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I took the day off work to go and visit lots more NEOS venues yesterday, and what a great day it was!  The sun was shining as we drove around the countryside in search of creative goodness!

Firstly I had to collect a parcel from the Post Office. I've been waiting what seems like ages for these to make their trans-atlantic journey and then the Post Office had to charge their fees and customs and finally deliver them when no-one was home!

Look at those little faces! This is Petunia and Blueberry Wolfling from Mint Conspiracy. They've been in my Etsy favourites for a while and I like to dip in every so often and treat myself!  I opened them in the collection office car park, cuddled them, and off we went.

First stop was Country Frames Gallery in Leslie. It is so peaceful out that way and the countryside is amazing.

 I'd never been here before and wish I had because it's full of amazing art, crafts and gifts!

Right at the back, above the fire, you'll see an AMAZING painting by Ian Matthew called 'Beat the Storm' with lots of reflection in the motorbike's chrome and mirrors. I now have a want list including pieces by Paul Tavernor, Kay Reid, Sue Howells, Lesley McKenzie and award winning wildlife artist Katy Rewston.
I bought this card by Alex Clark Art, this ceramic hare by Hank & Kath at Sapart and a secret Christmas present that I can't show you!

Our next stop was Angela Davidson Art just outside Insch. We were greeted at the door by Angela and Jamie, her very cute doggy! We had a great chat about her work and studio and were able to see her working on a commission piece.

You can see from this print of "Rat Catcher" that I bought that she does amazing light and shade portraits. She's self-taught which is inspiring for me as I have no formal art training apart from secondary school and can only dream of being this good!

Stop three was at Durno Gallery which displays wonderful pictures from local photographers.  I didn't buy anything here but I left armed with a pocket full of business cards including David Officer, Lynn Cameron, Mootzie Mac (Mairi Maclean) and James Kelly who also offers photography classes.

Our final stop was at Meldrum Town Hall to see the Meldrum Makers. This is a great one to see because there's such a mix of art‚ crafts‚ jewellery‚ textiles and photography and if you can make it there at the weekend you'll also get to see local band The Lorelei so that's an extra treat!  And it's always great to chat to Kay from Hamespun (got my eye on her awesome Blue and Arla prints!), Ben of Shutterjunkies and Lindsay from Daisy Glaisy.

I bought one of Daisy Glaisy's make your own monster kits and here's the before and after of Princess Myrtle McBlob!

You get lots of different bits and bobs in the kit along with the pre-sewn body, so you just need to cut your monster out, stuff it and decorate it as you like!

So that was day two's adventures, I can't see anything today (boooo!) but I'll be out and about tomorrow for more NEOS adventures!

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