Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Hermione



Last weekend was exciting in Hampton Roads as tall ships visited the ports. We went to Yorktown where the Hermione from France was visiting after her maiden voyage across the Atlantic.



Many artists displayed their wares at the event including my friend and clay instructor, Lynne Oglesby.
Jason was along with us and chose one of her mugs

Picture quality doesn't do it justice but I was taking the photo from the back seat of a moving car! Lynne's charming illustrations make her pottery so special in our home and now in Jason's new home!
Haven't shared a Zentagle tile in awhile and I know I was working on tiles with the alphabet as strings. I'll have to look back and see where I left off, but this one, as you might guess, was the letter "O". Let me know if you are tangling and share one with me!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sneak Peek

I've been working on my ad for the September issue of Teddy Bear and Friends - yep, seems a long time until September but that's publishing! - and made this little gray lady who stands 4 inches tall for the project. My knitting wizard daughter, Kim, made this delightful little dress for her with some amazing yarn from The Verdant Gryphon she had left from a beautiful shawl she recently finished. She and I will be listing bears and knitted accessories soon in my Etsy shop.
The one of a kind (because of limited materials available) young lady shown above will be offered in the Etsy shop after the magazine with her ad is mailed. Just thought you'd like a sneak peek! To be fair, I cannot offer her for sale before then, but check back here in a couple of months for info on when she'll be available.
Our plan is to have bare bears and outfits available separately so that you can dress the little bears - or not - to your satisfaction. I'll have more info on that soon!
Do check out Kim's Ravelry page to see some of her magnificent pieces!www.ravelry.com KimGriffin

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Thank you Teddy Bear and Friends!!



The phrase "you could have knocked me over with a feather" comes to mind! I knew that a lovely article about me written by Pam North was to appear in the upcoming issue of Teddy Bear and Friends magazine, but what a surprise to see Dandy Lion on the cover of the digital edition this morning!! Thank you Pam, Joyce Greenholdt, and all the staff at the magazine and Jones Publishing, Inc. What a surprise and what an honor!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

From there to here!





This tiny tangling panda had a few steps in his development.



Tiny head first gets nose and eyes!


Then a body - and I can already tell he's a sweetie!!


His little eyes are painted.....


And the white is added to each eye!


And after a quick Zentangle® lesson, he's making beautiful panda art!



Saturday, May 2, 2015

It's May!!!







All that April rain has brought magnificent flowers! I think I've added photos of this clematis every year as the blooms are just so stunning!
And the tangles continue whenever I have a spare moment.


The tangle above used "g" as a string. I've skipped a couple, but I'll catch up!


And what about a tangled envelope!
I hope the recipient will enjoy receiving it!

And finally, a sweet Miss Panda who helped celebrate a birthday today compliments of the birthday girl's mom. So glad she arrived on time.
I hope everyone is enjoying May as much as we are!
Right, Rocky??


Friday, April 24, 2015

Architectural beauty




The architecture and art of the Grace Episcopal Church in Providence is spectacular.


I was lucky to be there at a time when the church as open to visitors and we were allowed to photograph the magisty.



I was so delighted with my iPhone's ability to take wonderful low level photos with no flash. I'll soon post more photos from the Rhode Island School of Design which also had the "no flash" requirement for photographing.





Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Tangle Named "C!"


This tile has the letter "c" as it's string but bears little resemblance when complete.


And this is how it started! We will talk a little more about the beginnings of a tangle soon! Shading is so important! I'll try to remember before and after photos!
P. S. I don't really name the tiles.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Some days are just too sweet to be believed!!


When I was a kid, I could never have dreamed I'd have "pen pals" all over the world! Today, I received the loveliest surprise from Michelle in New Zealand - a package which just epitomizes her magnificent country. I especially love the handmade needlepoint needle case with the kiwi design which will house my working needles and help me keep those pesky little sharp things out of the carpet. 
The kindness of others just makes one glad to be alive, doesn't it? 
Thank you Michelle!!

And now, my tile using the letter "B" as a string - or roadmap for where my tangles might go!


Sweet Pippin held the tile for me while I put the string "B" within the border.


And here's the tangled "B"!! The tangle on the right is called verdigogh. We were given a cutting of Rosemary when we did this tangle. I think it's one of my favorites. Rosemary is for remembrance - and today I'll certainly remember for the kindness of my far away friend, Michelle!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Little Panda


Can you just feel how soft this little panda is? He's just 4 inches tall and made of a wonderful new viscose fabric I ordered from Italy. He's not available as he's already in his new home. I expect there will be more, though, as you cannot imagine just how precious he is!! 100% softness!!

So, now I'm back from my CTZ experience, I'm challenging myself to make a group of tiles (the paper we use to make Zentangles) using strings (the lines we make on the paper - or tile) to divide the space we use to make the individual tangles ... made of the letters of the alphabet.

Starting with A:




Can you see where the "A" is?? The lines of the strings just disappear! They are only a suggestion to use when choosing the tangles for the space. I'm eager to get started using "B." I'll take a photo of the string before I do the tangles!

Thanks for sharing my joy of my new panda and these new tangles!!