Thursday, January 18, 2018

Twelve Days of Zentangle 2017

I subscribe to the Zentangle Newsletter to keep up-to-date on new events and tangles.  This past fall they introduced something called Zentangle Project Pack that you can purchase and take part in the exercises that go along with that pack.  Purchasing the materials from them is not mandatory (at this time) to follow along with the Youtube videos, but I felt having the right tools to play along in front of me would be helpful so I went ahead and treated myself to the first two packs.

These tiles below are from the second pack - it revolves around their yearly post of the 12 Days of Zentangle.  With this packet, each day starts with a recap of the basic lesson or technique they're focusing on and then they expand on it. 

As you can see with the first tile, normally the string would give you a frame on the edge, but this time the string was the square within and the tangles went right to the edges of the tiles.


Day two was a made with two tiles and designed to fit together.


And some gold gel pen here and there.


Day 3 explored a new tangle and the use of a brown/sepia Micron pen.


Day 4 explored the same tangle with variations.


Day 5 - The white tile had holes cut into it first and then was glued over a black tile.  There's a lot going on on this one!


Day 6 - a large motif on a tan tile.


Day 7 - Using one tangle in different colors on a pre-strung mandala tile.


Day 8 - little crowns from Bijou tiles.


Day 9 - more Bijou tiles - black and white.  


Day 10 - white on black.


Day 11 - some triangle tiles put together like ornaments or stars.



Day 12 - a tree from triangle tiles.


This was intense at times but really a lot of fun mixing the different pens - micron black and brown and white and gold gel pens.  Highlights were added with graphite and white chalk pencils.  


I could see using a few of these as ornaments.  


The pack of supplies contained more tiles than we actually used so I can play with some more of these ideas.  I'm looking forward to seeing what Pack 3 will be about.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scribble Picnic - Hot Chocolate

Perfect weather for a picnic?  Maybe not but it's perfect weather for a cup of hot chocolate........even if it's a cup of Hot Cocoa Marshmallow flavored Kettle Corn!   An after school treat....... in my favorite oversized Ikea mug of course!  That's what I'm bringing to the picnic this week.




I usually share my popcorn with Kirby (our cockatiel), but he doesn't care for chocolate or marshmallows.  This brand (Boom Chicka Pop) typically has soft kernels and it was a little bit of work, but because of this implant surgery I've had done in my mouth, I picked off all those little kernel shells.  It was well worth not getting any of those things stuck up in my gums.  

I took a little peak and I think I'm not the only one who strayed from traditional hot chocolate on this one.  Won't you join me in finding out for sure by clicking here.  

Next week's theme is TABLECLOTH - there's always room for more at the picnic!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Sweet Little Treat

A cute little paper project appeared in my Pinterest feed the other day.  I happened to have 1/2 of a large bag of candy kisses and some birthdays this month that I thought this would be perfect for. Here is the link to The Paper Pixie where you can find complete directions and a video to go with it to complete this quick little box.  




Patterned paper, solid paper, and some ribbon are all you need.  You can stamp something on the solid part or just leave it blank.  I chose to stamp mine with the simple "Happy Day" sentiment.  And of course, you can be a bit more fancy with a jewel or gem for the flower center.  

The instructions in the link above are very easy to follow with the cutting and scoring.


Inside I was able to fit 6 kisses, or you can use another candy of your choice - or really any small item that would fit.




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Scribble Picnic - Favorite Fiction Character


"Oh, Mr. Cuthbert," she whispered, "that place we came through--that white place--what was it?"
"Well now, you must mean the Avenue," said Matthew after a few moments' profound reflection. "It is a kind of pretty place."
"Pretty? Oh, pretty doesn't seem the right word to use. Nor beautiful, either. They don't go far enough. Oh, it was wonderful--wonderful. It's the first thing I ever saw that couldn't be improved upon by imagination. It just satisfies me here"--she put one hand on her breast--"it made a queer funny ache and yet it was a pleasant ache. Did you ever have an ache like that, Mr. Cuthbert?"
"Well now, I just can't recollect that I ever had."
"I have it lots of time--whenever I see anything royally beautiful. But they shouldn't call that lovely place the Avenue. There is no meaning in a name like that. They should call it--let me see--the White Way of Delight. Isn't that a nice imaginative name? When I don't like the name of a place or a person I always imagine a new one and always think of them so. There was a girl at the asylum whose name was Hepzibah Jenkins, but I always imagined her as Rosalia DeVere. Other people may call that place the Avenue, but I shall always call it the White Way of Delight."

Are you a kindred spirit?  I just love Anne of Green Gables.  I must admit that I had not read the books as a child.  I was introduced to her through the Disney Channel that featured the movie starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, and Richard Farnsworth as Anne, Marilla, and Matthew.  A beautiful story that drew us in.  We watched The Road to Avonlea - a spin-off from the movies on Sunday nights, my daughter and I, after she had taken her shower and she sat in front of me as I braided her wet hair for that crimped look that was popular when she was a child.  She had a tea party, complete with non-alcoholic raspberry cordial for her 9th birthday reminiscent of Anne and Diana's tea party.  And then of course, we bought and read the Anne of Green Gables series of books that summer.   

It's been a wish of mine to visit Prince Edward Island though I doubt I ever will.  Maybe my daughter will someday.

So there must be quite a cast of characters at the Picnic this week.  I really should head over there and see for myself.  You can join in the fun by clicking here.  And if you would like to play along next week, the theme is HOT CHOCOLATE (yum!).

P.S. - I made the mistake of asking HWNSNBP if he could tell what was going on in the picture....... "two people watching a bear" was his first guess.  Then he remembered that I had asked him to bring down the little rocking chair with the Anne Shirley doll from Rachel's room.  "Oh, it's the doll in the rocking chair watching a bear."  It's not a bear. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jingle Belles - Look What Santa Brought Me

The Jingle Belles would like to start out the year by having us use something that we received or purchased for Christmas.  

