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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Weekend Wishes

This weekend I wish for you a weekend that is


as cozy and sweet as a soft sleepy bunny XO

Friday, July 21, 2017

Beauties & Bees

I am going to skip Food Friday this week cause I just want to show you these beautiful flowers...


I don't know what they are but there sure did amaze me when we came across them when biking.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Way Of Waves

If your like me and stress about pretty much everything under the sun!!! (I am working on it!)

 

I highly recommend going to the water, clearing your mind & just watching the way of the waves!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Miss Misa's Vantage Point

I like to make things as visually pleasing for us AND for the bunnies we make our family with.
I tend to put artwork where they can enjoy it as much as we do, I hang as low as possible usually.
and I find that I am especially extra keen on making Miss Misa's space visually pleasing.


She loves mirrors (if I were half as cute as she was I would too, ha ha!)
She loves to flip on her back, so I am glad her ceiling is painted with clouds & ladybugs
and she's always going up on her hind-legs to look around so I am pretty sure she sees all the pictures.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sweet Friends

One of the best things about having my niece staying with us for a few months
was how she bonded with our Flynn and how he was so unusually friendly with her...


I felt proud of her embracing her animal nurturing side (which sadly hadn't been encouraged) and
I felt proud of my boy for trusting a stranger almost so suddenly and so so sweetly.  Good job flea.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Weekend Wishes

I am wishing your way this weekend
lots of big open beautiful space to breathe super deeply and


that your able to embrace both your darker days &lighter days with grace...
Happy Weekend Lovelies XO  I hope you'll join me again next week.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Food Friday

So if your a veg head like we are, you've got to make sure your getting legumes and beans...
This is a super easy dish that we whip up often, it's full of flavor and loaded with beans for protein.


It's all in one pot....put in a can of tomatoes, a couple of fresh ones diced in too, potatoes, cauliflower,
chickpeas, kidney beans, lots of garlic & lots of curry...cover & cook until all is soft. ENJOY XO.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rainy Day Happies

Despite the fact that rainy days are huge triggers for my pain...
I LOVE love love being stuck inside, curling up with sketchbooks, eating, tidying...

 
 

Buns get extra time, the house is extra cozy & the back deck has a cover so we can all go out & snuggle up and listen to the rain...ahhhh loveliness....I hope your embracing a grateful heart too XO.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spectacular Beauty

It amazes me, how different each and every sunset is, the beauty is so much I can't take it all in...


I hope I never ever ever become the kind of person who doesn't notice all the spectacular beauty!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Skipping Stones

Well my little bird is on summer holidays now and suddenly she's super busy and her time is
booked up with friends (remember those days!) so she's hanging out with us a lot less now...

 

That's okay because our schedule has changed too, but I sure did enjoy our spring & early summer together, especially the simple things like watching her skipping stones with her uncle supreme.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sketching With Fruit & Bunnies

Just give days full of sketching time, bunnies to snuggle and fresh fruit
and I am one happy and content gal (even with a sore head!).


It's been a pretty rainy summer
but I honestly don't mind one bit really because it just means more of these favorite things!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Weekend Wishes

I wish for you a peaceful beautiful weekend


Full of calming solitude and strong support XO

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Home

Home...(I am a huge homebody!)


Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Food Friday

Sometimes simple is best, especially with your veg and fruit.
I LOVE strawberries dipped in almond butter


But I also love a huge salad, this one was grape tomatoes with cucumber, pepitas, almonds
and my usual olive oil, lemon juice and agave dressing.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Note On Pain

The problem with suffering from migraines and headaches is that they are completely silent,
They are invisible, they wreck havoc in a place that absolutely no one outside of 'the circle' can see.
There is no cure, only pain management and for some of us, nothing helps, 
especially when your like me & suffer from several kinds of migraines/headaches.
Over the years I've developed a pretty high working/functioning pain threshold,
but it all depends on where the pain hits, if it's throbbing all across the back of my head
but an 8 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst) I can often function and get things done
(alongside nausea, willpower and knowing I'll pay later but I can often forge through).
BUT if the pain hits in my right eye for example and only on a scale of say 2,
I'll probably have to lay down in dark with heat and cold all day until it passes.


I do my best with this life full of chronic and acute pain
and in a round about way (which I explain in more depth on my website's About page)
I feel like I lead an even more beautiful life because of the pain...
I must seek the silver lining as much as possible
because it makes all the pain that I can't escape just a bit easier.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you don't suffer from chronic pain,
if you don't have things holding you back physically
than grab life by the balls and be super duper grateful
because thousands of head-pain sufferers like me, no matter how tenacious,
no matter how big and proud and strong our hearts and spirits, we often just can't.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Colour and a Person In Ink Pen

I am in that mode again...
bits and pieces mode where I am doing a little bit on this picture & a little bit on that one & so on...
So I don't have a whole lot of final pieces to show you right now but than I'll have a whack of em!


