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Meaty Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Meaty Casserole

Very meaty bowls of deliciousness with lots of cheese!

This is a recipe I found years ago, shortly after I’d started my first low-carb diet. I copied it out of a book from the library but have been tempted to call it pizza bowls because it has all the things I love on pizza. It’s just that it doesn’t have enough sauce to really be a pizza bowl and of course, there’s nothing replacing the dough/crust. In the end, I opted to just leave it as meaty casserole.

So this is pretty simple and doesn’t take very long to accomplish either. It is made in individual serving bowls, so can be made to order. :) Thus, the kids and I use ground beef and Michael gets ground turkey.

So begin by browning the ground meat.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeason it with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me(This pan already had some grease from cooking some bacon or steakumms on it earlier. I didn’t bother to get rid of it but probably should’ve since my meat is a fatty one. ;) )

Add diced tomatoes, which I choose to puree with a stick blender.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me(I add a tiny bit of baking soda so that there is less chance of heartburn later.)

Meanwhile, make sixteen meatballs out of the Sweet Italian Sausage links. I don’t know how large the links are generally but these are rather large. I ended up only using one and a half.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me I think I’ll make twice as many but half as big, next time, since it is difficult to cut them when eating them. Smaller would definitely be better. Who knows, maybe there are only supposed to be four that size. ;)

Next add additional ‘toppings’. I add canned mushrooms and diced green pepper to Michael’s and mine. Sean and Tiffany do not care for those items. Next comes pepperoni, which I cut into quarters, so it’s more bite-sized.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me Top with the ground meat, after the tomatoes have thickened. (About 5-8 minutes)

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to put some pepperoni before and some after the ground meat.

Then top with cheese.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to put them all on a rimmed baking sheet so that it is easier to move them.

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Bake at 400º for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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It’s supposed to have the shredded parmesan cheese added before baking but I always forget until just about the time I go to put it in the oven and then I’m in too big of a hurry, and decide to just wait until later. ;)

Meaty Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground meat
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic or a sprinkling of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt or a bit less onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces pepperoni slices
  • 2 links Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of choice
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Brown ground beef over medium heat, drain, if desired. 😉
  3. Add tomatoes, which I purée first.
  4. Add 1/8 teaspoon or less of baking soda along with the other spices, salt and pepper.
  5. Cook until sauce thickens, about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Remove casing from Italian sausage and form into 16 small balls.
  7. Divide sausage, pepperoni, green pepper, and mushrooms between individual dishes.
  8. Add beef mixture to each.
  9. Top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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I hope you enjoy these. We have. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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It’s Really About Choice

It's Really About Choice ~ Lifeofjoy.meI have a tendency to get defensive when Michael makes certain comments or does certain things. The problem is that I don’t always see it coming or even know why it comes but it comes. He doesn’t mean to offend me and yet I fight getting offended.

Oh, I hope I’m making sense to you. I’ll try to give you an example. I’ve started a new habit last month because I am notorious for leaving a dishcloth out too long. The new habit is that every night when I run the dishwasher before going to bed, I put out a clean cloth and put the used one into the laundry.  I’ve done very well with this new habit and am pleased with myself for accomplishing this new habit. So, a week or so ago, Michael picked up a barely used dishcloth and put it in the laundry made a comment about wondering how long we’d been using that same dishcloth.

I reacted poorly. I hadn’t told him of my new habit but had expected that he would notice by the end of the month. So for some reason, I got upset. I guess I felt attacked even though I was not attacked.

So the question is why do I react that way? Why do I get defensive?

Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to that question. But I recognize the problem and can now do something about it. I guess the first step is to pray and ask God to help me. Then ask for His help again when a situation arises and I’m wanting to ‘defend myself’. Of course this is easier said than done.

It boils down to choice. It is a choice to react badly or without frustration. It’s like I told my children when they were growing up, happiness is a choice; and unfortunately for you, you only have one choice: choose to be happy. So now I just have to tell myself to grow up and make the right choice, which is to believe that my love is not intending to hurt my feelings in any way.

Now I just have to do the hard and mature thing and make the right choice. Choose not to take offense and remain happy.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

Super Bowl, Liam, and Knitting

This week was the Super Bowl football game. I’m not really all that big of a football fan but we enjoy getting together with family. Mom makes homemade pizza for all of us. And we’ve celebrated Lauren’s birthday that day as well, for the last couple of years. We have our own celebration with her another day.

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I was able to get some good snuggle time in with Liam! Of course, I didn’t keep him captive. I put him on the floor for a bit.

