Monday, July 17, 2017

The Sun Always Comes Up....

Despite the recent fires that devastated our town, the blackness that surrounds us both physically and emotionally, the sadness, the anger, the shock.....the sun still rises each day and on a recent morning run I decided to take my cellphone with in the hope of catching some photos that would give me a boost of positiveness, and this is what I saw.....

Brenton On Lake - the promise of a spectacular sunrise!

It was around 6h45am, cold, dark, but it did not disappoint.

I could have focused on the blackness of the trees, the death of them, the coldness of the ashen ground....but instead I chose to see through the trees and take note of the beautiful picture they helped to create.

I am so very grateful for what we have!

Just sharing.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

IAST #203

A lovely cold and rainy day to relax and tangle for Adele Bruno's challenge after the Knysna Forest Marathon I ran yesterday with my running friends! At least this part of the forest was saved from the fire so it was still a beautiful run.  It's my second one.  It's tough!  I may not be doing it again!

My friend Jo (super fast runner) and I (a slower runner)

Our group who ran the marathon, we are called the Trailblazers.  With some personal fans!

And here is the tile I made for Adele's latest challenge to use the following two tangles:
Sez and Trilad

I was a bit at a loss as to how to use the two tangles, but I persevered, although I am not overly thrilled with the outcome.  I am looking foward to see how others have used these tangles, I definitely needs some help!

Have a blessed Sunday.  Ours is coming to an end.  Watched the Wimbledon Men's Finals and todays Tour De France!  Love it!

Monday, July 10, 2017


This is a Zentangle take on Dingbat, as per the Wikipedia definition "In typography, a dingbat is an ornament, character, or spacer used in typesetting, often employed for the creation of box frames."

Anything is possible with really is an art that allows so much freedom to allow you to make marks and just see where your pen takes you.  Here is my attempt at a Dingbatz~

I drew this on a standard Zentangle tile and used Aquafleur, Barberpole, Mooka , Tipple and Poke Root as my tangles.  I also added some Echo Lines from Eni Oken to round off some edges.

Let's pray for a great start to the week!  Wishing you a blessed day!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

IAST #202

You can find all the details of Adele's It's a String Thing challenge on her BLOG. We had three tangles that we could use with a set string, although in Zentangle nothing is set in stone. I opted for a Renaissance tile this time as I typically stay away from them as they make me feel uncomfortable.  Here is my entry:
Tangles: Pop-Cloud; Xplode; CO 2

I just admire how firstly, people actually come up with tangles and are able to draw the step by step instructions so effortlessly, and secondly how they come up with the names for the tangles!  I lack total creativity when it comes to that.

This was fun.  I enjoyed exploring more with the black and the brown micron and also decided to apply the white charcoal a bit more heavily.  I think in the past I have been too "gentle" with adding shading.  It's time to get bold!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

IAST # 200 & 201

My friend Adele Bruno just recently celebrated her 200th "It's A String Thing" challenge and I wasn't going to miss it despite the communication challenges we were facing post-fire where our internet service provider lost 26 telecommunications towers!

Here is my Bijou tile for IAST #200
Tangle: C-Perfs

And here is what I submitted for IAST #201 (poor photo, sorry):
Tangles: Beebug; Hekzee; Leaflet

I'm still loving this Zentangle art and can't wait to get back into teaching. 

Eventful June 2017!

What happened on the 7th of June 2017 is not the reason for me being such a poor blogger, the reason for blogging so sporadically is simply because I am not yet feeling settled in our new "place called home", even after 2 years!  Apparently I need to give myself 3 years!

Nevertheless, the 7th of June 2017 will be a day we here in Knysna will remember for all of our lives.  Literally Knysna, our town was on fire!  We have one main highway running through the town, is also acts as I main road, with a few roads leaving off each side.  I woke up that Wednesday morning, left home to take my daughter to school around 7am, felt that the "clouds" we were seeing looked ominous, like we were in the centre of something bad.  And we were.  A fire had started both to the left and to the right of our town.  Fires are common, but normally contained.

I don't really want to relive this whole experience, suffice it to say that we and thousands of others were evacuated (apparently 10 000 people were displaced).  In between all of that we had to get our dogs evacuated by boat across the lagoon.  My husband was out of town and was only arriving home that evening, but couldn't as the highway was closed.  Friends put us up in their home for just short of a week.

If you are one for details you may find these articles interesting:
- Article from an acquaintance Chris, who lost his home
-  5 Factors that caused the Perfect Inferno, excellent article
- Tally of Destruction

Some photos:

 Driving to school we saw this on our Left....

 Then we saw this on our Right

 Wednesday evening watching Brenton hill on fire, this is were our piece of land is and further to the right the house we just bought a month ago....

 Driving to Brenton on Thursday morning agains the police warnings that it was not safe, I just had to go and see if we still had a home.  The devastation that was left, like a moonscape, brought us all to tears.

 Our land, that's all that's left!  Very grateful that we had postponed the building of our home!

 Watching wide eyed as the fire is desperately trying to destroy our friends' family home.  I think it tried 3 times, and failed!

 Smoke absolutely everywhere!  We coughed for weeks!

 The street where we were renting a home just a month before was very badly affected!

 The fire returned to Brenton hill and once again we feared for our new home!

 Our new home, standing on the patio, the fire just stopped on the other side of the fence!

 The sand dunes were totally destroyed all the way from Brenton to Buffalo Bay!

This tree on our land says it all!

When I was looked for these photos for this blog post I had to quickly look at random photos taken in 2017 just to remind myself that it was all good before, and it will all be good again!

And now that this is out of the way I will attempt to post some Zentangle art that I have been  these last few days, but in a separate post.  In addition the outside cottage on the property we recently purchased has been renovated and I will soon be able to craft again and am hoping to get back to making cards and teaching Zentangle!

Thank you for bearing with me through this rather long post.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

IAST #190

It's that time of the week, and I played along with Adele Bruno's Its' A String Thing challenge, you can find the details HERE.  I liked the tangles she chose, not really the string, so as usual the string got lost somewhere , which is perfect for the art of Zentangle!  There are no rules, no restrictions, simply guidelines.  So here is my tile:
Box Spirals; Windfarm; Nouvart

I love this little Box Spirals (step-outs provided by Margaret Bremner).  I especially enjoyed adding a little black in the open spaces.

We've had the most exquisite weather these last few days.  The season is definitely changing as we go into "Autumn".  Plus my daughter is on school holidays for two and a half weeks, so hopefully we get out and so stuff outdoors!

Hoping you are enjoying a wonderful Sunday.