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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

What's on Your Workdesk ~ WOYWW

I'm amazed that I've actually managed to spend some time in my studio this week...whooho! 
And it feels so good. ;D

I'm juggling between the jobs but my reward is to spend time being creative too. It's not ideal but for now it seems to be working.  Pity washing my tea mug wasn't on my list of jobs to do before taking this photo...I just kept refilling the same mug as the tea kept going cold. Yuk!
Normally I drink my cuppa whilst it’s still like molten lava. But when I'm being creative, it's the only time I tend to forget to drink...at any other time it would be a hanging offence.
Note the vinetage mobile phone...no super duper iphone here...(sob sob)...maybe one might appear soon but I have an affection for this trusty friend. It keeps my schedule, sends me reminders, has photos that I can't take off due to my daughter not remembering the security code, alarms to keep me on time and treasured texts that I've saved. Yes, I know an iphone could do all this plus make great toast, but I haven't got one yet! So I can't compare only turn 50 shades of green when I see someone intently connected to their's.

See what I received last week in the post...I now feel a proper member of WOYWW. Julia kindly sent my badge....all 12,000 miles! Thanks again Julia ;D

 

Surprisingly I'm not zentangled out yet, but I feel there may well be a timeline on these but I keep coming up with designs that I'd like to do. Yesterday I produced the King Protea plant which I hope to finish today.
I've also completed an A3 size garlic to hang in my kitchen.
 
Well if you are wondering what I am going on about visiting desks, pop over to the lovely Julia and join in...there's so much talent out there plus if you're a sticky beak nosey parker like me, then you'll love snooping around everyone's desk.
Have fun, smile and pass on some thoughtful act (make someone's day) :D

80 comments:

  1. Hi Neesie! The King protea is looking good! I usually change my phone when it conks out because I hate adjusting to new buttons and stuff! The one I have is starting to conk out and a few days ago all my texts disappeared! I think I'm going to have to buy a new one! :^) patsy (#11)

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    1. Hi Patsy,
      Wow...how quick are you? Visiting minutes after I hit the button...thanks!
      I'm trying to head back to the protea but it doesn't look like I'll make it today. Especially if I'm to get ahead and try to visit everyone this week ;)
      I've actually dropped my phone numerous times and it still keeps on working! I haven't the heart to flush it like so many people do :D

      Have a great time with WOYWW ~ enjoy!

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  2. Lots of gorgeous art projects on your desk and I love your pot of seashells that I spy sitting there :)

    Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely week, Hugs, Karen xx #12

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    1. Hi Karen, the shells are from a beach we visited 2 weeks ago ~ they'll hopefully be a post soon.
      There's one shell in particular that has the outer casing broken which reveals the coil within...I just couldn't resist bringing it home for a future drawing session.
      Thanks for popping over to visit. Have fun with WOYWW :D

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  3. Hi Neesie, Love the king protea. Reminds me I have some nice protea photos (somewhere) which perhaps I could try drawing (if I could find them). Yours is fabulous! RosA #17

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    1. Hi RosA,
      The protea plant was growning in a nearby garden which gave me the idea. Haven't managed to finish it but it's great to know it's sitting there waiting for me.
      Thanks for stopping to visit and leaving such a lovely comment ;D
      Enjoy your WOYWW!

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  4. Sme great pieces on your desk and love the beautiful shells!! Have a great week, hugs trace x 40

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    1. Yep Trace I like the shells too. I've got some plans for them but not quite sure yet.
      Thanks for commenting...I love to have people pop in ;D
      Have fun with WOYWW!

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  5. Oh you do take on challenges don't you? King Protea what next, you have the patience of a saint, I couldn't do them.

    Eliza #19

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    1. Hehe ;D yes it has been said before that I have a lot of patience. The GnT's help!!! hic!
      Enjoyed your comment and glad that you popped over to see me.
      Have fun and enjoy WOYWW :D

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  6. Love the zentangles - very nice! Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl no. 29

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    1. Thanks Sunshine Girl,
      I'm thinking I'll move on from zentangles but I still want to complete a few more designs first. I'm missing colour :D
      Have a good WOYWW and that's for stopping by.

