Saturday, June 21, 2014

Diva Challenge & String Thing

When I first saw the string for String Thing 45 this week I saw it as a woodburned piece so found a 4" x 4" piece and got started.  Mostly happy with it - would have preferred a bit more dimension on the inside but I'm OK as it is - it's always a good day when I can do a little pyrography.

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String Thing 45

Tangles: Dooleedo, Demi, and Dex

Completed last week's String Thing 44 a little too late to enter it.  Initially I stopped and thought it was finished in the first photo but the more I looked at it the more incomplete it felt.  It also didn't have much eye appeal for me - felt like the 'nzeppel was too big.  I let it sit for awhile and then decided to fill in the background.  It looks better but....  The reason I'm posting it is that it ended up fulfilling another challenge.

The Sketchbook Project folks have started another project called Challenge Accepted - this week it was to find an X and post it via one of their options.  It was down to the last day and I still had not found an X.  I have walking poles by Exerstrider and in desparation was going to cross those but before I got around to that I saw the String 44 tile on my work table and B.A.M!  I saw the X.  The whole time I'd been working on it I'd never seen the X.

String Thing 44

Tangles: 'Nzeppel and Navaho

Last is the Diva Challenge 172 - Duotangle  Auraknot and Mooka - love Auraknot but Mooka is another story - love it but have always been less than satisfied with mine.  The challenge for me this week was a vow to post it no matter how it turned out.  So here it is.  Actually it's one of my better efforts - discovered a couple of tricks that made a difference.  Gives me hope that with more practice I may learn to love my Mooka and stop avoiding it.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Zendala Dare and String Thing Challenges

So glad to see the Zendala Dare's appearance in my feed reader - welcome back Erin - hope you enjoy your summer. Looking forward to hearing more about you business opportunity - sounds like even though you're out of school for the summer you're still going to be quite busy.  Hope to see a few more Dares before you head back to school.

Zendala Dare #94 - since it's the first of the month the added feature is Happy.  I thought about using tangles that begin with the letters in Happy but decided to go with what often makes me happy when tangling - lines.  Line work makes me happy.  A little surprised at what appeared - it's a little more delicate than what I usually do, as in fill any open space with a tangle lol!  I'm not entirely sure that it doesn't need a bit more but for know I'm going with this.  Who knows another day I might pick it up and add more to it.

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Zendala Dare 94 - Happy

It's a String Thing #43 challenge can be found at Tickled to Tangle  I'm late to this challenge.  I think I managed to complete one before taking off on my recent travel adventure.  Glad to find it again - this one was a fun one with lots of appeal.  The tangle choices were Hypnotic, Hibred, Hollibaugh and Huggins.  I opted to not use Huggins.  I kind of like the way it turned out.  Looking forward to adding this to my list of challenges.

It's a String Thing #43

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I'm Ba-a-a-a-ck

If you are looking for the Diva Challenge 170 photos and you don't want to read through a long post on my recent travel adventure feel free to scroll to the end for the photos.

Such a poor neglected blog, but I have mostly good reasons for the silence.  I was off traveling on a 5+ week adventure.  While I did have plans to post from the road that part did not happen - having too much fun, lack of blog worthy photos and less than stellar internet connections via my iPad.

The trip started the end of April, I flew to Portland, ME for Tangle U - my first time attending.  Highlights - with 110 CZTs in attendance so much creative energy flowing all weekend long - taking it all in - amazing and fun.  It was also fun reconnecting with a few classmates from Seminar 4 and also meeting so many other folks that I've only known online via their websites.  Sandy's CZT Trading cards were a hit and so helpful to connect names with faces.

With so many folks in attendance from Seminar 10 (a hoot of a group) and others that follow my brother's blog I had to make a slight change to my name tag.

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One downside was the snafu that prevented Margaret Bremner from attending - was so looking forward to meeting her - absolutely love her work.  The disappointment was eased somewhat by receiving not one but two of her tiles in the Missing You and Ensemble swaps.  How lucky can you get!  Thank you Margaret for participating in the swaps!

Next after a short bus ride from Portland to the Boston Amtrak station I was on the train to Ohio for visits with family and friends.  Mom's place was home base for catching up with relatives and long time friends, plus a weekend trip to visit my brother's family.  Missed out on seeing them the last time back - had a great time visiting with nieces and nephew and their spouses and children.  In addition to seeing how much the 3 grand nieces had grown since I last saw them I got to meet 3 new little cuties that have since joined the family.  Also a fun shout out to my sister-in-law who always willingly accommodates whatever dietary plan I'm following.  This time she managed to do it perfectly before I'd even had a chance to fill her in on the details, ESP works well and the email exchange was priceless, made my day - thanks Lori.  Oh and I won the bet going away!

Spent a few days in Columbus visiting friends I've known for 40 years - how great is it when you can get together after many years and it's as if you saw each other last week - never missing a beat, great conversation and so easy and comfortable just being together.

My cousin Dianne picked me up in Columbus and we along with Cris of TangledUpInArt drove over to southern Indiana joining 20 others for CZT Hideaway 2014.  OMG!!!! what fantastic weekend of tangling, relaxing and meeting more CZTs, but the best thing about it - besides meeting Angie and Lesley, the two awesome CZT's that organized the retreat, was sharing it with brother Donald and cousin Dianne - the first time we've been together since they became CZTs.  The weekend went by so fast - would have gladly stayed there a whole week, will definitely attend this event again.

Angie  Dianne  Me  Donald  Lesley

Hitched a ride back to Indianapolis with my brother - bright and early the next morning was on the train home to San Diego.  There was one other fun event planned for the hour layover in Albuquerque, NM.  Dennie and her sister, both CZTs I'd met at last October's Viva Zentangle retreat in Nevada, were going to come down and meet me at the train station - however as the train was running quite a bit behind schedule we couldn't make it happen.  The good news is I'll get to see them at Tangle U next year which will be in Santa Fe.

It was a great trip but it sure is nice to be home!

Diva Challenge #170 - UMT - Bugles

Lately I've been having fun with with Found Poetry/Prose ZIAs.  I usually do a standard tile for the challenges but was having a hard time getting started with one this time so decided to do another Found Poetry ZIA.  I'm  going to be teaching a class on it in July so it will be nice to have a few more samples to share.

 Tangles used: bugles, quabog, fescu and riverstones

 Just another one I did recently - I actually found 3 poems from this one page but have not completed the tangles on the other two - I think I'm hooked.

 Tangles used: mssst, printemps, dooleedo, angel fish, shattuck co2, and heartvine