Saturday, September 23, 2017

Comfort Tangles

Greetings, readers.

well it's been a week, and that's no lie. I'll start at the beginning.

A few weeks ago my son, who has bipolar disorder, flipped out and got physically abusive with his wife. He shifted from a sofa here to a floor there, various places until finally one of his cousins drove him to the ER and when they saw him, they admitted him, flat out. After 72 hours of stabilization and observation, he was released and has nowhere to go. His wife won't have him back, the cousins are all bad news and staying with them will be extremely unhealthy, and he is refusing to take a bed at a shelter. :( My homeless son. I am so sad for him.

That's the short version. Needless to say, this has been a huge worry for me this month. But so many times I've been able to get to a place of quiet and ease with my tangling...

The Guest blogger for the Diva this week gave us the assignment to choose cozy tangles. Well, I had already pretty much filled up a page of my sketchbook one evening, keeping cozy and de-stressing, so this is what I chose for that challenge:

I don't know what the frond like one is called, maybe Fronds? and of course the delightful Muscari. I call this one "Relaxation on Paper" because it gave me focus and kept me in the NOW for quite some time.

Thank goodness for this little hobby when things in life are dark.

And gratitude also for the wonderful things in the baby getting back from Denver:

He found his feet!

This one makes me laugh.

His dad gave him a teether that looks like ribs! ha!

and his mom gave him blueberry puree
for his first solids. 
Hee hee hee!

Ain't life grand!

I also finished the current tile for Joey's nine tile montage challenge...then realized something. Lemme splain...

This is how I laid it out and put a string on it...but when I got to the sixth ATC, I found that the string doesn't connect with the bottom tile at all!...

so I got looking at the color pattern and thought...hmmm

Is this how it should go? because there's some warmer tones at the top of tiles 1-3...and there are some connections with the string, too!

Maybe this is the best arrangement:


Well anyway, no mistakes in zentangle. I'll figure out something. 
Meanwhile, here is my sixth tile for the Joey challenge

Ginili was the featured tangle, which is one of my favorites. It goes really well with Suzanne Fluhr's Aloha...which I didn't use here hahahaha but it is always worth a mention. 

So, you can see how the bottom of the tile has no string, which should be there to attach it to tile #9 in a few weeks. 


well, I'll figure it out. 
My daughter told me my montage reminds her of An Octopus's Garden in the Shade.

What do you think?

Garr, that sixth tile is OUT OF PLACE!!!
Other delights of the week:


This on my FB feed...the holy family: Joseph playing with the Baby Jesus, and Mary reading, while the Ass eats the halo and the Ox is trying to figure out how to do the same. I just LOVE this image.


This is Anne.

Years ago, in the era of dial up, I was a member of a religious discussion group Renewing Your Mind. It was the first discussion forum I ever joined. That forum went away in 2001, to all of our deep sadness, but we continued in a different venue, still discussing every kind of thing...such as the vastly important thread about which is better, bagpipes or fiddles. Or what is the difference between red shift and blue shift (THE Tim Bergland has a blue shift...just so you know) (or was it periwinkle)

There I met (online) many people whom I have counted as friends for decades...and this year I met TWO OF THEM!

This is Byron
Anne was in town a week ago for a DoTerra conference, and Byron came to town this past week for something with his job. So, last week Anne and I went to the Blue Iguana, and yesterday Byron and I ate at the Red Iguana. Yum! and what a blessing to meet IRL these wonderful people who have been a very real part of my life for so many years.

I've met two others, a few years ago. Eleanor who came to Utah as part of a geological tour of the West, and Valerie who crashed at my place on her way across country to move to Moscow, Idaho from Maryland.

One of the great assets of the internet for us introverted types is that we get to connect with people without the draining effects of ACTUAL HUMAN CONTACT! But seriously, these people are FRIENDS that I treasure, and I hope to meet many more of them. Maybe some day I'll do some sofa surfing back east and visit ALL THE PEEPS!


While waiting for the Trax
A few days later, walking from the bus stop to work

Now, with these kinds of sunrises, AND there was a full out rainbow a few days ago, isn't it worth it to have a little bit of time waiting for public transport to get to work?


When I got home from work day before yesterday, I noticed out the side of my eye, that someone had left the end table light barely registered as I was absorbed in something or other. Then when I did look up WOW!

Wylie. He is REALLY good at gifts. But doesn't it make a pretty picture with my jumble there on the table? 


better than candy

toodle-ooh...ttfn...later, gator...see ya when I look atcha...byeeee.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Quickly Now

This will be a quick one. I couldn't go back to sleep so I got up and decided to do a blog post. is a link to my newest pattern BOSCH  

I used it in a regular zentangle tile with N'zeppel
Bales, Leaflet, and Neuron

My challenges:

The Diva assigned square strings this week.

