Our Diva, Laura, reports that she now has both boys in school, one in second grade and the other in kindergarten. All around the world, mothers take a deep breath on that first day with a mixture of relief and foreboding. Relief that they will have some blessed quiet time at home, but foreboding for all the parental duties that go along with having a child in the school system - schedules, homework, conferences, supply lists, after school activities, the morning hunt for matching shoes and socks...on and on. Somehow you never think of these things when you bring home your little newborn bundle of joy! But watching your children grow and flourish is one of the most satisfying things in life. No goal you ever reach will compare with seeing your child take that first step, learning to tie his shoe, or sending him off to that first school day. So to all the parents out there, enjoy every day with them, because one day it will all be just memories, both the best of times and the regrets. Although I wouldn't want to start again, I do miss that baby powder smell, the glitter Mary Jane shoes with ruffled anklets, the Hello Kitty backpacks, and the sticky hugs and kisses.
This week our Diva challenge was postponed one day in honor of the Labor (she says Labour) Day holiday. Thank you to all the courageous workers who fought (some died) for decent and safe working conditions, holiday time off and the five-day work week. Without their struggles, we would be living in a very different world.
For the weekly challenge, Laura challenges us to use the tangle "CanT", which came out of the Canadian CanTangle event. I'm so jealous! Such a group of superstar tanglers, and I know they had fun!
This tangle is so basic, so easy to draw and so versatile, that I really look forward to browsing through all the entries and seeing the multitude of interpretations that everyone produces. For my tile, I used a Renaissance tile and a very straightforward layout of the pattern. I do like the way it turned out. It somehow reminds me of a fancy compact.
That's New To Me #36 focused on tangles beginning with "Y". I chose Margaret Bremner's Yoga and Yuu by Mai Hua Teng. I was already working on that when the Diva Challenge was published, but I have to say the Yuu pattern shares similarities with the CanT pattern. My tile is completely different, though! When I saw the little fish shapes in Yuu, I was immediately reminded of my pattern Fichy, which I also included in my tile. The shapes in Yoga also echo the fish shapes somehow, so I thought that would work well with the other tangles. Additionally, even though I usually shy away from color, I knew from the start that I would be coloring this one. I used Prismacolor pencils and Tombow markers. I think it turned out well for someone who doesn't do color!
The Square One focus on Facebook this week was Inapod. Was there ever a more fun tangle? It can look elegant, or silly or creepy or organic. It is always fun to draw and always dramatic looking. This is what I did with it.
So there you have it! I am grateful for the challenges that encourage me to step out of my comfort zone, try something new, improve my skills, and have fun sharing the results with other tanglers.
Thank you for visiting today, and know that I appreciate and cherish all your insights and comments. I encourage you to take a look at the beautiful work submitted by all the wonderful tanglers who participate in these challenges. I promise you will be impressed and you will learn something new!