Our Newest Additions

I’ve been neglecting my blogs for a while now, and it’s about to change. Well, everything is about to change. We got a puppy! We are also expecting a little girl, due in June!

So, first things first – meet Jaxx:

The day we picked out our new puppy Jaxx (3 weeks old)...still too young to bring home!

The day we picked out our new puppy Jaxx   (3 weeks old)…just opened his eyes and still too young to bring home!

Jaxx is a full-blood Pit Bull Terrier. He is a dark red brindle color. We decided to keep his ears long and named him after Jax from Mortal Kombat. Apparently, we’re nerdy like that. We didn’t name him for the first few days, but over half of the names on our list were from some kind of cartoon or video game… Bowser (NES Mario) and Hugo (Naruto Shippuden) to name a couple of our other ideas.

Our Pit Bull Terrier - Jaxx

Our Pit Bull Terrier at 11 weeks – Jaxx

I did a lot of research before really deciding I wanted a Pit. I just didn’t know anything about them…but my husband had grown up around them most of his life. The more I read about them, the more I realized it was the dog for me! Knick’s parents just had a third (and final) litter, so it was now or never to get one. We call him our velcro dog – he LOVES human contact.

Always looking for a lap to sleep on and already loves the coming little person!

Always looking for a lap to sleep on and already loves the coming little lady

He is so smart…learned to sit on command at 10 weeks, to walk on a leash and lay down on command at 11 weeks, to stay and lay on his side at 12 weeks. I’m home all day, so I usually spend a few hours a day playing with him and training him. He has a very high energy level..but he is usually eager to please and quick to pick new things up. I am constantly logging onto http://www.pitbull-chat.com checking out new answers for questions I have.

And, meet the newest member – Kniya Annah:

Kniya Annah - 19 weeks!

Kniya Annah – 19 weeks!

We found out last week that it’s going to be a GIRL. She’s already a mover – and I’m sure she’ll become the perfect companion for Jaxx, but making mamma feel a little sick with all her kicks! No complaints here, though, this pregnancy has been hassle-free for the most part, and the random popping in my stomach just confirms what the ultrasounds and doppler readings already told us – she’s alive and kicking. Hard.

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Coffee Grounds and Sharpened Pencils …IF only.

So, I’m working on an exciting new illustration project.

The only hint I can give you is “farm.”
And that I’m going through coffee at a frighteningly fast rate…
…Oh, and I can show you this fun little collection I put together for a creative boost:

Barn Crates and Sunbeams
I found the “Garden Dirt Fragrance Oil” by AdamsboroSundries particularly inspiring:
Garden Dirt Fragrance Oil Low Shipping

But, I have been drawing up a storm…
Okay. So I guess I will also give you this sneak peak:

But that’s all you get.
For now.
(and I hope you feel “suspended” :)

Oh, Crafty Little Sparrow

A crafty little sparrow
Came and sat by me
He chatted to the flowers
And warbled to the bee.

He pecked at my bread
And I asked him to stay
But he merely cocked his head
Then flapped and flew away.

Looking up references for my sparrow today:

Little Sparrow

And my super-amazing upcycled pick of the day?
Soup Song
Rustic Gypsy Tin Earrings
by fancifuldevices

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And… don’t forget to ENTER my GIVEAWAY! :)
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GIVEAWAY and Going Green

In honor of Earth Day (tomorrow), I’m writing this post about “green.” :)

I’m so excited to announce my new giveaway on my illustration blog! Check it out by clicking on the green prize hint below:

I’ve been considering a giveaway for quite some time, but winning a print from Shawna JC Tenney made me really decide to do it! (To see what print I chose from Shawna, click here).

The prize is an upcycled coffee mug. I’ve started illustrating old coffee mugs to spruce up those “company logo” mugs that no one ever seems to want. A form of recycling, upcycling makes something even better than it ever started.

I hope you come enter my giveaway!
You can win the grand prize  or one of 10 bonus prizes!

An update of things blooming in my garden.

 

 

Ooh..and more happy little green thoughts….

Upcycled, Recycled & Bits of Green

“I’m green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.” – Kermit

A Melancholy Day

A new illustration for the Monday Artday contest subject – Melancholy:

“I Think We’re Bored.” :: Egbert : Gwendolyn : ALMI Owls ::
Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
One of those days, where even the most active owls run out of plans.

Check out the print for sale Here.
Check out the Monday Artday contest blog Here.

One of Those Days

Some of today’s work:

The original La Chat cat ACEO is for sale Here.
The print for the owl ACEO is for sale Here.

Auctions start at $.01 – so be sure to check them out!
See more work Here.