Monday, 28 September 2015

Florabunda Book

Even though the oncologist reduced my chemo dose by 50 percent on Friday, I am still feeling extremely wiped out and exhausted. However, the peripheral neuropathy is much reduced, which is a good sign, and this was the main reason for the dose reduction. My appetite has been poor these past couple of days and I’ve just got to do my usual, and go with the flow, rest as much as possible, sleep when I need to, and try to keep as positive as possible, always remembering that I now have only one treatment to go.

Recently I commented on Neil’s blog and amazingly, I won the book he was reviewing, of which he had a couple of copies to give away. For someone who never wins anything this was a big surprise! The book arrived today.

It is written by Suzanne McNeill of Design Originals, a prolific Zentangle artist and CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) in the USA. Her videos are a delight – this lady is so full of joy and inspiration! This latest book is a sort of offshoot of Zentangle, being a form of floral doodling. There is loads of potential for design with this – in the same way as Zentangle, you build up the designs one stroke at a time, from simple elements. She shows how to get different effects with different types of pens and colouring, with lots of inspiration for creating different projects

01 Book Cover

Neil popped in this adorable little tangled card he made for me with my initial on it, and with some kind words inside.

02 Neil's Card

Here are a few sample pages from the book. I am sure you will agree that it is beautifully produced, and high quality.

03 Sample Page 1

It contains pages that you can colour in yourself, and plenty of blank spaces for developing your own practice drawings.

04 Sample Page 2

05 Sample Page 3

06 Sample Page 4

07 Sample Page 5

I love the lettering section towards the end. Lots of inspiration here!

08 Sample Page 6

I hope this sample has encouraged you to look further at this.

I am just starting another card factory to replenish my stash, and this time I am intending making lots of relatively simple cards that I can produce fairly quickly, while my energy levels are so low. This book has come at an ideal time – I can do some simple floral doodles on small squares of card while resting on the recliner, and make them up into cards in my studio during those short periods when I feel up to sitting up at my work station.

Watch this space!

Thank you so much, Neil, for making this offer of the book to give away. I am highly delighted to have won it, and it made my day receiving it today when I am feeling rather poorly.


  1. I am SO GLAD you won this book Shoshi! It is about time your luck turned around. If you go to my blog at the moment I am posting about an on-line course I am doing which will combine my love of Zentangling, trying to improve my lettering, and journalling. I am very excited about this course and it's just what I need at the moment!
    It is part of my Christmas present from my dear hubby.
    Judy xx

  2. A great win & couldn't have gone to a nicer person. Can't wait to see what you create xxx


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