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Monday, March 18, 2019

Hi From Higgy

We thought everyone might need a dose of cuteness today...


and you can't get much cuter than this little guys face, our Higgy-Buttons.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Where's She Going To End Up?

Well this beauty is all cut out but she currently has nowhere to go!


But I do know she'll be in some water surrounded by some water lilies!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Respect For Earth

I was so happy to be asked to join an awesome group of artists for this group exhibition in May.


I am not sure which pieces I will show quite yet but I am really looking forward to it.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Heart Attack For Henrie

So on Monday night around 9pm our handsome Henrie suffered a small heart attack.
We were sitting watching t.v. and heard a ruckus in Henrie & Flynn's room so we went running
to find that Flynn was sitting off by himself perfectly normal but Henrie was all stretched out
unable to stand or get up, breathing super hard with a super rapid heart beat.
He was perfectly fine and active and hungry all the day and evening, it was super sudden.
He refused to eat, he didn't want to open his eyes
and his body language held all the signs of a bunny about to die...
We rushed him to the vet
(thank goodness our vet is always there for us no matter the time of day or night)
and suddenly at the vet's office he perked up, to the point where
all 3 of us clearly could see it was not a situation of having to help him pass.
The doctor said he didn't seem to be in distress or pain but his heart did sound full of liquid
and the most likely answer was that he did indeed suffer a heart episode/mild heart attack!
So he was given a shot of a heart medicine that helps the body pass the liquid away from the heart.
We brought him home, laid with him all night long, not sure what was going to happen...
and suddenly around 5am, he popped up without falling over and started to eat!


Now it's Thursday, 3 days later, and he looks like nothing has happened at all.
The doctor said that the attack clearly happened on the side of the heart where he can survive.
We are still holding our breath...he is 9 years old and for big bunnies that is considered quite old.
He's on the exact same heart meds now, twice a day, 12 hours apart just like our Jelly Bean Jaks.
That's thrown me for a loop I tell ya! 
(It hasn't even been 6 months since we ended that whole routine with our Jaks)
To be on that 12 hour cycle again with heart meds, well I admit I had a good cry about it.
BUT, if it means that it keeps our Henrie comfortable and with us and Flynn awhile longer, so be it.
We will adjust and adapt for him, like we've done for so many other buns
because he deserves the best and longest life that we can possibly give him.
People gave up on him before...
that's why he ended up in the shelter system at 4 years old with his sister Elsie.
We'll never ever give up on him...no matter how exhausting...no matter what...
he's too precious and too awesome and he's our boy.
So right now everything seems to be okay...
we're on eggshells but today he's with us so it's a good day.
and now our Henrie Biggins officially has joined the Tough Nut group!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Leisel In Lines

Here is the portrait of Leisel a little further along...sometimes these portraits move along slowly.


Ink pens are the perfect thing to use cause I can kind of curl up with them & work still when in pain.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Touched With Kindness

A friend dropped off this amazing treat awhile back to thank us for helping her bun,


vegan french onion soup, apples from her garden, vegan tees, HELLO!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Working With Rabbits Outside

Here is another Micron ink pen portrait I started back in the summer...
Maybe you can't tell from here but this one is of our Leisel...I'll show you the finished piece soon.


When working outside I need to use mediums that I can pick up & drop super easily because
I am usually watching the buns in the yard at the same time, honestly some days I get no work done!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Woman's Day

Happy International Women's Day All...
May you be feeling strong, beautiful, capable & fierce every single day...


May you be surrounded by fellow women who lift you up in love & support & inspiration...
and may you feel at your very most powerful, special & peaceful when your by yourself XO

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A New Toy

I got a tabletop easel (with a 50% off coupon)...


I am pretty excited about it!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Flynn In Lino

I can't get enough of linos lately, I carve pretty much every morning.


Those who know my little family know right away that Flynn was my model for this one.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Yuuji & Leisel

Hey, did I ever tell you guys that Yuuji and Leisel bonded???
It's been quite awhile now but I don't know if I ever announced it.
When we decided to adopt Leisel, we knew she had behavioral issues to work out
but Yuuji had lost Teela, his best friend and he's such a sturdy steadfast patient guy,
we really felt like if anyone would be a good match for Leisel it would be him...
so we divided the bedroom in half so we could bring Leisel (a special needs adoption) home.
Truthfully, it's far from easy bringing new buns home, it's a pretty intense process
because we are a home for so many other buns but we are used to it by now to know that whiles
things are hectic for a bit (and definitely inconvenient with gates etc!) things always settle down.



