I have a great new friend named Jamie who I met in January at nursing school and she has a daughter Ava, that is only 2 weeks older than my niece Avery. We decided a lunch date and trip to the pumpkin patch was in order.
|Enjoying the jumpy pillow|
|Jamie and Ava petting the bunny|
|This bunny is a literal chick magnet|
|She really loved the bunnies|
|Oh look, she's petting another bunny|
We grabbed a quick bite to eat and then it was off to get their nails done. They both decided to get orange nails with cute little spiders, spider webs and jack-o-lanterns. They even managed to keep their hands to themselves long enough to not smudge the polish!
While we were waiting for their nails to dry, Jamie decided we should also take them to the movies. So we were off to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. It was actually a really good movie and the girls were well behaved. After that however, Auntie was wiped!
I spent the rest of dealing with school and work until Thursday, which of course was the best day of the year, HALLOWEEN! Some of the nieces and nephews came over with their parents and a few friends tagged along as well. I spent the day cooking chili, decorating, and pretending I hadn't eaten any of the candy.
|My adorable nieces dressed as Alice in Wonderland|
and Rapunzel. My nephew was also here but refused
to put his costume on.
|Here she is with the mummy. She kept walking around saying|
"I'm your mummy!" She was cracking herself up.
|She loves the pumpkin. It has an actual working carousel|
inside with a witch chasing two ghosts.
|Last year she hated the giant spider. This year|
they are best friends.
|Here she is pretending to be attacked. |
She's really cute but a poor actress.
I was supposed to work on the ambulance on Halloween but in order to get it off I had to make a deal with the devil and work a shift at 4:30 in the morning on Friday. Uggghhh. I haven't worked that early since my early days as a paramedic when I had no seniority and no say in what shift I had to work. I got home around 5:00 pm and was in bed by 8:00. Hence the late Saturday post with your Zendala Dare.
Zendala Dare #79 - Thanks Rick and Maria!
As has become the tradition, the first Zendala Dare of the month always comes with a little extra challenge. Since November brings with it Thanksgiving, I thought a Thanksgiving inspired challenge was only appropriate. I could have picked something literal like a turkey challenge (even though I have no idea how I would even do that) but I decided to go with something that had to do with the spirit of Thanksgiving instead.
I have a lot to be thankful for. A great husband, wonderful family, amazing friends, health insurance, a roof over my head and a steady job. But there are so many other things to be thankful for and one of those things is Zentangle. You always hear Zentangle enthusiasts saying how "thankful they are to have found Zentangle". It may be hard for outsiders to understand but anyone who does Zentangle knows how enriching it can be. We all have different reasons why we love it. For me, it gave me a creative outlet I never thought I could have, the gift of drawing. You can read my story here, but the gist of it is that once I found Zentangle, I had the freedom to be more creative while also learning a method to be more calm and reduce my stress. This would never have been possible if Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the creators of Zentangle, hadn't given this amazing gift to us.
So this weeks challenge is to create a Zendala using the template below that is a tribute to Rick and Maria to say thanks for their contribution. You may do this in any format you wish. You might choose to use official tangles, or pick some of Rick and Maria's favorites. Maybe Zentangle has opened up the world of color to you and you want to create a stunning ZIA with those new watercolors you bought. Perhaps you decided to only use tangles that spell Rick or Maria? It's up to you, just make sure it a fitting tribute to the creators of this artform that we all love so much! I'm sure anything you dream up will be fantastic.
Here's the template:
My first thought was to use my favorite official tangles. I started with Flux and then proceeded onto Hollibaugh. The entire time I was working I was thinking ahead (my first error) and trying to decide what I would put in the larger middle sections. I added a little line work while I was contemplating my next move and then it hit me. There was a reason I couldn't come up with a good tangle for those sections. It was because there should be no tangle in that section. In CZT training Rick talked a lot about the "elegance of limits" and today, after all this time, I think I finally got it.
For Rick and Maria, thank you:
|Tangles: Flux, Hollibaugh|