Fun and Inspiration at CHA

     View a YouTube , create a  pop-up owl card using easy to do circular shapes and zentangle® patterns.

     Once again fun was had by all attending the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. Even though I have been attending these shows for longer than I would like to admit I still enjoy seeing my old friends, meeting new ones and getting first look at all the possibilities of the coming year with new ideas and products in arts and crafts.

My dear friends Karen Thomas and Suze Weinberg.

     The Fox Chapel/Design Originals booth was a beehive of activity. Demonstrations and make & takes were scheduled every day… all through the day. I enjoyed the opportunity to introduce some new Zentangle books, ‘Zentangle 7’, ‘Zentangle 8’ and ‘Joy of Zentangle’.

     The series of Zentangle books (Basics thru 8) have been so popular it was exciting to once again be invited to the R&M West Coast Enterprises booth to sign the latest in the series. I also had great fun introducing some willing participants to the creativity and value of Zentangle through some make & takes. My favorite was the adorable little Tangled dimensional owl card.

     On Monday I gave a 3 hour workshop to a large group of store owners… everyone was excited about the Zentangle buzz. I taught some new tangles and introduced creative ways to add tangles to scrapbooking, cardmaking and other forms of art making. A special thank you to Marie Browning of Tombow for her demonstration introducing color to Zentangle ZIA’s.

Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

                        Zentangle #117

Stepping stones

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Out with the Old

     What does a quilter give as Holiday gifts??… custom-made quilts of course.
     This year I designed a quilt for each of my 4 children, 3 stepchildren, their spouses, 13 grandchildren, 2 sisters and a husband (that’s 28 total). Thanks goodness we celebrated Christmas in Texas the Saturday before Christmas. We all gathered at my stepdaughter Kelley’s home in the country. It was a beautiful Indian summer day with open doors and  kids running in and out as they played with their new toys. Snow on Christmas is very rare in Texas but we had a lovely snowfall that day which I got to sit back and enjoy…travel on the roads was a little precarious.

     Another reason I am so glad I got to enjoy a laid back Christmas is because of all the work that went into putting my warehouse sale together. It was held December 29th and 30th…..and was very successful. Thanks to all those attending. One of my Zentangle® students, Suzy Allen,  drove all the way from Louisiana ….. she packed her car full, leaving only enough room for her two boys. A couple that drove from Fort Hood packed their vehicle to the brim as well and said it was well worth the drive. Jean and Greg Fox….notorious estate and garage salers filled their van twice!! Greg said they just left room for the cell phone both times.

Mary Davenport…stuffin’ it all in!!

     It was a little tough to see it all go, but it all went to good homes. Meg Mueller, owner of the fabulous Googly Eyes Craft Shop in Irving, TX filled her van over 6 times. Mary Davenport literally poured stuff from the boxes into her car so she could fit it all in….and came back twice! I am so thankful most of my 25 year collection will be put to good use and appreciated. My husband James served lemonade and cookies. Friends Angie Vangalis, Mary Davenport, Donna Kinsey, Judy Evans and Cindy Shepard chipped it to help price and sell my collection for me. Thanks to all of you for your help.

Angie Vangalis, me, Judy Evans and Suzy Allen.

     Not only am I moving into a new studio/office space I am also getting ready for the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show  in Anaheim, CA  January 11th thru January 15th. Design Originals and Fox Chapel Publishing have so many new books, and there are fabulous classes and demonstrations. It will be a good time to visit long-time friends and see all the new products. I have 5 new books for CHA, ‘Zentangle 7’, ‘Zentangle 8’, ‘Joy of Zentangle’, ‘Simple Steps to Sketch Journals’ and ‘Rust & Patina’. I also have some fun make & take projects planned for CHA. Please come by and visit me at booth #1279.

Make & Takes for CHA.

Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

                        Zentangle #116

Star Map

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at