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was all dressed up for the game, sporting his OSU jersey.

He likes to crawl backwards right now.

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs usual, we all took turns holding him. :)

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meAround about halftime, he was getting tired, so Nana was mesmerizing him.

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meGreat Grandpa even had him for a while. Here he was tickling his feet. :)

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I got an awesome deal on eighteen pairs of carbonized bamboo knitting needles. I paid less for them than I have for just two pairs locally. I was concerned about them being sturdy enough because I am a novice knitter and am pretty hard on the needles I have used thus far.

Knitting ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, I use a continental hold. I was trying to use the standard american hold but was having difficulty because I crochet and hold the yarn in my left hand. Thus it was unnatural for me to switch hands. I also found that I need to wind the yarn around my index finger three times instead of just two, like I do when I crochet.

I’m using this cute dishcloth pattern over on KrisKnits. I didn’t have any solid yarn so I am using this variegated cotton yarn. I hope it turns out. I’ll be looking for some solid colors when I go this week. But I have been having fun knitting this.

Oh, I had to wait quite some time to start it because the pattern calls for size 3 or 3.25 needles. I’m using 3.5 needles because I misread the pattern but I don’t think it will matter much.


Monday evening, after dinner, Tiffany started feeling ill. Then come bedtime, Mike started feeling bad. By the middle of the night, I started feeling bad. Stomach ache. Gastric trouble. Yucky!

We were improved by Wednesday but only about 75%. The first night nobody wanted to eat anything but soup–Lipton Noodles Soup to be precise. At least we felt more like eating the next day. I know we’ll be doing fine quickly though.

I’m going to run for now.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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A Link of Links

Music and Art Links ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was checking out the website where I got the handwriting scripture planner and followed along to another of her sites, where I found some great links. She has a page with LOTS of interactive music and art links.

There are sites to play with sound, rhythm, melody and more. They work on a tablet, phone, laptop, or desktop. There are links to sites where you can practice instruments. It reminds me of the Wii Music game, which is another great offline option.

It’s worth checking out to give your children some art and music appreciation. There’s lots to check out so I’ll keep this short today.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Another Watercolor Tile

I was not feeling good yesterday! Some nasty bug going around, but I’ll talk more about that on Friday. I mention it today because it is why I have not yet done a tile for the Diva Challenge or any of my focuses but that does not mean that I have nothing to share today. ;)

I had fun with the Shading Zentangle challenge last week and did a second tile and took a few pictures in progress. I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I did enjoy drawing Nia Kay by Erika Kehlet which can be found over on Pattern-collections.com. It’s a rather high focus pattern though but fun. I like the outcome, especially if the center is blackened in rather than how I did it here coloring half blue and the other half green but it’s okay here.

I added some of Eni called Arc Flower and some Joki without the printemps spiral at the base. I just really played around with different strokes rather than any real patterns other than Nia Kay.

OH! I got some Bristol vellum paper for Christmas. I cut a sheet into 3.5″x3.5″squares and used one for this. It was really easy to spread the ink color around on this paper! So if any of you struggled last week, I really recommend that paper.

So, here is the line art. I just took the first two with my phone’s camera, as I didn’t feel like getting up and down taking scans. ;)

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI kept turning the tile as I drew it.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI forgot to take any more pictures until I was done coloring it.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meOdd how the purple looks redder in real life. Oh well! I had this on the scanner, thinking I was finished and remembered that I needed to add the white bits.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m hoping that I will be up to doing a tile for the Diva Challenge and Square One: Purely Zentangle focus later today.


Yay, I managed to do the Diva Challenge and the Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle focus! :) However I forgot to take a scan before shading it.

I wanted Hammadox overlapping Neuron. Hammadox reminds me of Showgirl but it was easier to draw right off than when I first attempted Showgirl. However, it is possible that it was easier because I had done Showgirl. :)

Neuron seems like it should be easy but I have difficulty with random, so I struggled a bit with it. I was going for a net-like structure under and below Hammadox but it grew into something else. At first I had minimal shading on it and thought I was done and then I saw a couple of lines that could be shaded, so I shaded those. And one line led to another and I had added some shading to most of them. :)

Hammadox Neuron ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did this tile on the Bristol Vellum but I have to admit that I did not like shading on it. I’ve learned to shade on other mixed media tiles and I prefer it. I guess every paper has its purpose. ;)

Thanks for all the sweet comments last week! Y’all are sooo encouraging!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Chicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken and Garlic Cream Sauce

This is a satisfying creamy, easy to make entrée. It is good served over raw spinach or with broccoli.

