Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It Takes Tenacity

I've been having such a hard time with my head-pain the past 2 or 3 weeks especially.
Migraines are SO physical but they are weird because they are invisible to everyone.
As much as you want people to understand your invisible physical torment they just can't
& it's all on you and you alone to get through it.
You have to jump through mental hoops to get yourself through
and often we're tackling those hoops freshly every single time.
I've been thinking about how I live and get through my days with all the pain,
not physically so much but emotionally...how am I am still a joyful person despite all the hardship?
I think one of my tricks to still being a happy person despite this physical hardship of mine is that
I never take for granted, no matter how many 100's of times I am stuck in a dark bedroom etc
those first hours when I can actually open my eyes and look at sunlight without stabbing pain,
When I can walk slowly in my beloved gardens & bend over to smell the flowers.
Where I don't want to puke when I inhale the air thick with beautiful lilacs.
Or most important of all, when I can get down to snuggle the buns and play with my hon or when I can get into my studio & actually look forward to work, no matter how short or long that may be.
I know all the little beauties that make me happy & which keep me afloat and I surround myself
with them & I rely very heavily on them during all parts of my pain, before, after & during.
It takes an awful lot of tenacity this life with chronic pain.

Life with chronic & acute pain is hell...there is currently no escape...
there is nothing I am doing wrong,
that's the misconception with migraines and headaches that I find so frustrating.
People are just trying to be sweet & helpful when they suggest that it's my diet or an allergy etc...
but migraines come from a misfiring in the brains network...
when the walls of certain blood vessels contract & detract & why they do so is unknown
and so there is currently no cure only pain management & for many of us nothing helps.
Yes, for sure there are triggers for the pain but most head pain sufferers know their triggers
and trust me on this, we avoid those triggers like the plaque if we can but my biggest trigger is
the weather & barometric pressure, the one thing there's no way to escape or avoid whatsoever!

So may I kindly ask you to keep in mind the next time your near someone with a sore head,
don't offer us diet advice or ask if they've tried Feverfew or the newest Advil etc...
(YES, I am on Feverfew...and Magnesium and CoQ10 and B's etc etc etc)
Don't praise the benefits of acupuncture or massage or tantric yoga!!!
(because most of us have tried everything under the sun!)
Just offer us a glass of flat ginger ale for our nausea tums...keep the rooms dark and quiet...
don't get mad at us or make us feel bad if we have to cancel plans on you,
just check in on us every once in awhile so we don't spiral in the lonesomeness,
maybe leave us a beautiful healthy pot of soup at the door...
offer us an ice pack to wrap around our neck and bring us a hot water bottle for our eyes...
give us a little hug, a pat on the back, admiration for our tenacious spirits
and count your lucky lucky stars that you don't suffer to!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Happy Monday

Leisel hopes that your off to a great week?

She says she is...especially since she can sleep on the bed!

Friday, July 6, 2018

It's Working

we finally got BOTH my scanner and my printer working again YAYYY...
I am so so relieved because a) I didn't want to spend a small fortune replacing both
and b) I LOVE my scanner and printer because they do a phenomenal job,
seriously, my art prints look sooooo close to the original work,

I have so many pieces that I am anxious to show you all and to get into my shop too.
These 2 shown here are all done and are looking so whimsical and colorful, I think you'll love them.
If you want to keep up to date on work coming out of my studio but sometimes forget to check in
with me here on the blog or on Instagram etc just sign up for my studio e-news
& I'll pop into your inboxes once in awhile with all the juicy vibrant whimsical stuff that I do XO.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Heatwave Hiatus

Sorry guys that was a bit of an unplanned absence due to the heatwave

we have heavenly A/C now but we try to save power still & had all computers turned right off etc.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Share Sunday

Share Sunday time...
As always just a few things I came across on the web recently
that I thought interesting enough to pass along to you all...
(if you ever have suggestions of your own do email your links but only positive things please).

(because I got pretty sick last year for months, my whole body, all because my gut flora was off).

This is a bit older but I think it's amazing because as a Vegan of course I want people to eat less meat and here is nature in a way telling the world, hey it's time to change your ways humans!

