Friday, July 4, 2014

New book on the way & some dots.....

Have you noticed the tumbleweeds rolling around on the blog over the past month or so? There's a reason! I promise! I've been working on my next book. Ta Da! LOL.

So, here's where I'm at with it.......the majority of editing is done on the text, but I still have a cover, videos and hyperlinks, maybe some more pics ('cause when is enough ever really enough?) and of course, several more (or 100 obsessive) read-throughs to get done. I also want to do a bit of fun stuff on the blog before setting my baby loose into the wide world.

I'm super-excited, but................for the next 4 weeks I have to buckle down and complete my final assignments/presentation for my Permaculture Design Certificate which I have been sadly neglecting. That means the book stuff is on hold till my project is done.

So, I'm thinking taking all this into account, that I'm about 6 weeks off release. That's not all that long is it?

O.k., now for something I've been having a play around with today (yep, whilst avoiding my assignment......bad, bad Helen). It's got a bit of a rounded auraknot feel to it.

Random dots:

Connect up with some curved lines (alternate directions):

Add another row of curved lines:

Keep going, you're going to run into existing lines, just skip over and continue on the other side.

Partially pen-shaded:

Fun! I'll have to play around some more when I've got more time for it.

I'm missing you all, but will "see" you in a few weeks!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Organising tangle patterns using Evernote

I had a few requests for a bit more information on how I use Evernote to organise my patterns. You can find the original post here. Now, keeping in mind that I'm probably not utilising Evernote to it's full capacity, here's a quick video showing what I'm doing with it.


 Hopefully you find it useful :)


Challenge #168 - Rain

Rain, what a cute, simple pattern - I don't think I've ever drawn with it except to slap it into my pattern journal, so this week's diva challenge was my big chance!

Here's what I've come up with:

It's probably pretty obvious that Rain made me think of string:

I love the way that, with a few simple adjustments, it's easy to make it appear to be twining around something.

Hope your weekend is fabulous!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Pattern Organisation

I love organising stuff. Any kind of stuff. Again, again and over again. Who knows why? I just do it.

Over the last few months, very on and off - I've been organising my tangle patterns (yes, again!) - I've done a couple of posts in the past, about the system I use -  you can read about it in this post,  (it's Sandy Hunter/Tanglebucket, super-tangler's, very cool organisation idea).

So, anyway, when I initially drew out the patterns, I did them pretty quickly and without a lot attention to detail, just to get them done. Now I'm going back and tidying up or redoing the little tiles. I'm also being a little more selective with the patterns that I'm including as there's just some that I'll never use.

I really enjoy drawing out patterns when I'm not inspired to do anything else - it makes me feel productive and often flexes the creative muscles so that I end up drawing something in my journal anyway! Not today, though :)

The other thing that I'm doing as I'm going through, is to catalogue all of the patterns in Evernote. It's new to me this year, but I am using it a lot. Love that I can have it across all the PC's/devices that I regularly use, especially my 7' tablet (the perfect handbag size and goes everywhere for me). I can add tags to the patterns so I can search and categorise however I want. Love, love, love.

I'm only up to the B's. But am steadily making progress.

Also, for anyone who is interested, if you follow A Little Lime on Facebook, and like to see my feed in your News Feed, you may like to select "Get Notifications" under the "Liked" tab situated under the page header image - apparently Pages is going through another update which will make feeds more difficult to see - obviously just liking a page isn't enough. LOL.

Hope you weekend has been fabulous, we are having such terrific weather! I built another huge compost pile (I know! comes early here in the hills), that took me 7 hours to make. It's working away and will be spread over the new potager garden when it's ready in around 12 weeks! Just in time for Spring.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DuoTangle Well & Punzel

A super-quickie for the Diva Challenge this week. Floral-esque, of course :)

This is my freehand version of Well (check under the patterns tab for a step out).

My Punzel was pared back to Chainging to make the rose leaf (which I just realised! LOL).

School tomorrow, then a stack of gardening over the weekend.

Have a good one!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

aquafleur rose Last week I sat down to put together something for the diva's weekly challenge, and as soon as I started drawing circles with interconnecting lines......I veered of onto tubes and cones. Love, love, love drawing these.

You can see my in progress pieces on the A Little Lime Facebook Page (some connected tubes, which I finished but didn't love), and this rose, which is a little odd (I think) with the juxtaposition of the surrealistic stacked cone centre and the flowing aquafleur petals. But, I like it. I do love squeezing in a bit of aquafluer wherever I can!

It really needs a stem and a leaf or two to ground it, but, after I was done with the shading I just didn't want to work on it anymore! LOL.

I am in the middle of a heap of gardening (yes, still). We are having a fabulous week weather-wise and now that the tree is down and the wood stacked (finally finished the last 3 hours of that this morning!), I can lay down my sheet mulch and build a couple of big compost piles where the garden is going to be. Also finished re-doing the front entrance flower bed to a perennial bed (mostly) in mauve, yellow and white and am half way through laying down sawdust paths in the vegetable garden and getting ready to re-vamp the herb bed.

I've also decided to do a whole stack of extra work to attain my Diploma of Permaculture by November. No rest for the wicked! Still, it keeps me out of trouble.

Hope your week is fabulous!