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Friday, July 29, 2011

New Prints On Etsy

Pssst...Guess What.....


Just head on over to my sweet and lovely Etsy shop to have a look see.

I am feeling very hyper and excited...about nothing in particular but about lots of things all at once:
I feel like I am finally getting back into the studio groove...
I am blissfully elbows deep in some felt fun...
I have tons of necklaces packaged up and ready to go into the shop...
I was in tons of Etsy treasuries this week, which means my work is spreading around...
I am working on some beautiful & inspirational mixed media ladies who will soon make their debut...
My fingers itch to crochet and I promise myself time to try out some new hats...
I am ready to get my hands busy with a fabulous antique chest I just adopted from my parents...
One of the jazz groups we saw at the recent jazz festival so kindly offered us free tickets to a show...
and we just got our tickets to see 'Lake of Stew', a great bluegrass-ish group from Montreal...
I feel relaxed to know theres atleast 2 more months of long outside days/evenings with my babies...
and my honey is finally starting his summer holidays.

XO An excited Bijou who will likely not sleep easily tonight, ha ha XO

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Owlette Oralee

Introducing the 2nd last Owlette....

This quiet sweetie is named
"Oralee"


I had alot of fun with all of the Owlette characters but especially the colour scheme on this one.
(Prints of the Owlettes are coming soon).

Well, that's all for today...I am off to bring Ella Luna, Roo, Jinny and Jaks outside for the day
along with my coloured pencils & perhaps a pot of Bengal Spice tea. 
I've had a bad couple of days with head pain and I still feel like I am recuperating
so I think I am going to let myself bring my book along as well...
Hope you all have a superb day & Thanks for Hopping in.

XO Mandy with a seized up neck, an aching knee, a sore tum and a sore foot!!! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Flowering Tea

Have you guys ever seen such a lovely thing???

Flowering Green Tea....
They start as this non-descript ball that you feel kinda odd about putting into your teacup, 
but as the hot water seeps it in slowly opens to reveal this...


....Hello!....is this not one of the coolest things...
I just had to take a few shots to show you.

XO A Flowering Tea Sipping Mandy & Orange Juice Drinking Bunnies XO

Friday, July 22, 2011

Henna

I am keeping some new ideals and future plans close to my heart right now
BUT I can tell you that they do whirl around me getting my first henna tattoo last week...


 ....I find myself with a super excited heart & feel dreams flying anew...

Have a wonderful weekend & thanks so much for spending abit of your time with me this week.

XO A Bunny Snuggling Mandy XO

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Owlette Ophira

Want to meet yet another sweet character in my Owlette series...

This one is named "Ophira"...

She's the feminine dainty girl of the group and a smidge shy as you can probably tell...


Prints of all of the Owlettes will arrive in my Etsy shop soon.

This week I am:
...Having a ball editing oodles of photos (we took over 500 at the jazz festival alone!)
...working on little watercolours out in the garden
...yogifying
...reading
....cooking lots of yummy rice dishes...
...basking in my well growing tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers...
...feeling very excited about ordering Henna Tattoo supplies
....sitting outside with bunnies during the day and by fans in the evening...
...playing with some new headbands for myself
....crocheting...
etc

What's making your heart cheerful this week my lovelies???

XO Mandy & The Buns who need a break from the constant summer heat

Monday, July 18, 2011

Amazing Country

Well we had such a good time in Toronto last Monday & Tuesday that we decided spur of the moment
to make the 4 hours trek back south for a jazz fesitival this past weekend...
A whole other post will be done on it cause it was AMAZING.
Anyhow, whiles sitting in the car for well over 20 hours in one week I really couldn't help but feel
in awe of the beautiful country we live in...


I am feeling lucky to be living in such a clean, safe & peaceful country.

and what can I say, I just love these pictures that I took from the car window, ha ha.

I am off to suck up to the rabbits...they are abit cheesed that we've been away, despite the wonderful babysitter! and I am getting some bunny attitude and bunny backsides in adundance today!

XO A Bunny Graveling Mandy XO

Friday, July 15, 2011

Owlette Odo

Want to meet a new Owlette???
This sleepy sweetie is named...
Odo
He is one of my favourites of the series.


