Monday, November 26, 2012

Diva Challenge: No Strings Attached

This week's Diva Challenge was to create a tangle without putting down a string first. Fortuitously, I worked on this all weekend and it started without a string.  I did a few spiral designs, then added starfish and sand dollars and filled the background in with the rock and seashell pattern. It's  called 'Cockles and Mussels' and was created by the fabulous Margaret Bremner.  It is one of my go-to designs. 
Low Tide At Lincolnville
I suppose it's kind of a cheat to submit something you did 3 days BEFORE you knew what the challenge would be, but so be it. Maybe I have precognitive abilities (or ESPN as my 5 year old nephew used to say)! Whoa! Yet another superpower!

 Thanks for another wonderful challenge, Diva!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Zinger Challenge

This week's Diva Challenge was to use Zinger (which is the plant tangle coming out of the shell).  I haven't done a challenge for a few weeks now so it was good to get back in the swing. I even used an official Zentangle tile! Thanks for the great challenge, Diva!

The Evolution of Zendalas


Thursday, November 08, 2012

Too Much Fun

Is there any such thing as 'too much fun'?  If so, I think I'm having it. And my Mama always said that 'nothing good ever happens after midnight'.  I beg to differ.  My company has an employee art show in December. I am entering several Zentangled and Zentangle-Inspired pieces.  They always have an art challenge as well. One year it was to decorate a mask. One year it was one of those little wooden beaded human model sculptures. This year is to 'decorate a lab coat''. All of that pristine white space...and me with a Sharpie....a match made in Heaven. SSSSiiiigggghhhh.....

Fortuitously, I had just gotten a book by Mark Kissler about cartooning and shading that I had wanted to play with it, so I decided that rather than tangle the coat, I'd just 'doodle' it like I would a notebook during a meeting. There are birds, bugs, etc.- in no rhyme or reason of order. I don't even care if no one likes it, I am having so much fun with it. I've been up waaaay past bedtime the last few nights and nothing else at my house is getting done as I doodle the hours away.  It's a work in progress and I don't want to think about what will happen when I run out of lab coat.  You are supposed to decorate the front OR the back; I may have to do both...and the sleeves...and the inside!

Here is the overall coat.

 Upper pocket. As you can see, no rhyme or reason... submerged chameleons, divers and mice OH MY!
 Lower right pocket. Miss Glump, the frog. She's on a diet. You can tell by the way she's eyeing those dragon flies, but not eating them.
I don't know what to heck these things are, but they have great balance and enthusiasm.

 I'm contemplating drawing a soccer ball, a la 'Wilson' under the tree. How that guys is finding all of those coconuts in one little tree is beyond me.

Cecil, Lawrence and Dave discussing the fact that the guy marooned on the island is only 3 inches from the mainland. Oliver is flying over ogling Dave's new hair piece.
Below the breast pocket and under the sea
This is Howard on the lower left pocket. I knit him those socks.

So to recap: sleep depived and losing my mind, but having a ball with the latest project. Note to self: hire someone to vaccum!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Gettin 'Er Done!

This weekend was about finishing projects so I could start new projects.  I spent all of Knit Night knitting
brains for my 'thinking cap'. I am very nearly finished and will be able to start my next project, mittens, soon.  Friends gave me a beautiful yarn bowl  for my birthday and I already have it loaded up with the new project yarn. It killed me to not be able to start it last night but I should be able to finish with the brains tonight. 

We are having an art opening at work in December and the Employee Art Challenge is to decorate a lab coat.  I wanted to get it started, but there was the small problem of this guy...


I did this back in April all except for coloring in the border. It was so mind-numbingly tedious, that I put it in  time out and forgot about it. Since I wanted to put it in the art show, it had to be finished before the lab jacket got started. So I spent 6 hours finishing the border and then shading the giraffe, but I finally finished!  I am disappointed that I did this one before I learned to open up my patterns and was still drawing a lot of stuff micro-sized. It might be worth a redo in the future, but without the border!

Anyway, I was proud of what I got accomplished in and around barn duty and other volunteer stuff this weekend. How did your weekend go?

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Put On Your Thinking Cap!

You know, you always hear people say, "If he had half a brain, he would... insert whatever it is he would do here ". I finally have the solution!

This is my cubie-neighbor Carl. As you can see, he's not in his right mind so he agreed to model  this 'thinking cap'.

From a certain angle, he looks like he's fully armed for a battle of wits...

 But upon closer inspection...not so much...

THANK YOU! THANKYOU! THANK YOU! to Knittin' Kitten over at Purl's Patterns for the endless giggles I am getting from knitting this hat and playing with it. I'll get the other half  of the iCord on this weekend, but I couldn't resist debuting it a little early!
Have A Wonderful Thought Provoking Day!