Thursday, February 15, 2018

Changes & Colouring

I am sooooo loving this newest picture I am working on.
I think this is my favorite new rabbit ever
and with him comes new plans for my art & business...
It's feeling like time to switch things up, so some things are brewing over here behind the scenes.
I do move very slowly because of my head-pain & busy life with the buns,
so you won't notice right away
But I can't wait to see what this single little green rabbit has instigated come to life.


I've made some changes on my social media as well as you may have noticed...
Firstly, the name of my blog has changed...
Bijou's Whimsy was my old business identity, that I've been moving away from for awhile now.
So everything is now under my name, Mandy Saile, clean, simple & concise & that's feeling good.
(don't forget to update your blog links)


I've changed my Instagram streams too, boy oh boy it was a big decision but I am loving it now.
& I've teamed with my hon to create a beautiful new bunnies only stream @LeporidaeLovely.
(plus you can find my guys personal stream @DeyfennSlayd too if your interested)

I hope you'll join me in all these places & thanks so kindly for your interest, time & support if you do.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day

From me & mine, those preciously present & those who've soared to the stars...


May your Valentines day be full of warmth, love, comfort & pure blissful happiness XO

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Meet Higgins

Everyone we want you to meet somebun very special
our brand new shelter baby
Higgins
(known at the Toronto Humane Society as Buttons)


He was this very troubled little city bun in desperate need of a home
(surrendered as a stray, which might have been a cover story based on his nasty pointy teeth!)
The shelter knew he was very troubled...
he was biting & peeing on all of the volunteers & caregivers
(the poor little guy was put on bite quarantine with the city officials FIVE times!)


He was at the shelter for many many long months & his stay was looking endless
because he wasn't going to be released to just any home, let alone one with kids,
he needed a super experienced family loaded with skills, steely nerves & thick skin, ha ha!
He needed behavioral issue/special need adopters &
unfortunately none of the shelters usual group were able to take him on...


so when the shelter reached out for help far & wide on his behalf we were contacted,
we said no at first...
but a week later we were still thinking about him, so we asked more questions & for pictures...
than we talked about it in depth & the more we talked the more it felt right.
My honey reminded me that one way to fight evil in this world is to hold our heads up high
and to keep doing good ourselves, to keep helping animals whenever we can...


Sure it's nerve-racking & there are many parts of behavioral issue/special need adoption animals
that are not fun and are for sure exhausting BUT we somehow are the island of misfit buns
and here was a little guy who wasn't fitting in anywhere else....
So we made the decision, got super excited, prepped a whole big area for him to Misa's dismay
and than we made the 9+ hour drive to our favorite shelter and scooped him up...


He's 3.4 months old, a dutch mix dwarf with a tiny piece of his poor little nubbin nose missing.
He needs some serious trust work done & potty habits instilled & Miss Misa is not too happy
at all to have him in part of her rooms even though he seems quite interested in her.
We are taking turns sleeping with him & Misa, refereeing at the moment more than sleeping!
(we admit we are pooped and some monster migraines sure are not making this bit easier!)
He's going to be a handful, but everything always settles beautifully over time...he'll be just fine.
he's a handful but now he's our handful and we love the wee blue-eyed soul already.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Crumpled & Crushed

(A hugely sensitive heart enters here!)
I am sorry for suddenly disappearing on you all there for a short bit...
Something horrible and horrifying happened to a group of poor house rabbits
in our little city and they were found at a place that is beloved to me
and the whole gruesome murder of them & news story just completely killed my heart &
I just felt completely deflated, totally crushed and I kinda crumpled into a ball there for a spell
not wanting to even leave the house for a while, I was just too shocked at the evilness of people.

On top of that a friend & I came to realize a horrible bunny hoarding situation in a disgusting local house with a very well known & very unstable man, so we involved the SPCA and I went and
met with people at the local humane society, wrote letters to the mayors office etc but all to no avail.


