i’m glad your were born, adele!

Happy Birthday, Adele! I had a “rixty” birthday this year as well. Just so you know, when you turn 50 you get to celebrate your birthday for a whole week. At 60 it’s all month and at 70 it’s party all the time.

Here’s my take on this week’s It’s a String Thing challenge with its loop-de-do string and focus on rixty.

patterns: rixty and shnek
materials: 3.5″ square tile, black micron, and pencil

May happiness and sunshine fill your day not only on your birthday but the whole year through.  Author Unknown

back to square one

Our string is a 3D square for this week’s tangle challenge from Joey. That plus a little betweed.

patterns: betweed, relly-telly-one, and 3-loops-6
materials: 3.5″ square tile, black micron, and pencil

Reminds me of all the boxes tucked around my house. A part of winterizing around here is pulling out the winter stuff and putting away anything I won’t use in the next six months or so. Oh, and I crocheted a slouch hat for my man.

Paul, my sweetie

organizing patterns & tiles + a freebie

When I first started tangling I used TanglePatterns.com’s 4×6 card template. I was new and needed to see all the step outs. I filled several photo albums with step out cards and filled another binder with my completed tiles.


After a few months I decided I wanted to go to a binder of patterns. It would take up less space and I liked the idea of seeing more patterns at once. I had a feel for the step outs and I could look them up as needed. (At this point my friends wanted copies so I made .pdf’s of all my pages and you can download them here for free.)

Then I got this cute organizing bag at a garage sale. (Also available at Amazon.com.)

If I could get my patterns into a couple of smaller binders, I could fit everything in the bag and I would be more mobile.

So … back to the photo albums. (I was beginning to feel like a yo-yo at this point, but it seems that different seasons call for different organizing styles.) My tiles are tucked in a pocket along with all the tools I use. I will probably keep most of the finished tiles in a binder, though I usually scan them and then give them away.

Here are a couple more ideas for corralling all your patterns and tiles.

Use ATC cards in card organizer sheets.
Use small cards in coin organizer sheets. (Bijou tiles can also be used).
⚯ This company makes organizer sheets that will fit the 3.5″ x 3.5″ Zentangle tile.

winter’s a comin’

Adele introduced two new patterns in this week’s It’s a String Thing challengeclob & delys. They play well together.

patterns: clob and delys
materials: 3.5″ square tile, black micron, and pencil

We’re well into autumn here in Washington state – mild freezes and lots of work getting ready for the winter. I brought out all my afghans for snuggling and we’ve started making more soups and stews.

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.  Edith Sitwell

all done!

WooHoo! We’re all done with the nine tile challenge over at Joey’s weekly challenge. Here’s tile #9 and all the tiles blended into one picture down below.

patterns: pokeleaf, pouf, and sez
materials: 3.5″ square tile, black micron, and pencil

The nine patch.

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