Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So... almost a year later...

If anyone is still out there, hello!

I can't believe almost a year has passed since my last post. I'm still tangling and beading, but posting the blog has been a little out of my range of things on my list these days. I am a slug at heart, but in the past two+ years, lots of changes have come my way to turn me into a person who is always busy.

Another grand baby came while I was away. His name is Axel Izaac Ohl. He's doing well and we are having a great time loving him up! Of course, he had to right away get his name tangled by his Nana, so here is what hung in the NICU during his first few weeks.

Also in the last year, a new calendar was born, so if you are looking for the 2015 Tangle a Day Calendar, you can find it at Greyden Press. We are still using the same lovely paper that works nicely with the Sakura Micron. You can also get special pricing on bulk orders of 10 or more.

Happy tangling!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A peaceful New Year

The new year is beginning. 2013 ended with new beginnings in our family. Our two sweet little angel grandsons are now home with their parents and finally able to cuddle together as they naturally did before they got here. Because they were premies, they spent 37 days in the NICU, where they were hooked to monitors and contraptions that didn't reach very far. They are doing well and they are, of course, awesomely cute.

I couldn't help but play with this photo of one of their first at-home after-dinner nappies. They looked so content and connected that I had to tangle this image.

Wishing you all love, peace and contentment, even in your necessary struggles, in the coming year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Merry to all.

This week's Diva Challenge covers a holiday theme. As I sat in my living room with its white Christmas tree with white lights (no ornaments) it seemed to become a blank canvas for the challenge so voila...

Some of you may wonder what tangle this is. There are no step-outs available for this one yet. can learn Aquafleur from your friendly neighborhood CZT! In fact, I am teaching a class at my beadstore (Bead Stash) in January (25th). I'm really looking forward to the class, as this is one of the most enjoyable tangles I've ever played with. (Thank you Maria Thomas!)

No matter what holiday you celebrate, bring all the joy you can to it!


Monday, November 25, 2013

A sweet kind of tired

A short post announcing my two new twin grandsons, Felix and Marsden...

The babies came earlier than we had expected, but everyone is doing quite well. Our new little punkins have wonderful parents and a whole slew of support and love from family and friends!

Because they were early, the boys are hanging out in the NICU where they are getting great care. They will most probably be there about month, so of course, the Tangling Nana had to do something to dress up the room a little...

These are only 5x7, but packed with love!

Monday, November 18, 2013


I love the new tangle from Zentangle, Quib. My favorite tangles are usually ones that flow and connect back and forth and all around. (See my previous post with Shelly Beauch's Mak-rah-mee... another fun new tangle!)

I did the first one on a Zendala tile, and the second on a yummy new Renaissance tile. I love to play with the white on tan to give the tangles extra bits of light, like little miracles.

Thank you for an inspirational tangle, Rick and Maria. And thanks for the challenge, Laura!

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Two new funs together:
The new Renaissance Tiles from Zentangle® (available from a CZT) and the new tangle, Mak-rah-mee by Shelly Beach!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

breath of fresh air

I love the Diva Challenges. Even if I don't get to do them on time to get on the peek list, I still welcome the weekly opportunity to get a great idea for a Zentangle® tile!

Today I'm posting 2 different Challenge weeks: 143 and 144.

First, Challenge 143: Cruze tangle. This was a little mind boggling for me. I found myself over-thinking it. I couldn't stop adding stuff to the ribbons.

Week 144: I chose our friend of the moment: the stinkbug. It's been a big year for these guys! I thought the stinkbug deserved a little beauty vibe, since he has many a human cussing him right now. I don't usually do representational images with Zentangle, as I tend to want to 'draw' realistically, and then I start to judge myself too much. I let myself go with the drawing part, since I haven't done that in a long time. It was really fun to mix the representational and the tangles. I had fun adding color (watercolor pencils)

So I guess you could say that our little stinkbug friend (and Laura Harms!) provided me with a breath of fresh air. Thank you both!