  • Jen says:

    the mysterious fox! we would see, on very rare occasion, one in our backyard in Charlotte. Deer we’d see all day, every day…but the fox was something very special. :)

    those prints are quite lovely!

  • beth says:

    I would have to say owls. I so love to hear their calls at night and the rare occasion that I see one is a thrill. Lovely prints. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Morgan says:

    I’ve been on a moose hunt since I’ve moved to New England–six years, now. I’ve yet to see one but I’ve heard stories! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these these gorgeous posters.

  • Molly says:

    I’m partial to magpies and ravens. Love these prints!

  • Anke says:

    Growing up in Germany we had a lot of hedgehogs around. We even had them in our yard, and rescued a few during the winter. It was always fun for us as kids having those sweet little guys overwintering in our basement. Still adore them to this day.

  • Kadi says:

    Those prints are so, so lovely! I’m slightly partial to deer, much like the other readers. I grew up in Gatlinburg, TN right at the edge of the Smoky Mountains (on “the spur”)… we had a deer that frequently visited our back “yard” (i.e. the foothill of a mountain). He must have escaped from a deer petting zoo/farm because he quickly became a dear old friend who would push my brother on our tire swing with headbuts and would come to be pet in the evening while we all hung out by the fire. One day he disappeared… I hate to think the worst. But, oh! Fond memories. My dad got a little cocky and named the deer “Ervin” (his middle name) Haha!

  • Jessica F says:

    I love these prints! So adorable. We love looking for salamanders in our small woods. My boys would be thrilled to win.

  • Trina-Lea says:

    Thankfully I grew up in an area and era where my siblings, friends and myself were able to run free. We spent hours playing in the local forest where we would encounter the flora and fauna indigenous to our home in the Pacific Northwest. Some of my favorites are: chipmunks, squirrels, foxes, rabbits and many birds especially owls, chickadees, robins and eagles.
    What a lovely job the talented Zoe has done on the beautiful drawings in her shop…it would be so difficult to choose a favorite but the little fox in the heart was especially endearing.

  • Kelsie says:

    These are quite beautiful and wonderful! I have a soft spot for quails, I love their adorable confusion.

  • oh how sweet! I have a thing for the ever elusive fox, as well as the pileated woodpecker. hmmm, and screech owls. and, and, and…….
    thanks for the chance to win these lovely posters!

  • Julie says:

    So amazing! We are into squirrel watching right now at our house, so definitely squirrels.

  • chandra says:

    I am way into the woodland creatures as well. Those are so cute.

  • T. says:

    Beautiful artwork!
    I am partial to the porcupine. We have a friendly porcupine who slept in a ball in the yard this past fall and enjoyed waddling down the middle of our road to slow our travels. Her name is Phyllis.

  • Molly says:

    I love watching birds in the woods. I also really like bears.

  • Meaghan says:

    Beavers and otters are my jam!

  • Cory says:

    Oh I love these! I think my favorite is the fox, but bears are sooooo adorable and fuzzy… too bad they’re not good cuddle partners…

  • Sam says:

    I’m gonna say squirrels, chipmunks, and otters, partly because I just love them, and partly because I have a very close group of friends who call ourselves, “The Squirrelies”. Our husbands are “Otters” and our children are “Chipmunks”. The names are pretty silly, but fun!

  • Mary says:

    I love our Black Mountain bears. My son and I are enthralled watching them lumber through our neighborhood and climbing trees. Not so fond of when they scavenge in our trash, but nonetheless, they always inspire in me a desire to be on the receiving end of a big, warm, furry black bear hug.

  • Jennifer says:

    Right now we’re enjoying the crazy! flying antics of Cedar Waxwings. We’ve got Chokecherry berries (dried) on the branch and they want to chow…but they are a wary bunch when flying in a group. One gives the no go and the whole flock takes off. I would say at times it’s over 50 of them flying in some sort of secret synchronicity…Ooo, now that’s the title for a poem right there. Flying in secret synchronicity. I like it.

