Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Family Day

Hi There, we are hoping that your having a wonderfully warm and fun family day today...
 
 
whether you make your family with human children or the furry variety...have a great one XO

Friday, February 17, 2017

Food Friday

How about for dinner tonight you try this healthy & satisfying vegan yumminess...
A salad consisting of alfalfa sprouts, finely sliced radishes, a whole avocado, grated carrot...
 
 
with black sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sliced almonds
all tossed with olive oil, agave & lemon juice dressing (with a glass of soy milk). Hello yumminess.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Warm Life Of A Rescue

Most of the rabbits either don't care about the fires or are a tad scared of them...
Flynn however lives for them...he adores heat whether from a roaring fire or from the hot water rads.
 
 
He stretches out and sleeps by it all day (or night) long...if he were a cat, he'd be purring loudly.
Ahhh the lucky life of a rescue, I feel so lucky in return, to give this luxury to him, he deserves it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

So Snowy

It's been so snowy around these parts...I LOVE it...
 
 
and one of the favorite things is to just pick a spot around town & enjoy the wintery view.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Two Owls In Ink Pen

Just hopping in quickly with a sneak peek of something on my desk this week...
 
 
Two owls in ink pen with a little surprise in the background.  Can't wait to show you.

Monday, February 13, 2017

I've Been Thinking About Interviews

So I have for quite some time been thinking on how I can reach new kindred spirits & connect?
But not just to connect but share the beauty of that connection too, so therefore,
how could I use my blog to do so?
For about two years now I've been intrigued
by the idea of interviewing people on this beloved spot of mine.
But not just anyone...
Artists but even more specifically tenacious artists, like me, who create with chronic pain.
And artists or non-artists who love animals and make their lives & families around them.
 
 
Do you think it sounds good?
I'd like to begin soon because enough is enough...I shouldn't procrastinate on it any longer.
Connection is a thing of beauty and is sadly becoming rarer as the world gets meaner.
I know I am definitely not the only migraine/headache suffering artist out there
nor by far the only one obsessed, devoted, fulfilled and in love with a life revolving around animals.
I want to find more of these fellow souls and I want you to meet them too.
 
So let me ask you, do you know any people who fits either or both of these descriptions???
Email me at Whimsy@MandySaile.com
and let me know or maybe you have a great idea of where I can find such people
and maybe I'll connect with them & than maybe you'll see them here.
Yayyyy!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Food Friday

If your like me, you often run out of ideas of what the heck to eat for dinner
So I thought maybe just maybe I can give you some inspiration/ideals now and than
with a possibly new Friday topic called "Food Friday"...let's give it a try anyhow yes?
 
 
Maybe tonight you can give this a try, it's a favorite easy go-to for us:
Steamed kale with a sprinkling of salt, olive oil and nutritional yeast with
grilled cheeses on the side,
I love Daiya (soy and dairy free) 'cheese' the best for grilled cheeses
and I love to put sunflowers seeds, tomato and tofurky slices in as well.
 
Enjoy and Happy Friday XO


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Winter Wonderment

It's really hard not to love winter when it looks something like this!
You'll often find us racing to the frozen lake by our house around 4:30 at this time of the year
 
 
because the sunsets are often just so spectacular
and the beauty of them really helps to put all the little niggling worries into perspective!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Muse Misa

All of the rabbits who have blessed my life have been my inspirations for much of what I do
in each of their very own special and different ways...every single ones is unique & inspiring
but there's been 1 so far who I would have called a 'Muse', my little guy named Hobbs...
( unfortunately, I never really blogged about him because he was way before my blogging days)
Long story short...
I found him in my backyard with a severely broken leg, infested with mites, 2 inch long nails.
We had our hands full already, just two weeks before we had rescued 3 rabbits from a farm
and we already had a house full on top of them
but when my honey rushed home, to see who I had just found in the yard,
I was holding him rocking him in my arms in the bathroom
and the first thing out of his mouth was 'What are we going to name this one..."
because there was no question, this bun was extra extra special, he had an energy of peace about him.
Sadly, he was with us for only 8 short months before he died in my arms of heart failure.
But every single day that he was with me, I felt like working like mad, there was something extra extraordinary about his spirit and it for whatever magical reason made me want to create...
 
