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Zentangle Diva Challenge #252 – Blizzard of 2016 Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on January 25, 2016 · 41 comments

Rittenhouse Square snowman.

Rittenhouse Square (Center City Phildaelphia) park bench during the Blizzard of 2016

A park bench in Rittenhouse Square, in Center City Philadelphia during the height of the Blizzard of 2016.

[In the mood for some mind travel? Try Zentangle®.]

I’m writing this two days after the Blizzard of 2016 dropped up to 31 inches of snow on the Mid-Atlantic states, the most densely populated part of the United States. It’s ironic that in my response to last week’s challenge, I indulged in complaining about the weather—because it was cold. Ha! Little did I know what Mother Nature had up her sleeve.

This week, the Diva challenged us to use a tangle (pattern) as the string (guide) for our composition. I admit that I decided not to reinvent the wheel because recently, I did just that—all on my own—sort of an “auto-challenge” as it were. I used the new “official tangle” from the Zentangle Mother Ship  -Molygon (or is it Mollygon?) as my string. (For some reason, Mr. Google is not helping me re-find the step outs for this tangle, but I’m almost sure I’m not making it up.)  Here’s my “tangles within a tangle” tile:

Molygon tangle as a string

“Molygon” for the string. Tangles used: B’tweed, Printemps, Shattuck, Cubine, Phirst, the one with lots of Perfs, and sparkly stripes.

The Blizzard of 2016 happened mostly on a Saturday which meant that instead of a lot of miserable people trying to get home from work, Philly had almost a festive air as people walked down the center of normally car filled streets, had impromptu snow ball battles, adorable little children helped build their first snow men people, and happy huskies and akitas frolicked in the snow. In a surge of snow-induced domesticity, I produced a pot of chicken soup and took my new slow cooker for a trial run with a vat of beef stew.

Rittenhouse Square in Center City Philadelphia with One LIberty Place during the Bilzzard of January 2016

One of Philadelphia’s first skyscrapers, Two Liberty Place, through the snow from Rittenhouse Square during a lull in the blizzard of 2016. Center City Philadelphia got about 18 inches of snow although the official total at the Philadelphia International Airport was 22 inches.

Dino giving us his "you've got to be kidding" look when we announced it was time to go outside.

Dino giving us his “you’ve got to be kidding” look when we announced it was time to go outside.




Unlike the huskys and akitas, after his first walk in the blizzard, when we suggested to our cockapoo, Dino, that it was time for his next walk, he ran and hid under the dining room table.





Delancy Street, Center City Philadelphia near Rittenhouse Square

Somewhere to tie up your horse on a street of Civil War era brownstones in the Rittenhouse Square area of Center City Philadelphia.

Blizzard of 2016 Rittenhouse Square

Actually, horseback was probably a better idea than bike riding during the Blizzard of 2016.

One jolly fellow who doesn’t seem to mind the snow and cold.

Rittenhouse Square snowman.

Rittenhouse Square snow person.

How was your week? Any weather events? What’s your favorite activity during inclement weather?

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna Janke January 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

I am in Panama right now struggling to cope with the heat, but I’ve lived through enough snowstorms to empathize. Your photos paint a pretty good picture. If I was there, I too would have had the slow cooker going. The photo of the bicycle in the snow really appeals to me. Love it.


Suzanne Fluhr January 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

I actually think I’d rather be too cold than too hot, assuming I have layers of clothing I can add.


Tina Kirchhübel January 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Great tile. I like your string pattern and you used so many different tangles to fill it. Just beautyful.


Bhamathi January 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Beautiful tile! Even I was searching for Molygon but could not find the step out. I think its still a CZT only tangle. But I think you have manged to recreate the tangle perfectly!!


Suzanne Fluhr January 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Aha. I think you’re right. I’m a CZT so that’s probably why I’ve seen it.


Laurel Regan January 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Really lovely tile – so pretty! And since we didn’t get any snow at all I’ll enjoy your photos instead. 🙂


joyce January 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Love your Molygon tangle within a tangle. Looks great!


Yorkshire Tortoise January 25, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Ha, ha, I had already thought to myself that you discussed weather last week and now look! I love all your photo’s of the snow, particularly the one of the bicycle. Your little dog has the right idea, I am glad you have a cosy little home for him to hide in.

Love your tangled Molygon, so many tangles within. I have seen the pattern about and wondered where it had come from, but now I understand and I would say it is one of their ‘secret’ ones, or maybe they are waiting for the February email to tell everyone else about it.


Suzanne Fluhr January 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Now I know about “secret” tangles. I hope I don’t get in trouble by the Mother Ship for spilling the beans on this one—-as it were.


Carmela January 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Lovely tile, and beautiful new pattern. I didnt see it before. I hope everything is Allright there with all that snow.

You asked what was my string, that patterns name is Chi. I have a translater right on my blog


Suzanne Fluhr January 25, 2016 at 4:47 pm

I noticed the translator right after I hit “publish” with my comment. I was trying to see if I could make out any Dutch words—-alas, only one or two. I am always so impressed by the widespread high level of competence in English in the Netherlands.


Simone January 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I love your tile – it is very elegant and clear with a fine choice of patterns.

Your winter pics are great – gives a good impression how much snow you have ;-))


Debbie D. January 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm

What a beautiful Zentangle! Your winter wonderland photos are lovely too. We hardly have any snow here, but I’m with Dino on that one. 🙂


Suzanne Fluhr January 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Most people seem to think that Dino was the smart one to be hiding under the table while we were standing there sweating in our outwear trying to convince him that we should all go outside.


