Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Swooping In for a Quick Blog Post

More busy, but SUCH fun busy!

This past weekend I got to go be with some of my favorite people in the world. We went to the same church 25 years ago, in a tiny town called Lava Hot Springs. My darling friend Nancy and her husband bought land that had some decrepit old cabins on it. And she fixed everything up so nice, and ran it as a place for people to stay, who came to visit Lava. Bristol Park.

Many things happened in that family's life in the late 90's, and my friend and her kids moved away. But they kept the property, and after some years had passed, and those kids were grown, two of them moved back and re-opened Bristol Park. Once a year, mom comes to visit, and I get me up there and stay a while. We did that this weekend and I am still recuperating. :)

Nancy and me
 Our kids are the same ages, and we graduated highschool the same year. Her youngest is six weeks older than my youngest, and we each were among the first people to hold the new babies when they came into the world. It has been a wonderful friendship for many years.
AnnaLeigh, Nancy, and Colin. Leo the dog.
on the porch of the big cabin.

 We went to a rodeo, and sat around the campfire


 A place of  serene sweet beauty. I love visiting Bristol, and being with my friend and her kids.

 Sunday we spent the afternoon out at the zip line which scared me to DEATH no lie, I was crying. But I went twice! and the second time was way fun.

wylie on the ropes course

Relaxing between all the fun

Wylie did it all, including the "Rush Line" (I bowed out, thanks to my feet and knee being in bad pain) but I did get video of the idiot hanging upside down while zipping!

When I got home, I started a swapbot project, which is a postcard ZIA. And on Monday there was still room for the Diva Challenge, which was to use D-1 grid seed in our work.

Breezy Garden

I am sending this to a swap partner today, and thought...why not? so this is what I did with it. D-1 is a fun motif to play with. I want to explore it some more, but this time the star shape that emerges just charmed me. This was probably the most fun and relaxation with zentangle I've enjoyed in a while.

Something I have decided. Swap bot feels too much like deadlines. I've enjoyed receiving a broad sample of ATC's in many different genres and have a fun little collection of a variety of tiny art. But I'm done. Having to get things done by a certain date is not enjoyable. Feels rushed...I have two more to finish up this week, then I am going to settle back into zentangle because I like it, and I will participate in the challenges, and probably be more active on the Traveling Tangles Project and other FB zentangle pages.

N'zeppel is my best comfort pattern. When the Diva's guest Tangler a few weeks ago issued a monotangle challenge for N'zeppel, i was tickled, and did these, though I did not enter them.


And now, what you've all been waiting for: BABY PICTURES!

Power nap
 Thissun here loves to take 30 to 45 minute naps. Unless you put him down. Then the nap lasts exactly as long as you hold him. But isn't that perfect! I will get to see him again when I babysit while mom and dad go out for some alone together time. CAN'TWAIT!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tangling and Baby Holding to Save My Brain

Whew! what a week!

New job with daily trainings in COMPLETELY new software systems, almost a new system per day, and today, Friday, my day ended with my brain pretty much twitching.

So it felt really good to go through pictures to put in this blog post. Like this one:

quite worried!

 I *did* do quite a bit of tangling and enjoyed it so much. It is so needed now, more than ever before with this much higher energy, much more responsibility, job.

So, the Diva Challenge this week, care of guest blogger Suzanne Fluhr, was to use one of my absolute favorite tangles, Aloha, in a piece.

So, I played:

This is such a flowing, curvy, tropical tangle, as it should be, since it is based on a screen that Travel buff Suzanne saw in Hawaii.

I did some free form, and some inside squares, and played with perls and tipples and dots. Some thick lines, some thin, some smooth, some rough


possible tattoo ideas
for a co-worker

Well, in one swap bot exchange, an Australian tangler named Jane, sent me some papers that she had colored using Margaret Bremner's bio technique.

and with all the naturally curvy coloration here, I decided to use it for this challenge.

But first, here are pictures of grandkids:

 Like, my granddaughter Nodge (aka Nadia)...she is 7 going on 17, as you can see. Here, our girls day out, having a cone at Baskin-Robbins, looking like a movie star.

(btw, I also have a 14 year old. Grandchild. Yes. Young lil me, with a teenaged grandson. But I don't have his picture, due to his leaving the room when cameras get pointed. Aidan, whose name backwards is...NADIA, his little sister)
little chick a pet
and here Nodge is, chilling in the kiddy pool, up camping a couple weeks ago.

Oh! I made a feather the other night:

I could do this all day!

This is bracket feather, one of Helen Williams' patterns. I relaxed with it after work one evening this past week. aaahhhhh.

but wait, what about the baby!

 Did I post this picture already? but isn't it just the most beautiful Madonna ever? From baby's first week home.

Little snuggle buggle

And here he is, with his daddy, up camping. He got a tummy ache that weekend, and spent a lot of time being held belly down by everyone in camp.