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  7. Morning Nessie
    Faber castell products very nice and arty......i have been trying out there craft range of products, they are very good i must say....cold coffee not drunk...you must be having a good time crafting!!!
    Jackie 54
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    1. Afternoon Jackie ;D
      I have to admit I've had the Faber castell products for quite some time. I found them hidden away but they have now come out into the light...stand by....anything could happen!
      Have a great time with WOYWW ~ enjoy :D

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  8. I can well imagine how happy you are to have things back to normal! Love, LOVe your zentangles. I think they are rather amazing!
    xxoo

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    1. As normal as I can be Marie,
      I'm glad you like the zentangles but I'm missing some colour. I'm thinking of doing a wash on them...not sure how this will progress....watch this space ;D
      I still plan to do some silk painting too...maybe if I give up sleeping I might fit it in?
      Thanks for popping by as you know it's great to have people over :D
      Enjoy your week xox

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  9. Oh, the King protea is one of our national flowers, in fact our cricket team is called the Proteas...will watch this space with interest.

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    1. I know Bella, that's where I first saw one...in the Botanical Gardens.
      I love Cape Town and hopefully we'll get to revisit soon.
      Thanks for stopping by ~ Have a great time with WOYWW :D

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  10. Beautiful work, what a challenge! Happy WOYWW, Helen 7

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    1. It seemed a good idea at the time Helen ;D
      It's strange but I'm enjoying doing them.

      Thanks for popping over to visit...have fun with WOYWW :D

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  11. Love the flower and garlic... your cup loks like mine - I expect you forgot it and let it get cold, then it got all coated inside!!!
    Frankie
    xx

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Frankie,
      I can now report that the cup is clean! I didn't even realise it was sitting on the desk until I'd taken the photo.
      Have a great week ~ have fun with WOYWW ;D

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  12. Your artwork is stunning, I love how you create a form whether it's a flower or whatever and then Zentangle it! Amazing work. Take care & enjoy this week's WOYWW offerings! Zo xx 68

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    1. I'm missing colour though now Zo so I'm not sure how long I'll carry on with them. I may do a wash on them to see how that looks.
      Thanks for your kind comment ~ I love to get visitors and you're always so encouraging ;D
      Happy WOYWW ~ enjoy!

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  13. Great sketch and zentangles on your desk. I do sympathise about the tea stained cup I have a similar one on my desk (hangs head in shame) and it is all that creative stuff that gets in the way of finishing a good cuppa.
    Sandra @96

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    1. Thanks for visiting and your kind comments Sandra.
      I hang my head in shame over my cup too...but I'm glad to report its sparkling clean now...well until next time ;D
      Have fun with WOYWW!

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  14. Amazing art work, very clever. I love your desk, full of different things. Who needs tea when busy? Tracey x

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    1. Hi Tracey,
      It's a reflection of how my brain works...I just want to do so much but time won't allow. It doesn't stop my brain trying though!
      I usually tell myself I'm having a tea break so that I can go into the studio so as you can imagine I have a fair few breaks thoughout the day if I can.
      Happy WOYWW...Thanks for popping by and leaving a lovely comment :D

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  15. Hi Neesie!I love your Zentangling.I don't think you'll get tired of them in a hurry.I draw most nights, and have been doing so ever since I discovered Zentangles 18 months or so ago.
    When I was teaching, we rarely got to finish a cuppa in our breaks(when we werewn't on yard duty that is), so I'd take mine back to the classroom and gulp down tea while waiting for the children to line up at the door.hence by the end of the week there was quite an array. Yuk!!Now I clean my cups with tooth tablets(for false teeth). Gets the stains off by next day.Sparkling clean cup.Thanks for visiting, and leaving lovely comments.
    Judy #24

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    1. I think you may be right Judy...I still have so many designs I want to do, so it could be zentangles for a wee while longer.
      I find them very relaxing.
      Thanks for the tip on cleaning my cup...It reminded me that my mum used to use one of those tablets for cleaning her cups.
      Have a great WOYWW ~ enjoy :D

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  16. I've only tried little zentangles so far. I get bored of just black and white - I need colour, the brighter the better. Having said that, the plant looks like it's going to be awesome when it's finished... An A3 garlic must look stunning.
    Laura 100

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    1. I know what you mean Laura, I'll be needing some colour soon.
      I used to do silk painting and that is so vibrant. I need to try to get back to it.
      Thanks for stopping by...Have a great WOYWW :D
      Enjoy!

