Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Early Snow...

So strange to see snow covering my still-blooming (and full of buds) petunias...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Great Deal on Art for Critters Calendars!

Wendy let me know that there is a coupon for discounts on calendars right now, good through 12-31-11: 2012ISCOMING (25% off) or GIFT4THEYEAR (50% off 2)...Leo and his fellow calendar models would love it if everyone did ALL their holiday shopping here! ♥ (http://www.zazzle.com/coupons)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Calendar Boy

Leo, my silver Persian boy, and I were delighted this past spring when California artist Wendy Dewitt (aka Golders) asked him to be in her 'Art for Critters' calendar for 2012...we sent Miss Golders photos, and after a suspenseful summer (we knew only that it would be a whimsical portrait, involving a bird's nest on Leo's head, which was fine with him ~ being a whimsical sort of kitty and all) the calendar was unveiled earlier this fall. What a wonderful portrait! Leo and I couldn't have been more pleased, and so honored when Golders sent us the ORIGINAL art...♥
The arrival of the portrait caused quite a stir, as you can see in the photos, with all the kitties inspecting Leo's portrait (the box and packaging were of great interest as well) ~ I must say that Leo kept his composure very well and didn't lord it over the others, despite his fame. Here is where you can find Golder's beautiful and fun calendar...http://www.zazzle.com/goldersfora4c (oh, Leo wants to say that he is 'Mr. April'...quite fitting as his birthday is in April...and Miss Golders didn't even know!) ~ :)
Art for Critters is a fabulous group of fine artists dedicated to helping animals in need, and 100% of the profits go to that cause...here I have taken a portion from their artists' statement on Zazzle..."What do you get when you combine talented artists with animal charities in need? Art for Critters. Artists from around the world, with a desire to help animals in need, have committed to donating a portion of their art sales to help animal charities. Every little bit helps and each donation will mean another day of food, medical care or just a peaceful night's sleep for some needy critter. Please take a moment to browse the many fabulous works of art by outstanding wildlife artists and photographers on gift items. And remember, ALL the profits from this shop go toward helping the animals!!! For more information, please visit our web site at Art for Critters."
We know where we will be doing some holiday shopping!

The Leo Portrait

I'm ready for my close-up now, Miss Golders!

"Calendar Boy" Photos...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"O'Kringles"...Okra~Pod Santas

You never know what guise the jolly old elf will appear in next.....(tutorial to come!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Meet the Kitties...

Leo & Cyrus

Hello Again!

A year and a half has passed since the devastating fire which took years of (tangible) memories and the lives of our nine sweet kitties, and I've finally decided it's time to blog again. I received so many kind and encouraging messages, but I felt the need to delete previous posts and comments (some were just too sad) and start fresh...I will never forget those heartfelt comments, though, and I have saved them, just not here. To all of you who were my salvation in those dark days, and to the sweet spirits of our pets, I dedicate my daily musings and occasional silliness, once again. Here I go!