 
This newest little family member...
my little Misa...
She is feeling like my Hobbs...
Maybe she's going to be my next muse.
I notice a rise in my desire to create since she's been around.
I don't know if it's because she has so many of my Teela's traits
that part of my feels like I have my best friend back...I am sure that's part of it.
But I do know it's due largely to her just having a brightness and lightness in spirit like Hobbs did.
She has this pure joy about her.
I find myself constantly whirling around all of the other buns like normal and now more than ever...
I am these days, feeling more grateful for them and more patient with them than every before.
But with my Misa,
I gravitate towards her more than anybun else and when I am with her I just want to work.
I am feeling grateful for the pull again to my work because it's been a bit hazy to be honest.
I am feeling grateful more than ever for this life I share with rabbits...
and I am feeling extra extra grateful for this newest shining light...
Miss Misa my muse?
I am loving her so.
 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Groundhog Grateful

I will probably be hissed at for saying so ha ha
but I am glad the groundhog saw his shadow!
I am glad we're expecting 6 more weeks of Winter!
 

I love the quietness of winter, longer studio days inside, the beauty of freshly fallen snow,
the coziness of dark at dinner time with lite candles...
I am not ready for Spring yet...I want Winter to stay awhile longer yet!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Jaks Bugs

I am working on more butterflies...
I will forever call them Jaks's bugs...
I think because I started them when Jaks was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
 
 
Now I continue with them just because they are pretty and nice to make
and I think because Coloured pencils are such a slow medium,
that it's nice to get something small done somewhat 'quickly' now & than!

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Studio Visit

One of the most precious and inspirational people in my life
is my old high school art teacher David Carlin, who is now a dear and cherished friend.
 
 
Now and than we have a date for coffee which is usually followed up by some time
in his studio, which we affectionately call 'The Hobbit Hole".  He's beyond talented, imaginative,
intelligent, nurturing & caring & I feel so very lucky to have him in my life XO.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

First Colored Pencil

The first colored pencils of the year has to be rabbit themed too...naturally right, ha ha!
 
 
I am moving slowly on this one, usually when the colour scheme isn't complete in my head I do that.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

An Elegant Elephant

Hey there...this is the colouring page that I drew up and just sent out with my studio news...
 
http://www.mandysaile.com/keepintouch/
 
It's too late to get this one but you can sign up to get future ones...just click right here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Streamlining & Cleaning House

With a busy life caring for 9 rabbits, almost constant pain to contend with,
always tons going on in the studio
and everything else that life brings, big and small...
I really need to start streamlining and making days easier wherever possible
so I am starting with my online presence & my computer!

After 9 years of using Facebook, with both a personal profile and an artist page,
the negatives always outweighed the positives for me, but because it was there,
I kept using it even though it always left me grumpy, so I finally deleted it.

I never really saw the point of LinkedIn but I had a profile there too
and now knowing it's a major leak and seller of everyone's info including passwords,
and because it's never ever led to anything positive for my business, I've deleted that too.

I've also long ago stopped using Twitter
and hardly anyone there conversed with me anyhow so I doubt I'll be missed.
It was time to clear that account out and delete it as well
and this week I'll likely be getting rid of my Pinterest too.


I apologize if you've enjoyed following me on any of these places that I won't be using any longer...
But trying to connect with everyone everywhere just hasn't been working for me.
These places I've let go lend no positivity to me personally or professionally...
Especially when I realized just how much time I was loosing to social media I don't enjoy...
Days are short, I'd rather spend those precious few minutes on my family and artwork.

You'll still be able to find me here on my beloved blog, I adore the ease of Instagram
and I still love to upload once a month to my Flickr albums & share in the groups on there.
Even though I am hopefully going to find a new custom home for my art shop,
it will stay, for the time being, on the tried and true Etsy platform.

Allowing myself to streamline my online house has felt super good and positive
it can only be positive, because who wants me in a space that I am simply not enjoying right!
Nothing was deleted on a whim, trust me.
And I am trusting that whoever is interested enough in what I am doing,
that they will find me in the above mentioned places
or that they will sign up for my newsletter, which is lovely way to keep in touch with me.

I am making room in my routines so that fluidity has more space to work it's magic.
I am making it so that I have more time to spend in the places that I want to nurture.
 

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