I actually had to work on Christmas this year and it was a very busy day on the ambulance. Holidays can be hit or miss in the ambulance business and from what I have seen in the past years, Christmas has a tendency to be pretty mellow, but not this year. Luckily, I had my usual partner Jenn so even though it was busy, I had good company and I brought us a few treats so the day was tolerable. We exchanged gifts and she got me the cutest toiletry bag for when I do overnight shifts at the ambulance station. Its covered in silver glitter and pink owls. It screams "girly"! I love it. I also attended a girls lunch where 6-8 of us get together every year and have great cocktails, lunch and exchange gifts. Luckily, my friend Chris drew my name and she is an excellent gift giver. I am the lucky new owner of super cozy owl pajamas, a new calendar, an awesome mounted picture of my husband and I with Chris and her husband, and a new sandwich shaped coin purse. All the gifts were amazing but I am partial to the coin purse. Why? I don't know but it's pretty darn cool.
My friend Debbi bought me this magnet for Christmas. I would be offended, but its probably true. She knows me so well.
I had the day after Christmas off so most of my family met at my mom's and I was able to visit with my stepmother and her boyfriend who live in Los Angeles but drive up and spend Christmas with us. After my father passed away 5 years ago my mother and my stepmother became thick as thieves and now they talk several times a week on the phone and my stepmother stays at my mother's house when she visits. Weird and wonderful all at the same time. It's easier if I don't try to understand it.
Zendala Dare #38
I just realized as I am typing this that this will be the last Zendala Dare of 2012! That's a lot of pressure to come up with something really cool for next week.
Even after 38 templates I still get a little anxious each time I pick one. "Is it too linear?" "Is it too organic?" "Are the spaces to big or are they too small?" Well, this week was no different. Sometimes I create the templates specifically for that weeks dare and sometimes I use one's that I have created and saved. This one was created 3 days ago. When I initially finished it I loved it. I thought it had great balance, clean lines, and was different from the others. Then came the moment of truth. I printed it. Once it's on paper and I can accurately see it's proportions I have a tendency to start to question if it will be "tangleable". I like people to actually be able to modify tangles rather than just fill with line work (don't get me wrong, I love line work but it's called Zentangle, not Zenline, right?). When I printed this template the spaces looked very small and I contemplated for 3 days if this was the best pick but I decided to try it anyway and I think the results are pretty impressive. It was actually much easier than I thought to find appropriate tangles. Let me know what you think of it.
|Tangles: Zedbra, Purk, Antidot, Laced, Meer,|
Squid, Crescent Moon
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