Pink Lemonade ZIA tile

Pink Lemonade ZIA tile

Spill it! Diva Challenge 282

ZIA tile with Pink Lemonade watercolor spill:

1. Full disclosure: I didn’t have any pink lemonade:) The splash of pink is water color pencil. I was inspired by Laura’s ( beet spilled tile and definitely wanted to try pink this time.

2. If I had pink lemonade, I wouldn’t spill it because I am a pink lemonade fan. LOL:)

I made an attempt to let my tangles spill over the tile and not completely stick to string sections. Tangles include: Catkin, Gnarly, Tipple, Verdigogh, started Pippin – ended up as a bit of a “sprig ” shape bottom right – definitely took a turn somewhere:)

A pink lemonade inspired tile seems like an appropriate way to wind down the summer season. It’s a beautiful New England day, sunny with a gentle breeze. Delightful to sit out on the patio and tangle away! Happy new school year for those starting this too:)



Blue and Gold ZIA

Olympic inspired tangles…

I was happy to be able to watch parts of the Olympic coverage, especially the gymnastics, swimming and volleyball events. So many amazing athletes! In gymnastics, Simone Biles simply defies gravity!

  • For this week’s Diva’s challenge 280, I chose a blue micron 01 marker and blue & gold Gelly Roll pens. Besides using an ocean blue marker, I selected tangles that reminded me of water to represent Rio: Fish net, Veezy, Fescu and Cayke. I put a touch of gold (medal:) gel pen around Hamail in the zendala center & Curly around the border. 

In a sense, like the Olympics, I’ve noticed the Zentangle Method and community inspires people from all over the world; I love how tangle art is about trying, contributing and sharing:) 


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Duotangle Challenge

Duotangle Challenge

Duotangle in Black and White

Diva’s Weekly Tangle Challenge #279 

Two tangles: Auraknot and Meer  

It was fun to take up this week’s challenge with a white Gelly Roll pen on a black tile. I haven’t done that in awhile:) Meer was a new tangle for me, and I really liked it as a background tangle. I could see Meer becoming a “go-to” tangle because I tend to like flowy/organic style designs. Hope to check out many other duotangles  and thanks for stopping by to check out mine.

Happy tangling! Jill

auraknot and meer

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“Slow down, you’re moving too fast…”

Diva’s Weekly Tangle Challenge #278 

  • Use Knightstar in a tile
  • My personal challenge: Slow down you’re moving too fast (Bijou agrees)

bijou tiles

It was a happy surprise when I chose a Bijou tile to try Knightstar and the next tile in the stack was one of those lovely “words of wisdom” tiles that come with the boxed set. “Slow Down.” Just what I needed to hear:)

  • (Above) Official Zentangle “Slow Down” Bijou tile and my Bijou tile: Knightstar border around Drupe
  • (Below) 3.5 Tile : Knightstar corners, Zinger, Flux, large Henna Drum, Rounded Rixty, Abundes, a variation of Finery around a fan-like Flux


My brain couldn’t handle more than Knightstar corners, this time. The grid lay-out concept was winding me up – not slowing me down. I did learn the basics of a new pattern from this challenge, and I think Knightstar makes a cute corner!

 I’m happy to be slowing down. It’s another hot toasty New England day. The air conditioning is on- and there will be no multi-tasking. E-mail, paperwork and dinner will happen – all in good time.

Happy tangling! Jill





Squirrel vs. Chipmunk: Tomato Thieves on Trial (or The mistrial of Banana Bread Squirrel)

The trial date: Immediately

Courthouse: Patio garden

Let’s just say this wasn’t a fair trial from the beginning because right away we, my husband and I, blamed the chipmunks. The little striped critters were frequent flyers on our patio, and I was sure that our tomatoes were part of their summer vacation package. They had already built a lovely summer home under our three-season porch. Would a dip in the pool be next? The chipmunk theory held fast for days that is when the little cherry tomatoes were the only ones going missing. Then the big Beefsteaks started to go…

When I say go, I mean – go – gone – ready to file a missing tomato report. No pieces left behind, no half-eaten tomatoes with little toothy impressions in them. The big boys vanished. Our tomato plants left naked and afraid. Who are these Houdini-critters *&%?

Then I remembered an old friend – from a summer reunion of the past-a.k.a. Banana Bread squirrel. A squirrel that had literally gone “nuts” (sorry couldn’t resist) and tried to break through my kitchen window screen to steal a banana bread that I had cooling by the window.

This case was getting bigger, the suspect list longer. So I went undercover: PJs, coffee, cell phone camera, sunglasses…casually stalking the patio. Until one day, the crime went down… sneakysquirrel

Now this could be any squirrel of course, but it’s not. I know in my heart – it is Banana Bread squirrel. As I’ve said, we have a history.

So how to stop this tomato stealing crime? My research didn’t provide me with any answers I want to live with. Here are some: Get a cat, a Border Collie, make some hot pepper concoction, and cage the tomatoes in a chicken-wire prison.

It turns out I am an enabler, and I am just not that attached to my tomatoes. Yes, Banana Bread squirrel, you’ve won – this time. But wait, soon – very soon – I will be baking blueberry muffins (insert evil laugh:)