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  17. Hi Neesie, I got some Art Parts from Wendy Vecchi and zentangled the stem and flower ones and they look great. Those two in the top corner of your desk look amazing and I think they would look lovely with a spot of colour on them. I don't think you will tire of doing it as it is so relaxing. Thanks for the snoop. Happy WOYWW, Anne x #44

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    1. Hi Anne, before I answer your lovely comment I must say I always smile when I see your face because it looks like you're about to burst out laughing! It gets me everytime ;D
      Anyway, congrats on your Art Parts...I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with them.
      I'm pleased (which is amazing really) with the drawings on my desk, but feel the next challenge will be to add some colour.
      I do find them so relaxing though.
      Thanks for popping by...Happy WOYWW to you :D

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    2. Funny you should think that because it is true. It was taken just before I got ill, nowadays I look a bit peeky so I love that photo - we had just seen our new grandchild for the first time. I must say, yours is a lovely happy face. Ax

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    3. I thought you looked pleased with yourself...and a new grandchild is definitely a reason to smile :D
      I wish I still looked like my photo ~ like you there's been a few changes since then. It's not very often that I like my photograph taken. That particular one was from a Christmas party with all my family around me. I usually like to be behind the camera.
      Have a wonderful weekend Redanne ~ have fun ;D

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  18. Creative desk!!! love the drawing!

    Happy WOYWW Wednesday!

    Hugs Marleen #25

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Marleen, my desk is evolving as is my art!
      Have fun with WOYWW :D

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  19. I'm glad ONE of us likes those Zentangles (grin). Happy WOYWW from #4 this week.

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    1. Hehe...I suppose each to their own. But a little bird told me someone likes to pound flowers! ;D
      Thanks for visiting...have fun WOYWW!

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  20. gorgeous drawings
    thank you for the peep around your crafting area this week
    Vicky #107
    http://angeldrummer.blogspot.co.uk/
    ps could you let me know if you visit, I have visited you as I always visit (if possible) back everyone whom visits me.
    pps my candy is still open, 2 saturated canary digi's of your choice

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    1. Hi Vicky,
      I have snooped at your desk and left a comment. Now I really must add some colour to my work. Know anywhere I can find some good pens? lol ;D
      Thanks for taking a peek at my desk...enjoy WOYWW :D

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  21. Hi Neesie, your zentangles are amazing I would have loved to do these when `I was younger, don't think I would have the patience now though. I have a bit of a thing about tea rings in my cup, if my hubby makes me a cuppa and has only rinsed the cup out the tea ring shows up again half way through drinking it and it really puts me off.I find though, that the more thoroughly you clean the cup the worse the problem gets so he says its my own fault lol Oh well such is life.Happy Zentagleing.
    Hugs
    Lottie x

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    1. Hi Lottie,
      Sorry if my cup put you off your cuppa...I must admit I was really shocked by how grubby it was. It's not like me but shows just how much I love drawing and that I completely switch off whilst creating.

      I find doing zentangles relaxing, so maybe you'd like doing them. You should give them a go.
      My mind wanders whilst my hand repeats the pattern ;D

      Don't you just love hubby making you a cuppa...I tell mine that he makes the best cuppa which surprisingly makes him keen to keep making! Shh...don't tell him ~ it's our secret :D

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  22. I'm practically a Luddite....never had cell phone...don't want one.....

    Vee
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    1. Good for you Vee...you must be a tough cookie to resist. It's so easy to get caught up with it all ;D
      Thanks for stopping by to visit ~ have fun with WOYWW :D

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  23. Love, Love, Love your zentangles... I bet the A3 Garlic looks AmAzing!!! I too have a trusted old phone that I only bring out in the cover of darkness (lol) Hugs May x x x#32

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    1. Hi May, like you when I use my phone or camera for that matter, I get extremely embarrassed. They both work great so really there's no need to replace them just yet...peer pressure shouldn't bother me but I'm afraid it does.
      I'd hate to think I'd be replaced just because I wasn't wearing too well ~ heavens in that case I'd have been replaced ages ago! ;D
      Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
      Enjoy WOYWW :D

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  24. Another beautiful drawing Neesie. I guess the timeline thing is part of the pleasure really, all these things canbe picked up a nd put down at will, even months/years apart.as for your phone..if it ain't broke, don't fix it! My iPhone is nearly 4 years old now and when it dies, it will not be replaced with another iPhone...way too expensive.

