Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Challenging Week

This is my personal challenge this week: To put an entry in all the challenges this week: Diva, Joey, and IAST :)

Adele Bruno gave us a string and some tangles to play with
 Jester is pretty new to me, but the fun potential is huge! I'll be playing with it and exploring. This is my entry for IAST, which she posted on her blog this week.

And here is last week's Joey challenge... This was her 200th challenge! That is just too cool to pass up! So I did it and posted on Pinterest about it

Exeter was the featured tangle, with string 165. I started with a tissue dyed tile, and when Exeter was applied, Strircles called out to me. You can see Dave Hunter's Pinbawl in there, and some funky V thing (where I flubbed Exeter and made it into something new!) I like this one. Strircles uses a lot of ink, but it is STRIKING!

Last week's Joey Challenge

And from Joey this week, we have Drogon on a bed of String 157, and I had a lot of fun with it:

Reminds me of a treasure trove

Because Rumpus is's a fun word. When I was a little girl I had a friend whose home had a Rumpus Room in it! ha! With games and old furniture (I mean, sometimes we just hung out, and sometimes we played) So I used Rumpus and Drogon is in there large, and added my own Concert, then filled in the upper corner with Irradial...another VERY cool pattern that is fun as a filler. There's Tipple here and there, along with an Aquafleur element. Yup. Much fun was had.

the Diva challenge this week was to use the official tangle Rumpus, and I needed bookmarks, so this is what I did. The original piece is a postcard sized Bristol stock, and I divided it first into thirds. Then I put a string on it, across the dividing lines. Then I filled it.

I added Flux, Bales, N'zeppel, Paradox, Dewd, Hollibaugh, and something curly looking.

then I cut along the dividing lines and VOILA!
I am using one of those bookmarks in the book I am currently reading, and I plan on doing another project just like this one, possibly also using Rumpus. I will use these in the library books I have checked out...and then leave them in the books when I return them :)

This is Becky:

She is not a snuggle cat, but she more than makes up for it in her entertaining ways: box lover, will rub her face on most anything, and mighty q-tip battler. She NEVER gets up on the back of the couch that way, but now I have photographic evidence that she DOES.

another project I put together this week:

Isn't that cool looking? 

And I filled up with tangles! I enjoyed this a lot, but that page of circles with the shading...SO cool!

So, you ask, how is Orion? let me show you:

 he turned eight months old. He started sitting up on his own at six months and now is working on a crawl, though his military crawl is VERY good
His Great grampa made that cradle for his gramma when she was born

helping daddy

Though he is currently working on mastering the crawl, his favorite thing is walking with a grown up hunched over, holding his hands. 

phone love

 And that's all! thanks for visiting, and thanks for comments. I LOVE comments!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Totally, Dewd!

Greetings. It's been a while.

The Diva this week challenged is to use Dewd,  a new tangle from There's a lot of good information at that link, including a video on how to draw Dewd.

It is a fun tangle, and I went big this time:

It has been AGES since I got out my large notebook with the paper that I love so much. Dewd was a good start, but wow did I ever run with it. It felt like this one might get too busy, but I think there's enough open space to make it just interesting.

One of the things I thought of as I was thinking what pattern to choose...well, patterns.  Human beings love them, whether in art or looking for faces in clouds. And repetition. When you're listening to music, whether a favorite, or something new, isn't it a treat when a riff gets repeated, or a theme from the first movement shows up in the third movement? Or think about collections that people gather. I have my chicken collection...and no two of them are the same...but there are many of them and all of them are chickens. That's what I thought about when I finished's a delight to see the same pattern appear in different places, or one motif from a complicated pattern showing up over in the corner, or changing it out a little bit, exploring the different ways to fill up spaces using the basics of the pattern...variations on a theme? Unity of shape filled with diversity of detail.

Well, creating this was fun. It took a couple of evenings, and I finished a challenge before Saturday!

Other projects:

On the Traveling Tangles Project, I finally finished up something one of my swap partners treated me with way back when...Stephanie Drewa sent me nine ATC's that had been started...well I did a lot of them right away, then between the new job with new hours and other life stuff just crowding out my free time, a creativity slump hit, and I forgot about them. Well, I found them this week and finished them up.

These are my finishes...she started with patterns according to the ABC's, and I finished with the ZYX's :)


And these are Stephanie's starts. It's the first Traveling Tangles stuff that I've done in a long time. But now it does feel like I'm back.

But let's face it, what you all have been waiting for all along...a picture of the baby! 

Orion loves his Opa. 

And isn't Wylie just so sweet with that baby? My heart is full!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Minimalist Post Today?

