Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

     The challenges this week were so much fun!  The inchie was Egypt.  There are some weeks I have trouble finding something from the country I want to/can do.  This week was the opposite.  There were so many cool things I could not decide.  So I put as many things as I could on one little inch.

      Diva's challenge was a duotangle this week.  That means we can only use two tangles.  She chose shattuck and tripoli.  It is sort of hard to tell but I used a gray marker to do the tripoli. 

      Joey's Creative Inspiration is a series of finish her tangles.  She put the tangle Relly-Telly-One in the center and we had to add other tangles around it.  I decided to use some Derwent pencils to make my background.  Then when that had dried, I drew Joey's start and added to that some "breach" growing out of the center.   Pop in some more color and voila!  Done!
       Only a tiny bit to go on my Grand Canyon "race".  I hope to finish it up tomorrow.  Then I will be off to do the Everglades race!  I am trying to complete a National Parks series.  The last two races - Yellowstone and Yosemite are really long ones.  Over a 100 miles each.  They should take me a long time! 
       Thank you for dropping by and I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Hugs!    

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Happy Sunshiny Day!!

    It is so lovely outside!  It feels like spring - okay a bit cool, but oh so lovely outside.  I love spring for the most part.  Our pollen count has been tremendously high.  Bad for me, good for the Claritin company (they do sinus meds). 
    The inchie this week was Peru.  I googled Peru and came up with a cute girl in a her native hat.  I started to do a llama, but decided she would be easier.
     Joey's challenge was to take her string with Breach in the center and add to it.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  Added some more breach and some feathering (because I am addicted to that tangle). Then I decided on some color instead of graphite shading.  That turned out really good until I turned the page and saw the color with gamsol blending had gone through to the other page. 

    Okay.  Now what?  Diva wanted us to use our fingers to draw a string.  I added color to make the fade through from the other side less noticeable.   Oh well.  The color worked, even if it wasn't in the master plan!
     One of my Facebook groups has a 100 day project challenge.  We have to tangle for 15 minutes each day.  That is no problem.  It might be more of a challenge for me to NOT tangle for 15 minutes, lol.  I have found that stopping after 15 minutes was next to impossible.  On the few that ran close, I simply finished them in overtime.  I could not leave them unfinished.  Too linear for that!

      I finished my Avenue of the Giants virtual race!  I am now waiting on the shirt and medal, which I will share next week.  Now I am off and cycling through the Grand Canyon.  Oh how I would love to see these in person!  We saw the Grand Canyon on our last trip out west.  It was an awesome site and one I will never forget.  I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to travel with my family before mom died.  The memories are wonderful even this long ago. 
My "virtual" view
      Thank you for dropping by and I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Hugs!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Very Challenging Group of Challenges!!

  I think everyone who gives us challenges got together and decided to make it as hard as they could.  I am not sure I am joking.  Or maybe it was me this past week.  Maybe my brain was not in a very good challenge mode.  Who knows?
     Every Inchie Monday's word or rather country was Germany.  Now why should that be a problem?  I haven't a clue.  I tried drawing the Brandenberg Gate.  On an inch??  Couldn't make it look right.  So I decided on a cute German cap over the flag.  Nothing fancy here.

      Mak-rah-mee??  Joey, really!?  I struggle with making that look "flowy" like it supposed to!  I did get it drawn in one pass which was surprising.  Then I decided to add some perfs and auras and finish it off with ripped screen.  It doesn't look bad, but it was challenging.

      Oh, Diva!  What were you thinking?  My brain was nearly fried as it was.  We had to do a UMT called pickpocket.  First I couldn't find the step outs.  I don't do instagram (not yet anyway).  So I called out to some FB friends and they supplied the needed steps.  I practiced.  I started.  And started.  And started.  About 5 times.  I ended up with something I sort of like and have to glue it over one mess up in my journal.  Not my finest moment.