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    1. Hi Julia,
      Thanks for popping over and leaving another lovely comment about my work :D
      I suppose the expense of a new phone could be another factor that makes me think my old phone is fine for now...I just need to use it in the dark or discreetly so that it doesn't cause offence or have people laugh at me.
      I'm thinking it's vintage ~ that makes it special right?

      Thanks for hosting WOYWW because it's given my an amazing amount of inspiration...I just need to give up sleep now so that I can do all I'd like to ;D
      Have fun ~ Happy WOYWW!

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  25. love your zentangles. i don't tire looking at them either! needlewings #20

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    1. Aww thanks...I hope to try something new soon. Maybe some silk painting again? Just loving the journey right now ;D
      Hope your enjoying WOYWW ~ have fun :D

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  26. Interesting workspace - yay! to all the zentangle - thanks for sharing - Hazel, WOYWW #10 x

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    1. Hehe...thanks Hazel. I must stop blogging and get on with some more. It looks like a wet rainy day here today...Yay! perfect for spending in the studio! Gotta go ;D
      Enjoy WOYWW and thanks for stopping by.

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  27. Fantastic art work! I really getting into those Zentangles now! I'm in a field on my 3G dongle, zooming around as fast as I can! HAPPY WOYWW!
    ((Lyn)) #47

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    1. In a field with playing with your dongle Lyn...sounds positively dodgy ;D
      Glad you like my work ~ it's great getting feedback especially when it's from someone who knows what its about.
      Enjoy zooming ~ Happy WOYWW! :D

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  28. Have we got to the point in life where we can have "vintage mobile phones"??? I don't have one, vintage or new. I just can't think of anyone I want to talk to that much. I wonder if other people who answer a phone for a living think they are evil? (phones in general, not just mobile ones). The plant is looking good. I say keep on zentangling if that is what floats your boat.

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    1. Not sure about the vintage phone it was just a thought.
      I only really started to rely on it for keeping in contact with my daughter on the other side of the world. Texts are great for setting up skype calls and just to keep connected.
      I don't use mine much for talking which is unusual as I'm always nattering!
      Thanks for popping over for a lookeesee. Hope you have a great WOYWW ;D

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  29. That protea is amazing. How are your eyes, they must be sore by now. I have a mobile phone that is just a phone. My daughter just looks at it and shakes her head (while on her iphone). I would never be able to work and iphone so my old fashioned ring ring will do me too.
    Have a great week and there must be a few WOYWW badges in Australia now.
    Von #3

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    1. I managed to finish it this afternoon Vonny and surprisingly my eyes are okay. I just switch off whilst drawing them...wonderful!
      It'll be interesting to see if a badge meets another here in Oz.
      We'll have to wait and see ;D
      Have a great day...and enjoy WOYWW!

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  30. That looks great! Sorry I'm late getting here been super swamped with work! Like you art is my stress reliever! This is my 2nd week here and so far been really great!

    #58 TWA

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    1. I haven't been WOYWWing for that long either but it is rather addictive isn't it?
      I tried to leave a message on your blog but it wouldn't let me...not sure why. Sorry :(
      Thanks for popping over to my place though. Happy WOYWW ;D

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  31. Hi Neesie,
    Thank you for leaving a comment for me. The huntsman spider is more scary to look at than dangerous. He's so handsome I think. They really an important part of the garden ecosystem.
    Love your zentangles, lovely shapes and amazing detail.
    Take care,
    Ros. #178

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    1. Not sure I agree with you on the Huntsman's handsomeness Ros!
      But I don't mind spiders as long as they stay out of the house. I can't bring myself to kill any but get very annoyed at their webs drapped over everywhere.
      Thanks for stopping by ~ enjoy WOYWW :D

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  32. Great Zentangles....I tried one ONCE....I haven't the patience....great Job! Happy Zentangling.

    blessings,
    Cindy♥

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    1. Thanks Cindy,
      They seem to work for me at the moment. I'd love to get back to some serious painting but that takes so much more time.
      Hopefully I'll get there though.
      I see you've become a follower...I get so excited when I see a new one ;D
      Thanks so much and I'll look forward to us meeting again.
      Have a wonderful weekend :D

