Zentangles - According to the creators (www.zentangle.com), "Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. We believe that life is an art form and that Zentangle is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life." If you remove the zen element, this is remarkably similar to doodling, but with a more deliberate intent. I'm a champion doodler from way back, so I think I'm a perfect candidate for Zentangles. I learned about Zentangles from Cheryl at Grandma Coco's Designs. Visit her blog and check out her gorgeous drawings - zen and otherwise.
Solar Cooking: This also came from Cheryl at Grandma Coco's Designs. She and Mr. Coco built their own solar-powered oven on their deck. I guess if we have to put up with summer temperatures, we might as well use them productively. I really want to give this a try.
Rain Chains: Marie at Daisy's Book Journal is making her own Rain Chain. What is a rain chain, you ask? Me too! A rain chain replaces unsightly downspouts on your house. They can also be used as part of a decorative water feature. They can be as simple as a basic heavy-duty chain, or more intricate like the one in the picture. They can empty into a standard downspout trough, a water collection barrel, a decorative bowl with drain, or even into container gardens. Now that I've seen them, I have to have them. Our house has two downspouts in very unfortunate locations, but no way to move them without rehanging the entire gutter system. Rain chains would be a much more appealing solution. Try a Google image search for dozens of variations.
No telling what new things will surface in the blogosphere tomorrow. Hang around.