Saturday, February 23, 2013

What a quandary

This week's Diva Challenge is to create a tile using a new official zentangle pattern called Quandary. It's an interesting pattern, keeping one's mind thinking of triangles, or groups of three. It's easy to try to create the flower shapes but then one can get lost. To get back on track I had to remember the triangle. Keep present. Breathe. Enjoy the beauty as it unfolds.

It was certainly a lot of fun to play with. I have a few forms of Quandary, Zedbra, Keenees, a variation of Chillon, and ? (sorry, can't remember the name of the tangle used inside the huge Quandary).

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Year of the Snake

In the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake. After doing a little research, I found this on The Cosmic Element and Color of 2013 year of Snake
The 2013 year of Snake is Water Snake, Water Snakes are lucky with finances, they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends.They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others.
The colour of the 2013 year of Snake is Black. Black color is the Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of Snake to plan everything beforehand, and evaluate adequately before taking any actions. You need to be more careful and cautious than ever. 

Here is my entry for Diva's Year of the Snake challenge:

I used Scoodle, Golven, and Sand Swirl.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nemo in VT

Well, we didn't get as much snow as our southern neighbors, but the 10-12" was good enough to put people back in good spirits. You see, in Vermont we like to see the snow. It means that the skiing, snowboarding, sledding is much better. People come visit to play in our snow at our ski areas and parks. They buy groceries, stay at our inns, eat at our restaurants, buy gas, and go to our unique stores. Everyone seems to get in better moods. We like snow.

I do feel sorry for the folks in MA, CT, RI and southern NY whom are not quite as prepared for the snow (and they got a lot more than we did). I hope that they can get shoveled, plowed out and life can resume as it should. In the mean time, I did see a lot of pictures of people playing in the snow which warmed my heart a bit.

Speaking of hearts, I went for a snowshoe hike on a local lake this afternoon and decided to try another snowshoe art a la Simon Beck. Unfortunately I didn't have a camera with me (or a high enough vantage point to shoot a picture from), but when I got home I told my husband that his valentine card is at the lake. Hmmmmm. When I got home and got rested, I decide to draw my snow art.

The inner design is what I tromped out in the snow. The outer design (LOVEtangle) I added for the drawing.

Fun in the snow, with an added bonus: exercise!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dansk Challenge and the helmet

This week's Diva Challenge is a UMT, or Use My Tangle challenge. Margaret Bremner, CZT had entered her own tangle, Dansk, to be used in Laura's challenge and it has been chosen this week.

Margaret said that she got the idea of Dansk from a soap dispenser in a friend's bathroom. You never know when those designs will hit you!

I saw the challenge on Monday morning and then as I was walking in to work I noticed that someone had an interesting shoe sole pattern in the snow. Ha, look at that! It's the beginning of Dansk!

When I got home from work I took out a tile and began my tangling. I decided to do a mono tangle of Dansk.

Last week I told you I was tangling my husband's ski helmet. Well, it's almost finished. All I need to do is apply some automotive clear coat to it and (hopefully) it will be done. He has gone out and skied with it as is and it seems to be holding up quite well. Lots of people have been attracted to the helmet and he has been kindly giving out my business cards. Who knows? Perhaps someone else would love a  hand designed tangled topper!

Egads! I almost forgot! Do you want a chance to win one of Carole Ohl, CZT's Tangle A Day calendars? If so, go on over to Diva Laura's site to enter. I'm in! It's a great calendar for you to tangle in.
Good luck.

Until next time......tangle on!