I like to do the Diva's weekly challenges ON TIME. But some months ON TIME just isn't in the cards for me. I know, that emphasis with caps was completely unnecessary for you. But I had to shout it to myself to drill in the importance of making the effort. In this case, however, my delay in getting around to last week's challenge actually worked in my favor. Somehow the combination of the two challenges produced a result that I'm very happy with. Last week's Diva Challenge #289 challenged us to use a leaf as our string. I was very excited and it wasn't too hard during one of my walks with Pepper to find the perfect leaf to fit a tile. I traced the leaf, put aside that tile, and didn't pick it up again until this Monday, too late to include in last week's challenge. I planned to tangle … Read More...
Since the beginning of this month I've been teaching a Zentangle® class on Monday evenings, right at the time when I'd normally be cooking dinner. As I mentioned that week, it's required a new strategy to get dinner on the table once I returned home from class feeling tired and hungry, and without the patience or time to cook anything that required much effort or even a recipe, unless it could be prepared entirely in advance. At first point Annie volunteered to make dinner Monday nights since she's home for the summer but, unfortunately (for me at least), she has had work hours on Mondays and needs to decompress for a few hours before working on her summer class. Plus, if preparing dinner is tiring for me after teaching, I wouldn't expect her to have the energy and focus to cook after her work shift. There's always a standing offer from Joe to bring home dinner on the nights that I … Read More...
Are you one of those easy-going people who take life, unquestioning, at face value? If so, I'm jealous. I'm not. I question everything. Like, why do we all drive ourselves crazy in December? Why do we cram in all of the fun activities and merrymaking, and gift giving, and parties, and charity, and special events in this final month of the year? Is this due to our human procrastination flaw? That we realize in the final month of the year that we haven't met our annual quota of the above activities, and we need to make sure we get it all in before it's too late and the calendar flips to the new year? I have a tendency to turn into a real Grinch when I think about what we do to ourselves in these final few weeks, and if it weren't for Louisa who loves Christmas, I would walk around scowling the entire month. Instead, I'm trying hard to accept that's what happens in December, and that we … [Read More...]
The first day of school. What a magical time. The new pencils. Notebooks. Backpacks. Stress. Oh, wait, not so magical. But my Facebook feed is filled with photos of smiling kids who are probably all dying inside realizing that the party is over! Another summer is in the books and it's time to begin the academic year with all of the pressure that accompanies new beginnings. Even the school geeks (I count myself among them), those kids who loved returning to the classroom, feel a bit nervous about the first day, the new teachers, and the uncertain amount of homework. This morning Louisa embarked on her last, first day of High School. This year, high school work is incidental to the important work she'll be doing to get ready for her future as she applies and auditions for colleges. It's going to be a very busy year. I may not have the strength to get through it. On Sunday we … [Read More...]
Greetings! This week's Zentangle® Diva Challenge #287 is to use the tangle Dreamcatcher, created by one of our youngest CZTs, Daniel Lamothe. I loved playing with this tangle all week, sometimes keeping to just a few layers, sometimes building up to many rippling layers. Sometimes my lines were pretty straight, at others I aimed to be curvy. This tangle absolutely begs to be filled, making it a perfect reticulum. As I worked with Dreamcatcher, I began to see its spiderweb possibilities, making it a perfect Halloween tangle that I will play with throughout the month. For my challenge tile, I decided to keep things simple and graphic using Flukes and a kind of wobbly Cubine around the outside layer. Thanks for visiting and your comments! … [Read More...]