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1. 21: Blue Easter Egg

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And sometimes, even doodling can be fun! Am still not 100% but I went on strike (I hate being sick) and drove out to the countryside with the dogs this morning to give them a good run, then got back home and finished up this little doodle that I'd started up late last night. Yes, I'm trying to think up products for Easter for my online stores of course :)

I turned this into a few products including this card at Zazzle:

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Oh, and my Rabbit Blue Stamp won a Today's Best Award on Zazzle yay!

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Am already wondering what to draw next ... hmmmm ... :D Happy Weekend!

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2. 20: Small Blue Door

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I loved this door, it was tiny, like a wee door out of a fairy-tale. Saw it while I was walking down a narrow street in the gorgeous little village of Lourmarin, and had to whip out the camera and take a photo so I could draw it later. Also loved the reflections in the window above, everything was so contrasted and strong and stark. I intentionally faded the colours back a bit in the drawing, so that the lights and shadows would stand out more. I'm not sure if it was the right thing to do but I think I quite like the end result, so ...

It's been a while since I got so involved in a drawing and I thoroughly enjoyed it ... there are benefits to being sicky and having to stay indoors :) Am still not too happy with the scanner but perhaps my fiddling around is working as this scan has come closest to the original so far though the colours are still a bit too "fluorescent" to my liking. Cheers!


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I've just discovered that I've been given an Award by both Genxster AND Emma at emuse. They are both such talented artists and I stop by at their blogs regularly in order to get inspired, so I feel very grateful and pleased that they thought of me.

Genxster's blog or Flickr sites are always full of wonderful drawings so shoot over and have a look. Thank you Mellanie!

And Emma's blog is chock-full of her creative ideas and art, another inspirational stop.

It's going to be difficult to find someone to pass this Award onto as everyone I think of seems to already have one! I'm hoping that these blog-friends don't as yet but if they do (ok, so I know a few of them definitely do ...) they'll just have to live with getting another as a thank you for all their wonderful artwork and for their encouragement and support as friends: Kathleen, Joan, Andrea, Karen, France, Kathleen Rietz, Laura, Teri ... 

1. If you get tagged (and want to play along), write a post with links to blogs that you love,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.

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3. 18: Rabbit Sketch; 19: Easter Egg Bunny

I'm feeling very uninspired today ... I finally have time to draw but have a mild cold and nothing seems to come out right and the scanner seems to be making things worse, ack. Not a great day but I did a few test sketches of rabbits and I decided to fool around with one of them and place it on the background from another of my drawings (Lily-of-the-Valley in case you're curious) and this was the result:

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After which I doodled a bunny on an Easter Egg:

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Which the scanner screwed up completely as the colours are different and the faded blue strokes on the rabbit are pretty invisible ... but that's okay as I'm not happy with any of my drawings and sketches today anyway. I gave up fiddling with the scanner and decided to post these two, even if I'm not crazy about them. There are good days and bad days and the good days will eventually return, right? Right?

Off to make another hot drink to soothe my aching body and take more vitamins to fight off this cold. I rarely get colds so am also extremely annoyed at being sicky ...

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4. Text Designs and 17: Streetlight

I've been so busy running around exploring and trying to find a place to live and learning the language, that I haven't had the time to do much drawing! But I'm putting up some of the text designs I did  while I was without art supplies, and I managed to get a quick drawing done today yay.

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I find that I'm fascinated at the moment with detail. I love the panoramic views and the countryside and scenery is absolutely gorgeous here, but when it comes to subjects for sketching I discover myself peering at streetlights and windows and shutters and doors and all the little details that make up the bits and parts of the villages and city!

This streetlight hangs on the wall outside my building, so all I had to do was lean out (not too far!) and take a couple of photographs. Have taken quite a few of windows and doors so those will be showing up pretty soon :)

And here are the text designs I played around with, either because I was asked for them, they were suggestions from friends or customers, or something similar was popular in my stores:

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They can all be found at my Zazzle store if anyone wants to dash over for a peek :D

I'm hoping I'll get another drawing in within the next couple of days. Have to think of something Easterish too if I can tear myself away from everything around me. Am off to try and sneak a few more products into my stores before I retire for the night. Cheers!

