Saturday, November 29, 2014

OUT with the OLD AND IN with the NEW

Thanks be to God

Weekly Challenge #195
"Turning Old Into New" by Sandy Hunter, CZT

   Thank you Sandy for standing in for Laura with her weekly challenge! (I think it would be a great challenge for all of us,.....if we had no thank you!) So with all of that aside, My lil' family went on vacation these last 5 days so I'm late in getting my entry in. 
  I really didn't get to get totally into my Zen with tangling, because I was Zenning (don't know if that could even be a word) with all of the wonderment and new surroundings that I was immersed in. So my apologies for my entry being a quicky! (Don't get me wrong, I did quite a bit of tangling, and most of it turned into Random Acts of Zentangles that I left everywhere on our trip.)
When we were visiting Solvang, there were the most beautiful and huge leaves everywhere. I was going crazy, I wanted to pick them all up and bring them home! (My family was ready to leave me there, because they had to restrain me from grabbing every leaf I passed)  :0!

They got brittle pretty quick so it was a challenge to tangle on them. Not too much detail, because the best marker I had with me was a Sharpie.

   On with the challenge!!! Two of my go to favorite tangles are Mooka and Wud!!! Love, love, love them! So Mooka is always free form and all different sizes and not much uniformity when used on a tile. So I boxed it!!!!! And then, when I used Wud, I usually have it as a border and in a pretty uniformed pattern. So I tried it in a circle and I let it get a little wonky! (A new word I learned from blogging, that I have been waiting to use!!! I love it, "wonky", 'WONKY', and WOnkY! It's just all around a fun word) So here we go....
Don't look too close, because you will see my 'oops' with Mooka.  (down at the bottom......)  Anyway, it was hard to do exactly the same and on a circular space, so I got a little confused!!
   This really was an enjoyable challenge, and now that I'm back home, I'm hoping to play some more with this Old into New concept!!! (first I have to tend to all the WonKy work of unpacking and laundry!! YUCKY)

   I didn't have a chance to put thought into my Inchie for the week, so that will be postponed til next week!!
   In the meantime, I hope all of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving, had a wonderful one! And even if you are in another country, I hope that you may reflect and find something you can say that you are Thankful for!!!
(gobble, gobble)

Thank you to all who leave niceness on my blog!!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Weekly Challenge #194
'Embracing the Yuk'

   I just want to say, WOW! Elisa, I loved this challenge!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Using my left hand to do Zentangle, was very rewarding!!!
   If you would like to read up on Embracing the Yuk, Elisa Murphy CZT has filled in for the Diva's weekly challenge. Her quest for this challenge, was to make us feel uncomfortable. (That's the 'yuk' part.) Actually, she just wanted us to feel the empathy of what Laura, the Diva, is going through while her son Artoo had surgery. A bit of uncomfortableness and no control. 
   I remember doing this as a kid. My sis, and girlfriends and I would play school and we would sometimes say that we had to use our left hands for writing. We always giggled at the outcome of our writings. Being that I do massage therapy, I have strength in my left hand but I do have to say, not as much fine skill control.    
   Crazy as it was, as I was doing my tile, I did feel uncomfortable, because I found I had my shoulders clear up to my ears and I was gripping that pencil so tight, that I was not in my ZEN!!! Until, that awareness settled in and I said, Relax, let go and enjoy!!!!! Once I did that, I so, enjoyed this challenge. 
  As I was embracing the moment, I had to also reflect on last week's challenge #193 that Holly Atwater CZT put out. About giving thanks. Ragged Ray's blog really put the whole part of, reflection of thanks, into a beautiful meaningful post. So again, this week, I felt, that, connection of gifts and thankfulness. Using my left hand made me feel helpless, but then I had to stop and think how appreciative I am that I have a left hand. Sometimes, I think we go through life focusing on what we don't have and the negatives, that we forget what we do have and the blessings that are given to us in each and every breath we take, or meal we eat. Anyways, Thank you Holly, Ragged Ray, and Elisa, for reminding me to focus on the good and to be thankful.
If you notice all of the squiggly, un perfect, lines?
   Tangles used:

   I do have to say, a real challenge is to do stippling with your non dominant had.. CRAzy!!!!!!!!

Thank you to all who leave such heartwarming messages!!! They are felt!
Have a blessed and joyful week!!!

