Poppies, GOG

nicethymeNovember 23, 2012

hi ya all... its been forever but I'm trying hard to get back to mosaics again, I started this window a few months ago and then got overwhelmed at work,,, winter is in the air and I'm trying to spur myself by posting this.... Maybe Jane can push me along

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Calamity_J

WHOOHOO!!!! I LOVE Poppies!!! AND GOG!!! ha! I am fixing to do a GOG myself! Just a little micro round one! I am thinking an assortment of different flowers! So good to see you posting here!! Oh man, YOU made my day and I am sure Slow's too!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:36AM
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ItsmeChickadee

This is a lovely start. Can't wait to see the finished product!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 1:38PM
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nicethyme

oooh Calam, can't wait to see that, you are the GOG queen! This is only my 2nd and I live in fear of grout bleed... but I got these window panes free from my Restore and couldn't pass it up

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 5:37PM
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silvamae

Oh wow, I love poppies! I used to live in Georgetown, Texas, and Flanders poppies grew wild all over town. Beautiful sight! I can't wait to see this one.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 11:04PM
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nicethyme

I love poppies almost as much as this red orange glass so its a perfect combo for me : )

I finished the reds today, added a daisy and some nondescript blues to the field. Cleaned up my ring saw and started cutting up some frond like leaves - I don't want to over do that but its a cool accent.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 11:13PM
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loribee2

Wow, this is going to be gorgeous!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 12:23AM
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Calamity_J

Looking good! How big is your window, it looks a great size!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 1:06AM
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texaswild

Like EVERYTHING you do, this w/be a stunner. So glad to see you back here. Love the leaves too. You are a real queen of the ring saw. Haven't used mine in years.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 8:54AM
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nicethyme

I'm guessing its about 2x3'

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 11:35AM
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toomuchglass

WOW ! I love watching a WIP . It's going to be amazing !
Do you have a place picked out for it ? That baby will be HEAVY ! LOL I made one big GOG , turned out too heavy to hang anywhere , so it's sitting in thee attic :( Seeing this might spur me on to get creative with it !

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 11:50AM
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nicethyme

Toomuch, I'll sell this if I can. - try to get it into a show somewhere maybe

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 4:01PM
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nanatricia

Well it is looking great!!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 7:44PM
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nicethyme

getting more stems and buds on there, decided the check it out with back lighting

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 12:43PM
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ItsmeChickadee

Wow, this is amazing! GOG is my favorite thing to do and I'm really impressed. Your leaves are incredible. I've been wondering if I need a ring saw and I'm beginning to see why I might.
Becky

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 2:52PM
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loribee2

Oh, those are gorgeous!! I'm curious, what kind of glass cutters do you use to make such perfect shapes? Those poppy petals are so true to life.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 9:12PM
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nicethyme

Loribee, I score and break as close as I can and then nip with my wheeled nippers to get them where I want. Those disect leaves are definately done on my ring saw. The stems - I score and break straight pieces and then nip them to get an irregular / organic edge.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 9:57PM
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loribee2

Wow, such nice work! Thanks for the info.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 10:48PM
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texaswild

Now THAT puts another light - scuz the pun - on the subject. Seeing it in the window - OMGoodness - it's gonna be stupendous.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 9:31AM
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ohtobedone

Your work is awesome! An inspiration for me. I am wondering what the back side looks like when your through. Do I worry to much about? Thanks, Sally

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 9:57AM
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nicethyme

Sally, there is a concern if you worry about other ppl's POV, say on the outside of a window... but its something we accept from mosaics, otherwise we'd be doing stain glass windows with all that perfect cutting, foiling, soldering.... with less artist expression because of the engineering strength aspects that go along with it.

Me, if I were to end up keeping this, I'd probably just back it with a mirror and stick it on a wall anyways. so I don't worry too much about the glued side other than avoiding grout bleed - which I hate

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 11:36AM
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silvamae

Nice! That is going to be so beautiful. I'm wondering what color background you are going with. I love pale blue with red and black and green poppies. But then again, iridescent oranges and yellows would be yummy. So what do you have in mind for the background?