P.S.: Here's the card I made from the Street Light drawing!

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5. 183: Eggplant

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E is for Eggplant card at Zazzle

I decided to get a bit looser today and just have fun with my colored pencils. I picked two eggplants from the garden this morning and took a photograph (if you want to see the photo, it's here) and had a lovely afternoon drawing them.

It's been such a pleasant day, and so relaxing. I've picked tons of beans and tomatoes and zucchini from a garden that doesn't seem to mind my having ignored it so disgracefully the past few weeks, and had cups of tea, enjoyed a drawing, cooked a roast chicken for lunch, relaxed ... what a wonderful Christmas Day! Hope everyone has had the opportunity to count their blessings too.

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6. 183: Eggplant

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E is for Eggplant card at Zazzle

I decided to get a bit looser today and just have fun with my colored pencils. I picked two eggplants from the garden this morning and took a photograph (if you want to see the photo, it's here) and had a lovely afternoon drawing them.

It's been such a pleasant day, and so relaxing. I've picked tons of beans and tomatoes and zucchini from a garden that doesn't seem to mind my having ignored it so disgracefully the past few weeks, and had cups of tea, enjoyed a drawing, cooked a roast chicken for lunch, relaxed ... what a wonderful Christmas Day! Hope everyone has had the opportunity to count their blessings too.

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7. 1st Drawing for 2008! Lily of the Valley

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Lily of the Valley card at Zazzle

My first drawing for 2008! The Lily of the Valley is such a sweet flower and it's particularly special here as I'm dedicating this to my god-daughter, Lily-Rose as the first half of a belated birthday present :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year and that this coming year will be fruitful for us all! Happy 2008!

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8. 2: Valentine; 3: Sweet 16

I just haven't had the time to do very much else but pack, get everything ready for the move and recover from exhaustion. Am suffering from lack of sleep! But I did manage to do a bit of text design and produced a Valentine's then Happy 16th birthday design.

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Valentine Hearts card at Zazzle

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Sweet Sixteen Card at Zazzle

My colored pencils are packed away and in storage till I need them to be shipped over to France, which means that it may be six months before I see them again. I have a basic minimum of twelve with me so will do with that till I can get my hands on more. Meanwhile I guess I'll do more digital text designs.

I can't believe it but tonight is my last night here In Australia! Looks like I may be offline for a while and only have access to limited internet connection which means that I will not be able to visit your blogs and check out all the wonderful art till I get a connection of my own. I can see myself suffering from all kinds of withdrawal, eek. But I shall be back as soon as I can and hope everything goes well with everyone out there. Cheers.

Red_ribbon_2 Tlsweet_sixteen_pink_leaf_sticker_2 The matching Pink Leaf Sticker for the card received two Awards for Best Sticker of the Day (6th January) and Top Ten Sticker Views at Zazzle :D

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9. 2: Valentine; 3: Sweet 16

I just haven't had the time to do very much else but pack, get everything ready for the move and recover from exhaustion. Am suffering from lack of sleep! But I did manage to do a bit of text design and produced a Valentine's then Happy 16th birthday design.

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Valentine Hearts card at Zazzle

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Sweet Sixteen Card at Zazzle

My colored pencils are packed away and in storage till I need them to be shipped over to France, which means that it may be six months before I see them again. I have a basic minimum of twelve with me so will do with that till I can get my hands on more. Meanwhile I guess I'll do more digital text designs.

I can't believe it but tonight is my last night here In Australia! Looks like I may be offline for a while and only have access to limited internet connection which means that I will not be able to visit your blogs and check out all the wonderful art till I get a connection of my own. I can see myself suffering from all kinds of withdrawal, eek. But I shall be back as soon as I can and hope everything goes well with everyone out there. Cheers.