 My string...gee wiz, my wobbly border!

 I decided, since the string was squares, that I would use patterns featuring circles...Onomato with a few Scruffles, Nippa, Hopscotch, Go4th, Widgets...and then saw Equare, but it needed Wud eh?

I did do Joey's challenge last week, but haven't got it done for this week yet.

I'll have a pic with everything together, next time.

Then, because I was still in bosch mode, I decided to do the String thing challenge (but I didn't enter it)

Jetties, Lollywimple, Purk...and I threw Bosch into the mix
And then, since I was in the mood for my own patterns, I created a page with ONLY my patterns on it:

Torsdag, Starsket, Flysh, Tso, Spie, Nugget, Gala, Pillarph, Bosch

In the Traveling Tangle world I had the MOST delightful surprise, as Sue Bailey posted a long ago swap, with her finish:

Isn't this SO impressive! I love it!

And, my final swap bot swap: an avocado themed ATC:

this goes out tomorrow

this arrived yesterday

Of course, the big news all week was Hurricane Irma, and I made this with all that mayhem in mind:

Niuroda, N'zeppel, Diva Dance, Tipple, Printemps,
some triskadons and some triangles.

The new family has been out of town for two weeks, helping Orion's other gramma after knee surgery, so i don't have new pics...but these will do.

I sure do miss him.

see you next time!

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Recently, while surfing the web, I came across a VERY cool interactive website, featuring Bosch art. If you didn't already know this, Hieronymous Bosch had a very strange, oddball style. Extremely detailed, funky, quirky, strange, odd.

He was a prolific artist, and all of his stuff was just as wonky and odd, with many details, that you can look at for a long time and see something new every time you look. 

The interactive website is well worth visiting, too. 

Looking at the website, I can just picture him with a variety of brushes and colors, delighting in tucking details in corners, and letting his imagination go wild. 

Well, in exploring this painting on that website, I came across this exquisite little detail

Those disc shaped leaves caught me right up, and I grabbed my sketchbook. This is what I made:


 It works better to start with the circles before adding the stems, and weighting the lines is important. I think it would make a really good filler.

Getting Caught Up

Missed posting last week, but I did a couple of challenges so here we go.

Last week's Diva Challenge was to make a four tile mandala. I started with four tiles, cut out of multi-media paper:

I just put them together and plopped a cup on the four corners and voila! Off center! So I ran with it.

Here is the finished project:

Let's see here, what did I use...

there's b'tweed here, and Meer. Schnek along the edge of Meer, and the swirly weighted curls...I'm sure somewhere it is an official pattern, but I call it Smoke. In the center, who knows...but I added a little bit of striping and some perls.


 This one has carpet flower, umble, modern nippa, pixioze, and hollibaugh.

Omigosh, this is my favorite! Cubine, Leaflet, Agni, Coil...also, this is where I put the Joki in the edge which I then went back and added to the other tiles.

This one, I used beadlines in the center, then my Torsdag, and my friend Dave's Pinbawl. The Joki with some Fricle on the edge. I like how airy this section is.

That was a fun challenge. I just didn't get to my computer for any length of time last week.

Now, Joey has us doing a montage, using nine tiles, and stringing over all nine, then each week she gives us a pattern we must use. I took a page from Michele Wynn's book, and decided to use ATC's.

But first! A baby picture😀

Hi Eggybuggy

My Favorite Thing: dyeing paper. 
And then I cut it up into ATC's...

the first week was African Artist:

I also did some funky coils
and there's a little bit of BB in there.
Notice that stripe.
The second Joey Week was Maryhill
WHAT a fun tangle!
I also laid down some striping in
AquaFleur style,
and filled the white spaces with tipple.
Notice the Cruffle up there in the corner.

and this is the third week,
which is Cruffle..and old comfort food tangle
See the little segments of Maryhill edging in. 

Here the three of them, together.
I couldn't fit them crossways in my camera. 

Eclipse day! Okay, first of all, looking at the eclipse through the glasses was WAY 
cool. But check out the tree shade! Wow!
I want to make up a pattern of it.

But, I DID make up a pattern based on some Bosch detail.

From The Garden of Earthly Delights

So, I love the disc shapes of these leaves. And I got out my sketchbook:

I think I'll call it Bosch

This week's Diva Challenge is from guest tangler Jane Reiter, who found a pattern in nature. Petoskey Stones, to be exact. Neat!
I had so much fun with this. A wonky hex grid, and various fillers and patterns inside...FUN!

I could do this all day. :) 

And of course, I hung out with grandkids...


He actually stayed asleep when I put him down

So glad I woke up early this morning. Some quiet time, and enough to post a blog.