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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

WOYWW 150

APOLOGIES FOR LAST WEEK.....
HORMONE-ITY LEVELS BACK TO NORMAL...
HAS IT MADE ANY DIFFERENCE????
NOPE....
*grin*


A new week, a new post - unfortunately for you lot, the same old me!!
The indoors desk this week features the schizophrenic 'Am I a flower or Citrus pattern??' fabric. I was having a rummage (as one does...) and I found a length of this, not big enough for a bag or apron so I've made two carrier bag tubes.
I use the box construction to attach the loop - I like sturdy loops, me...
The finished article (also in my shop)
This past week has also included the magic changing bin!! Oh yess, Ladieeees and Gentlemen, prepare to be amazed at the chameleon-like ability of this humble bin to change from....
To THIS!!
Da- daaaaaaaa. *drum roll*
Now, I'll have you know that I made the pattern up for this and it included GEOMETRY. Oh yes, indeedy, Pi R sq H and all that!! I made a similar one in red/taupe spots as well for the Sister Bin.

But it hasn't been all sewing - here's the Outside desk
Lots of bedding plants potted up. It's just as well they're snuggy warm in here, cos we've had some vicious morning frosts...
I've worked hard tidying the garden up and it looks better for it!

FINALLY - you know that WOYWW is taking over your life when you go to an Artillery Museum with your lads and Zentangles pop up. What is she blathering on about now, I hear you cry....
The patterns just reminded me of the amazing artwork that's been featured on many desks these past few weeks. And if we pull out....
An 18th century cannon from Burma. Quite amazing!

You see, sturdy loops, geometry and Zentangle cannons...I do worry about my leapfrog mind sometimes...... :D
Have a great week xx





90 comments:

  1. ...wow you've been a busy girlie Jan...loVe your makes...great to see your seedlings keeping all toastie in the greenhouse and I must say your lawn is impressive, a future bowling green me thinks!...thanks for sharing...Mel :)

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  2. Hmmm your mind is almost as diverse as mine lol !

    You have a HUGE garden!! And i thought mine was big!!

    Love those makes of yours this week. That fabric puts me in mind of Scandinavia somehow? ...

    And it IS amazing what you can see in certain objects...my faves for looking for faces and things are tree trunks!!!

    Jackie x

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  3. Enjoyed reading; you are a funny lady!

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  4. Morning. Well we are all here but the elusive Julia is missing!! LOL!
    Now you have tidied your garden up feel free to pop over the water to do mine! Please??
    I know what you mean about finding things - me it is quilting patterne in floors and ceilings. I have quite a few photos of potential new quilts!! LOL!
    OO! amd Jackie's comment, I often find faces in curtains! Hubby says I am wierd - he should know - takes one to know one! LOL!
    hugs
    xx

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  5. Lots of fun events here!! But where is Ms. Julia? I've not yet been off to lala land and found a few followers to comment on WOYWW. The time...it just flies by, hoping to be creative this week not committing to anything this week. I need a break!. Have a Happy WOYWW..

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  6. Morning, a really fab post and lovely photos, it sounds as though you have been busy, but having lots of fun :)

    Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen #11

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  7. Oooh lovely and busy I see! I have been sewing a lot this week too - very relaxing - I also have some of that brown spot squirreled away in my stash too! Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl No. 5

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  8. wow jan you have been busy busy...loving that citrus fabric and gorgeous bin makeover...happy WOYWW hugs Kath (25) xxx

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  9. Love your outdoor desk - wish we could get planting outside. Love your fabric makes and the ideas about the zentangles - great photos by the way.
    Hugs, Neet #1 xx

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  10. Love the new crafty bits this week and your garden looks fab.
    Hugs,
    A x #19

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  11. I much prefer the after (spotty fabric) to the before! Good job you were listening in geometry lessons! Your greenhouse looks very productive, hope you get to plant them out soon cos it will mean no more frosts.... Have a good week, Helen 10.

