Sunday, December 30, 2012

Zentangle kickstarters

Every now and then I post a Zentangle kickstarter (four random tangle patterns drawn from the tangle jar) on my facebook page in case anybody wants/needs a little tangly inspiration. 

Here's a scan of my last one, made infinitely more interesting in Photoshop. 
Zentangle kickstarter #4... 
girlande, popsicles, tearce, sand swirl.

Off to post #5... hmm, wonder what patterns I'll draw next? 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

give it away, give it away now.

Hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was white... NBD. *jumping up and down*

Paul and I like to go out and drive around on the rare occasion when it snows. The roads were better today than yesterday, but people in Texas often appear to forget about the kind of ice you can't see... like this poor guy. See the red near the middle of the shot? That's a car.

well... maybe he's got flood insurance.

testing out my snow boots.

 a few houses in our 'hood...

  A cute little Mexican imports place on the way to my parents' house.

A pretty tree in a random neighborhood. 

  Normally this pond is loaded with quackers and turtles.

My parents' house... 

Christmas lights shining through the snow.

Now that Christmas is over, I can focus on the other things I have up my sleeve. I'm really looking forward to the coming year.

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SPOILER ALERT... if you are involved in Karen Izzi's bookmark swap or Patsy Monk's postcard swap, close this window now. Or you're gonna RUIN your surprise.

Don't say I didn't warn you... 

I *did* try. 

Yeah, I probably wouldn't have listened either.

My entries for Karen's Zentangle bookmark swap.
These bookmarks are blingy. If you believe in the tangle fairy, you should be able to see the sparkle in the pics. I punched holes and added some light blue organza ribbon after scanning them. 

A true Zentangle can be turned in any direction and still looks right. Because there is no up or down in Zentangle. But if there was... the bookmark on the right would be upside down. If you stand on your head or turn your monitor/mobile device upside down, then you shall be one with the bookmark.


My entries for Patsy's (1.1.13 themed) postcard swap...

Alice was not technically on my list of people to send to, but I had an extra puzzle card and she's a friend o' mine, so she's getting one anyway. 

The names are written on the envelopes. After I scanned these I broke up the puzzles and sealed them...sure hope they travel well. One of them is going to Queensland.

I'll post the ones I get in the mail so y'all can see. I may or may not have opened the first one already (and it's lovely!). 

Here's wishing you a safe and happy new year's! See you next year! :o)

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Friday, December 21, 2012

a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

I won't say much about last week's shooting, but this is my tribute to the victims... and all the lives they touched, which will never be the same again.

In memory of Ana Marquez-Greene

 In memory of Allison Wyatt

 In memory of Anne Marie Murphy

 In memory of Avielle Richman

In memory of Benjamin Wheeler

In memory of Catherine Hubbard

 In memory of Caroline Previdi

In memory of Charlotte Bacon

 In memory of Chase Kowalski

In memory of Daniel Barden

In memory of Dawn Hochsprung

In memory of Dylan Hockley

In memory of Emilie Parker

 In memory of Jack Pinto

 In memory of Grace McDonnell

In memory of Jessica Rekos

In memory of James Mattioli

 In memory of Josephine Gay

In memory of Lauren Rosseau

In memory of Mary Sherlach

 In memory of Madeleine Hsu

In memory of Noah Pozner

In memory of Jesse Lewis

In memory of Olivia Engel

In memory of Rachel Davino

In memory of Victoria Soto

In memory of Nancy Lanza. 
Although she didn't die at Sandy Hook Elementary, she is still a victim, and I cannot even imagine what her daily life with Adam must have been like. If there can be anything good about her untimely death, it's that she did not survive to see her own son murder 20 innocent children and the six adults who gave their lives trying to protect them. 

There are hearts in every tile because even though they are memorial pieces, they will (hopefully) be decorating the new school where the remaining Sandy Hook students will be. I want those kids to be reminded every day that they are loved and cherished. I added touches of subtle stardust ink on each one to symbolize hope, because it's always there. Even if you can't see it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Weekly Challenge #99: Guest Post - String Challenge v. XI "Looped Border String Challenge"

#99 already! Guest blogger Margaret Bremner has provided this week's challenge: draw an inward-looping border, so that an inner string is created at the same time and no additional lines are needed within the border to separate the different tangle patterns.


If you would like to experiment further with unusual strings, click here.