Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A small dilemma, a challenge.....and a giveaway!

About a week ago I had finished up my errands early and was waiting to meet my friend Sudahlia for lunch.  I had about a half an hour to kill and thought it would be the perfect time for a little tangling.  I looked in my purse, no Zentangle kit.  I checked the console in my car, no Zentangle kit.  I dug deep in my work bag, no Zentangle kit.  How could this be happening?  I have two kits and had somehow managed to leave both of them at home.  There was only one solution to prevent this from happening again, I must create some more kits!  I wrote about my favorite Zentangle kit set up a few weeks ago.  I have a black one and a pink one.  I decided to toss the pink one, the color is a little obnoxious and it shows all the pen marks I leave behind when I'm using it as a drawing surface.  I got online and ordered up some new cases from Office Depot.  The new cases were here in less than a day and I quickly got to work filling them with pens and tiles.  Ahhh, four, count em, four kits.  I will never be without supplies again!  A new problem quickly arose, however.  The next day I started a tile while waiting at the doctors office.  Later that night I grabbed the Zentangle kit off the table so that I could finish it but there was no tile.  I grabbed a kit from the car, no tile.  I finally found the kit I was looking for in my purse, but by now I was annoyed.

I called my friend Sudahlia the next day to make dinner plans for that evening.  I was telling her about all of my identical kits and how it would be nice if I had a little charm or something on the zipper so I could tell them apart.  I should know better than to mention something like that to her.  Sudahlia is a fabulous beader and showed up at dinner with four fabulous beaded charms, all distinctly different so I can now tell my kits apart.

Left:  Vintage lucite beads and accents
Right: Vintage glass fiber optic bead with a Swarovski
crystal beaded bead

Left:  Leather with glass beads
Right:  Handmade ceramic bead with glass accents

These cases are being discontinued so I ordered a few extras and thought it would be fun to do a giveaway.  To enter do one of the following:

Become a follower of this blog.

Follow this blog by email.

Place a link to this blog on your blog or website.

Leave me a message on this post letting me know which one you chose and you will be entered to win a brand new hard drive case, perfect to carry your Zentangle supplies.  Just so you don't get jealous of mine, Sudahlia says she will make the winner a charm in there choice of color to hang from their new case.

A quick note:  If you are already a follower but have not been receiving my updates in your dashboard or reader, you may need to unsubscribe and then "follow" again.  This is a glitch related to my name change a few weeks ago.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Now onto the challenge!

This week's challenge was brought to us by guest contributor Christina Vandervlist from the blog stART.  The challenge was to use a straight string with curvy tangles, or a curvy string with straight tangles.  I decided to make one of each.  I love how they came out!

I got so into this tile that at the very end I accidentally
added the straight tangle "facets" to my tile.  Oh well.

Tangles:  Pearlz, Huggins, Antidot, Crescent Moon,
Isochor, Facets, Betweed, Msst

My husband calls this one "eggs".  It was harder than I thought
to find so many straight tangles because I usually add a curve
for interest, even to the straight ones!

Tangles:  Rectangles, Florz, Baton, Ahh, Munchin,
Cubine, Apeel, Up and Across


  1. Erin, I just signed up to Follow your blog, & I'll try to link from mine later. I'm Really Sad to hear that these hard drive cases are being discontinued! I have one & love it, so if you'd like to give me another . . . ; D

  2. Great contest! I can't believe these cases are being discontinued!

  3. WOW! So very generous of you to share. I just signed up to follow your blog. Thank you for including me in the giveaway.

  4. I just happily signed up to follow your blog. Love your playful attitude-and your zentangles, of course. :-)

  5. I'm following your blog - these kits look wonderful

  6. Hi Erin! I love the one case I have already, but you're convincing me I may need an extra for emergencies! And thanks for the heads up re the new blog name.. I've resubscribed! Love the idea of the charms.. so lovely! See you in October!

  7. Hello! I follow your blog by email and love it. So many great ideas from your Zentangles... thank you! I would love to be entered for the case and charm!

  8. what an excellent idea! I love it. I'm now a follower, too!


  9. Thanks for the opportunity to win the case! I'm now in your list of followers :)

  10. I follow by e-mail - thanks for the opportunity to win.

  11. I am new to Zentangle so am always looking for ideas. Thanks for sharing your creativity and your tangle kits!

  12. I just signed up for your blog and your generous giveaway. Thanks!

  13. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I'm also happy to find your blog and become follower!

  14. I started "tangling" this winter. wow, how fun is this! I love following blogs, you guys are so talented!

  15. Erin,
    I signed up, too! I have a hard drive case that I love... but...hmmmm... 2 would be nice (and I love cobalt blue, yellow, and teal... just in case) :-)
    Martha aka Blue Ridge Woman

  16. Thanks for the chance to win one of these super portable Z kits - the beaded I.D. Zipper pull is a great addition. I am a follower and will be receiving email updates as well :)

  17. What a fun idea to have a kit like that! I'd love a case and those charms are just fabulous! I signed up to follow your blog and will see about posting a link on my blog in a bit.

    Great tangles, too!

  18. Hi, great idea. just signed up and will add a link on my blog.

  19. Happy to have found you and I signed up to follow you - I love looking back at your tangles and look forward to being inspired each week by your new ones. I participated in the Diva challenge for the first time last week and it was sure fun to see everyone's efforts!

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  21. What a generous giveaway. I'm a bit late in seeing this, but it gives me a great idea on a case to carry my supplies in my purse. Thanks for the idea!! Happy Tangling!



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