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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Back To Posting

Lydia and I wanted to let you know that we're back to Instagraming on our art account!
I think the last year just threw me for such a flip, big time, it's been alot on top of just life in general, there's been new rescues & losses, a new disease for me, cancer for my honey!!!
It's been alot to deal with & whiles I have been creating, I haven't been sharing it in my usual way.
I think I just needed space to be creative in a quiet solitary way in order to heal & re-calibrate.


I am still healing, still re-calibrating...big time!
Things aren't perfect but they never will be, things are still scary & I am still struggling
with my new diagnosis and with a new round of cancer treatment for my love starting next week.
But I am feeling the pull strongly to share again, so I am diving back into showing you what
we're up to in the studios and I really hope you'll continue to join me XOXO.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Beachy Royalty

Guys look at this...
my 'The Golden Monkey King" is now on beach goodies & doesn't he look sooo great?
You can now get him on beach towels, sling chairs, folding tables and more...


Check out these lovelies and a bunch of other cool goods in my new Society6 shop now.
I am adding new images soon & I can't wait to show you more...
Sign up to my 'Keep In Touch' e-news & stay tuned for more colourful whimsy coming your way.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Multi-Purposed

The Jeep is our valiant steed during our Northern winters & crazy snow storms,
it's a cozy favorite spot to curl up together by the beach during rain storms.
And it's also the perfect totally neutral area to begin bunny bonding!


Lydia liked Mooshi right from the get-go but he was apparently still too hormonal last we tired, ugh!
They are very similar in age, temperament and like all of the same things, so I really hope that at
some point, when this heatwave is over, we can give it another try because they'd be a perfect pair.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Vegan Awesomeness & Favourites

I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite plant-based/vegan products in case you were looking for something in helping you or/and loved ones adopt a kinder, healthier way of eating.

Our favorite go to 'milk' is Silk organic soy milk.
My absolute favorite coffee, now that I am off of caffeine, is Starbucks Decaf house blend
but it must be with my absolute favorite creamer, also from Silk, their almond vanilla flavored creamer...try it, you'll never crave 'real cream' again and it's so much better for you.


We recently, just in time for summer, discovered that Nestle makes a vegan drumstick
and as far as we can remember what the dairy ones taste like, these taste the same, super yummy.


One of my favorite plant based companies is Gardein (they are Canadian by the way whoot whoot)
I don't think I've disliked anything that they make.  They are on the pricey side for the amount you get but well that's unfortunately the culture of vegan food right now because it's not subsidized like dairy and meat products.  These pork-less bites are my honey's favorite,
they have a really nice spiciness to them with a ooey gooey sauce and very tender 'meat'
and I love the crab-less cakes, they are creamy and as far as I remember, taste quite a bit like crab.


Califia Farms makes these cold brew espressos that's just dreamy.
I admit, I had to add a bit of sugar because I like my coffee super sweet.
I can't have it now because I am off caffeine for my migraines & chronic pain but
if your a coffee drinker, love your summer time cold cafe treats, I highly recommend them.


(If you've never had salted dried broad beans, find them, they are delicious).
SoFresh's cold brew coffees are really tasty too, they just aren't as strong as the Califia
but when we can we stock up on SoFresh's oat milk, oat milk it one of my favorites,
it tastes so fresh and just so nourishing for the body.
Earth Island makes one of my favorite cheese, a provolone and a cheddar.
We are also huge fans of Sheese's cream cheese, it actually tastes like real cream cheese,
the slices not so much but  we love love love their feta too.
Vegannaise is my favorite mayo, especially the garlic one but nowadays even Walmart has vegan mayo and they are all wayyyy healthier for you than regular dairy mayo. 


Now back to Gardien...the beefless tips are one of my favorite treats.
They don't look like they do on the package but they are yummy all the same.
We like to just cook up a whole bag & eat it beside steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes.
We  recently gave the Emborg cheese a try on pizza and it did a really good job.


