Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Classes

Hope to see you for the Beginner Class or the Advanced Technique's Class on October 18th!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Herb Garden

I have a little patio herb garden off of my kitchen.  I eat my breakfast out there many mornings when it's nice.  I like planting, growing, and harvesting my little treasurers.  A while back I clipped a bunch of oregano and dill weed and then hung them from a hook in my kitchen to dry.  Today it was time to strip the stems of it's leaves and put them in bottles.  You should have smelled my kitchen while I was doing this!

Stripping the oregano leaves

Oregano all bottled up and ready to use

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Duck in a Tub Nightlight

You can tangle on just about anything.  Here is a nightlight with a duck in a tub.  Now it's a tangled tub!

Diva Challenge 236

Monday, September 21, 2015

Teaching is a Joy

Yesterday, I had my two classes at the Craft Shack Studio in Longwood, Florida.  Both were inspirational!  Teaching such nice people is a true joy.  I was inspired by my students and the individual creativity they all displayed.  In the beginner class the students were very attentive, and when it came time to put pen to paper, they launched right in, undaunted, to create some beautiful work.  You can see some below.  Thank you for coming!

Terri, Beginner's Class
Beginner Class Bijou Tiles

In the Advanced Technique's class everyone jumped right into the project of Zendalas.  It was a full table with lots of laughs and drawing.  It could have gone longer but we ran out of time.  Again, the student work was extraordinary!  This is the example of what we did.  

Zendala, Advanced Technique's Class

I love getting together with other tanglers.  The process of Zentangle® is relaxing and fun, and something I look forward to.  Next month the Advanced Techniques class is doing black tiles on October 18th.  Look for "Black Tile Goodness" at the Craft Shack Studio ( or 407-448-1375), Longwood, FL to register.

Friday, September 18, 2015


 This is Milton Hershey's birthday.  The program CBS Sunday Morning had a segment about the town of Hershey: chocolate kisses for street lights, the chocolate factory where you could watch all that yummy chocolate floating along in huge vats, and of course, the amusement park!  Milton Hershey not only made his mark in confection, he also gave back to his community.  My great aunt and uncle ran the Hershey School for Boys for a number of years until their retirement.   I used to teach 3rd grade at Derry Township Elementary School in Hershey.  I gained fifteen pounds the first year because all I smelled was chocolate!  The mulch around the shrubbery was cocoa bean shells.  It was a wonderful town.  Happy birthday, Milton Hershey!

It's a String Thing 110 - Nzeppel, Antidots, Maisie

Fence Row

We put up a fence ten years ago.  It's wooden and keeps our backyard private.  It used to give our dog a sense of freedom.  I love to sit out in my yard and watch my birds come and go at the feeder and hedges.  I love my flowers and garden.  That fence defines our yard and is important to us.  It's sagging a little now.  Each board has a personality of its own.  Some have knot holes that have fallen out, some have a nail missing, some boards have a vine that has called it a home.  I love that fence too.  When Laura talked about putting up a fence and planting some flowers in a bed in front, it made me smile at my own sweet fence.  She's been a good fence.  I thought about my own good, old, wooden fence, with each board being it's own board, not looking like any other in the row.  Here's to you, backyard fence!  I salute you!

Diva Challenge 235

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Love Lives On

Two months ago we lost our dog....our old dog.  She had been with us for fifteen and a half years.  She was a part of our family and she was loved.  We had gotten her when she was just 10 weeks old.  She was a big part of our lives.  What a blessing!  Now the house is just a bit empty without her sweet presence.  I find myself trying to do things that had become habit but the need is no longer there.  She is gone.  But, love lives on.

Zendala Challenge 109

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Creativity Thick in the Air

Last night I had the opportunity to get together with some other tanglers for a creativity zen session.   You know the old adage, "Birds of a feather flock together?"  Last night after some talk and sharing we settled down for some zen to see what sprang out of us.  We were birds of feather.  Our table was hushed as ink stroked the paper.  I love when creativity is snapping like lightning!  After a time we emerged from our places in Oz to share what we had created.  I started this and finished it tonight.  I loved my time among the other birds last night.  Creativity was thick in the air!

Zendala Challenge 108

Monday, September 14, 2015

Flying Tortoise Time!

I live near a Florida state park/forest/wildlife corridor.  I count myself lucky that I get to see, experience, and live among wildlife.  I'm in awe of fox squirrels, bears, deer, raccoons, opossums, ibis, eagles, and even the many type of turtles and tortoises here in our state.  We seem to see them all on a regular basis.  Today as we were driving home a poor gopher tortoise was trying to cross a country road.  It was busy at that time of day.  Teddy J (husband) and I drove by and noticed our friend just starting into the roadway.  We turned the Bean (SUV) around to go back.  It warms my heart at the cars that had stopped.  The tortoise was directly in the middle of the road.  Teddy J got out and picked him up.  As soon as the tortoise was being raised in the air his feet started going a mile a minute!  He thought he was flying as Teddy J took him away from danger and into the state park lands.  Thanks to all the folks that value and protect our wildlife, regardless of what it is.  Thanks, Teddy J, for being you.  Live long and prosper, Mr. Gopher Tortoise!

