Friday, 26 March 2010

Baby's got Blue Eyes

A new Arabella Art-Accessory Bag has come into the world. She has the most mesmerising blue eyes!

and a fluffy faux fur body with a Chinese satin heart and Norwegian gold clasps holding her heart close to her breast.
This handsome Arabella already has a home to go to! She is very lucky! Here she is saying a quick hello to my Arabella and testing out her nest.

Arabella settles cozily into her other nest with plenty of fleeces plumped up to make a curved pillow. Arabella thinks this is great for placing your dewlap on.
She is so very tired after all the promoting she has done for the Arabella bag in the Spring Raffle and will be nodding off soon but wants to say that the raffle will close Saturday night Amercan time - so there is still time to enter!

meanwhile Baby Hare Vova is in an etsy voter for things to go into an Easter basket.

He wanted to know if the 1st Place prize was a bouquet of curly kale and I said I didn't think it was but that I would check.
He really loves kale and was looking forward to winning until he saw me looking me at the voter and discovered that he was way back in 13th place!
I said not to worry - there are still 5 days left. And Vova said yes, that's okay because miracles can happen.
We all hope that the Raffle has raised plenty of funds to work some miracles at Buckeye for the rescue rabbits there.
... 19 hours left ...

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

24hrs .....

Have you got your ticket yet??
Yes? Hooray! Hooray! ~ No? Hurry! Hurry!

24 hours left before the winning name is drawn to Win this beautiful Arabella Bag in Red Flowers amid the Foilage at the Buckeye Spring Raffle!

All money raised goes straight to the foster rabbits at the Buckeye House Rabbit Society to pay for their spay and neuter veterinary costs, food and medicines before they find their forever homes as house rabbits.

Tiny Moby is waiting patiently on his heart chair for that special person to take hime home and into their hearts.
He is a dwarf rabbit and won't take up much room - except in your heart.

This little one is Dewey. He loves flowers and foilage - especially in the morning with all the dew around!
He is a very handsome chap with a white bib and front socks. Dewey loves toys and he is hoping that someone will love him more.

This beautiful princess is Dixie with very long eyelashes. She loves to play games too and afterwards especially loves pats and kisses.
She is hoping that she won't have too long to wait and that her pink eyes and all white fur won't be a hindrance.

Wesley knows all about pink eyes and white fur being a hindrance. He was at the rescue for nearly a year before I found him (online) and immediately called to 'secure' him!
As soon as I saw him I knew he was the one for me and fell in love straight away! and I passed my Adoption interview with flying colours as a suitable rabbit parent and took him home 4 months later.
Wesley has seen Arabella working so hard to help the Raffle Tickets sell. He hopes that you have yours and if you don't win the bag you may well win one of the five $10 vouchers to my etsy shop!

My little Princess Arabella is having a quick shut eye before the big day tomorrow when the winner will be announced.
She spent months and months at the rescue too because she was 'just a brown rabbit' and she had no name either!!
I'm so thankful that I have my two little hearts in my life
- both were 'dumped and unwanted', both have sad stories from their past before me
- but now they both have busy jobs helping me help the rescue rabbits find support and their forever homes
so that would be 23hrs and 48minutes and counting .....

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Moss is Missing - please help

Please help keep your eyes open for Moss if you live in Scotland.
Moss has been missing for over two weeks now and is only 10 months old and still a puppy.

He is Jane's mum dog. Jane has an etsy shop and lives in Edinburgh like me.
Jane's mum lives in DUNDEE and that is where Moss went missing - in the Broughty Ferry area - see map below.

Moss has a longish rough coat in black and white Scottish Border Collie colours. He is mostly black with some white markings and he has ONE white sock on his left foreleg and a WHITE tail tip.

Please visit Jane's blog to get the contact details for Moss if you see a young Border Collie in your area that you have not seen before.

and please keep your eyes open for unusual occurences in your area, especially if you walk your own dogs, and be mindful of new dogs in your area.

