Sunday, September 29, 2013

Beautiful Beading

One of my students, CJ Petersen, recently shared a picture of her beautiful bead embroidery!  Can you believe this is only her 2nd attempt at bead embroidery and the first time interpreting a tangle with beads.  The tangle she used is Worms, which you can find on
Thanks CJ, for letting me share your gorgeous work

CJ and her daughter, Cara signed up to attend the
 CZT certification seminar in 2014.
I will be so thrilled to have them as fellow CZT's!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DIVA Challenge #137/Knightsbridge & Tipple

A duotangle challenge over at the DIVA'S this week, combining two tangles I really like, Knightsbridge and Tipple.  Fun challenge, thanks Laura!

Friday, September 20, 2013

DIVA Challenge #136/Color Color Everywhere

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to use color with your zentangle.  Any kind of color, a little, or a lot, whatever you choose.  This couldn't have come at a better time!  Watching all the news on the flooding that has devastated so much of the state of Colorado, and a lot of our Larimer County has been heartbreaking to say the least.  We were fortunate to escape any damage in our neighborhood, but other parts of town and the Big Thompson Canyon were not so lucky.  Seeing so much destruction and mud made me want to create something beautiful with lots of vibrant color. It will take years for the canyon to restored again, after mother nature's fury, but it will get there and will one day be a thing of beauty again! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

DIVA Challenge #135/New Official Tangle "Well" & Trip to Montana/Wyoming/Idaho

Once again,  I am late creating and posting my tile for the weekly DIVA challenge. We took a trip to Idaho last week to visit my father-in-law, Kermit (91 and going strong).  Normally, it's a one day drive, but we decided to go a different route and make it a two day trip.  We toured the Little Big Horn National Monument on the 1st day.  On the second we went over the Bear Tooth Hwy (One of America's most beautiful roads) with views of 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation and some of the most rugged landscapes in the country.  If you ever get the chance, this drive is incredible and I would highly recommend it!  Then we entered Yellowstone National Park (one of our favorite places) at the northeast entrance and toured the park for the day before heading to Kermit's in Idaho Falls, where we spent the rest of the week.

We got home on Saturday afternoon to a rain soaked and flooded (in parts) Larimer County, Colorado.  It rained just about the whole week we were gone, and rained again all day yesterday. We are fortunate that we are not close to any of the rivers and our home is okay.  The schools were closed on Friday and again today due to so many roads being closed.  It is so sad watching the local news and seeing how so many areas in the state of Colorado have been affected by this flood.  Please keep our state in your thoughts and prayers as the rescues continue and the clean-up begins this week!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

DIVA Challenge #134: BEAMZ

Another 1st of the month is the UMT (use my tangle) time at the DIVA's challenge! This week we are trying out the tangle, BEAMZ by Traci F.  I used Tangle Patterns string #54.  I have never used this tangle before, but found it kind of fun to just start drawing lines and boxes in each section of my tile, turning them every which way and varying the sizes.  Then I filled in some of the boxes and around the boxes with other tangles.  I may have lost Beamz in the process, but that's the fun of planning and just let it unfold before your eyes! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Fish's Pub

My brother, Steve lives in Wisconsin and has a really cool little bar, pool table, darts, and hang-out area in his basement. He DJ's on the side, and his sound system is great!  Our last name being Fischer, we all had the nickname Fish at one time or another while we were growing up.  The ceiling going down the steps has a slant to it and he asked me if I could make some kind of Zentangle poster.  Instead of a poster, I decided to use wood letters that were already painted white and had what I thought was a neat design to them.  I found them at Hobby Lobby.  I then found a beer mug shape online and my husband, Doug cut it out for me in wood.  I painted and tangled it along with all the letters (I used a Sakura IdentiPen). On our trip there, early in August, we hung it up.  I was really happy with how it turned out, and so was Steve

He also has this piece hanging behind the bar that I made him in 2010, shortly after I got out of CZT class.  Love spreading the zentangle joy with my family!