Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Sunshine and Snow!

'Puffin Christmas' - gouache on watercolour paper

Did I mention that I'm going to Florida next week?  No?  Well, I'm off to Florida next week!!

When my sister came to visit back in July, she told me that she was going to Naples, Florida for a friend's wedding. Her husband couldn't go so she had a plus one.

A couple of days into my sister's visit I came downstairs to find S and her industriously checking out flights on-line and S said he was going to book me a flight so I could go with her citing 'we'll be a long time dead' as grounds for not worrying about whether or not we could really justify a flight to Florida when we still have so many ugly carpets to replace in our new house! So, my sister booked me a flight from Inverness to London and S booked me a flight from London via Dallas Fort Worth to Fort Myers and so, I'm off to Florida with my sister on 25 September for a whirlwind week!

Puffin on brown recycled card stock 

Now, despite having known about this for two months and despite being determined to start a healthy eating plan (I'm the unhealthiest vegan ever) and an exercise plan - it seems that once you hit your forties just walking the dogs everyday isn't enough to keep the pounds from creeping on - it would appear that here we are with less than a week to go and I'm still the same size and shape(less) as I was. I went into panic mode on Sunday and began flinging myself round the living room, in a very poor approximation of the Zumba moves the Latina lovelies are doing on the DVD but that lasted two days until I was so stiff I could hardly move so I doubt it's going to do much to reduce my bingo wings in time for me to have to reveal them in sleeveless dresses and tops.  Now, I'm philosophically telling myself that while I won't be the thinnest person in Florida, I certainly won't be the largest and just to get on with the business of enjoying every second of it.

Puffin on brown recycled card stock and on white card stock 

Anyway, you came here expecting to see some new art so I better explain what I've been up to this week. A new Christmas card design. That pretty much sums it up. I did it in gouache. I ordered some recycled brown card stock so as well as printing it onto the white card stock I have also printed them onto watercolour paper squares which I've then Mod Podged onto the brown card. These will be joining my other cards in my Etsy Shop.

I'm linking up with Paint Party Friday this week as usual and I apologise in advance if last minute packing keeps me away from visiting everyone but I'll try to get round as many as I can.

See you when I get back from the Sunshine State!!

27 comments:

  1. Florida!! You lucky thing, certainly sounds too exciting to be worring about zumba! Those Puffins keep getting better!!
    Have a wonderful holiday :)

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  2. how exciting, you made me laugh with your zumba talk, you are beautiful just as you are! I love your christmas art, such a sweet little Puffin!Have a wonderful time at the wedding, thats exciting,

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  3. Have a brilliant time Nic..........loving your beautiful puffin Christmas card design, x
    PS Happy early PPF

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  4. Great art and card -- thanks for putting a puffin into Christmas. As for getting into sleeveless tops & such: ALL BODIES ARE BEAUTIFUL, especially those who have some age on them. Enjoy your wings and self and have a great time in Florida.

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  5. Lucky you off to Florida have a good time.
    Merle...................

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  6. The Florida trip came round quickly - hope you have a lovely time! Puffin Christmas is great! xx

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  7. I nearly spat my tea across my keyboard when I was faced with the words 'Merry Christmas'!!!! Crikey - I am suddenly panicking! But - it's a gorgeous card :0)
    And guess what - I got married in Naples, Florida too - on a Catamaran called 'Sweet Liberty'! It is a stunning place! I am SO excited for you. Please post some pics!! xx

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  8. Have a wonderful trip! Enjoy the sun and your sister´s company. :)

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  9. Lol! You had me laughing at zumba moves. :) I know what you mean by unhealthy vegan. I go by the easiest rout as well. Have fun in Florida. Love your puffin cards!

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  10. Great Post Nic, and so funny! I can imagine the Zumba moves now! I know that feeling when everything goes stiff after doing too much exicise very well!! :)
    I love your Christmas cards. Talking of cards, I received the cards you sent yesterday. Thank you so much for the freebie!!! I hope you have a wonderful time with your sister in Florida:)

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  11. Oh my goodness, you about gave me a heart attack with a Christmas posting!! lol I am in complete denial that it is coming...but I do love your Puffin. Have fun in Florida!

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  12. Great cards, and great image of you flinging yourself about the room!congrats on the trip,

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  13. beautiful Xmas card, enjoy Florida!

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  14. Welcome to Florida! Hope you love it, a wee bit warm but beautiful as ever. Love your puffin suited up for the Holidays (and envy the fact that you can think so far ahead).

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  15. Florida will be fun! Great for S for jumping on the opportunity for you. Have a wonderful time - be inspired by the colors and the sunshine!!! Love your holiday card - I guess I better get thinking along those lines. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. Your new Christmas card is fantastic! Love the bright red on it. As for your vacation to Florida, just go and enjoy being there with your sister. Those sister times are really special, and in my case rare, so just take the most flattering clothes you've got and don't worry about size. You are so right. There will always be people larger or smaller no matter where you go.

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  17. Wow! You are so lucky to be going to Florida. Have a brilliant time, takes lots of pix to show us. In the meantime your little Christmas card, I have to say, is completely unique and great, love him :).

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  18. Have a brilliant time in Florida! Cute card! I'm not sure if I commented last week on your bird house, if I didn't I wanted to say how beautiful it was, you have done a spectacular job with it. Enjoy you break.

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  19. Your card is very cute. Have a great time in Florida! I was there earlier this summer and had a similar experience "getting in shape" for the trip. I still had fun, especially on the beach and in the pool. My buoyancy was fantastic!! :)

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  20. Oh !! The little Crimbo Puffins are sooooo cute !! :-) Great job with those.
    I hope you enjoy your trip to Florida and don't worry.. you'll look awesome !! :-D Safe journey. x

    Hugz
    IKE in Greece xxxxxxxxx

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  21. Love the xmas puffin! Have an awesome time away! x

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  22. Have a great time in Florida! Love your cute and fun xmas cards! <3

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  23. Well, was too late, it seems, to wish you Bon Voyage! but a "hope you had a great time!" is surely in order.
    Christmas cards are great. Chuckle at the little puffin, but don'twant to even think about Christmas, as yet.

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  24. Love the puffin christmas cards. And I hope you had a fabulous week in Florida without too much rain. Can't wait to hear all about your trip.

    Welcome home.

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  25. Very cool cards! Love the eye! :) And speaking of EYE, *I* can't believe I missed you in Florida. I had forgotten the date and was hoping you'd remind me when it got closer...but of course, we were traveling with the hockey team on Saturday, which I believe was the day you were in town. I will message you just in case you're still around, but I'm thinking you're long gone by now. :/

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  26. Awwww...your Christmas penguin is absolutely cute!!! LOVE LOVE. :) xx

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  27. Adorable Christmas card! So glad you got one on one time with your sister... looked like a great time you had!

    Hugs Giggles

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