Diva Challenge, week of July 20th

Tangle made for the Circus Tangle Challenge using Fescu, Cack, and Tropicana

Tangle made for the Circus Tangle Challenge using Fescu, Cack, and Tropicana

Here is my take on the circus theme on the Diva Challenge! We were challenged to use Tropicana (the one that looks architectural to me), Fescu (the wispy curls), and Cack, (the striped candies). Bess said it looked like a candy land drawing.  Peppermints!

Here is the post that explains all the guidelines and a linky so you can see all the others who posted for the week.

I enjoy doing the challenges as I am new to tangling. It helps me learn some new patterns and gives me a starting place.  Sometimes the blank page and getting started is the hardest part of any art or writing project!


Diva Challenge #214—An Iris Tangle


iris tangle

Finally I got my tangle done for the Diva Challenge #214, which was to make an Earth Day challenge. The irises have been blooming like crazy for the last few weeks and using that shape to tangle within was an idea that was already rattling around in my head. This seemed to fit into the “Earth Day/Amanda Day” theme. Check out her adorable explanation of the Earth being named Amanda.  🙂 I’ll admit this was not a quick project, it’s one that I wanted to spend some time on!

Here are the patterns I used:
Top of the iris—the “standards” of the iris—Tagh and Zippee
The bottom of the iris—the falls—Florz and Flux
The stem—Annee
The leaves—-Chainlea

The rest of it is stuff I just made up as I went along. I used black pens of different sizes, and some colored pencils to add in the color.  I am pleased!

Tangle challenge #213


I love the idea of a weekly Zentangle Challenge! Thanks to the Diva at I am the Diva, I have a little weekly motivation. I am finding that I don’t really tangle until the weekends, so I am a bit late to the game, but I really enjoyed tangling around this “found object tangle.”  Here’s the tangle:

tangle April19 And here is the object I used to get my string.  Thanks to Jamie, who let me borrow this mask for the superhero day we had at school this week.  I should post about that next.  😉    mask


WP_20150329_16_55_08_Pro InstagramCapture_ce11c32f-1bef-4d8b-a012-a2cd31edb675 WP_20150320_18_05_48_Pro V__BA88 InstagramCapture_78517d97-c0a5-4814-8e89-6a57816e670fI have been practicing tangling when I can, so here are a few I have done over the past few months.  I really love it!

Plus a few little drawings I did for Bess’s babysitting kid, Kort. She is totally in love with these Shopkins!

Zentangle Challenge


4-10-15 Weekly Diva Challenge #212—-Fanz

I think I’m ready to start up this blog again! Whew! 2012? My oh my a lot has changed since then. Here’s a little something I did Friday night—hope you enjoy!  I am really enjoying tangling (if I di not have a job or a family, I’d do 4 tiles a day, I love it that much) and keep looking all over to see if I can go tangle with others someplace.  Seems like no dice in this area.

School will be in it’s last 6 weeks starting Monday, so we are in the home stretch.  This also means I may be so busy that this may be my only post for months.  Or years, let’s get real!  Lol! 🙂

Here’s to a restart, though!

First Day Jitters


I’m having Meet the Teacher tonight at my school, and I am just jittery this morning.  No, I don’t even drink coffee!  I am buzzing with all the thoughts in my head, trying to remember the important things and knowing I have a morning full of meetings where I can’t exactly do the things on my mind.

Lord, be with me and guide my steps!  Calm my spirit and let me not get all tangled up in others’ anxious feelings.  Help me stay on task and relax.  I thank you that I love this time of year.  Help me relax in the joy of it.

I do need to get my blood pressure pills going this morning!


Here’s what we have cooking for the kids’ last week before school:

Whole Chicken in a crock pot (with potatoes and carrots)

Mini Chicken Pot Pies (in muffin tins)

Beef Taco Soup

Meat Rolls

Homemade Pizza

Orange Chicken

Sushi Night


Jamie made sushi for us, showing off the skills he gained in his foods class last year.  He also baked Apple Pies in the Apples—didn’t get a picture!!  Both were just delicious.

The sushi rolls included sticky rice, seaweed wrappers, cream cheese, shredded carrots, daikon and imitation crab.  Jamie did a great job wrapping them up.  We had some potstickers and sauce for dipping.