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Back on the Island!

So much has happened during the past year–job, devastating hurricane, moving on two continents, quit job, and finally back on the island of St. Martin, but still not back in our Sint Maarten home.

You probably heard about the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma back in early September of 2017. She was the fiercest hurricane on record in the Atlantic and Caribbean. And she took aim at our Island of St. Martin and tore us to shreds. After six days of shelter at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC for short) we were evacuated to St. Kitt’s, where a sister veterinary school–Ross University–offered us shelter, a change of clothes, and medical attention for our pets. We spent two nights there before being further evacuated to O’Hare Airport and put up in two wonderful resorts–one week in one, five in another–while waiting for work visas to come through for (wait for it–) the U.K.

So many stories to tell, and they will come. However, I want to share the tangling I did while we still had power, even as roofing nails tore from the top of the house, and glass was curving and pulling out of sliding door frames.

These two were done as the storm raged over head. The tile below is one I tangled as the storm was merely anticipated.

Other tiles were lost to the water that eventually poured from our new glass-less skylights. Little seemed to survive the hurricane. We sat in our tiny kitchen with our next-door neighbors who rushed over during the calm hour-long eye–their home far worse than hours.

An hour or so after Irma moved on, security guards from AUC came looking for Professor Joe (my husband), and escorted us to the shelter of the school.

It was a while before I could tangle again. Aside from a lack of materials for the first few days (another story for another day), I simply was too shocked to do much except help where help was needed.

But more on the adventure in subsequent posts.

Wishing you health and safety,

Dr. Ellie, CZT

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It’s a String Thing #212

Sint Maarten is currently not in a condition for tangling or visitors, but this blog post is cheerful and fun!

The Tireless Tangler

Adele Bruno was in the path of the latest hurricane to hit Florida. After finally receiving their electricity back and other services she was back this week with It’s a String Thing challenge #212. This week’s string is pictured above and the 3 tangles used were:

Wrapped by CZT Gale Sherman (stepout)

Danzer by Prairie Kitten (stepout)

Ok-Rah bt CZT Lisa Buckley (stepout)

I really liked the tangles but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t manage to find my zen and both of these were a disappointing mess! But here is my confusing picture of both tries together.

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New Pattern: Marito

A new pattern from tangler Cyndee Pelley! Enjoy this repost frm her blog!
Thank you for sharing, Cyndee!

The Tireless Tangler

Two months ago as I was playing with the pattern Trefoil, it occurred to me to try and make the triangular framework into more of a curved ribbon style. The day before I’d seen CZT, Suzanne McNeill’s pattern Wavy Lines on Pinterest and somehow what came of that experimentation plus the Wavy Lines visual became my new pattern, Marito. It is a nickname for my little boy who was very much on my mind while I was working that day. While Marito has a similar look to Wavy Lines, it’s a different process as well as having many ways to vary the look. Marito has 2 versions, one using a more triangular shape and one that is rounded. It is great for borders as it allows for a wide variety of embellishment possibilities. I love it particularly for gem borders. It can be as simple or fancy as you want…

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Feeling Guilty

Yes, I am feeling guilty! It has been weeks since I posted. So much has been going on…

Did I mention that I got a job? It’s half-time, on contract, and tons of fun! I get to work with students, teaching them better ways to study, or tweaking their current study skills. A few weeks ago, I even gave a Zentangle workshop for students at the American medical school here (my employer) and a few were young people I helped (hopefully) and encouraged to attend. 

The purpose of the workshop was to provide students with one more way to relieve stress and general anxiety. Some students were so tense that 4 Microns had to be replaced. Medical students are probably the most tense group of students under the sun.

As I ran the workshop, I tangled along with them, using a really fancy overhead projector that broadcast to several monitors. Here are my versions.



We had started a third tile, but ran out of time. 

We ran short of time because, close to the time of the workshop, the sponsoring department decided to push through a protocol that made the workshop part of a research project. A “before” survey, which was supposed to take two minutes, took up a quarter of an hour. Then time needed to be left at the end for the “after” survey, cutting ten minutes off the end.  Still, the students left with supplies and enough information to do some tangling on their own in a very Zen-oriented way. 

I really wish there had been time for a photo of the participants’ work. I saw a few tiles that were outstanding. But we go with the flow and do what we can. More workshops are going to be scheduled for the next semester that starts next month with over 200 new students.

Next post, I will share some experimenting I’ve been doing with different pens and colored pencils. You will be left with little doubt that spending just a bit more for better tools can increase your enjoyment and the satisfaction with results many times over.

Until next time, Happy Tangling! 

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Simple Doodle ; Random Art

To my followers: Check out these beautiful tanglesb from Bhagyashri’s Creative World on WordPress!
Thank you so much, Bhagyashri, for sharing your lovely work!

Bhagyashri's Creative World

It’s been a long time I shared Doodle. Now sharing what I did a few weeks back. Unfortunately I forgot from whom I learned this. I tried to search over WordPress, but I failed. If someone have already new this design, do help me with the original link. It would be helpful for me to thank that guider.

simple doodle.

It was awesome trying new things. It was cool to go on drawing over the page..

Doodles

I hope to see everybody try this and relax.. Be positive Be happy…

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