Weekend Zen

color wiggle tangle

Wiggle colorful curl Zen with atyou Spica pigment glitter pens…eeeeee fabulous! Love the wiggle-ee-ness of this one…tidied it up on Gimp after scanning it…of course scanner added horrid booger colored stripes on it…UGH…guess I’ll photograph my future tangles!
May 3rd 2014

Family Hands 1 completed 5-3-14

The Family Hands (1) is complete…This has my hand, my mom’s, Jim’s and Jazmin’s…I know which is which…11X14 Paris Paper using Faber Castell Pitt & Pigma Micron pens over 5 days….love it! Onto the next Zen adventure… May 3rd 2014

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Autism Awareness every day puzzle piece Zen…Used Faber Castell Pitt pens, Spica Glitter pens and Triplus Fineliner Pens. Will have to invest in some color brush pens for larger areas… Tidies this up on Gimp after the scanner left stripes where stripes don’t belong.
April 4th 2014

tab dragon framed 5-3-14

Tabitha’s fabulous Zen Dragon all framed and ready to hang…looking nifty! April 4th 2014


Hands coming together

Hands day 3 5-1-14

my family’s hands day 3…looks like one more hearty day and tangling and this one will be done. I’ve gotten over my dislike of the Office Windows….they are blending in quite nicely!
again phone photo…when it’s complete I’ll use my regulation camera since out scanner isn’t big enough for 11X14 paper…

family of hands the continuing saga

hands day 2 4-30-14work in process…I’m not over joyed with the office windows so I may frappe’ those a bit more…think it’s the thickness of the lines…
oh well oh also pardon the quality of photo…camera phone… didn’t fee like running upstairs to get the actual camera and this paper is too big for the scanner…
April 29th 2014

let the power of Zen compel you

M is for 4-27-14

M is for mostly moldy Muffy who’s miffed at the morons making movies mostly muttonheaded

April 27th 2014

 O is for 4-27-14

O is for Ogden’s oblivious ogling of Olga’s Ovum…ouch

April 27th 2014

 family hand string WIP 4-28-14

String made of hands: Mine, my mom, Jim & Jazmin’s…it will grow into a family Zentangle started April 28th 2014

 two fingers done Family Hand 4-28-14

2 fingers done of the 20 available in the Family Zentangle…these two are from my hand…yeah I know you can tell! April 28th 2014

 Paisley WIP 4-28-14

Fabulous paisley placed on Jim’s palm…FABULOUS…love making paisleys! April 28th 2014

sewing and other fabulous adventures

Flamingo in the garden.  This is my fabulous birthday flamingo from Jim…think he’s made of old car parts…he watches over Oliver’s fairy garden. July 6th 2013

Jazmin’s bright red lilies. July 6th 2013

Judi’s Cat Box Barter Quilt belly button all sewed and waiting for the border fabric to come in the mail…too cute! July 6th 2013

Mom’s holiday cat box quilt up on the design wall waiting for some sewing machine attention…this one has all but one of the same fabrics as the Judi quilt tried to put this one in a different order so they both look different in the long run. July 6th 2013

Robyn and Neener’s heart WIP (work in Progress) this heart will be one of 20 eventually…don’t know Chocolate and mint make me think of Robyn and her son Neal – Neener.  This heart will join the others in the ‘Those who Dwell in my Heart’ quilt. Worked diligently throughout the day and got it this far.  Tomorrow will work on locating my embroidery hoops (I hope I didn’t get rid of them in the move) and embroidery their names in chocolate colored floss, add some minty ribbons and get started on the 2nd to the last heart…perhaps I’ll get this done this year! Or at least all the blocks…have a perfect place on the wall for it.  The pattern for this fabulous block is free at:http://www.paperpanache.com/free/guestpats/aheart.htm July 7th 2013

fabulous feline fabric

Fifteen fabulous feline fat quarters arrived today!

All ready to iron and chop up for the 2 (so far) cat box quilts…eeeeeeee can’t wait to see ho dandy these turn out! And I LOVE the selection of really fun fabrics at http://www.bugfabric.com/ when I start the great Shamus quilt of Puppy butts I’ll have to go back to get a plethora of canine cotton. I have way too many great ideas for quilts…perhaps now that I have my creativity niche I can really get to work accomplishing a few. I should have more than enough left over kitties to make a couple more knee warmers too!  July 1st 2013

creativity FINALLY

BINS…a multitude of creativity filled bins…boowahahahaha…now all I need to do is put all the bins in order…I have oranges on 3 different shelves, washer backed eyes in the same bin as ruffled lace and safety pins…I am out of control…took 5 minutes to find my pinking shears…it was in a shoe box not a bin…what was I thinking? Well long weekend coming up…after I put the DVDs in alphabetical order I’ll tackle the bin situation…June 30th 2013

