Monday, 27 October 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Vegetable

This week's word at Every Inchie Monday is vegetable.  Now how many of us don't say under your breath 'veggie-table' when pronouncing this word?  So it seemed only right that I draw some veggies sitting at a table.  Somehow I don't think their mothers would tell them to eat their vegetables.

Have a hearty week.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

190 Diva: pink

At I am the Diva Laura has asked us to honour her grandmother Ardath who passed away last winter due to complications from breast cancer.  October is breast cancer awareness month as well, so we are to use pink in our tiles.

I made a tile with lots of symbolism.   First, I chose to use a quilt-like pattern because quilts are an art form typically (but not always) made by women.  Each of the tangles I chose represent some aspect of woman (although I am aware that men, too, can get breast cancer). 

Kuke: to represent a woman's role in feeding her family
bateek:  to represent her role in clothing her family (and as an art form itself)
buttercup:  because all women deserve flowers
mumsy: for all the mothers out there
a heart: while not a tangle I wanted to use the heart to represent all the love and support we feel for the women in our lives
chemystery: for all the advances made by science that has made the survival rate for breast cancer much higher than it used to be
hopscotch: for all the children women take care of
holiday ornaments: for the role women play in making homes for their loved ones

And I hope Laura doesn't mind but I felt the need here to make a tribute to my own mother who died from pancreatic and liver cancer.  This is a particularly virile form of cancer with a very low survival rate.  My mother died five weeks after diagnosis.  And even though it's been 25 years, I still couldn't make this Zia without tears streaming down my face.

All the tangles have hearts in them:  heartstrings, heartvine, rose (couldn't figure out how to get the accent on the 'e'), Haley's hearts, leafheart, heartrope, heartfully

Joey 31: Witch's Hat

With Halloween rapidly approaching Joey at Made by Joey has suggested we tangle a witch's hat.  I thought that Birds on a Wire looked a little bit like tiny witches' hats so I filled the background with that tangle.  Fun, fun, fun.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Umbra

Umbra, this week's word for Every Inchie Monday , is a neat word.  It basically means shadow, but is usually used in conjunction with the planets.  I decided to go the easy way, and include an "Umbra-ella" and the shadow it casts.  It's getting brisk in Southern Ontario, so the sun and the sand and the water, as long as I have an umbrella, is where I would rather be in the upcoming months. 

Have a sunny week.


Saturday, 18 October 2014

M O N tangle

I've been without internet for a couple of days so I'm a little late submitting this tangle.  At Artful Creations this week's Tackle it Tuesday is to create a tile using tangles that begin with the letters M - O - N.  So here is my offering:

morning glory, mak-rah-mee, ojo, nipa 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Diva 189: Yuma

It's a Use My Tangle (UMT) week at I am the Diva .  The randomizer machine (I have visions of some huge cartoonish machine with lots of buttons and flashing lights) chose Yuma by Tina-AKUA, CZT.   I found this tangle rather difficult to get my fingers around at first because I am not good at patterns with lots of tiny lines.  I do like the way the pattern looks, so I simplified it a bit, using fewer lines farther apart

At first the pattern made me think of the pods from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," but I couldn't figure out how to make the tangle look like they were coming from outer space!  Maybe I'll keep trying. (I don't seem to be able to stop my brain from wanting to see things in tangles although I know I'm not supposed to.)

So instead, I decided the pod-like shape reminded me a bit of Purk.  This is what I came up with:  

It was Thanksgiving for me on Monday and one of the many things I am thankful for is that my arthritic hands still allow me the joys of drawing.  Have a happy week.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

tag 59 spooktacular

Hello folks,

This is my first try at a Tag Along challenge.  It was made using some paper from Graphic 45's Magic of Oz series (I'm addicted to all things OZ), as well as some other Halloween-y paper I had.  It's a bit simplistic, but I don't have a lot of spooky or dark stuff in my stash as I tend more towards pastels and bright colours.  I also don't usually make tags, but it was kind of fun working outside of my comfort zone.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Ungual: Every Inchie Monday

Every Inchie Monday has had some unusual words in the past, but ungual?    According to Wikipedia,  "An ungual (from Latin unguis, i.e. nail) is a highly modified distal toe bone which ends in a hoof, claw, or nail. Elephants and other ungulates have ungual phalanges".  So rather than draw just a nail or claw, I decided to expand the definition a little and include the ungulate as well; they do have unguals after all (which my spell check insists I am misspelling).  This opened up the field to any one of a number of different animals.  So here is my offering of the week:

So I did draw the ungual (she's even lifting up the hoof to show you), I just added the animal on top of it!  She has a bit of a smile, so have a happy week. 

Oct 12: World Arthritis Day

I'm a bit late posting this because we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday in my family.  Because I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.) I felt it was important to acknowledge World Arthritis Day. 

I also wanted to direct anyone who feels like it to visit this site which gives a somewhat accurate account (it emphasizes the fatigue but not the pain as much) of what it feels like to have R.A. : 


30 made by joey: Thanksgiving

I'm sorry I've missed a couple of challenges at Made by Joey.  I can't draw knyt at all and I've been rather busy these past few weeks.  So I saw Joya's pumpkin and liked it so much I couldn't resist doing a Zia as well:

trivet, half-onion, allium, nvelope, kuke, sunflower

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

188 Diva: National Coming Out Day

This challenge from the Diva at I am the Diva was so much fun to do.  First of all, the cause is essential.  Second - (not to make light of the seriousness of the issue) - I get to use my rainbow coloured pens!  I do want to say that I think equal rights and acceptability for all types of sexuality should be a non-issue, as everyone is human, and that's that.

My first offering uses rainbow colours and tangles beginning with the letters LGBT.  And because my bff is, by chance, gay, I've included lots of hearts for him.

girlande, luv-a, heartvine, telis, brayd, loveline, heartstrings
I wanted to do a second tile because I wanted to do some shading, which I find difficult to do with the colours (and I didn't have time this week to get out all my coloured pencils).  I also wanted to use the correct process.  I am forever forgetting to put those four dots in the corner and join them.  (I still forgot to sign both of them.)
lazy eights, giotto, betweed, trumpits
And finally, I can't resist showing off the embroidery project I finished this week that I started 30+ years ago.  Unfortunately, the camera doesn't pick up all the sparkle from the sequins.  I had so much fun doing it, I've bought another one to do.  And I've found another unfinished embroidery project to work on.  Fun, fun, fun.

Thanks so much for the lovely comments that have been left in past weeks.  They truly warm my heart.  Have a great week.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Thistle

This week at Every Inchie Monday the word is Thistle.

Ah, another opportunity to depict my Scottish heritage.  My grandmother was forever embroidering Scottish thistles on handkerchiefs and table cloths - anything she could get her hands on.  I have a few left, but they are packed away somewhere as I try to get my house into some sort of shape to be able to move.  I would have liked to use one of her embroideries. 

Here, instead, I have just drawn a thistle, with the word Scotland, The background is blue for the flag of Scotland - the flag of St. Andrew.  I used inktense pencils.

Thought I'd share the project that has had me obsessed over the past weeks.  I started it 30+ years ago and finally finished it this week.  It's too bad the camera can't capture the sparkle from all the sequins.  Now I have to figure out what to do with a Christmas tree skirt when I no longer am able to put up a Christmas tree.  Oh well.  Nevertheless, I had so much fun doing it, I've started on another.
Have a sparkly week.