Friday, 28 June 2013

You are not alone (part 2)

Thinking of those struggling with the huge challenges of flooding in southern Alberta 

and in the Himalayas, India...

Here's another tangle I drew while thinking of hope... (first one here)

Rope for working together, pearls and shell for finding both unexpected beauty and treasure, and new growth.

Tangles I know I used: Perk, Twisted Rope, Pokeroot, Purk

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

You are not alone

A couple years ago I heard a wise woman discuss how our words fail us when we hope to offer comfort. Too many times what we say feels trite... too small... and not helpful.

The feelings and hopes behind those words are not small or trite, it's just that the words fail us.

She suggested that there are words that help, are true, and run deep:
"you are not alone"

Really, that's usually what we want, what we need to hear when the going is tough, rough and hard.

Calgary, Uttarakhand (India): you are not alone. We stand with you - in thought, in prayer, in donations, sometimes even right beside you with a hand (or a shovel). 

You are not alone.

My prayer is that out of this time there will be beauty and growth. I don't know how, but I know it can happen.

The Diva's challenge can be found here. Tangles I know I used: Copada, Purk, Kandysnake, Pais, Msst

Part 2 here

Saturday, 22 June 2013

The gift of a moment

Carmyn Joy is a gifted young artist. I'm barely biased at all - she photographed our daughter's wedding!

Take two minutes to breathe with Carmyn: 

in the small, find joy

(I tried to embed this vimeo right here, but technology is not behaving. Click on the link... go on... it's 2 minutes. Go for it. What are you waiting for?)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

No rules

I like working within the rules mostly - things just seem to work out better. 

Well, not rules, exactly, but guidelines?

I love process, I love how good ideas put together create more than they were alone.

So a zentangle without using zentangles... eeek. Challenge posted on the Diva's website...

It was fun, but I like a little more structure in my world! Or, as I've been known to say: "JUST let me plan it: then I can be spontaneous!"

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Getting back to it

It's been a hectic month... although sort of one of those months where I can't really tell what I've accomplished... There was weeding, many guests for meals, more weeding and oh oops, a very sore arm/neck (physio is busy till next Thursday).  

Oh, and I applied for and was offered (and accepted) a new job, and am starting mid July...

Here's my playing with the Diva's latest challenge:

The challenge is all about the grid "unchained". I did rather enjoy the way patterns make new patterns together. Ah, another metaphor for life. I LOVE metaphors!

I also decided on a signature block. We'll see if that changes over time.

Patterns I know I used (not many this time): large is Mooka, small include Hurry, Onomato.

It's been a good weekend: more tangles for fun: