I am the Diva Challenge #337

Been a little busy these days so haven’t done a lot of tangling. The weather has been extremely nice outside so I’ve been trying to take advantage of being outside while the weather is warm. I don’t like the cold weather,  which I’m sure is on its way, so I’m spending as much time as I can outside. For this week’s challenge the Diva wanted us to use a tangle that was named after one of her sons Artoo.  You can see the step outs here.

Here’s my tile for the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Tangling.

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I took the week off for my birthday this past week. I had an opportunity to spend some time in my art studio and make a bunch of cards. That’s something that I really enjoy doing. And I do send cards but I seem to have more cards made and I can send. I often send a bunch of them to my mom and then she uses them to send to her friends. It’s a good deal because I get to make cards and she can send them and not have to pay for cards at the Hallmark store. But I seem to have an overflow of cards these days. She doesn’t need anymore. I’ve tried to give some to my sisters but they don’t usually send cards so they don’t want any. Today is national card making day which is great. But how many people actually send greeting cards anymore? I wonder?  I’d be curious to find out how many people actually make cards because it’s fun. Of those cards they made how many do they actually sent? And do any of you sell your cards? I can’t imagine selling my cards because the time it takes for me to design the card and then make the card would make the cost of the card prohibitive. At least, that is, if my time is worth anything. At this point I’m happy to give them away but as I said I don’t know who to give them to. My sisters just don’t want them and my mother can’t use anymore. Just starting a discussion if anybody wants to join in. I’d be curious what you all do with the cards you make.

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I Am The Diva Challenge #334, and more

Boy did I have a busy day yesterday. Started out with a visit to the vet. Zipper, my cat, needed her rabbies shot.  Next I have an appointment with the retina specialist. In a previous post I talked about how my right I had some vision problems due to the vitriol gel in my eye pulling away from the Retina. Well a few weeks ago it happened to my left eye also. I needed to go and make sure that it wasn’t a retina detachment or tear. Fortunately the retina of my eyes are excellent even though there are large floaters in both eyes now. I feel like I’m living in a fishbowl looking  through seaweed. However there is a great chance that the floaters will eventually settle down below my vision and I will be able to see just fine again. With my glasses on my vision is 2020.  So that’s good it’s just hard looking through all the floaters.

My next stop was a visit to a coworkers house.  She lives out in the country and rents a room in a farmhouse. She has two great Dane dogs and she loves where she lives because the dogs have the farm to run around in. She’s also a firefighter and EMT for the town she lives in, Princeton Massachusetts. So I got a tour of the fire station. I got to actually get in a firetruck as well as an ambulance. I’m about the same height as her so she let me try on her firefighter gear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there we went to a horse farm to clean out stables and feed the horses and I got to ride one. When I was a kid my aunt and uncle owned a large farm. They didn’t have horses they had chickens and cows. But I enjoyed being in the country. So I had a lot of fun yesterday. Cleaning out the horse stalls was kind of like standing in a giant litter box scooping out poop. Not something I’d like to do on a daily basis but it was fun to help my friend out.

 

 

 

 

 

While I was at the eye doctors yesterday it was a long wait so I started drawing on my iPad. I have the new 10.5 inch iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. I use a program called Procreate to draw and last week there was a major update to both the iPad operating system as well as Procreate. The smudge tool, or what I refer to as a blending tool has been greatly improved.  So for this week’s Diva a challenge I actually drew on the iPad and not with real pencil and paper. Normally I would never do Zentangle digitally but that’s what I started while waiting at the eye doctor so I figured I’d finish there. Procreate with the Apple Pencil is absolutely awesome to draw with. The range of brushes available is pretty awesome too and there are hundreds of brushes available on the Internet that you can purchase and download too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d be curious if anybody else out there is using Procreate to draw with. Not necessarily just Zentangle things but drawing in general. Let me know and happy tangling.

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I Am The Diva #333 and floors update

Floors are finally done and they look great. Here’s the after photo before they put down the runner.

 

Going up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With runner, going up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all looks so much better and even better than I could have imagined.

Now  for this weeks diva challenge. With the change of seasons she wanted to inspire us to create a Tile that felt cozy to us. My go to and favorite Tangle is Bales. I find it easy to draw and it has so many ways for variations.

Here it is in its basic form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here it is with variations. And then I got carried away with the shadowing. This truly was a comfort tile for me to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you guys have a fabulous rest of the week and Tangle on.

 

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Two new cards and a floor update.

Day three on our floors. They finish the kitchen today as well as the laundry room.

They also ripped up the carpet in the upstairs hallway. They haven’t started the stairs at all yet.

 

I on the other hand stayed home today because of severe toothache.  I went to the doctor to find out I must have a root canal. They only do root canals on Thursdays, which is tomorrow, but they are full for tomorrow so I have to wait until next Thursday. Boo hoo!  So I’m eating soft food and taking Motrin.

Considering I couldn’t really be downstairs at all with the construction going on and I didn’t want to just lay in bed all day I decided to work on some greeting cards. Thought I would try to use some of my stash up so I found some coordinating papers and inks and created these two cards.

 

At least working on these cards distracted me from the pain in my tooth.

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Birthday card for my sister

My sisters birthday is on Sunday and as usual I don’t have the birthday card ready to put in the mail. So her birthday card will be late. That’s very typical of me and my family knows that. So I just finished a card for her on my already crowded desk in which I had been doing some water coloring and I tipped over the jar of water all over the card. Not happy. 

