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)
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 😛
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.)
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.
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 😛
I need more practice 😛 Not even old book paper could save it this time 😛
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.
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 ^^
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.
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!
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 😛
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!