Any story where a person shows kindness to a creature, furry, feathered or otherwise is one I am going to like but this one is especially cool because how many people do you know who would take the time and effort to care for a bee like this?  It just make me happy & if your feeling like I have been, just extra sensitive to all the crap going on out there, you need a happy joyful story too.

Enjoy XO I hope to see you all again next week.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Shop Recommendations?

I am slowly going to be pulling all of my prints & originals off of Etsy
and putting them into my own custom website affiliated shop but do any of you guys have recommendations?  What has been your favorite shop/selling interface?? (email me your suggestions)

I will still be using Etsy because I love Etsy, it's so easy & enjoyable to use and buy from
however I feel like it's time for a major switch up in product and I've been doing a lot of fun printmaking images so I think my Etsy shop will become a new home to my lino-cut editions.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Food Friday

So this Food Friday isn't an ideal for human consumption like normal
but instead an ideal for bunnies if your bunny parents like us, ha ha!
Keeping in mind that anything sugary should be given very sparingly to rabbits
as sugar can very easily set off their gut flora which can lead to gas and stasis.
So whiles a big haul is shown here, this will last us for ages even with 8 treat loving bellies.

We don't bother buying treats in the store, we just make your own because we find that treats
in the store are often full of seeds, corn, dairy (yuck!) and loads of sugar & nasty preservatives.
We just use our dehydrator & throw in bananas, tomatoes, bell peppers, apples, blueberries etc...
put it on over night and usually by late morning the next day everything is dried nicely
and can go in air tight containers for months of healthy treats.
If you already do this or are trying it for the first time with your furries, let me know how they like it.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Missing You Betty-Loo

Today someone asked us how all our bunnies are doing (which we always really appreciate)
and we couldn't help but tell them about Betty-Loo
because no matter how short a time we got to have her
she'll always be an important part of our story and we just broke down in tears.
This person looked at us so gently & smiled and told us that no matter how short the time,
we did a good thing for her and we did our best
and we so appreciate that sentiment, we really do, but with her, it'll never feel like we did enough
and that's going to be hard to get through and past...
accepting that we did do our best & that she did too...

It's been hard to go through and edit the last photos I took of her etc,
I think that's one of the reasons I've not been wanting to blog like normal.
Seeing Henrie without her is difficult because he's obviously very lonely,
he's acting lonelier than when he lost his sister Elsie
and he just never wants to be alone, he's on my heels constantly
always wanting to be picked up & brought upstairs with Leisel & Yuuji...
so we're trying to bond those three but boy oh boy bunnies do take their own
sweet slow time with things typically, they are doing pretty good but not perfect!
It's very frustrating because Misa wants to be friends with Henrie but he wants the upstairs duo!
So yeah...I just wanted to send a shout out to Betty-Loo's memory,
we've not forgotten about her, that will never happen, ever & we are taking good care of her Henrie.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Seeking Beauty

It's sometimes hard to stay positive & happy when you read all the news out there...
it feels like it's all bad...like the story of the kids stuck in that underwater Thailand tunnel, ugh...
or stories recently from certain animal sanctuaries I follow online, it all weighs heavily on my heart.
(which is why I started doing Share Sunday, to share positive & beautiful things).
I always find beauty here in our home & with the bunnies which I can rest my weary heart upon

but we're also lucky to live really close to this beautiful lake and it has the magic touch
of lifting a lot of burdens with a nice dose of sunset gorgeousness.
I know I am not the only one feeling super sensitive right now, it seems to be a 'thing'
straight across all types of people on all types of social media right now, isnt' that interesting!
Tell me my peeps, what is your secret for a much needed spark of joy & lightness???

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Slightly Longer Than Intended

Opps...that was a bit of a longer break than I intended, sorry about that & thanks for your patience!

Head pain, studio drama, etc have kept me away but I should be back to blogging tomorrow XO

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Share Sunday

I only have one link to share with you this week...I keep watching it...
it makes me cry with sadness at the harm humans do BUT also with joy at the animals tenacity
and with pure elated happiness for the mans kind heart & determination for one single little creature.