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 12:26PM
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nicethyme

Silvamae, I'm sticking to realism here as much as I can. So more green fill around the poppies and then a white and blue sky. I have this cool frosted clear from Youghiogheny that I know I want to use but I'm not sure yet how best to combine it with opaques or if I even can... I did just stumble across a "crazy paved" sky that I liked a lot, I struggle with regimented andemento in sky scenes and the grout lines taking on a cartoony essence when my goal with the poppies was realism

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:02AM
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nicethyme

getting a little more foliage on there.. slowly

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 11:19PM
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texaswild

Looking great. The darks are really showing your talent for making your work have depth and dimension.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:26AM
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texaswild

Forgot to mention that I click on the image to take it to Flickr, then click again to "view all sizes" to view it on large. Helps a lot.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:27AM
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nicethyme

Thanks I'm hoping that a view from a distance will help that depth effect and the overall illusion

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 9:25AM
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nicethyme

please excuse the rotten quality of this pic, may camera is evidently dying a painful and drawn out death

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 10:04PM
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silvamae

It's going to be grand (as usual). I'm sorry about your camera. Hate when that happens.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 11:31PM
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texaswild

My dear, it looks like a Poppy field to me. Your sizes of flowers in the rear, the darks, placement. Yep - it's a Poppy field. You are a real little piece of artistic work.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 9:32AM
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Calamity_J

Looks so great! Love how you are sticking realistic with it!!!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 5:07PM
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nicethyme

I'm so so bored with the green fill that I took a little break last night and added a bee in there. Of course, I was worried about clear wings in the green field so I touched a little alcohol ink to them for a smudge of green tone.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 10:58AM
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silvamae

Darling.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 12:18PM
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texaswild

Well how sweet is THAT?! Don't know how you work such teensy details to perfection. Looks like a real bee, and it's a perfect addition.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 6:49AM
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nicethyme

thank you both! I am so happy to be done with the foliage,,, whew

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 8:38PM
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silvamae

That is just absolutely gorgeous. I can see the bee! Can't wait to see the blue.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 11:11PM
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hosenemesis

WOW! I knew I'd find something spectacular when I saw your name.
Renee

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 1:35AM
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texaswild

OMGoodness - spectacular. YES YES YES - the bee - so natural looking. I wouldn't even have the ability to envision such a poppy field, much less bring it off so successfully. Outstanding work, NT.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 7:37AM
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nanatricia

Yes it is looking great!!!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 8:23PM
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loribee2

Wow, this is really amazing! I'm having fun checking back and watching the progress. Like slow time lapse photography. LOL Can't wait to see the next installment.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 10:53PM
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nicethyme

thank you all so much... well I'm scared to go on with the sky, just not real confident in andamento. I decided on a crazy paving to prevent any regular geometric looking grout line and flow but I've only done it once before on my DD's portrait and still not thrilled with that... its my cutting skills - I'm no Sonja King! lol

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 10:51AM
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texaswild

No, you're BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 8:57AM
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silvamae

Based on your past work, it can't be anything but fabulous.

(not to put any pressure on you, hahaha)

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 9:49AM
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nicethyme

haha thanks Slow and Silva.. I think! lol

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 9:19AM
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silvamae

Have you picked out the blue yet? Pale blue or dark or a mix? I can't wait to see the beginning of the sky!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 11:36AM
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Calamity_J

WOW!!! This is sooo detailed! Love it! Can't wait to see the sky!! My mini project, I added a poppy cuz of you!!!heh heh!

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 7:43PM
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drtdgr

Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with the sky - that's an area that has me flummoxed too.

Cutting and andamento have stopped me continuing on one project. Doing sky and water freaks me out.

This post was edited by drtdgr on Sun, Dec 30, 12 at 17:12

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:03AM
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silvamae

Nice, there's a photo of a mosaic that some young man did and it's posted on CMA and I have looked and looked and can't find it. It's the sky, the sea, and a boat, and I love the way he did the sky. Random, but when you look closely, the pieces all seem to be five-sided, but all shaped a little different. Anyway, how about the background of Sonia King's Permafrost?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:03PM
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silvamae

Of course I meant in pale blue, not white, but I like the way it fits together.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 6:17PM
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nicethyme

yes! Silva i know I saw that same seascape somewhere but I thought it was someone's photos of a show somewhere??? and it WAS the inspiration for what I think I'm doing too. I THINK mine will have varying sizes according to closeness of the clouds... I've started placing the whitest areas of the clouds but am not glued yet. the blue decisions are already made according to the pieces I had in my youghiogheny glass purchase and i'm pretty happy that I seem to have a wide range of tonal values of the same blue... so now I just have to play I guess. Thank you all for the compliments here, truly I appreciate all your imput

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 7:35PM
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nicethyme

cloud andamento?

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 12:04AM
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texaswild

You never disappoint - always a surprise. Unbelieveble! Perfection.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:11AM
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nicethyme

lol one mosaic artist on facebook called me insane!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:15AM
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silvamae

Beautiful. Can't wait to see the blue!!!!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:28AM
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drtdgr

Wow, I wouldn't have thought to do the round tess. Just shows you there's a lot of ways to express scenes with glass.

