Weekly Photo Challenge: Numbers

Recipe for a Happy Kitchen

This photo challenge was a tough one, I discovered I really don’t think in numbers and don’t really have things with numbers around me except clocks and calendars. However, I do have this print in my kitchen of a recipe and recipes are one thing I do go by the numbers. Here is the text of the Happy Kitchen print:

Happy Kitchen

4 cups Love
2 cups of Loyalty
3 cups of Forgiveness
1 cup of Friendship
5 spoons of Hope
2 spoons of Tenderness
4 quarts of Faith
1 barrel of Laughter

Take love and loyalty, mix it thoroughly with faith.
Blend it with tenderness, kindness and understanding.
Add friendship and hope, sprinkle abundantly with laughter.
Bake it with sunshine. Serve generously daily.

Treasury – A Day In the Woodlands

Sun Up to Sun Down in the Woodlands Etsy Treasury
Click image above to go to treasury on Etsy

There is just something wonderful about the quality of light in the woods coming down through all the tree branches or breaking free in a meadow by the forest.  These items on Etsy all captured the feel of a day in the woodlands from sun up to sun down.  Enjoy!

Bunana Addicts

Bunana Addicts

Design available on T shirts and other fun items in our CafePress store and as ACEO mini art in our Etsy shop

We created two bunny banana addicts. We didn’t mean to do it. We didn’t think we had done it, but we did it.

Everything we read said rabbits liked bananas too much and they are too fattening for them. So we planned to make these a rare treat and not get them addicted.

When Tigger and Shadow were babies, just months old, we had them spayed / neutered.  Afterwards as a precaution, the vet wanted them on antibiotics. We didn’t want to try to hold them down for medication when they were recovering from surgery. So we had what we thought was a great idea to give them medicated “banana sandwiches”. We took small Asian dipping bowls and put a really thin banana slice in the bottom, squirted the medication on the slice and covered it with another really thin banana slice. Both bunnies were nice enough to eat everything and even lick the bowls. They took their medication, but in one short week, we created addicts for life.

Fast forward to a few years later … Banana treats have been rare, maybe once or twice a year. We think they don’t remember those early days and that smooth banana taste and texture or the heady banana smell. Usually, we would eat bananas where Tigger and Shadow didn’t have access. However, one day I walk into the living room with a cereal bowl in my hand and the last bite of banana in my mouth. As soon as I sit down, I have a black rabbit bouncing on my lap inspecting my bowl. Shadow rapidly looses interest in the cereal and starts stretching up my chest, patting me on the chin with his paws, and sniffing my mouth. He is so close, his whiskers are tickling up my nose. It occurs to me that he can smell that last banana bite in my mouth and I’m supposed to give it over. I let Blaine know later that we need to be careful about our own banana use.

My warning is forgotten and a couple of weeks later, Blaine walks into the living room with an evening snack for himself, a bowl of cereal with a cut up banana. He sits down on the sofa and is immediately overwhelmed with Tigger and Shadow bouncing all over his lap and trying to dive into his cereal bowl. It is amazing to watch two high energy rabbits bounce around so much and so fast they look like a pack of rabbits. After watching the show for a minute or so, I decide I had better respond to my husband’s howls for help. Fortunately, our pantry included some dried banana slices and I was able to lure our two addicts to another part of the room so that my husband could quickly consume his banana.

The moral is that bananas and rabbits are a combustible combination. Watch yourself if you ever plan to combine the two! Addicts are easily created and humans are in danger if they ever try to keep a bunny addict from the banana. To enjoy a banana now myself , I have to sneak out to the garage, patio or lock myself in a bathroom.

A Treasury for Tuesday

Under an Orange Moon Etsy Treasury
Click the image to go to the treasury on Etsy to see the items

Under an Orange Moon:

I was inspired by the lovely moon Raku fired art tile by Davis-Vachon Gallery, a member of the Etsy Rabbits team.  Half of the items in this treasury were created by members of the Etsy Rabbits team.  Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Red

Red and Floral Origami Crane

I learned Origami as a child.  My uncle went to Japan and came home with a Japanese bride.  She was so patient showing me as a young child the intricate folds and beautiful papers used in this wonderful art form.  I was fascinated by having flat squares of paper transform before my eyes into a fox, balloon, fish, hat, crane and so many other items and animals.

The crane holds special significance.  In the Japanese culture, the paper cranes have symbolism as wishes for good fortune, long life, and prosperity. They are given as wedding gifts and to newborns. Since it is thought that folding a thousand cranes will grant the folder a wish, some young girls will fold and give a thousand to a boy they admire.

My red crane is shared to wish all a good day today and good fortune in the days to come …