Sunday, January 29, 2012

Right place at the right time!, Quote, zentangle

There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
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-James Thurber

My husband and I were driving west this am and as we approached our county courthouse it was illuminated by the sun:

I'm not adept at photo shop or anything, so this is straight from our digital camera.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ham Casserole recipe, another favorite quote

This is another one of my favorite quotes:
"I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food."
W. C. Fields

Here's a new recipe I've customized from a recipe I found in a magazine.  I was looking for a way to serve leftover ham in a new way.  I found a recipe for the potato gratin and then added my own touches, including the diced leftover ham (along with a little humor)

Friday, January 27, 2012

A little drink of water!

"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.
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-English Proverb

Tommy decided that he was thirsty and Bob's drinking glass was right where it was convenient!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Zentangle suggestions, quote of the day

"It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge a elephant, but we can’t dodge a fly.”  ~Josh Billings

I read this today on another blog ( and it reminded me of the quote I heard my Mother say so many times:  "It's not the climb of the mountain, it's the grain of sand in your shoe".  

Some times it is the little things that are so difficult for us.

When I'm feeling a little out of touch with myself, I've found creating a zentangle can help relax me and get back on focus.  That's part of what zentangle is about - thus the zen in the word zentangle.  Here is the zentangle link if you'd like to check it out.

One day I hope to be able to afford to take the CZT training.

There are several books available about zentangles as well.  I just ordered  "Zentangle 6" by Suzanne McNeill, CZT from Amazon.   But if you are just beginning I recommend "Zentangle Basics" and Zentangle 3" as those are my favorites. 

If you are a quilter, "Zen-sational Stitches for Quilting" by Suzanne McNeill is a wonderful book as well.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
Deepak Chopra

Here's a zentangle I did of puzzle pieces. 

After finishing our first puzzle last week, of course started another - then we found this puzzle with a picture of knitting and of course, I wanted to do that one as well.  Crazy or not - we have two 1000 piece puzzles going at one time!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Thunder during the night.

Stung by the splendor of a sudden thought.


-Robert Browning

Last evening around 1am, a thunder storm rolled through.  Made me think of Spring, even though I know Spring is month's away.  Today's temperature is in the 50's however.  Nice break from the cold weather we had just a few days ago.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Timing makes all the difference.

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.

-Barbara Johnson

One sure way to relate to the above quote is to be stopped on the interstate for three hours due to an accident.  Yesterday on the way home from Indy airport, my friends and I had that experience.  While waiting however, I keep thinking how fortunate I was to be caught in the traffic tie up rather than being involved in the accident!  What a difference a few minutes (or hours) can make.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Purple zentangle challenge, Tommy & Bob

"The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most."

-John Ruskin

The Diva's challenge this week is to use purple.  It could be purple background, purple ink, etc.
I decided to experiment with some Adirondack color wash ink.  I sprayed it on my watercolor tile, then spread it with a paper towel.  Afterwards, adding my tangle patterns. 
 On this tile, I used Stampa Rosa's Silk Iridescent Ink and painted a purple heart, then added my tangle patterns.

 This tile was spritzed with the Adirondack color wash, then I added the tangle patterns.

Last evening, Bob and I decided to work a puzzle - we hadn't done so in years.  After we started, Tommy wanted to be a part of our activities.   His actions certainly reflect yesterday's quote:   "If a cat spoke, it would say things like Hey, I don't see the problem here. "  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Roxy and quote of the day.

"If a cat spoke, it would say things like Hey, I don't see the problem here".

-Roy Blount, Jr.

This is Roxy - she definately didn't see a problem with her location and let me know she felt that way!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

One of those days!

"Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it."

-Tallulah Bankhead

Do you ever have one of those days when you just sorta float in the universe? 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wire wrapping, quote

"Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours."   - Swedish Proverb

Last evening, I attended a wire-wrapping class at Von's Store.  It was a fun class and I was really surprised at how easy it is to do.  I had always wanted to learn how, but was afraid to try it.  I'm glad I took the class and the instructor (Carrie) was really good.

Monday, January 9, 2012

New zentangle patterns & Challenge 53 and of course a daily quote

"Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is."  - Oscar Wilde

The Diva's challenge this week was to include her new zentangle pattern called "undine".

I have also added to my design the zentangle pattern I created called "serpentine".

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Knitting again

Wednesday I stopped by KnitStop in Indy and found this luscious yarn - Rowan kidsilk creation and the instructions for the scarf was on the back of the label.  Only took a couple of hours and it's so soft and warm!

"One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. "   -Oscar Wilde

-Oscar Wilde

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Years resolutions

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown

This quote is a reminder to myself!  Gotta watch those calories all year long!