Chapter 230205: Flambé’s latest Misadventure ………………. February’s Full “Snow” Moon

Light snow falls to Earth, Sparkling flakes catch Full Moon glow, Kat lies well hidden?” …… or is she?

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Chapter 230106: Flambé’s latest Misadventure ………………. A Howling Good Time Under January’s Full “Wolf” Moon

“We are all wolves, howling at the same moon” (Atticus Poetry)

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It’s a “New” Year…Happy 2023!

January 1, 2023

I usually don’t commit to a single word to spark my inspiration for an entire year … there are so many! But, as this is the beginning of a brand New Year, and so many New creative and adventurous opportunities lie ahead, I’ve decided to challenge myself with discovering all things “New!”  Ta-da …. My word for 2023 is officially “New!”

I’m constantly inspired by my creative friends who dare to explore New ways to express themselves …… Elaine who writes beautiful and sometimes unusual poetry …… Susan, Jane and all of my Zentangle friends, who turn inked lines into magic ….. and last, but far from least, Karen, a wonderful artist, kayaker and outdoor enthusiast, who captures her discoveries and adventures in her nature journals (visit Karen’s blog and see for yourself! https://iamchasingbutterflies.wordpress.com).  

And of course there’s my Konstant Kat, Flambé, who pushed and prodded me to create a New image of her curious and playful side.  So I opened a New journal to celebrate 2023, and redressed Kat anew.  A smiling Flambé must mean a good beginning to this New Year, right!

Now for the hard part …… I’ll strive to break out of my usual-usual, and explore New-to-Me things, along with trying some New approaches to my journaling and art. I’m certain Flambé will be keeping an eye on me, and I hope you do too. Stay tuned!  

Thank you followers ….. for being there and also for encouraging me to carry on.  I’d love to know what you like about my posts and what you’d like to see more of and/or New.  What and who will inspire and challenge you to be your best during this year-long journey that lies ahead as we take another spin together around the Sun aboard planet Earth?

Wishing you an exciting 2023, full of happiness and health, and most of all laughter and fun!


“Here Comes the Sun” Happy Winter Solstice!

December 21, 2022. 

Jumpin’ Jack, feathered flock ….. Fall dances into winter

Days turn cold, nights long dark ….. Return sun! Kat doth hinter.

Sleepy plants above ground rest ….. Awaiting warming sun.

But underground, plant roots fest ….. Winter is for fun.

Today’s the day, Earth’s tip at max ….. Solstice is upon us.

Sunlight grows, it bounces back ….. Time to raise a ruckus…… 

Celebrate Winter Solstice 2022 ……. Patterns used: Falldance, Cantebano, Hollis, Fleavy, Stikz, Trumpits, Birds of a Feather, Lou, Shorely, Belltemps, Blind Membranart, Bramble, Bunny Border, Petal Panes, Frunky

What is a Solstice and Why.

Ancient astronomers, noticing that when the Sun reached either its highest (Summer) or lowest (Winter) point in the sky for the year, appeared to stand still.  They came to know these two days as “solstice,” a word that combines the Latin “sol” for Sun and “sistere” for To Stand Still. 

Contrary to common thinking, the Solstice doesn’t last a full calendar day. Instead, it lasts only a brief moment before the earth begins to right itself, causing daylight hours to either shorten (Summer Solstice) or lengthen (Winter Solstice).  And depending on where you live, the change in daylight hours can be swift (8-9 minutes/day above the Arctic Circle), to less than 1 minute/day as you near the equator.

The Northern Hemisphere’s Winter Solstice 2022, occurs Wednesday, December 21st. Also known as the hibernal (from the Latin hibernalis which means anything wintery) solstice or The Longest Night, it’s the time when the Earth reaches it maximum tilt away from the sun. The Winter Solstice, the day the sun is as far south as possible, marks the official beginning of astronomical winter (as opposed to meteorological winter, which starts about three weeks prior to the solstice).  And just for fun ….. stand outside at noon on December 21st, and if the sun is shining take a look at your shadow. This will be the longest shadow you’ll cast for the whole year!