SoDelicious has so many super delicious vegan ice creams available,
we try every single new flavor and we haven't been disappointed once.
However one of my favorite all time ice creams comes from Ben & Jerry's, it's their Cherry Garcia.
I am honestly not a fan of any of the Halo ice creams...not after the other ones.


I am always so surprised that even in our little Northern meats & potatoes town,
plant-based options are quite readily available, not so much in restaurants sadly but in grocery stores, there is usually an option for most things I find, sometimes you just have to search.
You can't get attached to anything unfortunately because it seems that most things plant-based
seem to come and go without rhyme or reason (except for your big companies like Tofurky or Daiya) BUT it's always fun trying new products anyway.

You don't need any of this stuff to go vegan, this is all just extra treats but if your looking for
substitutes to make kinder, better, smarter choices, these are all a really great place to start.
If you ever have any questions about going plant-based, don't hesitate to contact me,
I am more than happy to try to answer any questions, to encourage you & to cheer you on XO.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

A Promise Fullfilled

Finally our Peonies budded & bloomed...


Promise made...Promise fulfilled & then some.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Staying Home

We are so confused by some peoples flippant attitudes about Covid when this is happening 
(click here), sure this is in the US but the point is that this is how bad & scary it will get everywhere with things opening up, if we don't continue to be vigilant
and shelter at home as much as possible.
Almost half a million people worldwide have died so far & it's only going to get worse.
I admit, I am one of the ones hoping that the Ontario borders stay closed & closed tight and I
don't think that any kind of travel should be allowed period unless for medical emergencies.


Yes, I wanted to go to the Black Lives Matter marches so badly, but I just couldn't chance it.
Sure, I miss my people as much as the next person but not enough to put myself &
immediate family in danger of contracting this insanely efficient & smart virus!
It's frustrating to people like me who need to stay super safe because I live with a seriously immune-comprised individual...if my husband catches this thing, he's likely to die because he has so many other underlying issue, like chronic asthma, a low immune system & 2 lung clots!


I don't know about you but because I am able to stay home safe & sound, I am.
Everything we get is by contact-less pickup or delivery
and in both cases we wash everything that comes into the house like crazy.
And when we go out we always wear masks no matter how uncomfortable they are.
Masks should be made mandatory period...you don't wear one, off to jail you go....
I know that's an extreme view however this whole this is a very extreme situation!
People refusing to go without masks are putting everyone else being careful in danger.


I am hearing about teenagers actually having Covid parties where they know one of the kids is sick
and they sell tickets and whoever gets sick first & is diagnosed by a doctor wins the money pot!
How insane is that.
And people are always telling me how kids these days are so smart & a shining beacon of the future!!
Yeah right!!!  Hardly any of them are choosing to go vegan, so exactly how smart is the future!!!


I am truthfully finding it all disheartening & at the moment very hard to navigate...
In Northern Ontario our outbreak numbers are pretty good
BUT that doesn't make it any less scary for us, we've been through hell the past year
and I am finding a lot of people not understanding our hesitancy,
especially when they see everyone returning to normal activities and get together's etc...
you just don't know who is carrying this thing, that's the biggest problem, you can't trust anyone!
I don't like hurting people or being rude by declining visits & offers for dinner parties, barbecues, etc
but refusing everything right now is the only way we feel safe.

I hope your staying strong too out there & not letting anyone pressure you into being unsafe.
Good Luck XOXO

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Shipping During Covid19

So I have made the decision that as much as I LOVE packaging & shipping everything off
in a very timely manner, because of Covid19 & my partner being seriously immune-compromised
I will unfortunately only be braving/chancing the post office 1 day a month and that's it.
From my own website/IG/Blog etc, I will be shipping everything out
on the 15th of every month instead of my the usual weekly shipping.


To make up for it taking a little longer to get your purchases,
I will be including extra surprise treats in all of your orders, yayyy.
I know most of you understand and I am so appreciative of you & all of your orders,
each and everyone truly means so much to me and the buns.  Thank you XO.
(If you want, you can shop in my new Society6 shop & everything there is mailed out in 3-5 days).