Thursday, December 30, 2010

Creative Juices

Here's a little something to get your creative juices flowing. Just before vacation began I got the greatest gift from one of the 4th grade teachers I work with. She's incredibly creative and talented and likes to draw, create and cook just like I do. She knew I've been eating healthy and trying to keep the weight I've lost off so she instead of giving me chocolate for Christmas she zentangled this orange for me. I love it! She also zentangled these postcards for me. I love them so much that I know I'm going to have a hard time sending them. Then again they're too beautiful to keep all to myself!

I've tried to get my creative juices flowing too. I created some zentangle Christmas bulb tags that I attached to the gifts I gave this year. I just love how relaxing it is to draw these. I've also finally gotten smart and started using my scanner to create/duplicate the designs I've made instead of redrawing each one.

I baked some biscotti then attached a zentangled bulb and a Dunkin' Donuts card so people could enjoy some coffee with their biscotti. I've had a new biscotti idea floating around in my head for about a year so I finally tried it. I usually make my favorite Almond Pecan Toffee biscotti but this year I finally tried making a lemon poppyseed biscotti too. I still like my almond pecan toffee biscotti the best but my mom and my husband really liked the lemon poppyseed biscotti so I'll have to try making it again.

I also made this tote bag for Ann, the teacher I share a room with. I tried to make a second one for another coworker but at 11:00 at night when I finally turned it rightside out the lining was about 6 inches too short. I guess at that hour of the night my creative juices had stopped flowing. I haven't ripped it apart yet to fix it. It's in the large stack of UFOs waiting for me to get back to it.


Karen said...

What an awesome idea with the zentangled orange and what a nice way to support your weight loss at the same time! I love friends like that :) The biscotti recipe looks fabulous. I'm going to have to give that one a try!

Anonymous said...

What a lot of scrummy goodies! I love your biscotti gifts - brilliant. And I can't wait to try that recipe too, hadn't spotted it before - I LOVE biscotti :D

Just popped round to wish you a happy new year!

Anonymous said...

love your Christmas Bauble cards, what a great idea scanning them. I have a UFO pile too, it may be on my New Years list. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Jill. Thanks for all the blogging and the friendship x

Yarni Gras! said...

love that orange! can't wait to see you this year at YOE2!!!!

Kerry said...

You certainly were a busy bee!!! I love the tags you made .... so pretty:-)
I was excited to see you're part of YOE2 .... we had a blast last year, and this year will just as much fun.
Happy 2011!!!

jovaliquilts said...

Hi, Jill! I've been away from blogland awhile but am having so much fun catching up. Love your holiday stuff! I bet Nature Girl is growing up fast.

ILR at FCC said...


We are offering a class on Zentangle holiday ornaments. I run the blog for our program. I somehow found an image you created...yay google search...and I was wondering if I could use it on the blog? The image is you Zentangle bulbs that you used as gift tags? Would you be willing to let us use your image?