A Kiss or Four

Another lovely Zendala template from LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s. I look forward to the 15th of the month when she posts a new one.

patterns: gra-vee, vortex, and kisses
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

I think the pattern kisses is so cute (modeled after the Hershey kisses). I need to take more opportunity to use it.

More Ink

I’m still playing with this month’s Inktober challenge (a pattern a day during October). Here is a tile featuring yin-cut and arukas.

week 39 – woven
patterns: yin-cut and arukas
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

And this is a flyaway version of maryhill with a few trentwith floating around.

week 40 – whirl
patterns: maryhill and trentwith
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Plants on a Shelf

Bless my sweetie. He made me a shelf over the dining room window for my plants. We’re having below freezing temperatures and some of them have to come inside (everything outside gets covered in straw (and eventually snow) for the winter). Most of my pumpkins are slowly ripening and turning orange.

yes, the lighting is weird (there is a plant light)

And in honor of the new shelf, I used three more Inktober patterns to create a plants-on-a-shelf theme.

week 38 – plants on a shelf
patterns: cubine, inaflux, and floo
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil


Last year I discovered Inktober … in November. Bummer. But this year I was ready for it!

I figured I would roll the daily pattern prompts into my weekly tile challenge, working on tiles a little bit each day. I need to do some catch up anyhow, so a few extra tiles here and there won’t hurt.

My weekly challenge themes come from the stuff of my world. The patterns are selected by Stephanie of Everything is Art as a part of the #InktoberTangles2019 challenge.

week 35 – moles, voles, and gophers
patterns: pritemps, tunnel vizion, and toodles
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil
week 36 – mt. spokane
patterns: zonked, jalousie, and flukes
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil
week 37 – little birdies at my feeder
patterns: higgins, bales, and lola
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

More Snow

Everyone kept saying snow was coming and we didn’t quite believe it. I mean, come on, it’s September!

We got the little bit that didn’t stick, but then we woke up to more snow.

those are my lawn chairs
the birdfeeder is going to have
to go under our new snow roof.

But I have to admit the snow is pretty.

the view from my front door
(my son and DIL’s home in the background)

And in honor of all this snow, a weekly tile with a snow theme.

week 34 – snow
patterns: sparkle, diva dance, worms, bateek, & phen
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Yes, That’s Snow

If you look at the picture there are white streaks coming down. That’s snow, though it’s not sticking because the ground is still warm enough.

We pulled all the bunny tractors under our roof. And then I pulled in all the squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes (and one little cucumber). They are as ripe as they are going to get (I see green tomato pie in our future).

I hear strains of “Let it go!”

Week 34 – Leaves

Each week I pick a theme and create a Zentangle tile around it (I am a bit behind schedule so I’ll have to get busy in the next few weeks).

Around here the leaves are starting to turn colors, so I picked a few pretty ones and used them as a set of strings.

week 33 – leaves
patterns: florz, truffle, rain dotty, and pufff
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

More Art in the Round

Here’s LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s 9th Zendala template. I so enjoy playing with these each month. 🙂

patterns: florez, graancirkel, & twistee
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

Mmm Mmm Good

Yesterday my DIL knocked on the door and asked if I wanted to go mushroom hunting. We’ve had recent rains and it turns out our back five acres is a good place to go hunting.

chanterelle mushrooms

It took me a bit to figure out what I was looking for, but pretty soon I recognized the yellow-orange chanterelle mushrooms and picked a whole bag.

Paul made mushroom gravy to add to our dinner and the rest will probably be cut into small chunks and cooked up in a bit of butter (I’m told that is the best way to serve them).

I’m totally getting into this whole foraging thing. 🙂


The other day my sweetie and I heard this really raucous sound. We finally decided it was a bird and then we saw this fellow out our dining room window. He’s a Stellar’s Jay.

a Stellar's Jay

The picture doesn’t do him justice. He was a very striking blue sporting a black mohawk of feathers (it’s called a crest, but he had attitude so mohawk it is).

Then the kitty arrived.

cat on a beam

She inched her way up a pole of our snow roof and parked on a beam to watch the bird.

Steller's Jay teasing the cat

I did say the bird had an attitude, right? Well, here he is teasing the cat by flying and landing just out of reach.