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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Flynn Update

So we took Flynn back to the doctors last Friday
and we got good news and bad news.
His nasty ear infection has completely cleared up
but the infection has busted his ear drum and it's completely detached so he's deaf in that ear now.

Apparently sometimes the eardrum can repair itself if the gap/hole isn't too big but the doctor
showed me the inside of his precious little ear and the hole is pretty darn big so we'll have to see.
He goes back in a month for another check up to make sure the infection isn't reoccurring.
Otherwise he's back to his rambunctious awesome adorable self.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Respect For Earth's Last Week

Hey everyone
I just wanted to show you some shots from the awesome group exhibition
I was lucky to be included in recently called "Respect For Earth" at the Novah Gallery.

It was a showing of almost 20 local artists and over 50 pieces of artwork
all pertaining to our own unique viewpoint on this one precious home we call Earth. 

This is one of five pieces I had hung in the show "She Took Care Of Her Kindred Spirits"

The gallery space at Novah is pretty cool, two long nicely lighted hallways
and a really cozy common area to show the artwork, a really nice space for an art show.

It was an honor to be included.  North Bay may be small but we have amazing talent aplenty.

And first time curator Sarah Carlin-Ball did a really amazing job at putting it all together.

Sarah made these gorgeous weaved baskets and we were supposed to set an intention or make a wish
on an object or on a piece of paper which we than put into the baskets...all were welcome to do so.

My wish was that more people make the connection and choose to go vegan for the Earth's sake.
My other wish was that I am able to keep being a voice for the voiceless & a home for the wayward.
And I set an intention to start using less plastic when grocery shopping (more on that later).

This was one of my all-time favorite pieces in the whole show,
there's an honesty to this piece that touched me.

Here is another of my pieces in the show called "She Was Nourished By Green Living"/

This is my friend, mentor, high-school teacher and one of my very first supports and reasons why I became an artist, David Carlin.  How cool it feels to be in the same show with him.

The exhibition has a multitude of mediums, including pottery in the outdoor space,
like this outdoor piece by local potter Pat Stamp.

And multimedia metal pieces by one of my favorite local artists Carol Davidson.

The opening was a crowded, lovely, uplifting afternoon with beautiful company.

Here's another of my pieces called "She Wished On Every Star To Always Be A Safe Haven",
this one is a self-portrait (it's for sale but I am more than okay if this particular piece never sells!).

(Pottery by Pat Stamp)
I truly think there's something for everyone in the show.

On the big poster my bio says "...(Mandy) firmly believes that the best & biggest way to respect our one Earth is to go Vegan" and I know that will 'annoy' some people but it's an opinion I feel very strongly about and here exactly why...meat agriculture is irrefutably the main leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions, dead ocean zones, mind boggling rates of species extinction and mind boggling mass deforestation...the simple act of adopting a vegan lifestyle is one of the biggest and best ways a person can actively not participate in all the things that are killing our world! 

So if you are in the North Bay area and are local to me (I know the majority of you are not however)
hop on by and check out the show at the Novah Gallery located at 176 Lakeshore Drive
This Saturday June 15 is the very last day...
however there is a possibility that the show just might be made into a book, wooowww, so exciting.

Monday, June 3, 2019


I hope everyone is keeping an eye out for all the young birds and animals out there...

Watching out for hidden nests, burrows & babies, being extra cautious with weed whackers etc...

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

Happy Friday

I've had a really rough week pain wise...on top of my regular head pain & body pain
My upper back went out for a few days, I've had a charlie horse in my ribs off and on for several days

and today going down the stairs something made a sound and now my knee is really sore UGH.
So I leave you with one of the cutest little faces that cheers me up no matter what...my Misa XO.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Jaks In Ink

Back around Christmas time I started a ink drawing of Jaks...
I think it was shortly after he passed, I missed his sweet face so it just felt like a good thing to do.

I usually do portraits for other people but not myself so I've been enjoying drawing our own family.
I'll show you how this one turned out soon.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


These are two of my all-time favorite photos I've ever taken of our Leisel...

I am thinking of doing one of them in pastel, what do you think?

Monday, May 27, 2019


We get doves in our front yard every year.  They just lay on the ground and nap, eat, coo...
some of beautiful soft greys and others are delicate peachy shades.

