This past Saturday was so great! I relaxed, tangle-d and managed to read a whole book! I still can’t believe it. And because I worked hard during those past few weeks I was able to collect some overtime and stay home on Monday. I was alone and slept in, had a yummy coffee, nice lunch and had enough time to be creative once more. That’s how I like it and I guess that’s what I need to incorperate more in my daily life. More me time. So let’s talk about the results. ^^
First this weeks challenge. I’m not 100% satisfied but I quite enjoyed the process and so I decided to go with it. I’m sorry for the poor quality of the photo though.
After that I tried the new official pattern Aquafleur. It’s a poor try but a try. ^^ It looks like drawn by a little child and the star seems to wear a scarf. But hey – nobody’s perfect.
Well…then I made a coaster for my colleague’s husband. She’s getting a pink one and for him I made a black and white one. I think it turned out pretty cool.
And last but not least I made another birthday card. This time for my colleague next door. He likes the simple black and white ones most and so I tried Purk for the first time to present something different. It’s one of the patterns I have problems with but I think it looks okay. I’m very okay with his card. ^^
I’m trying to participate weekly again. So far so good. ^^ But before I’m telling you about finding my word I wanna say thank you for all your couraging words during my last posts concerning my dad’s health. It really meant a lot! My dad is doing okay so far. He had his surgery and he was very weak for weeks. The docs cut out one of his pulmonary lobes and further tests said that it was a malignant tumor. So he needed chemo therapy. He already had a few appointments and they are very exhausting for him. One treatment always contains two appointments where he gets infusions, one with 6 hours and one with 2 hours. BUT even though he feels weak and sick sometimes he’s not as sick and bothered with side effects as we feared he might be. He’s not losing his hair (he was afraid that he’s losing his beard) and he’s able to eat properly most of the time. He lost about 30 kg until now so his overweight is disappearing more and more and regardless of the illness he looks pretty good. We’re so relieved! We had a nice Christmas at our place and my dad was so happy that I made his cutlet with LOADS of onions. ^^ We played some games and exchanged presents and I drove them home around 9.30 p.m.
We also celebrated New Year’s Eve with them. My mum made a yummy raclette and I prepared some presents for a very funny Bingo game. So fun!
But now back to the challenge. 😀 I read all the words in Ali Edwards post and I wanted to go with appreciate. I felt though that there were more words that I could use so I wrote them all down and had 9 in the end. I made 9 pieces of paper, wrote one word on each piece and put them all face down on my desk. I let my left hand float above the pieces (maybe some of you know this method for drawing tarot cards) to see which one would draw my attention the most and ended up with two. When I turned them over I had to laugh really hard. I’m working on myself for a few years now – sometimes more, sometimes less and sometimes it’s easier and sometimes it’s really hard. But no matter what I do and what I try I always end up with the same or similar topic: myself, my well being, my self confidence. So which word did I draw? SELF and the second one was BEGIN. These two words belong together in my opinion so I will keep them both in mind. But for the challenge I decided to go with SELF.
It’s already late so I don’t have much time…I hope you all had a good start into the new year!? It seems it’s going to be better and I’m actually looking forward to it and I’ll try to be more positive.
Long time no see…I tried this weeks’s challenge to distract myself. My dad had his surgery on Wednesday. It went well but he’s weak and he can’t breathe properly at the moment. I went to see him on Friday but I guess I will wait two or three more days until I go again. It broke my heart to see him lying there and not be able to say what he wants. We have to wait for a final result from the laboratory to see if he needs chemo now or if tumor they cut out was all for now.
I think the challenge was fun. I never tried anything like it. I started off with the wrong Micron but once I switched to a smaller one I saw the whole thing coming together. ^^
This week was tough. My Dad got diagnosed with a tumor in his lung and even though we’re waiting for an answer by the insurance company for a special test to find out if there are more tumors in his body…I have problems to cope with it. He’s actually feeling okay but I just couldn’t find a way to wrap my head around it. Most time of the day I’m okay and then out of the blue I’m just not. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I had problems to do the challenge. I tried a few different things and I like woking with soft colours and patterns…I prepared two postcard sized cards and painted them with China ink (?). I let them dry until today because I didn’t have the urge to draw those last few days. I’m okay with the result but I think it would have been better to work with if I had some watercolor pencils. The China ink is probably too wet and so the shading didn’t work so well.
Well…thanks but no thanks. I think I never worked this long on a tile. It looks good – I admit that – but it’s just too elaborate. I just wanted to finish it and that’s not the way to do it. So…great pattern but simply not one of my favorites.
I really had a hard time to do this tangle. I think it’s lifeless and too angular. So the fact that it’s a monotangle challenge this week didn’t make it any easier. I tried but I’m not too happy with the result. And I cheated a little bit because I used a stencil my mum lent me. *sigh* I just couldn’t come up with an idea to make it more interesting than using the stencil to change the frame into ovals.
This is the stencil.
And here’s the result on light colored paper.
I wanted to share some other thing I tried with you though.
A colleague of mine is celebrating her 50th birthday next week. So some other colleagues asked me if I would try to make a card for her. This is what I came up with. I printed the shape of the mandala (found it on The Bright Owl’s blog) and just filled it. But I’m very happy with the card.
When I tried to learn more about Zentangle and the patterns I saw a pendant someone made and I totally fell in love with it. I searched for the right materials and waited quite some time before I ordered it. But two weeks back I finally did it and I love the outcome. I really can’t remember where I saw the pendant in the first place so please note that it’s not my idea.
And last but not least my snow globe. My mum gave it to me as a present, saying that I could change the picture in the middle with something selfmade. Yesterday I had the time and so I sat down at my tangle desk to try it. On Friday my boyfriend sacrificed his freetime to help me organize my workroom so we put my computer on a really small side table to use all the space on my desk to tangle away. And I’m so happy with it! 😀
My favorite side (there are hearts in it and no snow but it’s called a snowglobe anyway, isn’t it?).
And the back.
What do you think?