I love his 'tranced' look...I think sometimes I feel like this when I am in a good yoga groove, ha ha.

I don't feel much like working on final pieces lately,
but I have been doing alot of sketching & conjuring up of new illustrations & creations...
so I am off to a peppermint tea and my sketchbook and to bring my 4 babies outside...
Have a wonderful day on this beautiful day...

p.s. There is a really important petition to sign if your interested in helping to save the beautiful and majestic Ontario Caribou.  Their habitats are no longer being protected and therefore the creatures themselves will be left unprotected as well...they need us to speak up for them, especially in  a world filled with soul-less bastards who shoot at anything that breathes or walks...It takes just a few minutes to fill out the form.

XO Mandy & Ella Luna, Roo, Jinster & Jaks

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Us Two at U2

I still can not believe that I just saw one of my most favourite bands EVER.....
U2
Wow oh wow oh wow.
Jonathan bought me the tickets as a birthday surprise 2 years ago.
The concert was booked for last July but was cancelled & rescheduled...it was worth the wait.

And I got to go back to the big smog (it's been a whole year since my last visit!)...I still oh so love it...
It's always amazing to me that I, tiny little moi, lived in that bustling hustling city for 5 years...
I truly do feel like it's where I 'grew' up and really found out what I was made of...
It still sings to me and though I live in North Bay now, I still consider Toronto my playground.


I got to bask in the soaring beauty of the CN Tower...


I got to revisit an old city sculpture that wowed me when I was a newbie to the city...
I fondly remember standing beneath it, sketching it out, as an OCAD art student.


And than we basked by this beauty as we gobbled down veggie street dogs (yum)...


This concert was such a treat, I can't even fully express it...
Seeing Peter Gabriel was on my bucket list and Jonathan and I got ourselves
to one of his amazing concerts a few years ago...
Seeing U2 was on my list too...


I was completely immersed in the pulsing energy and brilliance that is U2 & I LOVED IT.
(Though the constant weed drifting throughout the crowd gave me a seriously wicked migraine by the end of the night!)


I am sitting here in my studio, writing this blog post with a very very contented heart right now....
I just saw U2, OMG!!! ha ha.

XO A U2 Loving Mandy XO

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wonderful Wonders

The wonders of outside continue to bask my heart in goodness...

...The wonderful birds...
(who once in awhile agree to pose oh so nicely)


...The wonderful antics of the critters...
(who can resist giving that sweet sweet face more peanuts!)


...The wonderous bugs...
(I had never seen this kind before & haven't since I took the shot!)


...The wonderful whiskers of a bunny sitting in the evening sun...
(check out the gorgeous-ness of those ears in the light...ahhhh) 

(This is one of my all time favourite shots of our bun Jin)

Ahhhhh....Wonderful Wonders,
life is so full of such lovelies, if your open to seeing them...
...in the most ordinary of places, you can see the most extraordinary things...

Thanks oodles for hopping in for a visit.

XO Mandy & some very hot bunnies XO

Friday, July 8, 2011

Zuniga

Introducing another Goddess...(another from my recently past exhibition)
"Zuniga"
I know her name is abit strange and the way she named herself was abit strange, ha ha but there were 2 strong signs in two completely different places, both in one day...so who could ignore that...


Here she is in the making...


Well that's about it for this week....thanks for hopping in and hopefully we'll see you next week.

XO Mandy XO

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Owlette Obasi

Another Owlette wanted to make his debut here on this beloved blogling of mine...
His name is 'Obasi'...
He's the wise shaman type of character in the Owlette Series.


(The originals for the Owlettes are not currently for sale
BUT Prints are on their way to my Etsy Shop SOON).

Hope your all staying extra sweet and cozy today...
I think it's about to pour here very soon so I must hurry off to bring Ella Luna outside for a quick dig before it does, otherwise I'll have one miserable little bored bunny on my hands, ha ha.

XO Mandy & Our precious Ella Luna XO

p.s. I just found out that I won this beautiful creation from my fellow bunny lover and blogland friend, the talented Annette Tait.  I am so so excited & thrilled to have one of her pieces coming to live in our cozy rabbity warren.  And, thanks to the good old tradition of the artist's swap, I have another goodie coming from her as well...when they arrive and are settled I'll photograph and post.