Moss is just a youngster and has lots of energy. He has a fluorescent yellow visibility vest on, a black half choke collar with a silver bone shaped ID tag with his name and address engraved on it.

Please let all your Scottish / UK friends know about Moss and his prominent markings and do a double take of all the collies you pass - let's get Moss home safely.
Thank you.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

On the Tundra

It's nice to wake up to a reindeer looking over you every day.

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to have this amazing 2.5m high reindeer shop poster given to me by a very lovely lady from a shop in George Street, Edinburgh.

Every time I went past I would stare for ages at their window displays, dreaming of having those reindeer in my house! Now every morning is a delight and every evening is a joy!

I love deer, in particular reindeer most of all. Rangifer Tarandus are Artic and SubArtic dwellers living on the tundra landscape mainly, though there are forest reindeer that are smaller and with slimmer antlers so they can live amongst the trees. The Highland Wildlife Park up by the Cairngorms has a small herd.
This Royal Worcester porcelain mug was my regular daily mug many years ago until a crack appeared so it's now on display and keeps my collection of rabbit's whiskers safe.
There is a Reindeer Blog I just came across in Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and English. Presumably the indigenous reindeer-herder peoples of the Artic don't need to read it for reindeer news as it doesn't have their language there, but they will know it all anyway I reckon.
Interestingly these peoples have not been invited to the A-5 meeting between the Artic Ocean Coastal States to discuss the future of the Artic.
This is a sad oversight of the developed countries with disregard to the knowledge and skills of the people who have made this (nearly) uninhabitable part of the world their home. When will the 'developed' nations wake up? Perhaps they need a Rangifer in their rooms too?
Not only do I wake up to rangifer but I drink with them too! This is my constant mug and replaced another similar reindeer photo mug that is now resting in my kitchen display cabinets.
It has a very handsome white reindeer with a white calf crossing a chilly looking river!
Tea is always such a delight to drink when the vessel is special.
A couple of years ago I painted this running young reindeer and have it framed. I also painted a couple of ACEO sized reindeer too in the same style.
I love images of deer and also statues of them too.
I have a small collection of 1/32nd scale plastic animals that I have built up over the years. (I would have said decades but that would make me seem old).
In front are two hinds made by 'Britains'. They have been painted by me and were actually stags but I found them minus the antlers. Must have been rutting season! So now they are hinds!
Calling from the distance is a superb example of German toy making. This stag is exquisite and so well detailed.
He was made at the turn of last century, 1902 to be precise and is now an antique (officially anything 100 years or older).
However, as with these toy animal moulds, the date is always the year of creation not necessarily the year of manufacture as many produce the same statue for decades.
Here he is chaperoning a Roe Deer hind and her twin calves. Also by the same manufacturer.
and here is a Roe stag and his hind.
This plastic is very delicate and the deer have the finest detailing on them. The hind actually has her tongue out - you can hardly see it in this photo
I bought these amazing little gems from Nancy in her etsy shop The Baker's Daughter Too. She shipped them all the way from America to me and packed them with extra care.
Nancy sells gorgeous vintage finds in her shop. She has another shop where she sells unique handmade holiday decorations which are really cute and fun. It's called The Baker's Daughter.
Thank you Nancy for your great customer service and taking the trouble to send these deer to me! I really appreciate it!
They will be cherished for a long, long time and I shall be integrating them into my other herd of small plastic deer that I have.
My latest real-size baby hare has a deer print on with deer in snow and fir trees. Baby hare Doe!
Here she is with her two real-size hare friends, Vova and Scamper and regular sized baby hares and baby squirrels. They all came out of their nests this week and are ready for the world.

