Thursday, January 31, 2013

A String, A Dare, and A Prayer

My head is sloughing through the sinus stuffies here and it is crazy windy outside this morning. I thought it got windy where we lived in Ohio, those mid-west flats could get pretty wild sometimes, but they've got nothing on the coastal winds and weather-whew!! We're having gusts as strong as when Sandy blew through late last fall and it sounds like the house is wanting to let loose some shingles or shutters, the storm windows rattling hard in their frames. I need to investigate the bird feeders and windchimes once the sun comes up, make sure none have blown away during the night. Crazy!!

The good news, though, my car is safely home again from the shop--hallelujah! She's thirteen years old, my little Kia, and I was worried her transmission was trying to quit on us. Turned out to be a brake rotor catching--all fixed and they even flushed and refilled the tranny fluid for us, just to be on the safe side, and less than $125 later--she's good as new!! How sweet is that?? I love my car. I love seeing it parked out front in the driveway even more. Yay!!

So I finished the week's Zendala Dare yesterday. Not sure if I really like it or not...If I look quick, I do like it, but if I look too long, it causes the eye to struggle between the delicateness of Paradox against the stronger, bold graphic patterns of the circles, and it feels harsh to me:

Then, the Diva's Challenge this week is String Theory, using String 3, and I'll be honest-I'm cheating here...I'm just not feeling the strings lately. I'm much happier letting things develop more freestyle. Though, I do have a 'thought' for an answer to this challenge, I did this one a couple months back using String 3 and figured I'd share it just in case I don't get to work on the idea that's floating round in my head...I started something in my Tangle a Day calendar that I don't want to rush, so I may not get to the string thing in time for the cut off...
Knightsbridge, Poke Root, Tipple, Hollibaugh, Festune
And the morning's prayer:
In everything you do today, may your spirit be one of eager expectation and patient trust.
Eagerly expect your Father to return any minute, but patiently trust Him to do what is right.
“Our homeland is in heaven, and we are waiting for our Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ, to come from heaven.”
Philippians 3:20


  1. Festune looks rather splendid there & I like the dimension. Glad your car is fixed. WE've got high winds here too & much much much rain. Bits of our woodland are landing on the lawn & very thankful for our new chimney. If only that terrace wall will keep from toppling over - but HE does know about it.
    Take care with the sinus.
    Paula (PEP)

  2. i love the paradox! well done! it's my free day and i enjoy it on my balcony with one of the first sun this year and a heavy wind too! greetings from switzerland!

  3. I think the contrast between the paradox and the circles is what makes the piece. It has been interesting to look at everyone's interpretation of the string for the Diva Challenge. Yours is a nice result.

  4. Your zendala is great. I do love the paradox, and I think the black and white switch you made in between is very cool. Your string tile is lovely. It doesn't look like the straight string anymore, and I like that. This string was to straigt form me, to make it look so totaly different than the original.

  5. Love your zendala Dawn, I think that the contrast between the heavier pattern and the more delicate one pulls the viewers eye through the design. Perfect :) Wonderful string/challenge piece too! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the calendar.

  6. Both your Dare and challenge are beuatiful. I totally agree with the words of Helen.

  7. The challenge is also great. I like that you used only 3 tangles. It's lovely.

  8. The zendala and the challenge both rise the beauty of challenges to a new level! I love every element in both!

  9. Both are great! I think the boldness and line work are very interesting contrasts. The Paradox is lovely. It's so interesting to see the photo at an angle. It looks so different yet still stunning. Nicely done!

  10. I forgot to add that I hope you fared well with the storm. We had a lot of crazy wind here this week with power outages.