Yes I know. I've been absent. I won a class on-line working with mixed media and canvas and finally got around to creating my first piece. The course is called "She Art" and the brains behind it is Christy Tomlinson http://www.christytomlinson.typepad.com/ . Check it out. You may want to try something different but I will tell you, it is addicting. I know I will be making many more and plan to make some for gifts.