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  12. Awww... We still have a bit snow here... :-/
    And you make me sick with your lovely fabrics - the last week´s cupcakes were super!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tuire #9

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  13. Loving your projects, expecially the little bin, the dots are fab. An outside desk too - love it, your garden looks like it takes some time to manage. Regards, Anne (29)

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  14. love your projects jan but i LOVE the bin i NEED one :) your garden is gorgeous i wish ours was as tidy as we only moved in a few months ago it still looks like a bomb has hit but at least we have cleared most of it now

    tfs Happy WOYWW Mrs.C.x #41 xx

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  15. great looking projects! I love your yard and raised beds. I am assuming they are for vegies? My DH got the garden rototilled and I am going tomorrow to buy the seeds to get the garden in this week. If I work hard I might get the patio cleaned off and the pool open too...doubt it though! I just realized tonight that I had an email from you and sent a response. Have a great week. Vickie #32

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  16. The citrus fabric is gorgeous, I'm so impressed that you made covers for bins, way above my mathematical ability!! #40

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  17. Your little plants do look very snug and toasty...I made the mistake of thinking summer was here and left the greenhouse window open...now all my little seedlings have gone droopy and look a bit sad...
    Sophie x
    no.57

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  18. Great pictures once again - I too see Zentangles everywhere! Anyway take care & enjoy this weeks WOYWW snoop! Zo xx 17

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  19. adore that amterial
    Thank you for the glimpse of your work this week on WOYWW x

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  20. Your garden looks fab so jealous im trying to be nice and see if hubby let me have green house .Be so much easier girls have veggie pot and i have my seeds growing at the rate of knots allover window sills..lol
    Well the apron hasnt really been off since she got it so thankyou once again for the beautiful apron .You cheered a very poorly girl up first time ive seen her smile for weeks
    So owe you hunni
    Have fab wednesday and creative week ahead hugs judex 33

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  21. LOVELY pictures Jan. Your garden looks lovely . . . but there's something missing. Oh yes . . . it needs CHOOKS! LOL! xxx

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  22. Ohh my favourite fabric there, Jan. I look at mine all the time and it just makes me smile.
    Your bin cover is great but I know which version my DD would prefer!!! She has one very similar and would be shocked if I suggested covering it up, give her a few years and it'll all be different!!
    I love your outdoor desk of course. It's so much tider than mine, I'm shuffling trays round to find some space at the minute. Hubby spent Easter building me raised beds for veggies so now they are competing for space with the flowers.
    You have such a big garden and so beautiful, although that grass wouldn't survive long round here, it'd soon be flower beds. We had the garden before children so the grass disappeared quickly and now there is just a postage stamp for playing on. No gardening today though, it's chucking it down!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #69

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  23. Love your sewing projects. That bin is fab!!!

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  24. Love the dragon!! great pictures, the bin is a great improvement!! I papermashed...(can't spell it) one once! I think it wa the same bin! Thank you for my snoop!! Have a fabulous crafty week HaPpY wOyWw!!

    ((Lyn))
    was #43 (now I'm #53 I age quickly...and I'm a slow typist!!!)

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  25. Sturdy Loops... is that your porn star name? My word the garden looks even huger in that photo...talk about 'our land'!! That carving is so splendid..fancy a cannon being so ornamented...I see the zentangley thing, but mostly I just see lovely. The bin is inspired clever...geometry? Never heard of it.

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  26. What a fantastic bin and what a lot going on in your house.
    Love it.
    Lynn#52
    One I Made Earlier Today

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  27. Love all the jazzy colours you find in the fabric shop - still no sign of the cats though! Love the recycled bin, great way of still using it rather than put it in landfill. Have fun, Karen 78 x

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  28. How clever covering up the bin & the fabric is lovely.
    Lovely tidy garden , Happy crafting Jill #62

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  29. Ooh that looks interesting.
    Thanks for sharing
    #84

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  30. That fruit/flower (whatever it is) fabric is gorgeous and how clever are you making that bin look so cute. If you feel like gardening you can come and visit me, my vegie patch is looking very unloved at the moment. It's amazing where you find zentangles, there are some good patterns in there.
    Have a fabulous week.
    Von#29

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  31. Fab photos, including the garden. Love the carrier bag tubes. - Hazel, WOYWW #85 x

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  32. I'm just starting to get in to zentangles and you're right, they appear everywhere!
    I love seeing all the little green shoots and leaves too...
    Laura 73

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  33. Love your garden!! Zentangles.....yes, me too! I'm going to do some ATC's using them! Also wonderful sewing projects going on here!