They amaze and enchant me and fill me with peace...
I hope I never stop taking time to bask in their beauty!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Fun Day Sunday

We hope your having a fun day today...

with whomever you love spending your time with the most XO.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Free Shipping

Hey everyone, just hopping in quickly on a Saturday to let you know that I am offering free shipping

all across Canada and discounted shipping everywhere else on all of my 8x 10" art prints XO.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Setting Up With Flynn

It's been a long month plus healing Flynn up from his nasty ear infection,
he's still on antibiotics and will be for at least another 3 weeks before going back to the doctors...

This week is a better week though, last week a bit rough with his eating not being great
but this week he's feeling peppy & hungry so it's nice to have him with me as I set up his deck.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rainy Day Box Forts

Our buns are pretty spoiled with going outside so they find winters long & rainy days hard...

We combat that with box forts in various rooms and blanket forts (see my Instagram today).

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Baby Robins

I am kinda wild about this photo I took of a baby robin in the backyard...

I think it would be a pretty spectacular pastel....do you think so possibly?

Monday, May 20, 2019

May 24

Happy May 24 weekend all...

I hope your all comfy & happy with your loved ones XO

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bird Happy

Some days all I want to do is sit in my front window and watch the birds!
I am learning to embrace instead of fight whatever little thing brings me calmness & peace...

I've taken to photographing them through the picture window and can't wait to sit out in the garden
in stealthy silence with our camera, so in other words, prepare for lots of bird pics to come!

Friday, May 17, 2019

I am Back!

Hey guys, sorry for that really long unplanned absence.
I am back and my goodness I've missed this blog of mine!
I was away for a few reasons but the main one was just simply that
life has been kicking my ass lately!
Long story short,
my migraine life got really bad and at the same time I took part in the Migraine Summit
which was pretty overwhelming for me as I don't think I've ever fully accepted how much
my life as a migraineur affects me, so for lack of better words,
I kinda went into a mourning for lost dreams (more on that later on).
Than I let all kinds of stress from all kinds of directions hit me and pile up
and my body got pretty darn sick let me tell you...I ended up in the hospital on two occasions
and just a couple weeks ago was experiencing a very scary heart issue...all due to stress.
Another big point of stress for me has been being a vegan in a very cruel uncaring non-vegan world
(more on that later too for that's a pretty big issue!).

I have also been diagnosed with a new thing that I am not quite ready to chat about yet
as I am still accepting it and processing it...it's nothing horrible, just something I'll have to deal with.
Than our Flynn got very sick for about a month & we thought we would lose him.
And this happened not even a month after we lost our Henrie to a heart attack.
And in between all of that my sweet sweet man has been having problems with his ears
and we've been dealing with long sleepless nights on the floors etc with stasis and gas
in mostly Leisel and Misa, who are prone to these problems...
Life with so many rescues is always rewarding but hardly ever very easy.
But I am feeling Spring full now...I am soaking in the birdsong...
looking forward to a new season with hopefully very little drama and losses
and a new season with a much stronger grip on how I let stress rattle me!
So start visiting me here again okay...I am back...and I have so much to share XOXO

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Red Star Delight

Well we've been having a heck of a time with me and with the buns, especially Flynn.
More on that soon but for now I needed to share my newest piece with you all
(Flynn was indeed the model for this one so I thought it was fitting given all we're going through).

"Red Star Delight"

You'll find prints in my shop.
The original is not available at the moment.
I am hoping to get it on t-shirts etc but I am still looking for a place I am comfortable working with.
I am really really happy with how this one turned out
and Flynn made a most spectacular model if I may say so myself!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Last Years Book Pile

So it was a pretty good reading year in 2018 (26 books read).

These 3 I L-O-V-E-D (All Alice Hoffman's so of course!)

The following books I thought were really great... 

The next are ones that were good but they are just shy of being 'great' in my opinion...

These next ones I unfortunately have to give a 'just okay' stamp, I just couldn't get into them...

and unfortunately these ones I can't recommend at all because well, I really didn't like them at all...

I hope this helps you find some good reads this new year...I will always recommend Alice Hoffman!
If you have read some of them let me know...nothing is like a good delicious book XO.