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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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Nature's garlands ♥
Pops of colour
A cool spot to rest
A life well lived
One of my favourite trees along the Avon river ...
we normally sit here with our lunch
and the best company ...
do it badly;
do it slowly;
do it fearfully;
do it
any way you have to;
do it.
~Steve Chandler~

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday

We have been noticing all the little subtle changes on our daily walks with Archer as Summer begins winding down.
I usually find a few leaves to bring home & press between books on every walk.
Skeleton leaves fascinate me ~ such beauty! And while they look so delicate and crumbly, you know their strength just by the fact that they have survived so much.
Watching our garden bunnies enjoying the leaves, having a bit of a "change of Season tasting" ,
 I wonder ...
do the leaves taste as different as they look?
A little blush here and there
tiny curls
each unique in their own way
For Thankful (things I love} Thursday,
I am
So Thankful
to live where we celebrate
and have 4 very distinct Seasons ...
Autumn has always been my favourite ♥

Saturday, August 13, 2016

with the bees ...

Last week I took some pieces of art out into my garden to photograph them.
The natural twists and turns of our Trumpet vine created the perfect little easels.
I was so focused on what I was doing that I forgot  the bumble bees loved the trumpet vine as much as I do :-) 
So I stepped back for a bit,
and watched as they crawled deep inside (so deeply that I could no longer see them until they wiggled their way out backwards).
Adding so much beauty to my day ♥
"Build this day
on a foundation of pleasant thoughts.
Never fret at any imperfections that you fear
may impede your progress.
Remind yourself, as often as necessary,
that you are a creature of God
and have the power to achieve any dream
by lifting up your thoughts.
You can fly when you decide that you can.
Never consider yourself defeated again,
let the vision in your heart
be in your life's blueprint.
~Og Mandino~