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  34. Always love a snoop round your desk and we got a tour outside too!

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  35. Hmmmm from Zentangles to Cannons & from Bins to Gardens - Thanks for a peek at your working area. Helen T #48

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  36. Hello
    I was in Guildford last week and found a lovely fabric shop even if it was C&H fabrics! I introduced my friend to the joy of fabric and she purchased a little bundle of Basic Grey squares which she will hand stitch together and then give to me to make a cushion out of!
    I love that little tuby thingy!
    Take care number 7
    Jakix

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  37. oooh love the pattern on your fabric and soooooo jealous of the work you did on your outside desk ;)
    have a happy week!
    france #97

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  38. Yes you can borrow Monkey. Don't need much to keep him! He likes nuts would you believe!! LOL! I shall bring him with me!

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  39. Lovely little tin covers - such a great idea. Dani #104

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  40. OMG! That bin IS magic! Love that you are so hand with a sewing machine - I'm hopeless! Happy zentangle hunting! #70

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  41. Ribbit











    I croak no more......

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  42. Oh my! I know I'm supposed to be commenting on the desk and projects but my dear you had me a garden! Your greenhouse is to die for and I'm pea green with envy! Can I be your new bestest friend! I do have a passion for plants!!
    Angie#95

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  43. ooh i have one of those disney bins!!

    now i know what to do with!!

    Lisa #113
    x

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  44. A busy week and busy spaces!! In and out...ave a good one hugs trace x 68

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  45. My but you have been busy! Love the bin and the zentangles are amazing!
    Happy WOYWW

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  46. Hi Jan, you've been really busy, I can see. Love all the little seedlings in the greenhouse and your garden does look pristine. I'm impressed with your geometry skills too ... that's a very post bin. Happy WOYWW and I hope you have a lovely week. Elizabeth x #27

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  47. I love what you did with your Citrus/Flower material and how you used geometry to cover up the Disney wastebasket! I especially love your Outdoor Desk! Your garden (back yard in our lame terminology) is so picturesque. You are blessed to have such a lovely spot to putter.
    I love how you found zentangles everywhere!
    Have a great WOYWW!
    Lisa Richards #114

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  48. Like me you are a crafter of everything crafty. Tidy work space though. Garden looks beautiful too. Hugs Rita xxx 55

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  49. I hate math...so glad someone out there can figure out that stuff! Very cute! That dragon absolutely does look like so many of the zentangles I have seen here on WOYWW too! Great find! Happy WOYWW #122

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  50. Your garden looks fab, lovely sewing going on, love the bin!!! Hugs May x x No2

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  51. Magnificent tree in your garden, wish I had room for one of those but if I did Mr B would keep chopping off its branches - he's is of the tidy garden mind - i.e. not a gardener at all.
    Doesn't matter if the fabric is floral or cistrus, it still looks great as does your bin cover. So much going on with you this week and all great.

    Ann B
    #39

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  52. Thank goodness you covered up disney princess - despite my best attempts to produce a tom boy, I have a daughter who sees her as the ultimate pinky princess. (obviously I refuse to let her know there is a film, she only ever sees books, notepads, bins etc.).

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  53. hahhah... leapfrog mind. My problem is...it happens just as I put my head on my pillow.... almost every.single.night. And...then..I get little or no sleep just thinking about things.... arrghhhh!!!

    Vee
    #139

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  54. love your carrier bag holder, that fabric is so pretty. Nice to see your plants coming along, I only just sewed some seeds yesterday, a bit behind!
    I see those zentangles, brilliant!
    Happy WOYWW, Debxx

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  55. Your garden looks great, I still have got some snow left....

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  56. Loving the garden shed with all your lovely plants potted up and ready to go, your yard is stunning with that beautiful flowering tree! I think we need to start a WOIYY post! ( what's out in your yard ) I am enjoying all the outdoor pictures! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina # 132

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  57. your garden is beautifula nd the sac for bags is great, I have one of those, such great photos, busy busy!

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  58. From sewing to sowing eh! You have a beautiful garden, I love that big tree centrepiece. Your greenhouse looks very organised too - you must be fit, all those seed trays on the floor to bend down too.

