Belize – this is ‘home’ now

My 4th day in San Ignacio – When I walk through the streets, the shop owners greet me and ask what I am up to right now.IMG_0125

Everyday I try a new place to eat – except for breakfast! Pops is my favorite place for coffee and toast.

 

And as of today I do not feel like a tourist any longer 🙂 I have a CAR !!! A Nissan Pathfinder – and I think I struck a bargain.

 

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Registering a car is pretty simple in Belize – IF you know where to go. The previous owner has to come along (I was so grateful for that!). First you need insurance – you can drive without a number plate for a day, but you cannot drive without insurance! When that is done, you hand in the old plates and get the new ones. The whole process takes about 2 hours (more, if you don’t have a local that jumps the line). I just smiled politely at the people waiting, pretending not to understand what was going on 🙂

“Clever me” then asked the old owner to come along while I fill up the car. Every country is different, and I hate it when I look dumb at the gas station. No self-service in Belize. You just stay comfortable in your car and everything is taken care of. I like that ! In Germany your hands stink like petrol after filling up.

And now I am planning the next couple of days. Tomorrow I will be checking out San Ignacio’s twin town, Santa Elena, Bullet Tree and the Spanish Lookout.

The following day I will head down to the coast: Belize City and then down to Placencia. I can’t wait to share the photos with you!

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My move to Belize

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After many months of planning I have finally arrived in Belize. My first stop is in San Ignacio – it’s a very central location from which I can explore the entire country.

First impression: Culture Shock!

Coming from Germany you first need to get used to the building style. The houses are very colorful. Blue, green, red, orange, and yellow – just like a rainbow – and all of them could use a new coat of paint. The infrastructure reminds me a lot of South Africa. Electricity and phone wires are above ground on wooden poles. The ground floor of every house holds some kind of a business – a small convenient store, a restaurant, a bar, clothing, furniture or appliances. The owners sit in front of their shops.

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I arrived rather late in the day and was tired and hungry. The 8 hour time difference didn’t help much either. Right after unpacking my luggage, I collapsed into bed at 6pm. Doubts were creeping in: Did I make a mistake? Is this really where I want to live with my family?

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The next day I began my explorations of San Ignacio. Yesterday I only saw the peeling paint on the houses; today I saw the happy faces of all the people. After a decent breakfast at Pops and a chat with the famous Bob I felt a lot better. At 9:30 my new online friend, Lisa, picked me up to check out some apartments. I immediately found a place that would be perfect. A cozy little condo – complete with 2 lovely neighbors. Later on we checked out some cars. Again, lucky first try – 2 possible cars that I need to test drive on Monday. Lisa offered to help on Tuesday with the registration and insurance for the car. My guess is, on Wednesday I’ll be extending the radius of exploration 🙂

The kids insist that I check out the beaches, before deciding on our next home. I gave myself 4 weeks to learn as much as possible about the country. If it was just me and my husband, the choice would be easy. Bringing 3 kids and grandma along does make it a bit more difficult. The schools are very important. As a parent you have a responsibility towards the kids and I intend to structure our lives around their education. They are only part of your life for a short time, before leaving the nest.

More from me later 🙂

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Ina

New website! http://pattern-collections.com

After many months of planning, I finally had the guts to begin work on a new webpage. The way I categorise patterns in my upcoming book needs to be shared.

Where do you start when you want to identify a specific pattern that you discovered in a tile? Well, normally you can identify what kind of an underlying structure the pattern has. Is it a grid? Or a ribbon? A flower?

To look it up you need to have pattern sorted by framework. Only searching your entire collection of patterns does not help. It will take hours to find what you are looking for. THIS method will limit your search drastically!

Sometimes you have a string that needs a filler pattern. For inspiration you can just call up the section containing only these.

I will write an extensive blog post on the new site shortly.

Until then, visit Blog Logo

Last week alone, I added 3 new patterns from my collection and 9 new patterns from contributing artists.

Vivid being my favorite right now (until I draw the next one – as always) 🙂

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Ina

 

 

Go-To Patterns continued …

As promised, here comes the sequel 🙂

This week I will analyse the different stages that tanglers go through.

  • Stage 1:

During this stage your Go-To patterns are normally the ones that you first learnt when you started tangling. They consist of only a few strokes. Depending on which book you picked up to learn more about tangling, website or Facebook group, your Go-To patterns will be different.

Here is a list of typical patterns that everyone should have under their belt before attempting to move to Stage 2: (click on the images for an enlarged view)

Please note: This section is NOT complete yet – I will add more patterns that according to our Facebook group members, fall into this section.

Now these are the patterns that are easy to draw, and quickly allow you to fill a section.

The next list of patterns requires more concentration – again, I am only halfway done. This blog post will grow as I find more time.

 

To be continued ……. AND updated!

Steampunk Flower

Well, I quickly have to share this with your before I am off to bed. Every night I do a bit of bedtime tangling. When this crazy flower appeared, I could not resist but draw the steps straight away.

Meet Steampunk Flower ..hehe..

