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Zentangle Diva Challenge #307 — From Hawaii and Mexico to a Blizzard Edition???

by Suzanne Fluhr on March 13, 2017 · 17 comments

(If Zentangle is a new concept for you, start here.)

Starting our cruise in San Diego gave me the added pleasure of meeting fellow Zentangle enthusiast, Charlotte Carpentier, IRL (in real life). We topped off a nice dinner in the Gaslamp District with a gelato stop because — there’s always room for ice cream.

I was feeling a big smug, thinking that Mr. Excitement and I had managed to escape what I was sure would have been the worst of Philadelphia’s winter by escaping leaving for a month from January 22nd until February 21st. We started with a week in Honolulu, Hawaii, followed by over a week on the Hawaiian garden island of Kauai, followed by a 12 day cruise from San Diego, California, around the Baja California peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. We returned to a week of balmy temperatures in Philadelphia in the 60’s and 70’s. The daffodils and even some trees started blooming.

And then———

#@#$$%^$#!!!

I’ve been MIA from sharing my efforts for the weekly Zentangle Diva challenges because—I have no excuse. I actually did most of them. My favorite result was the challenge to use the Paradox and Diva’s Dance in a duotangle tile.

Duotangle using Paradox and Diva's Dance

Duotangle using Paradox and Diva’s Dance

For this week’s challenge we are to use the tangle Zingo, the creation of two of the youngest members of the Zentangle dynasty, Rick and Maria’s granddaughters. I seem to be drawn to organic tangle patterns these days, so I am happy to add Zingo to my palette. Here’s what I came up with:

Zentangle tile using Zingo

I’m still working on blog posts about our recent trip, but in the meantime, here are some photos. At least I’ll have them to look at as we battle the elements tomorrow to walk the dog.

Having lived in Honolulu for 3 months in 2014 when Mr. Dr. Excitement did a sabbatical at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, it will always be a special place for us:

Waikiki Beach Ala Wai Yacht Harbor

We had a hotel room with a view overlooking the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor at the edge of Waikiki Beach.

The pace of life on the north shore of Kauai makes Honolulu seem almost frenetic in comparison. The scenic views of the mountains meeting the azure sea are enchanting:

Limahuli Botanic Garden and Preserve on the north shore of Kauai

Intense greens at the Limahuli Botanical Garden and Preserve near Hanalei on the north shore of Kauai.

A north shore scenic overlook on Kauai.

A north shore scenic overlook on Kauai.

See the little guy who hitched a ride atop an equipment globe on the Azamara Quest as we pulled out of our berth in the San Diego cruise terminal?

And then it was on around the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. This fountain graced an inn in the Sinaloa town of El Fuerte, the birthplace of Zorro.

Courtyard fountain in the Posada del Hidalgo, El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico.

And now I have to go out and buy bread, milk, eggs and toilet paper because that’s what we do here in Philly when any amount of snow is predicted. Even people who are lactose intolerant, vegan, only eat gluten free foods and have enough toilet paper to survive the zombie apocalypse do this. It’s just what we do. 🙂

Where’s your happy place (physical and/or mental) when the weather outside is frightful?

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avatar Joyce March 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Late posting it or not, I love your DivaDance/Paradox tile…so much detail work, so much patience, and it worked! Beautiful tile! And I also like the Zingo tile a lot! Those two little girls did a great job with it.

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avatar Jean Chaney March 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Nice to have you back with us. No excuses needed for taking a break. We all need one once in a while. That Zendala is really special, and your Zingo turned out nicely.
I don’t have to hide. I live in paradise most days of the year here in sunny southern Arizona. I even love it when the temps soar over 110 degrees 🙂

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr March 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Thank you, Jean. Do you mostly stay doors in air conditioned comfort when the temperature is 110 degrees. I know it’s a “dry heat”, in Arizona, but as far as I’m concerned, when the mercury hits 100, IT’S.TOO.HOT!

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avatar Karen March 13, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Your Zingo looks lively and fun and I enjoyed your photo’s as well. I can’t imagine living in a place with no winter, I guess it’s all in what we get used to.

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avatar Ilse March 14, 2017 at 5:44 am

Pretty tiles! I really like the add of Zinger (?!) in your Diva tile.

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avatar 1 Art Lady Kate Tangles March 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

Both tile are lovely! Such a treat to see your photos too! Hope that you had a great break, and that you make it through the storm. I will look forward to seeing the pics from that! I really got a kick out of your list of must haves for the storm. I think that it is the same almost anywhere!

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avatar ria matheussen March 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

Beautiful drawn Zingo in a very nice composition and great pictures of a wonderful big break!

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avatar Laurel Regan, CZT March 14, 2017 at 10:54 am

Beautiful work and lovely photos, Suzanne! Hope the storm isn’t too terrible and that Spring shows up soon.

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avatar Carmela Claessens-Soro March 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Great work and beautiful pics

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avatar Annemarie March 15, 2017 at 2:57 am

I do like your Zingo tile. Stay warm!

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avatar Gudrun S. March 15, 2017 at 8:48 am

Greeat tiles and wonderful photos 🙂

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avatar Dudley Bacon March 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Wow Suzanne, what fun for you. Since returning the challenge from my lengthy sabbatical I was wondering where you might be. Good to see you back. Wow, Zingers with Zingo is Zippity Zany if you ask me.

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avatar michele March 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Lovely work and such gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing;-)

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avatar Deanne B March 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm

How fabulous to have met with Char Kat! I love both of your tiles! Your Zingo is very festive and Celebratory! 🙂

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avatar Heike March 18, 2017 at 6:27 am

Love your Zingo interpretation with that nice little border around. The other tile looks great, too.

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avatar Danni O'Brien, CZT March 18, 2017 at 11:59 am

Your Zingo is so fun, love it. Really do enjoy your SanDiego cruise shots as I sit here in slushy, snowy Michigan!

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avatar HeidiSue March 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

Hey! you’re back…but look what fun you are still having 🙂

Great work. LOVE the zendala…wow! And your Zingo is all kinds of fun.

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