    Love your covered bin and I'm so impressed by the geometry - I would have used a big plate and a small plate to draw around - lol!

    Sherry x
    WoYwW # 28

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  59. AaawwwH I was just gong to say something on the lines of sewing to sowing too and Sherry beat me to it! Great minds and all that! So satisfying to grow your own plants and enjoy the lovely results too.
    Love JoZarty x

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  60. Wow, love the way you whip up 2 bag carriers...I made one last year and it took me all afternoon!!!! LOVE the bin covers, a great idea.

    Kyla #105

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  61. Hi Jan, love your garden and your bag carriers and bin cover are fab. Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW, Erika.

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  62. Hi Jan, thanks for visiting my desk. You certainly are a busy bee. Nice to know some people understand what geocaching is, BJ#12

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  63. I think things are rubbing off from Julia, you are getting as barking as she is:D or maybe you always were and it is only now coming out.
    Great funny post.
    Please can I copy your bin it's fab.
    happy WOYWW and pie R Q to you too
    janet #151 Yes, I know but some of us have to work.

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  64. Dear LLJ,

    That bin looks real nice - what a transformation! But you don't actually throw trash in it, now do you? And get that fabric all messy? Nope, I couldn't do it. I'd store some of my yarn in it.

    Hormones, don't we just love them?!? At least by the photos I see on some of the other blogs, I'd say there's a majority of us around the same age. We can all relate!

    Your backyard looks great!

    And yes, I can see the zentangles!!! hee hee

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs,
    Kay
    #122

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  65. Fab transformation of said bin but I couldn't put rubbish in either. Thanks for sharing. Anne x

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  66. Wow Jan, have missed your crazzzzzziness! loving your little shop, good luck with that :0)) might have to get me a lovely
    union jack bag :0) love your cupcake fabric tooooo, oooh so
    much loverlyness going on, fab bin, glad you remembered your
    Pie mash maths! oh and how on earth do you find the time to
    keep that humongus garden tidy?? Happy Crafting, Sue xx

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  67. Thanks for the permission, next time you are in Winch I owe you a bag of toffee. I will get right to making the bin cover, well add it to my 10 year plan:)
    I didnt think of elastic at the botton, brilliant
    janet

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  68. Jan, I love your post. I see Zentangles everywhere too. LOVE that dragon. Nifty bag! Cheery pattern and colours.
    Love your comment on the pork pie hat!!I thought that if anyone made a caption, I'd send them a little surprise.If you let me know your address, I'll send you something.
    Cheers
    Judy 15

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  69. It's always so fun to visit you!!

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  70. Wonderful fabric used on the bag. Love the updated bucket and the wonderful pictures. You take such great photos.

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  71. Fun post as always. Like the magic bin/bucket...good trick that.

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  72. I LOVE the fabric you were working with. And your buckets are delightful. Wouldn't mind one or two of those on my patio. :)

    111

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  73. That is a great bin cover you created! But I am amazed at how perfectly neat your garden is!! It is just lovely and I can just imagine how beautiful it will be as all your plants (and veggies?) are planted and thriving!
    xoxo Karen #172

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  74. Fab crafty space, love the bin cover too such a great way to cover it up. The outside desk looks amazing what a gorgeous garden you have. Hugs Amanda 146

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  75. I am sooooo impressed with the geometry and all. The bin looks good too. And baggy bag, and the zentangle leap. I have a friend who describes my thinking as "doing a runner bean". You know, dive underground and pop up somewhere else.
    Cheers,
    Ros. #124

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  76. I love your fabric covered bin, very clever:o) I always enjoy seeing shots of your gorgeous garden. Especially now we only have a pocket handkerchief of our own!
    Fionaxx #174

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  77. Lovely bin cover, but it is just too good to use, it might get dirty. Our greenhouse is just as full as yours. In fact, I am considering putting some of the hardier plants outside and covering them with fleece at night. Even the conservatory window ledges are now pressed into service. Thank you for your visit this week and kind comments. I always enjoy seeing what you are making, and the photos of your area. Have a good week with better weather, we hope. xx Maggie #59

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  78. I am glad its not just me that "butterflies" from one thing to another. Surely it's a sign of a truly creative brain!!! Well that's my excuse... x Jo

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  79. I love how your thinking hops around! So much fun to see your outdoor desk and lovely transformed bucket-- how fun!

