Maternity Leave!

  • September 23, 2014 8:31 pm

I’ve been busy with a very important creation this past year, leaving my blog and website high and dry, my alphabet dangling at the letter “S” and my ark to slowly sink….
As I write this, I’m bleary eyed, half hallucinatory from severe sleep deprivation, with one ear alert to the possible sounds of crying in the next room.

Yup, I am officially a mom. Whoo hoo!

I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at the end of March. An all natural birth! Over 34 hours of labour and no pain meds whatsoever. The last 6 1/2 hours took place at the new Toronto Birth Centre, with the help of my wonderful midwives. I am madly, madly in love…with my husband and this new bundle of giggles, farts and baby babbles. Marin Kaatje Frolic. My little vegan wonder who is growing fatter and rosier-cheeked every day, while I wither and get sucked dry from my, thankfully, overly abundant breasts. ;)

I suppose one could say that I was already more or less “broken in” by being a step mom to my husband’s three other kids, who are now 6, 10 and 12 (!!!). I love them too. But, I guess, nothing really prepares you for having one of your very own. I am extremely grateful to the universe for this opportunity to be a real mom. Our family is complete.

We also got married a month before Marin’s birth, to make everything official. I was the tall, fat and wide bride with the bulging belly in the white dress and winter mukluks ( it was a snow storm that day ). I even went as far as to change my last name to unify our not-so-little family! Hello. I’d like to introduce myself. I’m now Anouk Frolic! We’re a happy, hoppy, skippy bunch.

It’s been a busy few months. I don’t expect it to get any easier for – oh – let’s say maybe, the next 20 years!?!?

I felt my blog site pulling me recently…taunting me, really. Daring me to enter its realm and say a few words. Today, after one of my most sleep deprived nights, I answered the call. ha! Why the hell not? I think it was this book launch I attended last night that planted the seed that I should write. A book launch that took place at Marin’s bedtime, I might add (thus the sleepless night and horrific day that ensued). Note to self: YOU DO NOT HAVE A LIFE ANYMORE! What were you thinking taking a baby to a book launch across town… AT HER BEDTIME!?!

The event was for a wonderful woman by the name of Nikki Fotheringham, who runs the website Green Moxie . Nikki promoted my game and puzzles last Christmas and I am very grateful for her support and enthusiasm.

My life has been consumed as of late with baby and family. There has (had?) been no space left for creativity or work. But, one has to start somewhere. The itch is starting to become too noticeable to ignore. I am hopeful that creativity will once again blast through me to finish the things I’ve started and for future projects to be realized. At the very least, I need to finish my alphabet! The letter S….hmmmm, what will it be? Sleep? Slumber? Snore? Snooze? ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz.
I’ll have to get back to you on that one. ;)
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P…Q…R!

  • October 1, 2013 6:30 pm

Moving right along…I can see the end in sight! I never know which animal I’m going to do until I am sitting down to draw it. S is next and I haven’t a clue! That’s part of the fun. :)
I hope you enjoy the letters as much as I am enjoying making them.
Peace out!
Anouk

Pangolin

Pangolin

Quokka

Quokka

Raccoon

Raccoon

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It’s been a while!

  • September 6, 2013 3:55 pm

Well, I have been a delinquent when it comes to my blog pages- that is for sure! Luckily it’s due to less time in front of the computer and more time spent in the great outdoors. Summer has come and gone ridiculously quickly. With the beginning of September and the step kids all in full day school now, I finally have more hours free to myself to get back in to the Ark and the Art and flagrant self promotion as well as pushing my animal rights agenda and whatever else I care to blab on about.
I have managed to climb further up my alphabet ladder. I left off here with the letters E,F,G….well, now I’m at P! I’ll attach what I’ve done to this post just to keep you in the loop. When these letters are done I plan on getting them in kids rooms and classrooms and they will be available on a print per order basis rather than how I went about my puzzles and game…no more large print runs…better for the environment and my pocket book.
Here goes…H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O….
Here’s to a productive, inspiring and active fall season!
Love,
Anouk

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Ii lite copy

Jj jerboa copy

Kk copy

Ll loris copy

Mm manatee copy

Nn needlefish copy

O octopus copy

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Today was brought to Ewe by the letters Ee, Ff and Gg…

  • February 23, 2013 8:01 pm

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My dog stars in an anti fur video!

