As well as weekly challenges of challenging weeks…
Today was just exhausting. While getting ready for church, my youngest, Princess Lala (2 1/2 years going on 17) went into full meltdown mode while we tried to get her dressed (she turned into sweet little porcelain angel as soon as she got to Sunday School, of course). Then in the middle of service, almost-6-year-old DK went into one of his epic meltdowns. I’m glad I’m part of a supportive, loving congregation where I don’t feel obligated to die of shame when I have to literally hold my son’s arms back while he screams at me. This tantrum lasted almost all the way through lunch, at which point he finally gave up. Vader, my very zen almost-4-year-old didn’t join his siblings in meltdownville although he was pretty whiny most of the evening. Oh, and this is on top of the grading that I’m barely keeping up with (semester is almost over…) and the fact that I might have gotten into an e-mail fight with a Shakespeare truther (I swear I’m not kidding: I’ll probably post something about it if anything comes of it). I’m glad I had some tangling to take the edge off of things a bit, personally.
So the challenge this time was “stripes” which is nicely vague. I decided three things pretty quickly: 1) I’d do a Zendala 2) I wanted to use something resembling tiger stripes and 3) I wanted to avoid using traditional “ribbon-type” tangles. I think I got the effect I was going for with the stripes. The tangles, working roughly from left to right:
Zuan Shi Hadn’t used it before, but it’s a good, basic filler
Sez same with this
N’zeppel Everytime I use this I think, “am I overusing this tangle?” then I laugh because of course I’m not overusing it.
3-d Room Man, do you know how great it is to have another numerical tangle for when you’re doing an “letters/numbers” challenge?
Hollinbaugh Frame This ended up looking more Lovecraftian than I had intended
Farling I love this one but I don’t use it much because it always seems to take up so much space.
Dragonair An trick question if you ever get drawn into a “Tangle or Pokemon?” quiz: it’s both.
[ETA: Ack! where did my text go? I swear I had a whole paragraph here. Anyway, the important part, the part that goes with the link that is still there, is that I call that tangelation of Diva Dance “Diva Rondo ala Turk”…]