Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck?

If a Woodchuck could chuck Wood?!

Oh, we're off to a great start, aren't we? Did you know that "woodchuck" is just another name for Ground Hog? No, neither did we, or we may have chose this theme back in February.

Hitching a Ride
But really, this is more about the WOOD part.
There are hardwoods that we use to make furniture or build a good fire.

Green wood is a young, juicy sapling that will soon grow into a great tree, but is pretty useless for fire-building.

Mostly, wood used to be a tree.

Now it can be a wall.
It's quite fashionable right now for homes to sport reclaimed barnwood. So you have trees that used to be barns. What was once outstanding in it's field is now inside!

And of course, there's the fence, too!

 There's a Zentangle angle for tangly people everywhere! This is art by Rhonda:

Follow this link to directions for creating the tangle "Wud," with great examples by Margaret Bremner, the Enthusiastic Artist.

Then there's Tanglewood:

Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts
By Stu Rosner

And all this time we thought you said, "wood duck."


Show us your wood twinchies! Any artform is accepted, just keep it to 2 x 2 inches (or about 5 centimeters). 
Send your artwork by 2PM Arizona Time, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to
1xeritas@gmail.com along with blog links or notes of inspiration. 
We'll post the results later the same day.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Week 29--Ranch

It was quiet here at the ranch. We can appreciate that, can't you? Gave us some time to think about WHAT to do with this week's word. "Ranch" conjures up all sorts of associations--yummy salads and dips rank prominently. Oh, yeah!

Freebird decided to illustrate a ranchero, a cowboy working a ranch:

Ranch(ero) by

Our official response is a (teenie) rendering of our little ranch house, the emphasis on the style of the abode.

Ranch (House)
by Cheryl
Oh, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope roam!
Seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day!

Thanks for visiting. Be sure to check out the artists' blogs and let them know you found them here!
Until next time...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Home, Home on the Range

Last time it was all about the banana joke. This week we're singing about where the deer and the antelope roam. Not far from here are prairie grasslands where that really happens, just like that.
Right here in town, it's open range and we get surprised occasionally with cows chomping on the vegetation. It's why our little half-acre is fenced.

Montana Ranch
Angus Beef
Yes, it's the Wild, Wild West.

Ross Martin and Robert Conrad

Or the new(er) Wild, Wild West

Will Smith, Selma Hayek and Kevin Kline
Or you may be thinking The Duke
John Wayne
The Comancheros
Or the Outlaw Josey Wales

Clint Eastwood
You may want to pretend to be a cowboy for a week
Paws Up Ranch
Luxury Vacations
You can buy a ranch:

Modern Ranch Architecture

You can live in a ranch:
Ranch Style Home From
The Plan Collection

Or create your own brand as they did when the West was won (assuming you had your own cows or sheep):

Brands from
Kaufman, Texas
Or make your own:

Ranch Dressing Recipe
from The Huffington Post
Not a discouraging word would be heard over that!
And true to the song, the skies are not cloudy all day today!

Cloudless Sky by
Monte Stevens

Show us your ranch twinchies! Send them along with any notes and/or blog links to:
1 xeritas @ gmail . com by 2 PM Arizona Time, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. We'll collect them all and post them later the same day.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Week 28--Orange

There has been just a little hilarity as we were playing with Knock-Knock jokes this week. We have to wonder: does the Banana joke even translate into any other language?
Aren't you glad we chose "orange" this week? Because we are!

First in, from Germany is Tina's contribution:

Orange by
She sent this note along with her art:

"This week's challenge was very interesting. I thought about it a long time to find something special for your "orange" theme but nothing wanted to come in my mind. So I just started to draw this evening and the result is a little still life of oranges and an abstract drawing of yellow, red and orange on the wall in the background. 
Hope you like it."

And we do!

Freebird sent this beadwork from Arkansas:

Orange by
She has her inspiration and materials list on her blog, and naturally, the Knock-Knock joke!

After working on Citrus all week long, our official response is a bit of collage:

Orange by
Be sure to check out the artists' blogs and tell them you found them here! Kind comments and encouragement are always welcome! Thanks for visiting, perhaps consider participating?
Until next time....