Sunday, November 27, 2011

Red Thread Challenge and Thankgiving

I promised myself to start doing the DIVA challenges and here is the first one. This challenge was presented by a guest tangler Cris Letourneau CZT.  Her challenge supports  The Red Thread Promise organization. The challenge is to create a black and white tile  with a red thread running through it. Tiles can be donated to an auction to benefit The Red Thread Promise.

I used one of my favorite tangles - Cadent (left side) then I added two tangles that I had never done before. The red thread is Vega - I think it looks more like a rock climbing rope or fancy drapery trim! I enjoyed using the red but thought it needed black too. Then I couldn't decide if I should shade with regular pencil or use colored pencil. I used regular pencil and I think it looks good! The third tangle is Jetties. I did that one with black Pigma pen and with white Gel pen. I like how the orbs look like they are going to roll right off the tile!

I had a great Thanksgiving with good friends – not without challenges though. We woke up to no heat or hot water! My husband and a buddy “jump started” the furnace and got it working but not fixed. So I did have heat and hot water for the day but it was a stressful way to begin!

I had decided to cook the turkey a different way. This year I brined the turkey.  Here’s how it worked. That darn turkey bird is sat in a spa bath of cider and spices for 2 days and had to be turned over periodically. After it was done in the brine I had to, rinse it, pat it dry and then let it rest for an hour before cooking! Really!  The bird needs to rest after sitting around in a spa bath for 2 days?  Well I had to get up real early to allow enough time for the bird to rest!  I have to say – that was the best turkey I’ve ever had! All of that work was worth it and I’ll cook my turkey this way from now on!


  1. Elaine, your Challenge tile is terrific. When you used the white gel, had you completely filled the space with black first?

    And the turkey! At first I thought you were the turkey to go to so much trouble, but it sounds as if it was worth the effort. I'll stick to the Reynolds bag method.

  2. Love your tile! It's wonderful and so 3-dimensional, especially those ball on the right.

    Your turkey story made me laugh. I'd love to be that rested, pampered turkey, until the cooking part, of course!

  3. My aunt (an adventurous cook) once made a goose for Christmas. She and I went through three or four degreasing cycles (using ginger ale) before it was then roasted. Delicious. And we did it in a 19th century converted (wood to gas) cast iron range, to boot, with a TINY oven.

    The zentangles are incredibly dimensional. When you say "thread" do you literally mean red thread as in sewn on your machine? And the others are just pen, right?

  4. Hi Carolyn - I used the white gel pen just on top of the black stripes in Jetties and a little between the orbs. You do have to wait for the black ink to dry completely before using the white gel pen.

    Karen - thanks! and the turkey thanks you too!

    Jzzy55 - love your goose story! And about the thread - the challenge was to have a "red thread" running through the tile. So it is a representation of a red thread, drawn with Pigma pens. thanks for asking!


  5. and that's me - not really anonymous commenting! I'm still figuring our this blog!


  6. Lovely tile Loved the big fat rope!! It can rescue me out of spice anytime!!