    Thank you for your kind comments for WOYWW. And I am so glad you find your blog! I just became a new follower!

    Happy crafting!
    Nadia 171

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  80. You garden looks fab Jan! Really good size too, I would love some more space to play with. Think I would have one of those big sheds put in & turn it into a big crafty room! The inspiration for the colour combo of Navy & Gold was from last
    moths Craft Stamper Mag so I cant take all the credit! But I
    am pleased how they turned out! Love the bin you converted.
    Nice colour Green! Have a good week!
    Lavinia
    x

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  81. The citrus slices are looking more like flowers today. Perhaps what you see in them says something about your psyche or something. Great tube bag and excellent transformation of the princess bin. The greenhouse and the garden are looking fabulous! I'd come play but I've developed a severe allergy to all of nature's wonders. Or maybe just all the pollenity ones (my new word, not nearly as cool as homone-ity).

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  82. What does it say about me that I followed all of it and understood you totally! No song this week :-( I absolutely LOVE that bin transformation - genius! No worries about the bag, whenever is fine. Best wishes to your Mum xx

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  83. oh yeah - I see the zentangles too - good eye!! What an amazing transformation of that trash bin! Looking forward to seeing your other fabric projects! *smiles* ~Jen

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  84. Oooh LLJ thanks so much for your awesome comment on my blog - everyone has responded magnificently to my mask zentangle!! Do please feel free to download the piccie if you want to. You do realise, don't you, that it was you that I have to blame for getting me started on this? It was your lovely tree on WOYWW 146! I saw it and thought, "I could do that..." I do think there's some awesome work done by the zentangle teachers on Youtube though... Strictly speaking my mask isn't zentangle in its purest form, but zentangle art - a lot more disciplined than drawing a simple string and then filling it with random tangles.

    I must admit, I am very pleased with the way the mask has turned out. Trouble is, this one's going to be a tough act to follow! I haven't done any since I finished it, except for some step-outs and sketches in my Art Journal, as I've been a bit busy with other things this week.

    I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my clay extruder from Ebay so that I can start on the really fun part of my Choc-a-Bloc project - the little stones that both Her Majesty Julia Queen of Desks and my hubby both thought were Mint Imperials!! - are ready to go on now. Hopefully something worthwhile will appear before next Wednesday...

    When are you going to post some piccies of the zentangles done from those awesome Burmese carvings? They are stunning! Makes me think I could zentangle the designs on my Burmese teak screen... Once you start, you see designs everywhere, don't you.

    Love your waste bin makeover! Coooool!

    Thanks again. You've got a lot to answer for, my friend!!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #58

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  85. P.S. Ah yes, Escher... That would be cool to zentangle too!!!

    Shoshi #58

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  86. You are soooo amusing! Great projects as usual! Thanks for the shot of your garden! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  87. What a huge backyard you have, you could play cricket in it easy, oh and over the hedge and your out. LOL

    Love your bag, baggie and your bin, I can't sew to save my life.

    Eliza #103

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  88. Sorry I missed WOYWW this week. I fell in love with your garden and yard. I can't believe you are having such frigid weather there. And I like how your yard is enclosed, too. It looks very private.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and checking up on me. It made me feel so much better and I greatly appreciate it and you!

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  89. Cripes, I forgot to answer your question about the cellar. I have a basement. It is where my craft studio is. It is a dark dungeon, but I feel safe during times they issue tornado warnings. And thankfully, I have everything I need down there, including a complete bath, microwave, toaster oven, and hot plate. Of course, that all presupposes the electricity didn't get knocked out by either lightening or flying debris (grin).

    BTW, Bleubeard was ready to go to the basement before I was. I wanted to stay and watch the developing storm on tv. But he was quite insistent!

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  90. Wow zentangle as it is orginally seen gorgeous. Love your greenhouse lots of growth going on. Your bins is fab and the citrus fabric is amazing love it. I'm super late this week :-) happy woyww :-) Kezzy x

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