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  33. fab zentangles,thanks for sharing
    have a fab crafty week and
    happy woyww
    kay #38

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    1. My pleasure Kay,
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend too.
      Happy WOYWW ;D

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  34. Hi Neesie. Thanks for calling into my blog. I love your deleted "sticky beak" -it's such a great description! You are so good at writing a reply to all your comments - I don't know if folks pop back to check tho. I try to leave as many comments as I can but there are over 150 WOYWWers now so its along haul! Have a great week - your zentangles look amazing. x Jo

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    1. Hi Twiglet,
      That term 'sticky beak' is an Ozzie saying. I'd never heard it before coming here. It just sums it up I think....'take a peek'!
      To reply to everyone is getting to be quite a feat but I think if people have taken the time to stop and visit me, it's only polite to respond. (My mother would be proud of me ~ hehe)
      I send a reply back to their email addresses too, if they have one....just in case they don't revisit!
      Mad eh?
      I need to get on writing new blogs and not just WOYWW though so I'm not sure how long I'll manage to do this...but for now....
      thanks for popping by to visit and leaving such lovely a comment. Enjoy your weekend ~ have fun! :D

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  35. That's a wonderful old phone...if it ain't broke, don't fix it..I guess that fits here :) I do love peaking in on zentangle desks, I am so curious about that craft and you are especially good at it! Thanks for visiting me! #130

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    1. I think you're right Suzie,
      Thanks for taking a peak and for such a lovely comment.
      Have a wonderful weekend....Enjoy ;D

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  36. Looks like you're enjoying a creative respite! You're doing some lovely work.

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    1. Hi Beth,
      I'm having a great time actually, but I've got to realise I can't be 'Wonder Woman' even though I think I am. Spinning all the plates takes skill and one I need to work on.
      Thanks for stopping by...Have a great weekend whatever you get up to. Have fun ;D

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  37. Thanks you for visiting me for WOYWW! I am trying very hard to get into the "groove" of visiting everyone!!
    I zentangle and it is addicting!!! Once you start, you can't stop!!!
    Your desk looks very creative!
    What's this about getting a badge for WOYWW? I'm new and don't know the ins and outs yet!
    Have an awesome weekend!!!
    xxDaniella

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    1. Good Luck with that Daniella, I've tried to visit everyone but never managed. There's just so many and it takes so long...I'll keep trying though and maybe one week I might be successful.

      If I tell you about the badge I'd have to kill you!!!
      Oh alright just don't let anyone know I told you ;D
      If you write to the lovely Julia at WOYWW to request one, if you're very lucky she just might post one to you...they're very special.

      Thanks so much for popping by and leaving a comment. I love to meet newies ~ Have a wonderful weekend ~ Enjoy! :D

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  38. Resist the tea-ringed-mug shame - we creative types all share it, I reckon! Let's not talk about the biscuit crumbs that haunt my keyboard when I'm writing well...! Amazing zentangles - they're so balanced yet so intricate, and all freehand, well done. WOYWW has introduced me to them and I've seen various people's, but none yet in colour...so be bold and be the first, for I too miss colour in them! Thanks for popping by my Pen Pot and leaving such a lovely comment - have a fab week, Deb x

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    1. Hi Deb, thanks for popping over for a visit and leaving such a lovely comment. It's great to get feedback on you're work especially when it's from creative people like the WOYWW gang ;D

      I've a few designs that will definitely lend themselves to a little colour, so I'm going to be brave and have a go. Nothing like living on the edge!
      Enjoy you're weekend...have fun :D

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  39. I'm sorry I missed this last week, Neesi - there were other things going on in my life that demanded my attention and I'm afraid I forgot all about WOYWW! Better late than never, though, eh? Your Proteus zentangle is stunning... You are a true artist - not just your fabulous drawings, but your wonderful photography, too. Shoshi lost in admiration...

    Happy VERY belated WOYWW for last week,
    Shoshi

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    1. I'm glad you made it no matter when you arrive Shoshi,
      Thanks for taking the time to give me a belated visit. I really appreciate it ;D
      You say I'm a true artist which actually really blows me away, because hearing that from you is indeed a brilliant compliment.
      I'm having such fun with the blog, photographs and now the drawings...
      Have a wonderful week and thanks again :D

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