Friday, November 14, 2014

Zentangle Advanced Class

Just a quick reminder that our next workshop is this Monday, November 17, 2014, at the Craft Shack Studio at 6:30 pm!  All are welcome.  We will be doing lots of tangles.  Our concentration will be on greeting cards to include borders, a little bit of calligraphy, and the use of Zentangle in Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA).  

You must register!  You can register online at or by calling 407-448-1375.  Cost is just $38 per person.  The class will be held at The Craft Shack Studio, 218 W. Church Ave, Longwood, FL 32750 across from the Longwood Police Department.  Class will be from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Just think, you can make your own cards -  birthday, anniversary, sympathy, baby, new home, holidays!  It's easy, I'll show you how.  A prerequisite is you must have taken a Basic class.  Please bring your pen, pencil, and tortillion with you from your basic class, or you may purchase one before class.  All other supplies will be provided.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday at 6:30 pm.  Reserve your spot now.

Keep tangling,

Friday, October 31, 2014

My New Phone

I'm with my phone more than I'm with my husband.  It's important to have one you like and want to hang out with together.  I guess that goes for phones and husbands, but I'm talking phone here.  I've had my phone since 2008.  That's old for a phone!  I knew her well; we danced together in unison.  She finally started to give up her cha cha and it was time for me to find a new dance partner.

So, this year Ted decided it was time to take the plunge and get a new phone.  I hesitated, I don't like change, but I relented, because of old phone just not doing what it's supposed to be doing, and waited for my new iPhone to arrive.  It came a few days ago.  I must admit I'm excited.  My old phone was a 3.  There is a learning curve right now, but I'll learn.  Not only a new phone but then that means a new case to fit the phone in as well.  After shopping for a new case that I could live with for a long time, I settled for a clear case.  That lead me to tangle a sheet of paper about the same size as the phone and then slip it into the clear case.  Tangling always makes me relax.  I like the way it turned out and think I can live with this for awhile.  If I get tired of it I can easily change out the tangle.  Life is good again and my new phone and I are learning how to cha cha together.

Check out those Mookas I stuck in there!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Wonderful Class

This is a picture from my Zentangle® Basics 2 class this past Monday evening at the Craft Shack Studio in historic downtown Longwood.  It was a wonderful group of students and just look at their remarkable work -

Thank you Susan, Jean, Cathy, Joanne, and Hilda for your good company and your enthusiasm for all things tangled.  I look forward to seeing where your new adventure takes you!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Practice makes perfect...

In my family, growing up and showing frustration in learning all the new things kids need to learn, I often heard the adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!"  I've learned that, as human beings, we do get better with practice.  Practice doesn't always work (tennis is an example I can think of here), but more times than not it does.  We get better the more we rehearse and practice.

The pattern Mooka seemed to be one of the ones I was planning on letting drop by the wayside.  No matter how many times I worked on it I just couldn't get it to turn out on paper as good as it was in my mind.  No worries though, there are plenty of tangles to choose from.  I love the way Mooka looks and I've seen the applications from other tanglers.  Mooka is beautiful!

Yesterday I sat down with Mooka on my mind.  I started drawing and this is what emerged.  I'm pleasantly surprised!  I don't know if it will ever happen again so I'm posting it here so that I can look back on it if necessary.  I think Mooka is so delicate with it's graceful arms bowing and tangled together.  I feel like a proud mother!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Art

Last night a group of us tanglers from the Orlando area got together to meet and tangle.  It is the season of pumpkins and scarecrows and cider.  We tangled pumpkins last night and here is mine.  It was so much fun!

Tangling on a round surface is a challenge.  It is so much easier to tangle on paper.  And, it will eventually rot and I will have to throw it away.  That is sad, so I will enjoy it as much as I can now.  It's not the product as much as the process.  I will remember the fun time I had last night!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Zendala Kind-of-Morning

I love lazy mornings with a warm cup of tea, or the shafts of sunlight filtering through trees, or the feel of water along my skin while I swim.  Simple little pleasures that I cherish in this life.  There is so much to be thankful for….little things that make me smile inside.

