Friday, July 21, 2006

{Studio Friday} 'Sidekicks'

This week's topic is "Studio Sidekicks" and it was suggested by my buddy, Debbie!

This topic is a fun one for me! I have several Studio Sidekicks and I would love to 'introduce' them to you!
This is my 14 year old Therapy Dog, Bailey. She's a grand old girl and is never more than 24 inches from me at any given moment. She's great at giving advise and letting me know it's ok to just hang out once in a while. Her calm personality is very soothing to my frazzled spirit at the end of the day. She inspires me with my more serious and intricate creations.

This is Zippity. She's the inspiration for all my silly art.
Her energy lends itself to my own crazy personality which makes for a really fun day in the studio (fun meaning MESSY!) She's always on the hunt, finding scraps of paper I drop and 'killing' them to be sure that they don't come to life and forge an army and attack!! Zippity appreciates silly and whimsical art and loves to help me create with her own medium...... MUD! I am forever wiping her paws before letting her in the house. She loves mud and thinks that every surface should have atleast a few spatters! If we gave her her way, she'd change the complete decor of the entire house!

This is "Dude". He's a 3 year old Red Eared Slider turtle.
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He's a very serious fellow. Most of his time is spent basking under his full spectrum UV light, looking at me like I'm COMPLETELY insane and sleeping. He lends very little to my actual creativity but he's a fun little companion to hang out with on the rare occasion that he actually DOES anything! (Come on folks, he's a turtle...what's he supposed to do, don a top hat a cane and a pair of tap shoes?!) He's cute and he loves being hand fed. Oh yeah!!! The mini waterfall in his tank is VERY soothing to listen to so I guess in a way he does lend a little ambience to my Studio.

Studio companions (whatever they may be) give our studios a splash of personality. I am, very much, an animal person and have one or both of my dogs with me almost all of the time. For me they are a feeling of security, inspiration and just plain silliness! They help me get my creative juices flowing and for that I'm eternally greatful!

27 comments:

Tine said...

Oh what cute sidekicks you have! I LOVE the turtle!!! So sweet!! :-D

naomi said...

What great studio friends.

sharla said...

Your comment on my blog cracked me up as it was right on! I love the turtle! I have always wanted a turtle. I know they don't do much but they are so cute!

Your doggies are cute too!

Carrie said...

Oh, such great friends! I love your furry sidekicks (even the hard shelled one!) - I'd love a Jack Russell to keep Candy company (and on her toes!)! Thanks for sharing!

Aunt Jen said...

Oh come on Lekki....everyone knows that only FROGS will don a top hat,cane and tap shoes!!!

"Hello my honey, hello my baby, hello my rag time doll."
michigan j. frog
looney tunes

Ouissi Gresty said...

They are so cute...I love the part about destroying paper...I had a childhood dog that did that...he always looked so serious in the attack...very funny!

Ouissi x

Hanna said...

your doggies are very cute, but the turtle looks... hmmm... fierce!? :-)

great introduction!

LB said...

What a great furry (and shelled) family you have. The dogs have such expressive faces!

Lisa said...

Dogs are such hams when the camera comes out. Those are two/too adorable friends!

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

look at those sweet faces! All their personalities are so apparent.......except for the turtle, he could go ethier way. :)

Lisa Marie said...

Love your sidekicks! :)

Michelle said...

Okay seriously...what cute wonderful sweet faces your animals have! They make ME feel happy even just looking at their pictures! Enjoy!

Tracie said...

Darn I missed Studio Friday! Oh well, not the first time...lol!!

Love your sidekicks, mine would be my doggie too...she's 90 lbs of one BIG BABY that loves to crowd me out of my studio!!!

Stacia said...

I can really see the dogs' personalities just in their pictures, one soft and sweet, the other a rebel rouser. My mom has a turtle that has quite a lot of personality...we think it thinks it's a dog! When she lets "Bud" out of the tank, he treks all over, follows the pooch, and sometimes crawls into bed with her. Too funny!

Samhains said...

We call thoughs 'Painted Turtles' in Canada -because they look like some one painted on them, with the red and the stripes....

Tracy said...

Love your slider! Mine is about a year and half, give or take. She's a bundle of energy, rearranging her rocks all day, till she feels like chill'n under her lamp. She's my fist turtle and I'm so glad I got her. Do you hand feed yours?

Anke said...

What a good sidkick companion combination. Calm, energiefull and relaxing.....for every mood something. Enjoy your the company of your 4-legged-campanions!

himavant said...

dogs are cute, but many studios have cats. you are right about a studio has its own cat :-)

loved your dogs.. very cute!

thanks for stopping by..

Ellen said...

Although I believe all pets are therapeutic, the dogs who become official therapy dogs are incredibly special! Love your dogs and turtle, too.

DEW said...

Wow! I finally get to see Zippity! he's great. I love Jack Russels and almost got one - they are great for keeping woodchucks out of horse pastures and I just love their spunk! I've seen woodchucks back down a full grown fox and here a little Jack will just go down their holes and kill them! They are not called "tenacious terriers" for nothing! And HEY - Zippity shares Mac's favorite medium! Sometimes I think Mac is a pig and not a horse the way he wallows in it and THEN he paints everything (including me when I bring him in) with his nose!!

Bailey is a sweetie! She must be a great therapy dog because she has such a beautiful, calm face! I'm planning to take Penny for the therapy dog test next time its given. Although I don't know if she'll be a good one. She is not as focused on people as her Lab pal Molly. She may just be too young still (just turned 2). But she is very well behaved and she LOVES children. So I figured I'd try - we'll see if she flunks :-)

Oh - almost forgot Dude. He sounds pretty "centered" and he certainly has you all figured out! *lol*

Cheryl Wray said...

What a great topic to post! What cutie pictures!

Andrew said...

Hi,

Thanks for your comments over at my site about the five-minute drill. I left a suggestion for you there.

I used to have two cats who curled up on the corner of my desk together and stayed there while I worked. Very soothing.

firstborn said...

how cool gabi! what wonderful sidekicks you have there!

xo, mary ann

Cheryl Wray said...

Hey Gabi--

I tried to find your email, to send you a response to your comment on my blog but I couldn't find it--so I'm just posting here.
I think that is so cool that you are into World War II memorabilia. I have a ton of photos of my dh's grandfather in the War; they are just priceless~
Yep, my dh Sydney is 2 (she turned 2 on March 31). She is something else!!
Thanks for stopping by, and for your comments.
I'm enjoying your blog too!

Stacie Rife said...

I had to laugh out loud when I read about Zippity! That is so hilarious...
and your Bailey.. is just SO precious!!!!!!!! She looks so full of wisdom, and I can tell by her picture she would calm anyones heart!
Blessed are those wonderful furry (oh and not furry) animals!!!!
:)

Laura said...

Awww I love your turtle's name! hehe. The doggies are super cute too!

Thanks for visiting me! My kitty Angelica is named after her mom actually, who was named Angel. :)

Nice to meet a fellow SFer who's a scrapper also! :)

Loreluca said...

omg, how cute are your sidekicks! All three of them look sooo inspirational... Rock on!