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My Mono Tangle Challenge

Do you have favorite tangles? The ones you refer back to again and again, especially when you’re stuck and can’t think of a tangle. Your comfortable go-to tangles. Maria Thomas calls those her “mac & cheese tangles” ūüôā¬† Some of my favorites are Poke Root, Printemps, Tipple, Flux, Hollibaugh, and Rain (created by Zentangle¬ģ). You will see these tangles in many of my tiles! I’m taking a break from classes this summer because when summer starts in Alaska, people are outside fishing, camping, hiking, traveling, gardening, etc.¬† So this is usually the time that I put a fall class schedule together but this summer Jake and I bought a small motorhome and have been camping a lot. I‚Äôve been away from technology and tangling is perfect when camping! All you need is an ink pen, pencil, and paper!

I admit that I don’t do well with change and so I have a hard time with structured challenges. I have to force myself to try new tangles and I tend to fall back on my “mac & cheese” tangles. But since I have time and I’m off camping, it’s the perfect time to challenge myself.¬† I’m starting out small and doing mono tangles (one tangle) and I’ll choose different tangles that I’ve never done before! Yikes, be brave! I’ve always wanted to do Mak-Rah-Mee tangle, by Michele Beauchamp, CZT. This tangle has always intrigued me because it’s so pretty and I love how it flows, but looks hard to do. But I actually found it easy when following the step out at¬†www.tanglepatterns.com ¬†It looks similar to a craft knot like you’d find in macrame. I love fiber art! I added some Tipple and finished the border using Curly Q, by Diane Lachance, CZT. All were really FUN tangles to do! Sometimes we just need a little push…in my case, a BIG push!

So I’m challenging myself to do a new tangle every week until classes start again in Fall. Why don’t you join me!

‚̧ԳŹ Donna

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Our Hurricane

Hi!¬† About a week ago we had a HUGE storm, in Anchorage, Alaska!¬† Up where I live it was recorded up to 100-130 mi. an hour winds and hurricane rain.¬† They had just started working on our road and had closed it off (for a month!) so I had to take another road which is dark, narrow, windy, and scary during the day time let alone the night!¬† I was working downtown in the Gallery that night and I found myself driving home in the dark, during a¬† hurricane.¬† Each time a wind gust pushed my car I wondered if I was going over!¬† But the biggest problem was the poor visibility because the rain was so fierce!¬† It was pounding so hard on my windshield and my wipers were full blast, and I could hardly see the narrow road!¬† I remember thinking, I may go over the cliff and there is nothing I can do about it!¬† I was pretty shaken up by the time I reached home and I sure was glad to be there!¬† When I got out of my car I was literally shaking!¬† Soon after (during the news), we lost power but got it back the next day.¬† We were fortunate because most people around us lost their power for about a week.¬† Many of our friends went without power for well over a week.¬† We lost our TV and internet for five long days ūüôā

It howled all night long and shook our house, and the next day I looked out my kitchen window and this is what I saw…….

Fallen tree from my window

Photo taken through my screen window

The Tip of the Fallen Tree

The tip of the fallen tree

This is a BIG thick, tall healthy tree that fell!¬† That tree was right next to our bedroom, next to our heads!¬† My first thought was “I hope it didn’t fall on the neighbor’s shed!¬† We would be in big trouble”¬† It didn’t.¬† I went outside and took this photo showing how close it actually was to our house….

Fallen tree next to our house

Fallen tree next to our house & truck

I had just recently watched the coverage of Hurricane Issac off Florida and New Orleans and I could now identify somewhat with those who go through hurricanes!  I have an absolute love and fascination of the wind and of storms, but this one was just too close to home!

Click here for more photos of our  hurricane.

‚ô• Donna

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Alaskan Landscape Series

Hi!¬† I’ve started a series of wall hangings, canvas, and etc. (which means the possibilities are endless!) featuring, “Alaskan themed landscapes”.¬†¬† I can’t paint like Kurt Jacobson (Jake, my talented husband), but I love working with fabrics, yarns, beads, and mixed media.¬† When I first moved to Alaska, I was told that I’d “better get a hobby” because the long winters will drive you CrAzY!¬† All my life I’ve been into arts & crafts but to finally have an excuse to “get serious” about it, well it was just perfect!¬† PERFECT!¬† So…….. I took a quilting class and got a new start in my art, new marriage, new happiness in Alaska!¬† Back then I really enjoyed making small wall hangings and selling them, until I got totally¬† lost in my locker hooking with fabric…………and well, the rest is history!

I will be taking a “Painting on Silk Class” this Saturday and I hope to incorporate this into my Alaskan Landscapes.¬† I tried my hand at painting a silk sun catcher at Francine Dufour Jones demo and I loved it, and so all these ideas have been running in my head and I can’t stop running!¬† I’m pretty excited!!

This is my first official quilted wall hanging in my “Alaskan Landscape Series”.¬† It begins with water and fish, land with flowers and trees, to the Northern Lights sky.

Alaskan Landscape Wall Hanging

I entered this one in the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center’s First Friday last month.

‚ô• Donna

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First Friday

Hi!¬† The Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center has officially moved from L St. and reopened its doors on 423 5th Ave, Anchorage, and I was there!¬† It was absolutely fabulous!¬† We had a great turnout for the event and everyone was amazed at the transformation of the store.¬† The first Friday of each month, galleries and cafes downtown feature different artists and art shows and a lot of them are within walking distance.¬† We had old friends, other artists, and tourists stop by, which was really fun!¬†¬† For our first friday’s “First Friday” we featured all the artists in our store!¬† It was awesome!¬† I brought in my quilt rack and hung two large crocheted rag rugs.

Opened 5-16-2012

Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center opened its doors

The front of the store is our Gallery (I’m on the right behind desk) …………

Front of Gallery

The Gallery at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center

………And the “Sled Dog Cafe”,¬† is in the back of the store where we have tables & chairs, couch, and comfy chairs by a fireplace.¬† We sell coffee and cookies which goes to support our classes and events.¬† Our cafe motto is “Stop. Sit. Eat a cookie”!¬† The Sled Dog Cafe is where we hang our “First Friday’s” featured art and lay out food and drink. The art will stay there for the month until the next “First Friday”.

Sled Dog Cafe in back of store

Sled Dog Cafe at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center

Our store also features the  Jon Van Zyle Museum, which is in the back of the store next to the Sled Dog Cafe (door on the left in above photo).  Jon Van Zyle is a well known and respected artist who paints beautiful Alaskan art and the Iditorod and has ran & completed TWO Iditorod races.  He also is the official artist for the Iditorod Poster, which comes out every year.  They are awesome!  He has illustrated many, many Alaskan books.  He and his wife, Jona, live in Anchorage, Alaska, with their dogs (and cats).

Jon Van Zyle Museum

Jon Van Zyle, at “Jon Van Zyle Museum” in Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center

It was a fabulous and successful evening and we are already getting ready for next month’s “First Friday” which will also be our “official” GRAND OPENING of Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, featuring Jon Van Zyle!¬† He will be there, so write this on your calenders…….July 6, 2012.

‚ô• Donna

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