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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Red Wings

This is one of my favorite all time photos from this past summer.

I saw some birds I've never seen before, like this amazing red beauty.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Jelly Bean In Lines

I just wanted to show you a bit more progress on Jelly Beans portrait...

I am bouncing around between a few ink drawings lately so it's taking a bit.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Lydia & ALF

Lydia was reminding me of somebody...
The long nose...the big black eyes...the perfect hair swoosh..

and it dawned on me, she was reminding me of ALF, so I dug out my ALF doll to compare,
 what do you think???

Sunday, November 10, 2019

A Star-Gazer named Whimbley

I started this image awhile back of a star-gazing frog named Whimbley.
I put it away for awhile because it made me miss Henrie too much.

I am ready to get back to it now and finish it off & conjure up Whimbleys tall tale
but I sure do miss looking down from my desk to see these two snuggled up next to me.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

42...My Lessons

Today is my 42nd birthday...
my lessons in the past year have been this...

1.  It's okay to live a life that no one else understands
as long as your not hurting anyone else, live it...follow your bliss.

2.  It's a waste of time to worry about the wrinkles, they're gonna come no matter what.

3.  Unattended stress/emotion/pain etc can be absolute havoc for the body (even tended crap can too)
& sometimes sadly that havoc can be permanent (for me it took the form of fibromyalgia).

4.  Many of my days are just about getting through the day with all of the pain I live with
and I realized that sometimes I will be ahead of the game but most of the time
I will be way way behind, that's just the way it is, there's no point fighting it anymore.
Some days I will be okay with that and other days I'll wanna scream & I am allowed to scream.  
There's a lot of stigma & misunderstanding that goes with being a chronic sufferer
and I am going to spend a good amount of this year learning to better cope & talking about it will be part of that process. I am aware that some people aren't comfortable with my honesty or openness or they just have no basis for comparison so it doesn't grab them and I am more than okay with those who want to tune out, I am seeking connection on this topic to help & inspire myself (and hopefully some others as well), cope, manage and heal, it won't be a conversation for everyone and that's fine.

4.  Find your happiness, cultivate it, soak in it, bask in it & don't feel guilty about it for one single second because the bad stuff is going to come no matter what & it's likely not at all going to be what you've been wasting your time worrying about...so be as happy as you can in between the bad stuff.

5.  There will be times when it's glaringly obvious whose there for you in times of need & who's not.
Don't waste your time, shine your light towards the positive, warm & helpful people in your life.

and 6. More than anything in the past year I have proven to myself again & again that I am one excellent bunny-mama and that I am in more ways than one a super resilient tough-ass chick.

So Happy Birthday to me and may it be another awesome year of learning.  XO.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Strawberry Sweet

Just a day back in the summer when we went strawberry picking.
What's your favorite thing about picking your own strawberries???

I love the drive with my sweet honey, the tractor ride out to the fields and
finishing off a whole basket together on the ride back home to the buns.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Flower Spoiled

I am flower spoiled without a doubt. I appreciate it and I love love love it! I have a very sweet honey.

And almost every single flower that my honey gifts to me, I press in my homemade flower presses.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Filling In Lines With Misa

I have to use a chemical transfer to get my images from the paper to my linoleum
and I do have to do so because of how very detailed my designs are...
Sometimes it works really well, sometimes only parts transfer or they do but very faintly.

But I don't mind when I have to fill bits in because I grab a stack of linos in the pipeline,
I grab my Sharpie, a snack and I sit with my girl Misa downstairs and we re-line everything.
If life is about being in your happy place as much as possible, this is certainly one of them.