Thursday, May 17, 2018

Short and Sweet

Trying this from my Amazon Fire. Let's see how I do!

Orion turned one! Can you even believe it!

I'm sure mom will appreciatappreciatee the genuine wooden mallet!











Yummy cake!

The Joey challenge combined really well with the Diva challenge: use auras. Turned out fun, and looks like some floating seedling on a calm eddy.
Pickpocket. Reminds me of trees
with their arms around each other.

The button technique


From the Traveling Tangled Project. The start from Megan White was so ribbony. I loved doing this one!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Celebrating Amanda Day

It's been a fun couple of weeks. Including the tangling I've been doing.

 
I started with the Diva Amanda Day challenge. Rummaged in my recycle bin and grabbed a drink mix box (I do NOT drink this stuff, Wylie does)...broke it down, and the four elements spoke to me: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.



Earth is green
Water is blue
Fire...a Sunray!
Air is white and black




The Air panel, that strip of white Tipple is actually the glue from breaking down the box. Arundel is the pattern, which reminds me of a window, to look out onto the airy sky?

Fire is a sunray string in orange tones. I aimed for swirly or curvy rays. Alternated with black.

Water is mainly Crest, with some Bublz and Tipple.

Earth is Dublin, Pokeroot and Pokeleaf, a tangleation of  Mooka, I guess. But those globes! I love those globes!








And then I cut it into bookmarks. I may just sneak into the library and plant these among the stacks!
 No shoes, thanks!

Orion's mom and dad took after his YaYa (me) and have left him shoeless his whole life. When we went outside, I thought he'd be happier with shoes on.


I was wrong.
barefoot is better
He worked on his microbe intake...building that immune system! Nom nom, dirt!




CHINA LIGHTS

I like this camel. Look at his wavy hump hair!

 
One weeknight in April, my mom, my granddaughter Nadia, and I went to China Lights, the Chinese lantern festival that has been in Salt Lake. Oh! It was so cool, once the sun went down! And the small entertainment was very enjoyable.

you can find inspiration in so many places

The dragon was as big as the whole center quad.
 we had a great time.

The back side of some tissue dyed paper

The Milky Way!



Wylie and I went to an AMAZING concert, Postmodern Jukebox. All I can say is WOW! What a show they put on, with vintage covers of all kinds of current songs. I had the time of my life, up close to the stage, dancing, singing along, and enjoying myself thoroughly. 

This is from Joey's challenge last week. I haven't started the one for this week. Enjoying this series a LOT! I call this Trellis
 
 A start, and my finish, from the Traveling Tangles Project on FB.


Oooh! I really liked this one. It is a scratch off, and I used a chopstick on it.
Fronds is the pattern and rainbow ombre is the background.




Now THIS is cool. I found a unique book on Amazon, called "Wreck this Journal"...each page has an instruction (including "break the spine" and "tear this page out and throw it away") *gulp*
But the instruction on this page was "collect the stamps from all your mail"...and I had OODLES of envelopes from all over the world, thanks to the Traveling Tangles Project...and look how COOL that is! Stamps from all over the US, plus Belgium, Singapore, Australia, and Russia! I'm enjoying this book a lot. Today I worked on the page for documenting what I ate...splatters, dribbles, drops of guacamole, rice, beans, queso...hahahaha! fun! And messy, and quite freeing. 

This is the Whitney Siblings, and their spouses. My sister Hilary is in the foreground, her husband Curt, then me, then Wylie. My brother Dave is to the right with his wife Marcie. The head...we didn't really know who that was but he didn't mind us taking our pic with him.

We ate out at the best Mexican restaurant in town, then strolled around the International Peace Garden, which was created when the Olympics came to town. What an enjoyable evening!...Yeah, it's been a busy few weeks. Busy in the best possible way. 

And here you see all the starts that I haven't gotten to yet, so I guess that means I'll get off the computer and get busy in another WONDERFUL way!




Thursday, April 19, 2018

Catching Up

It's been a few weeks. Let's get started!

Opa's Hat
I may have posted this one, but isn't it worth another look? What a beauty boy!

