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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What's on Your Workdesk ~ WOYWW

Wow...Wednesday nearly passed me by...but its been that kind of week AGAIN! 
Firstly, I have to thank everyone for popping by my place last week, leaving such wonderful encouraging comments. I love visitors and really enjoy you're feedback.
So a big thank you to you all and my apologies if I didn't get to you're desk!
Having said that it's because of you that I've bitten the bullet and I'm trying to print my work. 
What a steep learning curve that is turning out to be ~ well its virtually a horizontal hike never mind a steep curve!
So today isn't really my desk as such but what's been produced on it.....
I haven't posted anything since last Sunday because I had to keep a secret from a friend. 
A good secret because its her birthday today and I'm hopefully handing over her present as you read this, with a glass of bubbly in my hand ;D
I couldn't write any details beforehand because she's been with me and my blog journey since day one, so I know she'd have seen it and that would have spoilt the surprise....so this is for her...


 (It was difficult to photograph due to reflections and obviously Neesie Natters isn't plastered across
the original but then I know you'd know that ;D)

In Australia magpies are very popular. I have to explain that they are very different from the UK kind. 
If you would like to know a little about them then see here
It even has a link so that you can  hear their unusual chorkling.
My friend has a family of four calling every day, to be hand fed tasty juicy morsels. 
But I couldn't just draw one magpie (remember the rhyme 1 for sorry?...hence I drew another in the tree ~ 2 for joy) I remember this rhyme so well from my younger days of watching the tv programme 'Magpie' but when I recited the rhyme to my son he thought I'd flipper (his word) gone mad.
I'm trying to keep my entry brief today...and that's a major effort for me, so 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

62 comments:

  1. Neesie, this magpie is FABULOUS!!!Yay!Bubbly and gift..your friend will be very happy indeed.
    Don't you just LOVE doing Zentangles.I have experimented with stencilling over them with Distress inks..hmmm gives another dimension. I have just bought some Pan Pastels.They are FAB!!Such fun.They work well with stencils too.A couple of posts back I have posted a video and link to demo's.

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    1. Thanks Judy...I put him up on my wall just to see how it looked and he looked very much at home, so I'll have to do another now for myself.
      I do love zentangles because I find I can do them almost anywhere. I've got to get back to silk painting at some stage but that involves a lot of equipment.
      I like the sound of those Pan Pastels, oh and the stencils...there's so much out there and I've got so much to learn.
      Baking has gone to the back burner!
      I'll take a peek at your video later today...I'm away to girlie lunch!
      Thanks for popping by ~ Have a great WOYWW whenever it starts! ;D

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  2. Your magpie is just beautiful, you have done so much work on his wings. You have even captured the cheekiness in his eyes. I have a family of magpies and the baby taps on the kitchen window asking for his morning piece of sliced cheese. I feed it to my chooks and the magpies discovered it too and now they want it all the time.
    You have one very lucky friend.
    Von.

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    1. Hi Von,
      I've contacted my friend to say I can't meet up with her this morning due to appointments but I'll be there to surprise her...just hope she doesn't get time to log on this morning and I've spoilt it!
      The magpies certainly know how to work the system and where to find all the tastiest titbits! ;D
      I didn't realise they like cheese. I think my friend feeds them roo minced meat...not bad eh?
      No wonder they keep coming to call :D
      Have a wonderful WOYWW and I'll catch up later...bye for now X

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  3. WOW....that is totally AWESOME....great Job!

    blessings,
    Cindy♥

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    1. Hello Cindy,
      Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate you stopping by.
      Have fun with WOYWW ~ Enjoy ;D

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  4. Hi Neesie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hello Chris,
      So glad you enjoyed your visit to my place and are now following. Thanks. You can't imagine how excited I get to have new followers :D
      I'm wondering how you found me, but then that doesn't really matter I'm just glad you did.

      Have fun and I'll try and pop over to you soon ;D
      Enjoy your week!

