Thursday, October 31, 2019

Midnight Flower

Named for the shape, colour and the fact that I was working late when this one appeared.

Today's Gratitude Item: Tomorrow's Friday! It's been a very long 'short week' - which is what usually happens when one tries to cram five days of school into four.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Hex Star

It felt like a good time to create yet another woven Star of David.

Today's Gratitude Item: Tomorrow is our last day with our 12th graders. It will be weird seeing them for the last time - but in a good way. It's a sure sign that we are that much closer to our summer vacation...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Blue Barnacle

Most barnacles are not quite as square as this. They are also not quite as pretty....

Today's Gratitude Item: Our student externals are due tomorrow morning. Weirdly, I'm looking forward to this as once the deadline has passed, a massive source of stress will have disappeared.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Saphire / Gold Flowers

This was made on a day for creating ornate lace designs.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting back home safely from Wellington and being almost ready to teach two camp dances to my group during our next session.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Mandle Drop

It seemed like a good idea at the time but now I'm not so sure...

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting to the end of an absolutely brilliant dance camp. Amazing people, inspiring dances and a lovely break from the normal routine.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Diamond Sponge

This is what happens when one's patchwork develops holes.

Today's Gratitude Item:A brilliant, full day of dancing with tomorrow promising to be more of the same.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Braided Mystery

A bit of a disappointment but not quite bad enough to bin.

Today's Gratitude Item: The start of a lovely long weekend. Time off is always a good thing.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Eiffel Wave

Named for the Eiffel Tower.

Today's Gratitude Item: A rather large box that was going be thrown out. Said box was perfect to transform my desk at school into a much more comfortable 'standing desk'.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Holy Road

As in an intricate road that is sadly full of holes.

Today's Gratitude Item: That despite parts of the city center being out of bounds due to the Convention Centre fire, getting to dance class this evening was not a problem. If anything, people seemed to be staying off the road so getting both to and from dance was actually easier than usual! The motorways were not affected by the fire. I'm pretty sure that people needing to go into the city would have had quite a different experience.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

5780 Simchat Torah

This one is a day late (oops). It's been that kind of week. Can we all just pretend that it got published on time?

Hopefully the theme is not too obscure. It merges the idea of weekly food delivery with Torah portions.

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: One of my dancers is finally back from an unexpected overseas excursion. I'm looking most forward to having the group back to normal tomorrow - it's just not the same when my regulars are away.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Mandel Sash

Named for the mini-mandelbrots that have been used as decoration.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding shelter from a mid-walk shower. My regular readers might think that I'm obsessed with the weather but when one is outside with no umbrella, unexpected rain can be problematic. One could argue that in Auckland, rain should always be expected but I'm both an optimist and a bit of a slow learner when it comes to things that are weather related.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pebble Path

This one would make an interesting piece of jewellery.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a way to complete mine-sweep faster. It turns out that if you press the left and right mouse buttons at the same time over a square where you have already found all the surrounding mines, it will clear any remaining squares. Some of my students have challenged me to mine-sweep once they have submitted all of their assessments (which is a good way to get them to complete work). I'd rather not lose!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Sharp Turn

Here is yet more proof that 'spiky' can be a good thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: We are finally into 'short sleeves' weather. Sometimes a sweater is still needed but it's lovely to be able to ditch a few clothing layers.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Stretch Weave

This one was sort of OK. Then I tiled it and the result was definitely worth keeping.

Today's Gratitude Item: My school's 50th reunion is pretty much over (at least from my perspective). This means that on Monday things will finally get back to sort of normal.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Always Connected...

Also known as 'pretty blue lace'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally having a reasonably dry afternoon. This meant that an afternoon walk was possible :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Extreme Blue Weave

Stare at this one for long enough and it will grow on you.

Today's Gratitude Item: Easily finding an email that I needed from way back in March! Modern search features are a wonderful thing.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tower Flower

This one turned out even better than expected.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding two things that I'd misplaced (in two separate locations). It's been a rough start to the term!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Purple Points

If you rotate this one 30 degrees and use your imagination, you'll see the Star of David in the middle.

Today's Gratitude Item: Discovering that it is possible to open Adobe Illustrator files in GIMP. Life is good :)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sukkot 5780

*Almost* everything you need to know - on one handy page.

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: That recycling content in Google Classroom is extremely easy. I've probably had this as a gratitude item before but anything that saves time / makes preparing for school simple is worth celebrating.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Grey Snow

They say that no two snowflakes are identical but I've taken a bit of artistic license...

Today's Gratitude Item: The cherry tree blossoms that are at their peak - so pretty!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Shield Flake

Is it a shield or a snowflake? You decide.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a new pillow for my birthday. I'm looking forward to trying it out in the near future as it looks like it will be extremely comfortable.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Scottish Star

This is what happens when tartan sort of meets a Star of David.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great video series that explains what git and github actually are. I've always found git / github fairly confusing and the video series has made things a lot clearer.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Green Star

This might be the most environmentally friendly star in the series.

Today's Gratitude Item: A safe and relatively easy fast. I'm mostly grateful for the fact that Yom Kippur is a once a year 'thing'.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Yom Kippur 5780

Yom Kippur is one of those holidays that 'is good when it's over'. My mom inspired this one when she pointed out how precious Yom Kippur actually is. Here's hoping everyone has a good fast...

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: Looking forward to being off-line again tomorrow (and being back on-line again after the fast).

Monday, October 07, 2019

Red Star Rising

When it comes to stars / snowflakes, simple is good. The background was made in Apophysis, the snowflake was made with 'Context Free' and then edited in Illustrator.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finishing the video series that I started yesterday. Whilst the series is quite short, it still took a lot longer than anticipated.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Large Hole

I'm pretty sure I've made large holes before but this one was nice enough to render.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting round to revisiting a video series that was in need of updating. After a slow start, it is going well.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Large Net

You can catch some pretty large things in this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: That at least two of my students are working during the break. Unsurprisingly, the two who contacted me this weekend with questions are both top of their respective classes.

Friday, October 04, 2019


Names as it is made up of a very large number of strands.

Today's Gratitude Item: Time to create fractals, play scrabble and read.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Travel Style

This one looks like it's going places.

Today's Gratitude Item: A surprisingly productive day which involved proof-reading reports, doing some design work and making fractals. 'Holidays' are the best.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Building Web

As in a building made out a woven web-like substance.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being warm on a freezing day. We are supposed to be well into spring by now but today was icy cold with random bits of rain thrown in for good measure. A great day to stay inside and read a book.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Modern Star (again)

It's been ages since I last played with Context Free. This one is simple but nice.

Today's Gratitude Item: Another brilliant day spent doing very little. Taking a two-day break from being on-line has been wonderful.