Monday, March 25, 2013

Diva Challenge # 111: Mooka Monotangle

This week's Diva's Challenge was a rough one for me. I use the tangle pattern 'Mooka' quite often but never just by itself (called a 'monotangle' in zen-speak) and never very much of it. I tend to have difficulty using any one pattern alone. This coupled with the fact that Maria Thomas, calligrapher, artist and one half of the duo who came up with Zentangling is the mistress of the smooth curve and has amazing Mooka pieces out there  makes me realize that I am I decidedly, am not the queen of anything Mookalike. I'm not happy with the results, but I made a vow to post the first one I do no matter what.  And the 'what' that happened this time was Mooka Madness:
It was supposed to be Mookas inside of larger Mookas and then single ones around the edged but it ended up a muddled mess.

I think I'll admit defeat where Mooka is concerned and go back to the 12x12 piece that I'm working on right now. It's kind of Industrial or Steampunkey or something I can't quite put my finger on, but I'm having fun with it. It's on a piece or bright yellow with light orange marbeling  scrapbook paper. 
The one that shows the color doesn't show the detail and the one that shows the detail doesn't show the color. Story of my life.

This pic came out crappy and it doesn't really show the detail either but you get the general drift. Haven't decided what's going in the circles yet. Maybe cogs or wheels of some sort. I'll post an update when I have more done or when it's finished.

Thanks for such a challenging challenge this week Diva!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Mornings At The Farm

Although it was yet another snowy morning at the farm (Quelle Suprise!!!) it was still amazing as usual. The barn is my church. I see more evidence of something greater than myself in the eyes of those animals that I ever have in a chapel. There's no pomp and circumstance, just real physical proof. All creatures great and small.
For the last month the wild turkey herd is in the pasture to greet me.

 I didn't count this morning but there have been as many as 24  in the flock in the past.
This is my buddy, Fonzie.  The very first day I worked at Heartland, I was in charge of socializing baby Peking ducks. They were in a stall with a small swimming pool and Fonzie was bunking with them since he was about the same size (about the size of a large pigeon). Every time a duck would get in the pool, Fonzie would run around and around and around the pool until the duck was safely out. He was so much like a lifeguard, that I started calling him 'Hasselhoff'.  So although everyone else calls him 'Fonzie', he'll always be 'Hoff 'to me!

Rocking Hoff to sleep.
I was trying to get a picture of Isis, a beautiful female chicken in this stall. I was scooched down looking through the view finder. I clicked the button and in the nanosecond before it took the picture, Isis exited left and BAAAAA Phil popped up instead. Scary. Phil was named after the late, great comedian Phyllis Diller before they figured out he was a 'Phil Diller' .

Here is a picture of Phyllis photobombing a picture of Isis the Chicken too. Can you see the resemblance?
This is Mick The Llama's, 'I thought you told me spring was on the way' look.

Thor the Llama just lays his ears back and resents the snow in silence.

This is Mister (white) and Missus (gray) Goose.  I did not know it at the time I took this picture, but this is EXACTLY what Mister looks like just seconds before he tries to kill and eat you.  He's very protective of Missus and although he's grumpy, you have to respect how well he looks out for her even if you do end up with bruised shins on a weekly basis! 
Gracie the Goose, and Buttercup and Juniper the Peking ducks, have had enough of the snow. They are sleeping until it's spring thank you very much.  They are each on one foot to keep the other warm.  You might not have noticed, but Tippy, the Indian Runner duck is smart enough to nestle down on the dog bed in the lower left corner of the photo, thus keeping BOTH feet warm. She may be funny looking, but she's wicked smaht, Deah! I'll take brains over looks any day!

So there you have it. Just a teensy taste of a Sunday morning at the barn. I can think of exactly 18 bagigazillion worse ways to spend a Sunday! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Weekly Challenge #110: "Get Rid Of The Box"

This week's Diva Challenge was to 'Get Rid Of The Box'.  What this meant was left up to your own interpretation; using a technique or medium you don't usually use, tangling on something you normally wouldn't tangle on, etc. Those of you who know me, know that I am a sheep. I am a Follower Of The Rules. I like boundaries and when they aren't there, I tend to hyperventilate, swoon dramatically and then  pass out in a heap.  So here is my interpretation of Tangling Outside of the Box.  I...uh...well...I tangled the outside of a box.

 Side one with MY tangle "Whittier" in the upper right.  That's my churches ceiling tiles!
 Side Two
 Side Three
Side 4

So there you have it.  Way to think outside (but squished right up next to) the box, Molly Bee!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Weekly Challenge #109: "Zentangle Quest"

This week's challenge was to try out a new technique that Maria Thomas created that makes things look draped or folded. You can read about the technique here.  I decided to smite two fowl with one geologic projectile and do the challenge in my Tangle*A*Day calendar since I won't have time to do it tomorrow night (hence the big '13' at the top of the tangle).

It's quick and dirty but it's done. Tomorrow night is baking night. I'm making Banoffee Pie to take to work Thursday for Pi Day and a pan of Snicker squares to farm out to the neighbors.

