Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Years End Award

Sweet, sweet Soulbrush has struck again and bestowed another award on me! I'm so very lucky to have met her and formed a lasting friendship. I know most of you know her and feel the same way. She's like a sister you can always count on! Her art and her heart will warm you on the coldest days. Thank you SB!

She has named so many of the people I would have chosen to pass it on to, so what I'm going to do with awards from now on is share them with all of you! Pass it along as you see fit, but each of your visits and comments matter to me so I'd like you all to take the award. Don't be shy!

Happy Happy New Year to us all!!! xoxo

Animal Wednesday: Shoot for the moon!

To all my dear friends who have been here for me through another year, I wish you all the happiness your heart can hold in the coming new year. I hope 2009 is all you need it to be. And remember, if you shoot for the moon and miss, you'll still be among the stars!

Happy Animal Wednesday and many blessings for new beginnings!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Giveaways and Celebrations

Well, my wonderful blogging buddy, the talented Linda from Sketched Out has chosen her prize as the winner of my giveaway. It's a print of the image above which some of you have seen before, and it's also one of my favorites. It's a mixed media piece called "Raven's Gift." Congrats, Linda...good choice!

And my personal celebration is because last night I had my 100th sale in my Etsy shop! I told the buyer to choose 2 extra cards, but he said it wasn't neccesary and he wished me continued success. He's getting some extras anyway just for being so nice!

Thanks to all of my blogging friends and visitors. You really do make my little corner of the world a happier place!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

IF : Clandestine

Raven always met her behind the glowing wall covered in vines.

Apparantly this place was special to others as well.

Scrapbook paper, image from computer painted over and collaged, paint and colored pencil.

For Illustration Friday's prompt: clandestine

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Reindeer ?

Okay, so I'm walking into a client's house to take care of their 19 year old kitty when I spot this fern growth beside the front door. Does it look like a reindeer with a harness to you? Yup. Natures little way of making me smile on Christmas Day! You can't make this stuff up. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Animal Wednesday: Giveaway Winner!

With trumpets blaring and mandolins strumming I hereby announce the winner of the holiday giveaway. All names were printed on the computer in red in Lucida Handwriting ( for a festive flair!) I then cut and folded the papers in half and placed them in a bowl with a cover. I gave them a hearty shaking and opened the lid for my cat to choose one. She refused to participate so I had my husband do it. He was on the phone and just grabbed a name off the top...but with all the shaking of the names, that was fair. Without further ado....

Sketched Out is the winner!!!! Congratulations Sketchie!!

Thank you all for participating. I wish I could send each of you something but I'm a starving artist!

Happy Animal Wednesday and Blessings of the Season!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Chanukah Blessing

For my dear friends of Jewish faith...

Let there be infinite blessings

Goodness in all things

Health and happiness

Love and light.

Happy Chanukah!
(and happy winter solstice!)

Friday, December 19, 2008

IF : Voices

In the soft, quiet hush of winter I can hear the voices more clearly.

I'm pretty sure it's angels. If we ask for guidance, all we have to do is listen.

Wishing all of my friends a magical holiday season!
graphite and colored pencil on brown paper bag for Illustration Friday: voices

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Giveaway !!

In this wonderful season of giving, Olaf skated by to remind me to have another holiday giveaway for my loyal blogging friends! You have your choice of any image on an 8 x 10 print or 6 notecards of any of my images that have appeared on my blog or are in my Etsy shop. (You can mix cards if you wish.)

Just leave a comment to be entered in the drawing which will be held on Christmas Eve, one week from today!! I'll post the winner on the blog. Good luck!! And thank you for your gift of friendship and community spirit.

Animal Wednesday : Angels Galore !

There's SNOW friends like

old friends,

new friends,

best friends,

and blog friends!

Happy Animal Wednesday everyone!

I couldn't resist sending more angels your way even though this is one from way, way back.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cactus Monday : Christmas Cactus

ho ho HO Fellow Cactuteers...look here!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

IF : Rambunctious

Oh sure, this kitty looks pretty mellow at the moment. Don't let the look on her face fool you! Just wait until the hanky-panky happens under the mistletoe. Six weeks later there will be lots of rambunctious kittens tearing up the house! Just one more reason why we should spay and neuter our furry family members :)

(P.S. mistletoe is poisonous to dogs and cats, so please be careful.)

A Lovely Award

I'm honored to have received this stunning award from Monica and Andrea, a creative girlfriend and boyfriend duo who call themselves theartofpuro.

Thank you both so much! I'm blushing :)

There are the usual rules...

Link to the person who gave you this award.

Display the award on your blog.

Choose 5 (or more) blogs you'd like to pass this along to and why.

Today I'm choosing those who inspire me with their words. Their stories, whether true or fictitious always have me riveted to my seat and longing for more. They draw me in enough to feel their pain or their joy which leaves me crying or celebrating alongside them. They are, (in no particular order)...

KJ at Options for a better world

Debra Kay

Catnapping at The Odd Neighbor


Human Being at Dear Teacher Crow

Thank you ladies, for making my life richer by reading your words, and for always stopping by with support and encouragement!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Animal Wednesday : Angels Among Us

Seems like a lot of my blogging friends need an angel right about now. Debra Kay, Suki, KJ...this is for you and anyone else who needs a little reminder that there are angels among us :)

Happy Animal Wednesday, my friends. XX

Monday, December 08, 2008

Cactus Monday : PP&P

My entry is in my photo blog this week. Go here!

Friday, December 05, 2008

IF : Similar

Even though all the trees in the wild birch forest look similar, the white raven always returns to the same one year after year.
Legend has it that it was the tree she was born in.
She took her first flight from that very branch she's perched on.The other ravens of the wild birch forest honor and respect her for her true heart and sense of place.For those of you who believe you can never go home again, you've obviously never had the good fortune of meeting the white raven and feeling her magic.

For Illustration Friday's promt: Similar...and they picked my word!! Thank you IF :) Acrylic paint and colored pencil on cardboard
Click picture to step into the woods :)