We start with Trumpits heralding the news for the Square One focus. I did this in a tan sketchbook and used two different gold pens with black and white ink. I love how the dew drop/bubbles look on this paper.
And then I pulled out an old black tile with something on the other side and just had fun with the gold pen. Why not?
Our holiday decorations and celebrations took on a new minimalist look this year. No ebullient bows and boughs, no garland sparkling (and shedding) all over the house. No, we did a woodland look evoking those clear crisp nights after the leaves have fallen and all is quiet and peaceful. My husband especially really enjoyed this sort of Scandinavian look - it's the Swedish half of him, I think! Our table was set with ticking stripe linens and a rather austere Santa to preside over the feast. (and it WAS a feast!) I realized after I snapped the photo that I forgot to put the wine glasses on the table for the picture - sacrilege!! My challenge was to prepare everything gluten free to meet the needs of a beloved guest, and I must say it was all fabulous (polishing my nails on my lapel...). Our starter was a special cocktail made with Vodka, Maraschino liquor, Lilet, fresh Meyer lemon juice from our own tree, and champagne. So festive! We dined on Cornish hens stuffed with rice, a mushroom and winter squash lasagna (remember that weirdo gnarly squash I featured a few weeks ago? I froze the roasted flesh just for this dish) made with a hand made gluten free pasta and a silky Béchamel sauce, peas with prosciutto and a pear and hazelnut tart for dessert. Good thing we only do that once a year or I'd look like that guy in Big Trouble in Little China!
I was washing my trusty circa 1973 saucepan when I realized the little nicks all over the bottom were from my baby Alison (now age 39) sitting on the kitchen floor banging out a tune on it with a spoon. That was a throwback moment - maybe a couple of tears to go with it! Love you, Alison!
Which brings me to the Throwback part of this post! Here is a quick sketchbook version of Pots and Pans to commemorate my sweet memory. Check out the link at the bottom of this post to add your own throwback!
DIVA CHALLENG #249
For this week's Diva challenge, we were to combine Diva Dance and Auraknot. (Some are calling these "Lauraknots", which is apt, I'm sure!) I just can't quit these gems, so here is mine.
Speaking of gems, I have been practicing on some scraps of papyrus for a larger ZIA I'm working on. The first one I like, and the second one was great until I tried to put in a "soft focus" background with gray markers. Scratch that idea, but the gems are good. I utilized the brand new Molygon for some of the bezel settings for the gems. Then I did a bug. Stay tuned for the bugs on papyrus. Having way too much fun here...
Finally, I tried out the latest and greatest, Molygon, which is a lot of fun! Here I have flying spearmint and what was meant to be a Zenith-like thing that looks more like angry birds!
So, Gentle Readers, I wish you all the best as we begin the journey that is 2016. May it be happy, healthy and prosperous for all of you, and may all your tangles be infused with the very best Zen!