       The Color It coloring challenge for the week was to choose only 3 markers and color the picture they chose.  This proved to be fairly easy once I chose the colors.  I hope mine is chosen as I could win a $20 gift card if it is.  Keep your fingers crossed.
         I think I will grab my markers or my zentangle stuff and just chill for a while.  My poor old brain needs it!  Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are having a wonderful week! Hugs! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Race #2!! and other challenges

      Good morning!  I hope all is well with each of you.  Welcome to my new followers! I am so glad to have you.  I promise you won't get an over abundance of posts!  I try to post once a week due to challenges.  Occasionally there are extra posts, but not too often.
      Every Inchie Monday was the country of Eucador.  I thought I would chose an animal from this county.  Lots of wonderful choices!  I decided on the capybara.  I just like the sound of that word, lol!  The flag was a little more complicated with the symbol in the middle.  So I hid it - mostly.  I mean it is an inch!

      Joey's challenge was a trip to the beach for me!  We started her "finish my string" challenge with waves of Diva Dance.  I then added some underwater elements including one of my new favorites - shell xcape. 

      Diva's challenge was to do a monotangle with the tangle paradox.  She didn't have to ask me twice!  I love that tangle.  When I was in high school, I entered a piece of art based on this tangle.  It has another name - Huddy's Doodle.  I think I like the sound of paradox better.  Either way it is a wonderful tangle and I love using it.  I used the idea of a zen button to put this monotangle in.

      Yeah!  It came!!  My coveted green envelope came in the mail today.  It has my t-shirt and medal for my "Race to Hana"  virtual race.  I get so excited to see this!  It really does keep me motivated.  I am now working on the "Avenue of the Giants" race, one that takes place in the redwood forest (California).  The scenery is gorgeous!

        One of my new coloring books from several weeks ago is Creative Haven's Beautiful Birds.  This past week I colored the Carolina Wren.  I love to color flowers so this group of roses was lots of fun.  Incase you want to hear this bird's song, check out this link.  The other coloring sheet is from Tropical Blooms. 

      And lastly I hope everyone had a Hoppy Easter and beginning to Spring!  See you next time! Hugs!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Stormy weather

     I do not like storms.  I am fearful of them even though I try very hard to be brave.  I am not.  They (the weather people) are saying that there is a very good likelihood we will have severe storms in our area this evening and tonight.  My stomach has already knotted up.  Since I won't finish this post til tomorrow, I will let you know how it went.  Hopefully nothing to report!
     Joey's challenge was to use the tangle coil.  I like this one a lot and need to remember to use it more.  That is one of the things I like about challenges, they remind me of tangles I had once used and put on the shelf.  Thought I would play with the hollibaugh effect with this tangle.  The center tangle is krokus.

     My heart has been filled with a lot of sadness this week.  You may have possibly heard that Tripp Halstead passed away.  He was a little boy who captured the hearts of thousands when a tree limb fell on him at his daycare.  I followed the family on FB and became quite attached to them.  I had prayed so hard he would make at least a semi recovery.  But five years after the accident he simply could not battle any longer.  I feel so sorry for that precious family.  I feel as though I know them even though I don't really.
      Every Inchie Monday's country this week was Russia.  My first thought were those gorgeous onion dome buildings!  I love them. I had my inchie all done and realized that I had the colors of the flag in the wrong order - arghh!  So I had to redo the whole thing.  I should pay more attention.

      Diva's challenge was to use our name as a string.  I have recently fallen in love with the tangle feathering so I decided to fill this tile with feathers.  I love the flowing and ease of this tangle.  It definitely defines zen to me.

       Weather update:  We had one slight storm, but nothing else.  No high winds or hail!  No tornados!  There were some areas around us that had some major problems, but we were blessed!  I am so thankful.
      Some days getting on my bike is hard work.  Today was not one of them.  I finished my Road to Hana race - 59.5 miles!!  I hopefully will get my shirt and medal this week!  Now I am off to the California Redwood forest for a journey through the woods!
      My coloring book focus this past week was from Beautiful Flowers and Arrangements by Creative Haven.   I was able to do quite a few because they are really quite simple.  Very relaxing and fun.  Hope you don't mind if I share this past week's work.