A few weeks ago I took a class with some friends…always the best way to take a class I think.  We traveled to Jacksonville to take a Zendala class with Dorian Eng, another friend and CZT.  So much fun and camaraderie!  After class we all went out to eat.  Lots of talk and laughing and enjoying each other's company.  This morning I finished my tile that I started that day and thought again about that wonderful time, surrounded by friends, and doing something I love.  Just little things that make me smile inside.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's A String Thing Challenge 62

Adele Bruno has a weekly challenge called It's A String Thing at her blog called  Her birthday was this last Tuesday and in celebration of her birthday she created a new tangle called "Uncorked."  This week's challenge was to draw her new pattern, which I did - not just one, but two!  The first one I made a mono tangle which reminded me of my grandmother's snake plants which she dearly loved and always kept in a big pot outside her kitchen door.  In the winter she would bring the snake plant in where it slept the winter away in the mud room.  Thinking of grandma I colored the first one with a touch of green.  When I was finished I thought about doing another one but making it dramatic with black leaves.  I added Fescu and Tipple to the second one to create an interesting look.  Thanks, Adele, for "Uncorked!"  and Happy Birthday!  …and, thinking of you, Grandma!

Joanne Fink's New Project

Today, she published the idea for her new book When You Loose Someone You Love
as well as an invitation to help her.

For many personal reasons, Joanne decided to self publish this book born from the grief of mourning her husband after his sudden death.

First read what Joanne has to say about the project.  This is from her blog 
I wanted to share some exciting news— I’ve decided to self-publish, “When You Lose Someone You Love”, an illustrated book of excerpts from the grief journals I kept after my husband died unexpectedly three years ago. I want to publish this book to reach out to others going through the grieving process because I know first-hand how devastating it can be to lose someone you love. Connecting with those who were further along on their grief journey made a difference to me… and I’d like to help make a difference for others. It helps to know that you are not alone, that there will be days when you feel overwhelmed, nights when you can’t sleep, and times when waves of sadness wash over you unexpectedly. “When You Lose Someone You Love” is a gift of comfort, offering hope without sugar-coating the challenges of losing a loved one.

I’ve actually had offers from several publishers, but they all wanted to change the book in some way. Since I feel those changes would weaken its ability to help people who are grieving, I've decided to self-publish instead and will be launching my first Kickstarter tomorrow!

In case you aren’t familiar with crowd-funding, Kickstarter funds independent, creative projects, such as books, films, and inventions. Supporters of a project help bring it to life; in return, the supporters receive rewards if— and only if— the project is completely funded. Backers select the amount they wish to contribute (often based on which reward they wish to receive), and then are asked to provide either an Amazon account or a credit card. If the funding does not reach the amount necessary for the project, then the project will not move forward, and no funds will change hands.
Most successful Kickstarter projects have two things in common: getting support the day it launches and having friends and family share the project. Immediate support is important because when the Kickstarter website sees initial momentum, they then feature that project on their site so it gains maximum exposure. Sharing is important because the more sharing about the project that is done by friends and family, the more likely it is that the project will be funded. Please help me spread the word. Blog if you can, share via social media- and/or forward the link to those who might support the campaign. Please use the hashtag #WhenYouLoseSomeone on social media so others can find your posts.

Then listen to her story ~ click here to view her Kickstarter page and her video.

Finally, you can do what I did and pledge to support her venture.  (Besides, her incentives for pledges are awesome :)

I was able to see the book when I visited with her a few weeks ago.  It is truly a labor of love.  It is full of truths about loss that are comforting to read.  They leave you with the sense that you are not alone in your sorrow and conversely not alone in your effort to carry your loss and move forward.

Thank you in advance for your help.

The Gift of Sharing

I love to look at other tangles!  I love to try my hand at the combinations or in the middle of the tangle, think of a different pattern to do and add that to make a totally different drawing.  It's fun and relaxing!  The other night I was talking with a dear friend on the phone and I started to tangle.  The inspiration came from an interesting combination of patterns from a fellow CZTer and warped into what you see here.  Art is meant to be shared; for enjoyment and for inspiration.  Thanks, Sindy, for the spark!

Phone Call Tangle

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Classes available

Zentangle class registration with Carolyn Russell is now open at the Craft Shack Studio in historic downtown Longwood.  Call now to register!

The Craft Shack Studio
218 W Church Ave.
Longwood, FL

Beginning Zentangle   6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.    $38, all supplies included
October 27, Monday
November 10, Monday

In this introduction to Zentangle class you will learn basic patterns, philosophy, and essential elements that will start you off on a wonderful journey of tangling.  Zentangle begins by building extraordinary, intricate looking designs one stroke at a time.   Come to relax, listen to some stories, and create beautiful art.

Advanced Zentangle    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.    $38

November 17, Monday

Just in time for the holidays!  This will be a card class:  holiday, get well, baby, place cards for your Thanksgiving table, or anything-you-can-think-of card!  In this class we will be doing borders and simple designs that will be perfect for the upcoming holidays or events.  You must have attended a Beginning Zentangle class.  Come just to relax and enjoy!  Meet other people with interests just like you!  Find your "zen!" as you tangle!

