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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Hello!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!  I am.  The rain has finally stopped - at least for a while.  They are even saying we may reach the 70's for a few days.  Odd for February.  I really prefer seasonable weather.  I will take cold now, mild springs and hot summers. Oh well.
     Every Inchie Monday's word was Cuba.  I really don't know much about this country, but in googling it I learned it is a very beautiful county.  The houses are colorful and the beaches are gorgeous!  I chose to focus on the beach. 

      Joey has given us a "finish my string" challenge full of ribbons.  I had a lot of fun with this one and got to try some newer tangles for me in the process.  I used a purple prisma and some gamsol blender to add some color to my tile.  I used several tangles in this piece -  hibred, diamante, danzer, brace-s, diva dance, nzeppel, emingle, d'eneh, and boomerang.

      Diva's challenge #352 was to use a nested heart string.  I drew my string and started with a new tangle (to me) called cindyer.  Totally messed up.  It is in my sketch book on the back of another piece so what do I do???  Black marker to the rescue!  I covered the outside heart with black.  Then tried the tangle again - more carefully - on the other side.  Since I wanted balance I used black and red to make more bold stripes.  Actually I like it and am sort of glad the option of throwing it away was impossible.  Thus proving there are truly NO mistakes in zentangle (at least none a little ol' black marker won't hide!).

     This past week I have been working in Color It's book Dogs, Man's Best Friend.  I sort of chose a "focus" book for the week.  Or so it seems.  Here are the ones I have finished this past week.



      I am keeping up with my walking.  Right now it is in place or around the house, but it is movement and that is more than I was doing.  I try to get at least a mile every day.  I wish I could do more.  Maybe one day I will. 
     Take care and thanks for dropping by!  I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Rainy week!

    I am so thankful I have no where really important to go this week as it is going to be a really rainy week.  They are saying possible flash floods.  Thankfully we live in a spot that does not flood, though our back yard is a standing pond right now.  Lakota loves it - not.
     I am moving ahead with my Hawaii race.  I usually can do about a mile a day in very short increments.  Not much but way more than I had been doing.  Here is the pic of my shirt and medal as promised!  Aren't they gorgeous?

     This week's inchie country was Romania.  I really know very little about this country, but enjoyed looking at all the Google pictures.  I immediately thought of Dracula's castle.  So my inchie has the flag, a castle and a little bat!

     Joey's challenge was to use string #150 and the tangle Eddyper.  I really love this tangle.   It looks just like rolled up paper.  Check out all the other entries at Joey's site.

     Diva's challenge was all about the Olympics - "Heart of a Champion" and hearts!  so I drew 5 hearts, colored them like the rings and tangled in and around them.  I used 5c Aura (yellow), betweed (blue), crescent moon (black), double core (green), and paradox (red).  Around the outside there is a very modified version o Decoloop Echo. 

     Here are my latest two coloring sheets for the past week.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

     I hope you all have a wonderful week and stay healthy!  Hugs!

         


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I. Did. It.

       Seriously.  I did.  I finished my virtual race.  I was hoping the pictures of my t-shirt and medal would be ready today, but I will have to post them next time.  They should come in the mail tomorrow.  I signed up for my second race - The Road to Hana.  A virtual trip around the coast of Hawaii's Hana Road.  It is 59.5 miles!  I probably will be forever finishing this one, but what is the rush?  Anyone interested in doing this go over to Yes Fit.  It is a lot of fun.
     This week's inchie was Zimbabwe.  I know next to nothing about this country.  I discovered they some of the world's most beautiful falls and of course, there is the African wildlife! I chose the flag (I sort of have a pattern going with those for now at least) and one of my favorite animals - the elephant.
       Joey's Creative Inspiration had a great challenge - use string #91 and the tangle knightsbridge.  I decided to use a mix of knightsbridge and emingle.   I like to try different grid tangles within knightsbridge.  Otherwise it is not a tangle I often use.
      This week's challenge at Casa Diva's was to use a heart string and the tangle rimana.  This was a lot of fun. 
       I took to pinterest again this past week for some more color palette ideas.  That is a lot of fun to do.  It makes coloring a design very quick and relaxing.  Here are my "color palettes kitties".


     Now I think I shall go and do some scrapbooking for a bit.  I went through the hassle this past week of cleaning my craft corner.  Well.  Sort of cleaning.  Reorganizing.  I now can get to my cricut stuff without a MAJOR moving of other items.  That has made it very nice.  Ideally I would love a craft room and one of those super sweet pieces of furniture - the scrapbox 3.0 - but in a house this small, that is not going to happen.  So I reorganized! 
     Hope you all have a wonderful week and stay healthy!  I am perfectly happy to have avoided this nasty flu going around!  Hugs!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Happy Tuesday!!

    I hope everyone is doing wonderfully!  I am having a good day even though it is very cold - again - outside.  Glad I have no where to go. 
    The inchie country for this week was Vietnam.  I honestly don't know much about that country.  I remember the war era and when I googled Vietnam I was bombarded with military pictures.  I really did not want to focus on that.  So I looked at the countryside.  The hills and rice fields are very pretty landscapes.  So my inchie tries to use all those things and the flag.


