Showing posts with label Quipple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quipple. Show all posts

Monday, April 16, 2012

A little time for me

Yesterday I found a fantastic new organizational tool.  It's a giant Post It Note that has a weekly calendar on it.  

My friend Chris is a lover of all things Post-It-Note so I am always on the lookout for new ones that she doesn't have yet.  When I saw these, however, I thought they would be perfect for me.  I'm a big list maker.  I find that tasks become overwhelming if I leave them in my head, but once I get them out on a list they don't seem quite so daunting.  Or so I thought.

Now I know that this week does not look very ambitious but you have to take a few things into account.  1) I work 12 hour shifts so the days marked work are pretty much shot.  2)  That EVOC thing on Saturday is an 8 hour Emergency Vehicles Operation Course that I have to take every 2 years so I can drive the ambulance (even though my partner Jenn never lets me drive), and no it is not nearly as exciting as it sounds.  3) Even though Jenn's bridal shower on Sunday will probably only take about 2 hours, I am making my deadly delicious champagne punch so the rest of that day is pretty much gone as well.  4)  This is just the stuff that I remembered I have to do.  More will creep up throughout the week.  So why am I telling you this?  I'm not looking for a pity party, because this is a totally doable week, but with a week like this things can get lost in the shuffle.  So when I got up this morning, even though I have 12 things on my to do list today, I decided it was important to set aside a little time for me.  What would I do with that time?  Well Zentangle of course.

This weeks Diva Challenge is to explore auras.  An aura, in Zentangle terms, is basically an outline around an existing tangle.  It is a tangle enhancer.  Some other tangle enhancers are sparkles, perfs, and rounding.  Any Certified Zentangle Teacher can show you these techniques.  So while exploring the world of auras, this is what I came up with.

Tangles:  Pystyl, Quipple, Jetties

I wanted to explore some new options with my auras so I used my new tangle Pystyl because I think it looks best with an aura.  I exaggerated this one more than I normally do.  Then I added Quipple because it normally has an aura, and finished off with Jetties which I have never seen done with an aura.  My overall conclusion:  I like auras.  Thanks again Laura for another great challenge.

Don't forget to post an entry to the Zendala Dare and enter my giveaway. I am posting new Zendala templates every week and hosting a linkup for your fabulous creations.  This is the first week so I am also having a Zendala tile giveaway.  Make sure to stop by and enter for your chance to win these amazing new tiles.  

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras

This week the Diva presented a Mardi Gras challenge.  Lots of choices for this one.  Do I go with Mardi Gras colors, beads, feathers, masks, or just excess?  I decided to go with a mix.  I have never been to New Orleans and don't know much about Mardi Gras but my brother John lived in Louisiana for a few years and one year he had a king cake delivered to our house.  

The king cake takes it's name from the biblical three kings which explains why it is traditionally served throughout the season between Christmas and Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.  It is usually some type of risen bread dough, formed into a ring, baked, and then topped with icing and purple, yellow, and green sprinkles to represent Mardi Gras.  A traditional king cake will also have a small trinket hidden inside and whoever finds the trinket is supposed to buy the next king cake, may be the king or queen for the day, or may be the next person to have a baby.  I guess it depends on what kind of expectations people want to put on you!  The most traditional trinket is a bean but in the the South it is usually a small plastic baby.  

I'm not going to lie.  It did not taste good.  It was overly sweet and mostly stale by the time it arrived but it was a lot of fun looking for that trinket and getting an unexpected Mardi Gras gift from my brother.

So when I think of Mardi Gras I think of king cakes and celebrations so that is what I loosely modeled my tile after.

Tangles: Yincut, King's Crown, Organza,
Quipple, Florz

Have you been to Mardi Gras?

What is your fondest memory?



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