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  5. Oh wow, this is stunning, I love how you capture true form and the Zentangle it too. Fab! Hope your friend has a lovely birthday and I'm sure she'll be over the moon to receive such an amazing present. Take care & enjoy WOYWW. Zo xx 66

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    1. Hi Zo,
      I think she did like it...he's hanging up on her wall already.
      The surprise lunch ran so smoothly ~ she was completely taken aback that three people who had never met all came together to honour her birthday.
      I'm now needing to do another picture because I can just see the hook on my wall where he sat last night and looked very at home.
      Have a great WOYWW and I'll pop over to your place later ;D

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  6. The Picture is really lovely.....the Zentangle so works for this picture...i have tried it a few times and not been sure about the result but YOU.....its lovely!
    Jackie 69
    http://scrapbangwallop.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Jackie,
      I couldn't wait to try zentangling a magpie and I'm so pleased he worked out well.
      I know what you mean about not being sure about the result because I'm having difficulty with a kangeroo design at the moment...it's just not happening, so for now it's back to the drawing board!
      Thanks for popping over to my place and leaving such a lovely comment. I really appreciate it ;D
      I'll be desk hopping later hopefully...Enjoy WOYWW

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  7. Wow this is beautiful! I've never hear of an Australia magpies. I will have to look this up a little more. Your's is beautiful. I love the different design you gave the feathers. TFS AJ~

    Happy WOYWW Day #70 AJ~

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    1. Hi AJ,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
      I did a post about the magpies with a link which had them chorkling to each other...if you'd like to check it out and hear them then follow this link to the post and then click on Magpies singing!

      http://neesienatters.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/thelma-and-louisevisit-to-edinburgh.html

      Have fun with WOYWW ~ enjoy ;D

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  8. A stunning piece, love ll the details!have a great week hugs trace x 20

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    1. Hi Trace...
      Thanks for stopping by...I appreciate your comment ;D

      Enjoy WOYWW ~ have fun!

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  9. I just love these black and white pictures. It takes a lot of time to make them but they are so striking when completed. Well done and I hope your friend loves it as much as we do. Have fun. Karen 99 x

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    1. Thanks Karen,
      They do take quite some time to complete, but when you enjoy doing them the time just disappears!
      I believe my friend did like it thankfully ;D
      But then if she didn't I'd have just brought him home and replaced it with flowers or chocolates! I'm now missing him and think I'll do another for our home.
      Happy WOYWW ~ have fun :D

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  10. I love your post this week Neesie, you always manage to make me smile. Your picture is just amaZing, stunning, beautiful and any other adjective you care to mention would apply to your fabulous picture. I love that rhyme too but here in the UK they are generally though to be bad luck unless you say 'I salute you Mr Magpie', if you see one on it['s own - so I do and then chastise myself for being silly! I think you will make you friend very happy indeed, and not just for the champagne - lol. Anne x #9

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    1. Aww Anne that's so lovely to hear...thank you so much.
      I'm glad I make you smile because that's something I always say "a smile costs nothing but can mean the world to someone else"!

      When I started to write this blog it was one of my priorities to always be positive and to pass on a feel good factor for the few minutes whilst people visit :D

      It's surprising how superstitions can creep into our behaviour because I never walk under a ladder, and won't have an open umbrella in the house! I could write lists of all the other one's but I'm aware its WOYWW and you'll need to get snooping ;D
      Have fun and thanks for popping by my place...it's always great to see you.

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  11. The best of birthdays to your friend,the picture is stunning so I am sure she will love it. Have a great day. Helen, 4

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    1. Thank you Helen,
      We had a lovely lunch and I think she was very pleased.

      Have a great day too ~ Happy WOYWW ;D

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  12. THAT is AWESOME!!! Exactly how I like to tangle, inside an image!! Very beautiful! Your friend will be thrilled!
    Happy celebrating, and Happy WOYWW!
    xxDaniella

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    1. Hi Daniella,
      Thanks for your comment. They are great when they behave and I'm having a battle with a kangeroo at the moment...and he's winning!

      Have fun with WOYWW ~ enjoy and I'll be desk hopping soon ;D

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  13. what a great picture, I love the style.
    happy woyww. mark 79

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    1. Thanks Mark for stopping by and leaving a comment,
      I really enjoy drawing them.
      I'll be away shortly to start the snooping ;D

      Have fun with WOYWW ~ enjoy :D

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  14. What a stunning creation! Your friend is very lucky!