  • February 21, 2013 7:50 pm

When my beautiful companion, Meisje died in July 2010, I never imagined I’d be able to open up my heart to a new love…but along came Kobu ( nee Afu ). He was a rescue dog from Taiwan and his face and story cried out for me to meet him. It was love at first sight and in January 2011 I had a new love. A gorgeous male, Saluki/Shepherd mix flown all the way to Canada from Taiwan!
Just recently I was approached by an animal rights activist musician, Gabriel Nicolau, who was inspired to write a song and do a video exposing the horrors of the fur trade. Kobu so closely resembles the beautiful coyotes seen on so many disgusting coats around town these days ( especially the uber ridiculous Canada Goose jackets!) that he was the perfect spokes”dog” for the job. I’ve attached the video to this post for you to see.
Warning… some of the imagery is not pleasant. But then again, neither are the lives of the poor animals used for our stupid, callous fashion sense.
Please share this video and spread the word!

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ABC’s! Working on a new Project…

  • September 20, 2012 1:40 pm

Hey there! Life throws some wonderful changes sometimes. It’s been a very busy year that has taken me temporarily astray from my Anouk’s Ark focus. The shift occurred when I got engaged to a wonderful man who happened to come fully equipped with THREE kids (all under the age of 10!) and a dog named Sam. I brought my dog, Kobu and my hamster, Simon to the mix so I’d say my fiancĂ© got off pretty easy! ;)
So, now engaged, living in our new house, renovations galore, taking care of instant family 50% of the time and trying to get back into my art…phew! Having kids around has given me some new creative outlets. The four year old got me thinking about how I could help her with learning her letters…which has lead to my new series of alphabet drawings! Here are the first 3 letters of our alphabet…more to follow…please keep in touch!
xoAnouk

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Why Love One and Eat the Other?

  • July 4, 2012 1:59 pm



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Have fun watching the animals play the ENDANGERED SPECIES MEMORY GAME!

  • June 7, 2012 3:36 pm

Click the ANIMALS AT PLAY link below to watch a short video…very short! :)

ANIMALS AT PLAY

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Anti Seal Hunt Demonstration

  • March 21, 2011 7:35 pm

It’s been some time since I’ve sat down to write here. I feel compelled to communicate my disappointment in Torontonians today. A select few of us participated in a peaceful anti seal hunt demonstration this afternoon at the corner of University and College in Toronto. A very busy corner swarming with U of T students, business people, medical staff for the nearby hospitals…For the most part we were met with indifference, avoidance, lowered heads, comments of ‘no, not interested’, ‘no, don’t want any information’…Groups of young people would walk by, speeding up to pass us to avoid any interaction. I am amazed at the apathy, the desire to plead ignorance, to not want to learn about what our country promotes using our tax dollars. To not even show a tiny bit of interest in such an act of cruelty and violence is appalling to me. This head-in- the-sand attitude that affects so many gets me down on occasions like these.
What are you so afraid of people? ‘Ignorance is bliss’ so they say…Everyone is so caught up in their own little ego bubbles, their blackberry conversations, their lattes and fur trimmed coats…Look around you, engage in your city and its diversity…wake up!!
I was also disillusioned by the no show of animal rights activists today. According to the facebook page that had organized this event ( thank you Susan ) , over 80 people had said they’d attend…I think maybe 10 showed up? Was it inconvenient? Too cold? Do you feel that by saying you’ll attend that’s doing enough? I don’t get it….
Well, at the end of the day, I felt we made an impact in our own small way. We were visible, politely vocal and we did manage to get some signatures for our anti seal hunt campaign and we did manage to hand out a good number of flyers. Thank you for those activists who showed up and thank you for those Torontonians who were open to learning….

photo courtesy of Susan Morris

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Riverdale-East York Town Crier Article

  • February 11, 2011 6:23 pm

Well! A little media attention has finally been given to my artwork that was lifted from this very website and made into stamps, or more correctly “perforated labels”. A previous blog post of mine outlined the whole ordeal…but you can also read it here thanks to Town Crier reporter Kelly Gadzala’s story!
To this day the Australian woman who says she purchased my artwork online is refusing to reveal where she got the stamps until I sign and send them back to her. I don’t know folks, what do you think…should I send them back?? Why won’t she simply tell me where she got them? What does she have to hide? Who is she protecting? It’s all a little bit too fishy for my liking.
I’m all for being accommodating and helping my fellow humans, but I’m no idiot. I’m not signing anything that could give away any rights to my artwork so more can be produced freely. It’s unfortunate she chooses to protect the ones who stole the work rather than help the artist who’s work was stolen.
Another lesson in life and the weird morals and ethics of some people…

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