  • cindy ultican says:

    I could watch otters for hours

  • Penelope says:

    I love her work; my son would too!! My favorite creatures would be the owl and bear. :)

    Beautiful art!

    penelope8783 [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Penny says:

    What talent! And what an awesome give away! We live on some property in the middle of the woods, and I’m fascinated with all the creatures we routinely see….unless they’re after my chickens :) but they are beautiful, and fun to watch. I may love squirrels the best. Such fun personalities, and such cute antics……or maybe it’s the deer who hop the fence and graze in the yard. Or maybe the illusive turkey that occasionally struts on the edge of the woods. No, wait! I pick bear! So cute when they sit in the yard on one cheek trying to decide if there really is food left in the grill we left out to cool off……. *sigh* I can’t decide…… I love them all!

  • Sarah says:

    Those are adorable! I live on a hill in the woods, and I love to happen upon any and all the woodland creatures that live here! Rabbits are the most fun in the winter, because their tracks are almost as cute as they are in person/(animal?).

  • Kristen says:

    Owls and beavers …. lovely prints.

  • Dawn says:

    I’ve always lived in woods in one place or another so feel part woodland creature myself. I am particularly drawn to deer lately as we have as many as 14 come through our property every day and my youngest son’s first word was “deer.” Well, it is more of a “dee! which he cries excitedly every time he sees one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • JamieK says:

    I love the deer in the woods behind our house

  • What a lovely giveaway! Thank you Zoe for being so kind as to offer 4 beautiful illustrations as gifts to readers! I would be honored to win these, as I see many others are too :)

    I love the woods, and spend hours running and walking in them daily! I have always loved beavers, they are one of the few animals that so drastically alter their environment to best facilitate their shelter and food source, which is really impressive! it is always so excited to catch them swimming in the ponds!

    Woodpecker have also always fascinated me, both the downy and the pileated! I love hearing them and trying to find them and watching them scuttle around the tree!

    I would love to win these to decorate the nursery we are preparing for our first baby coming this summer!


  • Molly says:

    Such beautiful illistruations! They would really look prefect in my kiddos’ room (or mine!). I am totally horrified and fascinated by skunks! I recently read Thornton Burgess’s book “jimmy Skunk” to my boy and now think about that character anytime I see or smell one of the creatures (often!).

  • Jessica says:

    Coyotes would be my favorite. We hear them often at my dad’s house in rural Wisconsin but have yet to see one.

  • Shelby says:

    We moved to the desert four years ago so I miss watching all of of the woodland creatures interacting together. I love hawks if I had to pick. These prints would be beautiful in my girls shared bedroom-thanks.

  • Sally Knudsen says:

    I have seen nuthatches at my bird feeder and take delight in knowing they have come to my “kitchen”.

  • Kirsten says:

    How to choose?! I’m a total animal lover and spent many a childhood day observing wild animals and trying to tame them. I’m going to say deer, I guess. On a trip to northern MI this summer I had a close encounter with a mama and her 2 fawns. I sat down in a clearing to watch them, and eventually the doe came over to check me out. I thought that highly unusual and trusting of her.

  • Alicia SISK says:

    Easily my favorite is the bear….it’s my totem

  • tracy says:

    I’m going with the fox. The other day we were driving to my mums house and we saw the most beautiful fox creeping along the side of the road. Normally they are a bit dingy looking this time of winter, but this particular fox was the most brilliant shade of orange/red. Little sunset fox. We stopped the car to watch him.

  • Jaimie says:

    Beautiful art! I’ve always loved chickadees, but I also enjoy otters!

  • Kelli says:

    I wrote a poem for the giveaway and upcoming holiday:


    One day,
    yesterday, in town
    a groundhog rambled like a pushing plow
    plodding through the yard
    not looking up, he had somewhere to go
    some duty to do
    some date to be kept
    head close to the ground his short legs
    carried him by

    we’ve heard of the groundhog
    a predictor of weather
    prophet of spring
    a slow, measured way of being
    maybe he simply knows the way to go
    wisdom in direction
    deliberate and patience
    one paw after the other
    going where he needs to go

    He doesn’t stop to ask why
    what’s my purpose and place?
    He knows and goes on his way

  • Tara says:

    These are so great, thank you for sharing!!! I know these would be a lovely addition to my nephew’s nursery!

  • Melanie says:

    Although they are often naughty little creatures, I still love the crafty raccoon.
    Those little masked bandits keep me on my toes and prevent me from becoming lazy.

  • cathy mealey says:

    Zoe’s work is so beautiful! Would love to hang these in our home.