     Diva's challenge was to use the tangle rumpus.  That one is a very pretty tangle.  I decided on a black tile and white pen just for some difference. 
     The challenge at Joey's was to use the tangle drogon on string #157.   I like this tangle and decided to just make the tile a monotangle.  I also used a bit of henna colored pencil to shade.
     I got a new coloring book from Color It (one of my favorite companies) last week - Colors of the Decades.  It had been out for a while, but I really wasn't interested in it.  Then I saw one of the pictures inside and thought I should give it a try.  Glad I did.  It is a lot of fun to color the "wild" colors of the years past.  Here are a few from the book that I have finished.

     See what I mean about color?  I love the chance to color a bit wild!  Guess I better go.  Oh, before I forget - I have about 5 miles to go on my virtual race!  Can you believe it?  I have been able to log on at least one mile each day.  I know that is not very impressive if you are athletic, but for me (the ultimate couch potato) it is pretty exciting.  I plan on signing up for another one as soon as this one is complete.  I will show you my medal and t-shirt when I get them!
     Take care and have a wonderful week!  Hugs!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Challenges of all sorts

     Hello!  I hope everyone is well and staying far from this flu that seems to be everywhere.  I am hoping that being home and away from the little ones I can avoid it.  So far I haven't even had a cold - which is highly unusual.
     The inchie challenge this year is all about different countries which I love!  Of course, I have always loved the inchie challenges, but this is really appealing to me.  This week's country was India.  I chose the Taj Mahal and the flag. 
     Another string (#165) and tangle - Exeter - to use from Joey.  This is a great string.  The tangle is one I think I may have used before.  Mine got a bit off on this tile, but still turned out okay, I think. 
     The last challenge doesn't have any pictures.  Remember I told you one of my resolutions was to sign up for a virtual "race".  Well, after weeks of trolling, I did it.  I chose the shortest one and there is no time limit, but I was thinking I might could do this.  I am doing the Mardi Gras race at Yes.fit.  I put one mile on it yesterday!  I will show you my t-shirt and medal when I finish.
     This last coloring sheet is my inspiration this week. 
     Take care and I hope you have a blessed week.  Hugs!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Let it snow!

    We may get some snow tonight.  Oh I hope so.  I know I will be tired of it in a few days or even hours, but it is winter and we should get at least one, don't you think?  I envy those places that have a bounty of the white stuff!
     I am loving these inchie challenges this year (well, I have every year, haven't I?).  The idea of a different country every week is cool.  This week was France.  Some of my ancestry is French.   I am learning - very slowly - to speak some French.  So this was a great week.  I chose the Eiffel Tower, some lavender and the flag. 
     For Joey's challenge we had to use string #237 and the tangle didada.   I happened to have my new set of fineliners out so I decided on a cold color - blue!  I am okay with how this turned out.  Wish it had been a bit better, but . . .
     If you are interested in free coloring pages, go to www.colorit.com/prayer and check out the free 10 pages they are sending.  This one is from that set.  My Grandma had some bluish glass jars and I tried to get that same look.  I used Derwent Inktense pencils and a marker for the words.
    I am still trying to "conquer" grayscale coloring.  I want mine to look like those I have seen that look like a photo.  This one is better than the other one I did, but still not as vibrant and sharp as some I look at.  I will get there - I hope.
    Now I am off to finish up another coloring page and do another grayscale tutorial. And to repeatedly look out the window!  Would it help if I broke into a Frozen chorus of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman"?  No, probably not.  I do not have any musical bones in my body!  Why hurt anyone's ears?
     Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are having a very blessed day!  Hugs!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dreary day!

      The weather is icy and rainy today.  Yuck.  I don't mind it too much since I don't have to go outside, but unfortunately Lakota does and he is still fighting the hurt foot.  He is getting around better and even putting some weight on it (gingerly), but you can tell it still bothers him.
       Lots of art today.  I don't do it all in one day, but it sort of collects and then I am ready to post.  All of the challenges were done today.  The first one is the inchie!  Since we are going around the world with this year's words, the second inchie is the United States.  Unlike other countries because I live here, I think of too many things to do on an inchie.  I was reminded of the song we sang a lot in elementary music class - America the Beautiful.  So my inchie has "purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain". 

       I missed Joey's challenge last Monday.  Well, I didn't miss, since I found it and posted over the weekend.  But I usually do them on Monday so I can have one post a week.  Oh well, it is done and up.  This week we had to use string #206 and the tangle "ta-da".  The word blessed just seemed to fit perfectly.  That's my focus word for the year.  The purple got a little darker than I would have preferred. 

      Diva's challenge was to do a duotangle using phicops and huggins.  I like huggins, but don't like dong it.  However I saw a video of Melinda Barlow showing a huggins variation - "crazy huggins".  Now I love that one.  Besides the way she described it I actually GOT it.

       Speaking of Melinda Barlow, I absolutely love her videos.  She can explain things so well.  This past week she did the tangle "rumpus" on a beautiful tile.  I totally stole borrowed her idea.  I don't think she would mind being my inspiration.  Here is "our" tile, lol!

       A little bit of coloring this week though only one thing to post here.  I do most of the coloring posts on the Facebook sites I belong to.   This is from a mandala book by Color It.  I tried something different for me.  I used a highly technical method of selecting colors.  I went to pinterest and searched color palettes.  Then - now follow closely due to the detail of this method - I closed my eyes and poked at my computer screen and landed on the selection.  If needed I can provide a video tutorial!  Seriously that is about what I did.  Then I matched up markers and gel pens to the palette and colored.   I will definitely play around with the palettes again.

      Thanks for dropping by.  I love your comments and appreciate them so much.  Hugs!