End of Year, an opening and a closing.

One door opens as another closes
One door opens as another closes

As so it fades… 2015 closes and 2016 opens up with new possibilities. Attitude must rule, for the magic of change and possibilities are only available when you first dream, then think, and follow with doing everything you can to start the engine and keep it running. Yes, I know, at times it is very hard to keep going, to keep the steam puffing, and even not to stand in front of it and block its way, but…we all know that does no good. I have to keep reminding myself,  I’ve got to at the very least keep chipping away at the big dreams, now and then take a big bold whack at it, close my eyes and JUMP. I suggest that to everyone, the choice to stay static or chisel and jump so… why not!?

As 2016 is peaking its head around the corner I am hopeful that this will be the year that my giant revisions of my book may be in the background and that finally I am on the right track. This book looks nothing like where I started and I’m ok with that, it’s a prosess I keep telling myself-Hope so! It is now a book for the “wee ones” of 2-6 years and it is called  Awesome (at least right now that is the title!) It still features Fuddles, the feather that spreads awe and wonder on planet Earth. That is who you see above but that is not an illustration from this upcoming book. The plan is that Fuddles will be on a farm in a sequence book. In the meantime, Fuddles is peaking out the doors into 2016. He does indeed look a bit shocked, maybe a wee bit scared, but time will tell the whole story.  Temporarily that’s all I will reveal. Partly, because it is very much still a working copy, and partly for I am just not ready to “put it out there” yet.

I am not one for resolutions, especially public ones, but I will proclaim my intent for this to be the year of my first book to finally come to be!

Meanwhile….Merry, Bright, Treats, and Joy …Happy New Years


Here is to 2013, another new start, and the year of the snake.

Here’s to 2013- May it be peaceful, happy, safe, healthy and profitable for all my readers. Let’s all hope so!

Thanks for your support this past year. The road was often blustery and meandered at times, but the prospects for 2013 are exciting  and yet to unfold. I’m very glad you partake in this journey with us here at The Botanical Beauties & Beasties. Thank you.  I hope you find the twists and turns of the road as fascinating and exciting as I do. Here’s to discovering 2013 and the hopes and dreams that The Botanical Beauties & Beasties hold.

“According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2013 is the Year of the Snake, which begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014.  The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.  It is the enigmatic,  intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs.  Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.  People born in the Year of the Snake are keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.  They are great mediators and good at doing business…” info from spring’s greeting cards…

So the snake is a GOOD thing, enigmatic,  intuitive, introspective, refined, clever, calculating and planing to achieve goals! The snake most resembles the dragon of all the zodiac signs, and in fact is sometimes even called “little dragon. That is good for the Dragon is thought to be the most powerful AND lucky of all the zodiac animals.

Baby of Hope 2013