    My favorite woodland creature is the chipmunk. The little guy residing in our wood pile is so darn cute when he squeaks and “chip chip chip”s at me when I come take away a few logs for our fire!

  • Meg says:

    Ah…we’re a family of “buns” so that coy, wee rabbit on the gift tag tickles my fancy! Many thanks for the chance!
    ollieschool4 [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Kim says:

    Owls are a hoot ! How can I forget the fox….what a beauty. Gorgeous art.

  • Ashley says:

    My latest woodland creature fascination is with nuthatches. I love the bold colors of their feathers and the way they walk down trees head first. We are also in love with the pileated woodpeckers around our house…they are crazy looking birds, aren’t they?!

  • Nerissa says:

    That chipmunk is adorable. Probably my favorite but there are so many cute animals.

  • Caron says:

    My favorite is the fox. Two summers ago we had a mother and her kits visit our yard almost daily. One would curl up for a nap in the straw mulch in my veggie garden. We never had a single critter eat any of our plants that year!!!! It was so fun to watch! The art work is so beautiful. We would love to have them!

  • Caroline says:

    I love the bears. I grew up in North Central Washington State and bears were a regular visitor when we were out camping.

  • Teresa says:

    Hedgehogs are the best!! Love Zoe’s work.

  • Jennifer says:

    Oh, those are so darling! Favorite woodland animal? All of them! I have a fascination with owls though. So mysterious and quiet and hard to see.

  • Cassandra Jones says:

    I love the cute bear all slumped over:)

  • Janice says:

    Very difficult to pick just one. Right now I’m fascinated with owls.

  • Valerie Vashon says:

    These prints are beautiful! The kids and I love all animals, but my very favorite are porcupines. I love them! Beavers are a very close second. I could watch them for hours.

  • Kris says:

    Oh man! I am obsessed with woodland creatures right now! I am currently painting a book for my son with all our Northern BC animals, so it has definitely been the topic of conversation around here! Hmmm, to choose one! Well, I would have to choose a flying squirrel. I would love to see one (we do have them here, but they are nocturnal and hard to spy!).

  • Candice Hofmann says:

    I’m fortunate to live on property connected to a section of the Croatan National Forest. Without a doubt, I adore watching the daily antics of the squirrels that emerge from that forest to take advantage of my generosity and imbibe at the endless sunflower seed bar that I provide for them and the birds. They are so comical and have huge personalities. I didn’t appreciate them until I moved back to the country some years ago to leave the dust of city life behind. Love, love, love these whimsical illustrations and welcome the chance to hang them in my home.

  • Cindy says:

    These prints are gorgeous – we love living in the woods among so many interesting creatures. Today, we saw bear prints in the snow way back in the woods – I’ve only seen a bear once years ago – it is good to know he is still around.

  • Eliza says:

    My current fascination is with the Douglas (Dougie) Squirrel. They are starting to get re-established on our property and are so fun to watch jumping between tree branches. They exude playfulness but also have a reclusive lifestyle that I respect .

  • Jenessa says:

    We don’t have them where I live now, but I love hedgehogs. I saw a lot of them when I lived in New Zealand, but my favorite was when I would catch them napping like this little guy. One time I found one napping on my deck!

  • Karen says:

    These are so wonderful! My latest fascination is woodchucks, largely because of their presence on my property. I’m alternately entranced and furious with their antics in my garden.

  • Amanda says:

    As a child I was sure that the tiny hummingbirds we saw in Northern Michigan every summer were by far the most exotic thing one could encounter in the wild, and I still love them. These days my daughter is obsessed with the neighborhood squirrels, so I think I have to be equally obsessed by proxy :o)

    I love these prints, actually I’ve had that woodchuck favorited on etsy for a while now, he’s just so charming!

  • Lisa says:

    Oh those butterflies!!! I really like the starry night butterfly. thanks

  • Laura G. says:

    As a land manager I get to spend a lot of time in the woods. Every animal entertains me in its own way, but I guess my favorite would be box turtles.

  • ashley says:

    I love foxes! I actually love a lot of woodland creatures but I think fox are very mysterious and clever. And beautiful of course.