GG (my mom) holding little fuss pants

Crumple Rose comfort
 Tangling in the evening has been a really good down time thing to do. Get my mind off the LITERALLY brain frying training at work.

Good Stuff.

I started with another comfort tangle, Mooka, and spent the evening filling a page.

Mooka, hollibaugh, rain, N'zeppel, tripoli, Printemps, fescu, cypresses, spirally stuff.

Okay, so what did I end up doing for the Diva Challenge, besides play around with Aloha?

 I wanted to maintain the exquisite coloring on this paper, so I kept the design light. Aloha, with some embellishments in the leaves, along with tipple and scruffle, some orbsladee and curvy stuff along the bottom, and a few drifts of that delicate pattern Tring.

Some Msst here and there. Some falling leaves. Curves galore...I LOVE the curvy Aloha!

and here's some more bebeh:

gee whiz, what a cutie!

He just turned three months old and more fun every day. I got to go over last Sunday and hold him pretty much all afternoon while his mom did housework and took a shower. And hung out, talking our faces off. What a pleasant day.

 Tricky little feller...fall asleep while being held and then wake up alert, calm, and cheerful the moment you put him down. 

 soooo...YaYa held him for the long nap...three hours, no lie, and wonderful every moment of it!

But I also held him for all the short naps, too. Little angoo baboo love bean!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Black & White Week

well well, I'm getting a blog post done midweek, not on Saturday ha!

I've settled in to some steady tangle time, after work, after dinner, using that time to sit and tangle.

This week, I managed to do three challenges, and they all managed to be "classic zentangle" with a tile (drawn into my sketchbook), a string, and patterns all in black ink on white paper, with shading!

And here they are

The Diva Challenge:

Jessica Davies, who gave us the wonderful heart challenge last week, has gone one step further to a REAL CHALLENGE...using Peaknuckle! ack!

But I found out how EXTREMELY cool that tangle is, when I played with it. I love that you put S's down in columns, and when you're finished, there's nary a trace of S's, just lovely curvy cascades.

This is the string I created, and here is the tile:

Peaknuckle is in the upper right and lower left, with Indyrella, Flux, Niuroda, Florz, and Diva Dance. Once I put the shading!

the Joey challenge has a guest blogger, too: Susie (whose style I absolutely adore)

She gave us a start, with a very unique string, and some Asian Fan in there.

This is what I did for that challenge:

I had a hard time knowing what to do, so after I got the string and Asian Fan start, I put it aside for a day, then came back to it. I put a dangling Domizil in there, then *tried* to make something graphic and bold (that's those leafy looking things to the right of the Asian Fans)...but though they don't look anything like the pattern I was trying for, they are still kinda cute and quirky. I might develop those later.

Aloha by Suzanne Fluhr is that large shiny leaf looking thing, and then some Sevaw in the background, and some bubbly tipple down there on the right.

One last challenge, just to myself...I got the idea from Susie, who is going through the refreshers on Tangle Patterns. So this one is Refresher 157 with  Molygon, ZooLoo, Tattle, and Wocar. Natti is part of that refresher, but I couldn't get it to fit at all.

   ZooLoo is the one on the bottom left, with a larger individual motif in the center....FUN! and I like the way it turns out. Wocar is the upper left and I don't fancy it much. Tattle was fun, too. Getting back into the pile of tangles is a good thing, man. 

I did do one colored tile, using that delightful string from last week's Joey Challenge:

This dark blood it needed something dramatic and I think all that onomato on a swirl just works. :) 

and now for two baby pictures

I'm not so sure about you

How did you get SO cynical, so young!

Isn't he just something? In both of these pictures, he looks exactly like his dad. hahahaha! and it was his dad who had him in the carrier. This was at the family reunion. His name tag says Orion, Heidi's Grandson.

Fun times!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Heart of my Heart

Wow my new job is not giving me as much time to blog as I used to have...nor tangle as much, either. It's real nice to be sitting at a desk, with a little bit of time between calls with pretty much free rein with what we were allowed to do...I tangled non-stop back in those days :)

The new job, no down time, and besides I'm in training and still doing new employee stuff, and such. And I earned beaucoup bucks this past week. And that's alright with me.

So, I did get a couple of challenges done, and a couple of swap bot swaps sent.

The Diva this week has a guest blogger Jessica Davies, whose recent bout with heart issues drove her to many meditative "heart" tiles and tangles. She did beautiful things, and challenged us to use a heart string.

This is what I did:
Hollibaugh Heart

And here is a picture for you: bebeh feet!

I LOVED the challenge at Joey's this time. Michele Wynne is the guest blogger while Joey takes the summer off and if you haven't seen Michele's blog post about it, get on over there now!. Some mighty impressive and inspirational stuff there...thanks, Michele!

The challenge is centered on a string: Rope by Margaret Bremner.

                                                                                 I mean I want to make a dozen tiles with this string and do them all! woo!