Here's something a bit different from my usual ink pen work that's dragging on a bit.
I think it's my first time drawing a person in ink pen, usually I just stick to animals & flowers etc...
I tried adding colour too for the first time as well, hmmm, we'll see how it goes!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Opps!

Opps...sorry to have suddenly disappeared on you!
That was a bit of an unexpected blog break due to a suddenly stressful time with our beautiful Elsie...


but I'll tell you more about that in a few days...
Right now, I just wanted to hop in with a quick "Hi" and to say that I think I am back to blogging XO

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gorgeousness & Waves

I get my butt to the beach as often as I can, sometimes it's daily, if my head cooperates enough...


besides the incredible beauty of it all...I also sit there and appreciate that gorgeous guy of mine XO

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Elegant Elsie

We've got some things going on with Elsie and we're nervous and scared.
She's older, about 7 years old, she's a big girl and apparently 7 is old for a big bun
but I can't accept that her time has come already and I can't imagine Henrie without her...
A couple weeks ago, she hurt her front left paw, so we kept an eye on it but it healed
but about a week after she started to hold in and wobble on her back right.
I worried right away that it was her heart because her breathing suddenly became more rapid
but the doctor squeezed us in last week and checked her heart and it seems good, strong & healthy.
The vet thinks that it's arthritis kicking in but it still can for sure just be an injury...
obviously we're hoping for an injury because that will eventually heal
but there is still the small possibility of bone cancer as well, so I am pretty much terrified.


So wish us luck and send us good positive mojo because tomorrow
Elsie goes back to the vets for scans and blood work.
I find putting them under anesthesia very scary, even if it's done quickly...
I am worried that the stress of the tests and even just going into the vehicle will stress her
and send her into full blown stasis but it feels like but we have no choice
because she is eating abnormally now, half of what she normal eats and she's being fussy
which to me usually tells of wanting to eat but discomfort stopping them.
We need to see what is going on internally and we need the blood tests to make sure her kidneys
are strong enough to handle long-term pain meds in case it is indeed arthritis (or worse).
Drawing blood from a rabbit isn't always easy and they usually have to put them under just a bit
to get blood because they usually have to pull it from the jugular
because rabbits veins are so small and delicate.
(I am scared that she'll get a hematoma from the blood draw just like my poor Teela did).
   I am scared of calcium problems....of bone cancer...that she won't wake up...
Ugh Ugh Ugh...this is the scary, stressful, awful part of loving!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Suntastic Sunset

I am just beyond words that I get to have this kind of beauty in my everyday life.
This is the lake near our home, just a 10 minute walk away, there are plenty of public accesses.


 We keep our eyes peeled from wherever we may be and if it looks like it'll be a decent sunset
we head to the water (when my head allows).  My heart fills with gratitude for all this beauty!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Babushkas and Nieces

I am working on a new babushka inspired character...


My niece sometimes draws for a bit too...cozy rainy summer evenings...ahhhh.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Flowers, Monsters, Dark Caves & Positivity

So I do try my best to always have a positive attitude, life is just harder with a bad one
BUT
now and than the chronic/acute head pain that I live with on pretty much a daily basis
just gets to be too much for me and I end up feeling sorry for myself,
never for long, but it does happen!
It's common for me to have a bad headache for two weeks straight with no break and that often turns
into a bad migraine for 3 or 4 days.
It really often feels like a tussle with a monster...
a tenacious, long-nailed, mean, nasty monster
that drags me into it's pain-filled dark cave of migraines!


But ya know, it often too take the tiniest things to spark the positive attitude to return.
The other week, it was these flowers from my honey & niece.
In the rare few seconds
when I could actually open my eyes, lift my head or look around,
these flowers greeted me every time and would make my heart smile
and with that smiling heart, I started to focus on what I would do once I could get back up
and that was get right back into my studio and make new colored pencil butterflies.
Butterflies that I could pose and photograph on these gorgeous bouquets.
Now unfortunately, it took four days and by the time I finished new butterflies most
of the bouquets were done BUT it was the hope that they flowers sparked that was most important.
So thank you guys...for the beauty and the reminder to get myself back to my joyful heart XO

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Weekend Wishes

I hope that your weekend is full of natural beauty...and some familial beauty too!


Try to remember to focus on the positives way more than on the negatives XO.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Food Friday

This is a pretty typical looking dinner in our house...
Zucchini with Daiya melted on top (Daiya kinda sucks unmelted but melted it's a differernt thing)...


the always present steamed kale with nutritional yeast & tofu of course & homemade Miso soup
YUMMY & KIND...I hope you give this tasty and healthy mix a try...Happy Eating XO.