Bunnies are looking for love just like the rest of us.

This is a handmade card I just made to send off to Kathy Davis Studios, a local greeting card design group (and yes, that’s mistletoe headgear he’s wearing). If I wasn’t already taken, I’d totally smooch this little guy under the mistletoe. Speaking of bunnies, our rabbit Willie Nelson is on antibiotics for a foot injury and I have to give him oral meds twice a day. He lucked out with some kind of fruit-flavored medication and gets so excited to be cradled and have medicine time, it’s so redonkulousy cute. Now that I’m married, I think my maternal instincts are supposed to kick in, but I just want to foster bunnies forever and leave the dirty diapered babies for someone else to clean up after hehe. That probably makes me a bad person, but if loving bunnies is bad, I don’t want to be good!

Christmas Time Is Here

I couldn’t resist the Mrs. Claws costume at PetSmart, especially since it was half off.

That is one sassy lady.

Betty White hates having her photo taken, but I do it anyway.

Our Martha Stewart Christmas tree, with all of the wrapped goodies underneath.

I’m so excited for Christmas and eating Holiday Oreos nonstop in front of the fireplace. 11 days left & counting!

6 quirky Shannonisms

function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener(“load”, function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent(‘onload’, function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); }Alrighty, so I’ve been tagged by the lovely Stephanie at This Casita, who I had the pleasure of meeting on Weddingbee.

Cute critter series thus far…

“Bunnies Can’t Cluck”
“He’s A Rather Squirrely Boy”

“Is That A Hedgehog In Your Pants Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?”

I’ve been working on my critter series for my upcoming solo show at Cafe Estelle in April. I sold the original squirrel piece to Shana of Shanalogic.com, who is a squirrel rescuer and all around super fabulous gal. She was even willing to let me hold onto it until after the show ends. Prints of these pieces are also available in multiple sizes at my Etsy shop. Currently, I’m working on a raspberry-lovin’ raccoon.

If it wasn’t illegal to own a hedgehog in Pennsylvania, I’d totally be all up in that business (although I’m not sure how keen our landlord would be with us having a total of seven pets in our cramped apartment).

Any animal requests out there?



My name is Shannon Collins (although some of you may know me as “Mrs. Candy Corn” from Weddingbee). I’m a 26-year-old illustrator and Editor-in-Chief from Philadelphia living with a menagerie of pets (a rescued Westiepoo named Betty White, a chinchilla named Maude, a loving lop-earred rabbit named Willie Nelson and a sassy Dutch bunny named Cadbury, along with her feisty horndog of a son, Applesauce).

This blog will explore my ongoing fascinations with fine art, illustration, design, style, photography, pop culture, and a never-ending love for furry critters. Wondering where the heck the name “youwannatalkjive” came from? It’s inspired by one of my favorite lines from The Royal Tenenbaums by Royal himself: “You wanna talk some jive? I’ll talk some jive. I’ll talk some jive like you’ve never heard!” So folks, brace yourself for a blog filled with jive talkin’ like no other. Be sure to visit my cheese-lovin’ alter ego at Fromage Photography!


{photo by laura kicey}