It took a year before we were able to start bonding them.
We don't usually start the bonding process until they show certain behavior at the bonding gates.
When they stop trying to bite each other, when they stop getting worked up when the other one moves along the gates, when they start throwing themselves over near one another, it's than time.
We were starting to wonder if Leisel would ever calm down enough for us to see if they wanted to be buddies but sure enough almost right at her 1 year adoption anniversary, they both started to show the signs that they were ready for face to faces and a few weeks after applying all of our bonding tricks with a whole whack of patience, they bonded...
It's always one of the most satisfying things for us, when we get to remove gates separating buns!
They aren't the closest pairing we've ever had but they really like each other
and being near Yuuji has been nothing but good for our poor messed up Leisel.
Aren't they gorgeous together though.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Henrie's Ink Portrait

As many rabbits as I usually draw,
I don't actually draw my buns all that often, not their portraits anyhow


Well I've been craving to draw them more so here is how Henrie's ink portrait turned out.
I will be adding a portraiture page to my new website & I am excited about that.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tahini Date Coffee Cups

Hi guys, sorry, I meant to post this last week but things got away from me.
You have to try these, they are so tasty and different than any other dessert.
I made them a couple weeks back and now we keep a ready supply in the freezer
because they are the perfect little healthy treat when our sweet tooth scream for something.

"Tahini Date Coffee Cups"


Coating:
·  1/2 cup tahini
·  1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

Filling:
·    1 cup of dates (make sure you get the pitted kind)
·   2 teaspoons coconut oil
·   1 teaspoon vanilla
·  1/2 teaspoon sea salt
·   1 cup of water (to soak the dates in)
·   3-4 tsp of instant coffee

Instructions:

1. Put the dates in the water and soak for atleast 2 hours or until soft enough for you to mash.
                     2. Line 20 to 22 mini muffin cups with paper liners.

                     3. In a medium bowl, beat together the tahini and coconut oil until smooth. Line the cups with a little under half of the mixture. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes until set.

                     4. Make the filling by mashing up the dates using as much of the water as you need from the prune soaking, I just use a fork, it takes some arm power but it won't take too long.  Than add the coconut oil & tahini mix, the vanilla, the salt and the instant coffee and mix until you have a smooth, thick paste.

                   5.. Remove the cups from the refrigerator. Evenly drop about a teaspoon of the filling into each cup, let it pool in the middle, do not spread out.  Than fill the cups with the remaining of the tahini mixture until each cup is. 

6. Chill in the refrigerator again until set and then gobble up and enjoy.

(These need to be kept in the freezer afterward or in the fridge otherwise they will melt).

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Teela's Portrait

I did a portrait in Polychromos of one of my soulmates, my beloved departed Teela.
It took me awhile as I just kept getting so emotional whenever I worked on it,
her getting so sick so suddenly, us doing everything we could but not being able to save her,
never really knowing what happened to her because I just couldn't agree to an autopsy,
her dying at such a young age, her leaving her bonded mate Yuuji behind...


hers is a loss that I carry with me every day that's all I can say.
But that's all sad stuff...this picture is about her beautiful amazing spirit.
She was just pure sunshine to me...in fact I sang her that song every day at bedtime!
I knew upon minutes after adopting her that loosing her would be impossible for me, I just knew.
She was our very first shelter adoption &
she helped pave the road for so many others to come after her.
She was magic.  She was my best friend.  She was my baby girl.  She was my heart.
This ones's for her.
  I might release limited edition prints but I am not sure yet, I'll let you know.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Before The Snowpocalypse

These are from the beginning of winter...


Now we are quite buried in an a mountain of snow that is quite unbelievable!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Pretty Lady

This is one of my newest mixed media ladies and I have to say I am loving her.


I don't know where she's going quite yet, I started her without a concept but I'll get there.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Happy 1st Year Homecoming Higgy

Last week, February 11th.  marked the day one year ago
that we adopted our Higgins
otherwise known as Higgy-Buttons
(or at the shelter as Buttons).


The Toronto Humane Society reached out to us asking if we were able to take him
and at first we said no, we were full up at the moment but I asked about his story anyhow...
I firmly believe that every single animal has a story and that it's important to tell & hear those stories.
Apparently he was a surrendered as a stray, but the shelter questioned that & wondered if he was just a bunny bought as an Easter gift that the people ended up not being able to handle.
He was somehow also missing a part of his cute little button nose.


He hated the shelter and everyone in it...
he was there awhile and the shelter was out of options for him in regards to foster families to give him a shelter break etc and they were worried he was going to be there for a really long time.
Because of his behavioral issues, they were not able to adopt him out to a family that had children because in that case he very most likely would have been returned or possibly worse.
He was ferociously territorial over his shelter pen, he was biting all of the volunteers
and even some of the potential adopters who stuck their fingers in his area
(that's on the people not him however in my opinion!).


Every time this little guy bite someone,
it had to be reported & a city official had to go all the way to the shelter to put a 'bite quaratine'
on the animal, which meant a big orange sticker was placed on their pen doors
and for 5 days straight no one was allowed to go near him...
(He was not potty trained either & made big messes in his pen)..
Higgins was put on FIVE bite quarantines!!!
We ended up calling him 'The Terror Of The THS"!
BUT thankfully someone there at the shelter believed in Higgins
& saw he had a sweetness under those teeth
and he reached out far and wide when their usual crew in/close to the city wasn't able to take him on
and that's when we were contacted.


The shelter knows we have a lot of experience with behavioral issue bunnies...
After I heard Higgins story, I asked to see his little face...and once I saw the pictures I knew in my heart, looking at his sweet little face that he was meant to join our motley damaged crew.
I talked to my honey, we looked around the house, considering his sex and age etc to see
where and how we could indeed fit him in comfortably with agreement that he had to spend
so many hours upstairs every day and once we had that figured out we said 'Well adopt him".
A week later, with arrangements made, we made the 8+ hour drive to go get our little guy.


Nowadays he's doing soooo much better.
He's sectioned off in his own big area in Misa's big room
and after a year they have finally started to bond and
now almost every night they spend 3-4 hours together.
It's going to be awhile before Misa allows him to be in her set of rooms but we think it'll happen
and than we'll be able to happily converge his area with hers but already they play outside together
and cuddle and play during their time upstairs and it's so so amazing to witness and watch.


I managed to get him potty-trained in less than two weeks too.
I just realized that he wanted to pee on blankets, not on hay or litter,
so I spread hand towels where he was peeing the most and every day moved them a bit closer to potty, than I started putting the hand towels into the potty letting him pee on them in there,
than I slowly started adding just a bit of hay and wood pellets at a time and
eventually I started pulling the towels out and voila he was trained to use the potty...
I admit I was pretty proud of him and myself for getting that done ha ha
because one of this things we were dreading, even in a way more than the biting teeth!
was the mess in a room that we and Misa usually keep very very clean
(but we weren't about to not bring a needy little soul into our home just because he was messy).


We are so so so glad that we took the plunge
& trusted that we could handle him & make him feel loved.
I'll never forget it, when we were leaving the shelter with him,
it spread quickly that it was Buttons who was being adopted
and suddnely a big wave of cheering & applause broke out, everyone was so happy for him, ha ha.
He can still be a little bit naughty when we are in his area cleaning
but you can tell as soon as he nips, he knows he's done a mean thing,
and he doesn't nip as hard as when he first came & even then he wasn't too too bad to handle.
Out of his area, he's a golden nugget, he never bites out of his area
and he loves to be picked up during the day for cuddles,
he closes his eyes and leans into my body, and it's than, every time
I see that comfy dreamy look in his blue eyes and feel the pressure of his precious body
press against mine that I am flooded with pride at how far he's come...
and at us for this life we live with these amazing precious strong animals.

So yes, that was a long story! ha ha,
a very very Happy 1st year homecoming to our Higgins...
we love you baby XO.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rainbow Rabbit Coming Along

I roughed in where I want the main rainbow colours...


This is going to be a cool one and perfect for t-shirts and such don't you think?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Whimbley Underway

Hey guys, I started a new little character, his name is Whimbley...he's going to be a pretty cool guy.


He's a stargazer, I know that already, the rest of the story to come sooner than later hopefully!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

More Jurrassic Jewels

How amazing are these ammonites....I am so lucky to have a little collection going.
My honey knows me, he knows that I much prefer these kind of Jurrassic jewels to real jewelry!


Ammonites were very prolific back in the age of the dinosaurs,
so they are a pretty abundantly found fossil nowadays.


They went extinct 65 million years ago, with the dinosaurs but some of these may even be older
than that & that's what blows my mind, that I can hold something in my hand that is that old, wow!