On March the17 th, the start of the twelfth mosaic of Annette Plaga will be published on her site. It’s nice to see your own tile, integrated in the great work, composed with participants from all over the world. After the publication, Annette sends all employees a small personal copy.. I appreciate this very much and I am glad to contribute to such a beautiful project.
Last time the inspiration was found at Escher . I am, like so many others, very impressed of his work. Below I have placed my small personal mosaïc:
Used tangles:Tipple, Bubbles, 5C Aura, Hollibaugh, Lenche, Toodles, Batumber, fragment K14 en D14, Footlikes, Ovolution, NKD.
Of course you can recognize the recurring lizard pattern. This elegant little critter is regularly shown on the most different spots. The famous Gaudi lizard in the colourful Park Guell in Barcelona is perhaps the most famous specimen:
February was cold and dry but even at this (for us Belgians) low temperatures the sun did her best and that was wonderful after all the rain of the last months. And soon real spring will be there.
This little black panther has come into our lives unexpectedly. She was wild and starving, and we didn’t have the heart to chase her away. We made a sheltered place for her and give her food regularly. We lured her into a cage and brought her to the vet for vaccinations and a sterilization and now she has become “ours”. Every day she comes friendly to say hello but at the moment, she doesn’t want to be touched, yes she’s really a bit wild but that will change, I’m sure.. Miles and Jools are jealous and they don’t like her but Rob and I do!
Around Easter, I regularly think of the famous “Fabergé eggs”. In The Russian Orthodox tradition, Easter has always been a major feast day. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III instructed the jeweller Fabergé to make an Easter egg for his wife: the Empress Maria Feodorovna. She was delighted with this special gift and from then on, every year a new egg was made for her, one more precious than the other. After the Tsar’s death, his son Nicholas II continued this tradition… He gave an egg each year to his mother but also to his wife… After the revolution, the eggs were scattered all over the world. Each egg is worth several million Euros. In real life I have never seen an original one but I have found some pictures of authentic Fabergé eggs:
My tiles are less exclusive but iI enjoyed to make them on the occasion of Easter:
Used tangles in the first tile: Printemps, Cellu, Cogwheel, Knightsbridge, Buttercup, Celluline, Spoolies, Flukes, Mashed, Hybrid and Soluna
Used tangles in the second drawing: Diva Dance, Hibred, Cubine, Widgets, Stircles, Meer, River, Festune, N’Zeppel and Mosi.
Easter is a real family celebration and in Belgium also second Easter is a paid holiday. When the sun will shine, it will be crowded on our coast or Ardennes. We prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle and just stay at home, enjoy a nice Easter brunch together with our children.. and of course I will try to fool my husband. It is only once a year 1 April and then it’s aloud!!! I never kick in, but my husband is always a victim and I like that. (LOL).
A small suggestion for your Easter brunch but also tasty on a regular day: small Italian breads with real butter, filled with colourful sweet and sour vegetables and finished with a fried egg and a basil leaf:
The “Day of the Hearts” is again past time. There are already a lot of heart-shaped tangles (and actually I’m not so fond of them) but during February, spontaneously my new pattern of Hidden hearts appeared. I called the pattern so because the hearts are a little bit hidden inside the tangle. Hidden Hearts is very easy to draw and many variations are possible. Below you see the stepouts and a few examples of some variations that are possible. I’m sure you can find even more:
And here are the instructions of Susie NG’s new tangle Growing Hearts:
Susie NG is, just like me, not fond of hearts and yet we have both made a new pattern with hearts. That is why I made a tile with her Growing Hearts and my Hidden Hearts. And now I promise, the tangles with hearts will be put away for another year.
I have the following tangles drawn on a tan tile: Clob, Kogin, Growing Hearts, fragment Z6, Hidden Hearts, Tipple, Beadlines and Mooka. The small squares in the frame are just a fantasy.
For this presentation I took a card of Maria Thomas.
Recently you could find Mistura on my blog post and it is published on “The ultimate pattern collection“. Barely a few weeks later, I discovered some great tiles on fleeting time with my new pattern in the leading role. I am particularly proud of what is done with Mistura. Beneath, you could see one of those tiles in fresh spring colours, judge for yourself:
Something completely different was shown in the “kitchen table tangles”. Inspiration for the following tiles was found in the video below. I have made a composition of Hollibaugh, Mooka, Tipple and Jetties. Just like Rick, I have made “holes” in Hollibaugh in a way you could see the background. Rick and Maria call this technique: “Wholly Hollibaugh”!
and one more with Huggins, Rain en Rose:
In this video you can discover how you can make a nice tile too with “Wholly Hollibaugh”:
This man is longing very much for Easter and has already hung 10,000 decorated eggs in his apple tree!
But a little less spectacular can also be fun and gives a fresh spring touch in your home:
“The devil is in the tail”, we are experiencing that very well in Belgium. It is very cold at the moment and a lot of snow has fallen this night. To stay in that magic mood, I have chosen a special song from the high north of Europe, mounted on unique photos of that beautiful piece of nature.
“Stenristarna” from Anders Hagberg:
Enough about wintertime… I wish everyone a happy Easter and a wonderful start to the spring, keep believing in yourself that you can do it and you are already halfway. A beautiful quote by Theodore Roosevelt to end this blogpost: