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Friday, March 31, 2017

Food Friday

Here is an easy food idea for this weekend...
Just grab your favorite foccacia from your local grocery shop, bring it home,
throw it in the oven to warm it up, than drizzle it with light olive oil and balsamic...

On the side make yourself a big beautiful salad of baby greens, avocado, finely chopped swiss chard,
lots of toasted nuts & seeds like cashews, sliced almonds and sunflower seeds
and drizzle over all of that a delicious mix of olive oil, salt, lemon juice and agave...YUM & Enjoy!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Curve Balls & Colour

Monster migraines, sick bunnies, life's curve balls have knocked me sideways quite a bit lately!

But I'll be showing you all some brand new colourful pieces soon!  Just bare with me!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Psst...I am Being Interviewed

I always find it nerve wracking to be interviewed but when the lovely Anne Butera
asked me to be on her beautiful blog 'My Giant Strawberry'  I couldn't pass it up.  So on April 7th...

we'll be chatting about my days at OCAD, the bunnies, life with migraines and my art of course.
I hope you'll mark it on your calendars and join us XO.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Adopted Grandpas & Great Watercolours

I don't work out of my studio often because I am just happiest working solo with the buns near me.
But now and than I seek out my friend who've I've shared studio space with before,
my super talented adopted grandpa, Arlie Hoffman, one of North Bay's cherished jewels...

He has a studio space downtown in our little city and I love to set up next to him & work & chat.
He works on huge beautifully amazing watercolours, I on miniature coloured pencils & it's so great.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jelly Bean Jewel In Blue

Here's a peek at another upcoming Glitter Bug...
I like to have several butterflies all done and released from their paper surroundings

before I seal them onto their painted backgrounds.
I think this is going to be a cool one.  Join me later this week for more from the studio.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Snowstorm Blue

Sometimes you just have to jump in your Jeep
and explore the delicious blue hour of a Spring snowstorm.
When everyone else is tucked away at home,
the quietness of the storm beckons you out to play like a secret playmate...

And sometimes when your out there playing about in the blue hour,
you find yourself venturing out onto a beautiful frozen river for a stroll,
you find yourself stumbling across and smiling right back at a shining marvelous metal sun.
And than perhaps you meet a wise mage and you find yourself whispering to him
a secret thank-you for granting your wish of more magical blue snow!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Weekend Wishes

Happy Weekend wishes being wished your way...

May you find warmth in any cold and beauty in any troubled times XOXO

Friday, March 24, 2017

Food Friday

This is a super quick and tasty dinner idea we have often.
It's a burger using tempeh which has been sautéed in olive oil,
topped with Veganaise dressing, lettuce and tomatoes.

With a side of canned potatoes browned up, once again in olive oil with a bit of salt.
Real potatoes are better of course but sometimes after a long week a quicker solution is okay.
Hope this fills your tummy nicely if you try it and that it sends you off into a lovely weekend XO.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wind Be Gone

We've been loving our leisurely time out on the frozen lakes
with all the shining blinding white snow and the constantly dynamic changing skies, it's delicious...
This day was cold and the skies mostly dark but the expanse of the lake was still so soothing.
So this happened as I read & as snow being packed, flew all around me, sparkling in the air...
A snow wall which took shape quickly to brilliantly block us from the bulk of the bitter wind.

 We had our handy folding chairs, a thermos of tea, bananas and watermelon!
Because the wall worked so well, we were toasty snug & ended up staying for about 4 hours.
It's by far one of my favorite days of winter this past season.
I loved everything about this day and that my guy worked so sweetly to keep his girl warm...
It's the little things and the big things and the icy cold sweet as pie things, ahhhhh XO.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jelly Bean Jewels

I started another new batch of butterflies to help pay for our Jelly Bean's heart meds...

Here is one of the latest ones released from it's paper and ready for it's background.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Missing You

I've been missing my best friend...
I know life goes on and all that jazz...
but a large part of mine hasn't, not yet anyhow...

I miss my bed snuggle time with her & our sharing snack time before bed...I miss her sweet face...
I miss her joyful energetic bouncy clumsy energy filling the house.

Every time I see her little box of ashes on the mantel
I want to scream and shout and stomp because it still feels unreal and unfair.

Everytime I look at Yuuji, I feel sad because I know he's lonely with missing her too
and he just isn't his usual self without his girl, whom he loved so so much.

 But I find a little solace in honoring her beautiful spirit through my art
and I am so glad that the very first image of my Artful Blogging feature
was indeed an ink portrait that I did of Teela.
It feels strange that the issue came out just a week before she left us.

I know time heals...But this one might take my whole lifetime.
If your up there bouncing about the stars...we're doing okay without you but we'd be better with you.
And we're missing you every single minute of every single day baby girl.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Icy Walks

We've been spending a lot of time out on the frozen lakes...

It's a good workout for my bad knees & it's hard not to feel peaceful in such a wide open space.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hopes Of Shooting Stars & Magic Gardens

Here is another one that I had to put away for a long siesta that I just pulled back out to tackle again.

I don't know where she'll end up but I think it'll be with shooting stars, maybe in a magical garden!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Weekend Wishes

My precious muse Miss Misa and I are hoping that your having a beautiful weekend

& that wherever you are we hope you can feel Spring in the air & that your feeling full of hope XO.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Food Friday

Need an idea for dinner tonight or this weekend?
Give this mix a try...it's easy and tasty and healthy.

What we have here is a whack of things just thrown into a steamer
(We use or steamer pretty much every day, we couldn't do without it)
We threw in broccoli, spinach, potatoes and red & yellow peppers.
We also did a whole cauliflower which we than put that in the mixer to blend it up with butter (YUM)
and we quickly browned up some tempeh...
add some butter and salt to whatever you wish & voila, a mix of tastes and textures and yumminess.
If you try it, let me know what you think XO Enjoy.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leisel Loves

Our newest shelter adoptee, Leisel, LOVES it outside...


I can't wait to see what she thinks of her new home once Spring & Summer hit.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Push or Put Away

Finally back on my desk this week...
A mixed media I started way too long ago!
I hope I make good progress on her this week cause I sure do think she's quite pretty so far.

Sometimes you gotta push past the uncertainty of a piece and keep plugging away
and sometimes you gotta put work away for a spell before you ruin it
and come back to it with a fresher attitude at a later time...such was the case with this one!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fuzzy and Fustrating

We were hoping that our sweet newbie Miss Misa and the Biggens would be fast friends
and at first it was looking really good...
she was kissing them, they were kissing her, they were playing together...
We did bonding in a small neutral area, than when all that went well,
we moved the bonding sessions to a bigger neutral area and again it went splendidly...

After two weeks of this routine we felt like it was time to try things in their respective rooms,
well of course when Elsie realized what we were up to,
that we wanted Misa to share their room downstairs & vice versa,
Elsie started to get mean and what Elsie does, her brother Henrie does!
So now we don't know if they will ever accept her.  We'll try again in a bit.
Argh why oh why can't rabbits just get along!!!