The Diva created a tangle and named it after her amazing little boy Artoo.  Artoo has always reminded me of the Japanese Lantern:

This week's challenge was to use Artoo, and this is what I did with it:

Artoo, purk, pokeroot, b'twined, schnek and something fescu looking
but it isn't Fescu

It is pleasing EVERY time, to make an aura around a section then put something in behind...add shading and viola! One of my very favorite techniques.

Joey also has a challenge this week...a Cube string, looking 3-D and use B-tween .... well, here you have it:

This is actually the FRONT of the tile that I did the Diva challenge on. I've been doing that lately. Turning a tile over and tangling on the back. Well this one came from a batch I made with the tissue transfer coloring method.

I was hoping the side and top would look more 3-D but the way they look over lapping on the edges is nice. Makes up for it a bit.

And that's it.

Except one more pic...Orion had a baby blessing, and I brought a gift for him...and his mom put the ribbon on his head...

Jolly baby!

he was a hoot...kept on busy with his playthings, but he'd toss his head back and forth, making the little sparkly tendrils dangle before his eyes.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nine Tiles!

I have enjoyed the nine tile montage challenge from Joey this past couple of months. This week is the final tile, and the challenge was to use poke root. FUN!

But I missed last week, when Printemps was the challenge pattern...and this was how I did that tile:

This is how it looks, connected to tile number 7, 
with N'zeppel.
 this is the last tile, pre-tangling...LOTS of white across there.
One thing I've been doing with all the white spaces in the tiles, has been to pack lots of tiny Tipple in there...and this is A LOT of white I did the tiny Tipple but it got to be too much pretty fast..

So I poke rooted in there, and the rest flowed very easily. 
 I dunno, I think it turned out pretty neat. The white space full of tipple and pokeroot...just nice.
(edit: AND
I just (carefully) read Joey's challenge for this week
it is PokeLEAF not PokeROOT.

This is what things looked like before starting.
 This is what I ended up, I like all of it, and there are places where the string connects things together, 
But the bottom half of the montage seems more disconnected.
I may play around with it some, to get things  more unified. 

But this has been SUCH a fun challenge. Most enjoyable!

From our Diva, we received a monotangle challenge. A monotangle is a great opportunity to explore one pattern, use it in a variety of ways, or bring about that unity that comes from using just one pattern in a piece.

This week we were given Striping to work with. 

shiny 3-D funky worms on a psychedelic floor?

The fun part of striping is making it look three dimensional by curving the stripes. This one would be trippy if the stripes were colored!

Oh! I also wanted to share this fun little almost last swap on swap bot was a zentangle swap, where we were to decorate a postcard with our tangles, and put it in an envelope with a tea bag...individually sealed, of course...

Well look what came in the mail from Singapore:

This is the work of Debbie New, whose blog Tangled Pursuits has shown off many Diva challenges over the years.

This is on my wall at work and I look at it frequently.

Who knew that taking up zentangle as a hobby would get me happy mail from SINGAPORE!

Oh, and one more thing:

Orion is 5 months old!

He can roll over all by himself tummy to back. Once on his back, he can scoot around by kicking his legs...that IS pretty comical. He's eating solids once a day. His favorite is mashed yams. He's a happy boy. 

thanks for reading...thanks for commenting!

Friday, September 29, 2017

N'zeppel and DuoTangles

This week has been an N'zeppel week in the challenges. 
Which I love,  because N'zeppel is my favorite tangle, especially when it comes time for shading. 

Also this week, for me anyway, it has been duotangle time. 

 It all started with the Diva challenge last week, using cozy patterns, which I did.
Then I got playing with Helen Williams' Crumpled Rose pattern and thought
"By George, wouldn't PixieOze go well here?"
and made this a duotangle, too.

So, when the Diva Challenge came along, I just kept up with that overarching theme:

N'zeppel and Orbs la dee working together in this one. 
Orbs la dee is another favorite. 

Then, when Adele Bruno put out a String Thing challenge using Fassett...

Fassett and Tipple. 
It has shading! It has contrast!
This one was so much fun. Isn't Fassett neat the way it goes deep?

Here are the nine ATC's before I strung them.

The Seventh Tile!
(This is NOT a duotangle)
This, from Joey's Nine Tile Montage challenge.
N'zeppel was her chosen tangle this week and the string I had in there was squarish with two loops.
N'zeppel and Coil worked well there.
And another loop did well with Meer.
I carried the rays over from Concert in the fourth tile.