    Happy WOYWW and have fun hopping!
    #25

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    1. Aww thank you Astrid,

      It's already Thursday here so I'll have to dash and start the desk hopping.
      Have fun too with WOYWW ;D

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  15. Beautiful beautiful magpie! Your friend will L O V E it! I had never heard the magpie rhyme though - is it like the rhyme for crows? "one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, etc." Anyhow, funny how we never forget those kind of things - and then our kids think we're crazy :)

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    1. It's the same rhyme Kimmie...how funny is that!
      I think Canada feel the same about their crows as Australia does they're magpies.
      That's why I couldn't have just one magpie I had to put another in the picture ~ so he's sitting in the tree ;D
      I just wish I could remember more important things like where I've left my keys or glasses!
      Have a great day ~ enjoy :D

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  16. Fabulous! Pleased to see you enjoyed your lunch.
    #101

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    1. Hi Miriam,
      I always enjoy meeting friends and sharing a meal. It was lovely to meet two ladies I hadn't met before too. Lots of interesting nattering.
      Happy WOYWW to you and thanks for stopping by ;D

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  17. Your work is simply STUNNING... young lady do you know how good you are, its jaw dropping... I love your posts...Hugs May x x x#26

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    1. May, you're making me blush again ;D
      But I have to say I'm amazed at everyone's reaction...even the people in the printing shop were singing their praises and he must see a lot of peoples work. In fact an 'artist' (a real one) came in whilst I was there and he showed him my work...which was very embarrassing. But he made some interesting comments in their favour.
      I'm just so thrilled by it all because I really love doing them.

      I'm away to do some sticky beaking after my morning walk...so I'll be over to your place soon. Pop the kettle on... :D
      Enjoy WOYWW!

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    1. Hi Kim, thanks for popping by my place and commenting ;D
      Enjoy your WOYWW :D

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  19. What a beautiful gift for your friend and how thoughtful to include two birds. If I had your talent I would be creating these in rubber (like I told you ages ago) - am sure they would be popular.
    Hugs, Neet #11 xx

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    1. Hi Neet,
      I remember but I have to confess I don't know how to do that...Sorry :(
      I do like the idea of them as rubbers but don't know where to start.
      Maybe some kind person not a million miles away might explain the process ;D hehe.

      I've actually printed some of my designs into cards today, which has been so exciting. I'm really quite pleased with the outcome.
      Thanks for popping by my place and being so encouraging...I really appreciate it.
      Have fun with WOYWW ~ Enjoy :D

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  20. Amazing! Your friend must adore it, you are so very talented. Thank you for visiting my desk and have a good week xx

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Craftychris,
      I really enjoy doing them but unfortunately I haven't managed to do any for two days! Hopefully I'll manage tomorrow ;D
      Enjoy WOYWW!

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  21. Gosh, hand feeding Magpies - amazing how our two cultures view them so differently! Love your rendition, and have no doubt that your friend did too...it's fab.

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    1. That's what took me by surprise when I first came here Julia.
      Other than when they have their babies (watch out for dive bombing leathal weapons ~ namely their beaks...so stay away from my nest!) they appear to be quite tame.
      I took photos yesterday of my friend hand feeding her magpies.

      I can't imagine anyone hand feeding a UK magpie even though they are so much smaller and don't have that huge sharp beak!
      Thanks for popping by ~ I appreciate you're time.
      Have a fun WOYWW ;D

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  22. Wow Nessie your work is fabulous, thannks for sharing, hugs Erika.

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    1. Hi Erika,
      Thanks for popping by my place...I am having such fun but struggling to fit everything in that I'd like to do. There's nothing for it but to give up sleep, but then that's a little serious and I'd be fit for nothing!
      Happy WOYWW ;D

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  23. WOW! this is stunning! what a lovely gift too! x April #86

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    1. Thanks April,
      I was so happy to give the gift knowing that it was just right, especially with my friend having her four callers magpies daily.
      I think it was better than chocolates or a plant which it nearly
      had to be as I didn't think I'd get him finished in time ;D
      Thanks for stopping by ~ have fun with WOYWW :D

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  24. I love zentangling but dont seem to have the time ...with all that knitting lol but when I saw yours I was in awe .....wow ...I just doodle ...you are an artist.
    As for our feline friends ...we have so many ...and each time one dies ...or goes to Rainbow Bridge as someone once described it .... it hurts. If I can be with them I am... I worry that one day we will loose one that goes out, to a car. I never let them go too soon as I love to treat them but I never let them be in pain ...us cat lovers know when. I hope you have many more years with your Muffin ....we had one ...Georgie...who passed on when she was 21.Thanks for dropping by my blog. xx

