Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kali is Graduating!!

Kali is graduating this week from 
L'Academie de Cuisine's Pastry Arts Program!
Eighteen months of study which included an internship at an authentic
French Bistro and Cafe.

And for those of you who may think she looks a mess in this photo - they put chocolate below their lip to test the temperature.
A good pastry chef can tell when the chocolate is at the right temperature by the way it feels on their chin. 
Hmmmm. So, Kali looks just right :).

In this post I am doing something I have only ever done 
once or twice before - posting without edits.
For a couple reasons:
I am leaving soon to start driving to Maryland.
(Graduation is on Friday.)
And, last night I managed to rupture a blood
vessel in one eye. I am having massive problems
keeping that eye open and it hurts like crazy.

Doc called it a subconjunctival hemorrhage and
says it will clear up in a couple weeks,
but for now the white of my right eye is entirely red and 
my eye is watering like crazy. 
Light hurts, so my computer screen is turned almost all the way down.
I can't see to edit, but I wanted to post about Kali's graduation 
before I leave town.
 This was the first really cool project Kali made in class.
The blue is cooked sugar - basically a lollipop.
The rose is . . . . chocolate!
(What is that wonderful smell?
Sorry Frozen fans!)
 Kali studied cake decoration with a couple of the
hands-down best women in the industry.
This entire rose (except for the tin foil it's resting on)
is made of gum paste. Kali is super good at flowers!
 Sorry, but I don't really know the names of any of these cakes.
Just that they are really yummy!
Kali is now living in Colorado.
She is living her dream of being a pastry chef -
an assistant pastry chef for now -
in the pastry kitchens of Kneaders Bakery and Cafe.

I am so proud of my Kali-girl!
She knew what she wanted to do, we made a way for it to happen, 
and she worked super hard!
My understanding is that Kali finished 
with a 96.48 GPA
and will be graduating with honors!
Whoot! Whoot! Way to go, Kali!

(And if you think about it, please say a prayer that my eye will heal quickly. Hurts like the dickens right now and I'll be making that 800 mile drive alone.)
The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas in Florida

Yes. You did read that title right.
Christmas in Florida.
It's a rough life, but someone's got to live it.
These are two cell phone pictures I took in Orlando,
at the Walt Disney World resort complex.
Swimsuits, beach balls, music, laughter, joyfulness.
And that is normal for this time of year in Florida.
Here is another tile I drew while I was there.
On a 3 1/2" tile, sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang's
Flat Fabio sprays.
Love those sprays!
Then I had some fun with cruffles, jetties, and kuke.

Sorry about those sunny pool shots!
But seriously,
someone has to live here!
And I am up for the challenge.

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Once Upon a Phicops Mickey

Another tangle from Walt Disney World.

Once upon a time, a little girl made her first visit
to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
The little girl jumped and skipped her way through the park,
stopping here and there to ooh and ahhhh.

Characters were cool and required photos and autographs.

Attractions were awesome but required long waits in line,
in the sweltering heat,
and let's face it - not all of them appealed to the little girl.

Then she rounded a corner and came upon the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
A swirling, whirling dervish of happiness in the 
form of crazy tea cups.
Overseen by a little mouse that popped out of the tea pot
as the little girl whirled and spun and spun like crazy.
Spinning as fast as her little arms could turn the wheel. 

And a tradition was born.
(Borrowed from a Google search.)
As I sat in my hotel room to draw, I thought about that little girl.
Missing her immensely as she nows lives out west,
making awesome pastries, cakes, and pies for a living.
I thought about her favorite ride and knew I wanted to draw it next.
Phicops immediately came to mind.
Phicops made an awesome representation of tea cups.
Add a little Mickey and it's all good.

Now if that little girl would just come for a visit,
I would totally take her to Orlando to visit the
Mad Hatter's Tea Party once again.

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Little Disney Z-ING!

Most of you know that I recently spent some time in Orlando visiting the Disney complex. Primarily so I could sit in one of their on-site hotels and draw and paint for a few days. I enjoy spreading paints, and craft mats, and pens and inks and markers all over the room and working for several days uninterrupted. And since I end up with piles and stacks of wet media papers on the beds and all over the floors - no house-keeping because I'm afraid they would have a stroke when they see all the mess I'm making! Hahaha! Not to fear, I clean my messes up when I'm done.

Zentangle® recently released a new tangle by Molly - it is called ING. Reminiscent of construction scaffolding, the steps are a breeze once you figure out which direction to go. Here is the step-out. 

I turned to ING a couple times while I was visiting Mickey. In this particular tile - the original is 3.5" square - ING reminded me of Cinderella's Golden Carousel in the Magic Kingdom. Not nearly as cool as Cinderella's but that's alright :). She's a little better known than I. Hahaha! 

I have a whole bunch more artsy stuff to share from my Disney trip as I have time to post it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Recently we have worked on a few of the harder tangles to draw. Punzel being one of those. You can see the step-out for it here. It's really fun to draw, all loopy and wavy like a bunch of seaweed. Mix it up with a little dragonair - they go perfectly together. Throw in a herd of clamshells ala printemps, some zingers and flux plant life and you have one awesome underwater scene starting to take place!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, December 6, 2014

ING Disney Style

I spent the better part of the past week in Orlando, hoteling on the Disney complex, drawing, painting, relaxing, and doing a little shopping.

I love going to Downtown Disney. Not so much this trip however. They are in the process of "reimagining" Downtown Disney and it is one serious mess. Little parking, lots of construction walls, a ton of people in very little space, not at all a pleasant shopping experience. 

They funneled us into a partially built parking garage that is going to be gargantuan - and just what Downtown Disney needs when it's completed - and we got to hunt and seek for a parking space down aisles that had no exits or turnarounds at the end, with cars backed up behind you. Not zen-like at all.