Red_ribbon_2 Tlsweet_sixteen_pink_leaf_sticker_2 The matching Pink Leaf Sticker for the card received two Awards for Best Sticker of the Day (6th January) and Top Ten Sticker Views at Zazzle :D

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10. From France- 4: Tree of Hearts, 5: Love makes me Happy

Bonjour!! I'm now in France!! I still can't quite believe it and am loving it here. If anyone would like to know a bit more about what's up in my life, I've blogged over at my Musings blog, so head over there.

Meanwhile, I have been suffering without my coloured pencils and sketchbooks. Who knew I'd depend sos much on having the huge range of colours I had at home? They are now in storage with all the rest of my art supplies and what's left of my material possessions, waiting for me to find a more 'permanent' abode here in France. So I have only managed a doodle and a text design in between the huge chaos of packing, moving and semi-settling in. Not really happy with either but at least I got something small done!!

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Tree of Hearts card is up over at Zazzle.

I did this text design:
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Love makes me Happy card at Zazzle.

And no prizes for guessing that there's a love/hearts theme going through my mind at the moment. No no no, I'm not in love or attached at the moment, but Valentine's Day is around the corner and my commercially-minded panicked brain is hard at work thinking up designs for products and gifts, sigh. Apologies but I can't quite help it at the moment :)

On the bright side ... I've discovered a great art store close by and have practiced surprising restraint but managed to bag myself a set of watercolour pencils and good paper, so will be back to drawing again soon. Can't wait as my fingers are itching to get sketching again.

I'm also planning to start taking lots of photos and doing some drawings of what's around me though there's so much that's charming that I'm on overkill at the moment and in quite a bit of a daze still. Thank you to everyone who has messsaged me wishing me all the best and wondering when I'd be back here. I'm amazed that anyone noticed me missing at all so truly appreciate your wishes. Huge hugs and cheers from France!

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11. 7: Plastic Pasta

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EDM Challenge 152: "Draw something in a plastic wrapper."

Yes, I've been busy :D I decided to take time off and indulge my need to get some drawing done. I haven't done an EDM Challenge in what seems AGES, so looked them up and grabbed this plastic bag of organic pasta out of my teeny 'just-starting-up' larder/pantry. It kept me busy for a bit, and therapeutically soothed my 'stressed-from-the-move' soul.

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12. 6: Red Hot Mug

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Red Hot Mug interpreted as a card and Love card on Zazzle :D

I miss my Daylight Lamp!! I used it to draw by, in the evenings, so I could still see the true colour of my pencils. As it is, I had to stop last night in the middle of this drawing as I no longer knew what reds I was using. and I continued it today in the clear light of day, sitting by the window.

I bought this lovely deep red mug at the markets last week. I haven't done it any justice as far as its real colour is concerned, but this was my attempt nonetheless :) I used watercolour pencils so scanned the above once I'd finished drawing it in case I destroyed it when I "painted" the water on. Below is the final result, which turned out neither as well nor as badly as I'd imagined:

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13. 167: Merry Christmas Text Design

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This red card got a "Today's Best" Award at Zazzle!

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So much has happened lately that I'm not too sure of where to begin! I'll just say that it looks as though I may be moving again very soon, so I've been in the middle of planning, clearing up and stressing slightly, but am feeling far better than I have been in the last few weeks!

I've done a bit of digital text design drawing this week, which resulted in the above Christmas cards (well, it IS coming up to the festive season :D) and a bit of a banner re-design as you can see above. here's the "Floating Lemons" that I created:

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I'm quite enjoying this little bout of text designs, I'm drawing them straight onto the screen on my Tablet PC and there's something quite soothing about it, almost as therapeutic as pencil on paper.

I'm wondering whether visitors to this blog prefer just seeing the finished products of my drawing efforts or whether the addition of a bit of news on what's going on in my life would also be welcome.  Let me know what you think! Am off to do another Christmas doodle I think ...

Oh, and I made a Critter Cedric Christmas card too! :D

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14. 168: Christmas Girl

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Well, what with planning and stressing out over what I'm about to do (will let you know once the decision has been made!), I haven't had much time for anything but doodles recently. And as Christmas is coming and I'm trying to get some products up at my online stores, I'm afraid that it's going to be a festive theme for the near future -- hope you're all feeling merry already!

