Tuesday, May 22, 2018

No tranquility today

        Our back porch roof partially collapsed last Friday.  Today we have a workman here banging and cutting and trying to restore order to our back.    It is quite a noisy task.  Add to that a very neurotic lab who cannot understand what someone is doing in his back yard and there is no quiet for me today.  Between bouts of crying and barking, he just clings to my leg as I work.  Oh my.  What a day.  Well, since it could take more than one day - what a week!
        Glad I got all the challenges done yesterday.  The first one, my inchie, is supposed to be about the country Lithuania.  I know nothing other than what I found out online.  And that it is beautiful.  I decided though to go with a couple of icons from an icons page.  I assume they are wine and cheese. 

        Joey's challenge was to finish this round tile.  In the center she used the tangle cadent.  I love that tangle.  It was one of the first tangles I ever learned and it appeals to me so much. 

        The 100 Days Project pushes on!  Here are days 46 - 49.  It is hard to believe we are half way through this challenge! 

        A little bit of coloring last week - from Color It's Mythical and Fantasy book.  I used prismas for both of these with a little gel pen to glitter some areas. 

        I really could use another hour or so of sleep.  But not with all this noise.  I might as well sit here and chill.   Thanks for dropping by and saying hello!  Take care and enjoy your day!  Hugs!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Monday!

     I hope you all are having a wonderful day!  Mine is great - bright and sunshiny!  A bit hot but I am not outside so very much so that's okay. 
    Every Inchie Monday's country this week was Andorra.  I have to say I had never heard of it until I googled it.  I decided to just to a map of this tiny country and add the flag. 
      Joey's still doing the tangles where we have to finish up her tile.  She drew the tangle friendship in the center of the tile and I used the tangles zari and verve to finish it up.  I did not realize how much my paper showed through other lines and marks until I started coloring it.  I am not happy with the "dents' in the paper, but I am not redoing it!
      I have been having some fun doing bookmarks this past week.  It is a way to use up some scrap paper and a small space to try new tangles.  I think I will order some plastic covers and tassles for them.  Then?  I am not sure what to do with them, but they have been fun.

   Guess that is all for this week. Oh!  I got a "job" (well, sort of) doing a review for a couple of Creative Haven's coloring books.  They are sending me some and I will write the review here!  It would be very nice if you could leave a comment on that post so they can tell I do have readers (ha!).  I would love to do others for them so we shall see how this goes. 
    Also I finished the Everglades virtual race.  Now I am doing Glacier National Park!  Oh that place is lovely!  I would love to see it in person.
    Take care and have a wonderful week!  Hugs!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Routines and patterns

     I like routine.  I am one of those people who don't mind a very planned schedule.  That was one of the most difficult things I found when I first retired.  Teaching my day was very planned - overly planned.  Not so being at home.  Then a routine developed.  Not a hard and fast, can't be varied, but still somewhat of a routine.  Monday is my day for working on all my challenge pieces.  Not yesterday.  Yesterday I played plumber's helper to my brother.  Then we had to wait for a "real" plumber to show up to finish up the job.  Ray did not have the tools we needed.  So it was a day of plumbing work and waiting.  But on the very positive side I have a new kitchen faucet that WORKS!!  I am so happy! 
      Joey's challenge was to use the tangle whirlee as a starter in the center of the round tile.  From there I did a lot of sitting and staring.  I could not figure what to add to this tile.  Finally made a border of pooma them just added some flowers and embellishments.  And a dash of color!

       Diva's challenge was to use the tangle somnee.  It reminds me of the tinker toys I played with as a child.  They were so much fun!  Sort of like this tangle.

       While rearranging some craft supplies (some people call it cleaning, I really can't say that happened), I found some vellum. so for my inchie this week I used vellum.  On the front I did the famous guard from the UK.  Then on the back I did the flag.  I wanted a more subdued look for the flag.  May have to try this approach again!

       And finally here is my last entry for the 100 days project.  This is day 34 and 35.  I really love doing that rose in the center.  The tangle is called roza and is very simple and soooo pretty!

       Almost finished with my Everglades bike (virtual) race.  Hope to have it done soon.  I am getting a really good pace - my best yet was today!  I know it doesn't compare to a real athlete but I am proud of the time I got - a little over 8 minutes for a mile!  I do about 3 miles each day.  Again I know that isn't great but hey, folks, when I started I was dying at about a 1/2 a mile!  This is progress.  Just slow progress.  I also probably shouldn't admit this but we are friends and I trust you not to tell - but the first time we sat the bike up, I could not get on.  I wanted to so badly it almost made me cry but I could not stretch my leg enough to get on it.  Ray, bless his soul, was very patient and helped me finally get on the bike.  Now?  I can easily get on with no help so my muscles are getting more flexible!  Again, slow progress.
      Take care and thanks for dropping by to say hello!  I think I shall go turn the water on and off in the kitchen for a few moments and enjoy the ease of running water!  Hugs!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Backyard Bunny

     In our backyard we have a couple of bunnies that have taken residence.  Much to our surprise, Lakota doesn't seem to really care about where they are.  I guess he might have been more interested as a puppy.  When I saw this coloring sheet I knew I had to do it first in my Summer Scenes by Creative Haven.  He was such a cute rabbit!
     The inchie country was Greece.  I would love to see that country.  It has such a colorful, romantic flair to it - at least to me.  The homes are gorgeous with their stark white walls and "cleanness".  I loved teaching that unit when I was working with third grade.  We studied all the contributions made to our history and also got to sample some really great Greek food!  Yum!

