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crazed muse moves the pen

scrimbling with excitement

creates peaceful mind


Joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: MUSE and PEN

The two sentences work like this:

crazed muse moves the pen, scrimbling with excitement

scrimbling with excitement, creates peaceful mind

Did I manage to have opposite meanings in the two sentences do you think? I think I did – that, to me, is very exciting! (but not the main reason I’m excited this week)

Maybe it also conveys a little message – not a traditional moral tale or words of great wisdom perhaps, but that scribbling and scrimbling can be like a meditation and a stress-buster.

Have you heard of ‘scrimbling’ it is a kind of two-handed scribbling that Miss E did at school to help with learning to write and well as to calm the mind and help with concentration. Perhaps that was what Jackson Pollock was trying to do – to calm his troubled mindautumn-rhythm

I found scribbling and scrimbling on a large (A1 or larger) piece of card to be very freeing and wonderful to do.

EXCITEMENT is a very timely photo prompt this week! I’m VERY excited as I am preparing to go away to the land of the Haiku!!!

I am going on an organised textile tour and will be visiting artisans in their workshops. We have been told that the Japanese like to swap business cards, so I made some to take with me.

First I collaged one side of the large piece of cardDSC_0638

So relaxing to do – just tear up old magazines and place randomly til the whole area is covered – I did this whilst sitting in my sweet little caravan in the garden, called Pippin.DSC_0652

When the card is covered and the glue  has dried doodle all over it with a silver penDSC_0663

It is great to know that it will all be cut up anyway so you can just do loads of random doodles.DSC_0634

Then came the delight of scribbling all over the back of it – gosh it’s good to do this – taps into the inner child and feels SO relaxing and silly and fun all at the same time.


I cut the card up into business card sized pieces and printed out my details to stick on the back with the scribbling as a background.DSC_0638 (1)


To do this I used this wonderful little gadget – ooh I do love a crafty gadgetDSC_0634 (1)

A Xyron sticker maker. I also have a 5″ wide one as well for making bigger stickers, called a Xyron Creative Station. The grandchildren LOVE them. DSC_0636 (1)

You push in your artwork or printed paper one side and pull it out the other and hey presto! it is sticky on the back – magic!


We have been told that the Japanese also like to give little presents so I’m making some little crochet offerings to take with meDSC_0639

Have you been to Japan? Any timely tips?

Joining in with Bluedaisyz Photo Challenge: EXCITEMENT

Next week’s photo prompt: SHARP

Pop on over to bask in Cathy’s ‘excitement’.

And for a beautiful, romantic Haiku see Liz’s, here.

20 responses to “Excitement

  1. A textile tour?! How wonderful. I love this social calling card idea. How original.Thanks for sharing. ~cheers

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    • Yes Chica, I had a wonderful time and completely fell in love with Japan. It was fun to give out my own handmade cards and I still have plenty lurking in my handbag ready for their moment. 😉


  2. Wow! Going to Japan is exciting! I liked the haiku. I could see how scrimbling can relieve stress.

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  4. Oh my goodness, the people you’ll meet, the food you’ll eat! What an adventure. Your gifts are so thoughtful and creative, no surprise really 🙂 Have an amazing time. Sure, there’ll be inspiration at every turn!

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    • I really am very excited and looking forward to being able to share the trip with my lovely blogging friends when I get back. I’m sure the inspiration will keep me going for years to come!


  5. How amazing, the trip and the gifts. One tip, Japanese people are incredibly polite and really appreciate politeness in return. You may need to practise bowing. I can’t wait to hear more about it.

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    • Thank you! I’ll get going on the bowing! I have also read that no chest area below the neck should be exposed – quite a few of my T-shirts scoop quite low, which seems to have been the fashion here for a while. Hmmm?
      Have you been to Japan? What did you there? Ooh lots of questions springing to mind. Thank you for your comment, I’m bowing as I type! xx


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  7. Excellent! Yes, it sure seems to help, blurting it all out.

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  8. Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back. Hope you have a great time. So lucky!

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    • Thank you Rainbow – yes I am extremely lucky! I have just bought a 32GB memory card for my camera – I don’t know how I’ll cope with not being able to upload and edit as I go. Looking forward to sharing my trip on my return.


  9. Murtagh's Meadow

    How creative you are – love those cards! Have a great time!

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  10. I can feel your excitement at this trip, have a wonderful time.

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  11. I loved the Haiku, and your excitement is very contagious Daffy. I also loved the business cards that you made, so original and pretty, not to mention creative!

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