Creative Outlet in Zentangles

My name is Maria Hartemann and I have become a pattern addict. I admit it. I used to be so creative before I learned to read patterns. When I was in elementary school, I used to crochet outfits for my cabbage patch doll. Honestly, I didn’t even know how to read a pattern until about a decade ago when a friend asked me for help. Hats are about the only thing that I still improvise and get creative with.
But last fall I saw a picture that my cousin posted of some beautiful drawings she had done using sharpie markers. They were amazing and inspiring! She used colored sharpies and called the drawings “Zentangles”.
I began experimenting. My daughter loves squirrels (as you can tell from this picture).


For Christmas, I ended up drawing, matting, and framing a different Zentangle for each of my children and my husband. They loved them! And I loved my new creative outlet.
Here’s a picture of my first Zentangle. The original is now hanging on my daughter’s wall.


I have since done many more! A fox for my son, the Tottenham Hotspur logo for my husband, a buffalo, gorilla, cat, owl, 35mm camera, butterfly, dragonfly, salamander, elephant, and a cactus🌵 for a friend that was moving back to Arizona. I’m sure there are a couple that I’m forgetting…
I have given most of the originals away, but scanned them all and have added notecards to my etsy shop and have made iron on t-shirts for kids.×6

I absolutely love drawing them! Have any of you tried them? If so, what are your favorite things to Zentangle? I love drawing the animals but have since seen some beautiful free flow designs.


Redheart Dishcloths Bouquet

I currently have 4 different projects on hooks. It’s a problem really. This is why I normally enjoy quick little things like hats and scarves! But I currently am making a really great set of curtains for the French doors to my office/Zen den, a granny stitch Poncho (that I don’t think I’ll have enough yarn to finish), a beautiful shawl that I hope to have pictures of soon, and a half finished baby blanket that I decided looked too “masculine” for a baby gift that was for somebody that wasn’t finding out.

I know that my mom does this with her knitting projects too, but I’m hoping that is not just us! Are there any other ADD crafters out there? A show of hands would be great because I don’t like feeling alone in this.

The good news is that in the midst of all these, I sometimes find some great diversions on the crochet sites that I follow on Facebook.

Here are some quick and easy dishcloths from the Redheart website that I whipped up in no time at all. They call for using COATS Creme de la Creme yarn, but all I had available was Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn which I thought was pretty close. It must not have been though. I ended up skipping the last 2 rows in the pattern and adding a similar shell edging of my own. I think the result turned out pretty similar to the original pattern…just smaller.

Here are mine.






You can find the real pattern here

Hope you enjoy!



Granny Scrap Bag

I must admit that usually projects that I am doing for myself get put on the back burner and are sometimes (often) forgotten.
A while back I started turning my scrap yarns into small granny squares. The color combinations aren’t always pretty, but I hate to throw away yarns–even if they’re not enough to make an entire square!
Sooo, some time ago I made my granny pillow (see previous post) and still had plenty of left over squares and scrap yarns. I always intended to do something with them. Here’s what I’ve got so far.



Of course I can’t use it as an actual purse due to the fact that I lacked forethought and didn’t line the bag. Uhg. Oh well. We’ll consider it a work in progress and maybe eventually I’ll add a liner and some pockets πŸ™‚

“Earth to Granny” Blanket

Here are some pictures of my completed granny blanket in some beautiful earth tones. I made the blanket for a couple of my photographer friends so I hope to see it in use one of these days soon πŸ™‚ Until then, here are some quick snaps of the finished blanket. Isn’t she beautiful? πŸ™‚

Earth Tone Blanket 2 Earth Tone Blanket 1Earth Tone Blanket 4

A Little More Light

A Little More Light

I found this floating around on FB after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. It’s truth rang so strong in my heart that I had to share here as well.
It also goes along with a post that I have been meaning to write for several weeks now, but as life would have it, I have been extremely busy with my own projects, and have put this idea on the back burner. Time to bring it to the front.
In the last month, I have made yet another couple of hats for someone who recently found themselves having to begin chemotherapy. I hadn’t thought about it too much prior to this point, but I have made nearly a dozen hats this year for friends, family, family of friends, and children who were undergoing chemotherapy.
So here’s my call. Thanks to a friend of ours (whose son has recently gone into remission, thank God), I have found a clinic that accepts hat donations. They have them in a big box in the clinic and the children can go pick out hats from that box. You may put your card on the hat so they know where it came from or you may leave it blank and know that you are bringing some light to a child here in Charlotte, NC. I would like to be able to bring in a BIG box of hats, but I can’t do it all by myself. If you would like to offer up your time and talents to a very worthy cause, please contact me at and I will give you more information as to where these hats are going and when I plan to deliver them. Thank you all! Now go on and share some light today πŸ™‚

Below is one of the hats that I made for a family member of a friend who has just begun chemotherapy. You can find this free pattern at www.playinhookydesigns.comΒ under “Brain Waves Beanie”. It worked up quickly and, as seen below, can truly be made for both male and female.

Joy's Hat-corrected 2

Here is the second hat that I made (for the same person). This one is my design and if I could get my act together, I would write a pattern for it! Both hats were made from I Love This Cotton. I figured the cotton was a lighter, more natural fiber that would be good for spring and summer. These hats were made for adults and I used just one skein of yarn for each hat.

Joy's Second Hat 1

National Crochet Month?!?

Hat and scarf 1 wmOkay, so sadly, I had no idea that March was National Crochet Month. But not to worry, I have been crocheting my little heart out over the last few days and have made several of my new fringe infinity scarves–not only for myself, my daughter and my neighbor, but for my etsy shop too!
Yesterday, my wonderfully talented photographer friend and neighbor took me out for a photo shoot…while I don’t usually like to have my picture taken, she makes it so fun and so easy! Here’s a peek at some of the shots (and, more importantly, some of the scarves).
Enjoy! And if you’d like to purchase one of the scarves shown, please visit my etsy shop

purple scarf 1 wm

Green Scarf 1 wm

scarves 1 wm

maroon scarf 2 wm

blue scarf 2 wm