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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

For the Fun of it All

After cleaning under the studio counter, I came across this marvelous surface that a friend had gotten from Wood Items and More, a craft shop in the nearby town of Greenville, RI. The surface was given to me to see what I would come up with. Not one to back down from a challenge, I considered the piece, tucked it away and now I'm facing the possibilities of painting and tangling a design on it.

Has that ever happened to you? Have you tucked a surface away and then forgotten you had it? What was your reaction to finding the piece? Surprise? Pleasure at having found it again? Did you get busy with a project design? Did a design come to mind immediately?

As with so many artisans, I tend to buy more blank surfaces than I might ever use. They get packed, or stacked, and then when I'm desperate to paint on something other than a canvas or on watercolor paper, I start searching to find what I've stashed away. Let's face it, most crafters/artisans have a stash. Huge or small, it's part of our being, a need we have to keep owning wondrous supplies, no matter what they are. The same applies to the media we work with, whether it be pen & ink, paint, charcoal, gouache, etc.

This particular piece is destined for daisies, sunflowers, or just tangled leaves. I haven't quite decided yet. What do you think would be the perfect design? Leave a comment and let me know. Thanks.

I'll be back next week with a picture of what has become of this interesting surface.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Art of Creativity

A creative class held at Bella Art, in Johnston, RI, yesterday was completely different from what I generally partake of. The travel teacher, who works in conjunction with Sizzix, (,  taught the group how to make a book using odds and ends and fun things hanging around. Bits and bobs, if you will.

In an effort to make mine just a bit different, I added Zentangle and printed words to the project pages. This goes to show how much tangling has affected my life. I include it everywhere I can, from my shoes, to purses, wallets, t-shirts, pajamas, and I even carry a small journal with me everywhere I go.

When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer last November, the news threw us into a whirlwind of activity that gripped us like a blast of freezing north wind. So far, it hasn't let go and frankly, we're sick of the ride and would like to get off, please. However, that's not possible, so we've hunkered down, taken a good long look at what's important to our family and moved on from there. We have a great deal of support from family and friends, even people we don't know have reached out to all of us. It's heart warming, to say the least. But... my point here is, that Zentangle has brought me peace in the midst of chaos, it has helped calm my worries, soothed my soul, and it's added a bright spot to the dark place I found myself in.

While Zentangle isn't a be all - do all that cures every aspect of angst or what might be going on in life, it sure does have a positive effect, and for that I'm grateful.

The next time you're stressed, tangle for a bit, you'll find it helps!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 2 of Countdown to Christmas

I count my blessing daily and at the oddest times. Here are my 5 blessings for today:

1. I have a loving, caring family.
2. I'm blessed to be an American woman with rights.
3. I am healthy.
4. I have great friends.
5. I'm blessed to live in a beautiful place.

What are your 5 blessings for today?

Two tangling books will be shipped to someone who shares their 5 blessings with me today.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Countdown to Christmas

Wally the Swamprat has won a pair of tangled earrings for her comment this week. (I'll need your address, Wally. Email me at   8>)

As we near the Big Day of December 25th, I will host a countdown featuring a free gift for your comments for that day, so check back daily to see what I have in store for you.

Today is the 1st of the five countdown days. I'm offering a Tangling book to someone who shares their Best Christmas Memory Ever. Each of our holiday memories are exceptional to us, I enjoy reading what made the day special for you. So...share, go ahead.

Here's the book you'll receive:

You can visit the Amazon page for more info on this book at

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winners Posted

So...I forgot to post the winners, but thought that I'd better do so now to avoid any further confusion.

Here goes:

Cat Wilson; Ellen; LadyFidza; Wanphai Nongrum; Mia Burke; Robin Johnston; Karen B.; Lois Heinani Stokes; Barb of the Tangles; City Myers; The Fluffy Chicks; Mich; Majka; Lynne; Nancy Roth; Sherri.

Please email your address to me at or send me a message on FB. This way I can send the pins out immediately. Thanks.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Here We Go Again...

     It's that time again...this time win a pair of tangled earrings. This photo is relative, but not exactly what you'll get if your one of the first 25 people to leave a comment about your favorite Christmas (or holiday) gift you've gotten. I know we're a mixed bag of religions, so choose your religious holiday (Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christian,  etc.) and share your greatest gift ever received for that day.
     I can't begin to express how much fun I'm having with these give-aways. I enjoy reading your comments and seeing where you're all located. The world is growing smaller, thanks to technology.
     If you wish to visit a site of one of my books on Amazon and click the like button, please feel free to do so using this link

     Here are the earrings I've tangled. Simple, yet fun and different. So comment by Saturday, December 22nd to win.

     Thanks and have a merry, merry....

And last weeks winners are....

     The day is here to let you know who has won. As of right now, I've gotten 15 comments from those who wish to receive a pin. Please email your postal address to me so I can ship a pin off to you.

     My next give-away is posted for a pair of tangled earrings, so don't forget to comment and share this blog with your friends. I will be awarding 25 pairs of eaarings so leave a comment by Saturday, December 22nd.
                                       Be merry and have a great holiday season!!!!