Seminole County Library Annual Staff Development

Monday, October 13, 2014, found me having a wonderful and relaxing morning at the Lake Mary, FL Seminole County Northwest Branch Library.   It was their annual staff development and I had the honor of sharing my love of Zentangle with a wonderful group of students.  I had a great time and I hope they did too.

Yesterday, I had to take my "overdue" book back to my neighborhood library and there I found one of my students.  We recognized each other right away!  It's always nice to see someone who you shared your creativity with and to say hi.

Thank you all for being such good students and keep tangling!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I try to live my life….just my life...not someone else's.  It keeps me pretty busy.  Sometimes people have not liked the way I lived my life, but I've been working at trying to figure it out.  I have figured it out on some things and still working on some others, but it's just been me.  The way I see things.  Someone asked me recently about how I live my life and I think my first and foremost thought has always been the Golden Rule.  You know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.  That's been a powerful thread running through my life.  It's been hard coming up with excuses for some folks that are driving like jerks or get mad at a drop of a hat, but you never know what kind of a day they've had or the challenges in their lives.  I try to give them the benefit of the doubt….stay loose…walk my own path.

Today I was lucky enough to find some Sakura Gellyroll Moonlight pens.  I couldn't wait to try them out so I drew this as soon as I got home.  I thought I'd share.  I believe we each have to find our balance and just live our lives, to love everything... because it comes back….to us.  What we sow, we really do reap.  I want to live a life full of love and laughter.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Paradox Study

These two tiles are a study between the fan shaped and twisted shaped Paradox.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Pineapple

This is the pineapple I grew this summer.  It's been a pleasure to watch it grow.  It's full of patterns!

Florida Pineapple

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Art Table at Honey Bee Day

The day was beautiful!  I met so many nice people and I hope they enjoy what they purchased.  Now I turn my attention to my up coming classes!

Big news!  The Craft Shack Studio is moving!  They are staying in quaint, historic Longwood but are moving to a new location.  Because of this new opportunity we have cancelled my September classes until the move can be completed.  The owner of the Craft Shack Studio thinks the move should be completed near the end of September and we will be up and running for October.  I will post the new class dates as soon as we have them on the calendar.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beads and Baubles

The honey bee expo is in Orlando this weekend and there's a table with my name on it.  I've been making jewelry to sell. I also plan on tangling while there and talking about the goodness of Zentangle® hopefully promoting my classes.  I think Wendy Neilson from British Columbia gave it the title of "tangling and chatting."  This will be a fun and interesting Saturday.

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's A String Thing

Because of my busy schedule I don't always get a chance to enter Adele Bruno's blog challenge, It's A String Thing.  That's not the case in Challenge 50 and 52.  Below you can see my tangles.

Challenge 52 is rather a significant one in that she celebrates her one year anniversary.  To mark the occasion she has created a string line that looks somewhat like a candle drawn with one continuous string.  I'd like to say, "Congratulations, Adele!"  It represents a lot of hard work and commitment.  Thanks for being such a vibrant part of the tangle community.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bijou Tile Swap

When I found Zentangle® I went to their website and signed up for a class with a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher).  Adele Bruno has been mentoring me for a year and I now consider her a friend.  I've been on the path with two others, Sindy P and Joan Delony.  Joan came up with and orchestrated the Bijou Tile Swap between the four of us.  This just arrived in the mail this week.  I love the simple tiles and how it's framed.  There's a tile from Adele, one from Sindy, another from Joan, and one tile of my own.  The four of us.  I think it's just lovely.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Learning is a gift

I'm learning how to get around this blog.  I've learned how to add pages to the top and now I'm beginning to add my pictures.  This is what I really want to do.  If you are following along you will be in for a treat.  It's pretty bare bones right now but I have some plans.

I love learning.  It's the challenge of trying to remember which button to push to get the result.  I think it's good for my brain.

Here is a little mono Bijou tile I did in Bales.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole

Today was the CZTea for Florida instructors of Zentangle.  This tea was hosted by Adele Bruno and Sindy P.  It was a delightful afternoon spent meeting and talking with other CZTs in our state.  "Down the Rabbit Hole" was mentioned today as a way of explaining the feeling when they first found Zentangle and that's how it was for me.  I was totally captivated by the tangles.  I thought I would borrow the phrase for my website.  So, welcome to the Rabbit Hole.