a NEW artsy pastime


Hi everyone!  So I recently learned that there’s actually a name for this type of artwork… {I’m a little slow}!   It’s called Zentangle.   AND I’ve found that it’s pretty fun and easy to do.  This is my first attempt and I plan to fill up my sketchbook with zentangle creations.  There are tons of YouTube tutorials on how to draw different patterns etc.  Some of them are pretty cool.  As you can see, I started with the very, very basic stuff!  Some of the videos said they were ‘Zentangling Tutorials'; however according to tanglepatterns.com

Creating a Zentangle is known as tangling.
There is no such thing as “Zentangling”.

The cool thing is, I can do this pretty much whenever and wherever I want.  There is really no special materials needed.  I’m looking forward to learning how to draw more designs.  Please let me know if you’ve tried this!  Any tips and tricks would be appreciated!  Have a great day!  Do something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

Well, what’s NEW with you?  I have a few great NEW items to share with you:

1) The ‘Nana’s Rules’ plaque above is a gift I made for a friend recently.  She has a VERY CUTE grandkids play room, and when I saw a similar ‘Grandma & Grandpa’s Rules’ sign, I KNEW I had to tweak the words a bit and make one for her.  What do you think?


2) a NEW book review.  I read “Wonder” this last week.  I really enjoyed it.  It was a very easy-to-read, didactic novel about a little boy with birth defects.  My good friend mentioned that she thought it should be required reading in all middle schools.  :o)  Highly recommended!  Leave a comment if you’ve read it and let me know what you thought of it!

3) a NEW (to me) article: 5 Creative Ways to Find NEW locations to photograph.  I liked this article and hope to use some of its suggestions while traveling in the next little while.

Have a GREAT MONDAY!  Do or Learn something NEW!



a NEW size of deliciousness!


Happy Saturday!

OK!…seriously, who likes eating a regular size caramel apple???  Aren’t they just too big and messy?  {Yes!!!}  Well, these caramel apple bites are the PERFECT alternative!  They have all the wonderful deliciousness in ONE BITE.  No Mess.  Such a good thing!  AND, did you know if you soak your sliced apples in 7up they don’t go brown?  I learned that HERE.  Good to know, huh?

Have a great day!  Do or Learn something NEW!


Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

Well my past week has been busy with a large project at home, and unfortunately photography sessions have NOT happened {so sad}.  This pic is from a while ago…I really love how even weeds can look kind of cool…in the right lighting! :o)

My large project has been switching my computer room with our guest room.  The guest room was MUCH larger and had an adjacent bathroom.  Very nice for guests, but we don’t have guests all THAT often!  So, I switched rooms and I LOVE IT!!!  So much better!  It’s now a computer room/craft room; and I now have a ‘Project Table’ right in front of a large window…(great for photography).  It’s just SUCH a more efficient set up.  Maybe I’ll take some pics after I’m all done organizing.  PLUS! There’s a large open area that I could even watch some exercise youtube videos and workout in my computer room/craft room!  My favorite YouTube exercise guru is Zuzka Light (I love her accent too)!

I also have a NEW interest: PYROGRAPHY!  I noticed this site {HERE} that had a cool project and it’s now on my bucket list of things I want to try.  Let me know if any of you have any tips!

Lastly!  I wanna share this site I found that had Post Race Recovery Tips.  I used a couple of these tips on Saturday after a long-hard bike ride.  I wasn’t sore the next day, which was really surprising, cuz it was a killer ride!  But I thought they were good tips.  AND…a tip from personal experience:  If you empty out, then turn off your freezer, before you head out for a 3-hour bike ride, when you get home you feel SO EFFICIENT!  It’s like you were multi-tasking and you just wipe out the NEWly defrosted freezer and WHA-LA!  Such a good feeling!

Have a GREAT Monday!  Do or Learn something NEW!



found a NEW copycat recipe



Hi all! Well, yesterday when I was looking through the photos on my phone for Friday’s post, look what I found!  I had forgotten I took a quick pic of this yummy salad I made for a 4th of July BBQ!  I knew I MUST share the recipe with all of you!  It’s a copycat recipe from a very popular café in my area…Zupa’s Café.  HERE’S where I found the recipe.

Have a great Saturday!  Do or Learn something NEW!