Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ZENSdays....home again!

It's been a wild and crazy two months as Stampendous works out the details of selling our stencils and products, part of the transition was to travel to the UK to help our mutual distributor, Woodware Craft Collection at their annual tradeshow in Birmingham and then ending in Yorkshire teaching two Dreamweaver Stencil Certification workshops. Enjoyed all of it with Fran Seiford of Stampendous, who supported the educational details all the way!


Also we had the joy of meeting Maggie of Maggiebee fame when I visited Yorkshire...we met halfway in Leeds for a couple of hours of fun and sharing! Here is a picture that Fran took of Maggie (in the middle) and her friend Sandra (left) and me (right). (That tiramisu in front of us was good stuff as well.) Since doing Laura Harms challenges I have had a great time reading Maggie's blog...she has such a wonderful sense of humor and I love her tangle work. I never dreamed that we might have time to meet and get to know one another better, I discovered immediately that we were kindred spirits. I happened to notice that she had a needle tucked into her sweater as if she had just finished a quick needlework project before getting on the train to meet us. She showed me a picture of a teddy bear she had just knitted for her grandson. I was amazed....she said it took her less than a day. Wow! She also gave me one of her pieces of Zentangle, so once I get my act together I plan on posting her beautiful work. I discovered that she is just as humorous in person as "in her writing" and I hope we'll have the opportunity to get together again. Also discovered that her friend Sandra is an artist as well...who knows maybe another soon-to-be Zentangle convert as well.

CHALLENGE #207 (UMT) for the diva's site
When I got home I spent nearly a week recovering from a bad cold/flu and now I finally feel well enough to join Laura's challenges again. This is the first challenge of the month at "I am the diva" site and it's UMT (USE my Tangle) challenge #207. The first week of the month Laura randomly chooses from people's submitted tangles (even you could submit a tangle to be used). This month it is Sandy Hunter's tangle called "unbatz". If you want to see her step-outs for how to do her tangle pattern click HERE. Here is my creation...I have to admit that I seem to have a bit of a diagonal fixation lately, guess I need to relax a bit more and draw some more creative strings, ahh well there's always a next time...

While I was gone last week, Pam Hornschu was wonderful (as per usual of course) and posted a couple of beautiful sten-tangle pieces by Jennifer Dove from Arizona...wow! Thanks Jennifer for such lovely work. Also last week the Diva had a challenge to either use materials or tools that you had never used before and although I wasn't well enough to give it a try, Wayne worked on the glossy surface of a ceramic vase using an Identi-pen by Sakura...those pens are great...really indelible on slick surfaces. So if you would like to see his vase click HERE to get to view his Flickr account. Also he has done "unbatz' as well, so HERE is his #207 challenge creation....either click will get you to his site!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to the "Dream it UP" blog to see who has won the February challenge. Occasionally we have winners and no one comes back to see if they've won.

Would love to have a comment or two, even to let me know what you've been up to while I've been gone.



18 comments:

Suzanne Fluhr said...

Yours is an interesting take on the UMT Diva's challenge. I think it works very well. One of my favorite things about being a self declared travel blogger is that I've been able to meet fellow bloggers IRL (in real life) sometimes. Now I can add fellow tanglers to the collection of people with whom I share interests around the world. I hope you feel better.

ledenzer said...

What a beautiful free flowing tile!

Diane said...

WOW, the tangle looks amazing......hope you are feeling better..me, I have been up to just creating...trying to stay warm in these sub-zero temps...I am so ready for Spring!!

Jean Chaney said...

How lucky you were to be able to take a trip like that and meet one of our fellow tanglers. I wish I could meet all of them. I love your diagonal take on the tangle this week. Jenn Dove just happens to be my local Copic teacher so I will need to look back and see what she did :)

Donald Wilka said...

I like it. It does remind of the Bat signal though. I like the Hollibaugh background.

Ilse said...

Lovely tile! Great choice of patterns ánd colours. Love it.

ionabunny said...

Hi Lynne. Glad you had a fun trip. Hope you are feeling better now. Hugz

Anne's tangle blog said...

I'm glad you feel better now, there is a bad type of flue also here in the Netherlands. Your tile is more then beautiful!

Suzanne Durville said...

I love the big, bold geometric way that you used this tangle. Very nice! Your trip sounds amazing - and how delightful to meet a few talented tanglers on the way.

Sandra Sch. said...

Your Unbatz-Variation is very cool - I like the colour and the stripes in the back! Beautiful :-)

LonettA said...

Wonderful tile! I love your Unbatz variation!

Betsy Wilson said...

You don't always need a string. It looks great!

Chrissie Murphy said...

Oh gorgeous, I could see this on a cushion or repeated and printed on fabric. Amazing work xx

1 Art Lady Kate, Tangles and More said...

How fun to have a visit with fellow tanglers and I love the way you interpreted this tangle.

ChristineC said...

It's really very beautiful and give me ideas.

Bee Watch said...

Your Unbatz is very elegant in its simplicity.

Claire Crook said...

Sounds like a great trip. I agree with Chrissie. This would be gorgeous as a fabric print. Beautiful.

Annet said...

Love Hollibaugh behind your Unbatz, great tile!

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