This is how they look together. Pardoon the glare; they are in their page protector.
I'm still pondering Tile #6. It still seems so out of place.
There you have it.
Baby enjoying his blueberry puree. 
And that is all. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Comfort Tangles

Greetings, readers.

well it's been a week, and that's no lie. I'll start at the beginning.

A few weeks ago my son, who has bipolar disorder, flipped out and got physically abusive with his wife. He shifted from a sofa here to a floor there, various places until finally one of his cousins drove him to the ER and when they saw him, they admitted him, flat out. After 72 hours of stabilization and observation, he was released and has nowhere to go. His wife won't have him back, the cousins are all bad news and staying with them will be extremely unhealthy, and he is refusing to take a bed at a shelter. :( My homeless son. I am so sad for him.

That's the short version. Needless to say, this has been a huge worry for me this month. But so many times I've been able to get to a place of quiet and ease with my tangling...

The Guest blogger for the Diva this week gave us the assignment to choose cozy tangles. Well, I had already pretty much filled up a page of my sketchbook one evening, keeping cozy and de-stressing, so this is what I chose for that challenge:

I don't know what the frond like one is called, maybe Fronds? and of course the delightful Muscari. I call this one "Relaxation on Paper" because it gave me focus and kept me in the NOW for quite some time.

Thank goodness for this little hobby when things in life are dark.

And gratitude also for the wonderful things in the baby getting back from Denver:

He found his feet!

This one makes me laugh.

His dad gave him a teether that looks like ribs! ha!

and his mom gave him blueberry puree
for his first solids. 
Hee hee hee!

Ain't life grand!

I also finished the current tile for Joey's nine tile montage challenge...then realized something. Lemme splain...

This is how I laid it out and put a string on it...but when I got to the sixth ATC, I found that the string doesn't connect with the bottom tile at all!...

so I got looking at the color pattern and thought...hmmm

Is this how it should go? because there's some warmer tones at the top of tiles 1-3...and there are some connections with the string, too!

Maybe this is the best arrangement:


Well anyway, no mistakes in zentangle. I'll figure out something. 
Meanwhile, here is my sixth tile for the Joey challenge

Ginili was the featured tangle, which is one of my favorites. It goes really well with Suzanne Fluhr's Aloha...which I didn't use here hahahaha but it is always worth a mention. 

So, you can see how the bottom of the tile has no string, which should be there to attach it to tile #9 in a few weeks. 


well, I'll figure it out. 
My daughter told me my montage reminds her of An Octopus's Garden in the Shade.

What do you think?

Garr, that sixth tile is OUT OF PLACE!!!
Other delights of the week:


This on my FB feed...the holy family: Joseph playing with the Baby Jesus, and Mary reading, while the Ass eats the halo and the Ox is trying to figure out how to do the same. I just LOVE this image.


This is Anne.

Years ago, in the era of dial up, I was a member of a religious discussion group Renewing Your Mind. It was the first discussion forum I ever joined. That forum went away in 2001, to all of our deep sadness, but we continued in a different venue, still discussing every kind of thing...such as the vastly important thread about which is better, bagpipes or fiddles. Or what is the difference between red shift and blue shift (THE Tim Bergland has a blue shift...just so you know) (or was it periwinkle)

There I met (online) many people whom I have counted as friends for decades...and this year I met TWO OF THEM!

This is Byron
Anne was in town a week ago for a DoTerra conference, and Byron came to town this past week for something with his job. So, last week Anne and I went to the Blue Iguana, and yesterday Byron and I ate at the Red Iguana. Yum! and what a blessing to meet IRL these wonderful people who have been a very real part of my life for so many years.

I've met two others, a few years ago. Eleanor who came to Utah as part of a geological tour of the West, and Valerie who crashed at my place on her way across country to move to Moscow, Idaho from Maryland.

One of the great assets of the internet for us introverted types is that we get to connect with people without the draining effects of ACTUAL HUMAN CONTACT! But seriously, these people are FRIENDS that I treasure, and I hope to meet many more of them. Maybe some day I'll do some sofa surfing back east and visit ALL THE PEEPS!


While waiting for the Trax
A few days later, walking from the bus stop to work

Now, with these kinds of sunrises, AND there was a full out rainbow a few days ago, isn't it worth it to have a little bit of time waiting for public transport to get to work?


When I got home from work day before yesterday, I noticed out the side of my eye, that someone had left the end table light barely registered as I was absorbed in something or other. Then when I did look up WOW!

Wylie. He is REALLY good at gifts. But doesn't it make a pretty picture with my jumble there on the table? 


better than candy

toodle-ooh...ttfn...later, gator...see ya when I look atcha...byeeee.