Solstice marks the changing of seasons, and has been cause for celebration in many cultures over hundreds of years. 

How will you commemorate this Winter Solstice!

Chapter 221207: Flambé’s latest Misadventure ………. Brrr! December’s “Cold” Full Moon

Chasing mice under December’s Full Moon Moonshine

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Gratitangle Dedication …….. remembering Jo Flaherty

November 24, 2022. Thanksgiving

On this day of Thanksgiving, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of my creative friends and acquaintances who have encouraged and inspired me along my artistic journey. Whether you realize it or not, without your pushing and nudging, cheering and challenging, I might still be stuck in a causality loop of repetitive and, dare I say, boring attempts at something resembling art. Because of you, I’ve crossed the threshold of humdrum “wanna’ be” to humbly admitting myself “artist.”  You know who you are, for you are all many and amazing! From my active Zentangle days to today’s infatuation with nature journaling, this post is dedicated to you.  

My Gratitangle 2022 using patterns designed by Jo Flaherty: Seaz, Bowtye, Pearly-Girl, Echo-S.

But today I pause to pay special tribute to a remarkable woman, Jo Flaherty.  An amazing artist with a beautiful grasp of design and color, Jo was a master of the flow and rhythm of even the most complex of Zentangle patterns.  She prolifically created works of tangled beauty, but also knew how to have serious fun in her art-making, all while exploring new methods and media. Jo was a natural teacher, coach and mentor, and we spoke numerous times to discuss her various techniques involving composition and color blending. Always willing to provide caring critique and advice on approaches to my work, Jo was extremely influential in my evolving style of art.  Even today There are hints of “Jo” peeking through my journal pages. Such an inspiration! 

Over the course of several years, Jo and I would send Zentangle tiles back and forth in the mail, initiating and then adding patterns until the tile was filled up! Here’s a set of those tiles. Such fun and a tremendous learning experience for me!

The devastatingly sad news of Jo’s passing earlier this month was such a shock. She will be greatly missed in the art and Zentangle community as a wonderful artist and friend to so many.  We all need a hearty dose of “Jo” in our lives, and I’m so glad she graciously and selflessly took me under her wing all those years ago.

Another set of Zentangle tiles jointly created by Jo and myself

Salvatore Dali said it perfectly ……. “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.”  This was (and in so many ways, still is) Jo. Someday I hope to follow in her artistic footsteps. 

And here’s another set of Zentangle tiles jointly created by Jo and myself

From the bottom of my heart ….. thank you Jo Flaherty (1953-2022)

Love those who’ve inspired you. Their gift is priceless.

Chapter 221107: Flambé’s latest Misadventure ………. In the wee hours of the morning!

November 7, 2022

Eclipse Alert!

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Chapter 221025: Flambé’s latest Misadventure ………. Fall Breeze …. Autumn Leaves


October 25, 2022

Of course dogs love a romp in piles and piles of fallen leaves. But kats? Flambé knows so! What do you think?

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Chapter 220910: Flambé’s latest Misadventure ………. Pattern Farmer


September 10, 2022

Flambé has returned from a month-long holiday in France visiting her absentee lover, Cognac. She was hoping to rekindle their love affair, and perhaps entice Cognac to come west where they can become hopelessly en-Tangled in a series of curiously new MisAdventures.

Maybe if Flambé takes up a steady occupation, like farming, Cognac is thinking he can carry on his Tom-foolery and have a furry feline to come home to each night (or day, as the case may be). Flambé discovered she’s still smitten with this wild kitten, and was willing to give farming a try.

Really? Ag Kat? Would you do crazy things to woo your lover?

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Chapter 220731: Flambé’s latest Misadventure ………. Chirp x 4


July 31, 2022. Chirp x 4

Me thinks Flambé has an insatiable curiosity about tree houses.  When last we met up with Kat, she was awaiting an invite to enjoy a bowl of warm milk from the mysterious Teeny Tiny Treehouse owner.  Sadly, he/she/it was a “no show.” Time to move along.  …… 

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