You can see where the water streaked across the page and if you look on the edge you can see where the paper has warped.  I’ll send the card anyway but I’ve created another one to send along with it.

For this card I used inexpensive watercolor paper and cut it into card size pieces. Then I went out in my garden and collected a bunch of flowers and put them between the watercolor paper, sandwiched them between two ceramic tiles, then tied them together and simmered them in boiling water for two hours. This particular piece left the flower imbedded in the paper and I really like the way it turned out. Not all the paper turned out quite as lovely. But it’s a project I will definitely attempt again. Here’s a link to one of the YouTube videos I watched to make this. https://youtu.be/ULFIuj1euQ0

Hope you all have a fabulous Labor Day weekend.

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I Am The Diva Challenge #331

I loved this challenge. This weeks challenge is to use the Petoskey stone as inspiration for your tile. The Petoskey stone is a It’s a fossilized stone that’s only found  in Michigan  on the shores of  Lake Michigan. And I’m originally from Michigan. The Petoskey stone is the state stone and you can read all about them here.

As I was  drawing  the tile for this challenge I could see a little tiny solar eclipses in each of the sections. Which prompted me to blacken the center of each section. If you’ve read my earlier blog posts my husband and I had the opportunity to see a total solar eclipse of the sun a couple of weeks ago. And I’ve got eclipse fever and that’s about all I can think of at the moment. We are hoping and planning to see one of the next eclipses. The next one being in southern Chile in 2019 and then again in 2020. The next one to be in the United States is in seven years.

I hope you can find inspiration in this weeks diva challenge.

 

I hope you can find inspiration in this weeks diva challenge.

 

Happy tangling.

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I Am The Diva Challenge #330, Eclipse

Last Monday there was a total eclipse of the sun that extended, in a 70 mile corridor, across the entire US from Oregon to South Carolina. My husband and I had the  privilege and fortune to be able to travel to South Carolina to be in the path of totality.  It was the most awesome thing I have ever seen. Please read all about it in my previous blog post. For this week’s diva challenge we’ve been asked to create tiles that represent the eclipse.  She suggested using 4 tiles put together in a square and circles, for the string, that radiate out from the center of the four squares. I have not finished all four squares but I did get one done. And that’s what you see below. If you had the opportunity to see the eclipse please leave a message here and let me know how you experienced it. Happy tangling.

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Total Eclipse, 2017, Clinton, South Carolina.

We saw the solar eclipse today. We started in Columbia SC. and drove north because the cloud cover was predicted to be better. We stopped in Newbury but Carl wanted to continue north. We then veered east a little closer to the line where totality would be the longest but it was a little town, more like a wide spot in the road. Not a lot going on and we didn’t see any public restrooms, so we moved on.

We ended up in Clinton. We found a dirt parking lot with a bunch of other people. There weren’t the throng of people at this small town that the news people predicted. Across the drive from where we parked were people who had driven down from DC. Near the center of the parking lot, where it was paved, there were a row of Porta-potties. People had brought their lawn chairs and umbrellas. There might have been activities going on, on the paved part but, except to go to the bathroom, Carl and I stayed by our car. We had stopped at Walmart before we left and had plenty of snacks and water. As we were waiting for the eclipse to begin, the clouds began forming.

  

At one point it looked like we wouldn’t be seeing anything. But then the clouds would part and we’d see the sun again. Just moments before the eclipse started a gentlemen from England, David, walked by and asked if we had any extra glasses, which we did. We also offered him water and he stayed with us until the end. Once the eclipse began the sun and clouds continued to played hide and seek. There were times when we could see the sun easily and times where we couldn’t see it at all. Just 6 or 7 minutes before totality a bunch of clouds showed up and it looked very iffy.

But as it got closer to totality the sky around the sun cleared. We could see that the light seem to get weaker and weaker. We were awed that with 95% or more of the sun covered it was as light as it was. But at the moment of totality it was like someone flipped a switch. It was dark.

We could see what looked like a high lens flare come from the edge of the sun just as totality occured. That’s what they call the “diamond ring.” The flare was unexpected and so bright. I shouted, “Can we look now?” It was incredible. And then, just like that, the sun looked like a black hole in the sky with the corona all around it.

All of a sudden we could see Venus on one side and Jupiter farther away on the other side. Everyone cheered. The feeling that came over me is indescribable. Tears welled up inside. To be able to look at the sun and see a black hole in its place and the corona around it was awesome. Full of awe.

The cicadas started singing when the sun was 90% or more covered, and could be heard at their loudest at totality. I saw a few robins fly by during totality as they headed for their roosting site. Street lights came on. “Oh my God,” and,” Wow,” could be heard from the crowd. Or maybe that was me talking. I looked around and the ambient light looked like it was an hour after sunset. But then I looked up again and I could see this completely black hole in the sky with a bright glow around it where the sun had been only moments ago. Something I’ve only seen in photos. And although I’ve seen photos, to look at a total eclipse in real life is simply indescribable. In a few short moments, just over 2 minutes it was over. A flare was emitted from the sun again, another “diamond ring” and the light returned as though someone turned the light back on. Most people stayed for only a few minutes longer. Then they started to pack up and leave. The event that brought them all to this one place was over. David stayed for quite a while with us. He was grateful to have had a chance to share this moment with someone. This was a moment that needed sharing. It was a moment that couldn’t be witnessed alone. I was glad he found us and that we had eclipse glasses to share with him.

Carl wanted to stay until the end. But when there was just a very tiny piece of the moon covering the sun Carl was ready to leave. To leave with just the end of the eclipse still visible in his mind.

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