Friday, August 17, 2012

Return from the Midwest

One of these things is not like the other... you can tell I'm from the East Coast - I'm the only one wearing black! (This photo was taken by Tootie Horn, so she is not in it - thanks Tootie!)
Joyce Francis, looks like a seance involving a tub of Cool Whip...?!
Strange image - looks like everyone is having a "time-out", "face the wall and think about what you have done." Actually... that is pretty accurate. They are all putting their work along the chalk-tray for a mini exhibit!
My amazing students hard at work.
I kept getting requests to draw Lilah Beans in peoples' journals...
...so I requested right back at 'em, that they each tangle a mini banner for me!
The building had some very intriguing architectural details. This railing part looks like a bug!
Some of my students' work. They did incredible things with whatever I threw at them.
Joyce wanted to take me to some Art Museums before I flew home, but I wanted to go to the Mall of America! (Yes, those ARE zombie Legos!)
I just HAD to see the huge Lego store! A whole wall of bricks... a Lego minotaur...
And a Lego Woody! Joyce makes friends quickly. She called her son from the store, "Guess where I am!?"
True love.
 I have been home for... three days(?) and I am still exhausted. But that was the BEST teaching gig I have ever had. And it wasn't just the Lego chaser! I learned a lot from my students and my fellow teachers, I just have to process it all and get myself to DO something with everything swishing around in my head. I did make a small start and got my new ebook posted on my Etsy store. I still can't get over the coincidence... I had been working on an ebook about the tangles in the movie, "The Secret of Kells" and guess what they showed on Saturday night at the retreat?! Guess!? That movie is truly mesmerizing on a big screen. I should write more about it - and everything - another day. Rest!

 BTW - I posted the group shot on Facebook, so please be sure to tag yourself if you are in the picture!

16 comments:

  1. sandy - just a little heads-up - if i ever get the opportunity to meet you in person, i am going to want you to draw a lila-bean in my journal, too :). looks like you and your student group had a great time! i hope i am able to participate one day.

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    1. If you survive a retreat with me... I'm happy to draw a Lilah Bean for you!

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  2. Wow!!! What a joyful and inspiring post!!! How I hope that someday I will get a chance to attend a class/workshop/retreat that you do. I'm trying...the logistics so far have not worked out. (Timing/location). What would it take to get you to East Tennessee? Or maybe Asheville, NC.
    I thought this was a wonderful post...until I reached the end and read what you wrote about the Secret of Kells. Oh. My. !!!!! I LOVE that movie, but no one else in my circle of loved ones has any appreciation for it. It is brilliant. What you wrote took this post from wonderful to whatever word describes "far beyond wonderful"! Blissful? Uberwonderful? Sublime?
    Thank you, Sandy!

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    1. All it would take to get me to TN or NC is someone ELSE organizing the retreat, and then offering to pay me (and my airfare, etc.) Not too much really. Although chocolate chip cookies are good bribes, and an awesome group of people to play with...

      As for Secret of Kells - I'm glad I could make you happy - and I haven't even written the actual post yet! But I agree with you... it's so WOW.

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  3. What a wonderful post. Wish I could have been there. Love the Lilah Beans!!!! :D

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  4. Lilah, the creator of the Beans, says to tell you that she is working on more types of Beans. Intriguing!

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  5. Sandy, it was a great workshop. Thanks again, so much. I wrote a little about the experience here:
    http://cctangles.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/retreat-fun-and-combo-tangle/

    Cari

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    1. Great post and a lovely photo too. AND nice to see you've been doing homework. :-)

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    2. Ah ha - and your sister has some more to say (and pics) at her site: http://atangledplace.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/it-was-the-best/

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  6. Sandy, Thank you for The Tangles of Kells. I really love it. Of course I love everything you do! The names you've given the patterns are a hoot and I love how creative you are in stepping them out. I can't wait to stick "hombre" somewhere. :-) Dedra, CZT9

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    1. It may take me longer to name the tangles than to draw them... :-)

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  7. Sandy - Thanks for posting about our class! It was so fun, and I am glad I had the opportunity to learn about Zentangle from you!
    Lynn

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  8. Oooooh my, looks awesome!! I was signed up but had to cancel becuz my Mom is sick :-( However, I was with you in spirit. Maybe next year..... Sandy, you are a wonderful tangled force of nature!!

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    1. "tangled force of nature"... hmmm....

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    2. LOL -- It is a good thing!! A VERY good thing :-)

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