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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dirty Works

I am a huge fan of Dirty Works, whenever I see them at Winners I get them...have you tried them?


I highly recommend their products, especially if you like your skin to tingle & they are cruelty-free.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Lyddie Love

Hmmmmmm Lydia snuggles... Nothing beats her snuggles.


She is hands down the most affectionate bun we've ever had.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Rainbow Rabbit

What do you think of my rainbow rabbit so far?


I have some pretty cool ideals for this image, I hope I can pull them off!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Too Hot

This summer has been so hot...way way too hot for me...
I've barely been able to get out in my kayak yet and summer is almost over argh!


Atleast we have air-conditioning which is semi-working! Ugh!!
How are you fairing in your part of the world?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Barnaby Fizz

So our little Barnaby has been waiting for us for awhile.

Long story short, I was involved in a rescue of a wild cottontail baby rabbit that did not end well
and it was super traumatizing for me (more on that later perhaps)
but since we were going to make room in our home for this wild bunny had they survived,
We realized we had room for the little bunny that a woman at the vet knew was being severely neglected and who needed a home.  She had been asking us to take this bun for over a year now.
So the day after I had to decide to euthanize the wild bun,
we called the woman and said we'll take the bun.
We didn't know what too expect, just a 2 year old girl.
We didn't have any need to meet the people who were neglecting this animal.
We set it up so the woman at the clinic picked her up for us
and we met at the animal hospital to pick up our new baby.
(didn't he look like a baby wookie!)


He was a ball of mats and knots, we couldn't even feel his body underneath all of it.
I have never seen matting this bad.
Before we got there, the woman at the vet cut the fur around his eyes because apparently he couldn't even see whatsoever either and his nails were all curled in on themselves so they cut the nails too.
He looked so so scared and just so so tired.

We realized that he couldn't move the front legs without it pulling on the back end so we decided to start shaving off the mess right away.  It took about 5-6 hours that first day to release him from his fur prison.  The poor little soul was covered in sores and rashes underneath it all
because the matting was so bad.
At this point we didn't consider him just a neglect case, to us this was a case of abuse.

Than shaving very very carefully around the bum area....one little testicle popped out than the other!
Our little bean had beans!
It wasn't a girl at all, it was very clearly a boy.
We originally, when we thought he was a girl, called him "Mimzy" so a name change was due.

The poor little guy was running into things, he just wasn't used to his proper eyesight.
He was also having a hard time with balance because he was just so used to being in a tight coat of knots that kept his mobility limited...even now about a month later, he still wobbles a bit.


At first he was a complete ball of nerves.
He shuddered when we touched him.
But it seemed as though he instantly understood that we were trying to help him
and he was so so good and patient for the shaving off of his fur.

Apparently he was never handled, just stuck in a small cage in the corner, forgotten.
He lived in that cage every day, he never got out!
Why on earth would anyone think an animal wants to live like that!
(just like our poor Lydia).
They want the freedom to move and express a joy for life just as we do...exactly as we do.

Unfortunately about the 3rd day after he came home, he almost died!
He was never given veggies or hay!
So we know to give new bunnies very small portions and only the basics at first.
Well even the tiny amount of veg we gave him was too much for his malnourished tum.
He went into full blown super bad stasis!
After what I just went through with the wild bunny, not being able to save him,
if I had lost Barnaby, I never would have forgiven myself.
My life would have changed forever, I don't know that I would have trusted myself with rescue again.
Thankfully, 2 sleepless night later, 3 emergency vet visits &
almost 1 grand later, he started eating again!


We still need to get him neutered.
He hasn't been fixed and as much as I don't want to put him through a surgery,
it's crucial for his best emotional well being and for his health
because unaltered rabbits have a very high risk of cancer.
So we've been giving him a chance to settle in, fatten up abit and than we'll book his surgery soon.

When he first came home, about a month ago now, we could feel every single rib.
Every single precious segment of his spine...like a little row of pearls.
We could even feel individual cecotrops in this track!  That's how skinny he was.

No animal deserves to be treated or kept in this way.
I just don't understand people, I just don't.
But I am just thankful that this woman at the vet recognized he needed out of that place
and that they agreed to give him over...I'd say give him up, but they clearly didn't care for him.

Am I hard on people?
Yes, absolutely because animals deserve so fucken more than what most people dole out to them.
Rescue life is amazing and rewarding but it's super hard too...
it's hard to keep positive about people and not hate everyone after you see what we see.


So this is Barnaby all shaved up.
He's possibly not a rabbit but some magical fluff of a mystical creature, part wooky, part magwai!

It's been an honor to watch him learn to trust his body.
To learn that he can move his body.
To watch him learn to play.
To trust us in taking treats.
Learning to eat hay.
He flies like lightening around the house like a race car driver, again and again for hours,
it's really pretty hilarious and all kinds of wonderful.
He's very very smart.
He's very affectionate.
He likes all of the buns in the house, except for Flynn and especially Higgins!
He just has an effervescent personality...hence the "Fizz"...our little Fizzy Pop.

We absolutely adore him...so so much.
He was meant to join our furry crew.
Maybe that cottontail came into my life every so brilliantly but briefly so that he could come home!

