Thursday, 17 January 2019

Cozy Critters - Skunks

The last of my 2018 Cozy Critters designs: Skunks

A whole family of them... taking an "USie"
(that's when you take a group photo, instead of just a SELFie")

This family has spent the morning skating on the pond and for a 
treat, on their way home, they stopped and got some hot beverages: 
Supremo X-Large Coffee (with two milks) for Dad, Large Chamomile 
Tea (bag in) for Mom, and kid-sized Chocolicious Hot Chocolate 
with whipped cream and sprinkles on top for the kits!

"Skunk Family"
(watercolour and ink) 
Exercise + warm sweaters + hot beverages = perfect way to stay warm in the winter!!

♥ Cath-

Friday, 4 January 2019

Cozy Critters - Squirrel and Chipmunk

We all know someone who causes us to wonder if 
they seek caffeine out or if caffeine seeks them out.

They always appear to be functioning on hyper speed
and espresso is like their nitrous oxide boost.

And if they also tend to be talkers, well, let's just say, 
you're in for a ride! Their stories are quick and you gotta 
keep up, 'cause when their train leaves the station,
there is no time for dillydallying!

Like a grand maestro, animated hand gestures 
- a dart here, a flourishing sweep there -
punctuate their breakneck adventurous tales! 

And if the hands are not enough, the eyes fill in a whole 
other part of the story,  like a cinematic, musical backdrop! 
Eyes widened during suspenseful, high-flying scenes, 
narrowed for the thought-provoking, solemn scenes, 
and the eyebrows, well, the eyebrows are so constantly 
knitting and parting and capable of such crinkling contortions, 
you'd think they were performing an interpretative 
dance of the story all on their own!    

"Skittle and Chippy"
 (watercolour and ink)

These are the smile-inducing musings of Skittle the squirrel, 
whenever her afternoon coffee break coincides with Chippy's!

♥ Cath- 


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Cozy Critters - Canada Geese

While coffee is the most popular hot beverage worldwide,
tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.

Even though North America is consumed with coffee,
many in Canada still enjoy a cup of tea, hot in the 
cooler months and iced in the warmer months!

These two friends, Franny and Beth, both enjoy a good hot cuppa, but 
Franny as you can see, likes to keep the bag in so her tea steeps dark and
strong while Beth enjoys a "tint o' tea", dunking her teabag just enough 
to colour and flavour her hot water, because "it's better before it's bitter"!

These two gals love to get together for tea and a good ol' fashioned chin wag,
and the in the winter months you are sure to find them enjoying the warmth of
cozy sweaters and talking about those classic Hudson's Bay 4-point wool blankets!

"Franny and Beth"
(watercolour and ink)

Nothing warms the heart more than a good cup o' tea and a wonderful friend!

♥ Cath- 


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Cozy Critters - Badger

Barnabas Badger

How would I describe ol' Barnabas?


He enjoys helping others and will quietly give advice when asked, 
but he shares much of his abundant knowledge and experience
through his witty stories and anecdotes. It is always an
entertaining evening when spent in Barnabas' company!

One of his favourite winter activities is sitting in his comfortable 
ol' armchair in front of the fire and reading (or re-reading) a classic story.

He has read and re-read all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries,
(he has secretly wished he could be Dr. Watson, helping Sherlock solve cases),
he went through much of his Dickens' collection and is now currently
absorbed in Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire series.

Barnabas considers himself an armchair traveler, always looking forward to new
areas to explore through the books he reads in the cozy comfort of his own home.
He's been to the Middle East (when reading 1,001 Arabian Nights)
He's been to the Southern United States (when reading books by Mark Twain)
Canada's Prince Edward Island (when reading Anne of Green Gables)
Northern Canada and Alaska  (when reading Jack London's adventure tales)
All over England (when reading his vast collection of British authors) 
He looks forward to "visiting" Russia and Switzerland in his armchair soon! 

Barnabas is content and happy with simple pleasures.
A cozy sweater, a comfortable chair, a good book, 
and a cup of coffee (with milk, thank you!) is
the perfect way to enjoy a long winter's night!

(watercolour and ink)

While Barnabas often quotes Trollope when he says,
"What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?" 
 I think Trollope best sums up Barnabas' character in this quote:
"That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing."
♥ Cath-

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Cozy Critters - Moose

I'd like you to meet Moss.

Moss spends the early part of Winter helping his neighbours decorate their trees, 
dens, and burrows for the holidays.  He organizes all the neighbourhood squirrels 
and together they go from house to house, dressing each doorway with evergreen
and berries; Moss acts like a step ladder while the squirrels scamper here and there
across his antlers securing each bough and berry in place!

After long days of standing in the cold and snow, Moss likes nothing more than 
getting home and snuggling up under a blanket - Moss sure likes to be cozy! 

His neighbour, Mrs. Pickle (she's a porcupine), knows just how cozy Moss likes to be,
so each year she sets to knitting a colourful sweater for him! Mrs. Pickle's husband, Mr. 
Pickle, makes the best hot cocoa in all of Acorn Woods, and he always makes an extra 
big batch when he knows Moss will be visiting;  they do love to spoil him!

Moss likes his hot cocoa with marshmallows!
He waits only long enough for the marshmallows to melt 
then he slurps down the sweet steamy concoction in one big gulp!
Oh, how he loves to feel the warmth of that drink reach all the way to his hooves!
Now you know why Mr. Pickle makes an extra big batch!  

(watercolour and ink)
With all the snow that fell overnight, I moose tell you, 
I now understand Moss' daily desire to be cozy!!

♥ Cath-


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Cozy Critters - Fox

The temperatures have plummeted again,
and sweaters have never felt cozier!

This week I would like you to meet Furlong.

This plaid-clad fox was nicknamed "Furlong"
by his friends because the furthest distance he will
travel before needing another coffee is about a furlong!

Coffee jump starts Furlong's day and fuels his on-the-go energy!

(watercolour and ink) 

Furlong, in true Canadian-style, is a big fan of the Double-Double!

♥ Cath- 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Cozy Critters - Polar Bear

It's that time of year again, when I start pulling out the extra-cozy blankets
and place them within arms reach of everyone's favourite hangout in our living room 
and family room. There's little better than being warm and snug under a fuzzy blanket!

During the day when I am busy around the house and studio, 
it's rather inconvenient to wrap myself up in a blanket;  seeing as it would
end up getting dragged through wet paint or dunked into soapy dishwater! 

So, what is a girl to do? 

Pull on a cozy sweater of course!

And that's just what these critters are doing too!

Christmas sweaters + a mug of something hot = Cozy Critters!

I would like you to meet "George".

George likes things in his life to be simple and sweet,
just like his coffee (no milk, two sugars).

He likes the colour blue (simple) and 
old-fashioned peppermint candy canes (sweet).

George's friend Nelly (she's a narwhal!) 
gifted George with a bright red coffee mug
because she thinks everything needs a 'pop' 
of colour. She told George that it reminds 
her of the arctic coral she discovered when
she was a young adventuring-seeking calf.

One of George's favourite annual traditions
is having everyone over to his ice floe to 
make peppermint fudge.  They spend the 
afternoon floating around an iceberg or two, 
while munching on the minty confection and 
sharing stories of their varied arctic adventures!

(watercolour and ink)

More Cozy Critters are on their way! Stay tuned!

♥ Cath-