Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Such A Hearty Week

Valentines Day is approaching and there seem to be a lot of heart-themed tangles coming out to try. The Diva Challenge #204 is to create a "Valentangle". I decided to draw in the round and add some pinks and reds. As you can see, my zendala tile was bent a little, but I wanted to use it. I suppose I could cut around the flower shape. Hmmm, not a bad idea, then I could build up a 3D tile. Or not.

Herzlbee by Beate Winkler, 

I've been wanting to try more of the Bijou in a standard Zentangle tile. I'm still not real happy with it, but I'm slowly getting there. A bit more practice, I think.

Heartstrings by Helen Williams, Diva Dance by Maria Thomas

I also wanted to give a Talavera Tile a go. Getting excited about heading to Santa Fe in April for TangleU (A CZT only event). The tiles we create, and will be swapping, are inspired by the Talavera ceramic tiles. Here's my first attempt.

Talavera Tile

I think that I've been enjoying adding some bright colors since we've been hammered by snow and cold lately. It looks very black and white outside so bringing in some color is very pleasing.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A little of this and a little of that

Weekends are just not long enough with so much to do. Here it is Saturday night and I want to get this written up so I can post my tangle for Moebius Syndrome Awareness Week. It's for Diva's #201 challenge.

I've been keeping up with my Tangle A Day calendar (except for today's, of course) and the last couple of days I've been playing with the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo.
I like the 22nd better, but wanted to play with Rixty over and under, so we have the 23rd.

One of my sons gave me a wood burning set for Christmas and I finally got it out and played with it. What fun! I also bought myself a kid's mandala maker a while back and this is what I created today:

I created the above design starting with this kit by Ravensburger.

And just for fun, here's my pup, Scotia, making snow angels and playing fetch. She certainly loves the snow.

Time for bed. I have a big day tomorrow. First it's off to cross-country ski for the morning to help raise money for Vermont folks in need of help with their heating costs. If you'd like to help, you can add a small (or large) donation here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Catching Up with Hitch/Oke and a whole lot more

Oh boy, it has been way too long since I last posted. Life just marched right along and I must have been caught up in it all. Well, it's 2015 and I'm ready to try to get back to blogging.

I'm going to go backwards a bit here, I hope you can bear with me. The reason I got back into it is because of wanting to tangle this week's Diva Challenge. This week we are to use Heidi Sue's Hitch pattern. Here I used it with Oke by Michele B:

Last month was Christmas and all the preparation that goes with it. I decided to give my mother-in-law an advent calendar that I tangled every "door" and put a photo behind each one. It took a long time but it was well worth it. She enjoyed her present very much. Here's the finished piece (click on it to see larger version). I bought the calendar from Gardener's Supply. You can see a close up of all the tangled doors by going to my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MacKugler.

DIY Advent Calendar

I bought 2 calendars but only got around to tangling one this year. I guess that I better start now for next year's. It really was a lot of fun to create and even more fun to share photos of the doors with my friends.

Sometime during this creating frenzy of mine, I bought a cool drawing toy. It's called an Original Mandala-Designer by Ravensburger. I got the classic design. Oh what fun it is to play with! I've been having fun creating fun mandalas. The Zendala tiles fit nicely in the designer.

A bit of zentangle and color added, put it in a frame and took it to the gallery and it was sold! Fun stuff.

I better stop while I'm ahead here. It's good to be back on the blogging scene again. Hopefully I will be chatting with you folks again soon. Thanks for stopping by. Happy new year.