Hug a walrus today

Well, another new fun animal totem has emerged from my studio.  The Walrus Totem.  I was not sure which colour to use but then opted for blue, the colour of water, the walrus’ favourite habitat.  If you have ever watched them they are a bit clumsy on land but in the water graceful and effortless.

The walrus reminds us to take the path of least resistance and remember when one crosses your path to stop and hug someone you care about.

Happy walrus


“A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.”~ Bil Keane

Heading for the Market

Well the end of May is not that far away.  And that means the first of three spring markets at the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market.  I have been busy designing a few new animals for my Chubby Bubby Buddy Collection.  Plus I just ordered gifts boxes for them as well.  Not sure if they will make it in time for the first market but I am still excited.

Now each little Chubby Bubby Buddy will come with a card with some fun facts about the animal it represents, a small cotton pouch so you can take him everywhere you go.  Then he is tucked in a small kraft gift box.

This is what my work table looks like when I get going.


Hey who’s that at the back.


Those troll just keep sneaking into the shot.

Here is a close up of the squirrel.


More Chubby Bubby Buddies on the way.


There’s that troll again.  H-m-m-m.



Ready for the show

Well here are a few shots of the completed garden critters.  The butterflies are plant stakes for your household plants or you can even use them in your flower boxes outside.  The ladybugs are actually fridge magnets but I couldn’t resist lining them up outside on the deck.  My husband loves the ladybugs so I am now back in the studio again making more this week.  Not sure if they will be ready for the show but they will be fun to have on Etsy.



They escaped from the fridge and made it outside

Almost ready for the show

Well here are a few of my new critters.  They are not quite complete but thought I would show their progress.  Just a bit of paint and their wire stakes to hold them in your favourite flower pots.  Hope to have this done soon.  However, it is the holiday weekend in Canada and I have family coming in so I may not have them finished and ready to show for a few days.   I will most definitely take photos before they go off to the Garden Tour on July 8th.




Another startling discovery

So about an hour ago I heard rustling in the main floor bathroom.  I grabbed my camera and crept down the hall.  I knew if I made too much noise that whatever was in there would scurry off.  Why?  Because the bathroom door had been closed all day so how did whatever was in there get in.  Up the drain pipe of course.  So I slowly opened the door and this is what I found.

He just stood there with that toothy grin, waving.  And what’s with the red scarf.  Look at the mess and I just scrubbed the bathroom sink, removing all traces of my husbands beard trimmings in the process.  Apparently he has been chewing, chopping and storing these twigs for some time now and out of habit was looking for a good place to build his dam.  As there is no running water on our property his nose brought him through the pipes and into the bathroom.

Needless to say I had to explain that he could live in the laundry sink for the winter but would have to find new “digs” in the spring.  So my husband and I carted him along with this handy work down to the basement.  His only concern is our 2 miniature schnauzers that rule the house.  I explained if he moved slowly and not dart around the house too much he should be okay.

Stay tuned as we discover new and exciting species at Spruceland, in the heart of the BC Rockies.





Caught red-handed

Well, as I mentioned in a earlier tweet today, I discovered a monster in my house last night.  Luckily, I always keep my camera handy, plus I am quite adept at sneaking up on critters.  All those years as a naturalist have finally come in handy.  I grabbed the camera and tiptoed into the master bathroom – that’s where the first noises came from.  Out of habit I almost flicked on the light but quickly stopped.  I propped myself against the door jam and aimed my lens toward the noise and flash, this is the image I caught.

Caught red handed

Wow, this is amazing and also disappointing.  Why? Because now I can no longer blame my husband for the mess left in the bathroom.  And I will most likely have to apologize.  Arg-g-g.

Look at him, though.  The camera loves him.  But he had a sad tale to tell.  You see he is the tooth monster, yes the tooth monster.  Flashback to childhood when I was threatened with this little critter if I didn’t brush my teeth.

“It’s very frustrating,” he said.  “You see not all monsters are bad and not all fairies are good.  My cousin the tooth fairy, she’s one of the good ones but she gets all the credit.  Kids love her, right!.  Why not?  Lose a tooth and you get money.  And who do you think loans her all that loose change?  Me!  All I want is my moment in the spotlight.”

So he and I came to an agreement that I can recreate and sell his image on my Etsy site.  I took quite a few pictures just to make sure I had all the angles and I could do him justice.

After posing for all the pics he scuffled off into the night with these parting words, “there are more of us you know.  I’ll tell my friends how cool you are.”  Poof and he was gone.  That’s when I realized I forgot to get his name.  So I’ve named him “Fred” .