Okay, I had a down day and got caught up with all the Joey "Front and Center" challenges.
I want to keep these tangles as the main star so I plan on keeping it pretty simple with all of the
Front and Center challenges:

 Cadent and some Beadline accompany Joeys Mak-rah-mee.
Reminds me of a tumbleweed on a wall.
 The second challenge was Breach. I added some Sanibelle and Zinger and
ended up with a light flighty butterfly!
This week's Front and Center was Relly Telly One. I put it on a bed of
KnightsBridge, done two ways. 


One thing I did in the past few weeks was to take some pictures of a grand old building in my home town. It is a fascinating edifice, with great patterns and designs etched into the sandstone of its building blocks.



This is the clock tower. The building and its grounds take up a whole city block.

It still chimes the hour and the half hour in dowtown SLC, Utah.
Took this picture aiming at the arch, with its edge of alternating squares, and the edge above the leaf/scrollwork with faces, the triangles along the edge but when I looked at the picture, I LOVED the checkerboard of smooth and rough squares, that I didn't even notice because I was focusing on the arch!

This is what gave me the idea for Knightsbridge on the Joey challenge for this week. 

But isn't the work of those old stone masons so impressive! 








Here's the hat on its original owner. Baby Opa connection.

This week's Diva Challenge is a duotangle: Shattuck vs. Tripoli. I almost didn't do it, because I've never been able to get into Tripoli. I flub it every time and it turns out not looking all that cool. But regardless, I had a bookmark cut out of some tissue dyed paper.


Front of the paper



Shattuck vs. Tripoli (1)

The really cool thing about this last batch was the bleed through, so here is the other side of the same bookmark:

Sparkly back of the bookmark
Shattuck vs Tripoli (2)


Because of how pretty the dye bleed through looked, I wanted to make sure the colors weren't hidden, so I kept i light with the patterns. I think this will make a wonderful little hidden treasure in a library book.

This is wider than a normal bookmark, but it's a favorite recent piece. I was going to cut down the center to make two bookmarks of it, but I really like how it looks as a whole, and it is too broad for a bookmark so I'll think of something else for it. I like looking at it.






This was a fun Traveling Tangle, with the start from Pat Floerke, and my finish below. Those little bugs just appeared all of a sudden. 

Cute!













April Flowers Bring Ladybugs!


Some serious watching going on there, bud.

 Orion Loves the Garbage Truck.

And with that I finish. Thanks for reading. Thanks for comments! I lurve comments.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Paradox Dance



HI Eggybuggy!

This happy boy has taken his first steps.

So it's been a busy week for Orion, and mama and dad-oo. And me.

Let's start right off the bat with the Diva Challenge: Paradox Monotangle. Boy did I have fun with this! I started with the frame and then created squares and triangles inside, and went for it. I thought about some embellishments such as perfs or other ribbon tangles inside some of the "blades" but then thought better of it...Paradox is so cool looking on its own, eh? 


This is a bijou tile, from a Traveling Tangles Happy Mail...I finished with Wud and some swirly thing, along with the flowery looking thing in the upper corner. Some white gel on the perfs. 




I just loved the rich, warm tones of the paper!




Looking SO earnest! 


Patterns: Diva Dance, Pillows, Cubine, Crest, Opus, Telis, Onomato, Fescu, Tipple
Now, here is the entry for Joey's challenge...she "started" us with Diva Dance, and I turned it and it just shouted "ocean waves" to me so of course I put a building in there.
When I was done, I noticed that there were lots of 3's...three curves on the Opus, three waves of Crest, three rounded smashed looking flower looking things. 
So I call this "Threes" 









From my sketchbook. I started with all those Onomato orbs on the left and sort of just went wherever with it. I may add some shading. 

This is another Traveling Tangle, from the March "Flower" theme. I added PokeLeaf, PokeRoot, Toodles, PixieOzie, and Zinger. 

the start, from Linda Levin Brown
  There was a piece of plain blue paper in the happy mail...and I decided to do Bales all over it



  For Bales, I start with a dot grid, and do the "inner" shape first...as you put them in the grid, Bales begins to form.


This is how that one ended up :) 




Dude, why so skeptical? hahahahaha!
















And that is all for this week. 
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