Truth be told, this mini tryfold stamp/die set by Art Impressions was something I bought for myself before Christmas.  I had decided that I was going to make two of these, one for each of my children.  I followed the directions to make the actual tryfold out of cardstock and stamped the top and die cut it.  It took a little longer than I had anticipated because the stamps are not clear, but since I was able to use my Misti, I figured out how to get those subsequent layers in the right places. 




Trouble was, the last of the directions said to use a tryfold sealer to keep it closed, otherwise, as you can see, the layers just spring open and you can't really get the full effect of the depth of the scene.  So I had put it aside.  


The other thing I didn't like was being able to see what had bled through from my coloring with the small assortment of Copics that I have.  


So for this challenge I decided to come up with something else.  I cut the panels apart making sure that they were the exact size as each other with some trimming.  Then I scored each one 1/4" on both sides and added some score tape.


I cut two strips the length of the panels at about 1 1/2" wide, scoring at the 1/2" mark.  (I would change this for the next one taking 1/4" off the width because you only need 3/4" to add those panels.)  I didn't take a picture of the next step, but I carefully added each panel to the strips with the scored edge in the back. 


Perusing my work table I came upon an envelope with these little contraptions - flat LED lights from Ex Glow on Etsy that I had purchased for another project that, wait for it....... didn't get done.  


Using a standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base,  I laid the light down with the diorama part over it to see where the light should be, cut out a little hole there with an exacto knife and added a little pocket to the back of that to be able to slip the light into it.  





Then I attached the diorama over the top of it and there you have it................



And it even folds flat for mailing though you will probably need extra postage for the bulk.


I am redundantly cheerfully happy about this.  


And, though I may need to buy new lights by next Christmas since these are already a year old, I at least have my kids cards done instead of waiting until Christmas Eve morning to finish them.  (Oh yes.  I hang my head in shame that I did that despite trying to be done by the end of the Jingle Belle season.  Luckily, I had saved out a couple of special cards from the ones that I made all last year that we were able to use.  And, although I did get our grandson's card done with another special stamp/die set that I bought just for him............I forgot to take a picture of it!!!!!)


So now won't you join me at checking out what all the other Jingle Belles got for Christmas and are sharing this time.  You can by clicking here.  


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Birds - Water - Shark

Our friendly neighborhood bluebird has been either having an imagined fight with a foe that exists in his reflection or is so smart to know that HWNSNBP keeps the suet cake in the truck (in a plastic bag) overnight so the raccoons don't abscond with it.  I'm tending to think it's the latter because they're not confrontational as a rule but they are smart!


New Year's morning, on our way home, we drove along the bay and honestly, I thought these poor swans were dead, but they were just sleeping.  The temps here have been beyond bitter - the lowest they've said in the last 30-40 years - and the day before the water in this particular area was not frozen, but in less than 24 hours here are the results.  We wondered if they were trying to keep warm by burying their feet in the mud there.  I guess we'll never know, but I do hope they don't succumb to the weather this winter. 


And so here is how I segued from water to shark.  HWNSNBP was determined to make something for our little guy for Christmas and since they live near the water (and enjoy Shark Week) he got the plans and parts to make this shark whirligig.  The painting was my only job.


We had it undercover under the tree on Christmas Eve and when the little one saw it, of course he wanted to play with it and quickly figured out how to pull it out of it's temporary stand.  The funnier thing, which unfortunately I didn't get a picture of, was when we put it back in the stand and he tried to climb onto it to ride it!  


We know he'll enjoy looking at it spinning it's fins and twirling around out the window behind their house.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Scribble Picnic - Happy New Year

Is that Frosty's Magic Hat full of holiday goodies?  A time capsule of what's gone before and what is yet to come?  As we begin 2018 we have a lot to look forward to.  There's a holiday for every day of the year and I've brought some props to our New Year's Scribble Picnic to celebrate some of them.  


It's a little wobbly I know.  I wasn't sure I'd make it to the picnic this week.  I had some dental surgery last week and it's taken more of the wind out of my sails than I had expected.  We're expecting a snowstorm overnight and I'm hoping it'll be a snow day.  I'll be wearing my pajamas inside-out, flushing ice cubes down the toilet, and this one's new to me - sleeping with a spoon under my pillow in the hopes that the phone will ring around 5 a.m. and I'll be able to relax another day.  We've only been back at school for the last two days, but I'm exhausted already.  I got out my "snow wand" at school today, and spun in my chair whilst waving it to lighten the mood.  The little crystal ball that Rachel gave me a few years back was consulted and I really think there's a very good chance for a SNOW DAY!  

There are many websites out there that have information about daily holidays.  The Daily Holiday Blog is a go-to for me.   They have a printable monthly calendar that I keep up in the office and have another one on our refrigerator at home.  With so much negativity going on in the world I find it nice to find something, even if it's wacky, to celebrate daily.  Even if it's just by sharing the knowledge of the day with someone else and getting a laugh out of it.  

So, I didn't choose a "word" of the year like I've seen many do, but I did scribble this in my journal trying out some new pens - the words to a song on an album by Danny Kaye that I had as a child and that I played for my children when they were very little.  I'm hoping to share it with our little guy too........


Happy New Year once again, and remember to be yourself and celebrate each day!

Now I'm off to visit with the other picnickers if I can stay awake a little while longer, otherwise I know I'll be wishing everyone at the picnic a Happy New Year soon.  You can too by clicking here.  And, as always, should you like to join in, the theme for next week is - YOUR FAVORITE FICTION.