And this is what I made of it:

this is in my sketchbook on a tile sized section. It's going to be one of those when I go back through old sketchbooks, I'll be so happy to see this one again. It was fun to do, and I think it's quite enjoyable to look at.

Telis in the upper left and bottom center; flux; a version of b'tweed; remo; pinbawl with nippa; echoism; b'tweed; more telis, and flux with lots of auras. The shading on this...sigh...shading is magic.

at a recent family reunion, my Aunt Dorothy wanted to hold the baby. :) she walked around with him a bit then sat down and he fell asleep SOLID...and so did her arm! ha!

and here he is on another shoulder, looking around some more. My little angel baby. Slurp!

I got to feed Orion second breakfast today, and he fell asleep in my arms. When I put him into his little seat, his hands startled, but he stayed asleep...

his hands stayed all up and alert for a long time!
Now, back to tangle stuff.

Here are a couple of things I've sent on for swap bot:

this is all about the ATC, with a Bee theme. Since bunso has always reminded me of bees it came to mind immediately.

And, with the ATC I decorated a notecard to send along, and inspired by the heart theme from the Diva, and flat out mimicking something I saw on a blog somewhere, made this heart and ribbons...and LOOKATIT! I was absolutely delighted with how that shading turned out!

One more....

This is a first round for a pass & paste...I can't wait to get it back, some time, when everyone else gets a chance to put something.

So, hopefully I'll get used to my new schedule quickly, and be able to post things before Saturday in upcoming weeks...meanwhile...

Who melts my heart? Orion Isaac Spencer Hartley, that's sweetest angel baby love bean.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Diva and Joey and Pass and Paste! And Orion!

there's a few here today. I'm including the Diva Challenge and Joey's,, but I thought I'd lead with a challenge on swap bot, because there are a few people who might be interested to see how the "pass and paste" turned out.

Pass and paste is similar to the Traveling Tangles project, but it involves four artists and a "round robin" type postcard. You make a blank postcard out of card stock, divided into four sections, and the first artist creates something in one of the squares. Four lines on the back, where each artist can put their name, or something about what they've created. Then you put your own address ans a stamp on it, slip it in an envelope, and mail it to the next person, who does something in one of the squares USING AN ELEMENT OR TWO from the completed squares, and then sends it to the next, until all four sections are filled up. Neat, eh?

In my case, I got a card that already had three squares filled in, and I did the lower right square to finish it, and I just popped it in the mail to Barbara, whose address was on it.

This is what I received:

Lots of Knightsbridge some Onomato, I see Tagh, Hollibaugh, Aah, Tipple, Well, and I JUST LOVE the pearlized perfs in the upper right. The impressive, swirly pattern in the upper right...I think that is Joki...Cecily, could you correct me if I'm wrong?

Oh! and the red roses are fabric that have been appliqued to the card...neat, huh?

Well, using some of the patterns straight off these sections, I went for it:

the roses inspired me, so I made a bunch of String Roses

a tutorial for string roses here

then wanted something water looking, so Nippa which continued the curve started in Knightsbridge...and I did teeny tiny Knightsbridge "under" the nippa. Then I picked up the Well from the upper right, Tagh from the upper left, with Beelight curves in there, and finished off with some Hollibaugh in the very back. This was fun to do, and I've put two "starts" in the mail, and can hardly wait to see what everyone does with them.

I also created something for the Diva Challenge this week. The theme was "home"...well, I live in a high rise apartment, on the fifth floor, so I started with that (Dex):

check that Cubine in there...don't know why, just wanted it in there.

Then I put in favorite patterns (the ones I feel 'at home' with, eh?) such as Hollibaugh, Fricle, N'Zeppel, Flux, Shnek, Jute, some more Nippa with a few individual Cypresses swirls, and ribbons, with black perfs. Oh...Printemps!And for a change of pace, I did all my shading with pen rather than favorite part is where Hollibaugh and Printemps are playing together.

And at long last I come back to the Joey Challenge...she presented us with an auraknot string, and asked us to do stars. I was just in the mood for Auraknot, so that's what I did, after putting the string on a sort of splotchy tile:

with some tipple in the corners...If I were to use a tile like this again, I'd incorporate the splotchiness into the string more. But...this isn't too bad. Oh, there's Hollibaugh weaving in among the auraknot auras, too.

Orion started smiling last week! what fun!

Oh....I LIKE you, Opa!

full of smiles

Wylie makes a great Opa

the wonderful thing about this boy right now is that he wants to be held while sleeping...mama doesn't think it's all that great but every Gramma I've talked to about this says Yay! babies asleep in arms! I mean, we even managed a big shopping day the other day...when Mama was trying on things, YaYa held the baby...and when I needed to select and try on, Mama held him. He made it through a feeding and two naps while we circulated around the thrift store. Just wonderful!
well aren't you interesting to look at.