Tidy little pile of cats that will grow into Mom’s next fabulous quilt…just waiting for the last 15 fabrics, don’t worry they’re all fat quarters, not $12 yard cuts or anything silly like that, Border fabric is black with rainbow kitty prints…will be quite eye catching…hopefully not to allergen causing as I’m allergic to cats…lol… rainbow prairie points and perhaps a hand quilted cat silhouette in the middle of each square…June 30th 2013

Judi’s barter cat box quilt WIP…looking lovely…really glad I have a design wall now so I can rearrange the square till it’s perfect dark to light…squares are each 7.5” so this will be a nifty knee warmer eventually! This will have a black with white kitty foot prints boarder and black & white prairie points…I think a black back… and perhaps a hand quilted cat silhouette in the middle of each square …June 30th 2013

I’ve got a dandy hallway now to display the quilts I can’t bear to part with…they dampen the echo too…

two house quilts and Jim’s tumor star quilt so far…I have room for a couple more…have a tall skinny quilt planned for the TV room door to deaden the planned music studio corner of it… ROCK ON! June 30th 2013

Ask My Mom How She Is

mom and turtle early 70s

My Mom, she tells a lot of lies,
She never did before.
But from now until she dies,
She’ll tell a whole lot more.

Ask my Mom how she is
And because she can’t explain,
She will tell a little lie
Because she can’t describe the pain.

Ask my Mom how she is,
She’ll say “I’m alright.”
If that’s the truth, then tell me,
why does she cry each night?

Ask my Mom how she is,
She seems to cope so well.
She didn’t have a choice you see,
Nor the strength to yell.

Ask my Mom how she is,
“I’m fine, I’m well, I’m coping.”
For God’s sake Mom, just tell the truth,
Just say your heart is broken.

She’ll love me all her life,
I loved her all of mine.
But if you ask her how she is,
She’ll lie and say she’s fine.

I am Here in Heaven.
I cannot hug from here.
If she lies to you don’t listen,
Hug her and hold her near.

On the day we meet again,
We’ll smile and I’ll be bold.
I’ll say, “You’re lucky to get in here, Mom,
With all the lies you told!”


sock stew and sock slicings

Old sock and lemon stew…

not quite as hearty as some of my crock pot adventures… this was brought to light by my friend Angiehttp://www.chabad.org/theJewishWoman/article_cdo/aid/441389/jewish/… ‘Discolored socks will look white again if you boil them for a few minutes in a pan of water with a slice of lemon in it.’ Well out of all these socks I got one pair I feel will work for a sock monkey, the rest are well quite used and still rather ugly, back into the sock drawer! Although it was fun to have the family come out smelling the chicken in the oven then look into the stock pot full of old socks…I didn’t ladle any into a bowl however… October 23rd 2012

1 monkey and 6 will be baby proof stubby legged beasts chopped and ready to sew.  There will be stubby monkeys, stubby cats and at least 1 stubby puppy/bunny depending where I put the ears. The baby safes will be going to God’s Tiny Angels in WV.  No idea how quick I can get them all done though…Gotta get to that sewing machine I’m on the last ready to finish monkey! October 24th 2012

Mz Lavender Wee in process, since these are all by hand I don’t have to contemplate getting to the machine.  This one may be for my mom.  She said this is all she wants for X-mas…sigh…How do I spoil a person with one lone sock creature?!? October 24th 2012

Mom’s Santa Letter

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a good mom all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my
children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my own
doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a
shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my
list out — over several Christmases.

Since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on the
back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles; and who knows
when I’ll find any more free time in the next 18 years, so now – –

*** Here are my Christmas wishes ***

* I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache (in any color, except
purple, which I already have) and arms that don’t hurt or flap in the
breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the
candy aisle in the grocery store.

* I’d also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh
month of my last pregnancy.

* If you’re hauling big-ticket items this year, I’d like fingerprint
resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a
television that doesn’t broadcast any programs containing talking
animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the
crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

* On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, ‘Yes,
Mommy’ to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don’t
fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without
the use of power tools.

* I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, ‘Don’t eat
in the living room’ and ‘Take your hands off your brother,’ because
my voice seems to be just out of my childrens hearing range and can
only be heard by the dog.

* If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for
enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning,
or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it
being served in a Styrofoam container.

*If you don’t mind, I could also use a few miracles to brighten the
holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a
vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely.

*It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around
the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an
organized crime family.

Well, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing, and my son saw my feet
under the laundry room door. I think he wants his red crayon back.
Have a safe trip Santa, and remember to leave your wet boots by the
door, and come in and dry off, so you don’t catch cold. Help yourself
to cookies on the table, but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on
the carpet.

Yours always with love and appreciation,


P.S. One more thing . . You can cancel all my requests, if you can
keep my children ‘young’ enough to believe in Santa.