  • Kate says:

    I have a ton of wildlife but my favorite right now is a gray and red squirrel who hangs on the bird feeder and swings it back and forth to get the seed to fall. I should be mad but he’s just so entertaining!

  • Tia Bednar says:

    Fox…I love the quirky, frisky little fox!

  • Jennifer says:

    We have two barred owls that live in the forest behind our house. I love hearing them hoot to each other..who cooks for you? who cooks for you? It is wonderful to hear.

  • Teri Reynhout says:

    Right now I’m a little chipmunk obsessed…I just can’t get enough of their tiny little faces.

  • Charlotte says:

    I am in love with the raccoon. All of the prints in the give away are so pretty. This is a great gift that is being offered. Thank you.

  • Ksenija says:

    My favorite creatures are definitely hedgehogs. So unobtrusive and pretty. I love them!

  • Angela says:

    I don’t know if I can pick just one woodland creatures. I love them all! My daughter has a love of owls. What a great opportunity…thanks so much!

  • Blayne Matty says:

    I love the foxes! I always feel like I’ve glimpsed another world when I see one!

  • Leah says:

    My maiden name is Bevers, so naturally I feel a kinship with the busy mammals. We just built a house and the post for the front porch is a tree, half chewed through on the bottom by a beaver. The name of our new home is “The Lazy Beaver”. The prints are lovely and I really enjoy your site=)

  • Lisa C says:

    We have some red-shouldered hawks and owls in our yard who like to vocally make their presences known. We have yet to see the owls, but it is so much fun to be surrounded by wildlife and seeing them around the house!

  • Definitely owls – I have a small collection of unique owl statues in our fireplace!

  • Michele West says:

    These prints are adorable! My 5 year old little girl is animal obsessed! She loves to watch anything on National Geographic with her Dad. Wood Peckers are a favorite as are watching for hummingbirds coming to the feeder in our back yard.

  • Kara says:

    Beautiful! I especially love the chipmunks and moths.

  • I love the birds and the deer themost :)

  • aimee says:

    Oh so cute!

  • felicia nutter says:

    Well, I’m a wildlife veterinarian, so not fair to make me choose! However since moving to Massachusetts last spring (after US stints in Maryland, California, and North Carolina), I am thrilled to have fishers in my backyard now. Fantastic creatures!

  • Meridith says:

    Owls are my favorite woodland creatures, but of the ones pictured in the prints I like the raccoon. Even though they moved into my attic and caused all kinds of trouble, they’re just so cute.

  • Desiree says:

    I love owls! And song birds! And bats (so long as they aren’t in the house)!

  • Chelsea W says:

    My whole family is crazy about foxes! we had one living in our woods for quite a while and it was so fun to catch glimpse of him…and their scream – terrifying!

  • anne says:

    Any furry little rodent! They are so cute.

  • Jess says:

    definitely foxes!

  • susan says:

    Really enjoyed seeing the detailed illustrations! I can hardly pick my favorite woodland creature–love them all, but at this time of year, I’m longing for the spring peepers to arrive that inhabit the marsh in our woods.

  • Laura says:

    I love these! I couldn’t pick a favorite, but my boys would love the bear! :)

    Great giveaway – thanks for the chance!

  • Sarah Hargrove says:

    I always love seeing my chipmunks run across the path… Or the bears that hang out in my pond. Go WNC!

  • Monica says:

    My girls have a thing for bears and skunks. But they are all so cool!

  • Chris B. says:

    Oh gosh, how to pick just one?! I do love seeing the quail families, they look like such a tight group. But also the fox – when you are lucky enough to glipse one, just seems magical.

  • Therese says:

    I have always felt connected to bears, though of course never seen one in the forest. A favorite for the kids is the hedgehog. Last spring we had hedgehogs living under the front stairs. It was such a treat to watch the little ones explore the garden in the evenings. I am hoping there is a hedgehog mother to be hibernating there this winter too, and have decided to leave the pile of firewood under there alone for the time being.
    Love the illustrations. Makes me wish we had racoons around this part too. The Fox valentines in her store is calling my name.

  • Emily M says:

    I love seeing rabbits outside my window. I’m thinking of growing lettuce this year, though, so I may change my mind. :-)

  • Ruthie says:

    Foxes! I think they are so beautiful and I’m just a littttttttle obsessed with the movie “Fantastic Mr. Fox” :)