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It's been a long time...
Life's ups and downs you know, unfortunately more downs than ups lately but things are getting slowly better.
Now to crawl out from under the enormous pile of things that just had to wait...

Long Time No Write!

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 26, 2014, 12:19 PM
Happy new year everyone :hug:
I made this specially for all my friends and fans, and enjoyed playing about doing it.
Happy New Year! by Hippopottermiss
Here in France we wish people Happy New Year rather than Happy Christmas and we have up until the end of January to do it, which suits me fine because I'm always so busy in the run up to Christmas.

So what's been going on recently? The weather this winter hasn't been very cold but it's been wet, wet, and more wet. Yesterday the sun shone but today it's back to raining. I took a lovely photo of my neighbour Emile one morning when the road by my house was flooded. He and my dog Tila were playing in the water.
Emile and Tila by Hippopottermiss
Since I bought my house in 1999 the river has only flooded over the road five times - three of them this winter!

Work is still being slowed down by my wrist which is still slowly getting better. I can do a lot more with it now but not everything, and it hates the cold weather :( I have made myself some woolly wrist-warmers from an old pair of woollen tights and I wear one almost constantly, including at night. It is helping, so I'll just have to keep wearing one until things eventually get back to normal.

My eyes are misbehaving again. Last week I developed some more black spotty bits in my left eye and have lost a bit more sight. It scares me a lot and I wish they would stop it! Since there's no treatment I'll just have to put up with it and do my best to slow it down. I'm seeing the ophthalmologist again in February.

I had the good luck to be able to go to The USA again in October, to the annual Hippolotofus reunion in Branson MO. Hippolotofus is the international hippo collectors group. This year's reunion will be in Portland OR so with a bit of luck I'll be able to tack on a few days on the Oregon coast and paddle in the Pacific Ocean. I've done the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the North Sea, and the Baltic, but never the Pacific. The coastline looks really nice. Hippos are still my biggest sellers and I still have lots of ideas for new ones :)

My favourite new thing from last year is my badger design. First I did some black, white and grey ones, then I tried them in colour. I have lots more experimenting to do with them yet.
Snazzy Badgers by Hippopottermiss
The Blue Badger Family by Hippopottermiss
I'll have some for sale soon at my next show, which will be at the "Festival Natur'Armor", a regional nature and environment festival here in Brittany in France. The theme is local biodiversity so I will only have local wild species on show.

Welcome to all my new watchers that add themselves a few here, a few there :hug: I hope you continue to enjoy what I post. I'm amazed and pleased that there are so many of you that like my work. I continue to enjoy visiting your pages when I have the time.

Love and big hugs to everyone - the world is a better place with hugs in it :D

And now I'm going to shamelessly indulge my everlasting passion for spirals and pretty colours :D
Color Within by SlightlyDraconic

Hummingbirds .... by eReSaW
Dangerous Passion by eReSaW
Spiral Stairs by dynamick

Doodles7 by KysonKyoko
Spiral Trip by Chazagirl
Song of the Sun by seven-s
Pentagon by ScraNo
Sacred Spiral by Anocken
Downward Spiral by DeTea

Diseased by SuicideBySafetyPin
Not Here by lindelokse
Spiral Clock 001 - HB593200 by hb593200


  • Listening to: The wind and the rain
  • Reading: my journal preview of course
  • Watching: The time
  • Playing: I'm always playing :)
  • Eating: soon...
  • Drinking: Hmmm - could just do with a cuppa!

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Jen Robinson
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
I'm a professional ceramic artist, and have been for a long time. My animals are all hand modelled.
I also love the world of colours and shapes and enjoy taking photos.
My website
My facebook ceramic animals page… to follow my news.
My facebook Hippopottermiss page… for just my hippo related things.

I am a nature lover and have always been fascinated by animals and plants.

Current Residence: a house by a river in France
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L
Print preference: nice ones
Favourite genre of music: Lots, but not opera.
Favourite style of art: ceramics, photography, glass & fractals
Operating System: my brain & my hands
Shell of choice: The one I found on Tiwi Beach
Wallpaper of choice: My photo of Lake Naivasha
Skin of choice: Octopus for a change?

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acla13 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Your b-day pic from last year was updated!! (My PC had some color problems...) Hippo animated…
Herculanum Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Vos créations sont toujours aussi belles !
Nubsies Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your stuff is amazing!
MaiNona Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is so charming! I love it.
ChibiBeeBee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work! It's fantastic and adorable, and it just makes me smile! It's lovely :)
catalin-ad Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
La multi ani! :cake:
acla13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional General Artist

Hiboux d'Anniversaire by acla13  
onjikun Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :D
LORETANA Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! Party I wish you only the positive impressions of this year!
dbstrtz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday!  :tighthug:
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