Here is Baby Hare real-size Doe with small Baby Hare Burrow by their favourite pink heart.
Like me, they can never have enough images of deer!
Little Doe doesn't know who her real mama is but she does know that Deer mama brought her up safely and lovingly as one of her own. Mama found little Doe when she was barely 3 days old and she knew straight away that her hare mother was not able to come back in person so she nursed her to health and fed her with deer milk. Mama told her many times not be worried about looking different from the other children because appearance is only fur deep and it's what is in your heart that counts. Doe has remembered this well and she looks out for all the babies of the woods that have no mothers and she tells them this sage advice. She brings the babies to the nursery to be cared. Once she had such a time trying to carry five scampering baby mice that she now keeps a fold up carry-all for such occasions. Mama and the other deer are very proud of Doe and the life saving work she is doing.

Burrow is a very acquisitive little hare and he makes great use of the objects he finds in his daily forays. He collects many things that others would walk over or trod on unnoticed. Many times he has pulled a few muscles as he strains to drag home huge discarded antlers. Never the less, he perseveres and adds them to his growing collection of woodland artifacts. He has antlers from red deer, roe deer, sika deer and fallow deer. Plus he has a fine collection of feathers and owl pellets! A lot of the hares come from far and wide to view his ever growing concoction. He is in collaboration with an International museum to finalize the details of his world-wide tour 'Burrow's Woodland Fables – A Collection of Animal Bits and Pieces by a Baby Hare' and he will be giving talks on some of the more notable pieces, where they came from and most intriguingly – how he got them home!
Don't forget to enter the Raffle to win my Arabella Bag and help the rescue rabbits at the Buckeye House Rabbit Society. Only 14 days left!
Thank you

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Time Flies ......

Not long ago I entered a give away for a gorgeous calendar - and I won!
Arabella wonders why I need a calendar when every day is nearly the same - nest napping, eating, nest napping, powder room, eating ....

Well, I said to Arabella that I didn't need one but that it is always useful to have. After all, sometimes the days just become a blur and before you know it the month is out!
I won the Fine Art Polaroid Calendar from Scottish professional photographer Rhiannon Connelly on her blog Starry Blue Sky.
Rhiannon wanted to know which item in her etsy shop, Starry Blue Sky, I liked best. Ofcourse, for me it was this dreamy image of swans not 5 minutes from my house here in Edinburgh!

The Queen's Swans in Edinburgh, Scotland

Arabella had a look in her etsy shop too with me and she rather liked this image instead -

Everything Stops for Tea in an Edinburgh cafe that alas, is no longer there

My, my, Arabella does have good taste! I put the kettle on immediately after seeing this gorgeous print!

When my calendar came I was really taken aback at the beauty of it. Not only were the images breathtaking but the quality of the paper was exceptional.

It came wrapped in a brown paper sheet with a notecard atop!
Such a lovely presentation.

Every image is really stunning and no matter how much I enthuse here, Rhiannon's work really has to be seen to be believed - the quality is amazing and each month will take your breathe away.

After the year is up I shall be giving these images good homes for sure!
I just love those blue bottles on the celandon green and the grape hyacinths.

I can remember having a polaroid camera (obviously when they first came out I was very, very young then, very, very young!!) and I remember it being rather exciting getting instant photos. That was until I saw the results!

However, Rhiannon has made an art of this specialist material and created the most exquisite and delicate images. The depth and colours and beautiful.

Rhiannon has been working on her 12 City Project and she offers lots of creative advice on her blog. It's always nice to stop by!
One day I may meet Rhiannon in person and thank her for this wonderful calendar, after all, Edinburgh is rather small. (Arabella is looking forward to a scone!)

As Arabella has a nap in her nest my other Arabella - the bag I have donated to the Buckeye House Rabbit Society to raise funds for their rescue rabbits is patiently waiting to go to her new forever home!

She got a chance to say goodbye to Flora, the fuffy rabbit bag that I made last week, before Flora went to her forever home across the pond.
Flora pledged 10% to the BUAV!
I make sure to make all my rabbit bags work for those who are not as fortunate as them yet by giving a donation.
Now, let me see, I think there is just over 2 weeks left to get your ticket, let me just look at my wonderful new calendar!