Reminiscing still and looking back, I can say that it was yet another wonderful year with my little ones...
Ella Luna and Roo
They are my heart of hearts...
and 2 of my very best friends.
It was a wonderful year as well with our sweet Jaks and Jinny...
Two speacil and sweet little buns who make our home more complete...
We had some major ups and downs and some big scares with the buns in the past year,
but that just comes along with life with 4 older rabbits.
It was another incredible year with my hon bun, Jonathan (aka Deyfenn Slayd)...
It was a year with alot of time spent outside and enjoying all the beauty offered in abundance...
...nature & it's inhabitants continue to be the main driving force behind most of my work,
and where I find inner peace and pure beauty.
And it was an amazing amazing year for concerts and music.
We saw over 24 different bands/concerts/performances...wow, completely awesome, ha ha!
(My all time favs would have to be the performances by U2, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Lake of Stew,
Jesse Cook, The Crooked Brothers, The Sheepdogs and Harrison Kennedy's...AMAZING).
And, even though we don't get to go too far from home because of the buns,
We did manage a few small trips to the big city for some fun,
We spent hours upon hours enjoying Ontario's beautiful countrysides,
We saw the awesome Snow Birds perform, We went kayaking for the first time,
Had quite a few biking adventures, Found an enchanted garden,
Spent lots of time by the water with picnics,
Got henna tattoos, well I could go on for abit, ha ha...
We definitely put my camera through it's paces.
I am completely excited about 2012, especially seeing how great 2011 was.
And even though it was a hell of a year for migraines and headaches,
I am optimistic that 2012 will be better as I plan to hit the yoga mat and acupuncture hard!
(Though it's here that I finally will mention that the new year got of to a tragically sad start
when my beautiful 18 year old step-niece, Torry McIntyre, was killed in a car crash on January 3rd.)
It is important to look back so we know where we want to go in the future, I think anyways.
So thanks oodles lovely peeps, for looking back with me...
(And for the sweet messages you've been sending me welcoming me back)
I really hope you'll continue to follow along in the new year,
I am sure we'll get up to some lovely stuff and make many many new creations and illustrations
with more bunny adventures thrown in for good measure too.
XO Mandy & the Bunnies from a chilly Northern studio in a little wintery town
in 2012 I will continue to share my creations and illustrations...
the creative fire is flowing strongly and I will have have lots to show and share...
I will bravely & happily share my artistic life, the ups & the downs
(such as trying to be an artist & run a small handmade business as a severe migraine sufferer).
In 2012 I will share my inspirations and my aspirations,
some of what makes me happy, some of what makes me sad,
and abit of the in betweens goodies.
There will naturally be continued glimpses of the life I share with bunnies...
and of course with my amazing honey.
And who knows what else...
I am excited to see where 2012 will take me.
But before we go forward into 2012, let me reminiscence briefly
and look back at what was accomplished in 2011...
Which we'll do this coming Wednesday and Friday.
But for today, the most important thing to cover is the winner of the giveaway...
I am so very glad to have pulled Aline's name out of the bucket because well honestly,
she left me one of thee nicest blog comments I've ever gotten in my 3+ years of blogging
and it meant so very much. Here's a taste of the sweet words offered...
"Hi Mandy... I've been anxiously following your blog for the past few months. Like you, I'm a self motivated artist who works from home. Reading your words of wisdom and seeing your love of life with Jon and your bunnies (despite those darn migraines of yours) & photos, gives me that bit of extra wind in my sails that I sometime need to keep on creating. It's almost like, even though we don't communicate, you're like a friend who is always there. p.s. I admire your persistence and drive in making life a bouquet of flowers even when your head is far from feeling like a rose. Thanks a bunch, fondly Aline"
...isn't that the best...
Anyhow, ha ha, Aline is not a fellow blogger, but she is a fellow local artist, a jeweler to be exact,
I've seen her work before, it's beautiful natural pieces made from beach wood, rocks, glass and wire
and I think it's pretty cool that she entered and won because before so,
I had no idea that a single local artist followed me and my work.
So congrats Aline, thanks for the lovely lovely note and congrats on winning...
Get in touch soon with your mailing address
so the bunnies and I can get your prize mailed out to you.
(and so we can perhaps arrange a tea/coffee date?)
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I am Mandy Saile (pronounced Sigh-Lee), I am a maker of whimsical artwork & handmade lovelies. I am a multi-disciplinary artist but my oh my how coloured pencils make my fingers tingle. My work is meant to inspire & act as a reminder towards all the abundant joy & beauty in life whiles also telling stories about kindness & connection, espeacially between us & the animal kingdom. My artistic journey is not an easy one by far for I am a chronic & acute migraine/headache sufferer but I can now see a serendipitous connection between the pain I live with & the whimsical work that I make. When I am not creating artwork or nursing head pain, you'll likely find me just being with my handsome beloved, doting on our wonderful warren of 9 rescued house rabbits, working on our cozy little abode, curled up with books, soy lattes, jazz & chill step or out in my kayak. I make my life & art amongst the green sea of trees, sparkling lakes & crisp fresh air of North Bay, Canada.
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