Standards for keeping animals outside or at all in Ontario are sickeningly low so apparently these poor defenseless buns out in this horrible pen/cage, in the freezing fucken cold are considered 'fine'
The world has just been feeling more awful & torturous than normal lately.
I haven't been sleeping very well from nightmares &
I am trying to get certain images out of my head but I can't.
Ugh.
I just wish I could grow huge earth sized wings...
I would fly around the world & scoop up all neglected & hurt animals.
We just aren't doing good enough...we aren't getting better & some days, I just want to scream.

Bear with me, as I un-crumple myself over here...I slowly am because something good
and beautiful is afoot and I'll share that with you hopefully tommorow, if my head behaves.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Victory

Hey guys guess what, we rabbit and animals lovers have had a VICTORY....
where rabbit fur coats were being sold on the TSC?
Well I just found out that that on December 6th 2017 the
Today's Shopping Choice has agreed to NEVER sell rabbit fur coats again.


In addition,
all Adrienne Landau rabbit fur products will be removed from the TSC website.
See signing petitions and voicing our opinions and
banding together for the voiceless can make change.
(visit Change.org to sign more petitions for animal rights)

Whoot Whoot...let's tink a virtual glass of bubbly together, this should be celebrated.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Looking Promising

I won't have "Feather Song" completed today to show you so instead here's a peek at a new lino...


I've been doing a lot of linos, most I don't like enough to show but this ones looking promising.

Monday, January 29, 2018

I Love Feathers

All done...I am just cleaning the scan up... 


I'll show you hopefully tomorrow if my head cooperates!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

My Inspiration In Jelly Bean

We had to bring Jaks into the vets this past week which we worked ourselves up over!
He wasn't sick past the usual congestive heart failure we've been battling for 2.5 years now
but the doctor needs to see him atleast once a year in order to renew his meds
and unfortunately but understandably our rabbit doctor doesn't do house calls.
He hates the truck, he hates change and we were so worried he would have a heart attack.

 
 

So we bundled him up in a basket with the softest blanket in the house and tried to stay calm...
It was hard on him, he did shake, his breathing wasn't great, it was uncomfortable but he did it.
I sat there looking at my oldest boy so impressed and I thought it's not just luck helping him last,
it's in large part his tough spirit & tenacity & I realized if he can do something difficult like this
than I can continue to navigate all of my pain with grace...he is a dose of inspiration plain & simple!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Food Friday

I've been vegetarian for a really long time and going the step further to being Vegan
was easy once I educated myself on the horrors of the dairy industry.
It was made easier too because typically I don't crave anything super much (except for coffee!)
BUT once in a while I was still craving just one thing...tuna salad sandwiches!
Well a couple weeks ago my honey tried his had at Tuna-Free Tuna salad sandwiches
and holy crap, we are over the moon with it and right now it's all we want to eat!
You gotta try this recipe like now...  


Tuna-Free ‘Tuna’ Salad Sandwiches (My honey's recipe)

         19-oz can of salt-free chickpeas, drained and rinsed
         ½ cup vegan mayo
         2 tbsp dijon or whole grain mustard
         2 tbsp Maggi
         1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
         4 tsp celery seeds
         2 celery rib, chopped
         2 tbsp minced green onion or red onion or shallot
         ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
         2 tbsp dulse flakes (or more to your taste)

Mix all ingredients in food processor, just don't blend too much,
spread on your favorite bread and HELLO YUM.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Something Feathery On My Desk

Last year was such an off year for getting new work done.
I let life interfere with my studio/art time wayyyy way too much
and this year I was determined not to do that....
And already I feel good about what and how much I am getting done


and that's even on top of almost constant head pain, so I really hope I can keep this momentum.
I feel like I am all the sudden leaving more white space in my imagery too...
it's feeling like a lightness, breathing space for the main elements...I don't know why but it's working.
I have some new linos brewing too that I can't wait to show you!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Pretty Bird

I love doing birds...so here's the first one of 2018...
the feather work is complicated so I am going gently, letting the colours lead me slowly...
this one is in Polychromos on stonehenge, a heavenly mix.


I think I might try something totally new for me, which is to leave the background white...
'What, you may ask'! ha ha, I know, it'll be a first and it'll be different because I am soooo used to filling in the background with colours as bright as the main part but I think for this one it'll be right.