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25 May, 2012

Peep show

Posted by andrea tomkins in: File under crafty|Publishing/writing/career stuff

It’s Friday, and I’m feeling very squirrley… for many reasons. The usual suspects are involved here: WRITING WORK, NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH, INVOICING, PACKING, BUS STOP CHANGES, UNANSWERED EMAILS, LAUNDRY PILE, GROCERIES, YARD SALE). I am getting an eye twitch AND I’m about ready to launch myself through the roof using the power of my jittery nerves and rapidly beating pulse.

Let’s take a zen moment, shall we?

This week’s craft at Canadian Family Magazine is one in which my robot eyes bore into deep inside you like a pair of pinpoint-sharp superlasers, following you EVERYWHERE YOU GO. Like this … (please make laser sounds while you look at this photo):

I'm WATCHING YOU

Ha ha. Ok not really. You can substitute my eyes for your eyes.

Go see what the heck I’m talking about over here.

Have a great weekend!

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