Once I found a space I got to hike my way in to the shopping district via a long sidewalk under a bunch of scaffolding and construction by-product. 

Well, that brings me to today's post. ING. It's a new tangle from the Zentangle® folks, created by Molly Hollibaugh. She deconstructed it from - - - scaffolding! 

My tile reminds me of the Disney scaffolding and all the bits of debris and concrete that I got to step over and walk around to get into the Downtown Disney area that I did not go back and visit again while I was in Orlando. Oh well, at least the tile was fun to draw! 

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

What nursery rhyme or story is that title from? I don't recall, but it sounds familiar and it totally fits today's post as I am once again home. Jiggety-jig. (Or however you spell that. Must be right because there is no little red squiggly lines under it.)

I spent the better part of the past week where dreams come true. Haha! Mostly. I really enjoy just sitting in a hotel room in the Walt Disney World complex, spending days drawing or painting. Or sleeping as the mood hits. By myself and on my own schedule. And that is what I did last week.

I started my visit at Downtown Disney and was so disappointed with my few hours there that I didn't go back at all. They are "rebuilding/reimagining" their shop area and what a mess it is. 

They never had enough parking to start with, so they are working on that problem but have created an even bigger problem while they do. The Disney folks had closed down a couple of the parking lots while they build a huge parking garage to take care of the problem. I just decided to visit at the wrong time. The only place I found to park was at one end (the wrong end for everything I wanted to do) of a long, narrow shopping district. Once you are inside the shopping area, many of the shops and restaurants have been closed or relocated to smaller areas while they rebuild and reimagine the shopping area as well. (On the upside, I hear there might be an American Girl shop going in.)
 map borrowed from google images

(I parked at the far left end and everything I wanted to visit is at the far right end. ugh.)

Long walls of construction blocked the view of the new building and the hundreds, probably thousands, of shoppers were funneled down those long tunnels of walls. Not a fun shopping experience at all. (And I didn't start off intending to vent all that on you. Sorry.) 

From there I checked in at the hotel and I didn't move my car for the rest of my stay. I did everything at the All-Star Sports Resort. Being a Florida resident gave me a huge discount on cost :). Mostly what I did was artsy stuff. 

I began by completing an online class taught by Carolyn Dube called One Pull Wonders. (Hey, Cindy, I've now totally completed 3 online classes!!!) The class is all about that wonderful little artsy tool called the gelli plate. And so much fun it was, too! I had such a paint filled bunch of fun - I'll post more about that later!

I also tried to tangle a bit each day. I had a larger piece I am still working on, but one of the first things I did was to check out Joey's Challenge for the week. (Hahaha! I am soooo tired. I just thought of something. Anytime you see pink words here it means there is a link attached. . . . pink = link. Pink link. Hahaha! Doesn't take much to amuse me!) 

This week Joey's challenge was to focus on snow - or  - to use four specific tangles Joey gave us. Scrumble, Nvelope, Ojo, and Widgets. S.N.O.W. I had never used any of these tangles before, so it was all a learning experience for me. Which is exactly what a challenge should be. Something we use to challenge our limits, to push ourselves into growing and developing. Sometimes a painful experience but always essential to our continued growth.

So after all that wordy wordiness, at the top of this post you see my challenge tile. (Although, I think instead of snow this reminds me more of sunny beaches here in Florida where people are still swimming and surfing on the 4th of December. Our temps are expected to be in the 80s today.) Happy winter to all! 

Why don't you head over to Joey's and check out the snow challenge. (Did you see what I did there? Pink = link. Hehehehe! Bye!)
The Creator's Leaf

Friday, November 28, 2014

Turning Old into New, Diva #195

This week's Diva Challenge is a bit of a fun one!
And the old becomes new.
Take a favorite tangle, one I use all the time,
and make it new.
Change it up.
Change the structure.

Kind of reminds me of a Bible verse :).
Romans 12:2 actually.

Be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect
will of God.

The Diva Challenge was fun this week.
I took popsicles and urchin -
which are normally fill patterns for me -
and turned them into a gridlock spectacular! 

I plan to do more of this kind of drawing.
Heading out of town soon for a few days.
I hear Disney World calling my name.
I like to go sit in a hotel room and draw for a few days, 
depending on theme park food to keep me alive.
And ice cream.
And jelly bellies if I get to Downtown Disney.
It's a tough life,
but someone's gotta do it!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

So much to be thankful for,
so many blessings in my life.
So many ways to thank God,
so many things I take for granted.

May God richly bless you and yours
in this next year,
as we all take time to just say

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Shopping? How About an Art Journal?

Looking for a special gift for that artist in your life?
Looking for something special for yourself?
Something to jumpstart your creative spark?

OK, that was 'hook' enough for me.
When coaching speech and debate students, 
we suggested they start with a hook,
something that will grab your audience and 
pull them in.

Well, Rachel's Bookshelf doesn't need a hook.
Rachel sells these beautiful hand-made
art journals and I was lucky/blessed
enough to be able to talk her into
making two of them for me!
And I got to pick the fabric for the colors.
Brights! But, of course!

Rachel has a bunch of beautiful
art/zentangle journals available on her facebook page
Rachel's Bookshelf.
She is super nice and easy to work with.
Just tell her what you want and she will make it happen.
I promise.

The pages in my books are 6" wide x 9" tall.
(I never know which of those numbers to list first.)
The paper is 140# coldpressed watercolor paper.
There are 30 pages - or 60 work surfaces.

Now, I am going to be selfish and keep
these journals for myself.
you could order a couple just in time for
Christmas presents.
Someone is going to love you for it!
I promise!

Check it out - 
Rachel's Bookshelf.

The Creator's Leaf