I got this one from a menu-planning service YEARS ago. I think it was the first one of its kind-actually, I think she invented the whole concept. At any rate, I had been given a small gift from my aunt for Christmas and had been wanting to try out this service. As it turned out, they were having a special that week, so I paid for something like a six-month subscription and got three months free. It was a great help to me since I was on the Atkins diet at the time. Oh! she had two versions: regular and low-carb. As you can probably surmise by now, I got the low-carb one.

The original recipe, and the one we tried first, used pork chops, so feel free to substitute the meat. However, I was going through my recipes for something different to eat and happened upon this one. I realized that I could substitute chicken for the pork, and we could enjoy this recipe once again, since Michael couldn’t eat pork because of a reaction he gets when doing so.

I like to buy chicken breasts on sale and they are usually family packages. Well the breasts in those packages are nearly a pound each, so I try to find packages that have five breasts and weigh as close to five pounds as possible. In this way I can freeze each individual breast in a freezer bag and thaw one for dinner, since about one pound of meat is appropriate for a family of four. Unfortunately my family was extra hungry tonight and I should have had an extra half pound of meat. (It’s okay thought; they ate dessert.)

A one pound breast is rather large. :) So I cut it in half horizontally and vertically, creating four smaller pieces weighing about a quarter pound each. Salt and pepper each piece.

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Melt some butter, olive or coconut oil in a skillet and sauté the chicken a few minutes on each side.

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Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add the butter to the pan and melt, over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for a minute or so. Be careful not to burn it or you’ll need to start over.

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Add the cream cheese and milk, stirring until it is thick, scraping any brown bits from the cooked meat into the creamy sauce.

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Serve on a bed of raw spinach. The meat and sauce will perfectly wilt the spinach.

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When I serve broccoli with this meal, I double the sauce because we like to add it to the broccoli.

Chicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn order for the spinach to wilt properly, it has to be under the hot food, chicken and/or sauce.

Chicken and Garlic Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless meat
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Raw Spinach

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, heat oil (or substitute butter) over medium high heat.
  2. If using chicken breast, cut it into four cutlets.
  3. Brown the meat on both sides.
  4. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  5. Melt butter over medium heat.
  6. Add garlic and sauté for a minute or so, careful not to let it burn.
  7. Add cream cheese and milk.stirring until thick, incorporating the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, left from cooking the meat.
  8. Serve on raw spinach.
http://lifeofjoy.me/chicken-and-garlic-cream-sauce/

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

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Doing It For Yourself?

Motivation ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn case you don’t know me in real life, I am overweight and have fought to lose weight nearly all my life. Continuing the fight after getting married, I heard many people say that you have to lose weight for yourself. I decided that they must know what they are talking about.

But all these years later, I have noticed one thing that is quite disturbing to me. I hear of people who lose weight after being married for a number of years. They feel good about themselves and then start having selfish actions where they start wanting to go out and socialize and “party” (whatever that means to the individual), whether or not their spouse wants to go and do likewise.

The very sad thing is that the spouse who was with them through the years of struggle, is now looked over, with the feeling of “I can do better.” Really?!? That person that has been with you through your struggle, and now, since you’ve won the battle, you are too good for him/her?

So this makes me look at this all over again. I’ll use my situation as an example. If I am getting into shape for Michael and my family (so that I am healthier, among other things), how would it affect my attitude once I lose the weight? Then it is a gift given to my husband and family, not something I did just for me. I think this motivation would help to keep someone from thinking they deserve someone better than the person who has put up with them during their struggle.

So I think that it comes down to having a combination of motivators. You cannot do it for yourself alone, you also have to do it for your spouse (and family), as a kind of gift to them. Then don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought. And just in case you weren’t sure, thinking you deserve better, is thinking more highly of yourself than you ought to think.

Bottom line for me: I have to want to change but I have to want to change as a gift to my family, as well as something I get to enjoy.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Fencing, Animals, and Weekend Plans

I don’t know about you but when someone asks me what I’ve been up to, I really don’t know. =)) Seriously, my life is nice and quiet and filled with routine things. Thankfully, I took some pictures this past week :o (I know it’s a shock to me as well, that I actually remembered to take some photos) to remind me what happened around me. ;)


Last Saturday, Michael and Sean put up some field fencing along the west side of the property, mostly to keep the neighbors’ dogs out.

