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Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life

It has come to my attention recently that many of my followers have been coveting a pair of Tangled Tom’s.  More surprising to me is that they have no desire to tangle the shoes themselves.  This seems to be mostly gentlemen wanting to gift a pair to the many princesses in their lives – wives, girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters…

If you find yourself a member of this group or if you just aren’t crafty, I have an offer for you.  I will be happy to tangle a pair of Tom’s for you.  Remember, each pair is unique – while you can request specific tangles you may want – the final product will always be “one of a kind.”  The lighter colors of Tom’s work best – white or off-white.  I have three colors of  permanent ink to choose from – purple, black and blue.  Base price (includes the cost of the shoes) is $100, payable in advance.

Please send me an email at klsredmond@eatel.net  with “Tangled Toms” in the subject line for more information or to place an order.

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My very own Tangled Toms

redux [ri-duhks] adj. brought back; resurgent: the Victorian era redux.  www.dictionary.com

Forgive the little detour, but I have big info to share.  So…who knew you could look up a word on dictionary.com and actually HEAR the correct pronunciation???  I just discovered this nifty little feature as I was double checking the definition of “redux.”  Call me a nerd, but I am so excited about this!  It doesn’t take much.

Now on to my subject for today.  I finally finished my own Tangled Toms!  You may notice a touch of the new official Zentangle tangle Springkle on one of them if you look closely – contact your favorite CZT to learn this one. These were done with a Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric.  Several of my fellow CZT’s recommended this pen highly for tangling on fabric and I wanted to give it a try.  The ink does flow very smoothly – I think it has to do with the hard tip on the pen.  The Sakura Identipen I used for Maggie’s Toms is more like a felt tip.  I’m not sure the lines are any sharper, but curved lines seem to be easier to achieve with this pen.  My only complaint – I ran out of ink about halfway through the second shoe.  I will admit to having bigger feet than my granddaughter and there are a lot of solid tangles on mine, but I was a little put out since I had to order another pen and wait for delivery.  Overall, I like both pens and will likely use both depending on the surface.  I would, however, recommend the Sakura pen for kids since they seem to use even more ink than I do and a lot of Maggie’s friends are raring to get tangling on their own Toms.  And I am off to listen to some more tricky pronunciations…

Side view of my Tangled Toms

Tangled Toms

Easter Fun Facts

Americans spend approximately 2 billion dollars on Easter candy each year.

Each Easter, approximately ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are sold in the U. S.

For more Easter trivia and tons of other interesting tidbits visit Critical Thinking

Finding a few Easter gifts that are not candy can be a real challenge.  There are those mandatory treats that MUST arrive at my house on Easter morning.  First and foremost is the biggest hollow chocolate bunny to be found for Katrina.  She nibbles a little on Easter and then puts it in the freezer to snack on throughout the year.  This has been going on since she was a little kid, disgusting, but true.  For Kristi it’s all about the Peeps.  She’s a bit of a purist – only the yellow chicks will do.  These days she doesn’t eat very many, but I found a three pack of chocolate dipped Peeps.  We’ll see how she likes them.  To be on the safe side, I visited the Just Born website and ordered her a T-shirt and Peep socks.  She loves wearing crazy socks with her scrubs, so these will be a hit.  My new son-in-law, Jacob, loves all things sour.  Big bags of Sour Patch bunnies will be waiting for him.  Kim loves that old classic, Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs.  Robin’s Egg Whoppers run a close second for him as well.

Jack just loves it all – he’s the easiest.  No searching high and low for exactly the right bunny for him.  A basket full of sugar makes him happy.  Throw in a few Wimpy Kid things and he’s good to go.   Maggie, however, flirted with disaster this year and almost ended up with an empty basket.

After playing board games for a while last night, both kids announced quite loudly that they would be going to bed since the Easter Bunny would be coming soon.  Maggie tiptoed back into the family room and tells us “Just so we’re clear, I don’t believe in the Easter Bunny anymore, but I don’t want Jack to know.”  Ah the sophistication of being 12 years old.  “Do you remember what I told Katrina?” I ask.  “OH!  ‘If you don’t believe, you don’t receive.’  I BELIEVE!!”

Months ago, I bought a pair of white Toms to tangle for a class.  I got her size, since she has been pestering her Mom for a pair for quite some time. They were always intended to be her Easter gift.  She has been eyeballing those shoes, lusting after them.  She even advised me that purple ink would be the very best look for the tangles.  I’m sure those Tangled Toms were uppermost in her mind when she ditched her 12-year old arrogance and became a believer again, at least for this year.

About Tangling the Toms: I just used the stitching on the shoes as my string – it lends itself very well to section off the shoe.  The purple ink was done with a Sakura Identi-Pen.  The ink is waterproof, good for fabric and the pen has two points.  Shading was accomplished with a Fabrico dual marker in #181 cool gray.  The brush end works really well for shading on fabric.

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