Welcome home Barnaby Fizz...welcome home you all kinds of wonderful baby you XO.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Meet Barnaby Fizz

Everyone meet our newest rescue...
He is a very special soul so he needed an extra special name so we've decided to call
Barnaby Fizz


He's not a rabbit, not really...he's some magical little being who looks part wookie, part magwai!
He has quite the tale so far but my time for blogging is too short today so
join me tomorrow and I'll tell you more XO.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Mani Pedi Time

It's that time...
time for mani and pedis in the Leporidae Lovely micro-sanctuary.


We have 32 precious little feet to tend to...
Wait am I counting right???  Did I indeed say 32? Yes I did...tune in next week ha ha!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

No Mouth...What!?

Here's something new on my upstairs desk...
and yep, your seeing correct, she's not going to have a mouth.


I am doing this beauty in polychromos on stonehenge.
I am still learning which mixes I like best, the polys on this paper feels like more work but I like it!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Grateful For Green

Are you like me where you just have days where your heart is flooded over with gratitude...


gratitude for green!  For fresh greens & beautiful kind healthy food and beautiful new plants!!??

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Double Crested Cormorant

We were walking down at our beautiful waterfront a few weeks back,
it was a perfect summers evening when I was looking out at the boats in the marina
and I saw a big black bird.
This big black bird had a pretty extensive wing span so I was immediately wondering what it was.
Than I realized it was holding it's wings out to dry in the sun,
I've never really seen any ducks doing that
and even from a distance you could tell this bird was quite black and substantial.
I recognized the profile almost right away, I said to my honey 'Oh My Gawd, is that a Cormorant".
I've never ever seen one of these birds around here, only out on the East Coast and West Coast.
We watched it for a few minutes
than decided it was worth the chance to run home for the our Nikon zoom lens.
He was still there, sunning his wings, when we got back.
He/she was absolutely magnificent.
Look at his incredible turquoise eyes, holy smokes!
I later learned that he/she was a double-crested Cormorant
and that they were in fact plentiful around here about 30 or 40 years ago
but they were killed off by people using a certain kind of pesticide in their yards etc.


Now they are making a comeback but much to my dismay I read that the Ford government
has or is about to pass a law that says anyone can kill these amazing birds for no reason!
Oh stupid people think they have good reasons though!
They complain that the birds poo smells too much!
They complain that they destroy their property!!
and the worse most idiotic one is that the fisherman say these birds eat too many of the
young sports fish, not leaving them with enough when it comes to their fishing derby times etc,
how gross and pathetic is that!
I mean, I am pretty sure any human can go into a grocery store full of food
and find something to fill their bellies but the Cormorants rely on the fish in the lake alone.
The fish is theirs to eat, not ours, come on people, at least learn to share!
If you think the Cormorants are as beautiful and incredible as I do, send a message to your government and express your dismay that these amazing creatures are once again at risk.
And if you live anywhere near these birds and you see they are in danger, try to educate people
about sharing this world with these animals...like all animals, these birds need our help!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Melting

It's been to hot to even turn on my computer!...Are you melting too?


This summer has been too damn hot!  But I guess at least we have a lovely space to melt in!!!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sketchbook Peek

Just a little peek into one of my sketchbooks...


Some pieces are fully rendered now whiles other linears wait somewhat patiently.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Choose Love

I so far only have one regret in life.
That regret is that I haven't always been vegan...if I could go back in time & change that I would.


Spending time with precious beings like these two duck friends
is such a powerful reminder to me of why I choose compassion and love over the alternative.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Goldfinch Gold

This is hands down one of my favorite photos I have ever taken.


We got ourselves a Nikon D750 last year and I am absolutely loving it.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Pencil On Watercolour Paper

I really fell in love with using my beloved colored pencils on really textured watercolor paper.
I feel like the colors are so deep and I can layer like crazy, especially with the Prismacolor.
Sometimes I drag my heels on images because I am multi-passionate & can't decide on a medium.


 but now and then an image just scream on out
"I want to be done in watercolor...I want to be a lino cut...I want to be ink pen on board"
I love it when that happens and I try not to ignore the instinct.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Apricot Strudel Our Grumpy Gus

Korra-Soleil is such a beautiful dutch rabbit and such an easy rabbit too for the most part.
She wasn't always, she was pretty grumpy when we first adopted her but she's loving with us now.
I wish she got along with the others in the house though but she doesn't, she wants to fight everyone.


Someone commented recently that the way we live with rabbits is so interesting, seeing how some hate each other for no reason, seeing others fall in love etc ha ha.  I think I should be putting
"Relationship Manager" on my resume because some days I feel like all I do is referee rabbits!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Visit

When you have real friends they just accept you as you are...
This is one of the few people in my life who truly accepts & loves me as I am, my oldest pal Lisa.
We have been friends since grade one, over 35 years now!
She always wanted kids, even as a kid herself, I didn't, we accept & love that about one another.


We don't get to see each other often, she lives 4 hours away & I can't travel, so I love any time we get together like this super fun day at the same beach Lisa & I used to haunt as kids together.
It was lovely sitting with my oldest pal, feeling that connection to the past,
watching her kids & our honeys make new memories there too, it was a very special day for me.