Weekly Challenge

   My first thought for this challenge was to draw a naked women's body.!!! Yikes,.....I know!! (But, I do know quite a few women that use that as a weapon on men, or to get what they want.) Anyway, I thought that would not be very appropriate for my Family friendly blog. hahaha.
   So then you can say, I went to the other extreme!!! I thought of 'Weapons against evil'. Crazy, but that is how my brain works! So here it is
Cross; symbol of Jesus, Love: turn the other cheek, Garlic; ward off dracula and a wooden stake to pierce his heart, and a silver bullet: to kill a werewolf.
   I have all of those in my life, except the silver bullet and the wooden stake. But I 'believe', I'll be ok!!

Hope y'all have an awesome week and thanks for all the friendliness you leave me!
((((((hugs))))) to all!!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014


My New Tangle

   It is funny how we get our inspiration! Especially in the Zentangle world. There are tangles out there in nature, on clothing, wrought iron, jewelry, ..........You name it!!! They are out there just waiting to be deconstructed and put into simple, easy step outs for all of us to have fun with.
   Take for instance this chair,........

The upper part on the back of this folding chair is what inspired me.
   So here I was sitting in, on a meeting for my daughter's preschool class. The information from this meeting was a waste of time. (Well, I guess not entirely, because I had gotten distracted and noticed this beautiful pattern on the back of the chair in front of me.) WOW!!!
   There was a lady just 'sit'zen there on my inspiration, so I couldn't really take of pic of the back of that chair. So on my way out, after I had figured out how to deconstruct 'sit'zen', and I had had enough of the meeting, I was able to snap this pic of a chair stacked on the wall.
   Here are the step outs and ta-dah,........... Here is 'Sit'Zen'!!!

You can click on images to enlarge!

This is my original that I had worked on during the meeting.

Please give it a try!
   Have an awesome day!
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Weekly Challenge #193
TriTangle: 'Trio', Huggins', and 'Xyp'

   This week's challenge is brought to you by Holly Atwater, in place for our Diva, Laura. (Laura is on break for the month of November while her son Artoo has surgery and comes to recovery. So she needs her family time and our prayers, that all goes well!!!)
   Holly has chosen tangles that spell out THX. Which is short for Thanks! Because today is Veterans Day in the US and because we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this month, we are here to say "Thank You"!!!!
We have the tangles
'Trio' , by CZT Hanny Waldburger
'Huggins' by Zentangle 
'Xyp', by Zentangle
Lighting was a little bad on this one. 
   I enjoyed this Challenge. "Thank You Holly for filling in this week, it was a fun challenge!"
Purple Heart for all those Veterans who saved a life and yellow ribbon in honor of all Veterans!!!
   I ,...'THANK ALL SOLDIERS' who have made the US the safe and free country that it is! Your bravery and dedication are never forgotten! I hope you can enjoy this day with family and friends! Many Blessings and prayers go out to all those who have lost someone in honor of protecting our country!!! XO's

Weekly Challenge

   So many things popped into my head for this week's Inchie word. The Hymn from church, 'Gifts of Finest Wheat', Gluten Free, a bushel of wheat, Wheaties cereal, and etc.
So I decided it was another great word to do some quilling. 
Here is my bushel of Wheat.
(click on any image to enlarge)

   And I had to do this simple one, only because this is California for ya'! Everything is a fad here in California, and if just one celebrity does it,.............everyone gets on the band wagon. Anyway, I do understand there are people that really are allergic to wheat gluten, but I do know so many people cut it out of their diets, for weight loss and the newest fad!!! 
I've even seen this on the labels of shampoo bottles. Crazy!!
   Thank you to all who left messages last week, and all of your well wishes for my Dad!! He is doing well and nothing's gonna keep him down. (New technology in medicine is simply amazing!)
Thank you for keeping a smile on my face, all week! Your messages are always taken to heart! I know how much time it takes to put into blogging! (((((Hugs)))) to all!!

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Friday, November 7, 2014


Weekly Challenge #192
UMT- Seton by Cris Letourneau

Tangles: 'Seton', 'Maryhill' and 'Gnarly'
Great background tangle! Thanks for sharing, Cris! :0)

Weekly Challenge

I tried to create Wisteria with quilling. (Was a quickie)

Have a blessed and joyful weekend!! And a many thanks to all you 'Specials' who leave me comments! I promise, when I get back to having a little time, I will visit your blogs and return some sunshine!!!! (((((Hugs)))) in the meantime!!

Ps. Prayer request: My 77 yr old Father just had a knee replacement, please send up a little prayer that he recovers and comes back to full health and can be as active as he was prior to this surgery. 
;0) (wink) thank you!!!

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