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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Beautiful and Awful

Spring, you were beautiful and awful.
Summer you were beautiful and awful!
Fall you've been beautiful and awful too...
Winter I hope your kinder because your coming very soon and I honestly can't wait you!

 My sore heart and sore body are craving some cozy hibernation time with my family,
time that I hope will heal some of our bumps and bruises (before more hit!!).
I hope it's going to do the same for you if your needed it too, all my fellow tender hearted ones

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Howell Nature Center

The Howell Nature Center in Michigan, who does such wonderful work with animals,
asked me to donate some of my art prints for a big fundraiser they have coming up in November.
I am always happy when my artwork can help raise money for animals, it's good for me heart & soul.

The Center is going to get the prints all matted up and wrapped for the auction.
I can't wait to see photos from the event and I wish them oodles of luck raising tons of funds.
If you're in the Howell, Michigan area, I hope you'll stop by the event & donate to the animals.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Marten Lake

We got out in our boats a lot before Min passed...after Min passed we just didn't feel like it.
This was a perfect day out on beautiful Marten lake, North of us, earlier on this summer...

It was one of those lovely meandering kind of paddles, one of those 'hey what's that over there" days.
I bobbed for a long while with binoculars (getting quite wave-sick!) watching a loon & her baby. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Taking Care of Studio Stresses

Dealing with printers in my studio is always stressful for me,
because they and I typically don't get along, but another part of the studio days
that I find kinda hairy is the part of cutting images to size for their cradled canvases,
laying them down hoping they stay flat & not bubble up
& sealing them hoping I don't get any (or too much!) rabbit fur mixed in!
I wait until I can tackle several pieces at a usually goes just fine.

These are a couple pieces on my desk this week that I am getting finished up.
After I mount them, I let them sit for a couple days before
I apply several coats of a non-yellowing UV protective polyurethane,
than they dry again for a couple weeks before I apply hangers etc
and after that I am ready to photograph them and than start listing
them and offering them to the world (that's a fun part).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

So Cozy

Routines are shifting.  This time of year we bring flowers from outside in to survive our cold nights...

We picked the last of the garden veg & we're spending more time inside with the's so cozy!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Colouring Feathers

Another new bird is in progress...
you can see my golden monkey pushed off to the side...
that is just for now, I haven't forgotten him
it's just that coloured pencil is so unforgiving with mistakes,
so if I am very unsure of how to move forward like on the background of the monkey...

than I put the piece aside & start a new one till the answer comes to me...
sure sometimes you have to push on and work it out but I listen to my gut
and if it says to me 'nope, not right now Mandy, give this one a small breather'.
I am usually glad that I did listen to my gut.
BUT I can't WAIT to finish him...I am thinking the background will be very dark & stormy.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Summer Singing

The early part of summer before Elsie got sick and we stayed home was full of time spent like this...

Hanging with my niece and her guitar, enjoying summer days, listening to her sing.  I will treasure it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


I made this carving for my honey over 15 years ago.
He loves Egyptian history etc so I remember researching symbols
and I put into my design symbols that mean love or luck or long life etc.

It's been looking worse for wear with bunny teeth getting to it etc
so with our 24th Anniversary this past week, it felt like a good time to bring it back to life
with a sanding and a fresh coat of brilliant gold paint this time around...doesn't it look so cool.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Loved Garden & Life Cycle

I love how our little garden grows bigger and greener and prettier every year,
we've put in so much love and effort into this little house of sooo feels like ours, like us.
I don't know if we'll live here forever, maybe not, but I believe in blooming where your planted,
in rooting just right where you currently are.  Everyday I am grateful for my little home.

Every single bun-babe we've ever had has lived here with us, that is so special to me
and I love seeing everything spring to life and unfold with beauty every season
and than it all like slow-motion magic gets ready slumber for a spell,
usually just about when we're tuckered out from a season of hard work,
when we're ready to hibernate, it tucks in for a rest too.

Friday, October 13, 2017

I Love Muskoka

I LOVE Muskoka...I could move there in a minute.  I love it's lakes, it's quaint shops...

it's delicious food, it's amazing dedication to carrying on Tom Thomson's beauty, ahhhh.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Simple Sketching With Jelly

Some of my happiest days this summer and this Fall were/are just quiet ones...

 ...spent outside with my Jelly & some sketching, his tenacity inspires me so much.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

24 Years

24 years ago today I went on my first date with this amazing human being...
We were lucky to have found one another young.

Every single day I count my lucky stars that he is mine & that I am his.
He is my favorite and best thing in this world.