Still Hoping for a White Christmas

We’ve had bits of snow this year, but not much stayed for more than a few days. Right now we have little piles of snow pellets here and there. No real snow.

But Christmas is here, regardless of the lack of snow.  🙂  Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope your day is full of fun, family, and friends.

Here are the last couple of Zendalas from LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s for this year. I’m looking forward to more Zendala fun in the new year.

patterns: fallreep,yuma, & wiffles
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

This tile looks like it belongs at the top of a Christmas tree.

patterns: afterglow & beelight
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

On The Road

Out where I live, driving home can be quite the adventure. There are plenty of wild critters and most of them don’t have much sense when it comes to vehicles. So everyone in the car keeps an eye out for them and the driver goes as carefully as he/she can. Here’s a tile in honor of all the animals on the road we dodge as we drive home.

week 50 – dodging critters
patterns: 3 to go and footlites
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Winter Entertainment

I was looking at my collection of Zentangle patterns when 2n5 caught my eye on the first page. It reminded me of the bird feeders we have just outside our dining area window. The suet is in a wire box hanging off a snow roof pole and we moved the seed feeder under the roof as well to keep it out of the snow. We are entertained daily by our feathered guests.

week 49 – birds at the feeder
patterns: 2n5 and 3-loops-6
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Weekly Art on a Theme

I’ve been working on my 2019 personal challenge of creating a Zentangle tile each week on a theme. Here’s one tile in honor of pies. 🙂 My son married into a family that has a Thanksgiving rule of “more pies than people.” Gotta love that family. We had 23 people that day with 27 pies. What made it!

week 46 – pies
patterns: cockles ‘n’ muscles, frillee, eke, tipple,
fallreep, and thing in the middle of a thing
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

And here are tiles that honor falling snow (we’ve had a bit) and the Christmas season with all it’s greenery and decorations.

week 47 – falling snow
patterns: shattuck and sevaw
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil
week 48 – Christmas greenery
patterns: meriberries, twistee, and fescue
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

All I need is four more tiles to finish out the year.

vacation :)

My sweetie and I ran away to the coast for a few days.

We’ve had a season of hard work (getting the snow roof up and reworking our main ministry website) and we needed the downtime.

We stayed with friends and did a bit of art.

Here’s a close up of one of Paul’s paint pours on a canvas. Silicone in the paint creates cells of different colors.

And, of course, we had to go to the beach. (I made a new friend.)

It was an overcast misty day with many lovely views.

And because, well, art, here is a tile honoring the beautiful waves of the Oregon coast.


week 45 – Oregon waves
patterns: narwal, maisie, n’zeppell, tipple, and organza
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

bunny barn

We finally got the bunnies all tucked away in a winter bunny barn. The cages are all lined up on shelves with angled boards underneath to roll the bunny poo to one side. (Bunny ownership is so exciting.)  😉

Here’s my weekly tile honoring the new bunny barn.

week 44 – bunny barn
patterns: yuma, web, ticking, and thing in the middle of a thing
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Inktober’s Done

Well, this is it. I finished the Inktober challenge and in October too! I did run a number of patterns together in each tile, rather than playing with them one at a time, but I got it done. 🙂

the last of Inktober
patterns: well, well, who, kuke, nik, and florz
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

I was a bit taken aback by well, well, who. The pattern looked very difficult to draw, but the step-outs were easy and voilà! there it is. Thanks, Stephanie Jennifer, for the #InktoberTangles2019 challenge.

Even More Ink

October is coming to a close. Here are a few tiles with patterns from the Inktober challenge.

week 41 – dance
patterns: dreamdex, sindoo, diva dance, and antidots
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil
week 42 – floral
patterns: batumber, abundies, pixioze, and baton
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil
week 43 – tangled
patterns: tripoli, ratoon, and crescent moon
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

I love the rather Celtic look of ratoon. I definitely have to experiment with that pattern more.

Knock, Knock

There was a knock at the door and three young boys tumbled in with this!

a cousin holding a toad

Plus a whole box full of toads! They found them in holes dug for foundation footers (the toads had jumped in but couldn’t get out).

a box of toads

They’ll find them a new and safer home near our pond.

M-M-Moose!

We just a call from our son a bit ago. He warned us not to wander out because there were a couple of moose by the pond, a momma and her calf.

I took this picture from our front porch and it’s dusk so the picture isn’t great. I did lighten it up a bit so you can see them. They are on the far side of the pond standing to the right of a bench. The bench is your standard size park bench so you can get a general idea of how big they get. I would have probably come up to about the momma’s shoulder.

Followup: Here’s a picture my DIL was able to get from her front porch. You can see the park bench off to the far left.

mamma and calf moose