Most nights my brain has a usual routine at bedtime. No matter how much I try to turn my brain "off" it insists on thinking about everything under the sun. Usually I'm thinking about the next Zendala Dare, a new layout I want to try in my planner, or I am dreaming up crazy trips I want to go on with my nieces and nephews. When I finally fall asleep there are lots of crazy dreams to contend with. My dreams are colorful, realistic, and sometimes scary. Often there is a bit of sleepwalking thrown in, but thats ok, I just count it as exercise. My trainer is not so generous.
In between falling asleep and dreaming I have another state that I'm sure some sleep specialist would have a name for but I just think of it as my "nonsense" state. As I am falling asleep I go through a state where I start thinking of things that have no rhyme or reason. Last night I was picturing myself wrapping a statue in cotton candy. A couple days ago I had a vision where I saw a bunch of dogs and cats swimming in a pool filled with purple water. Some people have suggested that these are actually dreams that I am remembering but I beg to differ. When I dream I can ALWAYS trace it back to something that has happened in the last few days. If there is pizza in a dream, I guarantee I ate pizza in the last few days. If the dream includes an ocean, I can guarantee I have been to the ocean in the recent past. A dream about and ambulance with a zebra in back, I guarantee I have had a recent ambulance shift. (For the record, it would be so awesome if I found a zebra in the back of my ambulance!) These "nonsense" visions however, are just that, nonsense with absolutely no correlation to my life. I can't tell you if I have them every night because I think I just pass through them and go to sleep. Other nights however, I become very aware that they are occurring and I find it very comforting when this happens because I know it means I am on my way to sleep. Is this weird? Does this happen to anyone else?
So what does this have to do with my new tangle Batter? One night I was having one of these visions and it was like a line drawing of a housewife in fifties clothing. She had a big bowl which appeared to be filled with a batter of some sort.
|My vision looked almost identical to this except it|
was all pink and it was a line drawing, not a photo.
She was stirring it with a wooden spoon and it was leaving traces in the batter that sort of looked like a flower. After seeing this I immediately got up and made a sketch. The next day I started playing with it and the tangle Batter was born.
And remember, you guys are the ones that ask where I get the idea for these tangles!