Be sure and check out the other excellent entries in Laura's challenge this week over here.  Scroll down (But not too fast! Look at the pics of her adorable little ones Chewie and Artoo!) and click on the links at the bottom of the post. There's a lot of creativity out there!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Busy Weekend

My weekend started off great. I went to see Gaelic Storm at the Barrymore. I'd never been to the Barrymore before and it was a kick. There is no assigned seating and everyone can just stand up, dance, crowd the stage etc. It was more like a house party than any concert I'd ever been too. I got a preemo seat about halfway up just to the right and behind the sound guy. Ryan, Gaelic Storm's drummer extrordinaire, came up to the sound booth before the show to set up a camcorder and asked me to watch it for him a couple of times while he ran to get tape etc. Squee! Brush with greatness!

The concert was 3 hours long and it just flew by. 3 hours to drool over my favorite bagpiper, Pete Purvis. That boy can play! Also, I got to hear a song that I've never heard before called ' The Night I Punched Russell Crowe'.  The link takes you to a video done in Legos. It's based on a 19.5% true story that happened to Patrick Murphy, the lead singer of GS, when he was a bar tender in Santa Monica.

On Saturday I did chores including getting some more spinning done. This is 50% Bert (sheep) and 50% Mick (llama) from Heartland. It is soft and light as a feather! 

I dropped by Heartland Saturday afternoon to pick up veggie bins. No one else was around and Eddie and his harem were out walking freely in the barn. I came down the stairs and opened the gate. Before I could turn around and close the gate, Eddie and Esme jumped me. They each untied one of my shoes and Eddie grabbed my jacket zipper and ripped it all within 15 seconds. I'm not sure if they were trying to kill and eat me, or just disrobe me and make me die of the embarrassment of driving home nekked! I finally got hold of a rake and put some distance between us and was fine after that. 
Sunday morning at the farm has hard. It had rained for about 24 hours and we had gotten over an inch of new water. A leaky roof,  flooded stalls and snow sliding off the roof all had to be dealt with in addition to trying to do our normal chores on the ice and in the mud.

Some animals, like Amy the Sheep, embraced the gloomy 40 degree temps. 

Others, like Lily Pig-Pig, embraced their warm blankets and snuggled in for the day! I gotta tell ya,  I'm with Lilly Pig-Pig on this one!

The weekend ended with cooking a pork roast, yam and summer squash supper and  baking two loaves of artisan bread. I exchanged a loaf with new neighbor, John,  for a sampling of his scalloped potatoes and ham.  Worked out so well that I may start a building food co-op! Everyone cooks one thing on Sunday and  exchanges a Tupperware full of it with the others-variety AND not having to cook most of the week.


Friday, March 08, 2013

Finally One I Kinda Like

Kinda Industrial and Steampunky, no?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Squee! I'm A Big Weeeeenerrrrr!

Y'all know what a big fan I am of Laura Harm's website 'I Am The Diva'. She's the one that posts the weekly Zentangle Challenges that I LOVE. A few weeks ago she had a drawing for one of Carol Ohl's 'Tangle*A*Day calendars.  Carol is a CZT who has a wonderful blog as well called Open Seed Arts.  I received the calendar in the mail yesterday along with a beautiful Zentangle Thank You card from Laura. Her own design of course!

The calendar contains a space each day for you to tangle. I was busy spinning and finishing up a work project last night and couldn't sit down to fill the space for the 6th. It was torture. I could barely contain myself!  I set my alarm a little early this morning so I could do today's.  
Squeeeee! It was so much fun. I can't wait to see what it looks like when the entire calendar is all filled in! [Leave it to me to jump the gun! One down..364 to go!] It will make a great reference for choosing patterns for future projects. That's my main issue with tangling right now. I have a few patterns that I love and use over and over.  There are thousands of great patterns out there but I can't remember to use them so need lots of 'reminder' reference guides.

I'm hoping my memory issues are a result of my ADD and inherent flighty-ness and not anything more serious! I found this picture on Pinterest and it seemed very apropos to my life these days.

Seriously.  Every damn time...

Oh well, there are worse things than ending up Zentangling in a corner of The Home I guess! Until they cart me off, I look forward to each new calendar space to fill in with tangles!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Diva's Weekly Challenge #108: UMT v. XIV "Whyz"

This week's challenge was to use  a tangle pattern that Jane MacKugler, CZT, created, called 'Whyz'. (You can see her direction on how to draw it here.)
It's a cool pattern because, depending on shading and placement, it can look like a completely different pattern, kind of like some quilt blocks do. It's in the upper left corner on my tile. I think it looks like twisted spools when done thisall in the same direction and shaded this way.

I am enjoying doing the challenges on official -zed Zentangle tiles. It takes about 15 minutes or so and it really relaxing to do during my lunctime; a much needed mini pick-me-up in the middle of the day.  Thanks Jane for the great pattern and as always, Diva, for the challenge!