Friday, March 6, 2015


The Diva's  Weekly Challenge #207: "UMT - Unbatz by Sandy Hunter, CZT"

It's been a busy week so Sandy's tangle unbatz was just right for winding down.
You will find the step-outs here. Thanks Sandy it's a cutie!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Beate Winkler's 101 Favourite Patterns

This week I have been inspired by CZT Beate Winkler's new book 'Das GroBe Zentangle - Buch. As you can see by the cover it's in German, I took that as a challenge to learn some new words and downloaded a translator. You don't actually need to do that because all the tangle step-outs are clear and easy to follow. Many tanglers from all over the world sent Beate their patterns, I love that aspect of Zentangle that we can share and enjoy each others ideas no matter which language we speak. Beate has included variations to many of the patterns in her own elegant style.

Thanks Beate!
Check out Amazon for ordering a copy.

Here are 2 tiles including Rubenesque, a nifty tangle by Hannah Geddes CZT from the UK which can be found on age 93.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


The Diva's Weekly Challenge #206: "Tools/Trade"

My trade is NOT decorating cakes, I actually had to buy one of those icing tool kits from the supermarket but if there is a time to try something that I wouldn't normally do, it's here and now. I thought Paul deserved a cake today and the idea came into my head to combine baking with this week's challenge which is to use a tool for tangling that we haven't used before. Raspberry and yoghurt cake sounded healthy and normally I would just leave off the icing (although Paul loves icing!) so armed with pink coloured icing squeezed out printemps, mooka and finished with bales.
Oh well, it's different!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Year of the Goat

The Diva's  Weekly Challenge #205: "Year of the Goat"

As I was born in 1955 I'm apparently a goat so it's my lucky year!
I wish I could say that I drew this handsome fellow from the start but I traced him.

Chinatown in Singapore displayed fantastically made prancing goats, I took this photo from the top of a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Inspiration from Myanmar (Burma)

From landing in Yangon to the busy markets in Hpa-an, the Bagan Archaeological area and the fascinating floating village at Inle Lake we absorbed the brilliant colour and life of Myanmar.

With Paul, Nan and Josh in Yangon.

Meeting Nan's family
A young monk walking across the bridge linking a temple which is high on a rock on an island near Hpa-an.

Market in Hpa-an

We passed many trucks overflowing with people coming and going to the markets.
Floating village at Inle Lake

Fisherman at Inle Lake

Temple in Bagan. Is that mooka in the gate?

Mount Popa.
We climbed to the top -'s the view!
With our happy driver Ko Myint Thu who drove us back safely.

If you ever need a car and driver in Myanmar, you can book  Ko Myint Thu at

Monday, January 26, 2015

From Bridport to Burma

Our Grandchildren, Heidi and Samuel joined us again for our summer holiday at Bridport. Each year is very special to us, we watch them riding their bikes, venturing further down the tracks and now walking to the shops for ice cream with friends.  It's always a treat for us and we feel very fortunate that they look forward to our camping trips each year by the beach.

The 2 bijou tiles are easier to see in this ZIA. Can you see Bijou? He's down the bottom right!
For the next couple of weeks just like Bijou, we are leaving our worries behind and heading off on a journey. Our adventure is taking us to Burma to meet our gorgeous daughter-in-law's family. It's a trip we have been planning since Joshua and Nan were married in October 2013. 
It will probably be quite overwhelming to be in such an amazing country. We want to learn as much as we can about Buddhism, their culture and of course see superb scenery with patterns everywhere.

I will be back online in the middle of February.....bye!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Where's Bijou?

It's not Where's Wally? In this playground jetties are bouncing about all over the place, kuke is bobbing along happily and tripoli is venturing to the pendrill fence but where's Bijou?