Fencing ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was quite chilly out, as is evidenced by the hoods on my guys. Michael is on the left and Sean is in the two-tone hoodie. I took this photo from the warmth of the back door; no need for all of us to be cold. (hee hee)

They were out there working all afternoon. They’d gone out earlier and ended up in a conversation with our nice neighbor, who then worked on the front portion of the property line and later, across the front of his property. They got it done and came in and we had a good dinner (Enchilada Bake – unfortunately I forgot to take pictures again, so I cannot share the recipe until I make it next time).

It has helped a lot but Michael still had to run off a dog or two a day or two this week. Our neighbors have LOTS of dogs, of all sizes and breeds. They seem to be the dog house, whereas we are the cat place.

Speaking of cats, we have only had one or two cats around here for the last couple of weeks. It’s been quite odd because we had been having at least five but before the previous cold snap, we had about ten. This is not at all unusual, one of our cats will have kittens but because they are outdoor, worker cats, we usually end up with only one, or at most, two kitten from a litter of four. I don’t know if they get eaten, lost, adopted somewhere, or if there is some crazy cat lady that takes them in. Seriously.

So we were down to just Darcy, Raven, and Jitters. One day, the kitten, Jitters disappeared.  I thought sure we’d see it the next day but a day went by and then another and another. Then Raven disappeared too. All we had left was Darcy.

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Darcy’s the one on the left.

The weather has even been nice, so I can no longer blame it on that. It’s been so nice, that I’ve resorted to opening the windows during the afternoons. One afternoon this week I heard the dogs next door barking up a storm! There was much more barking than their usual ruckus; it seemed that all hands were on deck for barking.

Shortly thereafter I heard, what sounded like, lapping. You know, the sound a big dog makes as it drinks water? Well, that should not be because it sounded like it was right under my window.

Finally I got up and looked out, thinking I was going to have to shoo away one of the big dogs and instead I saw this.

Sasha Loose ~ Lifeofjoy.meI expected to see one of the larger dogs of our neighbor but instead I see our Sasha . . . loose . . . on my porch. I called Tiffany because I she feeds her every weekday and I have very little interaction with her AND she’s big and strong . . . well, medium-sized, but strong. Evidently, she had gotten off her chain and went running around the area. All that barking I’d heard must’ve been in reaction to her presence. I guess she’d had enough and was ready to be taken back to her house.

Sasha ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt looked like she had second thoughts and if she doesn’t want to go, it’s difficult to make her. But in the end, she was ready after a little coaxing from Tiffany.

Sasha ~ Lifeofjoy.me Sasha ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany got her back where she belongs and she was happy to lay in the sun and nap for a while. :)

Then the next day, several of the cats returned.

Raven ~ Lifeofjoy.meRaven is on the steps. Her coat has never been so groomed. AND she was cuddly! :o This is the cat that has run from us since birth. Tiffany and Sean had just gotten her to begin to come to them before she disappeared. Now she’s back and wanting to be petted. Yes, I think there is a crazy cat lady that manages to keep them for a while and then mistakenly lets them out of the house and home they come. We saw Jitters and Kit-Kat the next day too. So, we’re back up to five.


I haven’t seen Liam in two weeks and am really missing him. I know, I’m spoiled compared to some people. :) But I will see him Sunday because we will get together at my parents’ home to celebrate Lauren’s birthday and watch the Super Bowl.

Michael says he doesn’t even want to watch it, since it’s the Patriots and the Falcons. Then yesterday he saw that there is going to be some Trump-bashing and that made him more resolute in his feelings. But Mom makes pizza for everyone, a tradition we started before the Christmas pizza tradition, and I don’t want to miss that! :) Momma makes really good homemade pizza. So, we’ll go and visit, watch some football and the commercials (I hope they’re better than last year!) and come home when Michael tires of it all. ;)

I hope you have a good weekend. Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Handwriting/Copywork

Handwriting/Copywork ~ Lifeofjoy.meI know I’ve written about copywork before but I recently came across an article, in the new IEW catalog, entitled “Low-Tech Teaching with High-End Results.” In it there were a couple of comments that struck a chord with me.

  • Writing on paper stimulates the brain differently than typing
  • Cursive writing offers significant neurological benefits over printing on paper.
  • People recall content better when taking notes on paper rather than typing

It was a good article which reminded me of another one I read where it reported that billionaire elites limit their children’s use of technology. (I wrote about it here.)