I turned her into this card:

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Am quite enjoying the festive theme, it's bringing a bit of much-needed positive air into my life. Cheers!

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15. 169: i love Life!

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Carrying on with the text design theme plus my decision to be positive about life and the future ... here's my latest attempt!

I have a tablet pc ... the screen can be twisted so that it folds down flat on the keyboard. If you want to see it, it's here: toshiba tablet pc. It's absolutely wonderful as you can write and draw directly on the screen. So I begin with a rough sketch of the type onto the background (on photoshop) to make sure that everything fits where it should, then I just keep on refining and smoothing it till I get the final result, then decide on whether I want it in colour or not.

There's quite a soothing, therapeutic effect in using the pen on the screen, it's smooth (unlike paper) and quite different but still enjoyable, so I've had fun doing text designs and they seem quite popular on my products which is really nice :)

It does not replace drawing in any way ... so I'll be back sketching madly pretty soon ... probably doodling more Christmas related fun stuff, as I'm still busy planning and preparing for a trip and then a huge move -- both pretty stressful, but I remind myself to breathe and to Love Life!

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16. 170: Gift Boxes ATC

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I thought I'd show a bit of the progress steps from drawing to finished product! I started this ATC last night. It's 2.5 by 3.5 inches in size and it took me about a couple of hours to draw, nice and quick which is why I call them my "doodles"!

Once I'd completed it, I scanned it in and then cleaned up the edges a bit and this was the result, all ready to turn into a card:

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All the digital work is done on my tablet pc in Photoshop CS2. I then played around with a design to frame it in. And some text (which is where my tablet pc comes into 'proper' play and is invaluable!), and finally created two cards out of it:

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Ta-da! :D It takes me a whole day to actually complete the whole process from start to end, including creating products and uploading designs onto my online stores, but I have to admit that it's so delightful seeing my designs on the products. I always make matching stamps and stickers for the cards as I love things that fit together well ... Highly motivating and fun too! Cheers!

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17. 171: Rooster

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I was asked to draw a rooster ... and thought it would be fun to try one, so here's my first attempt!

Meanwhile, am preparing for a 10 day trip so I'm not sure if I'll have the time to post anything, even if I have the time to draw in the first place! Will take my sketchbook with me but we'll see how things go as far as actually getting anything done. If there's an internet connection I'll definitely be posting something!

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18. 171: Rooster

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Rooster Card at Zazzle

I was asked to draw a rooster ... and thought it would be fun to try one, so here's my first attempt!

Meanwhile, am preparing for a 10 day trip so I'm not sure if I'll have the time to post anything, even if I have the time to draw in the first place! Will take my sketchbook with me but we'll see how things go as far as actually getting anything done. If there's an internet connection I'll definitely be posting something!

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19. 172: Noel; 173: Sweet Flowers

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NOEL card at zazzle

I've just arrived back from a two-week trip and, as it took two days of traveling just to get back, I'm truly exhausted! I went to France on an advance exploratory trip, and it looks as though I shall be moving there, mid-January,  to experience the beauty and character and clear light of the Provencal countryside first-hand, for about six months! Am alternating between panic at the insanity of what I'm planning, and excitement at what the future holds. I won't elaborate further here but if anyone is interested in the details of the move and the chaos my life is about to turn into (and a few photos from my trip), I'll be blogging about it at my personal Musings blog: http://mrana.typepad.com/musings.

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Sweet Flowers "love" card at zazzle

As the trip was pretty travel intensive and I get car-sick if I even glance anywhere other than out the car window, I didn't get much drawing done and the little stencil-style flower doodle above was scribbled in the plane on the way to France in a rare 'awake' moment. I wasn't going to post it at all but a friend of mine really liked it (!) and has persuaded me to.

