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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday

{things I love}
walking paths
even though we often walk the same path daily
there are subtle changes
to be noticed
beauty in all 4 seasons
{this fence looks equally as lovely covered in snow}
sweet friends who share this space with us ♥
little homes
so much beauty
all our dogs have walked these woods with us ...
it is a special spot because of that ...
I sense their presence here ♥
nature's artwork
serenity * mindfulness * gratitude * bliss
the silence of nature
is very real.
it surrounds you ...
you can feel it.
~Ted Trueblood~

Friday, October 14, 2016

3 Labs

Walkies with La La
is a new painting {print available in my Etsy shop}

La La Land ~ a fanciful state or dreamworld ♥

La La Loves her Labs
{she sure does}
This past September marked 10 years of blogging for me!!!
Anyone who has followed me through these years will remember Bentley ~ our first Labrador retriever... and the beginning of a love affair for black Labrador retrievers ♥ And then Ernest, who we adopted when he was 11 years old.  And now, our Archer.
So often we will say how we wished we could have had all 3 together.
Each one had their own distinct personalities {and looks}
Bentley was tall and lean and adored catching a ball at the park.
Ernest was our walker. He loved nothing more than to walk. 
Archer is our Velcro dog... our shadow ... he just wants to be with us.

A scrapbook page all about Ben.
 Sweet Bentley xo
Ernest enjoying the sun and leaves from our Maple tree.
Sweet Ernie xo
and our Archer.
Sweet Archer xo
He is your friend
Your partner
Your defender
Your dog
You are his life
His love
His leader
He will be yours
and true
to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him
to be worthy.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Early morning walks along the beach
watching the waves
finding beach glass
and the prettiest little rocks
to fill our pockets
Thankful for days away like these ♥

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday

Welcome Autumn Equinox
Celebrating the first day of my favourite season
fallen leaves fill our walking path
with colours of
yellow * red * gold * green
plump sunflowers left 
 for the birds to enjoy their seeds
I love it all!
Hope you are having a wonderful day filled with Autumn joys!
The cheerful
joyous season.
The Autumn time is come.
With song and shout
we welcome
the golden harvest home.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Coloring Studio

Thrilled to have my completed project
Mindful Mailings

published in the latest issue of
The Coloring Studio
time to sharpen up the pencil crayons
so many gorgeous colours to choose from
it's one of the little rituals that I love ... gathering up all my supplies before I even think of what page to choose first ~ the wonderful quiet mindfulness of colouring
little things like having my shavings gathered in my little fox dish :-) make me smile
I loved the whimsical cover of Issue 3 as we have a planter that is a little pair of boots on our front porch that are very similar to the cover boots ♥
You can find my completed project as well as full page black and white illustrations on pages 76,77,78, 79,81
I'd love to hear if you have created some of the gift tags shown ...
or your completed coloured pages
I truly loved creating each and every one ♥
and I hope you love colouring them as much as I did drawing them xo
♥birds & birdhouses, cat, nests, a whimsical fish♥
You can also read some of my comments on the "We Asked The Artists" pages 28 & 80

Wishing you a beautiful day filled with colour
xo d

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday

Hello September ♥
filling our days with majestic colour
There is a harmony in Autumn
and a lustre
in its sky
~Percy Shelley~
Summer ends,
and Autumn comes,
and he who would have it otherwise
would have high tide always
and a full moon every night;
and thus\he would never know
the rhythms that are at the heart
~Hal Borland~
Autumn ~ my favourite season of all ♥

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Serenity ...

Late August coneflowers
Bumble bees and blooms
Monarch butterflies
& heart ♥ shaped ♥ wings
Today is my day
to dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
invite rainbows and butterflies out to play,
soar my spirit,
and unfurl my joy
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie~
Mindful walking on a very hot August afternoon
taking in all the beauty of my surroundings
{and the lovely company of a Monarch that chose to follow along with me}
tons of bumble bees , 2 yellow finch enjoying a seeded Sunflower head, sparrows taking shelter in a nearby tree, a blue jay,
grasshoppers, butterflies
Your thoughts
are your message to the world.
Just as the rays
are the messages
of the Sun
~Amit Ray~
Happy Sunday