Spent most of the summer touring around B.C., with two weeks devoted to beautiful Vancouver Island. Saw lots of beautiful sites, like old growth forest, historic buildings, etc., but the best thing we did was go on a whale watching tour!

We got lucky and ran into a pod of 8 humpback whales near Quadra Island,


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smacking the water with their fins….IMG_9158

and showing us their backs and beautiful tails!

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None showed their head, but I got some amazing pictures and video nevertheless! It was very exciting, and I am smitten with the place! :D<3



My paintings are where I go when the world gets too heavy to breathe in. When anxiety threatens my well being. The world is such a dark, insane place lately. Full of turmoil, tragedy, and stupidity. Seeking out joy through color and creative expression is how I cope…


There is a warm breeze blowing

Softly through my hair

As I cross the threshold into that other world…

The air is clear,

The sky is bright

Painted a vibrant shade

Of cerulean

Subtle lavender, pink and orange

Kiss the fluffy clouds…

Soft grasses caress my bare feet

As I walk toward the cottage

The happy cottage

On the verdant hill,

Surrounded by wild flowers,

And majestic trees…

Sweet music plays

A peaceful melody

Of laughter, and smiles

And love ever after

Sitting in silence

and quiet grace

I ponder this life

and in it, my place…

The radiant glow

that surrounds this world

Is healing and magical

And lifts me high

On golden wings

To a state

Of blissful serenity…

©sapphyreskye(WD) December 2010

A Fine Day on Vega 7

” A Fine Day on Vega 7″ ©WD 2016 4″x4″

Made my baby a onesie!

So, my new fur baby just turned one, and her puppy fur was mixing with her adult doggie fur to make one big matted mess!


Are you in there, Melody? hahaha

Time to go to the groomer! When I picked her up, the groomer showed me how her coat came off almost in one piece! Asked me if I wanted it…so, being the weird one that I am…thinking that I might do some kind of textile art with it 😛 …. I took it home. lol


wow! where is my dog? 😛

So, this was in February, and we had a cold snap. It is STILL winter here, btw…never-ending now, it seems. Might as well be Siberia! Sheesh!

She gets cold easily anyway, because of being so little(under 6 pounds!), and now she was virtually naked because the matting was so bad, and the groomer had to shave it really short all over….


Nakey pup!

Well, I had a little sweater for her, and that was somewhat ok…but it left her whole hind end exposed though, so she still shivered All. The. Time. I took it upon myself to go looking for doggie onesies…as they cover all legs and the whole of their bodies. Couldn’t find one in any stores near me, of course. Seriously? It’s Canada…pet stores should stock them! Argh!


Sweet baby! ❤

Next, I went online, and found handmade ones…for exorbitant prices, of course. And I appreciate handmade, so I get that. But still…too much for me! Then I thought..I could totally make one myself! I’m somewhat crafty, after all! 😉 I had made a few Halloween costumes in my time, so wasn’t a stranger to sewing….check this one out…off topic but  I’m proud of myself! 😀 It is a Thorin Oakenshield costume from ” The Hobbit” I made in 2014. Took 6 weeks!

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“Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.” 😀

Anyway…. back to doggie onesies…

I found some fabulous polar fleece fabric, bought a pattern at Etsy, and just made the thing. It turned out awesome! She is warm now, and is looking super stylish! 😀

I’m thinking I will make a couple more now for variety!


Rockin’ my homemade onesie!  Thanks Mum! ❤

Skies & Mountains

Sunshyne Art & Design

Did a landscape series, recently. I’m a bit obsessed by skies and mountains! lol
Not based in true reality, with the hyper coloured skies, etc., they are inspired by what moves me.  The three suns are something I paint in a lot of my fantasy landscapes…they represent my 3 sons, who are the lights of my life. 🙂 ❤

Field of Gold “Field of Gold” ©WD 2017

Take Me To The Mountains “Take Me To The Mountains” © WD 2017

Three Suns 2 “Three Suns 2” © WD 2017

Three Suns “Three Suns” © WD 2017


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New Fur Baby!!

Two weeks ago, we brought home our newest fur baby! Now I have two beautiful sweetie pups! 😀

Meet Melody… 🙂 ❤

She is a Shih Tzu/Maltese cross, and weighs next to nothing at the moment! She was the runt, and is expected to be about 6 pounds full grown. Tiny little fur ball reminds me of the rabbit I used to have! 🙂 So amazingly soft! Plus she bouncy/hops when she runs, and even smells like him! lol

She is super cuddly, affectionate, smart, playful and curious. She loves my boys, but I am her fave. I know it! 😀 haha

My other dog tore her (dog equivalent of) ACL a few days after we brought puppy home, so they have not played together much, since her activity needs to be kept low. 😦  Melody loves her though!

And she loves Melody’s toys! 😛

Ember and moose