Wednesday, 2 September 2015

WOYWW 326 and an Art Exhibition

The second of two posts today.

I am currently experiencing major problems publishing blogs from Windows LiveWriter into Blogger. According to a forum on the Microsoft website this is due to changes by Microsoft and Blogger and nobody seems to be doing anything about it. Until it is sorted, I am copying and pasting from WLW into Blogger's own (awful) "Compose New Blog" so if the layout comes out all wrong, I apologise. It appears to be impossible to get consistent paragraph layouts with this and it's a real pain.

I’m afraid that yet again I don’t have anything to show you on my desk this week. This is because all this week I have been working on an exciting new project which I am not yet at liberty to show you. I was approached last week by someone who is writing a book about Zentangle and she has asked me to make a contribution, using one of my own tangle designs. I have completed a drawing, which she asked should be inspired by my cancer journey of this year, because the publishers want the book to inspire people, and judging by everyone’s amazingly supportive comments over the past 8 months, I seem to qualify for this – not that I feel particularly inspiring – I have just got on with what had to be got on with!!

The author of the book is contacting the publisher to see if there will be any copyright issues if I publish pictures and details on my blog, and I have yet to hear, but here’s a sneak peek:

You’ll have to be satisfied with that for a while!

We went to an art exhibition yesterday in which a friend had several paintings. We were both very impressed with the standard of work, the bulk being pictures, but there was a long table full of different crafts as well.

There was also a collection of exquisite textile art boxes, mostly with a cat theme, and my hubby bought me one for a belated birthday present when I reminded him that he hadn’t actually got around to getting me anything – we have had rather a lot of other things to think of this year!

The cats on the boxes are all inspired by cats that the maker of the boxes either owns now, or has owned in the past (when I say “owned,” what I really mean is “is enslaved to” – cat people will understand!!) and this particular box is based on Laurence and Leo, two exceedingly handsome lads.

(I have propped the sides up on a couple of small bottles to make the proportions of the picture better, but in reality they fold out flat)

Please scroll down to see more pictures of this exquisite object.

It being week 3 of my current chemo cycle, I am feeling considerably better and really enjoyed going on an outing before the whole business starts again on Friday, with treatment #6, after which I will be 3/4 the way through!

Please spare a thought today for our own Shaz, who is undergoing major surgery all day today. She will be in hospital for about a fortnight. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her all the best for a successful outcome and a very speedy recovery!!

Happy WOYWW everyone, and may a fulfilling and creative week be had by all.


  1. You know how much I love your zentangle and I am so happy that you are being published. Keep us informed
    Bridget #1

  2. Wow, that is such incredible news and you are too modest. Your work is always stunning.... I have one of your beautiful fish zentangle atc's. Very proud owner of a shoshi ATC. Sandra de @33

  3. Of course, thoughts are with dear Shaz who is having her op today, just as they were with you when you had yours. You both have been through the wars this past year or so. Never mind, with a bit of luck you are coming out on the other side now.
    Congrats, no surprise as I adored your zentangling, on your achievement - I hope you can share on here but if not we will just have to by the book. We can buy it anyway.
    Stay safe and good luck for the next dose.
    Hugs, Neet 18 xx

  4. Congratulations!
    This is wonderful news.
    Keep smiling . . .your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

  5. Wow how exciting to be pubished and well deserved, ha ha love the tiny peek. So glad you are feeling better . Glad hubby finally got you a gift :) It looks stunning. Have a fab week. Soojay x15

  6. Great new about the Zentangle. Fingers crossed for Shaz Love the Kitty box. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x 20

  7. Hmmm... I type and things vanish... so frustrating. Anywho... sweet cats boxes and I think it is lovely that they are inspired by real cats past and present. I'm not sure enslaved is quite the word for it. I know my Charles cat is quite pleased that we're his people. I see Zentangling everywhere now, often by other names.

  8. love the sneak peak of your tangle! congratulations! Helen 2

  9. Adorable box! Love the idea of you filling it with cats! What a purrfect present!
    Glad you are feeling better this week and wishing you well for Friday's treatment.
    Take care of yourself Ali x #9

  10. I hope you get your posting problems sorted out. I'm being prompted to download Windows 10 but haven't as I've heard horror stories of computers crashing or printers no longer working. And the cat box.... Wow!! Glad you're feeling a bit better! And hope the rest of the treatments go well. Praying and cyberhugs. Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #42

  11. Congratulations on having one of your Zentangle pieces published. Blessings!

  12. Being a cat owner I fancy those boxes! Sending healing thoughts and prayers you way. 3/4 done is great news! You are very talented artist and your Zentangles are amazing. Being published certainly attest to that. Diane #35

  13. Congratulations on being published - it's extremely well deserved - I love the little sneak preview and hope we can get to see a little bit more soon! The cat box is totally gorgeous - I've just looked at your previous post and it's stunning from all angles! I love your idea of filling it with little cats! Thank you so much for stopping by my desk earlier, I hope you continue to feel better and that your next lot of chemo goes well - it seems to be flying by.
    Diana xx


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