Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Hanukkah, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday!

Happy Hanukkah, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday to my mother and brother-in-law. What a fun day at my mom's celebrating her birthday on the same day as my brother-in-law, Steve. It's always great to touch base with family members and eat rich foods that aren't on my usual diet. Henry and I have been enjoying potato latkes for the Hanukkah season - gluten-free, of course. I made gluten-free brownies with added chopped pecans to contribute. Really tasty. My lucky sister, Rheta, has a husband who loves to cook seafood, so we were treated to grilled shrimp, scallops and codfish in addition to the traditional turkey (thanks,  Mom) with giblet gravy and stuffing. Rheta brought green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole and Kim, my niece-in-law brought hash brown casserole. Like I said, rich foods. Delicious. We topped it off with Rheta's Dump Cake and my brownies. I'm holding off until tomorrow's visit back to my Mom's for a piece of her Chocolate Rum Cake. Can you tell my family members are born with a sweet tooth?

I'm still working on a new Hanukkah card for Henry's family. I used a pre-strung Zendala disk to draw an Aura Knot Star of David with other tangles: Coil, Poke Leaf and Betweed. I'm still considering colors I think I'll add in pastels from the Irojiten pencils in my collection. I'll post it here in black a
nd white. I'm also deciding on background colors for the card.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Classes Being Scheduled

I just got a verification for my first class to teach with Zentangle. I'll be giving a class through the Wayne County Arts Council Thursday, January 30 from 5:30 to 7:30. Please come and join us!

Friday, November 15, 2013

CZT® 13

Kathryn Jacoby, CZT

I can't believe it's already over. After waiting months to attend the 13th Zentangle® Certification in Providence, RI. I've been home for two whole days and although my exhaustion from spending almost ten hours in airports on the way home Wednesday, I still smile to myself when I remember my time away. When I entered the Hotel Providence, the immediate feeling was one of such positive energy and happiness.
Everyone at the conference (over 100 participants) was so open and friendly, not to mention supportive.

I had taken a chance on a roommate in order to help me meet others. I'm not an outgoing person in crowds and usually stay pretty quiet around others I don't know. I'm so glad I didn't choose a single room. I met the most wonderful friends over these days and felt instant companionship with my roommate and others attending.

Kathryn Jacoby, CZT
The classes were intensive, but fun. We covered basic tangles and a few more complicated ones, plus a top secret new one coming out soon. We also received priceless teaching tips and techniques from Rick, Maria, Molly (Maria's wonderful daughter) and others there. That in itself was well worth the trip. I have so many ideas about where to being teaching my classes. The Zentangle staff are a warm group who make everyone feel at home, relaxed and a welcome part of the Zentangle family.

Am I ready to teach? You bet! I'm not going to rush the process, however. There is a lot of planning involved in teaching anything, which 30 years in education have taught me. There are also logistics as to where to teach, overhead, who to teach, etc. I recently took an online class on teaching crafts, specifically, the business end of things. I plan to review the course again to make sure I'm not leaving out advice needed. I've taught many craft classes, from gourd design to One-Stroke Painting. I feel even more confident now with Zentangle. Plus, I know I'll have a wonderful support group to help me succeed.

We joked a lot this week about being the 13th CZT group, finishing up on the 13th day of November in the year 2013. We all felt extremely lucky to have made it to the conference, to have met Rick and Maria as well as each other. I would definitely encourage anyone who loves Zentangle to go to a conference, even if they plan on just enjoying creating Zentangle and not teaching.

In all of the craft conferences I've attended, I've never felt the positive energy that flowed throughout the hotel. Even the hotel staff admitted that they usually ask to work during the Zentangle conferences and that the Zentangle students are always more "family" than the actual families they usually host. That pretty much sums up the feeling of everyone I met and I look forward to hearing from many of them in the future.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Upcoming CZT Seminar

I'm on pins and needles awaiting my trip to the Zentangle® CZT Seminar November 10 with Rick and Maria. This will be my first trip to Rhode Island and a lovely break from teaching for a few days. I'm trying to imagine how peaceful three and a half days of zentangle relaxation could be. I have the perfect sub for my students, a whole day planned with one of our computer labs for them, so that part is secure. My husband, Henry is right now suffering with a possible stress fracture in his right foot, so I'll need to make sure everything is left easy for him to navigate - two cats who demand breakfast at 5:30 every morning, whether I'm working that day or not, and a frisky maltipoo to let out, not the easiest thing wearing a cumbersome boot. He has assured me that he is fine to manage without me for a few days. Quick trips are not usually as simple as they seem. Thanks to my wonderful neighbors, though, I know he has resources he can count on if needed. I wonder if this is the kind of stress parents feel when leaving home for a few days with kids at the grandparents.

There is a definite pull and push here. I've waited months to get to go this seminar as they're generally booked well in advance. My love of Zentangle has only grown since I first discovered it. I'm sponsoring a Zentangle Club for the second year at school and even my regular students who aren't in the club are asking for tangles to do in their spare time. I'm more than happy to teach it to anyone who wants to learn. If anything, we can always use stress-reducers at school. I also can't wait to share what I learn with my blog followers and others in my community. Eight more days.......!