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Fairy Garden entered in Tangled Fashionista contest.  Fairy and butterflies are from Tangled Fashionista.

Fairy Garden entered in Tangled Fashionista contest. Fairy and butterflies are from Tangled Fashionista.

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.”  ~Steven Wright

It’s a bit of a random thought day.  It seems that every day is some sort of holiday, so I took a look to see what obscure event I might be missing this week.  So…who knew May 3 is Martin Z. Mollusk Day and just WHO is Martin Z. Mollusk?

It appears that M.Z.M. is a famous hermit crab from Ocean City.  For more than 37 years he has been appearing on the beach in Ocean City on May 3.  Why is this significant, you may ask?  Because if he sees his shadow summer will come one week early, of course I knew that.  Or maybe I was thinking about a groundhog with similar duties in February named Phil?  If memory serves correctly, his record was pretty poor this year since many areas around the country had snowstorms this week.  Maybe Martin does better; after all, he is quite old.  He also has a 100% accuracy record, gets annual physicals and lives in an assisted living Crustacean Condo.  To learn more about Martin Z. Mollusk and the special activities planned for May 3, check out the Ocean City, NJ website .

The whimsy associated with Martin Z. Mollusk Day carries through in the Zentangle Inspired Art pieces I am sharing today.  I had a great time at Tangle University, learning quite a few fun techniques from my fellow CZT’s.  Meredith Yuhas taught tangled gardens on toned paper and Marie Browning shared a fun technique with Tombow markers in a workshop she called Dr. Seuss’ Garden.  Sandy Steen Bartholomew sponsored a contest that challenged CZT’s to use images from her book, Tangled Fashionista.  Since my new skills were top of mind, I used them to finish 2 entries for Sandy’s contest.  Wonder of wonders, I was a runner up with my Fairy Garden.  I hope you enjoy the results of my little flight of fancy.

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Diva Challenge - Fengle

Spring is not the best of seasons.
Cold and flu are two good reasons;
wind and rain and other sorrow,
warm today and cold tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

Spring has certainly sprung.  I have been fighting a nasty case of the flu made even worse by the high pollen counts for about 10 days now.  We’ve also had an extended period of terrible thunderstorms, rain, tornadoes and flooding in south Louisiana for the past week.  Not the best combination of circumstances for creativity, but I’ve done a lot of tangling between naps and coughing spells.  Plus there was a conference call or two thrown in for good measure.  My Tangle A Day calendar is great for those!

Over the weekend, I tackled a few “projects.”  One of my favorites is a tote bag I have had for over a year.  I used one of the coloring pages from Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s new book Tangled Fashionista and I am so pleased with the result.  I wasn’t procrastinating, just looking for inspiration.  Shrinky Dink plastic was next on my list.  That stuff really shrinks a lot!  After a many false starts and rejects, I finally ended up with a pair of ZIA earrings that I would actually wear.  Plus my grandkids had a great time watching the stuff curl and shrink.

Rick and Maria recently published the instructions for a new tangle, Fengle in their newsletter.  CZT’s have had the instructions for a while now, so I’ve been practicing this one.  It is definitely a tangle that improves with practice, possibilities unfurling each time you draw it.  Laura Harms’ Diva Challenge this week is to use this new tangle, Fengle.  I took up the challenge on the first day of spring so color was calling.  I did several versions of the challenge, all with a bit of color.

Finally it’s Friday, the sun is shining and I am on the mend.  I have my shipment of Zendala tins and those lovely round tiles are calling to me… ahhh Spring!

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