Please do check out
the powerful story of The Squirrel With No Arms,
I hope it makes your heart feel uplifted like it does for me XO Happy Sunday

P.S.  I'll be taking a social media break this coming week but I'll see you all again on the 18th.

Saturday, June 9, 2018


Well we've had way too much sadness around here the past year with 3 losses in about 8 months,
it has truly been too hard on us but we've had one very good thing happen amidst all that...

Yuuji & Leisel have FINALLY decided they like each other & to bond.  It makes life just a bit easier.
They aren't a kissy huggy pair but they are happier, Yuuji is more active and Leisel is much calmer.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Vegan Food Friday - Beet Patties & Kale

Time for Food Friday because I LOVE food & being vegan and showing people that
us vegans 'don't starve' we get to enjoy all kinds of yumminess that's good for the earth, animals & us.
Anyhow, the one thing in our kitchen that we couldn't do without is our big stainless steel steamer (besides my espresso machine & my smoothie blender!)

Tonight for example we're having this...steamed kale with nutritional yeast (we L-O-V-E it)
with a store bought beet patties on the side (sorry I forget the brand at the moment)
With steamed buttery mashed potatoes with a topping of vegan sour cream...Quick & Yummy.
Enjoy if you give this food idea a try XO

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pishner Coming Along

Mr Pishner Toppingale is almost complete, the colored pencil part is atleast.  People always ask me how I come up with my character names but it's no secret & it's simple, they just pop into my head.

I have quite a few new pieces to show you all but my scanner is still dead & I haven't found
a decent replacement that I am happy spending my money on yet so bare with me!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Thank Goodness For These Faces During Rough Spots

I am moving slowly this week from a monster migraine that attacked Friday afternoon &
didn't let me go until late Sunday afternoon, I can still feel the remnants...
Thanks goodness for the buns who bolster my spirits as I suffer with their beauty & preciousness.
It's still threatening to circle back around which is one reason I am moving slowly.
My routine is certainly not like most peoples and I still haven't learnt to fully accept that yet.

Whiles it's a waste of time to wish this pain away, it's never a waste of time to see all the silver linings which is that this pain I deal with offers my life magic too, it slows me down so that I can smell all the roses and it plays a large part in my colourful whimsical work, so whiles I can't ever ever say that
I like the pain, I can for sure I am in some strange Wonderland-ish way be thankful for it!
& I gotta say though, it's been great 'meeting' fellow head pain sufferers on Instagram.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Gold Touches

I've been putting little gold highlights on a few original pieces...

whiles watching 'Once Upon A Time', the two activities seem to go hand in hand!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Snug Sunday

We hope that your feeling as snug as can be on this summer Sunday...

Be extra kind to your loved ones, fleshed, feathered & furry & even kinder to yourselves XO

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Few Weeks Back

This was a few weeks back, before Betty-Loo died...

We were just out doing our usual ice melting Spring explorations.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Food Friday - Miso Noodles With Vegan Egg

Okay you guys so the vegan eggs that you can buy right now don't actually taste like eggs
(which is okay with me because eggs always made me sick to my stomach
when I actually thought about what I was actually eating!)
and  let me be honest, on their own like as a scamble, they aren't great
BUT if you mix them with stuff or use them in cakes etc they do the job and do it quite well.
I don't think for vegans that it's all about taste replication...it's about an alternate for kinder choices
so if something doesn't taste like it's intended to, it's okay,
because I for one am still happy to have that kinder choice.

Anyhow, I am a noodle fiend...I could eat noodles 3 meals a day.
and this is a recent favorite, especially on those lazier cooking days.
We just use a package of those ready made noodles (a vegan one of course)
and keep in mind that just because they say 'beef' for example sometimes they are still vegan
BUT on the flip side sometimes they say 'veg' but still have fish or chicken, so check the ingredients.
We add in tofu and kale and sometimes mushrooms etc & lately we've been using the Vegan egg
replacer in one of those poaching microwave thingies and putting it on top.
Mixed with the yumminess of the miso noodles, it's really tasty...
don't get your hopes up but do give it a try, you might be happily surprised like me!
(and for happy gut flora, which I always need help with, a good side of fermented beets or kimchi).
Enjoy XO

Thursday, May 31, 2018