Sunday, December 31, 2017


Dani's all dressed up for her first New Year's Eve party.  And it's a masquerade party, to boot!  She's still underage though, so I'm sending a chaperone along with her.

"I duzn't mind da fancy dress an' da mask an' all dat -- as long as dey TREATS me well" says Dani.

"Even a dance may not be outta ordah ... I'm reely inta HIP-HOP!"

"An' I fink a liddle drink wif my snacks wud be MICE.
Jus' don't tell Mama cuz I don't fink ...

... she could BEAR it!"

All this makes me wonder, what ever happened to the chaperone?

Well, that explains it!

Wishing you no worries tonight, mate --
and that 2018 will continue to be a worry-free zone.
Ya hear?

Friday, December 29, 2017


Dani's out communing with the birds today in spite of the snow.

She brought mittens for them, but then realized that wasn't going to work.

Hats are definitely better!

Monday, December 25, 2017


Dani spent Christmas Eve in the wing chair beside the Christmas tree.

She was waiting patiently for Santa to come.


Sunday, December 24, 2017


Dani would like to thank you all for coming to visit her this year.  Everything is new to her, and so is Christmas.

"Is a real furst fur me" says she.
"I wishus yoo all da same sense o' wondah dat I has 
an' a Happy Day wif  full tummies, da cozies, an' lots an' lotsa love!"

"C'mon in!"

Saturday, December 23, 2017


Here's the first of Dani's Christmas pictures -- this one in Watercolour effect for a little softer image.

"Chrismuss is a goldmine" says she.
"If it's gold -- it's mine!"

Now that's not exactly what Christmas is all about, Dani.
You'll have to excuse her because she's still in that toddler stage and has trouble sharing.

Oh no -- there goes the Christmas puddin'!

Friday, December 22, 2017


This is Dani's first winter photoshoot wearing a sweater.  You will note that this one really matches her complexion.  And if you look carefully, you will notice a white embroidered snowflake just below her shoulder.  It really is rather festive!

 She was a little skeptical about this sweater gig at first.

 But when Dani looked at all that snow, she realized it
wasn't such a bad thing after all.

 "Now all I needs is a butt warmah!"

Well look what Santa brought!

"Is a dream come troo ..."

Pee Ess:  Here's Lacocoon Dante (Dani's brother) wearing the same sweater in December 2012.

Monday, December 18, 2017


Dani's wearing her brother Dante's sweater which fits her pretty darn well considering he was at least twice her size.  The colours in the sweater blend well with her natural fur to make quite the pretty picture.

Dani's gaze is distracted by some beautiful vintage Christmas ornaments.  It gives her that faraway look.  She is wearing a faux fur hat in amber, brown and a bright rust colour.  As well as being quite striking, it serves to keep her ears toasty.

The sweater is striped in the same tones as the hat and trimmed at the collar and sleeves in dark brown.  Dani has added an amber brooch in an antique gold setting for that extra little punch.

Her purse is also quite remarkable in dark brown leather with gold accents, and rust suede.  The animal on the front appears to be a reindeer with its tan-coloured antler, however it's really a llama.  Dani thought she would add an antler to make it more Christmassy.

And it looks like Dani's not the ONLY one who likes to dress up for Christmas.
All in all it's really been quite the ILLAMinating experience!

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Dani's getting her first real glimpse of an actual snow bank.

"Dere's reely nuffin else ta do but ...

... dive right in.  Whoopee!!!

Monday, December 11, 2017


It's been snowing some out there, with lots more to come.

So Dani's getting ready for the onslaught.  Here she is in her pretty green knit toque with matching neckwarmer.

Dani warmed up to the snow (so to speak) at first, but now thinks it's getting a little out of control!  This hasn't dampened her enthusiasm for exploration, however.

"Da next fing I hasta check out is Chrismuss!"

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Dani's wearing a Chinese robe which originally belonged to her brother, Lacocoon Dante.  It's a bit large for her, but she's still growing so it's good that it's roomy.

The robe is absolutely gorgeous in black satin with gold embroidered Chinese dragons.  The cuffs and collar are completely gold-coloured, as are the fasteners on the back.  Normally such fasteners are functional as well as being decorative, but here they serve solely to enhance the beauty of the garment.

I found this information about "frog fasteners" on the internet:

"A frog fastener (also Chinese frog) is an ornamental braiding, consisting of a button and a loop, for fastening the front of a garment. The purpose of frog fasteners is to provide a decorative closure for a garment; frog fasteners are usual to garments of Asian design."

 FASTENating, isn't it?

Dani's hat, though not Chinese, feels in harmony with the outfit as a whole.  It is a woven black pillbox shape adorned with gold ribbons.  Her bracelet is actually made of black and gold burnished buttons, and her clutch bag is also made of black satin, heavily embroidered in gold.

Dani's gold two-fish necklace is a Chinese symbol and here's what I found out about it:

"The Fish Symbol in Traditional Chinese Culture. ... Because the Chinese character for fish (yu 鱼) is pronounced the same as the Chinese character for surplus (yu 余), the fish symbol is frequently used to symbolize the wish for more in the sense of good luck, good fortune, long life, children, etc."

We always knew that fish was good for "yu", but Dani is really excited because the necklace seems to promise more of that good stuff.  Dani always likes more, especially when it comes to food.

"I'm food's biggist fan!" says Dani quite sincerely