In light of all this, I recently found some handwriting calendars that has scripture verses for every day of the month. The cool thing is that the one from SweetBlessings is written for we adults and has a shorter amount to write for the younger ones, at least for some of the months. She even has a Spanish version, if desired. She has two version, one is topical and the other is not. I’ve downloaded mine. (Once you click on the word HERE on her page, it will open up a a google drive page, just click on whichever month or topic you want/need and download or print.)

I’m starting to be interested in lettering. I’m not sure what the difference is between lettering and calligraphy is though. I can anticipate using the calendars to practice lettering. God has me doing such different things, outside of my comfort zone, lately.

There is another, from My  Joy-Filled Life, which has a single verse every day all on one topic, different each month. It is a free download but you have to subscribe to her newsletter, but she does not overwhelm you with emails. I subscribed some time ago; if you have, you still fill in your name and email and press download, then a link will be sent to your email. Her copywork printable also has some cute writing pages you can print for your children to use.

The end of the article in the IEW has a link to a podcast. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’ll include the link in case it is helpful to you.  Paper and Pen

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

DC#301 & First Watercolor Tile

Wow! You all were so kind in your comments last week. It is always so encouraging to read what you have to say about what you liked and if you have any suggestions for my improvement. I’m still so new to this, in my opinion. So thank you! Thank you so much!


iamthedivacztThis week’s diva challenge is a duotangle which means I cannot really combine it with any other challenges this week. Although Shading Zentangle has a watercolor challenge this week and I might could attempt combining the two but I think the results would not be as desirable as hand-picking tangles to attempt Jo Flaherty’s style, which is more inclined to large open tangles than ones with a lot of little lines.

So first up is my Diva Challenge tile. I put Paradox in a triangular shape on the bottom half of my tile and then Diva Dance: Rock’n’roll above it. I should’ve put it so diva dance overlapped paradox instead of the other way around but I dealt with it. ;)

Diva Dance Rock-n-Roll is not my best tangle so I googled it to get inspired. I found this simplified version: http://www.everythingis-art.com/2016/11/divadancesimplified.html and did something similar.

I took several work-in-progress pictures this time, since people seem to like them a lot. So here we go.

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I made the first line too wide and had to go with it for the rest of the tangle.

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Here’s the finished tile before shading.

DC#301 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI struggled with the shading of paradox. I erased it twice and ended up doing it the same way again. :D

DC#301~ Lifeofjoy.meI didn’t sign it because I wasn’t sure if I was done yet. I considered putting paradox on both bottom corners as well but in the end decided to just leave it. I was afraid of messing it up AND I wanted time to play with the small set of Tim Holtz distress markers I got for the Shading Zentangle challenge.

So the first step was to pick some tangles that were large and curvaceous. I collected a few. Here’s a lazy picture of my notes, I’d already uploaded my work-in-progress photos from my camera (an iphone and computer is not, so it likes to be finicky), had my dried tile on the scanner bed and had gotten comfortable in my chair to get down to work. So I used the laptop camera to get a quick snapshot, so it isn’t the best but at least you can see what I had noted.

"Jo" Style Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI ended up going with the elongated version of Joki by Kim Aarts, Flips-C by YuRu Chen, and ‘Nzeppel an official Zentangle tangle. I didn’t want to make Joki so big that there wasn’t any room for any other tangles; so I ended up making it a little bit on the small side.

Learning from that opportunity, I drew Flips-C a bit larger. Then I added ‘Nzeppel behind it all, making sure that I made the grid large. Unfortunately, I think it ended up being a bit too large. Oh well, lesson #2 learned. ;)

Jo Style ~ Lifefojoy.meIt’s a little blurry because I was too lazy to get up and put it in the scanner, so I just took the picture with my phone and it must’ve shook a little or something. Oh well, at least it’s here. :)

Then I started adding color. This is the first time using these Tim Holtz Distress Markers, so I didn’t know how dark or bright they’d be or even how to use them really.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meI almost think I should have left it like this. ;)

I added more color.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meHere you can see I started adding some purple to the outer sections of ‘nzeppel to give it some contrast.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meBy this time my paper is getting a bit ripply. Then I notice that Jo said not to use very much water, but I was struggleing to get the color to blend out.

Then I added a bit of dark green to the flips-c and that stupid edge line in purple. Sure wish I hadn’t added that last one. Oh well, another lesson learned.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I looked back at the directions and saw the white highlights, so I added a some of those too.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meI may work on this some more later but I have to run for now.

I’d really appreciate any tips you have for working with these markers. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº