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Friday, February 28, 2014

Another Tiny Inkling

Another teeny tiny inkling.
(I just bought the most delicious sketchbook to do more of these simple ink drawings in. YAY)

Tell me...would you be interested in small 4 x 6" prints of these guys if I were to offer them?
They might make lovely little notecard sets too don't you think???

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Table Hopping

Ah Ha...
she's been caught in the act!!!
I was wondering which bunny was eating my puzzle pieces!

(I don't want to know how many times she's missed this giant leap of hers...jeepers!!!)
One wouldn't normally want a bunny on your dining table....
But apparently, guess what, it doesn't matter, because Rule #1 with rabbits tends to be
...if you don't want them to go somewhere, they will very likely find a way to get there anyway!

Guess I have to find a new place for puzzle time!!!
since now chairs are being left out for the little leaping missus to use to more safely jump up
since she's apparently going to anyways!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

More Sick Bed Sketching

Another cutie from the sick bed of Bijou's Whimsy!
These guys are tiny...only 4 x 5".
My instinct is to add colour of course but I think they are nice in B&W.
I think this one would be sweet on a cup as well, don't you?
I am having fun & it's nice to give my wrist a break from all the colouring I've been doing...
Gotta see the bright side of things and all that jazz after all right, ha ha!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mischievous Monkeys

I am always so glad when my honey & I are sick at separate times...
Cause it takes at least one of us to keep an eye on the mischievous monkeys!!!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Drawing From Bed

I've been knocked down by a flu or a cold, I can never tell which is which!
My ink pens & teeny little notecards have been keeping me company...
Don't you think this image would be just so darling on a coffee mug???
Would you perhaps buy it if I put it on a cup? hmmmm....

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chantilly Swish

The newest addition to my 'Nubbin' series...it's been awhile!
"Chantilly Swish"
Prints of her will be available shortly.
In the meantime, do make the acquaintance of her friends over in my shop.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Happy Valentines Day Everyone.
Let's celebrate with a sweet little Giveaway from me to you.
The winner will receive these 3 art cards of mine.
(Beautiful handmade darlings printed on 140 pound watercolour paper)
They will be lovingly wrapped up, filled with good bunny mojo &
sent to you from my cozy Northern studio when we draw a name on March 3rd.
How to enter???
Just sign up for my monthly studio news
or email me at MandySaile@BijousWhimsy.com with 'Giveaway Yes Please' in the subject line
and I'll add you to my newsletter list & enter your name for the draw.
p.s. If you already receive my studio news by email you must still enter your name if your interested.
Just let me know that your already on the list.  Thanks.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


There are SO many ways to connect & keep in touch online nowadays.
I know Linkedin is a popular one so I finally set up a profile for myself.
I wanted to let you know here on my blog just incase it's a preferred method for you to keep in touch.
I think it's so important as entrepreneurs to keep trying out new venues to connect in.
Especially when you believe in what you make & sell
and when your advertising budget is non-existent!
I also think however that, since there are SO many places to sign up for that it's crucial
to be honest with ourselves and after a trial period,
keep what works and feels good and to ditch what isn't working.
 I really enjoy Twitter but I detest Facebook...so I am seriously thinking of deleting my f.b account.
Tell me, what are your absolute favorite networks???  Do tell.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I am Gonna Gush About Frenwyck

Today is a special day, for it marks a whole entire year that our Frenwyck has been with us.
We love him so, I can't even really put it into words...sappy, I know, but true nonetheless, ha ha!
We just can't imagine not having him in our rabbity family. 
He really has healed our hearts.
This amazing rabbit was at the Toronto Humane Society.
Can you believe someone just dumped him off & in horrible condition too...poor baby. 
He was at the shelter for too long and even though they took stellar care of him, he became a very grumpy boy.  He needed a lot more space to run & be a bunny & desperately needed love & a home.

Many of you know the story of how we fell in love with him long before we could adopt him.
(You can read the wonderful story right here if you'd like).
We both just knew he was meant to join our family.
I must say, going to the shelter (all 3 times) was by far not easy.
We were insanely excited about adopting our new family member
BUT we were also feeling awful & incredibly sad about all the buns we were leaving there.
It was worth the torn hearts though cause we came home with Teela, Yuuji, Flynn & Fren
and I just kept telling myself saving one (or in our case 4) was better than none at all.

Now he's an incredibly happy joyful rabbit.  Like a little puppy, following us around the house.
He just loves us so much...it's so awesome to feel that pouring out of him.
He is one of thee most enthusiastic buns we've ever had.
We can tell everyday that he appreciates his home.
He's just amazing and awesome and fabulous and snuggly.
and he has made my heart grows 10 times it's size.
He simply is 'Frenwyck the Incredible'...that's his nickname around here...also 'Muppet'.

So, yes, ha ha, you know me & my bunnies, I could go on and on...
So I'll just say Happy 1 year anniversary Fren.
Adopting you was one of the best things we've EVER done.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


I want you to make the acquaintance of a very cool little dude...
his name you may ask?
why how polite of you to ask,
his name is
Read on to hear a tiny bit of his story...
You may perhaps mistake him for a squirrel or a guinea pig (the latter to which he is indeed related),
however our fair dapper Goodwin is actually neither of these...
he comes from Central America and is in fact an 'Agouti'.
Do you know what he does for a living?
Well our furry friend here owns a very popular button franchise.
(with a couple of stores just opening up now in South America...how exciting!)
He is proprietor, designer and maker of much sought after buttons made from Brazil nuts.
Ever single button in his shops are created by Goodwin himself with his very own nimble teeth.
You see, Agoutis have a special tooth enamel that is twisted in this super cool way
to make the teeth super extra tough and super strong. (oh that Mother Nature is a clever one she is).
Goodwin's parental background & special teeth really are the makings
for the perfect button nut nibbler/designer....no wonder his creations are so sought after.
They are really quite something to marvel at...and very expensive, naturally of course!
See the nifty blue denim jacket he's wearing?
Well that's his favorite thing in the world.  He's never without that coat of his. 
It was handed down to him by his father...a great old Brazil Nut farmer named Papa Rojas.
He was the one who taught Goodwin how to find the biggest & best nuts out there.
Goodwin still has a collection of very special nuts which he collected with his dad
when he was still but a wee tiny thing.
These nuts are saved only for the most important of clientele, like kings, queens and huge rock stars.
(Prints of Goodwin will be available soon)
(The original is up for grabs, just email me at mandysaile@bijouswhimsy.com)