2014 – a blog in review

This morning I opened my Inbox and found that WordPress had delivered 2014 statistics for this blog. What fantastic service! I really enjoy using WP as a blogging service.

So here we are at the end of 2014, on the verge of launching out into the great unknown that is 2015. I pretty much feel like everything is precious and fleeting at this time of the year.

I’d like to seize this moment to say a big THANK YOU for all my visitors! The statistics may not be much, but I have only really begun to blog regularly this year, so it is quite a milestone to me. Thank you 🙂

Have a blessed 2015, you and yours ❤

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 196, 197 & 198

After a couple of weeks of rushing custom jewelry orders and prepping for my final craft market booth for 2014 last Friday, I found that my right hand was severely strained from using craft pliers for long hours on a daily basis. From occasional numbness to a carpal tunnel like syndrome, I had to give up my nightly, pre-bedtime tangling in order to ‘conserve’ my right hand. Hence my temporary hiatus from the challenges.

On a whole, I’ve crafted more this year alone than in all my 32 years of life combined, and I never thought I’d be happy to announce that custom orders are now closed for the year, to enable me to finish up all existing orders and restock on supplies.

I am SO pleased to get to the challenges I’ve missed these couple of weeks. Well.. here we go.. (as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge Week 196 – All Dolled Up

To be honest I had a really difficult time trying to come up with something for this particular challenge. It is not that I am not fond of dolls. I am a hobby collector myself, and I own several basic and limited edition Latidoll Yellow ball-jointed dolls (16cm) including a Lati Green Ronnie (30cm).

I’d thought very long and hard for this challenge before finally deciding to put together a little, miniature book of tangles for the Lati Green size.

It was very apt because I was planning to introduce a good friend of mine to Zentangles and I am in the midst of putting together a little starter kit cum care package for her and she too, has a Lati Green! Like me, she’s just gone through a really rough 18 months and I think that tangling will definitely help her attain some form of inner peace for herself.

This little book is still a work in progress and will contain some of my favourite tangle patterns when completed. It is slightly smaller than an official regular sized Zentangle tile, and about twice the size of a Bijou. It is made of mixed media paper, upcycled from various envelopes, packaging, old maps and scrap paper 🙂

I have about 8 more pages to go before it is ready to pose for photos with Alexis, my own Lati Green Ronnie 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 196 - All Dolled Up Diva Challenge Wk 196 - All Dolled Up

Diva Challenge Wk 196 - All Dolled Up

If anyone is curious, here are some of the other goodies that I have managed to put together for my friend’s starter kit. I am intending to add more personalisation to it, over the next few days. (For a detailed list please click the image below.)

ZT Starter kit

She does know, and I did tell her.. that I am definitely not going to be in time for Christmas, as it is way too late to send via International post, but it will eventually go out in January when the holiday postal traffic has died down.

Diva Challenge Wk 197 – Arukas

I went through some of the early ‘Arukas’ entries before coming to a decision to not post mine last Tuesday 😛 I must say that it made me cancel my already late blog posting 😛 This delay in posting did not make my attempts look any better, so I guess I should probably just admit defeat and put it up already 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 197 - Arukas

1st attempt on right, on old book paper..

Diva Challenge Wk 197 - Arukas

2nd attempt, on old book paper

I need more practice 😛 Not even old book paper could save it this time 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 198 – K.I.S.S.

For a gift exchange, we were supposed to include a Scripture verse with our gifts. I decided to make my own gifts and gift tags this year, and since it was a blind exchange, we were meant to have the gifts gender-neutral. I decided on an Angel-theme for the gifts, as there were non-Christians participating as well.

custom key ring  Custom Bookmark

custom bookmark

For the gift-tags, I made them as simple as possible, with duo-tangles in the borders 🙂 I also picked Angel-themed verses to match the gifts.

I chose this particular gift tag for my K.I.S.S. entry because it is the most simple of the designs ^^

Diva Challenge Wk 198 - K.I.S.S.

Featuring Sanibelle and Beadlines in a duo-tangle border

Diva Challenge Wk 198 - K.I.S.S.

Featuring the tangles: Flux + Mooka, Beadlines + Sanibelle, Lilypads + Trentwith

Diva Challenge Wk 198 - K.I.S.S.

Featuring the tangles: Flux + Mooka, Beadlines + Sanibelle, Lilypads + Trentwith

Incoming ZIA Swaps

I just thought that I’d feature some of the wonderful tangles that I have been privileged to receive through the swaps that I participate in and/or host over Swapbot (affectionately known as SB to us swappers).

For example, how gorgeous is this stash of goodies from Haley, also known as Niwaliu, a talented tangler in Taiwan?? ^^ This veritable loot was sent to me over two swaps and includes postcards, twinchies and an ATC.

Incoming ZIA Swaps ^^

In another example, this ingenious hexagonal tile is from Anoeska, also known as Akseona, an equally talented tangler from Netherlands ^^ It is so cute, I have stashed it in a box for safekeeping!

Incoming ZIA Swaps ^^

Come and join my ZIA swaps if you like – you only need to sign up for a free account on Swap-bot and you are all set 🙂 We are having loads of fun! And since ZIA swaps are usually are really light and flat, they are cheap to send, internationally. If you have questions or issues, do let me know and I will see if I can help in any way.

To end off my post, once again, here are some other recent pieces before I visit other entries 🙂 If you are participating in my swaps on SB, I must again tell you that there are a number of spoilers ahead 😛

ZIA Postcard ft. FIFE

ZIA Postcard featuring FIFE

Diva Challenge Wk 30 - String Theory: Initialise

Diva Challenge Week 30 – String Theory : Initialise [right] and ZZG/ZIA Int’l Swap ‘A tangled garden’ journal page [left]

Brown Sakura Pigma Micron

First attempt using a brown Sakura Pigma Micron ^^

Spoiler Alert ^^

ZZG/ZIA International Swap – ‘Genesis’ ATC featuring Antidots

And… I am off ^^

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments from previous weeks. They are much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!