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Round and Round and Round…

Here’s my tile for IAST#195.  I did not finish it on time and so couldn’t send it in.  But here it is nevertheless.


On a different note, I finally took the plunge and registered for the CZT seminar.  Needless to say, I am super excited and can’t wait.  Come on Time, get moving!! I can’t think of a better time for you to do that flying thing you do…

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I love Trella!! It is just so much fun.  Here are my tiles for IAST#194 using Trella, Florz and N’Zeppel.

Attempt 1
Attempt 2
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Mmmm… Molygon 

About 14 years ago, my husband and I lived in Australia. I moved there after we got married (he’d already lived there for a couple of years before that). I loved it there. We didn’t have a lot of money but we did have a wonderful time. We were pennyless newly weds and I still believe that that’s the best kind of newly weds to be. I loved every moment of it.

During our time there, I always told myself that I would buy a didgeridoo and a set of boomerangs when we had more money.  Out of the blue my husband got his dream job in the US.  We couldn’t afford to pay for shipping and so we got rid of all of our stuff and relocated.  I never got my didgeridoo or my boomerangs.

All these years later,  I was doing my share of mindless browsing today when I stumbled upon a set of boomerangs on sale by somebody on facebook.  I am so tempted but if I did buy them, it wouldn’t mean the same to me. I would have no memories attached to it. No story to go with it. But I can’t get it out of my mind. And I think that might have had something to do with how my tile for DivaChallenge#315 turned out ☺️

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Another Baby Step

Here’s my very first Zendala.  When I say “very first”, I mean the first one that I’ve not done from an existing template.  I drew this from scratch and rather enjoyed the process.  It was unusually calming.  I am definitely going to do more of these.  For all you know, this is what I needed to get me to do the Zendala Dare more often.

Zendala1BTW, I can’t seem to stop seeing these really creepy birds in my Zendala.  They are either very angry or very drunk!  And they all seem to be staring right at me.  I’m doing Paradox a different way the next time.

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M as in Moon

This was my submission for IAST#193.  The challenge was dedicated to Lily Moon and all of the suggested tangles were Lily’s creations.  Although I have admired and been inspired by Lily’s work for a while now, I hadn’t really tried any of these tangles before. Now that I’ve had a chance to try them out, I love them all.  I now have 4 more tangles I can add to my armory ;).  However, I royally messed up Reel simply because I am absolutely incapable of recognizing when to stop.  Lily made it look so easy that I drew it directly on my tile with pen, without trying it out first.  That was mistake number 1.  After that it plunged nose first so quickly, it had crashed and burned before I knew what hit me.  Now it looks like an ugly blob on what had the potential to be a perfectly nice tile. Sorry Lily!  I will be smarter next time.


And by smarter I mean I will not attempt it again for a while.  I redid the tile sans Reel.  And just for a change of scenery, I used a black tile.  This time I messed up Lily’s Valentine but it wasn’t catastrophic.  Although I ended up with something very different than the original tangle, it still looks okay.  I do feel bad about leaving out reel though.  I haven’t sworn off of it forever or anything.  I just need a little time to recover and restore my confidence.  And then I’ll give it another shot, I promise!  Until then, here goes…

P.S. If you know the name of the tangle I’ve used instead of Reel on the black tile, please do leave me a comment.  I got it from a tile I’d made long ago before I even knew that these patterns were called tangles and that they have names 🙂