Laura January 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Molygon provides a great space for tangling within! Beautiful! I, too, am buried in snow in Baltimore…


LInda Dochter January 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Reminds me somehow of a Maori war mask. Lovely


Dorita January 26, 2016 at 1:57 am

Great tile. indicates that Molygon will be released in January. If that’s true it will have to be some time this week!

I have a cookbook recommendation for your new slow cooker. It is called “Slow Cooker Revolution” and is by America’s Test Kitchen. Many, many fabulous recipes!


Annemarie January 26, 2016 at 4:52 am

I tink your tile is gorgeous, Suzanne! So elegant and with a lot of movement. Glad you were save during that snowstorm.


Karen January 26, 2016 at 5:24 am

Your pictures of the snow are incredible. It makes it easier to understand when you see someone’s personal photos rather than the one in the news. I liked your Tangle. It made my eyes go walking, which is what I like have happen when I look at tiles. In cold weather I like to binge watch TV or lie in a cosy bed reading.


ria matheussen January 26, 2016 at 7:37 am

When I see your pictures, wow, so mutch snow…
I love the face of Dino and I know exact what he wants to say…
Your tile is really beautifull, it is the first time that I see the Mollygon, it is a very special tangle and you have made of it a real masterpiece


Roz Warren January 26, 2016 at 8:40 am

Great photos! And I don’t blame Dino one bit. Under the dining room table is a great place to shelter during an epic snowstorm.


Dudley Bacon January 26, 2016 at 9:44 am

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but that tangle is Oh My – So Beautiful. I want to iron it on my T-Shirt. Never heard of “Molygon” before, so it was a quintagle or perhaps even and octangle treat. Stay warm.


Jean Chaney January 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

The reason you couldn’t find Molygon is because it has not yet been released to the public. Only CZT’s get to play with it for now, but it will be released soon. I love how you used it. I think it is a great tangle!


Ilse Lukken January 26, 2016 at 3:37 pm

That’s a beautiful Diva tile!


Jay January 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Beautiful Tile !


Patti January 26, 2016 at 10:48 pm

As you know, we are on a road trip in the south so we missed the great Nor’ Easter of 2016. Truthfully, we are actually a little sad that we missed it, although I’m sure it would have gotten old really quickly. But still… we can’t share in the local stories for years to come. And, looking at the forecast we’re pretty sure the 3′ deep blanket of snow that is currently covering our house and 300 foot driveway will not yet be melted by the time we return home. Could be interesting.


Jacqueline Gum January 27, 2016 at 6:10 am

That is an exceptionally beautiful tangle! Not so for the snow… had a lifetime of it during my 18 years in Milwaukee. Happy that we only had some rain in Charleston, but you have my full sympathy… especially Dino!


Suzanne Fluhr January 27, 2016 at 11:51 am

If you survived years of winters in Milwaukee, you deserve the opportunity to live somewhere with less weather drama (although I remember an awful lot of water for you guys last year).


Pat Mathes January 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

I love how you used Molygon as your string. This is a great tile. Glad you made it through the blizzard!


Donna Pilato January 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm

Your Molygon string worked out great – nice work! Your snow pictures remind me too much of my own yard! Eek, spring can’t come soon enough.


Lisa January 28, 2016 at 12:54 am

I have never seen Molygon before. It made a great string. Your tangles are so beautiful.


Val Brandon January 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I love your Molygon. It really lends itself to putting other tangles inside. So much snow makes life such hard work. Only need a few inches in the UK for everything to grind to a halt!


1 Art Lady Kate Tangles January 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

Love all the photos of the snow event! I am just glad that it was you and not me! Your Molygon tile is wonderful! Good luck digging out!


michele January 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

I love your Molygon tile! I’ve been noticing that pattern lately and have been meaning to play around with it. I really like the contrast of the patterns you chose to fill it. Beautiful photos too. I lived in NYC for 10 years and remember how fresh and pretty the snow looked for about 10 minutes before it turned into a murky mess;-)


Suzanne Fluhr January 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

We’re in the”murky mess” phase now.


Donald W January 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Like your tile. Molygon is one that would lend itself well to this type of work. I like your array of tangles and the contrast created with the negative space. Enjoyed seeing the pictures but very thankful that did not have to contend with this in my neck of the woods. We have actually had a pretty mild winter so far. I hesitate to say too much as we have gotten some pretty significant snows in February and March. Also, since I am now self employed, there is an additional consequence for me. It is nice to stay home, but that does not pay the bills.


Jennifer Sparrow January 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your blizzard. Here in NC, of course, we thought it was the end of the earth as we know it, but, by God, we had bread and milk! In Durham, we had about 4 inches of mostly sleet, which was back-breaking to clear away. Your Molygon string was brilliant! And distinctly blizzard-esque!


Danni O'Brien, CZT January 31, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Thanks for sharing the snow scenes in PA. Makes me appreciate what we missed here in Michigan. Your Mollygon piece is beautiful, love your shading and movement.


LezliB January 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Love your challenge tile….Molygon looks very tribal to me and I love tribal designs. My hubby is from New Zealand, so we see a lot of the Maori designs in picture from relatives on FB. But all of that aside….I love the way you have filled it…it looks exquisite.


Anneke February 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

Your filled Molygon is beautiful, all those tangles suit her well! I kept my promise btw 🙂


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