I love the organic shape of the clouds. I echo silva's comment - can't wait to see the sky! Susan

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:44AM
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nicethyme

I think the blues will end up similar to the water in my koi table but without the shadows... it will work like the clouds with larger on top and getting smaller toward the horizon but with a center vanishing point,,, hoping to create that feeling of expansiveness

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 11:32AM
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silvamae

What color grout? Maybe more than one color?

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 12:31PM
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cathyscache

Beutiful!!!! I Love it!!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 3:49PM
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nicethyme

Silva, I'm thinking green in the flowers with white in the clouds and blue for the sky

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 4:03PM
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silvamae

Sounds perfect!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:12PM
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phish_gw

I can't wait to see it when it's done!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 3:29PM
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nicethyme

well now I've used my light blue and white glass and don't like the darker tones I have... I'm either going to try and find more of this same glass or I'm switching to that cool fogged glass which will have that fog coming in look...

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 6:42PM
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silvamae

What you've done so far is wonderful.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 10:47AM
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texaswild

OMGoodness - look at the gillion little circles you've cut!!! How about some wispy off-white? You'll like what you've done once all of it's in and grouted.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 1:20PM
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nicethyme

Okay well, its not permanent yet but this is what the foggy transparent glass looks like,,, I think I like it... PITA to cut though cause its got little air bubbles in it and they throw off the break sometimes

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 10:56PM
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drtdgr

I've seen the bubbly glass before while cruising for new glass. I think it's very cool.

Living in the Pacific Northwest gives me a lot of exposure to fog. I've been wondering how it can be replicated.

I have a vision of a stand of alder trees in the mist.

I've been impressed by a mosaic depicting the Cascade Mountains using a version of foggy glass with the grout lines delineating the form of the mountains.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 4:44AM
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texaswild

Looks good to me.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 8:03AM
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nicethyme

drtdgr, ooh that would be awesome... this glass sure would work for it too. I bought this sheet on Susan Turlinton's advice, we were at the Youghiogheny factory and she pointed out the affect you get when you layer it on another color, said she thinks Kelly Knickerbocker uses it a lot in her layered abstracts. Since I got it I've been thinking about it looking like ice and think it would be cool to put it over alcohol ink painted fall leafs and build some or parts of them in matching sg like the froze half in and half out of ice...

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 12:03PM
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Calamity_J

Sheesh! I liked that blue sky! lol! Love seeing that koi table again!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 12:53PM
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drtdgr

Wow, small world, nicethyme. Kelley Knickerbocker is showing her works at the Seattle Mosaics place I go to.

I was wondering why they cost so much! I'll have to look at them again. Susan

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:25PM
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nicethyme

KK is a groundbreaker where mosaics are concerned...

I know Jane, I did too, wish I had more of it I would have done it all in that one,, alas I am out

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 4:39PM
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nicethyme

finally done cutting and fitting. now I have to glue all that fogged glass down

This post was edited by nicethyme on Sun, Jan 27, 13 at 10:18

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 10:17AM
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Calamity_J

LOVE that background! I can hardly wait to see it glued so you can set it upright and we can see it lit from behind!! WOW, even your background is "fitted"! It just raises the bar!!! Love the poppy heads!/stems! Of course those leaves are super amazing!!! All the colors are super, and the bit o blue is so great! Sheesh, just can't say enough good stuff about this piece, it hits every bell and whistle I'd want!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 3:22PM
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nicethyme

Thank you J, I am very excited about this window... I am planning a super cool frame treatment...

I'm grouting today

This post was edited by nicethyme on Fri, Feb 1, 13 at 15:11

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 1:25PM
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nicethyme

I think I'm done.. but of course lighting in my basement stinks so I'll shoot pics of the whole thing tomorrow in natural light (and back lighting)

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 8:00PM
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Calamity_J

OVER THE TOP Wonderful!!!! Love the crackle paint!!! Love that color and the grout colors too...WOW!!!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 1:02AM
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silvamae

Oh wow, can't wait to see the final pic! It's beautiful . . .

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 10:23AM
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nicethyme

YAAAAY I'm done! this one was hard to get through, but I'm pleased.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:11PM
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drtdgr

That is so gorgeous. I just don't know what to add to that.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 2:10PM
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texaswild

Same comment I posted on Flickr - as my late friend Carol - known on this forum as Flagtruck - used to say to me when she thought I'd done something great - YOU HUZZY!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 10:14PM
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silvamae

Yes, you nailed it. Gorgeous.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 12:44AM
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nicethyme

OH HA HA HA HA HA love that one Slow! and thank you everyone.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 9:57AM
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nanatricia

Yes to what every one said .So so so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 8:21PM
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SadieSadie

Absolutely STUNNING! Beautiful piece.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:56PM
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Calamity_J

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.!!!! as Slow would say!...lol!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 9:43PM
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