      Joey's challenge used the tangle "spoken" for the center.  I don't use that one much at all, but I can see how nicely it works on the center of a round tile.  I love sampler style pages, so this one was lots of fun. 

      Two more days of the 100 Days Project.  The bottom one is a couple of "tangle folk".  I love doing those drawings.  The basic outline is done without lifting the pen - that can be challenging!  I usually do that part in pencil so that I can go back and straighten up the proportions.  Either way they are fun!

       The sun is shining and the weather is so comfortable.  Not too hot and not too cold!  I love it.  And so does Lakota.  He loves rambling around the yard and rolling in the sunshine.  What a sweetie!
       Thank you for dropping by!  Hugs!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Rain? Light showers? Not.

     It's raining again.  The weatherman optimistically says "light showers" possible.  We never have light showers.  We have floods and torrential rains, but light?  No.  Our backyard is a major swamp.  Lakota who cannot stand to get wet, just stands in the back door and looks out with this dismal expression on his face - like, why me?  I am hoping the weather is right for the weekend when they say "a beautiful weekend".  We'll see.   Trust no one. 
     The inchie country was Kenya.  There are a lot of wonderful images - animals, scenery, etc. - I could have used but I really love the graphic flag.  It appeals to me so that is what I did.   Just the flag. 
      Joey's challenge had me going for quite a while.  First of all the center of the circle, which she gives us was the tangle frames.  That wasn't easy for me, but I managed.  but trying to decide how to finish it off was a struggle.  I just kept staring at it wondering what to do.  I am moderately okay with it - I do like the color. 
     This next piece I did for my 100 day challenge.  It covers 3 days.  I divided the journal page into 3 sections then drew hollibaugh over the page.  The days are divided by the teal line. This was fun to fill.
      I got another awesome coloring book from Creative Haven.  I love those books.  If you haven't tried one of their books you need to.  This new one is Butterfly Mandalas.  Very relaxing to color.  The pictures in it are very detailed and so pretty!  Here are a couple I have finished.

    Guess I will call it a day now.  I have several other things I need to get busy and finish.  Take care and thanks for dropping by!  Hugs!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

     The challenges this week were so much fun!  The inchie was Egypt.  There are some weeks I have trouble finding something from the country I want to/can do.  This week was the opposite.  There were so many cool things I could not decide.  So I put as many things as I could on one little inch.

      Diva's challenge was a duotangle this week.  That means we can only use two tangles.  She chose shattuck and tripoli.  It is sort of hard to tell but I used a gray marker to do the tripoli. 

      Joey's Creative Inspiration is a series of finish her tangles.  She put the tangle Relly-Telly-One in the center and we had to add other tangles around it.  I decided to use some Derwent pencils to make my background.  Then when that had dried, I drew Joey's start and added to that some "breach" growing out of the center.   Pop in some more color and voila!  Done!
       Only a tiny bit to go on my Grand Canyon "race".  I hope to finish it up tomorrow.  Then I will be off to do the Everglades race!  I am trying to complete a National Parks series.  The last two races - Yellowstone and Yosemite are really long ones.  Over a 100 miles each.  They should take me a long time! 
       Thank you for dropping by and I hope you are having a wonderful day!  Hugs!    

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Happy Sunshiny Day!!

    It is so lovely outside!  It feels like spring - okay a bit cool, but oh so lovely outside.  I love spring for the most part.  Our pollen count has been tremendously high.  Bad for me, good for the Claritin company (they do sinus meds). 
    The inchie this week was Peru.  I googled Peru and came up with a cute girl in a her native hat.  I started to do a llama, but decided she would be easier.
     Joey's challenge was to take her string with Breach in the center and add to it.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  Added some more breach and some feathering (because I am addicted to that tangle). Then I decided on some color instead of graphite shading.  That turned out really good until I turned the page and saw the color with gamsol blending had gone through to the other page. 

    Okay.  Now what?  Diva wanted us to use our fingers to draw a string.  I added color to make the fade through from the other side less noticeable.   Oh well.  The color worked, even if it wasn't in the master plan!
     One of my Facebook groups has a 100 day project challenge.  We have to tangle for 15 minutes each day.  That is no problem.  It might be more of a challenge for me to NOT tangle for 15 minutes, lol.  I have found that stopping after 15 minutes was next to impossible.  On the few that ran close, I simply finished them in overtime.  I could not leave them unfinished.  Too linear for that!

      I finished my Avenue of the Giants virtual race!  I am now waiting on the shirt and medal, which I will share next week.  Now I am off and cycling through the Grand Canyon.  Oh how I would love to see these in person!  We saw the Grand Canyon on our last trip out west.  It was an awesome site and one I will never forget.  I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to travel with my family before mom died.  The memories are wonderful even this long ago. 
My "virtual" view
      Thank you for dropping by and I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Hugs!