Sunday, April 22, 2012


Terrie at Creative Explorer has tagged me and I'm finally getting around to responding! The tag involves answering some questions from the tagger, then tagging others and asking them some questions of your own. It's a "getting to know you better" activity, and a good idea. Thanks Terrie!

The Rules
  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has posted for you.
  3. Create 11 questions for those you tag.
  4. Tag 11 people and let them know.

Terrie's questions to me (and my answers):
1. Favorite season - why?
Summer and winter inside. Spring and autumn outside. Winter here can be amazingly beautiful with blankets of white, brilliant sunshine and glittering frost, but it can also be amazingly cold. I love to look at it through a window. And summer, while better, is sometimes blisteringly hot.

2.  What do you need to have on before venturing out in public?
Clothes. And my glasses. 

3.  What do you collect?
As little as possible, but I do like some glassware (bottles, vases, bowls, jugs). I think it's the way the light passes through it. I also buy paper. Drawing paper, painting paper, origami paper, scrapbooking paper, marbled paper, sheets of paper, pads of paper, flimsy paper, stiff paper.  
(I will not buy more paper. I will not buy more paper. I will not... oh yes I will.)

4.  Favorite style of art?
There's no specific movement or style that I like above all others, but I do prefer contemporary/modern to historical. I like art nouveau and art deco. In general I love bright color, detail, craftsmanship, profundity of some sort. And sparkle. Hate the stuff whose main purpose is to shock or annoy.  

5.  Symmetrical or asymmetrical?
Actually... both, but moving toward asymmetrical. I focused on symmetrical mandalas for 15 years. I think that help cut through an OCD need to have things lined up and organized. Now I'm liking things with asymmetry. 

6.  What do you find difficult to learn or work with in your chosen medium?
To zoom out and look at the big picture, and not get too caught up in all the lovely little details. That's not the medium, but it is a difficulty for me with any medium! 

7.  Vacation in 'cold and snow' or 'hot and sunshine'?
Mmm... let's say 'warm and sunshine', not big on hot, especially hot and humid (yuck). I'm looking to live somewhere with 'warm and sunshine' for most of the year. See number 1. 

8.  How do you relax?
Mainly I do art, zentangle drawing! or maybe painting. I also read. I remind myself to breathe. I force myself to relax my shoulders. I stand in a hot shower. I swim and use the hot tub at the pool. I love to walk and cycle but rarely do it. Ultimately, I need time alone to recharge. Oh, and board games. 

9.  What's one of your guilty pleasures?
 Candy. Darn it all. (But it's my only one.) 

10.  What wakes up your muse?  (or, where do you find your creative inspiration?)
She's always perched on my shoulder, pointing and saying, "Look at that! Oh wow, look at that!" 

11.  What food do you crave most often?
Sugar. See number nine.

And here are my questions for those I'm tagging
  1. What is one of your favorite quotations?
  2. Name one book you would take to a desert island. (Name more if you want, I'm always up for suggestions.)
  3. When do you work best? (in other words, are you a morning person or an evening person?)
  4. Are you happy?
  5. What would you like more of in your life?
  6. What would you like less of in your life?
  7. Favorite salsa? (super-wimp, mild, medium, hot, volcanic, blow-me-to-Pluto)
  8. What's your national/ethnic/cultural ancestry?
  9. If you could live somewhere else, where would you be?
  10. What's your favorite way to spend free time?
  11. Think up a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.

That's a lot of text with no pictures! 
Here's a teaser about something I've been doing lately. More on it soon.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Knightsbridge, Tagh, Tortuca


  1. Is this the tangled house you live in? :>) I love it!

  2. I would love to be in a house that lent itself to some outside tangling, but such is not the case! Maybe in the future. :)

  3. Dear Margaret, I find a tranquility just perusing your blog. I live in B.C. and I am enjoying the relaxation of tangling. I try just try to start where I am use what I have and find inspiration. It's never too late I'm 68 . So glad I found your blog.

    1. Hi Chris. So happy to have inspired some tranquility. Where in BC are you? I just came in Sept. 2018.