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving me some sunshine.  Have a great week!  Hugs!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Brand New Tangle!

    I was roaming around on Pinterest (I spend too much time there, but that is another story) and found this really cool pattern.  So I started playing around with it and ta! da!  I have a new tangle.  At least I think it is.  If I have accidently copied someone else's tangle, please let me know.  You saw this last least week on one of my tiles.  Remember I asked for a name suggestion?  Well I really liked the suggestion of "Two Wise".  Think about the way it sounds - "two y's".  Isn't that cool?  Thank you Joyce!  I worked out the step out, though it is fairly simple.  I also discovered you can play with lots of variations with this one.  Have some fun  with this one!

     The inchie word / country was Samoa.  My first thought was to hunt out a Girl Scout so she could help with a few boxes of inspiration.  Decided against that and went with a more diabetic friendly option of Google.   Wasn't as much fun though.  This country is gorgeous! I loved the blues of the water and the lush greenery.  My inchie doesn't really capture that too well so you need to look this place up!

     Diva's Challenge was to use one of my absolute favorite tangles - verve.  I use this one very frequently and I love it. 

     Joey's Challenge was another string to copy.  She had a really pretty ribbon in the left upper corner and some pokeleaf in the bottom right.  I added some mooka flowers and a toodle flower.

     My new coloring book from Color It came this past week.  I love their books because of the spiral binding at the top and the quality of the paper.  Here are the two I did this past week.

     My new stationary bike came this past week also.  I love it!  I am now able to do a bit more toward my challenge each day and that is super.  It is a bit hard on the uh, . . .  seat.  I need to figure out how to help that out!
     Take care and thanks for leaving me some sunshine!  Hugs!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Bit of Sunshine

      Good day!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I have had a good one.  It's been really hard to do what little walking I usually do.  We have had some sunshine but it is back to cloudy today and they even say the mountains are going to have some flurries.  I really wanted some snow, but now that the flowers are blooming and looking so pretty, I hate to see that.
     I have a new adventure!  There is an organization called Send A Smile 4 Kids.  They collect homemade cards to send to children's hospitals.  These cards can be used for the children to send to people or for caretakers to give to the children.  SAS4KIds is going to be a lot of fun to be involved with and I promise to tell you more as I get information.  I am so excited to have an outlet for my card making.  I also get to be the volunteer for our area and collect cards and deliver them to the hospital.  Exciting!
     Diva's challenge was to use the tangle siri.  She chose to use a lot of blue in her tile to honor her mom's birthday.  I decided to stick with the color and add a bit of purple (because that is my very favorite color).  I also used a tangle of mine for the border on the top and left.  I haven't figured out a name for it yet.  Any suggestions?

     I am so glad there is the saying "there are no mistakes in zentangle" because I set out to prove that wrong with Joey's challenge.  She gave us a perfectly lovely string to use and a very nice unnamed tangle.  For starters I struggled with the tangle.  Then I had an idea about making it a beach scene.  the crescent moon that was to be the hills just didn't have that effect.  Moving on I hoped arukas would work for some sunshine.  It might have if I could do it correctly!  Despite it all, I do like the tile, but it certainly has more than a few mistakes!

     The inchie this week was for one of my most favorite places - Australia.  I have never been there, but I really would love to visit!  When I taught - in the years before the curriculum became so rigid - I did an around the world theme.  It lasted all year and we "spent" several weeks on each continent or in various countries.  We read stories from there.  Ate foods and sang songs.  All our math and spelling and language was tied to where we were studying.  It was delightful!  Australia was always one of the children's favorites because of all the wonderful creatures from there.  Anyway (I digress) my inchie has the Sydney Opera House and a graphic style kangaroo.

     Now off to work on a coloring page.  There is a contest and if mine is chosen I could win $100 gift card.  Don't think I would turn that down, lol!!
     Hope you have an awesome week and stay safe!  Hugs!