Steampunk Flower by Ina SonnenmoserI haven’t shaded this yet … maybe I add color instead, but have a look at the ‘naked Steampunk Flower’

Steampunk Flower Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Sooo much fun 🙂

Have a great Easter!

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Ina

Go-To Patterns

Everyone has favorite patterns – so called Go-To Patterns. You probably think that you only have a handful of those patterns. I got news for you! You probably have 30-40 of those stored in your head, waiting for the right string to apply them to.

What makes a good Go-To pattern and why do we use them over and over?

Go-To Patterns are:

  • easy to remember
  • a few strokes give great results
  • they are the obvious choice for a specific area
  • they give you true relaxation, because there is no pressure
  • they flow easily from pen to paper

Here is the string I provided our Tangle It Pattern Club Facebook group. I asked the members to use their favorite Go-To Patterns.

My string #18

I asked the members of our Facebook group Tangle It! Pattern Club to tangle a simple string, using only their go-to patterns – patterns that they know off by heart – patterns, where they don’t need to look at step outs any more.

Artwork by Lori Whitley

Lori Whitley used Printemps, Cubine, Tipple, Arukas, Well and Shattuck.

Artwork by Jane Nichols

Some of Jane Nicols’ go to patterns: N Zeppel, Pokeroot, Meer, and Diva Dance

Artwork by Sandy Moore

Sandy Moore used Printemps

Artwork by Sandra Strait

Sandra Strait did her tile with N’Zeppel, HiRise, Bales, and Flukes.

Artwork by Shelby Lazeren

Shelby Lazeren made this for her brother.

Artwork by Ruth Veler Gale O'Neil

Ruth Veler Gale O’Neil writes: I enjoyed this! Rick’s paradox is definitely my favorite….so versatile. Scrolled feather is one of my favorite “ropes.” I wish I knew the names of the others.

Artwork by Lynne McGee

Some of Lynne McGee’s Go-To Patterns: Cubine, Emingle, Ahh, Bunzo, Angel Fish, Bubbles, Chillon, and a variation of Panthe.

Artwork by Hilary Holding Merola

Hilary Holding Merola used Fife, Flux, Minline, Bala, Aquafleur, Shard and Paradox.

Artwork by Agneta Landegren

Agneta Landegren writes: Here are some of my favorite go-to tangles, Paradox, Huggins, Hollibaugh, Onomato, La Bel and Sand Swirl.

Jane Diller Gladwell‎ writes:  Some of my "go-to" tangles...Navaho, Intwine, Molygon, Printemps, and CO2. Added some color, kinda wished I wouldn't have...oh, well, a learning experience.

Jane Diller Gladwell‎ writes: Some of my “go-to” tangles…Navaho, Intwine, Molygon, Printemps, and CO2. Added some color, kinda wished I wouldn’t have…oh, well, a learning experience.

DrShazia Azmi

DrShazia Azmi

Lisa Wick McLean used Static, Rick's Paradox, Crescent Moon, Cadent and Meer.

Lisa Wick McLean used Static, Rick’s Paradox, Crescent Moon, Cadent and Meer.

I actually got one done! I have been coloring so much lately I needed this push to tangle. These are some of my go to's: Betweed, Bunzo, Cadent, Mussels & Cockles, and I can't remember the other two. fun string! Elspeth Allen

I actually got one done! I have been coloring so much lately I needed this push to tangle. These are some of my go to’s: Betweed, Bunzo, Cadent, Mussels & Cockles, and I can’t remember the other two. fun string!         Elspeth Allen

Zen Tangling Debra Huff: I have trouble limiting my go to tangles because I have favorites for different purposes. Use this however you like.  Sanibelle, phroze, pug, Yuma, crescent moon, frost flower, roscoe, abundies.

Zen Tangling Debra Huff: I have trouble limiting my go to tangles because I have favorites for different purposes. Use this however you like.
Sanibelle, phroze, pug, Yuma, crescent moon, frost flower, roscoe, abundies.

 

As you can see, the string is the same. Maybe some of the patterns are the same, but the results are all different. And everyone agreed, that this was fun. And that is all that matters!

Before I compile a list of the most used Go-To Patterns, I will start another exercise with more different strings.

String 25

My next blog will feature again the different tiles from our members. I am looking forward to the results!

Frames by Unknown

Jan Easter posted an interesting pattern today. I could not resist and have a play with it. Frames pattern - Original author unknown

Now this is great if you want to draw ONE frame only. However, if you intend to use it on a warped grid, you’ll get lost. So here is my revised version:

FramesTOO by Ina SonnenmoserYou start with a dot grid, but you mark the first 2 dots with an X.
Leave 4 dots and mark 2 dots with an X again.
The next row is just dots.
The following row you ignore 3 dots, mark 2 dots with X, ignore 4 dots, 2x X, ignore 4 dots and so on.

 

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Step 1

Step 2

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Step 3

Step 3

Before shading

Before shading

Shaded

 

Now I need to draw this on a warped grid – I just cannot ignore a challenge 🙂