The World

I’ve had a bottle of lotion sitting around for awhile that I can’t use because the pump doesn’t work. I finally transferred it into some smaller travel bottles. Now they need labels. And I got to thinkin’ … I could use mailing stickers and pretty them up somehow. Almost 300 days through this creative challenge…

Cat

Isabella loves her Pet Shop animals. She’ll pull them out, arrange and play with them for hours. The first one she ever got was a cat that came with a fancy bowl as a perch. Since then her collection has grown. Then came Roxy. About a week ago Isabella found little pieces of toy cat…

Food

Sometimes a creative moment sneaks up on me. I wasn’t thinking anything in particular when I fixed my dinner plate. I put food on, sliced an avocado and scooped it out of the shell to top everything off. Empty skin dumped in the compost I turned and my plate caught me by surprise. I didn’t…

Homework

After a long hiatus I went back to my writing class/group today. The quarter is focusing on sources of stories. The assignment? Write about a meaningful moment in play from childhood when you can look back and see the root of something significant starting for you. I set out to do the assignment but sometimes…

Solo Walk

I went for a walk all by myself which is a rare and precious thing No dogs pulling No kids tugging Enjoying the crispy leaves snapping under my feet I meandered down to the lake touching the barely frozen surface Exhaling the chill in smoky trails A foggy forest shot compelled me to stop and…

My Own

The tangles I’ve been doing recently have been ones learned from a tangle a day book. Today I decided to look around me for patterns in my life, the common things around me and create a few tangles of my own. I’d doodles some things in the past that didn’t fit the Zentangle model so…

Torn Out

This is not what I set out to do for my post. While looking for something else I had planned to do things started catching my eye and before I knew it I had torn out a collage. Been a while since I’ve done one and it felt great. The picture I took looks grainy…

Bookmark

There’s a series I’ve been reading for over twenty years now. Not that I’m that slow of a reader, mind you, it’s just taken that long to write. I read an interview with the author, Robert Jordan, probably 15 years ago, and he said he got the idea for the books because the last scene…

My Back…Again

My back went out again this morning so I sat against a heat pack, turned on some bad TV and cuddled up with my sketch pad to work on some more tangles. I’m enjoying them ever-so-much. In fact I like them so much I created a ‘tangle’ category and went back through all of my…

2 Things

Approaching this evening I admit I felt a bit stressed because I didn’t know what creative avenue to pursue. Part of me scoffed at the idea of doing another tangle because ‘it’s cheating.’ It didn’t elaborate on how that’s cheating just harumphed my tired desire to escape in the meditation of a tangle. Another voice…

Crayon

I’ve had a box of crayons sitting around in my supplies for quite some time. I love the look of them, all lined up neatly, mostly pristine tips calling to be used. But my kids never use them. Having sat unused for long enough I decided to try a project that features them. Here it…

Cat

Do you ever look at patterns and see things in them. I’ve been taking pictures of images I see inside other objects. Tonight I saw a cat in the grain of a table top. I tried playing with it to bring out the cat I saw in my head. This will obviously take practice but…

Resolution

I was in bed last night by 11:00 hoping to greet the New Year at 7:00am rather than midnight. There were other plans for me in store however. Neighborhood fireworks began popping around 11:30 and grew in intensity as the clock approached year’s end. Bailey, my big, fierce protector became a tiny, shaking puppy as…