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    1. Hi Angie,
      Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you like my doodles!
      I've been so busy this week trying to make them into cards...what a steep learning curve ;D
      I wish you all the best for Madison ^..^
      Enjoy WOYWW :D

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  25. Oh wow wow wow Neesie, that is absolutely FABULOUS...... If you've had any time to explore my blog you will know I adore zentangles... I haven't done any for a few weeks as busy with other things. I know what you mean about not being able to visit everyone's desks - I agree, I'd love to too but it's a huge commitment of time. As to whether I sleep, well, yes, I do, but at very odd hours! Unfortunately a lot of my waking time is not spent in my ARTHaven creating because much of the time I'm not well enough, but I do spend quite a lot of time online! Even so, I don't manage even to keep up with the blogs I follow, these days. Thanks for taking the time to read the M.E. awareness day post - that's important!

    We had a great day at the show but it rained quite a bit. I'm exhausted after our long day out but it was worth it. Early birthday treat for my hubby! I'm so looking foward to giving him his Saxon Hoard card on Saturday!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi

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    1. Hi Shoshi,
      I didn't expect you to reply especially after the show today, so thank you for that. What a pity about the weather but then it is the UK, so I suppose we shouldn't be surprised ;D

      Thanks for your lovely comments about my work. I know that you're a zentangler too so it's always interesting to hear other people's views especially when they're an expert!
      This week it's been my mission to try and have the designs printed into cards...up hill steep learning curve I'm afraid, but I have some samples now and I'm thrilled with the results.
      I may even show them at some stage....

      But I am in need of help with all this visiting because I can't do things on my own blog or read anyone's other posts...even though I love to snoop at the desks, there's so much more to see.
      Now I realise what everyone was saying when I first started with WOYWW...that its addictive!
      I think I'm going to have to come up with a plan. So many desks and then read other posts from that blog...well I'll give it a go ;D
      Have a great time celebrating you hubby's birthday ~ I think he's going to love his card. Have fun! :D

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  26. You've intrigued me about magpies. What a beautiful piece of art!

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    1. Thanks Beth, I didn't realise that the Australian and UK magpies could be so different.
      Thanks for stopping by ~ I really appreciate it.
      I'm going to try and catch up visiting later or over the weekend ;D
      Have a wonderful day!

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  27. WOW! Your friend really ranks. That is an awesome zentangled and ornate magpie. I'm impressed you kept it a secret. I'd be bubbling over wanting to show it off. I hope you, friend, and bubbly had a great time!

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    1. Hi Princess Judy,
      I was beside myself with h'eggscitment to show her beforehand but didn't want to spoil the surprise. We were going for lunch before she opened her presents, but I just couldn't wait...I made her open mine before ;D
      She was thinking of visiting herself to leave a comment to let everyone know what she thought about the pressie, but I'm not sure she'll be brave enough ;D
      I told her the WOYWWer's don't bite but she doesn't blog so it depends how brave she feels.
      We'll have to wait and see...?
      Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by and belated Happy WOYWW to you!

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  28. Neesie, I just love this latest piece!!! It's beautiful. Magpies look a lot different down under . . . well similar in some ways, but a lot different. You did a wonderful job on this. xxoo

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    1. You're right there are similarities Marie but also such a difference too, if that makes sense :/
      I'm glad you like him :D
      Thanks for visiting my place...have a great weekend xoxo

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  29. Wow, this drawing is amazing! I'll bet your friend was pleased to no end with this! Anyone would be as it is an incredible piece of art!
    xoxo Karen

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. I've been amazed by everyone's reaction and it's certainly helped to keep me inspired.
      Mr Mojo is extremely happy at the moment.
      Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully the sun will shine ;D

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  30. What an amazing magpie he is and such a lucky friend to get him on her wall. Thanks for sharing.

    Eliza #19

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    1. Hi there,
      I think she realises it's pretty special having the whole family come to call daily...although the meat bill has grown along with the baby birds!
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.
      Have a great week ~ enjoy ;D

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  31. Awesome work Neesie....loved it !

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    1. Thank you Sneha...I really enjoyed designing and drawing this Magpie. ;D
      Have a great weekend!

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