Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

2010 has been a year filled with a lot of changes for me.  Retirement from a 36 year career, empty nest while my youngest is in college, becoming a CZT and learning all the ins and outs of starting a home based business, starting a blog and sharing my art work.  Throw in a couple of fun trips to Wisconsin, Idaho, Massachusetts, and Mexico. Looking back it really was a whirlwind of activity, but how grateful I am that it was all possible.

I wanted to take this time to tell all of you how wonderful it has been becoming involved with the world of Zentangle!   I can't say enough about how great it was to meet Rick & Maria and attend the CZT certification.  If you ever get the chance, don't hesitate to go! I also want to thank all of you that follow my blog and have given me such positive comments.  It really means a lot to me.  I have enjoyed getting to know so many of you through this online world and I want to thank you for all of the inspiration you give.  So many times I am sitting here in awe as I gaze at your beautiful art work!  

Wishing all of you a healthy, happy, and wonderful 2011!   Take care, Sue

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Challenge #2

This is my contribution to challenge #2 from Laura Harms.  This was the first time I tried doing the double pencil to make a string.  I found this challege a little harder then I thought it would be.  The first tile I did, the tangled string was pretty, but then I tangled so much around it that the string was kind of lost.   Normally when we tangle, we lose the string in the process, but with the double string it makes a beautiful place to tangle that we don't want to lose it the process.  I love the look of the double string, and have enjoyed seeing everyone's, so I will have to play with this a little more. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Heart Series #3

This was a present made for a lovely lady, Wanda.  Seven years ago I lost my mother-in-law.  My father-in-law in his early 80's at the time, was alone in Idaho, and although he came to Colorado, and we, along with other family members, visited as often as we could it was very hard for him to be alone.  About a year later he met Wanda, who lost her husband around the same time he lost his wife of 63 years.  They have been great friends and companions since.  They go on trips, eat a lot of meals together, and help each other with the loneliness of loss. He turned 88 this year and is doing great, in large part because of Wanda.  Last summer, after taking them on a trip to Idaho's wine country, I left each of them a zentangle.  She loved them so much, she had them enlarged and put them in a 8x10 frame. (I am still trying to picture how they would look enlarged.)  So, I made her a 12x12, framed it,  and she already has it hanging it in her living room.   

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Heart Series #2

This one was a Christmas present for my daughter, Lindsay.  Something for her dorm room to remind her how much she is loved and missed at home! 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Heart Series

This is the 1st post in my 3 heart series.  These were all Christmas presents. I had made a zentangle tile with these hearts that my daughter, Samantha, liked and used as the background on her cell phone.  So I made her a bigger one (12x12) that I added to and framed. 

I also made one for Sean, her significant boyfriend of 5 years.  I didn't think he'd go for hearts, but he does love the sport of snowboarding.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Wishing all of you a very blessed and Merry Christmas! 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winter in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park

Even though I was hoping for a white Christmas, we have not had snow here in town since Nov. 11th (the first and only so far).  Luckily, our mountains have just the reverse and have been getting hammered with snow.  We are very fortunate to live just a 40 minute drive up the canyon to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.  Yesterday we got some sub sandwiches and took a drive, so I could get my "snow fix".  Always a beautiful place to go!  Hope you enjoy it too. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Laura Harms, CZT at has started a weekly Zentangle challenge that should be a lot of fun.  This 1st challenge is called, simplicity.  Well, one of my favorite books is Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach and simplicity is one of the six principles in this book.  "Simplicity-the desire to clear out, pare down, and realize the essentials that we need to live truly well."   For me that meant clearing out my mind of what I wanted to do, just make one tangle and let the lines flow where they may and not try to make it perfect, and appreciate that every time I do a zentangle it does help me to live truly well in so many ways.  

Check out Laura's blog and join in the fun.  Thanks Laura for putting this together.  Also a great way to find new blogs to follow. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

It Just Is

A zentangle is a beautiful image that has no right or wrong, no up, down, or sideways, it just is. While working on this larger piece, I turned it many times to complete each section, and when I was done I decided that I liked it every way it was turned. Give your work a different perspective by turning it in every direction. Hmmm, you may have to add 3 more hooks to the back of your framed work! :)


Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Every way I turned it, I was bouncing along on the waves.
Hmmm, must be missing the ocean!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Tangle - HOPE

This tangle inspiration came from my good friend, Jody. She was going through chemo treatment this summer and wondered if I could make a tangle out of the cancer ribbon shape, so this is what I came up with. I shared this with the CZT class 4, but have now revised the instructions a little and I am finally getting around to posting them.

VARATIONS: This tangle has many variations. I put some of them in the following tangle for an example, but I am sure there are many more. You can color the ribbon, or the negative space, make as many ribbons as you want, make them all different sizes to fit your space, etc...

On a happier note, Jody is now cancer free-Yea! All of our lives have been touched by cancer in some way, relatives, friends, co-workers, fellow tanglers, etc., so I am asking that when and if you use this tangle, you just take a moment to reflect, pray, or connect with spirit and/or the universe to send out some loving thoughts to those going through this fight and for their families. Thank You!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday, Monday

Enjoy the week! Smile and say hello to someone you don't know!