Phicops, Inapod, Cruffles, Rain, Wired, Mooka, River

Saturday, September 12, 2015


I don't know about you, but I tend to get stuck in a rut at times.  I keep doing the same things day in and day out.  At some point, I just get tired of it all and want something different.  Fortunately for me I have Zentangle with always new patterns to do, or tangles that have been around for awhile but somehow I missed ever trying them out.  This is the case with this week's tangle.  It's Opus.  It's an official Zentangle pattern and one that I haven't drawn before.  So, I launched out with an unusual string line and other patterns to create a finished tile.  With any drawing it's a process.  So, I've taken three pictures.  The first one is Opus alone.  This was a practice piece and very much to the actual presentation.  The second picture is my tangled tile before I shaded, and the third picture is after I added some shading.  Shading is an enhancer that changes your art tremendously; sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the bad.  Truly a good, bad, and ugly scenario.  This is the part that usually takes a day.  Usually, with drawing and writing, I wait a day.  Over night preferably.  Let it marinate and then take a second look.  It's amazing when you look at it again.  You wonder if you did this!  Sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the bad.  Now with all this good advice thrown around I'm taking the bold, unprecedented, and foolish step to just publishing it.  Fingers crossed I will like it in the morning.  Opus....

Opus Monotangle

Tile with Opus, not shaded

Tile with Opus, shaded

Friday, September 11, 2015

CanT Monotangle

This week's Diva Challenge 234 is the new tangle CanT by Chris Titus, CZT.  I played around with it a bit and then decided on a simple monotangle.  There are lots of variations that can be made from this tangle.  For now, this tile shows the basic lines that form the pattern.  Very interesting tangle!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It's A String Thing 109

This week I posted to Adele Bruno's blog challenge It's a String Thing.  We were to draw Footlights, by Carol Ohl, CZT; Morf by Susan Archer; and Tour by Nancy Domnauer, CZT.  Previously, I'd tried drawing Morf with much difficulty.  I'd set the pattern aside thinking I wouldn't use it again.  When I saw this week's challenge I decided to give it another try.  This time it came together so easily and I enjoyed drawing it so much I just couldn't stop at the string line.  It called to me!  Completed it reminds me of a Chrysanthemum which just happens to be my favorite fall flower.  Morf was a complete surprise this week.  I'm glad I did this challenge and I plan on using Morf in my regular drawings.  I feel like an explorer just discovering new land!  It makes me happy inside.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yaya Potluck Night

Longtime friends bring such joy!  The six of us used to work together at an elementary school, saw each other every day and shared our lives together.  We call ourselves the Yayas after the movie of years ago and like that movie we have established close bonds.  Each month we get together over a meal to catchup with each other.  Last night we planned a potluck at my house.  I drew this while I waited for my girlfriends.  What fun!  Friendships are such a gift.  They grow with each year.

Cat-Kin by Mimi Leppart, CZT

Monday, September 7, 2015

You will find me in...

You will find me in this book!  I was delighted to be asked to be a contributing artist in this new Zentangle® book.   It has just hit the bookshelves everywhere.  This one is in German but the English translation is due out soon.  It's interesting when I go to use some of the 101 patterns you'll find in this book that you don't need the words.  It's all in the pictures. is the sure way to find it but I've also seen it other places as well.  It's a great book to have!  #feelinghappy

Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 20th Classes -Beg & Adv Tech

Limited seating.

It starts with just one stroke, doesn't it?

I was trying out a new fabric pen.  Just one stoke and down the rabbit hole I go, only to emerge on the other side with my whole Zentangle starter bag tangled.  I was shocked!...and, I kind of like it.


Serendipity and Morning Brew Mugs

My friend and fellow Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) took off for California this summer and asked if I would play substitute for her.  I love when opportunities fall into your lap.  They are meant to be, serendipity, "the cosmos is talking, so you better listen, Carolyn," type of thing.  I love Sindy so it wasn't hard for me to say yes.  I love tanglers too.  They are my people.  We are on the same path and as we draw separately and collectively a hush transcends over the group as we each grab hold of the golden thread of creativity.  It's awe inspiring!  Well, I'm off on a tangent and what I really wanted to show you was the group and the cups!  Yes, we each brought cups and created our own coffee/tea mug for our morning brew.  I think they turned out fabulously!  It was a wonderful night with a wonderful group!


 ...and their mugs

Creating sparks!

This summer I was asked to do some specialty classes for our county library:  I chose to present two string lines and five tangles.  It was a lot of fun and I met some of the nicest and creative folks in the process.  A few days after my presentation I received an email from Jean thanking me for the class and showing me what she had done.

What beautiful work and just from a little spark!  She had added color, matting, and a frame from Ikea ready for hanging.  I was happy for her and happy that she had shared her tangles with me.  A few more days passed and then I received another note.

At first I thought Jean had added a yellow one to the other two, but on closer inspection, no!  She had done three brand new additional pictures and was planning on giving them to her son and daughter-in-law.  What a wonderful, personalized gift!  I often have students share their art and creativity with me and it warms my heart.  I'm glad Jean decided to share her beautiful work.  I'm still smiling.  And, I thought I'd share with you.  Thanks, Jean!