I'm looking forward to getting back into a bout of therapeutic drawing, in between pulling my hair out at the inevitable complications and idiocies involved in the kind of huge inter-continental move that I'm contemplating! First though, I really should get some sleep ... :)

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20. 172: Noel; 173: Sweet Flowers

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NOEL card at zazzle

I've just arrived back from a two-week trip and, as it took two days of traveling just to get back, I'm truly exhausted! I went to France on an advance exploratory trip, and it looks as though I shall be moving there, mid-January,  to experience the beauty and character and clear light of the Provencal countryside first-hand, for about six months! Am alternating between panic at the insanity of what I'm planning, and excitement at what the future holds. I won't elaborate further here but if anyone is interested in the details of the move and the chaos my life is about to turn into (and a few photos from my trip), I'll be blogging about it at my personal Musings blog: http://mrana.typepad.com/musings.

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Sweet Flowers "love" card at zazzle

As the trip was pretty travel intensive and I get car-sick if I even glance anywhere other than out the car window, I didn't get much drawing done and the little stencil-style flower doodle above was scribbled in the plane on the way to France in a rare 'awake' moment. I wasn't going to post it at all but a friend of mine really liked it (!) and has persuaded me to.

I'm looking forward to getting back into a bout of therapeutic drawing, in between pulling my hair out at the inevitable complications and idiocies involved in the kind of huge inter-continental move that I'm contemplating! First though, I really should get some sleep ... :)

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21. 174: Angel

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Angel Card at zazzle

I drew this yesterday but by the time I'd finished it I was so tired I didn't have any energy left to scan it in! SO here I am, bright and early this morning, posting it finally.

I bought a gorgeous angel ornament two days ago and liked it so much that it was the inspiration for this drawing although I changed the colours and the expression on her face, and added the heart and the star :). She was still the model who posed for it, so I must give her the credit due for inspiring me. It was also wonderful to be able to pick up a pencil and draw again -- am going to have to fit as much drawing as I can into my upcoming very busy schedule.

Cheers!

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22. 175: Fantastic at 50!

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Fantastic at 50 Card at Zazzle

My Fabulous at 40 products were so well received that I decided to do one for the 50s ... something I'll be needing myself soon enough! So I spent what little free time I had, in between the multiple phone calls and bookings and confirmations that occupied my day yesterday (am so sick of 'Hold' music!), drawing the above design.

Today I shall pick the pencil up again and set it to paper though I have as yet no idea of what to draw. First I have a huge load of clearing up to do, sigh.

And I'll eventually draw something for the 60s. I've been toying with a few ideas: Sexy at 60, Seductive at 60, Serene at 60, Stupendous at 60 .... ack, am at sea. Which would you prefer? Any contributions would be very much appreciated ...

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23. 176: broom

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EDM Challenge 149: Draw a Broom

I finally get to do a challenge! I'm still busy but am taking a break (procrastinating? Of course not!) before I tackle the issue of going through my wardrobes and sorting out what clutter/clothes to take and what not to ...

Needed a bit of therapy and though this was a quick and a bit of a wonky sketch, it has done me good. I may actually consider drawing something else as well ... I'm an expert where "later" is concerned, it's a shame no one hires professional procrastinators, I'd make millions:D

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24. 177: Chick

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I can't believe I'm actually managing to fit another drawing into a busy day. Have cleared some things up, moved furniture around and emptied shelves and desktops to have some things ready for pick-up by friends on Saturday, and I've even cleaned up. And then sat down and did this quick sketch :D It's now time for bed ... am exhausted!

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25. 181: Rosebud 182: Red Poppy

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Red Poppy products at Zazzle

Oh my, I've been so busy! Will blog about all my packing and planning stresses at my Musings blog tomorrow ... am too tired to do more tonight than upload the only couple of drawings I've been able to do so far.

Drew this red poppy tonight, now that I finally have some time to relax a bit as I've finally completed all the major To Dos for my move. And a couple of days ago I managed a simple outline of a rose bud:
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Rosebud products at zazzle

Which was quite an achievement even if it doesn't seem like it -- finding time to draw at all was amazing as I was either clearing up house, on the phone, creating new products for my stores or too exhausted tomove at the end of the day. I'm hoping that now that I have most of the huge stuff out of the way I can do a bit more sketching before I leave!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! Cheers :)

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